Tuesday December 9, 2014 @ 8 pm
This concert features music from the duo’s upcoming recording: sonatas by Janacek, Debussy, and Healey Willan, and shorter works by Claude Vivier and T. Patrick Carrabré.
Program: Works for Violin and Piano by Claude Debussy, Leos Janacek, Healey Willan, Claude Viver, and T. Patrick Carrabré.
Carissa Klopoushak and Philip Chiu have performed extensively together over the last six years. Their musical partnership has taken them across the country, beginning with a 17-city Canadian tour for the Eckhardt-Grammatté competition in 2009. Since that time, they have performed together at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, for the Regina Musical Club, and in many recitals and chamber music collaborations in and around Montreal. Most recently, the pair toured the maritime provinces for Debut Atlantic.
Carissa Klopoushak, violin
Carissa Klopoushak is quickly emerging as one of Canada’s most versatile and creative violinists. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa's playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performs on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow), generously on loan from the Canada Council.
Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at both the Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music. She has recently returned to Canada after three months of performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre.
Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa in September 2014. She has performed with the group for a number of years, including many of their national tours and their 2013 tour of China. Carissa also performs with many chamber groups in the Montreal/Ottawa area, including Ensemble Mooncrest, Warhol Dervish, and Portmantô.
Carissa originates from the small prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that provides Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative, fresh concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.
Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has recorded three albums, performed at the Toronto, Montreal, Dauphin, and Vegreville Ukrainian festivals as well as in Sydney, Australia. The band is currently working on a new album to be released in 2015.
Carissa has taught violin and chamber music at McGill University where she also recently completed a doctorate in violin performance, focusing on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. Her recent recordings include chamber works of the Second Viennese school with Gruppo Montebello and Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Mooncrest. She will be releasing a recording of duos with Philip Chiu in 2015. When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere...
Philip Chiu, piano
More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.
“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
- La Presse
“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
- The Gazette (Montréal)
An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).
Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist-/coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor--accompanist for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and regularly accompanies at l'Universite de Montreal. He travels regularly across Canada and the U.S. to accompany for national and international competitions.
Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio--Canada.
Wednesday December 10, 2014 @ 8 pm
$20/$10 Students (cash only) General admission seating, email RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocalist Julia Pal is releasing two CDs she has been working on...
The first set will be music from ‘FRAIL GESTURE’
8 poems by E.E. Cummings set to music written by Julia Pal and arranged by Andrew Downing
Performed by Julia Pal – voice; Andrew Downing – cello; Anna Atkinson – violin; Peter Lutek – clarinet; Tristan Durie – flute; Michael Davidson - piano & vibraphone; Debashis Sinha - percussion
The second set will be selections from ‘IMPRINT’
A very personal selection of jazz and pop standards. Julia is joined by Craig Harley – piano and Jordan O’Connor – bass
CDs $15 each, 2 or more $10 each
Julia graduated from the University of Toronto, earned an A.R.C.T in Speech Arts & Drama from The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Before pursuing her interest in music, she worked as an independent theatre artist and workshop leader for many years. Her diverse background includes elocution, scene study, storytelling, singing, improvisational comedy, clown, mime technique, and creative movement. Inspired by her training at Second City, she co-wrote and performed in several original shows and musical revues in Toronto and at Fringe festivals and was a key player in a weekly live improv soap opera spoof called The Wedge of Night.
Julia’s interest in singing and jazz came to the forefront. She returned to school
and graduated from the Humber College Jazz program and during her studies sang with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. For over 15 years she has performed at corporate and private events as well as festivals, restaurants and clubs, including the Junction Arts Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ellicottville Jazz Festival, The Montreal Bistro and Mariposa Cruise Lines. She has enjoyed working with a variety of musicians including Andrew Downing, Tania Gill, Victor Bateman, Kevin Barrett, Mike Milligan, Stacie McGregor, Eric St. Laurent, Tim Posgate, Darius Nargolwalla, Ken Taylor and most recently Jordan O’Connor and Craig Harley.
In addition to her creative projects, Julia continues to teach drama, adjudicate for speech arts festivals across Canada and is a member of the RCM College of Examiners for Speech Arts & Drama.
More at www.juliapal.ca.
Friday December 12, 2014 @ 8 pm
$25/$15 Students and Arts Workers
An Evening of Celebration with Lee Pui Ming (piano), Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum), Rob Clutton (bass), Mary Ganzon (movement), Randi Helmers (voice/visual art)
Five extraordinary artists journey through the labyrinth in sound, song and movement.
Lee Pui Ming
Lee Pui Ming – improvisor, pianist, composer, biodynamic craniosacral therapist – integrates all of her curiosities in sound, movement and the healing arts into her investigations. Her latest compositions include “Life”, a 60-minute commission from Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance for string quartet; “she comes to shore”, a concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. She partnered with Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum, voice and movement) in an uplifting collaboration in this year’s Guelph Jazz Festival. Pui Ming has 6 recordings to date, and is the recipient of the Freddie Stone Award (2000) and the K. M. Hunter Arts Award (2005).
Dong-Won Kim is a Korean traditional percussionist, vocalist and improviser, also a member of Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Since 1984, Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer's drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompaniment, and music theory from great Korean music masters. By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world. Kim currently teaches music online as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University. He has also written several fairy tales for children and was featured in a music documentary film, Intangible Asset Number 82 (2009).
Rob Clutton is a composer/performer dedicated to diverse long term creative projects. His solo bass work includes two CDs on the Rat-drifting label: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster. He has released two CDs of original compositions for small ensemble: Tender Buttons and Holstein Dream Pageant. The debut recording of The Cluttertones is in progress. Clutton has been involved in collective projects such as Clutton/Michelli/West, Handslang, This Moment, a bass duo with Pete Johnston, and a banjo/voice duo with Randi Helmers. Other current and ongoing projects include: Ryan Driver Quintet, Drumheller, Nick Fraser Quartet, Steve Koven Trio, NOJO, Mark Segger Sextet, and Titanium Riot. Rob has also performed or recorded with artists such as Jandek, Jazzstory, Eugene Martynec, John Millard and Happy Day, David Mott Quintet. Rob is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto. (www.robclutton.com)
Randi Helmers, actor, singer, artist
A professional actor for 30 years, Randi recently played the role of "Mum" in the premiere of Alison Lawrence/McGuffin Theatre's play, The Thing Between Us, at Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre credits include: The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Summerworks), Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage), The Way of the World (Souplpepper), The Danish Play( Nightwood) and seasons with the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre and Caravan Farm Theatre, among others. She has recorded and toured Canada with the folk/cabaret band, John Millard and Happy Day, and is currently in a duo for voice and banjo with composer/bassist Rob Clutton. Randi has performed her original Norwegian folklore cabaret for the Ottawa Art Gallery, NCC's Winterlude Festival, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa. Randi's paintings have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre,Toronto Art Expo, the Queen West Art Crawl, Wychwood Art Barns and various nifty neighborhood cafes of Toronto. Randi has enjoyed many moments of improvisational wonder at Gallery 345, and is thrilled to be here tonight with this remarkable ensemble.Â
mary ganzon, movement artist, teacher, and craniosacral therapist finds it much easier to language through the vocabulary of sensations vs. the vocabulary of words. amidst the many studies of movement, performance, and the stillness of meditation, she dances accompanied by deep gratitude in meeting our nature.
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