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The Art of the Piano: Vicky Chow
Friday, December 3, 2010 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Vicky Chow, piano

Ryan Anthony Francis (b. 1981) Etudes: Digital Sustain, Harlequin, Doppelganger, Loop (2008) **
Daniel Wohl (b. 1980) Aorta for piano and electronics (2010) **
i. Aorta
ii. Phantom Limb
iii. Bones
David Lang (b. 1957) wed (1996)/boy (2001) **
Eliot Britton (b. 1983) cuneiform and glide for piano and electronics (2010) *

INTERMISSION (15 minutes)

Andy Akiho (b. 1978) Vicki(/y) for prepared piano (2008) **
Evan Ziporyn (b. 1959) In Bounds (2004) **
Jakub Ciupinski (b. 1983) Morning Tale for piano and electronics (2009) **
i. nocturne
ii. alba
iii. the awakening
iv. the importance of being earnest

* World Premiere
** Canadian Premiere

Bio: Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has performed extensively as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, and has been hailed as ‘brilliant’ by the New York Times (Anthony Tommasini). She is the pianist for the New York based eclectic contemporary sextet, Bang On A Can All-Stars. She has performed in North America, Europe and Asia in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, The Stone, le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Tonhalle in Zurich, Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, The Polytheater in Beijing, Chan Center for the Performing Art in Vancouver and has been a guest artist in the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Music Festival, Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival, musicacoustica festival (in association with Electro-acoustic Music Association of China and China Electroacoustic Music Center) in Beijing, E-music Week in Shanghai, the f(x) New Music Marathon in Miami, Desert Chamber Music Society in Palm Springs, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Las Vegas Music Festival. She has received grants and support from Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and the Vancouver Foundation. Most recently Ms. Chow finished a performance tour in China, Italy, Germany, and Holland with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a performance tour in Malaysia with the Perak Performing Arts Society, and performances in Chicago with Opera Cabal. She is currently recording her first solo piano album of music by composer Ryan Anthony Francis, which will be released in late 2010 for composer John Zorn’s label ‘tzadik’.

As an avid advocate of new music, she has worked with composers such as John Adams, David Lang, and Louis Andriessen. In addition to being a member Bang On A Can All-Stars, she is the pianist for a Chicago-based avant-garde opera company called ‘Opera Cabal’ that recently premiered a new opera written for the group by American composer Lewis Nielson, and a contemporary chamber group in New York called ‘ai ensemble’. In addition to performing new music, Ms. Chow also produces and curates concert programs of new compositions by emerging composers at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City.

Ms. Chow made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared since with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, The Vancouver Academy Orchestra, White Rock Festival String Orchestra and the B.C. Sinfonietta. She has performed under numerous conductors, including George Manahan, James Conlon, JoAnn Falleta, Bramwell Tovey, Victor Feldbrill, and Jeffrey Milarsky. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with New York Philharmonic flutist Renee Siebert and Metropolitan Opera soprano Janet Hopkins at the Desert Chamber Music Society and cellist Andre Emelianoff of the Da Capo Chamber Players.

As a competitor, she placed first in the Canadian Music Competition four consecutive years. She also won the Toronto Symphony Piano Competition and Juilliard concerto competition, second prize in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition, third prize in the Pacific International Piano Competition, and a finalist and honorarium prizewinner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

Ms. Chow received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance from The Juilliard School, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. She also holds a second Master’s degree and a Professional Studies diploma in contemporary performance from Manhattan School of Music studying with Christopher Oldfather. Previously, she studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lorraine Ambrose. Ms. Chow has performed in master classes with a number of distinguished pianists, including Menahem Pressler, Jerome Lowenthal, Ruth Laredo, Ursula Oppens, and Angela Cheng. Ms. Chow resides in New York City.

San Agustin Duo: Emma Banfield, violin, Dianna Dumlavwalla, piano
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Prelude and Allegro Violet Archer

Suite for Violin and Piano (1992) Alice Ping Yee Ho

Duo Sonata for Violin and Piano Jean Coulthard
Lento mesto
Allegro, tempo giusto


Sonata in A- for Violin and Piano Gena Branscombe

A Persian Abstract Afarin Mansouri

Dance Me to Your Beauty With a Burning Violin (2002) Kelly Marie Murphy


Since finishing a Doctorate of Music at Northwestern University under Blair Milton, violinist Emma Banfield is currently performing and teaching throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. She received her Masters degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan where she studied with Aaron Berofsky. Emma completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet and Annalee Patipatanakoon of the Gryphon Trio. She has also been privileged to work with Yehonaton Berick, Logan Skelton, Levon Ambartsumian, Almita Vamos, the Vermeer Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Tokyo String Quartet among others. Emma has been the recipient of numerous awards including a three year SSHRC grant, the Weber Graduate Performance Scholarship, and the William M. Spencer Award. Emma has recently performed throughout New Brunswick as a member of the Saint John String Quartet and also performs with the Blue Spruce String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She is the Director of the Laurier String Academy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and has taught applied and academic courses at both Northwestern University and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Diana Dumlavwalla has given solo, concerto and chamber performances in Canada, Europe and the United States. Her numerous awards include prizes at the Royal College of Music Contemporary Piano Music Competition and the NUMUS Pan-Am Chamber Music Competition. She was nationally recognized when she received the Marusia Yaworska Scholarship and the Elizabeth Massey Award from the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Diana is completing a D.M.A. in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto under James Parker with significant pedagogical studies under Midori Koga. She received her M.Mus. from the Royal College of Music in England, B.Mus. in Piano Performance and Voice from Wilfrid Laurier University and A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has also studied with Agnes Olsheski, Virginia Blaha, Heather Taves, Yonty Solomon and Logan Skelton. Diana is on faculty at the University of Windsor. She is also Director of the Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program at the University of Toronto, a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and a sought-after private teacher in Brantford.

Duo Contempera: David Hetherington, cello;
Joseph Petric, accordion

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Cherney: Like Ghosts from an Enchanter Fleeing
Rea: Schattenwerk - *world premiere.
Louie: Bringing the Tiger Down from the M.
Hopkins: Reclaiming the Spirit solo cello
Mott: Red Haze - solo acc.
Romiti: Sonic Eclipse

Duo Contempera is a name that reflects the contemporary, the collaborative, and the colouristic. In 2008, David and Joseph were guest soloists for Soundstreams Canada in a performance of Seven Last Words by Sofia Gubajdulina. They have performed Richard Romiti’s work Sonic Eclipse for Toronto’s New Music Concerts, a work subsequently recorded for CBC and for commercial release on the ConAccord Label, and in Toronto’s 2010 Penderecki Festival where they performed newly commissioned works by Toronto composer Ivan Barbotin, Brian Cherney’s Like Ghosts from an Enchanter Fleeing and solo works by Penderecki and Berio. In the spring of 2010 Montreal composer John Rea completed his Schattenwerk II for accordion and cello duo.

F&M with special guest J. Ryan Waye
(An Evening of Slow Tunes and Adult Lullabies)
Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 8 PM, $10

F&M: Edmonton-based songwriters Rebecca and Ryan Anderson are the heart of F&M. Over the past four years and three albums, the couple and an evolving cast of bandmates have developed a signature sound at the crossroads of folk, pop, and epic rock that is stubbornly its own thing, drawing on such a rich history of cross-genre influences and the flickering contours of modern adulthood. Their debut (Let Every Light Shine, 2007) dealt with the limits of life, while their sophomore album (Every Light Must Fade, 2008) reckoned with the specter of death. The new release, Sincerely, F&M, explores those themes with greater nuance, finding the infinite in the everyday. The songs are not simply about navigating joy and anguish, but also attention, contemplation, and devotion.

F&M transforms silence into a versatile and eloquent instrument: it haunts the spaces between Rebecca Anderson’s sparkling piano lines and tugs at the edges of her accordion’s nostalgic wheeze; it charges the gaps in Ryan Anderson’s guitar attacks with a crackling tension and animates the percussive skeleton and melodic flesh contributed by the rest of the band. It throws the interplay of their voices into high relief – Rebecca’s ringing with the delicate clarity of glass and lace; Ryan’s possessed by the spirits of rough wool and campfire smoke. The result is songwriting bursting with powerful sentiment and lofty lyricism set to an odd folk-rock mutant soundtrack of Douglas Sirk-ian intensity.

Special Guest: J. Ryan Waye

Mr. Waye’s songs reach out to you with nostalgic charm; wooing listeners with his shy grace and unexpected old world sound. Currently, this guitar strumming songwriter resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Julia Morgan CD Release
Wednesday November 24, 2010 at 7 PM
$10 General Admission

Julia Morgan is a young mezzo-soprano with an impressive vocal range. Her love of performing, “her confident stagecraft and easy smile” (need source here, e.g. Toronto Star, 2009) and her natural talent give her the breadth and depth to play any role. While her petite frame deceives the eye of many, this Canadian mezzo has a large, warm, caramel-like voice, which exudes the many colours and emotions required for every character she portrays.  Julia has utilized her dual Canadian and British
citizenships by performing at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria and the Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh, England. 

The upcoming season is one of growth and adventure for Julia Morgan. May 2010 sees Julia celebrating spring as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Saskatoon Opera’s School Tour. In August Julia will return to her adopted home of Toronto to perform her dream role of Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen with Summer Opera Lyric Toronto. With recitals and performances throughout the rest of 2010 and into 2011, Julia will conclude her 2011 season performing with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio in Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

Julia has recently performed with Opera York’s Greek Chorus in the North American debut of Ella Milch-Sheriff’s Opera And the Rat Laughed. She also performed Elgar’s The Music Maker with the Toronto Choral Society in May 2009. Rounding out 2009 Julia collaborated with pianist Amanda Johnston at the Heliconian Hall in Toronto as part of her recital series In Recital, performing a Liederabendwith works by Sibelius, Brahms, Mahler, and Schubert.

Julia’s previous operatic work has consisted of a vast array of roles. She has performed Rosline with Highlands Opera Studio, Mustardseed and Second Woman with Opera as Theatre at The Banff Centre and Announcer with Tryp Tych in Toronto. With the University of Toronto Opera School Julia also performed the roles of Bianca, Cherubino, Prince Orlofsky and Frau Reich.

Julia’s recital experiences have taken her through the cities of Greve, Victoria, Aldeburgh, Toronto, and Baden bei Wien. She has performed in the Theatre am Steg, the Festsaal des Congress Casino Baden, Castello di Verrazzano and the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre.  She has performed numerous works with the Prima Youth Choir and Victoria Chamber Orchestra including Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria in D+ and Hayden’s Salve Regina in G-. With the University of Victoria Orchestra Julia performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler.  As part of the International Bach Festival in Julia performed the world premiere of In the Trail of the Wind, in the Shadow of God by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh. One of Julia’s most musically expanding experiences was performing Les Noces by Stravinsky with the Victoria Chamber Singers.

Much of Julia’s recital work has centred on German Lieder. Julia’s rounded and multi-textured voice is a marvel when performing her personal passion. Julia will be releasing a CD of German Lieder this fall, collaborating with Amanda Johnston at the piano. It will be available on iTunes and from her website (  Julia and Amanda will also be completing a recital tour of British Columbia and the Southern United States in January 2011. 

The Art of the Piano: Shoko Inoue
Monday, November 22 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors & Arts Workers $15 / Students $10


Robert Schumann : First Grand sonata in F sharp minorOp 11

Introduzione Un poco adagio
Allegro vivace


Scherzo E Intermezzo

Finale, Allegro un poco maestoso


Robert Schuman: Third Grand Sonata 'Concerto without Orchestra' in f minor op.14



Quasi Variazioni; Andantino de Clara Wieck

Prestissimo possibile

Shoko Inoue is a prize-winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize winner for contemporary music of the Frinna Awerbuch Competition and first prize winner of the Chopin Competition in New York where she made her Carnegie Hall debut. She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist throughout North America, Japan and Europe. Among her notable appearances are solo recitals at the 9th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas and at the Shostakovich Festival in Rome's St. Cecilia Hall. She has had many solo concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Ontario, where she makes her home.

Shoko Inoue was born in Tokyo, Japan, where she began playing the piano at the age of three. She studied with renowned teachers Shun Sato and Takashi Hironaka. Following her successful appearance at the Casadesus International Competition, she traveled to the United States to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music under full scholarship with Sergei Babayan, celebrated concert pianist, teacher, and artist in residence. Her studies continued with Marc Durand and John Perry in Toronto, Canada. As a student of Marc Durand, she received her M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Montreal, Quebec.

Ms. Inoue is committed to enhancing life through music. Her intense performances and her broad and varied repertoire are remarkable. Sergei Babayan has noted that her "interpretations are born of utmost integrity and sincerity that set her apart from other musicians." She performed Prokofiev's Concerto #2 in G minor, opus 16 with the Oshawa Symphony this past January; a Trio Concert in Florida with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth in February; a Piano Duo concert with Sergei Babayan in Cleveland; a Piano and Cello Duo concert with Amanda Forsyth at the Glenn Gould Studio, broadcasted by CBC radio station in September; and a Piano Solo recital presented by the Embassy of Japan at the National Gallery in Ottawa in October 2008.

Vibrant and skilled, with unlimited musical colour and an expressive spirit, Shoko Inoue is quickly becoming known for her unique communicative stage presence and her quality of drawing an audience into her innermost thoughts and philosophy on the music she is performing. Her successful performances attest to her ability to recreate for listeners, the transcendental world of the composers' vision. She is an avid reader of German literature, enjoys drawing, and being in Nature. Shoko has spent the last three months on Vancouver Island, spending lots of time in the "old growth forest" and the wilderness, while teaching at the University of Victoria.

The Art of the Piano: Ron Davis
Saturday November 20 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Music gives pleasure and makes us think. There's no need to choose intelligence over entertainment. This is what Ron Davis is about.

Ron has coaxed music from his piano since his early youth. Now he shares this passion all over the world, including Asia, which he has toured four times. Ron is a brilliant virtuoso and engaging entertainer. His playing calls to mind Oscar Peterson and Jamie Cullum. Accolades abound.

Ron's most recent CD, his 7th, My Mother's Father's Song, is his first all-trio recording. A celebrated 1930s Polish song about Ron's maternal grandfather lends the CD its title. Bal u grabego Joska is a sensitive, emotional embrace and touching family tribute. Also among the CD's thirteen tracks: My Shining Hour (Arlen & Mercer), For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder) and Viva la Vida (Coldplay).

Ron works with symphony orchestras to put the "fun" in funky. SymphRonica ( superimposes his unique brand of jazz on the traditional symphonic landscape, to create an unforgettable concert experience. Ron has also led ongoing jazz series, like Ron Davis and Friends and Gate 403 Jam Session.

More than a pianist, Ron has garnered international acclaim as a composer. Rhythmaron: The Music of Ron Davis (2008) is a deluxe compendium of 23 dazzling original tunes.

In Ron's hands and ears-on workshop, Playing Along to Surpass (, he teaches how to translate jazz performance techniques into business success. It's cool. It works.

Ron's written word compositions include Pianobabbler (, his irreverent, urbane blog of musical musings. It's his privilege to pen keyboard columns in Canadian Musician magazine. He's published and edited numerous articles and books on music, linguistics and law.

After studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Ron's talent gelled as a teen. His mentor was the late Darwyn Aitken, a musical giant who passed on lessons learned at the hands of piano legends David Saperton (classical) and Oscar Peterson (jazz).

His eclectic nature embraced other disciplines. Ron was a lawyer. He taught at the Bar. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where he earned a PhD in French linguistics.

Ron serves on the Glenn Gould Foundation Executive Committee, and on the advisory boards for the Jazz Performance and Education Centre and Reaching Out Through Music. Peacebuilders International and Feed the Hungry are among his other causes. For eight years, he co-produced Jazz for Herbie, an annual benefit for Sick Kids Hospital Foundation, helping children around the world in medical need.

Que Sarah: CD Launch of "Other Side"
Thursday Nov 18, 2010 at 8 PM $10 Admission

Bio: Toronto Ontario based singer songwriter "Que Sarah", (Sarah Calvert) has been performing since the time she was seven years old. Having trained as a classical pianist, she has is now a self proclaimed "Jazzy Folkie". Also a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, she produced and recorded a CD of mantra/chants, and performs kirtans internationally. She studied jazz piano and vocals at Selkirk Music College in Nelson, B.C. and is a multi-instrumentalist who accompanies her earthy voice with piano, guitar and harmonica. Formerly a high-school English teacher, she now employs her love of language to songwriting; she brings insightful witty and honest lyrics by mixing humour and humility and creating an intimate rapport with her audience. Many fans say things like,"I love that tune about...I felt like I was reading my own diary". "My dad always had an amazing record collection; he was at Woodstock and music was his passion. I listened to The Stones and the Beatles as a toddler, and dancing around the living room belting out everything from The Band to Barbara Streisand. My mum always took me to Broadway shows in Toronto. She would have me do concerts for her friends...Patsy Cline, the Andrew Sisters;..then Beethoven. My Uncle Terry got me involved with his weekly bluegrass jams, which I love. I owe so much to my family for cultivating my love of music." She has played at various venues worldwide from pubs and in the U.K., Australia to apres ski gigs at B.C. She was the assistant music director/pianist in the Mirvish Production, "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding" in Toronto and is now serving up her tunes at bars and cafes in Toronto and the surrounding area. Her new album, Other Side, is complete and will be released at the end of September, and features Toronto favourites like Suzie Vinnick, Andrew Collins, Brian MacMillan and Tim Bovaconti. Read more

The Art of the Piano: Vlada Mars "Going Places"
Friday November 12 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Pianist and teacher, Vlada's music education started when she was seven in a school for musical talents in Belgrade, Serbia. During her ten years of elementary and secondary music school, she studied piano, solfeggio, theory, harmony and history of music. Vlada studied musicology at the Academy of Music in Belgrade. After moving to Vancouver in 1994, she was appointed as the music coordinator of Hollyburn Country Club where she is actively teaching piano and coordinating other music programs, recitals and lectures. Vlada is passionate about exploring and playing piano scores for movies, a passion which resulted in her celebrated piano recitals "Music in Movies", "Playground Love" and a benefit concert of the SAGE safe house in North Vancouver, "Going Places". On numerous occasions, her piano performance was a part of multimedia exhibitions for prominent artists in Vancouver. On this visit to Toronto she brings a two-part piano recital, and the "minimalist" music of Michael Nyman, Philip Glass and Yann Tiersen in search of the places music can take you. Her passion and energy for piano and people is an inspiring experience for audiences of all ages and diffeent music backgrounds.


Brave New World by McCreary, Bellamy, Nyman

Selection from the movie "The Hours" by Philip Glass

In Search of Lost Time by Yann Tiersen

Music of David Lidov and Jocelyn Morlock
Friday November 5, 2010 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Involuntary Love Songs (Alan Ashton) --- Joycelyn Morlock
Matches, Script, Thaw
Vania Chan, soprano, Erica Crino—, piano
.Sonatas with No Style ---- (2003)
Sonatina, Grand Sonata, Sonata-Aria,
Sonatine-Musette, Sonata-Rondo, CODA.
David Lidov, piano.


Marianne's Requirements (Jane Austen)
Vania Chan, soprano, Erica Crin—, piano

Happy Birthday Frederic Chopin
Sonya Nanos, cello, Annika Borrmann, piano

Duo (1986)
Allegro, Adagio, Vivace
Lynn Kuo and Rebecca Van der Post, violins

Annika Borrmann was born in Freiburg, Germany, where she started studying the piano at a young age. As a regular participant and prize winner at piano competitions she was accepted as a young student into a program for musically gifted youth at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Later she earned her Bachelors degree at the same institution and continued her performance studies in Hanover. The influence of world renowned pedagogue John Perry led her to move to Canada where she studied with him while earning two Artist Diplomas at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto as well as a Masters degree. Here, she also had the privilege to be instructed by other famous musicians, such as Leon Fleisher, Andre Laplante, Stephen Kovacevich, Marc Durand and Robert McDonald. Currently Annika is a doctoral candidate in music at York University. She also teaches at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music and works as an accompanist.

Vania Chan is a Canadian lyric coloratura soprano currently performing in New York City. She had her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall, as a first prize winner in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She has sung with Gateway Classical Music Society NY, New York Opera Forum, and New York Lyric Opera. Operatic roles performed include Olympia (Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Susanna (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro), Flaminia (Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna), La Fee (Massenet's Cendrillon), Armida (HandelÕs Rinaldo) and Sister Mouse (Myron Fink's Animal Opera). At the Eckhardt Gramatte Vocal Competition, she won for best interpretation of the commissioned song cycle (Jocelyn MorlockÕs Involuntary Love Songs), which was broadcast on the radio by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Vania recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, receiving her Master of Music degree in Classical Voice. Upcoming performances include a new reconstruction of Bach's Cantata 216 Die Neisse und Pleisse with the Berkshire Bach Society in Massachusetts, and the role of Gretel in Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel with Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre. For more information please visit

Italian pianist Erika Crin is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio, including a solo recital for Debut Friday Series, a performance of chamber music with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, a performance of Stravinsky's "Concerto for Two Pianos" with pianist Brett Kingsbury, and, more recently, the performance of Jocelyn Morlock's "Involuntary Love Songs", with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatte Competition. With Trio sTREga, a trio dedicated to modern music which she co-founded with clarinetist Katarzyna Marczak during her doctorate at the University of British Columbia, she was invited to perform at the Edmonton Composers Concert Society. Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been music director for two Opera Workshops by TrypTych. Last year Erika performed Bach's Triple Concerto at the Glenn Gould Studio with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch. She is currently faculty at the Koffler Centre for the Arts in Toronto.

Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, violinist Lynn Kuo studied with the late Lorand Fenyves as an Eaton Graduate Fellow at the University of Toronto. She has won prizes in numerous prestigious competitions including, among others, the Eckhardt-Gramattˇ, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, Quebec Symphony Orchestra Canadian Concerto Competition, the Atlantic Young Artist Competition, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Canadian Music Competitions. She has appeared as soloist with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Brandon Chamber Players, the Canadian Sinfonietta, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria) and others including the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra - as both pianist and violinist Ð with which she also toured.

She is a champion of new music, both acoustic and electroacoustic, Lynn has given world premieres of compositions written for and dedicated to her by Canadian composers Michael Pepa, Dennis Patrick, Daniel Foley, Elizabeth Raum and American composer Katarina Miljkovi?. She has headed the LES AMIS ensemble in their extensive tours with Canadian music.

Currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Lynn plays with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company and is Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. In addition to performing, Lynn has been a guest lecturer and teacher at Canadian universities and teaches privately.

David Lidov is a music theorist, occasional pianist, and a composer best known for works for small ensembles or voice. His music has been performed in North and South America and in Europe. Except for short stints in Mexico, Brazil and Germany, he has taught in the York University Department of Music, where he was a founding member, since 1970. His theoretical investigations, beginning with a computer algorithm to write melodies in 1972, were an early and influential source for musical semiotics. St. Martin's Press published his general theory, Elements of Semiotics (1999) and Indiana University Press released a collection of his best known writings on music, Is Language a Music? (2004). His never up-to-date website is
After completing her studies in the UK and Switzerland, British violinist Rebecca van der Post has performed throughout Europe with artists such as Thomas Ades, Siegfried Palm, Sophia Rahman, and Jurg Wyttenbach. Festival appearances include the Aldeburgh, Istanbul Festival, and the Bogota New Music Festival. She has given radio broadcasts for the BBC, CBC, and Slovak Radio. Since moving to Canada in 1999, Rebecca has joined Arraymusic and Ensemble Noir. She has toured with Autumn Leaf's production of Kopernicus, has appeared as guest concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia, and performed in the Massey Hall New Music Festival.

Megumi Masaki - Music 4 Eyes & Ears
Monday Oct 25 at 8:00
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Reflections in the Water (2000) for Piano
Vincent Ho with Video Tracks (2010) by Owen Bird

Chroma Concerto (2007) for Piano & Animation Film
Michael Oesterle & Chris Hinton (animation film)

The Hitchcock Études for Solo Piano, Glitch & Video (2010, new commissioned work)
Nicole Lizée

The MUSIC 4 EYE & EARS program focuses on how the artificial world integrates with the real world and the real world emulates the artificial world in new Canadian concert music.

Megumi Masaki

Award-winning pianist Megumi Masaki is a multi-faceted artist, dedicated teacher and interdisciplinary researcher of optimal performance. She is renowned not only for her dynamic temperament, “imaginative, intelligent and sensitive” (Deseret News) performances and warm rapport with audiences, but also for the breadth and innovation of her artistic activity.

For over twenty years Masaki has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician with distinguished artists in North America, Europe and Asia, in such venues as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Cultural Olympiad Utah, National Museum of Women in Arts Washington, D.C., Elmwood Hall Belfast, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Casalmaggiore International Festival, Guarnerius Arts Centre Belgrade, PhilamLife Theatre Manila, Okazaki Concert Hall Japan, and Chengdu Concert Hall China.

A passionate advocate of music of her time, Masaki has commissioned and premiered numerous works worldwide and worked with composers including Nicole Lizée, T. Patrick Carrabré, Vincent Ho, Randolph Peters, Gerhard Ginader, Jack Behrens, Jórge Cordoba, Carlyle Sharpe and Steven Stucky. Explorations into new art expressions created by a synthesis of music and visual media have led to collaborations with visual artist Owen Bird. Devoted to advancing the music of Eckhardt-Gramatté, Masaki has recorded CDs of her piano works and the complete works for violin and piano duo with violinist partner Oleg Pokhanovski, and has published a critical performance edition of her Piano Caprices. She made her film debut as performer and researcher for “Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Works of Eckhardt-Gramatté” by Paula Kelly for CBC's Opening Night. She is also the Artistic Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, the only competition in North America devoted exclusively to contemporary music.

Masaki has been recorded for national broadcast by the CBC and in Germany by HR. She has received numerous awards from the Canada Council, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Manitoba Arts Council, SSHRC and won the Willi-Daume Prize from the National Olympic Committee Germany for her multidisciplinary project “Music and the Olympic Games.” Fascinated with the parallels between sport and music performance, Masaki has toured with Stars on Ice Germany performing live with figure skating World Champions and Olympic medalists Wötzel & Steuer and Denkova & Staviski.

Born in Japan, Masaki moved to Winnipeg and studied with Leonard Isaacs, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre and Ronald Turini at the University of Western Ontario, obtaining the Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature degrees. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to further her studies with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music, earning England's highest performance degree, the Postgraduate Advanced Studies Diploma.

Masaki is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of training students for the rigors inherent in music careers. Her research has developed a holistic approach to teaching: “Training Pianists as Athletes: A Basic Training Method for Optimal Performance,” resulting in invitations to present at leading international piano and pedagogy conferences. She has enabled many students to gain research and concert touring experience and to win prizes at regional and national competitions. Her commitment to teaching was recognized with the 2010 Brandon University Alumni Association's Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. In partnership with rural arts associations and schools, she has also initiated an education outreach project in Manitoba entitled “Masaki's Rising Stars.” Masaki is in demand to give masterclasses at universities worldwide, is on faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy and is Associate Professor of Piano at Brandon University

Ensemble Mujirushi
Saturday October 16 2010 at 8pm

Based in Edmonton, Canada, the Avant-garde/alt classical multi-media collective, Ensemble Mujirushi, was founded to present new graphic, visual, conceptual, verbal, intuitive and open scores by the Canadian and international Avant-garde and Experimental composers. The group was conceived by the composer Piotr Grella-Mozejko. Their public performances, notably during the Edmonton International Film Festival (2006), Explorations Concert Series (2008) and New Music in New Places project (2009), usually held at the Stanley Milner Library Theatre, have become highly discussed and received many enthusiastic reviews and comments from the critics and audiences alike. The ensemble, which now involves artists from across the country, specialises in the performance of contemporary repertoire, which often do entirely away with musical notation, substituted for by abstract signs whose rôle is to inspire musicians to improvise and/or create. Because they were “nameless,” the group adopted the Japanese moniker Mujirushi (literally “name”).

The seven members of the ensemble are all consummate performers. Singer and actress Helen Pridmore (Sackville) adds her interpretive skills to broaden the range of the group’s repertoire. Flautist Chenoa Anderson, saxophonist Allison Balcetis and electric violinist Jerry Ozipko constitute the core instrumental component of the Ensemble. Composer and educator Piotr Grella-Mozejko is in charge of applying computer technology to live performances, as is the distinguished Canadian composer, Ian Crutchley, who also performs on “found” instruments, while the video artist Christopher Payne (Ottawa) provides visual interpretations of the music.


John Oliver (CDN): Birds of Paradise Lost for flute and electronics (9')
Chenoa Anderson, flute - Ian Crutchley, computer

W.L. Altman (CDN): is it because for voice and electronics (10')
Helen Pridmore, voice - Ian Crutchley, computer

Mikel Kuehn (USA): Crack for flute, saxophone, and electronics (13')
Chenoa Anderson, flute - Allison Balcetis, saxophone - Ian Crutchley, computer

Alex Eddington (CDN): Trails for ensemble and computer soundtrack (11')
Helen Pridmore, voice - Chenoa Anderson, flute - Allison Balcetis, saxophone
Ian Crutchley, keyboard - Piotr Grella-Mozejko, computer

Piotr Grella-Mozejko (CDN): Balcetis for computer soundtrack, saxophone, and electronics (11')
Allison Balcetis, saxophone - Piotr Grella-Mozejko, computer

Ian Crutchley (CDN): The Contents of Your Kit May Vary for optional performers (20 – 25') Ensemble
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CD release
Brian Dickinson, piano and Ted Quinlin, guitar
The recording released on "Addo Records" by Steve Bellamy.

Sat Oct 2 at 8:00
$20; $15 Snr; $10 Student

Juno Award-Winning pianist Brian Dickinson is one of Canada’s most versatile introspective and flexible accoustic artists and composers. Born in Guelph, Ontario in 1961, DICKINSON started playing the piano when he was five. In his early teens, BRIAN quickly acquired a taste for blues and rock & roll. His father, an amateur jazz guitarist, got BRIAN interested in jazz. DICKINISON began listening to the music of piano players Bill Evans, Keith Jarret, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner.

DICKINSON has worked with many of the top names in the field of jazz: trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Dewey Redman, guitarists John Abercrombe and Sonny Greenwich. Under his own name, BRIAN has recorded the albums October 13th and In Transition. In addition, BRIAN’s piano work can be heard on saxophonist Mike Murley’s Time and Tide, bassist Keiran Over’s Gateway and Shapeshift, and Jane Bunnet’s In Dew Time.

In addition to composing, performing and recording, BRIAN DICKINSON is on the music faculties at the University of Toronto and at Toronto’s Humber College.

"Where other musicians enjoy more fanfare, few enjoy more respect then Brian Dickinson"
- Mark Miller Globe & Mail

Annual Fundraiser For New Music Concerts
The Music Theatre of Rick Sacks
Wednesday Oct 13, 2010 at 7pm

This is a special non-subscription fundraising event to benefit New Music Concerts featuring theatrical works composed and performed by percussionist Rick Sacks. As the current president of NMC it will be my pleasure to host this event at Gallery 345. I urge all of you to make the effort to attend this event and give to a very worthy cause. A wine and cheese reception will be held after the concert. You will also receive a  charitable receipt for the CRA allowable portion of the $50 admission. Thanks for your support, Edward Epstein

Now embarking on its 40th season, New Music Concerts enjoyed a leadership role in Toronto’s new music scene throughout its history. Founded in 1971 by internationally acclaimed Canadian musicians Robert Aitken and Norma Beecroft, NMC presented its first concert in January 1972 with guest composer/conductor Luciano Berio. Since that time most of the world’s renowned composers including John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Peter Maxwell Davies, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Heinz Holliger, Maurizio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, Walter Zimmermann and, early in their careers, rising stars like Tan Dun, Toshio Hosokawa, Jörg Widmann and Raminta Serksnyte, have come to Toronto at NMC’s invitation. Our strong support of Canadian composers through commissions and performances and by combining them with international artists has promoted their success. A short list of some of our most notable Canadian commissions includes Claude Vivier’s Zipangu, Barbara Pentland’s Eventa, Harry Somer’s Chura Churum, John Beckwith’s Eureka, Harry Freedman’s Strands of Blue, Alexina Louie’s Sanctuary, John Weinzweig’s Prisoner of Conscience, Bruce Mather’s Ausone, Gilles Tremblay’s Triojubilus, plus Omar Daniel’s Zwei Lieder nach Rilke and Chris Paul Harman’s Amerika both of which went on to win the Jules Léger Prize.

Since its inception NMC has presented more than 325 concerts, commissioned more than 125 Canadian and international works and performed some 700 Canadian and world premieres. As English Canada's senior contemporary music society, NMC's prime activity is producing high calibre concerts of contemporary music, but our activities have included a very broad range of presentation from contemporary classics, to electroacoustics, mixed- and multi-media presentations, sound sculpture, radiophonic works, films and music theatre (including world premiere performances of R. Murray Schafer’s Princess of the Stars on Heart Lake in 1981 and the North American premieres of John Cage’s Roaratorio at Convocation Hall and Thorkell Sigurbjornsson’s Grettir at the Betty Oliphant Theatre). Current programs reflect the ongoing concern to balance all aspects of our mandate to profile established and emerging Canadian and international composers. Far from resting on its laurels, New Music Concerts’ energy has, if anything, increased in recent years as will be seen in the coming anniversary season. It features concerts of recent works by senior composers John Beckwith and Elliott Carter and new works by Geoffrey Palmer, Paul Steenhuisen, Robert Pritchard, Keith Hamel, André Ristic and Kee Yong Chong. Chong will also curate a concert of music by Malaysian composers active today. The Ensemble contemporain de Montréal and the young composers of Generation 2010 will show us what the future has to offer in this country and the dynamic Diotima Quartet will present some exciting international string quartet repertoire from recent years including Roger Reynolds’ centenary tribute to Elliott Carter. A particular highlight of the season will be the Portrait of Jonathan Harvey, a concert which had to be postponed from last season due to the health of the respected British composer.

Richard Sacks holds a master’s degree in percussion from SUNY Stony Brook. He performs with Arraymusic, the Glass Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Aventa, Red Sky Performance, the Evergreen Club Gamelan and others. Rick has toured worlwide with these groups. He also works as a composer/designer in contemporary dance and theatre. He has performed with Desrosiers, Dancemakers, Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Bill James, Carbon 14, and TDT and Theatre Gargantua. He created the compositions for CanStage’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Park at High Park, Midsummer Night’s Dream at Passe Muraille, the hit show Sibs (Tarragon), and the award-winning children’s show Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath). His most recent work as co-composer/music director of Red Sky's Tono won the 2010 Dora award for best sound design/composition. Rick is Arraymusic's new artistic director.
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Ineo: Adam Sherkin, pianist/composer
Contemporary pianist/composer launches his 2010-2011 season

Sunday Sept 26 at 7:00

Wielding impressive abilities as both pianist and composer, Adam Sherkin fuses classical lineage with modern origins, interpreting his own music alongside works by John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle, J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.  Ineo marks the launch of Adam Sherkin's 2010-2011 season. 

A native of Toronto, Adam graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. He has appeared in performance at the Four Seasons Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall. Adam's works have been premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio, The Luminato Festival, the Spotlight Festival (Waterloo), the King’s Lynn Festival (Norfolk), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Warehouse and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Adam is an associate of the CMC and current artistic director of The Sixth Sphere, a contemporary music series based at the Academy of Spherical Arts in Toronto. Upcoming performance engagements include a Canadian premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Harrison's Clocks at Toronto's X-Avant Festival (October 2010) and the complete piano works of John Adams presented in conjunction with the Canadian Opera Company in February of 2011. 


John Adams: China Gates (1977)
Adam Sherkin: Daycurrents (2009)
Harrison Birtwistle: Clock IV (from Harrison's Clocks, 1998)
Beethoven: Sonata, op. 54
J.S. Bach: Two Duets, BWV 804 & 805
Sherkin: Drowned Fragments (2010) *Canadian premiere
Rachmaninoff: Corelli Variations, op. 42 (excerpts) 

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The Art of the Piano: John Farah
Sat Sept 25 at 8:00
$20; $15 Senior; $10 Student

JOHN KAMEEL FARAH - artist-in-residence at Mackenzie Post-Digital

Composer, pianist, electronic musician and visual artist John Kameel Farah draws upon elements of modern classical, Baroque, free improvisation, Middle-Eastern rhythms and Electronica to create music that is somewhere between the concert hall and the sonic environments of our contemporary world. He studied composition and performance at U of T, where he was given the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice, and later performed the complete piano works of Arnold Schoenberg. NOW Magazine named his as "best pianist" for 2006. He has performed his music across Canada and the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, the Middle East, U.K. and Europe. Farah released his CD “Unfolding”on Dross:tik Records in 2009, and just returned from playing a series of concerts in Brazil, England and Germany. John is currently Artist-In-Residence at Mackenzie Post-Digital in Toronto, and he will be performing some new pieces composed during the residency at this concert.

The Art of the Piano: Claudia Chan
First-prize winner of the 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Piano Competition for Contemporary Music. Music by Schubert, Chopin,Gubaidulina,Corigliano, Ligeti.

Friday Sept 24 at 8:00
$20; $15 Senior; $10 Student


Schubert - Sonata in A major, D664
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op.61
Gubaidulina - Chaconne (1962)
Corigliano - Etude Fantasy (1967)
Ligeti - Selections from Musica Ricercata: III, VII, VIII (1951-53)


Recent first-prize winner of the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte National Piano Competition for Contemporary Music, where she was described as "an energetic, powerful and expressive pianist" and a "wonderful ambassador" for contemporary music, 20-year-old pianist Claudia Chan made her concert debut at the age of eleven playing Mozart's Concerto in C major, K.415 with the Thirteen Strings chamber orchestra, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest. The following year, she recorded Chopin's Polonaise in g-sharp minor for TVOntario's MusicMakers series. Since then, she has competed and performed successfully in several national and international piano competitions, among these a semi-final appearance at the Eastman International Young Artists Competition in 2006 and five national appearances at the Canadian Music Competitions. She has also been recognized annually at the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Competitions, the Ottawa and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festivals, and the Canadian Music Competitions for her performances and received the Marion Hewitt Memorial scholarship from the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival in 2009 for the most distinguished alumnus in any discipline.

Claudia has performed in Germany, France, Canada and the United States and for such distinguished pedagogues as Leon Fleisher, John O'Conor, John Perry, Lee Kum-Sing, Marc Durand, Ursula Oppens, Andre Laplante, Kolja Lessing, Thomas Schumacher, Jean-Paul Sevilla, James Parker, Jean-François Rivest, and Stephane Lemelin. She was also selected as a finalist in the 2008 Guelph Concerto Competition, the Glenn Gould School's 2009 Concerto Competition and Tom Thomas Award, and the 2010 Chamber Music Competition. Claudia has been heard on the soundtracks of many short films produced by the Canadian Film Composers Guild and the Ontario Arts Council.

Upcoming performances include appearances at the Mannes Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance in New York City, the Banff Arts Centre Summer Masterclasses, recitals in Toronto, Burlington, Ottawa, and Kelowna (including a debut at the inaugural Kelowna Pianoforte Festival). Claudia will embark on 16-concert tour of Canada and CBC recording and broadcast of the two winning programs of contemporary piano music from the Eckhardt-Gramatte competition in the fall of 2010, during which she will give the Canadian premieres of Karen Sunabacka's Curlicue.

Claudia is in undergraduate program at the Glenn Gould School, as a Dean's scholarship student studying with David Louie and John Perry.

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Irshad Khan World Trio performs a unique
blend of Indo Latin Jazz music

Virtuoso sitar player Irshad Khan with Nancy Walker, Dave Field, and Gino Mirizio
Sunday Sept 19 at 7:00
$20; $15 Senior; $10 Student

Irshad Khan

Irshad Khan is considered among the world's best Sitar players and the leading Surbahar (BassSitar) player of his generation and among the finest instrumentalists of the world. His individual stamp in both these instruments ascends from the distinctiveness of his technique and mental prowess. is renowned not only for his mastery of these two instruments, but for his unique presentation of the different genres of Indian classical music, and his mastery of the intricate “gayaki-ang”(vocal) and “tantra-ang”(instrumental) styles, makes Irshad Khan one of the most dynamic musicians of today. This remarkable versatility allows him to transcend cultural barriers and turn each performance into a spellbinding and unforgettable experience for audiences everywhere. Through his performances and international press accolades and groundbreaking albums, he has proved to be an outstanding World musician “Scintillating performance.” (Boston Globe, U.S.A), “Charismatic music mesmerizes audience.” (The Toronto Star, Canada), “Feast of music for the hungry”. (The Times, England)

Having emerged as a child prodigy, Irshad Khan gave his first public performance at the age of seven. His international debut was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England when he was only 13. At 18, he made history by becoming the youngest soloist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night concert at the Proms. Since then he has played in over 30 nations that include performances in various music festivals and conferences throughout India, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, the Far East, and North America.

Irshad Khan is the founder/president of Universal Academy for Musicians, based in Mississauga and Mumbai. Apart from actively performing internationally, he also conducts workshops, lectures and master classes in various educational institutions. He has many commercial recordings, which are sold worldwide.

Nancy Walker - Piano

Pianist and composer Nancy Walker is the winner of the 2008 National Jazz Awards Keyboardist Of The Year Award and the 2003 Montréal International Jazz Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix de Jazz. Nancy has also studied in New York City with renowned piano master Fred Hersch.

Nancy has several discs as leader to her credit. Invitation, released in 1997. was voted one of the year’s best by Jazz Canadiana reviewers. Toronto Star critic Geoff Chapman named Luminosity (2000) one of the top jazz recordings of that year. Levitation, Nancy’s third recording (2003), was “a fine example of the modern jazz musician’s art” according to the Globe & Mail’s Mark Miller. When She Dreams, was released in 2004 on Canada’s premier jazz label, Justin Time Records, and shot to the number one position on Canadian campus radio jazz charts.

Nancy has a solid background as a pianist and keyboard player for a variety of international recording and concert acts, both in and outside the jazz idiom. She’s recorded and toured with folk artist Sylvia Tyson, children’s entertainer Raffi, pop icons The Parachute Club, balladeer Roger Whittaker, and well-loved composer (the late) Hagood Hardy, to name a few. Over the years Nancy has built enduring jazz relationships. As the pianist in the John Geggie Trio, Nancy continues yearly to hold the piano chair in the house rhythm section for The Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s nightly jam sessions. With bassist Geggie, Nancy has performed in concert with drum legend Billy Hart, contemporary drum heavyweight Matt Wilson and saxophone dynamo Donny McCaslin (a John Geggie recording featuring Nancy, McCaslin and drummer Nick Fraser is set for a 2009 release). She has recorded and performed in concert with the cream of Canada’s jazz vocal crop, from Vancouver’s Karin Plato to Toronto’s Emilie-Claire Barlow, and she has been a frequent sideperson of saxophonist Kirk MacDonald.

“She’s a commanding presence at the piano. Her solos are strong and personal, and she’s a wonderful accompanist.”
Ted O’Reilly, The Whole Note Magazine

Dave Field - Bass

Dave has performed with Oscar Peterson, Peter Appleyard, Chet Baker, George Coleman, Red Norvo, Lenny White, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Zoot Sims and many more. During their respective hey-days, Dave was the house bass player at Georges Spaghetti House and Bourbon Street, two of the most important clubs in Canada's jazz history.

In addition to his legendary status of as one of the best jazz bass players anywhere, Dave has also seen double-duty as a "rock-star." During the 70's, while at the height of their popularity with all of their number one hits, Dave toured the world, performing with "The Fifth Dimension." He has also worked with Beverly D'Angelo, and Quebec superstar: Jeannette Reno. Dave's spirit, energy, great attitude and "all-round spunkiness" work like a finely tuned Swiss timepiece; always propelling the music forward in a very positive direction, with metronomic accuracy!

On the rare occasion that Dave cannot make a gig (usually due to a studio recording engagement), the bass chair in The Dan Bodanis Band has been filled by three of the best bass players on the planet! Neil Swainson (George Shearing, Moe Koffman, Oscar Peterson), George Koller (Shuffle Demons, Holly Cole, Marc Jordan), or the incredible Al Henderson (Co-founder/Bandleader of Canadian Jazz super-group: "Time Warp," and music professor at both York University and The University of Toronto).

Gino Mirizio - Percussion

Gino Mirizio is a major talent who is becoming increasingly recognized as a highly accomplished musician/percussionist. Gino is exceptional in demonstrating a remarkable level of skill in a wide range of instruments, which include the congas, bongos, timbale, cajon, djembe, dumbek, udu, as well as the traditional drum kit.

Toronto’s Humber College gave him a solid musical base to build on, and since his graduation in 1993 he has worked hard to hone his skills to their present level. Though he began his musical career with a jazz bias, over the past twelve years he has added latin, rock, funk and classical styles to his diverse repertoire.

Always anxious to expand his musical horizons, Gino began performing and recording with the psychedelic rock band, Freedom Rains and appeared with them on his first CD. He later worked with Spanish guitarist Johannes Linstead and added three more CD’s to his recording credentials.

A fortunate meeting with renowned impressario Bernie Fiedler resulted in a highly successful tour with the “First Lady of the Guitar”, Liona Boyd. It was this tour which introduced him to the band Pavlo, a happy encounter which resulted in Pavlo asking Gino to join his group and tour with them. They have since toured all over the world together, delighting audiences everywhere with their exciting “Mediterranean” rhythms.

Gino’s playing has benefited from his associations with musical celebrities such as Memo Acevedo, Roger Flock, Don Vickory, Paul Delong and Vito Rezza. He has nonetheless developed a style which is uniquely his own; his charismatic stage presence engages his audience and carries them along in many exciting new directions, where they are only too happy to join him.

Quiet People Collective. Singer/songwriters from Saskatchewan:
Zachary Lucky and The Bravest Ghost (Sean Craib-Petkau)

Thurs Sept 16 at 8:00
$20; $15 Snr; $10 Student

Zachary Lucky is quite possibly one of the hardest working singer songwriters to come out of Central Canada in the past ten years. Having three releases under his belt and on the brink of a new full length album due out this August, and all by the age of 21 - Zachary is definitely an artist to watch. Zachary has found his niche as a touring artist. Having crossed the country twice in the past six months, playing to crowds as big as 500 and as small as 10 - Zachary does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. (Saskatoon, SK)

The Bravest Ghost, solo moniker of singer songwriter Sean Craib-Petkau, found it's footing in a rushed and confusing move to the troubled city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Unemployed, starving, and with an alcohol-soaked tongue, he began to dig deep inside of himself for inspiration never before discovered. With both internal and external struggles finally put to paper, Craib-Petkau returned home to Yorkton, Saskatchewan in January 2010 to record this new collection of songs. (Yorkton, SK)

Special Concert
Henry Grimes / Jane Bunnett / Andrew Cyrille
Monday Sept 13 at 8:00
$25 all seats; $10 for students


As a child, Grimes took up the violin, then bKahegan playing tuba, English horn, percussion, and finally the double bass at age 13 or 14, while he was in high school. Grimes furthered his musical studies at Juilliard, and established a reputation as a versatile bassist in the mid 1950s. He recorded or performed with saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Sonny Rollins, pianist Thelonious Monk, singer Anita O'Day, clarinetist Benny Goodman and many others. At a time when bassist Charles Mingus was experimenting with a second bass player in his band, Grimes was the person he selected for the job.

Gradually growing interested in free jazz, Grimes performed with most of the music's important names, including pianist Cecil Taylor, trumpeter Don Cherry, saxophonists Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, and Albert Ayler. He released one album, The Call as a trio leader for the ESP-Disk record label in 1965. The album features Perry Robinson on clarinet and Tom Price on drums and is considered to be of a great quality representative of his career.

In the late 1960s, Grimes career came to a halt after his move to California. It was commonly assumed Grimes had died; he was listed as such in several jazz reference works. Then Marshall Marrotte, a social worker and jazz fan, set out to discover Grimes's fate once and for all. In 2003, he found Grimes alive but nearly destitute, without a bass to play, renting a tiny apartment in Los Angeles, California, writing poetry and doing odd jobs to support himself. He had fallen out of touch with the jazz world and was unaware Albert Ayler had died, but was eager to perform again.

Word spread of Grimes's 'resurrection', and some musicians and fans offered their help. Bassist William Parker donated a bass (nicknamed "Olive Oil", for its distinctive greenish color) and with David Gage's help had it shipped from New York to Los Angeles, and others assisted with travel expenses and arranging performances. Grimes's return was featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. A documentary film is planned, as is a biography.

Grimes has made up for lost time: In 2003 he performed at over two dozen music festivals or other appearances. Grimes received a returning hero's welcome at the free jazz-oriented Vision Festival, and is teaching lessons and workshops for bassists. His November 2003 appearance on trumpeter Dennis González' Nile River Suite was the bassist's second recording in more than 35 years. In 2004 he recorded as leader with David Murray and Hamid Drake; and in 2005 with guitarist Marc Ribot, who also wrote an introduction to Grimes' first book, Signs Along the Road, published in March 2007 by Buddy's Knife Jazzedition in Cologne, Germany, a collection of Grimes' poetry, in which he presents his selection of entries from thousands of pages of his writings. Also in 2007, Henry Grimes recorded with drummer Rashied Ali, with whom he has played a half-dozen duo concerts and a trio with Marilyn Crispell, and in 2008 with Paul Dunmall and Andrew Cyrille, a co-leader trio called the Profound Sound Trio, among others.

In many venues around New York and on tour in the U.S., Canada, and 23 countries in Europe and the Far East, working mostly as a leader since 2003, Henry Grimes has been making music with Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Andrew Lamb, Joe Lovano, William Parker, Cecil Taylor (with whom Henry resumed playing in October, 2006 after forty years), John Tchicai, and others. In the past few years, Henry has also held a number of residencies and offered workshops and master classes on major campuses (including Berklee College of Music, Hamilton College for the Arts, New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, and several more). He has released several new recordings, made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 70, and has been creating illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He can be heard on more than 80 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, ILK Music, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Henry Grimes is now a resident of New York City and has a busy schedule of performances, clinics, and international tours.


Jane Bunnett the soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader, has built her career at the crossroads between Cuban music and jazz. Twice nominated for Grammy Awards (Best Latin Jazz Recording 2002 for Alma de Santiago and 2003 for Cuban Odyssey), a fixture of nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards, and winner at Canada’s Urban Music Awards for Best Global Recording in 2003 for Cuban Odyssey, Toronto’s own jazz virtuoso has turned her bands into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba.

Honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004, Jane Bunnett is truly one of Canada’s most valuable artistic resources.


Cyrille was born in Brooklyn, New York into a family with a mother from Haiti. He began studying science at St. John's University, but was already playing jazz in the evenings and switched his studies to the Juilliard School.

His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher and he had an early recording session with Coleman Hawkins. Trumpeter Ted Curson introduced him to pianist Cecil Taylor when Cyrille was 18.

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1964 and stayed for about 10 years and eventually performed drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris and Reggie Workman among others.

The Art of the Piano: Duo Jazz Piano Improv with Robi Botos and Dave Restivo
Sunday Sept 12 at 8:00
$20; $15 Senior; $10 Student

Dave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Phil Dwyer, Tim Hagans, Steve Kirby, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Phillip Harper, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, P.J. Perry, Trudy Desmond, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Dave Pietro, Owen Howard, John Hollenbeck, Ratzo Harris, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, Dave Valentin, Luis Conte, and many others.

Dave has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

"...quite simply one of the finest jazz pianists of his generation that Canada can boast of..." -Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, Robi began his musical career when he was just a child, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument with which he is making his mark.

Botos, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1998, has been recognized worldwide for his piano talent. Given his relative youth, he's still considered by some standards to be "an emerging talent", but has already won high ranking prizes in piano competitions in: Paris, France; Belgium; Long Beach, California; Montreux, Switzerland (which
led to an opening slot for Oscar Peterson the following year); and this month in Jacksonville, Florida. In Toronto, he's received the National Jazz Awards Keyboardist of the Year title (2007), the 2007 NOW Award for Best Jazz Artist, and a JUNO nomination for his 2006 record, "One Take".

Robi Botos is a regular member of legendary drummer Archie Alleyne's bebop outfit Kollage, and has also been featured with Roberta Gambarini, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Appleyard, Pat LaBarbera, James Blood Ulmer, Jackie Richardson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, and
Avishai Cohen, to name a few. He is also a composer and leader of his own group, performing frequently with his brother Frank Botos, a drummer who also calls Toronto home.

Fernanda Cunha (vocal) & Camilla Dias (piano)
Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 8 pm
Admission: $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students

Fernanda Cunha is well established singer on today’s Brazilian jazz scene, doing what comes naturally! Her debut album O tempo e o lugar was recorded in Ohio-USA in 2002. On her CD Dois Coracoes (2004), she’s in distinguished company, performing with esteemed Brazilian composers Johnny Alf and Sueli Costa, her aunt with arrangements from Camilla Dias. And her third Cd Zingaro (2007) she performs songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

She has toured in Brasil, USA, Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Canada.
Cunha has been performing in Canada once a year since 2005 (Edmonton Jazz festival, Vancouver International Jazz festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Calgary, etc) .
Regular appearances at jazz festivals here and across Canada have helped to carve out a whole new fan base for Cunha’s post-bossa groove, and now she is repaying the compliment with her new CD Brasil-Canada.

Fernanda has researched the works of songwriters from both countries, to find the right link and movement between the two countries. Her choices reflect the musical affinities between Brazil and Canada. Songs represents important songwriters from both countries: Joni Mitchel , Alex Kramer, Shelton Brooks and Bruce Cockburn and Brazilian songs by Sueli Costa, Noel Rosa, Marcio Hallack .

Fernanda Cunha will be performing at Gallery 345 in June 30th in duo with her long time pianist Camilla Dias. The duo will play songs from Fernanda´s new CD and Brazilian standards by Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, among others.

Genre: jazz, world
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Jazz on Sunday at Gallery 345
Piano Jazz Masters: The Hilario Duran Trio
June 27 at 3:00
$20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students.

Hilario Duran/Piano, Mark Kelso/Drums, Roberto Occhipinti Bass.

Hilario Duran - Biography

Born in Havana, Cuba and based in Toronto, Canada, Hilario Duran is internationally renowned as pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestra leader. He is a winner of multiple Juno and National Jazz Awards, an American Grammy Award nominee and recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award. Latin Jazz Corner wrote that Hilario is one of the “contemporary Cuban pianists that moved jazz in the 21st century.” Hilario Duran and his Latin Jazz orchestra have been selected to perform at the Cultural Olympics 2010. Like many Cuban musicians, Hilario was born into a musical family surrounded by classical, jazz, and popular music. He joined Arturo Sandoval’s band for nine years (1981-1990), touring at major jazz festivals around the world and sharing stage with the late Dizzy Gillespie and Michael Legrand. In 1990, Hilario formed his own band Perspectiva which toured successfully through Latin America and Europe. One year later Hilario participated as a pianist in Jane Bunett’s Juno Award Winning CD Spirits of Havana. Hilario Duran is a member of the Jazz Faculty at Humber College, as adjunct Piano Professor and Ensemble Director.

Jazz on Sunday at Gallery 345
Piano Jazz Masters: The Mario Romano Quartet
June 20 at 3:00
$20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students.

Mario Romano/Piano, Mark Kelso/Drums, Roberto Occhipinti/Bass and special Guest Pat LaBarbera/Sax

Jazz on Sunday at Gallery 345
Piano Jazz Masters: The Matthew Shipp Trio

Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 8 PM
Admission $24 @ the Door

Matthew Shipp, piano; Mike Bisio, bass, Whit Dickey, drums.

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his 2 most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz cds with Hatology, a group of cds that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear’s “Blue Series” and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted.

Matthew Shipp is truly one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants.

The Art of the Piano: Roger Admiral
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 8pm
Admission $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students

Roger Admiral plays contemporary music in the Edmonton area. He studied piano with Helmut Brauss, Peter Smith, and Virginia Blaha. Roger graduated with a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Alberta, after previous studies at the University of Western Ontario and through the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). From 1990 to 1993 he was member of the two-piano and two-percussion Hammerhead Consort. Since 1997 he has been performing in Duo Kovalis with Montreal percussionist Philip Hornsey.

Past performance highlights include a concerto with New Music Concerts conducted by Robert Aitken, a recital with baritone Nathan Berg at Lincoln Center, and solo recitals at the Contemporary Polish Music Festival in Wroclaw. Roger also coaches contemporary chamber music at the University of Alberta.

Alfred Fisher - Fantasy Pieces (1981)
Linda Catlin Smith - The Underfolding (2001)
Chirstopher Butterfield - Pillar of Snails (1984-1987)
Howard Bashaw - Form Archimage (2001; revised 2010)

Duo Cornelia: Galina Zisk and Jean Sophie Kim
Sunday June 6, 2010 at 3 PM
$20/Seniors & Students $15

Please join us on Sunday afternoon as Zisk and Kim perform duos by Mozart, Debussy, Michael Pepa, Rachmaninov and Gershwin.


Dr. Galina Zisk has garnered much acclaim from international audiences and critics alike for her powerful performances, often being praised for her impressive combination of virtuoso technique and colorful musicality. Called “a real musician, hearing the music as a whole conception and putting her part of it in absolute harmony and balance” by Canada’s Hamilton Spectator, and praised for her ability to “draw in the attention of the audience” by the New York Concert Review, Dr. Zisk has performed throughout Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Italy, Canada and the U.S. as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and in solo recital.
In North America her performances have included Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Klavierhaus, World Financial Center, the Juilliard School, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Goethe Institute, and Roy Thomson Hall among many other prestigious venues. Dr. Zisk has also given numerous Master Classes and has adjudicated Music Competitions in Europe, North America, and Hong Kong. She is a member of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and is a member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music and National Music Certificate Program.

Dr. Zisk is a winner of numerous competitions including First Prizes from the Kiwanis Music Festival, Canadian Music Competition, and “Stars of Tomorrow” Concerto Competition. She is the recipient of the Yamaha Scholarship, Sinclair Radio Laboratories Ltd. Award, as well as the Artists International Presentations, Inc. Award.

Dr. Zisk has served on the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music, Hartwick Summer Music Festival & Institute (Oneonta, NY), International School for Musical Arts (Canada), and was a Program Director of the Tchaikovsky Summer School (Cambridge, MA). She has also collaborated with the Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc., Songs of Solomon Academy for the Arts, Christine Jowers’ “Moving Arts Projects”, Tchaikovsky Music Society, and The New Stage Theater in an off-Broadway show “Some Historic/Some Hysteric.” Her solo recitals have been broadcast on CJRT-FM radio in Canada as well as the Bravo! TV channel, and her CD recording, Alexander Gedike’s arrangement for Piano Trio of Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, was released by Fidelis Records, Ltd. in 2002.

Galina Zisk holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, Canada.


Canadian born pianist Jean Sophie Kim has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber player in Korean, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria and North America. Some of the venues Ms. Kim has played include Weill Recital Hall, CAMI Hall, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago and the Banff Centre among others. As an accompanist she has performed at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Loren Maazel’s Chateauville Foundation in Virginia and has accompanied Deutsche Gramophone artist Measha Brueggergosman on WNYC. While in high school she worked for many years as an accompanist and improvisational pianist for several dance academies and has accompanied masterclasses taught by dancers Robert Morris and Margie Gillis.

Jean has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including The Honor Scholarship from the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., a Board of Governors Scholarship in London Canada and the University of Cincinnati Global Scholarship. Jean Kim is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati under the tutelage of James Tocco. She received her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Ms. Kim is an adjunct faculty member at CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College where she teaches history, theory and piano. She is also an associate conductor and pianist at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Her versatility as a musician has enabled her to adapt to many different roles; she has conducted the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the televised Lighting of the UNICEF snowflake Ceremony in New York City as well as functioned as associate producer for several of their recording projects.

Ms. Kim has also worked as a voice over artist and sound consultant for a video tribute made for the Council of Fashion Design Arts Awards 2007.

Duo Cornelia – Program

W.A. Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 426

Claude Debussy En blanc et noir
I. Avec emportement
II. Lent. Sombre
III. Scherzando

Michael Pepa Duello (*Canadian Premiere)
I. Arioso-Cantabile
II. Duello-Variazione
III. Tan-go


Sergei Rachmaninov Fantasy, Opus 5
I. Barcarole
II. A Night For Love
III. Tears
IV. Russian Easter

George Gershwin Sweet And Low-Down

Drifting Along With The Tide

Kickin’ The Clouds Away

See Through Trio
June 4th, 2010 at 8pm
Admission: $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students

See Through Trio is comprised of pianist Tania Gill, saxophonist Mark Laver, and bassist Pete Johnston. Formed in 2004, the members of the trio share a mutual interest in exploring collective improvisation. To this end, the group has focused on developing an ‘equal voiced’ approach to ensemble playing, where the roles traditionally assigned to these three instruments in a jazz ensemble are replaced by a more openended approach to ensemble interaction. The Trio’s compositions encompass a diverse range of styles and musical influences, from the 1960s jazz avantgarde of Carla Bley and Ornette Coleman to contemporary country and folk sounds. The playful deconstructionist spirit of jazz pervades the Trio’s music, as the three players take in the musical materials presented by their experiences playing other musics and reinterpret them in new and unexpected ways when playing together. In addition to regular performances in Toronto at venues such as the Tranzac Club and the ArrayMusic Studio, See Through Trio played in Vancouver and Victoria British Columbia in June 2008, and toured Nova Scotia in July 2007, culminating with a performance at the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax. Other notable performances include: the 2005 Distillery Jazz Festival in Toronto and the 2005 University of Toronto Contemporary Music Festival. Their debut CD, Our Own Devices (independent), was released in June 2007. See Through Trio’s most recent CD is titled Lines And Spaces (Woods and Waters), and was released in April 2009.

Individual Biographies

Mark Laver, a Ph.D. student Musicology at the University of Toronto, is establishing a reputation as one of the most versatile young alto saxophonists in Toronto. He has performed everywhere from the George Westin Recital Hall, to the Glenn Gould Studio, to the Toronto Jazz Festival. He has performed with such jazz luminaries as Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Kurt Elling, Hugh Fraser, and Phil Nimmons. As a classical saxophonist, he won the gold medal for woodwind performance for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s ARCT exam in 2001. He has been a featured soloist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.

Tania Gill is a Toronto pianist, composer, arranger, and improviser known for her versatility and originality. She is a member of The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon, Runcible Spoon, Saint Dirt Elementary School, avante-rock group Deep Dark United, The See Through Trio, Bla Bla 666 and leads her own trio The Mighty Gill Show. Tania has worked with many great musicians including, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Gordon Downie, Phil Dwyer, Terry Clarke, Jean Derome, David Mott, Jesse Zubot, Justin Haynes, Dylan Van Der Schyff, The Rheostatics, Mia Sheard, Johnny Favourite, One Step Beyod, John Millard, Jake Langley, Dione Taylor, Soular, Chris Gale, The WoodChoppers Association, Rob Clutton, Doug Tielli, Ronda Rindone and German synth player Thomas Lehn. She has toured and performed in several major festivals internationally. Tania has a BMus in Jazz Performance from McGill University, studied classical piano at The University of Victoria, and has attended the Banff Centre for the Arts. She completed a Master’s of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto in 2008.

Pete Johnston was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of a high school music teacher and a Baptist Church pianist. He studied music composition and double bass at Dalhousie University, alternating scholarly endeavours with tours of North America as part of the Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra. After completing his studies at Dalhousie, Pete moved to Toronto in 2001 and began working as a freelance musician, teacher and novel editor. Following several years in the part-time employment trenches in Toronto, Pete returned to the academic life, completing a Master’s degree in composition at York University in 2005. He recently graduated from York University yet again with a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, in which he wrote about the free improvisation scene in London, England. During his Ph.D. research Pete had the good fortune to live in London, where he performed for Queen Elizabeth II. Now back in Toronto, he has resumed his post behind the bass, and performs in numerous groups including Muskox, Sister, the AIM Toronto Orchestra, and See Through Trio.

Program Notes

See Through Trio has been together since 2004, and in that time has released two CDs of original compositions and toured the far coasts of Canada. Our first CD, titled Our Own Devices, was released in 2007, and Lines and Spaces in early 2009. The basic premise for our work is that we are interested in exploring the relationship between ensemble improvisation and composition, so each composition is designed to ask particular musical questions that we attempt to answer in the improvisations. Or perhaps it is the other way around. Either way, each of our recordings contains pieces that are written specifically for this group, and which we collectively shape in the course of performance. In the fall of 2009 the trio was fortunate to have an eight-week long residency at Somewhere There in Toronto, during which we worked on a collection of new compositions that build on the music we made on our previous recordings. See Through Trio’s performance at Gallery 345 will focus primarily on these new compositions, as they represent our most recent musical thoughts. We are looking forward to the rare opportunity to play with a grand piano, and the resonant space of Gallery 345 will no doubt provide us with sounds we don’t often get to hear.

See Through Trio In the Media

“[See Through Trio] bring off one of the most difficult ensemble styles in any music – they combine simplicity of line and texture with ensemble improvisation and solos whose transparency make every note count.”
Stephen Pederson, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax NS

“…the trio members have gifts for melody… and an ensemble cohesion that really shines.”
Graham Pilsworth, The Coast, Halifax NS

“...Tania Gill, Mark Laver and Pete Johnston extract sounds from every inch of their respective piano, alto sax and double bass for an endlessly inventive and entirely inclusive group improvisation.”
Chris Bilton, Eye Weekly, Toronto ON

“The See Through Trio take up the challenge of the Jimmy Giuffre 3, with interlocking piano and soprano sax lines that knit beautifully with the plucked bass commentary and chamber ensembles clarity and precision. Lines and Spaces is pensive music that unfolds like a lotus on a quiet pond.”
Glen Hall, Exclaim! Magazine.


PORIN QUARTET of Zagreb, Croatia
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors & Students $15

Violinists: Ivan Novinc and Tamara Petir - Violist: Lucija Brnadi? - Cellist: Neva Begovi?




BERISLAV SIPUS STRING QUARTET No. 2 (2010) - World Premiere




Porin String Quartet was founded in 1998 within the chamber music class of Professor Mladen Sedak at the Music Academy in Zagreb.

Alongside the dedicated work during their Academy days the quartet have participated in master seminars held by Professor Walter Dešpalj and a number of famous artists and members of the world's most renowned string quartets, such as the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Bartok, Jana?ek, Smetana and the Prague Quartet.

The young Porin String Quartet quickly emerged as one of the most distinguished Croatian chamber music ensembles with numerous successes at home and abroad, most notably in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Argentina.

The quartet had the honour to represent Croatian music during the Days of Croatian Culture at the Expo 2000 in Hannover. That same year they were invited by the Austrian Society for Contemporary Music to participate in a concert of young Austrian composers in Vienna, and they also performed in the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Among their most notable performances are the String Quartet No. 2 by Krzysztof Penderecki at the Music Biennale Zagreb in 2007, attended by the composer himself, the concerts at Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2008 and 2009, as well as the ones held in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb (as part of the Lisinski Saturday cycle) in 2008.

Since 2006 the quartet have held concert cycles in Zagreb, first in the Illyrian Hall of the National House, followed by the Small hall in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

The Porin String Quartet members are violinists Ivan Novinc and Tamara Petir, violist Lucija Brnadi? and cellist Neva Begovi?. They have cooperated with numerous prominent Croatian musicians; their repertoire consists of classic pieces of quartet music and notably works by Croatian composers.

The quartet have also won several prestigious awards: Ivo Vuljevi? Prize for the most accomplished young musicians of the year in 2002, first prize in the Darko Luki? Competition of Young Musicians, and first prize in Radio podij, the contest for young Croatian artists.

For their concert cycle held during the 2007/2008 season they received the greatest prize awarded to chamber music ensembles by the Croatian Music Artists Association, the Milka Trnina Award.

Steve Koven, piano
Rob Clutton, bass

Saturday May 29, 2010 at 8 pm
Admission $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students

Steve Koven - Piano

Steve Koven was born in Toronto, Canada, and began playing piano at age seven. He has studied with various jazz artists including Benny Green, Geoff Keeser, and Bruce Barth.

Steve’s been a professional musician since earning a BFA in Contemporary Improvisation from York University in 1987. In addition to performing world-wide with his trio, he’s played solo throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. When not on tour or in the studio, Steve composes music for film, television and conducts master classes and workshops which focus on the development of improvisational tools and musical self-expression.

Steve is currently on staff at York University where he teaches Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Piano in the Faculty of Music. As an Educator, Koven has conducted master classes and workshops in China, Japan, Colombia, Barbados and Mexico.

Rob Clutton - Bass

Rob Clutton is a composer and double bassist who was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and has made his home in Toronto for the last twenty years. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto in 1991 and is currently pursuing a PHD in Music at York University.

Rob is active in the creative and improvised scenes in Toronto with solo project and group projects and as a member of a burgeoning improvising community. His solo project involves composing, performing, and recording for solo bass, including the CD Dubious Pleasures on the Rat-drifting label. Rob has performed numerous solo concerts, including the Guelph Jazz Festival in 2005.

Group projects include the Rob Clutton Band, which has released two CDs of original compositions and performed numerous concerts including the Montreal Jazz Festival. The bassist is a member of Drumheller, N, The Steve Koven Trio, N.O.J.O., Jazzstory, Quorum, The Ryan Driver Quartet, the David Buchbinder Ensemble, and the David Mott Quintet and is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting local creative improvising musicians, and to facilitating events in Toronto that bring international visiting artists together with local improvisers.

Friday May 7 at 8 pm
Admission: $20/$15 Seniors /$10 Students

“Signposts” is the collaboration between two composers Bill Gilliam & Charlie Ringas performing prepared piano and percussion with spoken word.

In this setting both artists draw upon their common background writing for related genres of New Music and Contemporary Jazz to integrate their compositional styles with open improvisations.

The pieces are based on the poetry and writings of Ivor Cutlor, Alan Lightman and Rumi. These spoken texts are the “Signposts” that initiate the direction, character and overall mood of the musical themes developed.

Bill Gilliam – composer / pianist
Bill is from London, England and moved to Toronto after completing his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Has written scores for film, dance and theatre and new music ensembles presented at festivals and contemporary music venues. With the assistance of the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR he has released electronic music and contemporary jazz CDs and performed improvised / electro-acoustic music in collaboration with different performance artists at the Music Gallery, alternative music venues and jazz festivals.

His new music compositions include works for voice, spoken word, soloists and chamber ensembles and for Toronto’s 2007 Nuit Blanche all-night art event, Bill’s electro-acoustic, multi-media production Memory Vision was a featured installation at the Canadian Music Centre. In 2008 / 2009, he received grants from the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council to create his work, Poems from a Love Triangle a 45 minute new music concert for voice, actors and chamber ensemble based on the erotic love poems of Irish poet W.R. Rodgers. This work was performed in May 2009 at the Music Gallery with poetry staged as a radio drama.

Charlie Ringas – composer / percussionist
Charlie Ringas has delved into progressive and experimental music and by contrast has also found inspiration from the jazz of all eras. His past ensembles and projects include a diverse group of musicians creating a melting pot of all genres.

Charlie is the co-founder of Supermono Records that has released 32 titles. His credits include his Ring Cycle project for new music chamber ensemble with chorus, Flame of Days (1997) and Heart Of Mind (2000). He also created the experimental Hermetic Music Commission, a new music sextet with spoken word that recorded his work In Sound Is (2002).

His project Gold of Hours is a full length score for chamber orchestra and chorus was performed October of 2004 and November 2005 at Premiere Dance Theatre. Charlie continues to compose and perform with different artists in Toronto.

The Art of the Piano: Mary Kenedi
Sunday May 9, 2010 at 3 pm
Admission: $20 General Admission, $15 seniors, $10 students

Mary Kenedi is a pianist, who specializes in Hungarian and contemporary Canadian music. She has performed to great acclaim internationally, in Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Kenedi has premiered, performed and recorded eight CDs of this repertoire. Her latest CD on her own label, Echiquier, is one of several concerti, recorded both in performance and in studio, with the North Czech Philharmonic under Maestro Charles Olivieri-Munroe. In August, 2010, she will be recording the music of Nino Rota for the Naxos label. This CD will feature solo pieces, as well as chamber music, performed with musicians from the Toronto Symphony. Many of these will be premiere recordings. Also, she has commissioned through an Ontario Arts Council grant a "Choral Fantasy" from Abigail Richardson, for performance in 2012 with the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Several of the pieces on this concert are premieres: the Fantasia by Rota, and the Romantic Fantasy and the revised Sonata by Michael Conway Baker.

Spontaneous Compositions: A Concert with Kye Marshall and Thomas Baker
Sunday May 2 at 3 PM Admission $10 /$5 Kids

Kye Marshall (cello) and Thomas Baker (piano) perform spontaneous compositions - created entirely in the moment.

Their music features an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary classical and jazz, pop, rock and world music along with environmental sounds. Their eclecticism serves to create dynamic spontaneous compositions which join together melody, dissonance, cacophony and rhythm. This style of improvised music allows the freedom to express an emotional intensity that is vital and electrifying.

The Art of the Piano: Shoko Inoue
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors & Arts Workers $15 / Students $10


G.F. Handel: "Chaconne" HWV.435
Bach Busoni: "Chaconne"
W.A. Mozart: Sonata in B flat Major KV.570
F. Chopin: Nocturne op.27-1 & 2
L.V.Beethoven: "Waldstein" Sonata op.53

Shoko Inoue is a prize-winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize winner for contemporary music of the Frinna Awerbuch Competition and first prize winner of the Chopin Competition in New York where she made her Carnegie Hall debut. She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist throughout North America, Japan and Europe. Among her notable appearances are solo recitals at the 9th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas and at the Shostakovich Festival in Rome's St. Cecilia Hall. She has had many solo concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Ontario, where she makes her home.
Shoko Inoue was born in Tokyo, Japan, where she began playing the piano at the age of three. She studied with renowned teachers Shun Sato and Takashi Hironaka. Following her successful appearance at the Casadesus International Competition, she traveled to the United States to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music under full scholarship with Sergei Babayan, celebrated concert pianist, teacher, and artist in residence. Her studies continued with Marc Durand and John Perry in Toronto, Canada. As a student of Marc Durand, she received her M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Montreal, Quebec.

Ms. Inoue is committed to enhancing life through music. Her intense performances and her broad and varied repertoire are remarkable. Sergei Babayan has noted that her "interpretations are born of utmost integrity and sincerity that set her apart from other musicians." She performed Prokofiev's Concerto #2 in G minor, opus 16 with the Oshawa Symphony this past January; a Trio Concert in Florida with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth in February; a Piano Duo concert with Sergei Babayan in Cleveland; a Piano and Cello Duo concert with Amanda Forsyth at the Glenn Gould Studio, broadcasted by CBC radio station in September; and a Piano Solo recital presented by the Embassy of Japan at the National Gallery in Ottawa in October 2008.

Vibrant and skilled, with unlimited musical colour and an expressive spirit, Shoko Inoue is quickly becoming known for her unique communicative stage presence and her quality of drawing an audience into her innermost thoughts and philosophy on the music she is performing. Her successful performances attest to her ability to recreate for listeners, the transcendental world of the composers' vision. She is an avid reader of German literature, enjoys drawing, and being in Nature. Shoko has spent the last three months on Vancouver Island, spending lots of time in the "old growth forest" and the wilderness, while teaching at the University of Victoria.

John Graham, viola
April 11 Sunday at 3 PM
ADMISSION: $20/$15 seniors/$10 students

John Graham’s multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber music ensemble artist and teacher has taken him throughout the U.S. and to Canada, Europe, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

During his twenty-five years as a top free-lance violist in New York he performed as soloist, in chamber music ensembles, in new music groups, symphony, ballet, Broadway orchestras, and in film, TV, and commercial recording. During this period he was on the faculties of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Mannes College of Music.

He subsequently accepted the position of Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester


Unspeakable Truths (2008) Caleb Burhans
viola and pre-recorded collage

Loure and Gavotte Rondeau (Partita #3) J.S. Bach

Compass (2009) Baljinder Sekhon
composed for John Graham

Baljinder Sekhon, percussion


Calico Dances (2002) Nicolas Scherzinger

viola and electronic sounds
composed for John Graham

Siete Canciones populares espanolas Manuel de Falla

El pano moruno, Seguidilla murciana, Asturiana

Jota, Nana, Concion, Polo

Petar Kodzas, guitar

Caleb Burhans – resides in New York City, composing and performing as violist, violinist and counter-tenor.

Baljinder Sekhon – resides in Rochester, NY where he is teaching at the Eastman school of Music and finishing a PHD in composition.

Nicolas Scherzinger – from Vancouver, Canada and is Professor of composition at Syracuse University.

John Graham – Professor Emeritus, Eastman Eastman School of Music.

Petar Kodzas - from Belgrad, Serbia, received his doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music and is currently Chair of the String Department of the Eastman Community Music School.

Les AMIS Concerts
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors $15 / Students $10

W.A. Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat major, K. 378
Claude Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
Olivier Messiaen In Praise of the Immortality of Jesus from
Quartet for the End of Time
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 94a

Ugly Beauties CD Launch
Marilyn Lerner-piano/Matt Brubeck-cello/Nick Fraser-drums
Friday March 12 at 8pm, Admission $10.00

Ugly Beauties is the self-titled debut CD of Toronto-based master improvisers pianist Marilyn Lerner, cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser. Recorded in the summer of 2008 at the Glenn Gould Studios at CBC Toronto, the 15 tracks feature both partially written and totally improvised music with composition contributions from each member of the trio.

Ugly Beauties explores the terrain between jazz, contemporary classical music and improvisation. Piano, cello and drums interweave to create a boundless palette of texture and mood, and the breadth of sonic experimentation at times renders the three instruments indistinguishable from each other.

Lerner, Brubeck and Fraser possess an uncanny synergy and improvisational virtuosity, with allows the music to remain free as it circulates effortlessly around groove, abstract lyricism and harmonic exploration.
– Review by Ken Waxman in The WholeNote #15:2 (Canada), October 1, 2009 » 3886

An Evening of Free Improvised Music
Saturday, March 13, 8 p.m. - $10

Eve Egoyan, piano
Nicole Rampersaud, trumpet
Tilman Lewis, cello
Ronda Rindone, bass clarinet
Nilan Perera, guitar and effects
Joe Sorbara, percussion

A freely unfolding “conversation in sound” between six of Toronto’s creative musical voices, fresh from a two-month residency at Somewhere There.

Sorbara is an improviser, composer, and educator; director of the Leftover Daylight series; and a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto). Rindone specializes in creative improvisation and new music; is a performer, composer, and educator; and has long been active on Toronto’s music scene with the ensembles Quorum and This Moment. Rampersaud is an original, versatile voice much sought after in jazz and improvised music; she is co-curator of Leftover Daylight and an AIMToronto board member. Perera’s practice spans two decades of sonic exploration in the fields of jazz/popular/electroacoustic-based new music and interdisciplinary work; he is on the AIMToronto board and reviews art music for xclaim! magazine. Lewis creatively pushes the cello past its classical confines and is a contributor to Musicworks. Egoyan’s musical curiosity has led her to explore improvisational collaborations, dance projects, interdisciplinary performance, film work, sound installations, solo interpretative recitals, and CD recording.

Finding creative spark in their diverse perspectives, the sextet conjures up a unique sound-world all their own.

More on the artists:

The Art of the Piano: David Virelles
Sunday March 14 at 3 PM

"The idea of creating art that expands consciousness is what interests me. Music has the potential to achieve exactly that. The Masters had deep knowledge of its architecture; they developed a kind of art of the highest order that was not only creative and original but also has that quality that opens the mind and exhorts to learn more about ourselves.

"Through composing, I try to come up with a representation in sound of different ideas that were used as a point of departure for generating the musical material, i.e. cycles found in Nature (orbits, night and day, etc), Afro Cuban mystic-religious concepts, dualism, geometry, visual arts, writing systems, language, and many other elements that are a central part of our experiences as human beings. My ultimate goal is to describe through music those experiences that are particular to the way each of us live and think, hopefully encouraging people that listen to it to keep looking for answers."
                                                               – DAVID VIRELLES

This highly skilled pianist has received several accolades recognizing his outstanding talent. In October of 2003, he was chosen as the recipient of the first Oscar Peterson Prize, presented by Peterson himself at the ceremony held at Humber College. Also, when he was only 15, Virelles won the first prize at the Concurso Jojazz in Havana, adjudicated by several of the most prestigious jazz musicians in Cuba. In 2006, David Virelles and his quintet won the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors, the highest distinction awarded at the Montréal Jazz Festival. The same year, Virelles was nominated for the Canadian National Jazz Awards as Best Latin Jazz Artist, and he won the CBC Galaxy Award for Rising Star.

In 2007, the David Virelles Quintet released their debut album, Motion, on Justin Time. The CD features saxophonist Mark Turner, Brazilian musician Celso Machado as well as David's father, José Aquiles. Motion displays his virtuosity and his endeavor to create original music that is both an invitation to reflect as well as a sonic depiction of life’s experiences.

His rapidly growing reputation was confirmed with his winning the Louis Applebaum Composer’s Award in 2008. That award recognizes excellence in a body of work by an emerging artist in the field of jazz composition.

He will be playing with another great innovator, Steve Coleman, in 2010, as well as continuing to develop his own musical concepts and abilities.

2 Pianos 4 Hands:
John Farah & Attila Fias
Friday February 19, 2010 at 8pm


Composer, pianist, electronic musician and visual artist John Kameel Farah studied composition and performance with William Aide at the University of Toronto, where he received the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice. Later he had private lessons with minimalist composer Terry Riley in California and furthered his interest in the music of the Middle-East at the Arabic Music Retreat in Hartford. He has performed with Arraymusic and Tapestry New Opera and has had the opportunity to collaborate with a great number of improvisors, jazz, classical, electronic and indie artists across Toronto's diverse music scenes. Though still active in classical music, he now focuses primarily on his own creative hybrid of composition, keyboard improvisation, Electronica, Jazz, Baroque and Middle-Eastern music, and enjoys being able to perform this music in concert halls, jazz festivals and electronic raves alike. NOW Magazine named Farah as Best Pianist 2006. In 1998, he performed the complete solo piano works of Arnold Schönberg. He has performed across Europe, USA, Canada, U.K., the Middle–East, South Korea and Mexico – in 2008 performing atop the Aztec Great Pyramid of Cholula along with galactic visuals by astronomer John Dubinski. In 1999 and 2002, he was guest artist at the Edward Said National Conservatory, giving performances and masterclasses in Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This summer he released his new CD "Unfolding" on Dross:tik Records, which can be found at


Born in Budapest, Hungary, Attila Fias began studying music and playing piano at an early age with his father’s guidance. When his family moved to Canada, he studied with distinguished Canadian musician Dr. David Ouchterlony. He graduated with a performance degree in jazz from the University of Toronto. Attila has performed and recorded with people such as producer Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and other Indian music stars, Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon), New York Brazilian jazz harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens, tabla master Rajesh Rajbhatt and many fine Canadian musicians. Attila has produced, composed, arranged, and performed for Universal/MCA, Sony/BMG, EMI America and independent labels, on over 80 internationally distributed CDs. With over two million units sold worldwide, including a platinum and three gold-selling albums in Canada, they cover a diverse range of styles.

While rooted in modern jazz, the influences of Brazilian, Indian and Hungarian musical cultures can be heard in Attila’s music as well as elements of contemporary classical music and Electronica. Attila has just released a CD of his original jazz trio compositions entitled Stories, available through his website,

The Art of the Piano: Stephen Clarke
Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 8 PM

Stephen Clarke has performed in festivals in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and South America, among these the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Berliner Festwochen. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, New Music Concerts, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He also plays in a duo with violinist Marc Sabat, is the pianist with Arraymusic and has worked with a number of other ensembles. Solo recordings include works by Giacinto Scelsi (Mode Records). Mr. Clarke studied composition at the University of Toronto and has written works for various ensembles.


Udo Kasemets (1919):
Piano Sonata (1951) (premiere)
Koch Curve (1996)
Kaikhosru Sorabji (1892-1988):
Two Piano Pieces: - In the Hothouse (1918)
- Toccata (1920)
Horatiu Radulescu (1942-2008)
Third Piano Sonata op.86 (1992/99)
"You Will Endure Forever"

Duo Cornelia:
Galina Zisk & Jean Sophie Kim

The Art of the Piano: Marilyn Lerner
Saturday February 13 at 8pm

Songs for a midwinter night
An evening of solo piano improvisations, folk songs, jazz standards and original compositions ...

Marilyn Lerner - pianist/composer
‘with a breathtaking command of the piano, Lerner effortlessly ran through the instrument’s expansive palette of colours. It was delicate and probing, hard driving, witty and funny…

Graeme Pillsworth, Coda Magazine

Repeatedly, Lerner’s interpretations are enhanced by the engaging way she slips between limpid coolness and rhythmically-charged vibrancy. Pianists with a less finely calibrated touch would plough through passages that Lerner precisely etches.
Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Marilyn Lerner Bio

Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered recognition, including "Best Western Jazz Recording 2004" for her "Special Angel" duo with legendary guitarist Sonny Greenwich.

Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio and television. She produced "Birds Are Returning", the first contemporary Canadian jazz recording to come out of Cuba, playing her compositions with greats Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terry and Jane Bunnett.

Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinettist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Their fall 2006 European tour included the prestigious Wels XX Music Unlimited Festival in Austria. Marilyn also performs with Sonny Greenwich, the Mad Satie Trio (Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti), Nick Frasier and Matt Brubeck, Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano, and in the Jewish scene with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, From Both Ends of the Earth, and David Wall. She has appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher and Gerry Hemingway.

Lerner's original music has garnered the Montreal International Jazz Festival award for best composition. Her audio art collages have been broadcast internationally. A recent commission by CBC in honour of composer Dmitri Shostakovitch's 100th birthday entitled "Meditations on Mitya" was performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and in November 2006.

A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes the independently produced "Romanian Fantasy", a solo recording of improvisations on traditional Eastern European Jewish music recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto, "Thin Air" (WIG) the Queen Mab Trio's new release based on Hector Berloiz' Queen Mab Scherzo, "Luminance" (Ambiences Magnetiques), solo improvised piano music using different microphone techniques, "Special Angel" (C.B.C. records), duo with jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, and, with singer David Wall, "Still Soft Voiced Heart" (Traditional Crossroads), original settings of contemporary Yiddish poetry.

Lerner conducts workshops on improvisation and on Jewish music throughout North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Current projects include both a recording and performances of "Shake My Heart Like a Copper Bell", Lerner's contemporary Yiddish song cycle on the poetry of Anna Margolin, scored for piano, cello, clarinet and singer Adrienne Cooper, for which she received a Hadassah-Brandeis research award, ongoing collaborations with poet Patrick Friesen, a new trio project with cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser and numerous solo concerts.

Quintimacy with Special Guest Artist Kristin Mueller-Heaslip
Expressionists in the Melting Pot
Sunday January 31st at 4 PM
$25/$15 seniors and students

Korngold: Drei Lieder, Opus 22
Berg: Sieben Fruehe Lieder and an excerpt from Lulu,
Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for Left Hand Alone,
Schoenberg: Sechs Kleine Klavierstuecke
and other between-the-wars treats.

As always with Quintimacy, our concert will be followed by a brief reception and includes entertaining anecdotes mixed with the music. Check out our Facebook Page (under groups) for more information and reservations or call Gallery 345 at 416-822-9781.

Quintimacy is a Toronto-based group dedicated to rebuilding a close working relationship between composer, performer and audience through intimate salon-style performance of new, rare and beautiful chamber works. It was founded by Musicologist Eleanor Johnston, Composer Chad Martin and Performers: Ramona Carmelly, Joseph Ferreti and Elaine Lau in 2008.

Want a sneak peek? Quintimacy’s performance of Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” and Chad Martin’s “I will open petal by petal myself” from our 2008 season is posted at:

II - Lynn Kuo Winona Zelenka
Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors $15 / Students $10
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.


Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22)
I. Allegro
II. Très vif
III. Lent
IV. Vif, avec entrain

William Bolcom: Suite for Violin and Cello (1997)
I. Prelude – Very free and fast
II. With Energy
III. Stately, slow
IV. Very fast and skittish
V. Street dances


Beverly Grigsby: Dithyrambos for Violin and Cello (1974)

Michael Pepa: DUO for Violynn and Winoncello (2009)

Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)
I. Moderato
II. Zingaresca: Allegro giocoso
III. Andantino
IV. Moderato

Lynn Kuo, violin

Photo credit: Elaine Ling

“…. Lynn Kuo’s violin is dramatic, both rousing and melancholy..." - Showtime Magazine

Violinist Lynn Kuo has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Canada, United States, Wales, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania. As guest soloist,she has performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Nexus percussion ensemble, and has also collaborated with artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, William Aide, the Gryphon Trio, and Penderecki String Quartet.

In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres of acoustic and electroacoustic works written for her and various ensembles (Duo Vita, Les AMIS Ensemble): Canadian and European composers which include Michael Pepa, Dennis Patrick, Katarina Miljkovi?, Daniel Foley, Elizabeth Raum, Scott Godin, James Harley, John Oliver, Constantine Caravassilis, Avalon Rusk (Canada), Séan Clancy (Ireland), and Viktorija Cop (Croatia).

In 2008-09, Lynn gave the Canadian and European premieres of a fifth Michael Pepa work (ISOMORPHE), as soloist with the Cantus Ensemble of Croatia. Reprising her role as head of the Les AMIS Ensemble, Lynn embarked on a third European tour in April 2009 under the artistic direction of Michael Pepa. Among the performances: world premieres at the 2009 Music Biennale Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, the Mendelssohn Concerto in D minor with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria and the Chausson Concerto for Piano, violin and String Quartet with Marianna Humetska, piano and the Penderecki String Quartet.

Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Lynn is the Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and has also served as guest concertmaster of orchestras including the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Lynn also performs with the Canadian Opera Company, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Lynn is a doctoral candidate in the Doctoral of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto for which her dissertation research is on “Holistic Health and its Role in the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Musicians.”

Lynn gratefully performs on a 1904 Riccardo Antoniazzi violin and Hill bow on loan from Steven Pepa.

Winona Zelenka, cello

Photo credit: David Leyes

Winona Zelenka, known for her gorgeous, singing tone, is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Strauss’ Don Quixote Suite, with Thomas Dausgaard conducting, 2006), and performs often with conductor John Barnum. Their past collaborations include Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor with the Mississauga Symphony (2008) and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, with both the Scarborough Philharmonic (2007) and the Huronia Sinfonietta (2006). She has also performed Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major with the Canadian Sinfonietta (2007), conducted by Tak Ng Lai. At this same concert, Ms. Zelenka, a proponent of new music, performed the world premiere of “Invocation II’” for cello and orchestra, a work written for her by Canadian composer Michael Pepa. In 2008, Ms. Zelenka performed as guest Principal Cellist for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca. She has been Assistant Principal of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 2005, and served as Principal during the summers of 2007 and 2008. She is currently serving as Acting Principal of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has held that position since the 2004/2005 season.

Winona is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, who regularly performs on the Les AMIS, Syrinx, Amici, Art of Time and Offcentre series in Toronto. She collaborates regularly with many of Canada’s finest musicians including violinists Stephen Sitarski and Erika Raum; violist Steven Dann; bassist Joel Quarrington, pianist Andrew Burashko, and countless others. This summer ( 2009) she performed at the Ottawa Chamberfest with, among others, soprano Donna Brown and pianist/composer Heather Schmidt. The 2009/2010 season sees Winona performing with the Zuckerman ChamberPlayers at the Royal Conservatory’s new Koerner Hall as well as at the 92nd St. Y in New York.

Ms. Zelenka recently formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Bérard and violist Teng Li, with whom she will perform at the Four Seasons Amphitheatre in February of 2010. She will also be performing at the Amphitheatre with long-time duo partner Jacques Israelievitch in December 2009. In the 2009/2010 season, Ms. Zelenka is very pleased to work with Mr. Pepa again, who will compose a work for cello, violin and percussion for his Les AMIS series in Toronto.

Since the summer of 2004, Ms. Zelenka began performing in the Music Garden Series at Toronto’s waterfront. Every year, she has performed a different Bach cello suite. In 2006, she performed Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman’s “After the Sixth Suite”, also a composition written for her, which, as the title suggests, she performed in tandem with Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6. For her performance of the Suite No. 4 in September of 2009 she was joined by dancer Claudia Moore who added beautiful movements choreographed by Carol Anderson. Winona was also the cello soloist of such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” (2008), István Szabó’s “Being Julia” (2004), and the IMAX film “Under The Sea” (2009).

Exciting new projects include the recently-released films in HD of the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassado, filmed by Moving Head Productions and available on Youtube. Winona will also be releasing the complete Bach Cello Suites in the spring of 2010; all projects are recorded by CBC recording engineer Ron Searles , whose credits include I Furiosi and the Eybler Quartet as well as film scores by Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington.

Winona Zelenka began her career at age 22 as Associate Principal in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and won orchestra jobs with the National Ballet Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, and studied with the legendary Janos Starker. Ontario born and raised, Ms. Zelenka’s other main teachers include William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff, and William Pleeth.

Winona plays on the “Starker Guanerius”, which was made in 1707 by Giuseppe Guarneri, the father of the legendary “Guanerius del Gesù”. This instrument, formerly owned by Janos Starker for 30 years, is on loan to the TSO for Ms. Zelenka’s use thanks to the generosity of Dr. Edward Pong.

“Their swords were their bows, and their victory was in forgetting about their individual status in their main jobs … and deliver a gorgeous, and intellectually stimulating program…Bérard, Li and Zelenka carved into [Beethoven’s Trio Op. 9, No. 2] with glee, coming up with a full-blooded reading that never rode roughshod over quiet passages.”
John Terauds, The Toronto Star, January 2009

(Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin)
"Her account of the famous cello prologue and epilogue in the andante movement was ravishing and deserved its special ovation."
Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail, May 2008

Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 AT 8 PM

Please join us on Wednesday night, January 20th as we bring some heat to a cold January. Jane and Hilario are continuing their work in progress, performing early 20th century and contemporary Cuban composers, including compositions by Hilario, and the duos they created for piano and flute/sax. This is a reprise of their performance last month at Hart House, but in the warm and welcoming salon environment of Gallery 345. Call in advance to reserve a seat. (416-822-9781)


Jane Bunnett the soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader, has built her career at the crossroads between Cuban music and jazz. Twice nominated for Grammy Awards (Best Latin Jazz Recording 2002 for Alma de Santiago and 2003 for Cuban Odyssey), a fixture of nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards, and winner at Canada’s Urban Music Awards for Best Global Recording in 2003 for Cuban Odyssey, Toronto’s own jazz virtuoso has turned her bands into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba.

Honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004, Jane Bunnett is truly one of Canada’s most valuable artistic resources.


Born in Havana, Cuba and based in Toronto, Canada, Hilario Duran is internationally renowned as pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestra leader. He is a winner of multiple Juno and National Jazz Awards, an American Grammy Award nominee and recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award. Latin Jazz Corner wrote that Hilario is one of the “contemporary Cuban pianists that moved jazz in the 21st century.” Hilario Duran and his Latin Jazz orchestra have been selected to perform at the Cultural Olympics 2010.

Like many Cuban musicians, Hilario was born into a musical family surrounded by classical, jazz, and popular music. He joined Arturo Sandoval’s band for nine years (1981-1990), touring at major jazz festivals around the world and sharing stage with the late Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand. In 1990, Hilario formed his own band Perspectiva which toured successfully through Latin America and Europe. One year later Hilario participated as a pianist in Jane Bunett’s Juno Award Winning CD Spirits of Havana.

Hilario Duran is a member of the Jazz Faculty at Humber College, as adjunct Piano Professor and Ensemble Director.


1. Almendra – (Abelardo Valdes)
2. Tres Lindas Cubanas – (Guillermo Caotillo)
3. Longina – (Manuel Corona) 1920
4. Contradanza #2 – (Jose Maria Vitier)
5. Esto Si Tiene Que Ver – (Hilario Duran)
6. Danza Lucumi – (Ernesto Lecuona)
7. Quiriño con Sus Tres – (Eliseo Grenet)


1. El Manisero – (Moises Simon)
2. Suite Contradanza
I. Contradanza #1 – (Cervantes)
II. Contradanza #2 – (Saumell)
III. Contradanza #3 – (Saumell))
IV. Los Tres Golpes – (Ignacio Cervantes)

Sunday January 24, 2-6 pm

Freshly hatched sounds. Step inside the creative process in a concert/workshop led by the insightful Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield and featuring new works by Toronto’s most promising emerging composers. Having performed workshops at UBC, Banff, U of T, York University, University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and Trinity College of Music (England), Continuum’s experience and unique ensemble chemistry promise a memorable event for participants and audience alike.

2:00-3:15 - score critique session
3:30-6:00 - workshop

Click the title for a composer bio and program note (not in performance order)

Christopher Butterfield – 4 pearls
Anna Höstman – ghosts of swallows
Lan-Chee Lam – La Défense
William Peltier – Springtime for Gentle Risings within Gridlock
Chris Thornborrow – Music for Marionettes
Hiroki Tsurumoto – Code Thumbnail 1

Performers: Continuum’s ensemble

Free admission; open to the public

Performance by Zygmunt Krause
Monday, Jaunary 11, 2010, 7 PM
$50 Charitable Donation
Wine and Cheese

Poland has long enjoyed the reputation of spawning some of the world’s most successful and controversial composers. We have invited distinguished pianist and composer Zygmunt Krauze to curate a program of Canadian premieres on January 10 at Glenn Gould Studio by Polish composers including Pawel Szymanski, who has proved himself one of the most uncompromising voices of our time. While in Toronto Mr. Krauze offers a special benefit recital for New Music Concerts (a non-subscription event on January 11 at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Avenue) in which he will improvise on the music Chopin and Lutos?awski, as well asa free public lecture at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto on January 12. The Polish mini-festival ends on a high note with Agata Zubel, an electrifying performer who is enjoying a rising double career as composer and soprano, in music for solo voice with piano and electroacoustic accompaniment on January 13 at the Music Gallery. For reservations and further information please call our office at 416.961.9594. Our January Polish festival events are proudly sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

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