gallery 345

Gallery 345 map
345 Sorauren Avenue
Toronto ON M6R 2G5

t 416.822.9781
Street Parking Only
Website: Maestra

Facebook Twitter

upcoming performances >

past performances

Past concerts at Gallery 345. 2017

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013  | 2012  |  20112010 2009  |  2008

Saturday December 17, 2011 at 8 pm

Thursday Dec 15, 2011 at 8 pm
Pay What You Can

Six local composers and five local performers will present a pay-what-you-can concert of new music on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 8pm at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Avenue. The program will be the product of Torontiade, a new music workshop that emphasizes collaboration and networking.

The term Torontiade stems from Schubertiade, an intimate event that 19th century composer Franz Schubert would host at his home to showcase new compositions.

This workshop runs from mid-Nov. to Dec. 15, during which composers consult with performers at a number of casual meetings. Once the writing is complete, each piece is given two hours of rehearsal time before it is premiered at the concert. High quality video and sound recordings, both invaluable resources and great marketing tools for musicians, are handed out to each composer and performer.

Current workshops reinforce a divide between composer and performer. By making networking a priority, the Torontiade musicians are promoting a culture that encourages new project ideas and future collaborations.

Patrick Murray
Jordan O'Connor
Patrick Power
Janet Sit
Mike Romaniak
Sahlia Wong

Katie Avery (violin)
Hunter Coblentz (cello)
Anne Prévost (viola)
Colin Repas (violin)
Wesley Shen (piano)

Tuesday December 13 at 8 pm

When he steps onto the stage of noted Toronto performance space Gallery 345 on Dec. 13th, Jurij Konje will be fully armed. Most visible will be the impressive arsenal of percussion instruments he has collected from around the world. Less obvious but equally important will be the invaluable musical experience the Toronto-based percussionist, composer and recording artist has accumulated over the course of a career that has seen him excel in genres as diverse as rock, classical, world, and new music.

His performance will feature material taken from the three albums he has recorded over the past four years, Flux, Walkabout, and Ambush. This compelling trilogy showcases Konje's fertile creative imagination, and their original compositions will be performed on darabuka, karimba, triangle, claves, shakers, gong, bells, and whistle. Jurij's treated and looped narrations of evocative words and phrases will add depth and atmosphere to his ear-catching creations.

Konje's percussion skills have been honed through study at the University of Toronto and with, amongst others, the late John Wyre, the co-founder of the pioneering percussion ensemble Nexus. His talent has been utilized in performance and on recordings by artists and ensembles ranging from The Brandenburg Ensemble and University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble to world music groups Autorickshaw and Flaming Dono Drum and Dance, indie rock icons By Divine Right, and alt-pop superstar Feist. He has performed with distinction at venues as varied as Molson Park in Barrie, The SkyDome, New York City's Lincoln Centre, Washington Irving and Metropolitan Museum, and Washington's Smithsonian. As a composer, Jurij has had his work performed by the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Janus 21, and such percussion ensembles as Humdrum, Attaca and Tabu. His current projects include the percussion group Coeo and the percussion and electronic duo 1 + 1>3.

Following the creative journey of this emerging composer will be a highly rewarding pursuit.
For more information, contact:

Faye Perkins
Phone: 905 894 4667

Alejandro Vela and Theresa Rudolph:

Dec 2, 2011 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Robert Schumann, Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 113
Samuel Zyman, Sonata for Viola and Piano
César Franck, Sonata in A Major

Theresa Rudolph, Viola

Award-winning violist Theresa Rudolph is an active chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral player. She is currently 3rd Chair Viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rudolph has performed on concert series in Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Ottawa, and throughout eastern Canada. She has been featured several times on CBC Radio 2 in performances broadcast nationally, and collaborated with esteemed artists such as violinists Miriam Fried and Scott St. John, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Jamie Parker. Currently, she performs in the Rudolph Family Chamber Players with her mother, flutist Kathleen Rudolph, her father, percussionist John Rudolph, and her husband, violinist Csaba Koczo.

Ms. Rudolph has participated in many festivals, such as the Banff Centre for the Arts Summer Master Classes Program, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival. In addition, she performed as part of the “Musicians from Ravinia” 2001 tour. As a member of the Brutini String Quartet, Ms. Rudolph attended the Issac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in New York and performed in Carnegie Hall. In 1998, the quartet became prize winners at the prestigious Fischoff Competition, an initiative renowned for launching the careers of young chamber musicians.

Hailing from Vancouver, Ms. Rudolph was a student of Gerald Stanick. A recipient of a scholarship grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she then obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Robert Vernon. In March of 2001, shortly before graduating, Ms. Rudolph became the youngest member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 21. She also held the position of Assistant Principal Viola of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, where she frequently appeared as Acting Principal Viola. Ms. Rudolph has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Alejandro Vela, Piano

Acclaimed as “a conjuror at the keyboard” and praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery, sensuous beauty and majesty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to Taipei, Toronto, Montreal, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Kiev and Berlin. In February of 2011, Mr. Vela gave début performances in Tokyo in a solo recital and as soloist with the Camerata de Coahuila led by Ramón Shade in Mexico. In October of 2011, Mr. Vela plays in Budapest at the prestigious Obudai Tarsaskor Concert Hall in commemoration of Liszt's bicentennial birthday. Also this season he débuts in Prague and Helsinki, tours Asia, and performs as a member of the Quint Quintet in major venues in North America.

Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Recently, Mr. Vela gave acclaimed performances at the El Paso Pro-Musica concert series, the Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Alejandro very early began his piano studies with his mother Hortensia Vela Mante and continued with Robert Avalon. He holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky. More information on Alejandro Vela at


Friday November 25 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Axel Strauss - Biography

The first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Axel Strauss has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. The Salt Lake Tribune praised his well-rounded artistry by saying, "Strauss quickly established that he is a virtuoso to be reckoned with. But amid his technical acumen, there was a genuine musician. His interpretive prowess was delightful."

Mr. Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. Since then he has given recitals in major North American cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world premiere of "Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby" – written for him by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

Mr. Strauss has performed as soloist with orchestras in Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Bucharest, San Francisco and Cincinnati, among others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Maxim Shostakovitch, Rico Saccani, Joseph Silverstein, and Alasdair Neale.

His recordings include the Brahms violin concerto (BPOlive), Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words" (Naxos), the violin version of the Sonatas Opus 120 by Brahms (Organum) and the Duo for Violin and Cello by Kodaly (Oehms Classics). Naxos recently released his recordings of the 24 Caprices by Pierre Rode and of the Violin Concertos Nos. 17-19 by Rodolphe Kreutzer. Amadeus Press has issued a DVD featuring Axel Strauss in concert at Steinway Hall in New York City. Mr. Strauss frequently performs at various music festivals in the US. Festival visits abroad have taken him to Germany, India, Korea and Japan. His chamber music partners include Menahem Pressler, Kim Kashkashian, Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann and Bernhard Greenhouse.

Since his European debut in Hamburg in 1988, Axel Strauss has been heard on concert stages throughout Europe. He has given concerts in Moscow, Vilnius, Berlin, Bremen, Leipzig and Nuremberg. Concert tours have taken him to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Romania. He has also toured South America and performed in Japan with the Philharmonic Violins Berlin.

At the age of seventeen he won the silver medal at the Enescu Competition in Romania and has been recognized with many other awards, including top prizes in the Bach, Wieniawski and Kocian competitions. Mr. Strauss studied at the Music Academies of Lübeck and Rostock with Petru Munteanu. In 1996 he began working with the late Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and became her teaching assistant in 1998. He has also worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir, and Ruggiero Ricci, and at the Marlboro Music Festival with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida and Andras Schiff. Mr. Strauss has been residing in the United States since 1996. He maintains a busy performance schedule and serves as Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Axel Strauss performs on an outstanding violin by J.F. Pressenda, Turin 1845, on extended loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago.

Ilya Poletaev, piano - Biography

Pianist Ilya Poletaev is quickly becoming recognized as one of today’s most original and compelling artists. In July 2010, he captured First Prize at the prestigious XVII International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and, as the winner, has appeared in recital at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

A pianist with an inquisitive mind who explores a wide range of repertoire choices ranging from the 16th to the 21st century, Mr. Poletaev leads a multifaceted career as both a classically trained pianist and as a performer on early keyboards. The Philadelphia Inquirer praised his debut in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (in both C.P.E. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, Wq. 23 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor with Symphony in C), singling out his “lively imagination” and “unfailingly gorgeous tone,” and remarking that “in total it was an interpretation of considerable individuality.” Keith Kibler of

The Berkshire Review has said of Mr. Poletaev, “An expert harpsichordist, [he] played Bach on the piano as well as any I have heard…[]…His intelligence was?luminous.”

Mr. Poletaev has appeared with the Toronto and Hartford symphony orchestras as well as with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Romania’s Filarmonica “Mihail Jora” di Bacau and Filarmonica di Stat Transilvania of Cluj-Napoca, and Orchestra J-Futura of Trento, Italy. Mr. Poletaev was the First Prize winner of the XX Concorso Sala Gallo Piano Competition in Monza, Italy, where he also received the Audience Prize, the Bach Prize, and the Orchestra Prize. A prizewinner at the 2011 George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, he also captured First Prize at the 2009 Grieg International Competition, and was a laureate of the 2008 National Stepping Stone Competition in Canada. He joined the Astral Artists roster as a winner of its 2009 National Auditions.

As a harpsichordist, Mr. Poletaev was a top prizewinner at the 2007 Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society harpsichord competition, and has been heard in such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Pierpont Morgan Library, the Helicon Foundation, the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and Yale’s Collection of Musical Instruments. As a continuo player, he has performed under Masaaki Suzuki, Andrew Lawrence-King, Steven Stubbs, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, Graham O’Reilly, and Helmuth Rilling. As a chamber musician, he has performed alongside such distinguished artists as Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein, Gary Hoffmann, Boris Berman, Paul Hersh, Susan Narucki, and Miah Persson. He has also appeared at the Moab, Caramoor, Sarasota, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Banff, Orford, and Stratford Summer Music festivals.

Mr. Poletaev gave an acclaimed performance at the Caramoor Festival with renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by David Robertson. Other recent performances include Medtner’s?Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Peter Oundjian, solo appearances at Germany’s prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr, a concerto performance at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, and recitals at Italy’s Festival Lago Maggiore, the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. His two-volume recording of the complete works of George Enescu for violin and piano, with violinist Axel Strauss, will soon be released on the Naxos label.

Mr. Poletaev began studying in Moscow at the age of six and continued his studies in Israel until he moved to Canada at the age of 14. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with pianist Marietta Orlov and harpsichordist Colin Tilney, as well as a doctorate and a Master’s degree from Yale, where he studied with Boris Berman. Between 2005 and 2010 he also served on the faculties of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Department of Music,?and the Yale School of Music as a lecturer in Early Music. In the spring of 2011 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal.

ENOCH ARDEN performed by

Thursday November 24 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Enoch Arden Program Notes
by Pauline Finch

In 1897 Richard Strauss composed his setting of Tennyson's 1864 narrative poem Enoch Arden as one of two piano-and-narrator melodramas to perform with his good friend and benefactor, the famous actor and reciter Ernst von Possart.

The melodrama, which combines words (usually prose or blank verse) spoken dramatically to keyboard or instrumental accompaniment, evolved from spoken scenes in opera into an independent art form and was very popular in the 19th century. The Strauss-Possar duo toured both Enoch Arden and The Castle by the Sea (composed several years later) extensively together, drawing large and appreciative audiences.

Some commentators and critics have called melodramas a form of song without melody; others have called them theatre without scenery; still others have dismissively called them irrelevant, being neither one thing nor the other. The closest parallel genre mght be the early 20th-century radio play, in which the listener experiences words whose mood and context are enhanced by specific music and sound-effects; another analogy might be hearing a good movie soundtrack without seeing the moving images. In each case, one must imagine the visual component.

Despite their great popularity during the 1800s, stand-alone melodramas did not transition well into 20th and 21st century popular culture. But melodramatic form is often experienced within recorded “talking books”, multi-media stage performances, or flashback and retrospective scenes in live theatre, television and movies.

Enoch Arden has rarely been recorded but the 2007 partnership of Sir Patrick Stewart (famed for his many seasons as Star Trek TNG's Captain Jean-Luc Picard) with pianist Emmanuel Ax has brought this work renewed critical respect and a resurgence of public interest.

Enoch Arden tells the sentimental Victorian tale of a man who returns home after being lost at sea for ten years, to find his wife remarried to a good friend. Like Wagner, Strauss uses a series of musical tags (or leitmotifs) to identify the story's situations and surroundings, as well as its leading characters – Enoch, his wife Annie; and Philip, their mutual friend, who eventually marries Annie. In a supreme act of selfless faith Enoch chooses a life of anonymity, working at odd jobs to survive, giving up his own happiness so that Annie, Philip and their children might be spared the division and disruption that his return to the family would cause.


The versatile Canadian stage performer, writer, and cartoonist Kevin White is a graduate of the Humber College Theatre Performance Program. He has studied with such renowned teachers as Maja Ardal, Diana Belshaw and Dean Gilmour.

Kevin was a participant in the 2007/2008 Paprika Festival at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre. Recent ensemble roles include the production of Tir-Na Nog: a Visitor's Tale, at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, as well as Unfinished Passage at the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre.

In addition to performing Enoch Arden, a melodrama for narrator and pianist, with concert pianist Mauro Bertoli, Kevin can also be seen regularly performing in live improv comedy shows in Waterloo, and is a creative collaborator on several other artistic projects.

Wednesday November 23 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Paradisi : Toccata
Clementi : Sonata op.47 n.2
Martucci : Melodia
Brahms : intermezzo op.118 n.2
Granados : Allegro da concerto

*** intermission ***

Schumann : Papillons op.2
Schumann : Toccata op.7
Liszt: Improptu Brillante on melodies by Spontini and Rossini
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody n.6


Mauro Bertoli, pianist, born in Italy, winner of many International Piano Competitions, has established himself on the international stage and has been praised by the press for his formidable technique and his exceptional sensitivity (from Toronto Star "....dazzled by (the) up-and-coming pianist ...with absolutely flawless technique and deep musicality...Here is a newcomer to watch out for").

He has performed for important Festivals and in major concert halls (Theatre “La Fenice” in Venice, Auditorium “S.Cecilia” in Rome, Verdi Hall in Milan, Beijing Concert Hall for the “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Beijing International Piano Festival”, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Festival...) throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Brazil and China. Mauro has also played with orchestras such as Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Orchestra of Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Texas Festival Orchestra, Ottawa University Orchestra (conducted by Philippe Entremont), Orchestra “Coccia” of Novara, Chamber Orchestra of Brescia to cite a few.

His recordings have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Radio Classica Bresciana, Radio Classica Milano among others.Besides focusing on his solo career, Mauro is an active chamber musician and has appeared together with Wolfgang David, Netanel Draiblate, Lucia Luque, Liv Hilde Klokk, Eric Ruske, Emilio Còlon, Kenneth Grant, Marco Zoni, David Gardner, Steeve Michaud, Julie Nesrallah among others.

In the season 2011/12 he will perform also for Muskoka Concert Association, Barrie’s Colours of Music. He will also perform with the Oakville Symphony Orchestra and the Kamloops Symphony among others.

He received his musical education at the Academy of Music “G. Verdi” in Milan, at the Academy “S. Cecilia” in Rome, at the Foundation “R.Romanini” in Brescia, at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, in Brussels (ICPA – International Certificate for Piano Artists) and at the Ecole Normale de Musique “A. Cortot” in Paris. He won the “Giuseppe Sinopoli Award 2006”, the prestigious Italian prize awarded personally by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic.

He studied with Sergio Marengoni, Sergio Perticaroli, Nelson Delle Vigne and Mats Widlund, he also attended masterclasses with Alexis Weissenberg, Francois-Rene Duchable, Michel Beroff, Robert Roux, Sthépane Lemelin, France Clidat, Bruno Canino, Andrea Lucchesini, Mario Brunello, Franco Rossi...

Mauro is an Associate Performance Faculty Member (piano), Department of Music, at Carleton University in Ottawa.

“I recommend the young and very gifted Italian pianist Mauro Bertoli...”. Louis Lortie

“I personally recommend very specially Mauro Bertoli, he is a gifted young pianist, very talented and an experienced pianist with a fine perception of music....”. Philippe Entremont

Sunday November 20 at 7:30 pm
(Music by Lidov, Westcott and The Three Great B’s) with the Annex Quartet:
Hezikiah Leung, Carolyn Blackwell, violins, Yunior Lopez, viola, Peter Cosbey, cello

David Lidov,  Obedient Ears, Andrew Timar, Sulings, D. Lidov, piano.
L.v. Beethoven, Piano Sonata op 10/2, D. Lidov, pian.o
David Lidov,  “Song”,  The Annex Quartet.*
(p a u s e)
Lidov, et al. “A Brief History of I Love You”  Rick Sax, MalletKat  and MAX
( a trailer for the Jan 14 premiere).
Bix Biederbecke, Bixology, W. Westcott, piano.
- - - - - -
Eurreal (Little Brother) Montgomery, 
1.      St. Joe Martin Blues.  2.  Shreveport Farewell 3. TBA. William Westcott, arr.
David Lidov,  Three Small Whole Numbers,
1.      Four.  2. Twelve.  3. Nine.

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 websites are www.David-Lidov.CA and

Bill Westcott was born in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, Missouri. When he was a student at the University of Illinois, he also studied blues piano for several years with Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery in Chicago, a major blues-recording artist of the 1930s and of the later blues revival. From that time, he has dedicated himself to transcribing, preserving and performing the outstanding music of the early blues pianists of the teens, twenties and thirties. While working occasionally as a soloist and accompanist in classical performance, he has performed as a band member in various rock, Dixieland, country and western, ragtime, jazz and blues ensembles over the past 35 years. Since 1979, he has lived and worked in Toronto, Canada, maintaining an active career as pianist, composer, arranger, lecturer, singer, writer and teacher. For several years, he provided concert notes for the TSO programs. He has appeared as pianist and singer in blues, jazz, ragtime and folk festivals in Canada and the United States. He has published articles on the subjects of early jazz and blues piano and the history of African-American music in general. Orchestras in Canada, the United States and Eastern Europe have performed his original compositions and arrangements. He taught music through the 1980s in the Department of Music at York University, leaving the academic life in the '90s to work as a freelance musician but returning recently as an Associate Professor teaching composition.

Recognized for their eclectic repertoire of music, The Annex Quartet—Hezekiah Leung, Carolyn Blackwell (violins), Yunior Lopez (viola), and Peter Cosbey (cello)—continues to deliver dynamic performances that push the boundaries of classical music. Since 2008, the quartet has been in high demand throughout Toronto and abroad. Recent performances include the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater at the Four Seasons Centre, Montreal Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Hall, Toronto’s Luminato Festival where they joined the Kronos Quartet, and the Stratford Festival where they performed the complete cycle of Mozart’s “Haydn Quartets.”

Recent shows have included works by Terry Riley, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, and Osvaldo Golijov as well as the piano quintets by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

The Annex Quartet experiments. Recently, they embarked on modern jazz project performing and recording works for string quartet, double bass, alto sax, bass clarinet and drums by Patrick Reid and Colin Power. Gradually, the quartet has expanded their repertoire by using instruments from Cuba, the Middle East, and Asia. The Annex Quartet is currently releasing on an all-Cuban album entitled “Mojito: the Music of Cuba for String Quartet.” For more information please visit

Hezekiah Leung has studied the violin since the age of five and studied under Florence Kim, Herbert Tsang, and Pavel Chiriac. Stephen Shipps He has has participated in the New York Strings Seminar, the Banff Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival working with with Pamela Franck, Desmond Hoebig, Ani Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian, Alex Kerr, Don Weilerstein, Joel Smirnoff, Daniel Phillips and Kolja Lessing. He is currently completing an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory with Barry Shiffman.

Carolyn Blackwell, originally from Calgary, Alberta, has shared the stage with Steven Dann, Geoff Nuttall, Martin Beaver, Anssi Karttunen, Renaud Capuçon, and Mayumi Seiler. She has been featured with The Art of Time Ensemble, The Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, the Mooredale Concerts series and the Artists of The Royal Conservatory (ARC) and is featured on the group’s newest recording “Two Roads to Exile” from the RCA Sony Red Label. Carolyn performs regularly with the Canadian Opera Company and was the youngest instrumentalist invited to participate in the inaugural Wagner Ring Cycle Performances at the Four Season’s Centre. Carolyn has studied with Steven Dann, Nick Pulos, Barry Shiffman, Henk Guittart, Mark Steinberg, and Peter Longworth.

During the summer months, Carolyn is a principal of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland and participates in the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Seminar in Cornwall, England. She was recently awarded a chair in the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra under Gabor Takacs-Nagy and will be making her Amercian debut at The Spoleto Festival in May of 2011.

Yunior Lopez, born in Cuba, enjoys an eclectic career as a chamber player, conductor, and entrepreneur. A recipient of many awards and prizes, Mr. Lopez began his career after winning a contract with the Las Vegas Philharmonic at the age of eighteen. In 2006, Yunior joined Lukas Foss’s National Festival Orchestra as principal violist. Thereafter, he was appointed conductor of the Academy Symphony Orchestra at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada. Yunior founded The Annex Quartet in September of 2008.

Other orchestral experience include principal viola of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the orchestra at the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute, the Nevada All-State Orchestra, and the prestigious World Youth Symphony.

Yunior is an alumnus of the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Program and the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program in Canada, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute (SMI), and the Las Vegas, Green Valley, and Hot Springs Music Festival’s. His principal teachers include Steven Dann, Susan Barton, and David Holland. Other influences include conductors Uri Mayer and Mario Bernardi. For more information please visit Yunior’s Website –

Peter Cosbey, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School as a student of Bryan Epperson, began his cello study in Regina with Cameron Lowe. His orchestral experience with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Orchestra was recently expanded with a one year term as Assistant Principal Cello of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Performances with The Cosbey Trio, Quinsin Nachoff, pianist Mariko Kamachi, and the Artists of the Royal Conservatory have been recorded for broadcasts on the CBC. Frequently, Peter performs on the Alicier Arts chamber music series in Toronto. Peter has also appeared on the Mooredale Concerts series, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, Summer Music in the Garden at Toronto Music Garden, the Piano Salon series in Toronto, and the St. Clair County Community College’s Thursday at Noon Concert Series in Port Huron. At the Georgian Music concert series in Barrie he performed with the Hausmann String Quartet and Serouj Kradjian. Peter’s awards include the Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown bow award, the Director’s Gold Medal from the Conservatory of Performing Arts in Regina and top prize at the Regina Musical Club’s Recital Competition for 2006. As a teacher Mr. Cosbey is on faculty at the Toronto School for Strings in Toronto, Canada and the JVL Summer School for Performing Arts in North Bay, Canada.

Originally a bassoonist, Andrew Timar has made his mark over the past 20 years as a suling (Indonesian bamboo ring flute) and gamelan player, concert organiser and teacher. He has been active in Toronto’s New Music and World Music scenes since the 1970’s as a composer, musician, teacher, arts administrator and as founding editor of MUSICWORKS magazine. He has worked with Musicdance Orchestra, New Music Co-op, Critical Band, New Music Concerts and the legendary artists Jon Hassell, Brian Eno,Trichy Sankaran and Laurie Anderson.

As a suling and gamelan performer, he has been active throughout Canada, Europe, Japan and Indonesia. Andrew served as the Artistic Director of Evergreen Club contemporary gamelan from 1987 to 1990. Under his direction the group toured Europe and western Canada and released a CD.

In 1995, he founded Gamelan Toronto, the city’s first permanent Karawitan Jawa (gamelan) group, studying and performing Javanese gamelan and vocal music. For “Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific” Andrew conceived and directed Gamelan Summit Festival 1997, the first national gathering of gamelan-related performance groups from across Canada, playing host to over 75 performers. His more recent projects the suling in various combinations with both Western and Asian instruments and musical languages.

Andrew was invited in 1999 to establish a gamelan studio program at York University and served as its first Course Director. In 2000 he co-authored a curriculum to teach gamelan and wayang for the 560 school Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

RICK SACKS, one of Toronto’s leading exponents of new music, Composer and musician Rick Sacks holds a master’s degree in percussion from SUNY Stony Brook. He directs Arraymusic, and has performed and recorded with The Glass Orchestra, New Music Concerts, the Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry New Opera, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan among others, and has toured extensively throughout the world.

A Gallery of Harp & Song
Sunday November 13th at 3pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students
info and to reserve tickets: 416-346-6600 /

Gallery 345 + Sharlene Wallace + Sora = an intimate afternoon of original and folkloric music, musings and myth. International recording and touring musician, Sharlene, has garnered a reputation for being one of Canada's most versatile harpists while Calgary based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sora, has been praised for her soaring voice and unusual lyrical vision. Together, they paint a contemporary musical portrait perfectly suited to Gallery 345.


Sharlene Wallace is one of Canada's most prolific and influential lever harp players. She also plays Classical harp.

She has won two international competitions, the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (Tucson, Arizona) and the Concours d'Improvisation de Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique (Dinan, France).

Rhythmic and original, "Wallace's sound is a combination of Jazz, Classical, New Age, Latin and Celtic Folk. The pieces are visual, cerebral and full of rhythms..." (Teresinha Costa, eye for the future). "This is not just your harp music with a pretty face - it is smoky, saucy and flirtatious, serving up a delicious blend of drama and daydreams." (Susan S.H.). "A fantastic, joyous musical adventure that ended far too soon." (Ian Hepburn, director "Music Alive! Musique en Vie").

Harpist, recording artist, composer, Sharlene has created five independent CDs featuring many of her compositions which have been influenced by her explorations in Latin, Celtic, and contemporary music: "the rhyme & the river", "Journey of Shadows", "Beyond the Waves", "Island Mountain", and "Anticipation" (collaborated CD with flute/piano player Susan Piltch). Sharlene has also been involved in commissions for the lever harp by numerous Canadian composers including John Beckwith, Bruce Mather, Evelyne Datl, Kirk Elliott, William Beauvais and a piece for orchestra and lever harp by Rodney Sharman.

Sharlene tours internationally giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and adjudications. She has performed in numerous festivals and concert series across North America and in Europe including The World Harp Congress (Vancouver, BC), Celtica and the Workshop Internazionale di Arpa (Italy), Musicora (Paris, France), Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, ON), Harpcon (St. Louis, MO), and Vancouver Island Musicfest (BC). Sharlene is involved in collaborations with bass player George Koller, piano/flute player Susan Piltch and singer-songwriter Sora among others.

Sharlene is also on the faculty of York University teaching lever and pedal harps. Her own Classical performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent harpist Judy Loman. Sharlene is Principal Harpist with the Oakville and Kingston Symphonies.

SORA, singer-songwriter, multi-instumentalist

With a uniquely ancient-to-modern sound, Canadian singer-songwriter, Sora weaves together contemporary stylings with the mystical moods of Celtic folk, New age, medieval madrigals and other modes of early music. The result is a heady, colourfully evocative tapestry that conjures the imagery of long ago but feels just as current as anything from the present musical landscape – all while sounding like little else on today’s airwaves. With a penchant for threading stories and narratives through her live performance of swirling harp, earthy percussion, ethereal backups and soaring vocals, this much is clear; you have never heard anything quite like Sora.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Sora was classically trained on violin and piano as a child and toured with a youth orchestra and fiddling group when she was a teenager. Surprisingly, however, it’s only recently that she became a singer, shortly after the birth of her first daughter in 2000 (she and her husband have four children). “I’d been away from music for years, and I was starting to feel like something was missing in my life,” recalls the vocalist, who majored in psychology at the University of Calgary and graduated with honours. “I started taking voice lessons as something just for me, and things just blossomed from there.”

The initial fruits of Sora’s newfound voice were 2003’s Winds of Change, a collection of traditional folk songs from the British Isles, and 2007’s Light, a four-track EP. In 2009, Sora released a full length album, Heartwood, in which Sora delves deeply into examinations of human archetypes, all held within a contemporary framework. With this release, Sora received airplay on many college and community radio stations, charting on several while the reviews poured in, unanimously applauding her crystalline voice and unusual lyrical vision within the songs. While her love of mythology plays a central role in her songs, Sora maintains that for her it’s not simply about setting tales to music. “It’s always my goal to understand the heart of the myth, rather than to simply retell a story,” she says. “I’m far more interested in discovering why that myth is still meaningful today.” And like those ancient myths themselves, the songs Sora sings have a hauntingly elusive resonance that will surely see them echoing throughout the ages to come.

Sora’s uncanny sensitivity to meaning within stories and her ability maintain urban relevancy within the organic settings of her music is starting to garner recognition. In 2010, Sora was commissioned to give voice to Calgary Family Service’s 100 year anniversary, which became the song, Legacy, recorded with Juno-nominated producer, Douglas Romanow and performed at the gala event.

“My ultimate goal is to create something that people would want to listen to and get lost in,” says Sora. And to that end, her music is indeed a wonderful place to get lost in.


Saturday Nov 12 at 8 pm
$25; $20 students

Don Braden Julie Michels Dave Restivo
Kieran Overs Daniel Barnes  

Don Braden – Saxophones and Flute – New York
Julie Michels – Vocalist – Toronto
Dave Restivo – Piano – Winnipeg
Kieran Overs  - Bass – Toronto
Daniel Barnes – Drums -Toronto
An evening of contemporary and traditional jazz standards and original compositions performed by outstanding Toronto jazz artists and special guest from New York, High Note Recording Artist, jazz saxophonist, flutist, writer and arranger, Don Braden.

Don Braden - Saxophones and Flute
Don Braden is a musician of the highest calibre. Having spent years performing and touring as saxophonist with greats like Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard and Roy Haynes, he has developed an extensive knowledge of every aspect of jazz performance. He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today.
Since 1991 he has worked with Tom Harrell, the Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, J. J. Johnson, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 16 CDs as a leader and nearly 80 as a sideman), film and television, and worked several years as composer for Bill Cosby. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over a decade giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp and NJPAC's Jazz For Teens.
Braden's groups have included some of the most respected musicians today; among them: bassists Christian McBride & Joris Teepe, pianists Benny Green & Darrell Grant, drummers Carl Allen, Cecil Brooks III & Billy Hart, trumpeters Tom Harrell & Randy Brecker, trombonist Steve Turre, organists Jack McDuff & Larry Goldings, and guitarist Russell Malone. In addition to performing and composing for his own groups and CDs, Don Braden has composed for a number of important projects. He spent four years as co-music supervisor/composer for Bill Cosby’s most recent CBS sitcom, “Cosby”, which is now in syndication. In addition, he co-wrote the theme song for Cosby’s current CBS cartoon series, “Little Bill”. Braden is also the proud recipient of a Doris Duke Foundation (in conjunction with Chamber Music America) Jazz composition grant, which funded the creation of a new work for his Octet.

Braden’s educational endeavours are a very important part of his career.  He is Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and the Music Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Wachovia Jazz for Teens program. He is Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Montclair State University and is also a visiting professor at the Prins Claus Conservatoire, in Groningen, Netherlands. He endorses R S Berkeley Saxophones and flutes and also AMT Microphones, and Jamey Aebersold play-a-long products.
As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and teacher, Don Braden continues to represent the highest levels of strength, creativity, discipline, joy, and soulfulness as he moves along the classic jazz path: to express a contemporary point of view in the powerful, spiritual, intelligent, and (most importantly) swinging jazz style.

". . . one of the new young lions of the tenor saxophone." -- Roy Haynes, drummer
". . . brilliant and assured . . ." -- Peter Watrous, The New York Times
" A nice person and a great musician . . .", -- Bill Cosby
More information about Don Braden is available at

Julie Michels – Vocalist   

As a baby, Julie Michels hummed in key with the radio and she hasn’t stopped since! Her ability to vocalize flows effortlessly from within, gliding through any genre from jazz to folk, bebop and blues. Julie’s “glorious holler” [Mark Miller, The Globe & Mail] has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene for more than two decades, settling there after studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis at University of Wisconsin and spending time gigging across Europe and North America.  She has performed, toured and recorded with Kevin Barrett, George Koller, Ottawa’s Chelsea Bridge, the MCCT Choir (Diane Leah, Musical Director) and her own bands, Sutra and Parlay.

Julie’s other performance credits include Kahil El’Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Dougie Richardson,  Rob Frayne,  Nancy Walker, Dave Restivo, Konrad Pluta, Adrean Farrugia, Joe Sealy, Robie Botos, Diane Leah, Jordan Klapman, John McDermott, Sophia Perlman, Gillian Margot, Terra Hazelton,  Heather Bambrick, Jason Fowler, Rob Pilch, Kevin LaLiberte, Tony Quarington,  Larnell Lewis,  Davide Direnzo,  Archie Alleyne, Ratech Das, Cheny Leon, Kieran Overs, Artie Roth, Paul Novotny, John Geggie, and ensembles such as The Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, The Ancient Voices Project, The Madison Celtic Renaissance Consort and The Blackhawk String Band.

Julie’s performances at popular Toronto jazz venues including the Top of the Senator, the Rex Hotel, Hugh's Room, Statler's Lounge, the Montreal Bistro, Trane Studio and Opal are regularly met with great responses and packed houses. Her recordings include "Singing Naked" (1995) with bassist, George Koller and “Live at Statler’s” (2003) with Kevin Barrett and her latest - recordings "She Sings, He Plays" – Julie Michels and Kevin Barrett (2010) and "Bass and Voice" with George Koller (2011).

More information about Julie Michels is available at
“Michels is a startling new voice, hugely powerful yet completely controlled. Fearless, too"  Mark Miller, Globe and Mail, CD review
“Michels possesses a huge voice with amazing control, both in range of volume, expression and wonderful tonal effects which she uses like an instrument.”  Bob Scott, The Examiner
Dave Restivo - Piano
Dave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. A pianist, percussionist and composer, he is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Keyboardist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who.
Dave 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, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Grace Kelly, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healy, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, and many others.
Dave Restivo has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University,  Humber College and the University of Toronto. He is currently teaching jazz piano on the Music Faculty of the University of Manitoba.
More information about Dave Restivo is available at  
"...quite simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada has produced..." –Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
Kieran Overs - Bass

Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass and for the past 33 years on acoustic bass. He is a B.Mus. graduate of the Humber/BCOU Music Program and holds a master’s degree from McGill University (Montreal). He also studied privately with renowned Danish bassist Neils-Henning Orsted-Petersen and arranger Rick Wilkins. Working in Toronto as a sideman with such artists as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern Jr., Carol Sloane with Bill Mays, Brian Dickinson, Pat Labarbera, Alex Dean, Kirk MacDonald, Nancy Walker, Lorne Lofsky and Ted Quinlan and touring internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie and Jane Bunnett, he established a solid reputation in Canadian jazz. To his credit Overs has 4CDs on the Unity/Page label as leader/producer and more than 80 as a sideman.
Kieran Overs was one of only 8 jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the 4CD/50-artist-boxed set "HERE AND NOW"-A Celebration of Canadian Music "; produced by the Canada Council to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations (released world-wide in October 1995). A profile of Overs’ career can be found in Mark Miller’s book "The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada". Recently, Kieran Overs toured internationally with singers Sophie Milman and Emilie-Claire Barlow. He is on adjunct faculty at Humber College in Toronto and Mohawk College in Hamilton and is active as a freelance musician, clinician and bandleader. His current band is an all-star line-up of Canadian musicians, Overs’ Eleven.
More information about Kieran Overs is available at
 “…Toronto bassist Kieran Overs was sitting in on behalf on Cecil McBee…Overs was very much in his element” Mark Miller of the Toronto Globe & Mail on Kieran with…Kenny Barron:

Daniel Barnes - Drums
Drummer, Composer, Producer and Singer Daniel Barnes was born into an artistic family in the central hub of downtown Toronto, Canada in 1965. His father Milton Barnes was a classical music composer with symphonic, chamber and choral works for concert stage and dance to his legacy. His Mother Lilly is a published author and scriptwriter for television and radio. His Brother Micah is a singer songwriter best known for his work with The Nylons.

Daniel found his calling at age 5. His education came through private studies in Toronto and attending The Banff Centre Summer Jazz Workshop in the late 1980's. At 16 he began regular professional work with The Micah Barnes Trio who played local clubs and graduated to the concert stage opening for international touring acts. Daniel went on to perform and record with the top echelon of Canadian artists including Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Molly Johnson, Richard Underhill, Jake Langley, Brian Browne The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Maryem Tollar, Theresa Tova, DJ Socalled, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Bass is Base and many more. Throughout the 1990’s Daniel toured in Europe, The U.S., Africa and The Caribbean with Ethiopian singing star Aster Aweke (“The Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia” TIME magazine). Daniel has released two of his own jazz Cd’s; 2003’s “Culmination” and 2007’s “Classic Beauties”. They receive critical acclaim and considerable airplay on The CBC and JazzFm in Toronto.
Daniel’s band has appeared at The Toronto and Montreal International Jazz Festivals among others and has been broadcast in performance on TV Ontario. His Cd’s are available through major retail outlets, at and through Daniel was nominated “Drummer of the Year” at both the 2003 and 2007 National Jazz Awards while his work with others has thrice been nominated for Juno awards with a win in 1996 for Joe Sealy’s “Africville Suite”.

More information about Daniel Barnes is available at
“stands with the best of (his) generation in Canada" Mark Miller, Globe and Mail.

Friday November 11 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Beatriz Boizán

Beatriz Boizán: Classical Piano with Cuban Pasión


Part I

Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963):
San Francisco El Grande

Antonio Soler (1729-1783):
Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, S.R. 78
Sonata D-Flat Major, S.R. 88

Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905): Danzas
Los Tres Golpes
Ilusiones Perdidas
La Encantadora
Adiós a Cuba

Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963):
La Comparsa (from Danzas Afro-Cubanas)
…Y La Negra Bailaba! (from Danzas Afro-Cubanas)

Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948):
Estudio de Concierto # 8 Preludio galante
Estudio de Concierto # 1 Preludio trágico

Part II

José Luis Turina (1952-present):
Homenaje a Isaac Albéniz (2001)

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909): Selections from Suite Iberia
Evocación (Book I)
Triana (Book II)

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983): Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2
Danza del Viejo Boyero
Danza de la Moza Donosa
Danza del Gaucho Matrero


Considered “One of the brightest new lights in the classical world” (The Vancouver Sun), pianist Beatriz Boizán is admired for her vibrant personality, charismatic stage presence, unique musicianship and innate talent to deliver breathtakingly authentic innovative performances of Spanish and Latin American music, a repertoire for which she was encouraged by her teacher and mentor, Mme. Alicia de Larrocha.

Her debut CD, Pasión, on Galano Records, features Boizán playing 17 solo piano pieces written by some of her favorite Spanish and Latin American composers - Lecuona, Soler, Cervantes, Albéniz and Ginastera. Her stunning, scintillating, passionate, moving interpretations, delivered with deep maturity, understanding and respect are certain to make a tremendous, lasting impact on Classical and Latin music fans worldwide.

Born in Baracoa (Cuba), in the heart of a musical family, Miss Boizán began cultivating her gift as a child under the guidance of her grandmother Esclarecida Guilarte. After graduating in 1995 with honours from the National School of Music in Havana, she moved to Canada to further her musical training. In Vancouver, Boizán obtained the Music Diploma at the Vancouver Community College King Edward Campus in 1999. She completed the Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia in 2002 and her Master in Music degree at the University of Alberta in 2004. She currently resides in Ontario, where she is promoting her Debut album Pasión.

In a concert organized by the Fundación Autor of Sociedad General de Autores y Editores(SGAE) in Madrid, as homage to Joaquín Turina on the 60th anniversary of his death, Ms. Boizán performed works by the prestigious composer and his grandson José Luis Turina, the most prominent composer of Contemporary Spanish Music. After attending the concert he said about Ms. Boizán’s playing: “She surprises by her sensitivity, her pianism and her incomparable and masterful sound".

“Ms. Boizán is endowed with the skill of a virtuoso. Her playing is above reproach, a breath of a tropical breeze always swirling somewhere in the space between the score and Ms. Boizán’s performance.”
-Renée Silberman, The Beat Magazine, London, Ontario

“She’s an extremely talented pianist, full of personality…”
– The Edmonton Sun

“I heard her while adjudicating the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Competition a few years ago. She won. She is a beautiful young pianist in every way. Her sound is her own – never an ugly moment – imagination, musicality, and she has the magic.”
–Pianist Linda Lee Thomas (The Vancouver Sun)

Recent Concert Review

Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran:
Improvisations upon John Cage's FONTANA MIX

Monday November 7 at 7:30 PM (McLuhan Conference Delegates)
Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 PM (General Public)
Cost: Delegates (included in conference registration fees); Public: $20 at the door

Internationally reknown musicians Jane Bunnett (soprano sax and flute) and Hilario Duran (piano), with the aid of some prepared tapes, will perform spontaneous improvisations to Robert Bean's iteration of John Cage's Fontana Mix (1958).

The score Cage created for Fontana Mix consists of 20 sheets, ten transparencies inscribed with points (or dots), a single transparency bearing a straight line and ten plain white sheets with squiggly lines. By means of an included graph and a straight line, the performer uses the sheets in combination as a "tool" to assemble a realization of Fontana Mix. In executing the tape, Cage divided his sound sources into six classes; city sounds, country sounds, electronic sounds, manually produced (meaning "instrumental") sounds, wind-produced sounds (such as singing), and small sounds that require amplification, such as crickets chirping. Coordinate points drawn from the transparencies determine the class of each tape sound, inches of tape used, its volume, timbre, mixing, and other elements. Cage once described the score of Fontana Mix as "a camera from which anyone can take a photograph."

The challenge for the players is not to "re-create" the original tape mix, but to respond in the moment to the images on the wall before them. The player's response to the images, brings everything that they have learned and distilled over years of playing to create a new composition, a unique soundscape. If they incorporate some of Cage's sound sources, then they will be in close proximity to the spirit of the piece. Cage would welcome this form of improvisation, but he might ask the player to leave his or her personal history at the door. That is the great challenge to this type of performance. Each time played the composition will be unique, a direct connection to the moment played in, never to be repeated (unless, of course, it is recorded).


Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands into showcases for the finest talent from Canada, the U.S.and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, and most recently, was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence! More on Jane Bunnett here:

Hilario Duran is one of the world’s most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz. He has won two JUNO Awards and over a dozen National Jazz Awards in Canada. The Latin Jazz Corner wrote that Hilario is one of the world’s “contemporary Cuban pianists that moved jazz into the 21st century”. He received two JUNO Award 2010 nominations for the Hilario Durán Trio album “Motion” (Alma/Universal Records); best Contemporary Jazz album of the Year & Recording Engineer of the Year, and he was named #1 Latin Jazz Best Recording of 2010 by Latin Jazz Network. He received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for his Latin Jazz Big Band album, “From The Heart”, (Alma/Universal Records) featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and won a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy equivalent) for “Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year”. He was honoured with the prestigious 2007 Chico O’Farrill lifetime achievement award in Miami for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin Jazz. He is adjunct piano professor and ensemble director in jazz faculty at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario. More on Hilario Duran here:

Chelsea Shanoff, saxophone
and Teresa Vaughan, piano

Sunday November 6 at 3 pm
$15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students


Prelude, Cadence et Finale
Alfred Desenclos (1912-1971)

TBA (World Premier)
Mike Romaniak (b. 1989)

Intimate Echoes (Canadian Premier)
Robert Lemay (b. 1960)


Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Trans. Alain Bouhey

William Albright (1944-1998)
I. Two-Part Invention
II. La Follia Nuova: A Lament for George Cacioppo
III. Scherzo “Will o’ the Wisp”
IV. Recitative and Dance


Teresa Vaughan

Teresa Vaughan, a Toronto-based pianist, has worked extensively as a collaborative pianist and pedagogue. Teresa recently received her Master of Music in performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Midori Koga and Jamie Parker. Originally from the West Coast, Teresa’s performances have taken her from Victoria to Halifax. She has collaborated with a variety of instrumentalists, including VIVID, a flute/piano duo she co-founded, woodwinds, strings, and vocalists as well as a number of choral ensembles. Currently, Teresa is the pianist for Wallace Halladay’s saxophone studio at the University of Toronto and a staff accompanist for the Toronto Children’s Chorus. Additionally, Teresa maintains busy teaching studios, both privately and in the University of Toronto Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program.

Chelsea Shanoff

Chelsea Shanoff is a diverse Toronto-based saxophonist, with a strong interest in modern music. Chelsea holds a Masters of Music degree from Arizona State University, where she studied saxophone performance with Dr. Timothy McAllister. She received her Honours Bachelors of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Toronto in 2009, studying under Dr. Wallace Halladay. Chelsea was the recipient of the 2008 Hinda and Tobias Memorial Scholarship. Chelsea is an avid yoga practitioner and plans to complete a yoga teacher-training program in 2011-12.

Chelsea was featured as an emerging artist on the 2010 X-Avant Music Festival held at the Music Gallery in Toronto. She has also appeared in performance at the University of Toronto with Dr. Wallace Halladay. While at Arizona State University, Chelsea was the tenor saxophonist of the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet based in the greater Phoenix area. As a member of the quartet, Chelsea performed at various music festivals and events, such as the Classical Revolution PHX, Second Sundays Series, and the Xenakisfest held at ASU. She has also performed at multiple North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. In 2005 Chelsea performed at Carnegie Hall with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra.

Chelsea has performed as a member of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra, the Arizona State University Orchestra, the Toronto Wind Orchestra, and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Chelsea has participated in master classes with Nobuya Sugawa, Timothy McAllister, Serge Bertocci, Rhonda Taylor, and the PRISM saxophone quartet. Chelsea teaches both privately as well as with the Canada Music Academy. In the summer of 2008 Chelsea was the Music Director at East York Community Center Arts Camp, while in the summer of 2007 she was the Music and Drama Director at Easter Seals Camp, working with physically disabled children and young adults.

The Thing Is
Saturday October 29 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Tova Kardonne- vocals, compositions,Amy Medvick- flute, Mike Wark- alto saxophone, Christian Overton- trombone, David Atkinson- piano, Graham Campbell- guitar, Trevor Falls- drum kit, Devon Henderson- double bass

The Thing Is was formed in 2006 by composer and vocalist Tova Kardonne in Toronto, Canada. With the musicians she met in Jazz/fusion workshops at the renowned Humber Jazz program, she formed a band around her unique fusion of Jazz with the Balkan and South African influences of her childhood. The unique richness of her sound has attracted guest appearances from some of Toronto’s most acclaimed jazz virtuosi, including Bill McBirnie, Dave Restivo, Ted Quinlan, and Jim Vivian. Regulars at The Rex Hotel, The Thing Is also performs at Gallery 345, The Trane Studio, The Fermenting Cellar, Clinton’s, and The Music Gallery. Tova’s 4-octave range, predilection for odd time signatures and hard-grooving arrangements make for a rare treat; music that grabs and holds both the mind and the gut.

“Adventurous composition and great musicianship combined with a wild array of influences for a cool and unique sound.”- Alan Davis, Small World Music


Friday October 28 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Selection of minimalist music

Vlada Mars is bringing to Toronto new program with selections from minimalist music, from Erik Satie, John Cage, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Yann Tiersen, Wim Wertens, etc. and her own compositions. Her passion for exploring and intimate approach to music makes her recitals unique experience. Her recent concerts in London, U.K, Belgrade, Serbia and Vancouver, were praised by the public and her colleagues. New program is inspired by Joan Miro's painting 'Ceci est la couleur de mes reves' and her own insightful dreams. Please join Vlada and discover what colours are your dreams.


Part 1
Dreams and Memories
Cage, Part, Preisner, Einaudi, Comando, Glass

Part 2
Signs Along the Road
Satie, Cosma, Mertens, Sakamoto, Tiersen, Nymann, Mars


Educator and pianist, Vlada Mars’ 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, she was appointed as the music coordinator of Hollyburn Country Club in 1997, where she is actively teaching piano and theory, and coordinating other music programs, recitals and lectures. Her students are currently studying at Berklee School of Music in Boston, University of North Texas, Pomona University in California etc. Beside her teaching profession, Vlada is actively playing. She is passionate about exploring piano scores for movies, a passion which resulted in her celebrated piano recitals “Music in the Movies” and “Playground Love”. In 2009, her passion took her in exploring minimalist music of Philip Glass and Yann Tiersen in unique piano recital named “Going Places” - benefit concerts for the SAGE safe house in North Vancouver, benefit concert for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver , solo recitals in Toronto and London, U.K. and in Belgrade, Serbia. On numerous occasions, her piano performance was a part of multimedia exhibitions for prominent artists in Vancouver.

Aventa Ensemble
Friday October 21 2011 at 8 pm
$25 General Admission

Aventa Ensemble

Aventa, founded in 2003, is a Victoria-based ensemble with a mission statement of performing and fostering new music in British Columbia and Canada. We achieve our mission statement and serve our diverse audiences through a variety of activities including our main concert series, special presentations, outreach activity and touring. Under the artistic direction of Bill Linwood, the ensemble is comprised of musicians who are passionate about new music and its place in our culture. Aventa New Music Society is a registered non-profit society with charitable status.

Aventa regularly commissions both Canadian and international composers and has presented premieres of over 80 works both in Canada and on tour. Recent highlights from the international repertoire include the Canadian premieres of Anders Nordentoft’s opera On This Planet and
Pierre Boulez’s Dérive II (1988-2007) of which Robert Everett-Green from the Globe and Mail wrote; “I can hardly give enough praise to the 13 players of Victoria's Aventa Ensemble and conductor Bill Linwood, who tackled all this difficult music with skill, passion and dedication”

As a finale to an exciting 2010/11 season, Aventa embarks on its third international tour in May 2011 with performances in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and New York City. Highlights include appearances at Denmark’s Athelas New Music Festival and the European premiere of celebrated
Canadian composer, Gilles Tremblay’s À quelle heure commence le temps? Hailed as “a superb contemporary-music ensemble” (Globe and Mail), Aventa is amongst Canada’s finest musical ambassadors.

In a continuing commitment to Canadian repertoire, Aventa presented 25 Canadian works and 10 premieres over the last year. Highlights have included our Victoria concert series, critically acclaimed international and national tours and a residency at the Banff Centre. "Aventa - directed by Bill Linwood, has a knack for putting complementary compositions together. For those of us who think contrast is overrated, their programs are a treat." - Globe and Mail, Feb. 5, 2008.

In February 2010, the ensemble appeared in Montreal as part of Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Hommage à Gilles Tremblay. As part of SMCQ’s 44th main concert series, this concert honored renowned Canadian composer Gilles Tremblay. In the words of SMCQ’s Artistic Director, Walter Boudreau: “Aventa Ensemble’s high quality of performances and original repertoire has made it one of Canada’s most appreciated contemporary music ensembles. William Linwood and his ensemble present a particularly inspired Tremblay.”

In April 2010, the ensemble embarked on a national tour, which included performances in Victoria, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax. The tour featured Pierre Boulez’s Le Marteau sans Maître, British Columbia composer Dániel Péter Biró’s Mishpatim and Gilles Tremblay’s Chants Convergents. “Le Marteau came last on a program which had already scaled the heights … Aventa Ensemble delivered an amazing performance of it under the direction of conductor Bill Linwood” – Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax. The ensemble’s focus on the repertoire of Pierre Boulez continued in January with critically acclaimed performances of his 2006 masterpiece Dérive II and premieres from Jordan Nobles (BC), André Ristic (QC) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (AB) in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

In June 2010, Aventa participated in a two-week residency at the Banff Centre joined by composer Gavin Bryars, director Joel Ivany and British Columbia author and librettist Marilyn Bowering. This Banff Centre Production Residency for BC Artists allowed Aventa to refine Bryars’ opera Marilyn and featured a workshop performance on June 12, 2010. Commissioned by Aventa, this opera is based on the iconic figure of Marilyn Monroe and features the Faroese artist Eivør Pálsdóttir in the lead role. The premiere of Marilyn will take place in Victoria in October of 2012.

Aventa’s 2011/12 concert season begins with Ignite!, our annual Composers Workshop, which serves student and emerging composers across Canada. Guest composers Michael Finnissy (UK) and Michael Oesterle (QC), join Aventa in working with participating composers in the development of their music. Season highlights include a week-residency with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as the ensemble presents the world premiere of his 2011 work Stormwatch, Stormfall, written for Aventa.

Aventa has been fortunate to receive generous support from all three levels of government and are encouraged by support received from Foundations, international support, private donors, sponsorship and our growing audience. Aventa occupies a unique position within the Canadian music community. The ensemble has established itself as a leader in contemporary programming through an established concert series, tours, commissions and premiere performances. Further information can be found at

"a superb contemporary-music ensemble" – Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail
“a superb Canadian ensemble” – Sueddeutsche, München
“an amazing performance” – Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax
“an uncommonly compelling interpretation” – B5 Kultur, München
“tight and well-prepared” – Arthur Kaptainis, Montreal Gazette
“a remarkable performance, a tour-de-force to match the music” – Deryk
Barker, Music in Victoria
"I can hardly give enough praise to the 13 players of Victoria's
Aventa Ensemble and conductor Bill Linwood, who tackled all this
difficult music with skill, passion and dedication". – Robert
Everett-Green, Globe and Mail
“You've had a glimpse of infinity, and lo and behold, it's a nice
place to be” – Elissa Poole, Opus Magazine

Toy Piano Composers present:
Avant Guitars

October 15, 8pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door

Avant Guitars: Works for Electric Guitar Quartet. October 15th, 8 pm, Gallery 345 - The Toy Piano Composers write new works for the electri guitar quartet featuring Rob MacDonald, Mike Savona, Demetri Petsalakis and Patrick Power. The world of classical composition and the world of electric guitar collide in a crash of creativity - will there be noise? Yes. Will there be guitar solos? Yes. Will there be beauty? YES. Works by Fiona Ryan, Chris Thornborrow, Elisha Denburg, Monica Clorey, Christian Floisand, Nancy Tam, Daniel Brophy and guest composer Adam Scime. $10adv/$15dr*.

Formed by Monica Clorey and Chris Thornborrow in July 2008, The Toy Piano Composers is a collective of ten composers dedicated to bringing imaginative, creative new music to Toronto and beyond. The toy piano acts as a symbol of the group, representing playfulness, innovation,humor, and imagination, and is featured in many of their concerts. Their first season started with a concert for two pianos and two toy pianos called The Toy Piano Composers Debut, followed by a concert for string quartet using compositional restrictions called Cage the Bird, then closed with a concert for the improvisation quintet Digital Prowess entitled …and then my brain exploded. Their second season began with the composers becoming performers in I Heart New Music, followed by a vocal concert entitled Smile, and finishing up with a concert where the audience had to guess the composer in Unusual Suspects. The Toy Piano Composers recently finished their third season, presenting collaborations with three Toronto groups – Sneak Peek Orchestra (Toy Piano vs. Orchestra, September 25th, Calvin Presbyterian Church), TorQ Percussion Quartet (Recess, February 26th, Heliconian Hall), and the junctQin keyboard collective (Mini-uet, May 5th, Gallery 345). They are currently in their fourth season which will feature a concert with the electric guitar quartet Avant-guitars (October 15th, 8 pm, Gallery 345), an evening of short opera scenes entitled Opera Scenesters (January 21st, 8 pm, Heliconian Hall) and a dynamic collaboration with the legendary Toronto new music ensemble Arraymusic (April 28th, 8 pm, Music Gallery). For more information and tickets, see

The Piano Music of Ann Southam
Friday October 14 at 8pm
$25 adults / $20 students and seniors

Array pianist Stephen Clarke is joined by special guest pianists Eve Egoyan, Henry Kucharzyk and Christina Petrowska Quilico. 

As an added delight we bring Peggy Baker to reprise her brilliant  dance to Ann’s Spatial View of Pond.


Stephen Clarke - Glass Houses #9
Eve Egoyan - In Retrospect
Eve and Stephen - In a Measure of Time 
Christina Petrowska Quilico - A selection of  Rivers 
Henry Kucharzyk - Spatial View of Pond with Peggy Baker dancing.

For more info and to purchase tickets: 

Saturday October 8 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Trikonasana (pronounced trih-koh-NAH-sah-nah) is a collective trio. Nancy Walker (piano), Bruce Cassidy (trumpet and EVI) and Lowell Whitty (drums) push the boundaries of structure and freedom, playing original tunes that move from rhapsodic to intense to groovy. Come and see the group in this fantastic concert setting,


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 several discs as leader to her credit. Her debut as leader, Invitation, was released in 1997. and 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.

In 2005, Nancy and her quartet (featuring saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Barry Romberg) toured the Canadian jazz festivals. That same year Nancy was nominated in four categories at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. In 2006, Nancy’s recording Rainy
Days and Mondays (Somerset/Universal) was nominated for a JUNO award in the “Instrumental Album Of The Year” category. She was also among the Keyboardist Of The Year nominees at the 2006 and 2007 National Jazz Awards. Her next recording Need Another was a trio date with Kieran Overs and drummer Ethan Ardelli.

Nancy’s latest release (made possible with the help of The Ontario Arts Council) is New Hieroglyphics, and features her current working quartet with Ted Quinlan (guitar) along with Overs and Ardelli.

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. 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 has worked frequently alongside Toronto saxophonists Kirk MacDonald and Pat Labarbera. Nancy can be heard on recently released recordings by John Geggie + Donny McCaslin (this Plunge Records
release garnered rave reviews and made several “Best of 2010″ lists), Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, Fair/Galloway Quintet and Swedish guitarist Mikko Hildén.

Thanks to grants from The Canada Council For the Arts, Nancy has had the opportunity to study with renowned American pianist/composers Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Myra Melford.

“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

“Harmonically she’s influenced by the usual suspects-Evans, Hancock, Jarrett, etc.-but her delicate touch and denser harmonic constructs brings to mind British pianist John Taylor as well…Walker’s music is easy on the ears, but don’t mistake that for lacking in interest or
challenge, because she masks an advanced harmonic concept within an accessible veneer.”
John Kelman, All About Jazz

“Nancy Walker has played enough piano to know how to keep listeners interested however hard she pushes the boundaries of familiarity."
Geoff Chapman, The Whole Note Magazine

Lowell Whitty

Lowell Whitty is a recent graduate of the Humber CollegeMusic Program. Over the past few years he has had the fortune of keeping a busy schedule playing many styles and performing frequently around Toronto. He leads a group that plays his original compositions called Notes and Noodles. The group has released a self titled EP in the summer of 2010 and have been playing regularly all over Toronto since. His touring experiences include having performed all over Switzerland, Denmark and Italy with New Orleans jazz band The Happy Pals. Lowell has performed with many other artists such as The Heavyweights Brass Band, Avi Granite 4, RightLeftWhere (feat. Tom Richards and Peter Lutek), Nancy Walker, Bruce Cassidy, Kevin Quain & The Mad Bastards, NKLS 4tet, Dan Easty's Blue View, to name a few. Lowell is an active teacher (drums, percussion, and theory with 8 years of teaching experience) in the Toronto area. He has studied with Jim Black, Nick Fraser, Joey Baron, Barry Romberg, and Chendy Leon in a clinic of a private setting. Feel free to contact him regarding private lessons.

Bruce Cassidy

Bruce Cassidy (trumpeter, EVI player, composer, arranger, producer) was born in Fredricton, N.B , schooled in Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University. Bruce first started playing trumpet in Montreal in the 1950’s with Joe Sealy and Hubie Basso. After studying at the Berklee College in Boston he moved to Toronto where he became a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene, both in clubs and studios recording seven albums with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

He has recorded, played and toured with Doug Riley’s Dr. Music, Lighthouse, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Anne Murray as well as a number of symphony orchestras including the Toronto Symphony. Bruce composed for and performed with Blood Sweat and Tears, producing their
last two albums and acting as musical director. Along the way he became an expert performer on the EVI, or electronic valve instrument created by his friend Nyle Steiner.

A move to South Africa in 1980 saw him involved in producing music for film, television, dance and orchestra and many other creative projects, immersed in South African culture. He currently performs with his “Hotfoot Orchestra” comprised of some of Toronto’s best musicians.

In his role as educator, Bruce is on the faculty of the Jazz Studies program at Humber College, Toronto.

The Art of the Piano:
Alejandro Vela, piano and Ji Min Hong, dancer

Thursday October 6 2011 at 8 PM

"In Celebration of Bicentennial of Franz Liszt"
Works by Franz Liszt and Manuel M. Ponce
Alejandro Vela, Piano
with Ji Min Hong, Corps de Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada
Choreographed by Robert Binet
For Advance Tickets or Additional Information
please email:


Manuel M. Ponce: Selections
Franz Liszt: Selections from Years of Pilgrimage: Second Year (Italy)
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Alejandro Vela, Piano

Alejandro Vela, Piano

Acclaimed as “a conjuror at the keyboard” and praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery, sensuous beauty and majesty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to Taipei, Toronto, Montreal, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Kiev and Berlin. In February of 2011, Mr. Vela gave début performances in Tokyo in a solo recital and as soloist with the Camerata de Coahuila led by Ramón Shade in Mexico. In October of 2011, Mr. Vela plays in Budapest at the prestigious Obudai Tarsaskor Concert Hall in commemoration of Liszt's bicentennial birthday. Also this season he débuts in Prague and Helsinki, tours Asia, and performs as a member of the Quint Quintet in major venues in North America.

Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Recently, Mr. Vela gave acclaimed performances at the El Paso Pro-Musica concert series, the Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Alejandro very early began his piano studies with his mother Hortensia Vela Mante and continued with Robert Avalon. He holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky. More information on Alejandro Vela at

Ji Min Hong, Corps de Ballet,
The National Ballet of Canada

Photo by Sian Richards,
courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Ji Min Hong was born in Seoul, South Korea. She trained at the Yewon Arts School in Seoul, at the Seoul branch of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2010.

Ms. Hong’s repertoire includes roles in Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Serenade and Theme and Variations. She also danced in the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

During her training, Ms. Hong made appearances as a Lead Swan in Swan Lake with Canada’s National Ballet School and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty with the Yewon School. She participated in The Banff Centre’s Summer Arts Festival in 2010, performing in Ji?í Kylián’s Wings of Wax pas de deux and Indigo Rose. Ms. Hong also danced with the Dutch National Ballet in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère in 2009.

Ms. Hong was a finalist in the 2001 Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition.

CD release concert
John Kameel Farah and Attila Fias, pianos

Wednesday October 5 at 8 pm
$15/$10 (Seniors/Student

John Kameel Farah

Toronto composer-pianists Attila Fias and John Kameel Farah present a concert of Earth-themed compositions and improvisations for two pianos.

PIECES OF THE EARTH is inspired by our planet in all of its manifestations: as a world of deep oceans and pillared mountains of natural wonder and majesty, as a precious island in our solar system, as a place of civilisations blooming and falling, and as a fragile, delicate environment in peril. Themes of the fluttering of birds, volcanic plumes, cosmic dervishes, dreamy gardens and trembling warnings from the Earth itself dance and intertwine throughout the album. Drawing upon their combined diverse backgrounds in jazz, free improv, minimalism, Electronic music, Early music and avant-garde experimentalism, the stylistic range of these new pieces and improvisations expand the boundaries of the piano duo repertoire. 

This concert will be recorded by The Signal, CBC Radio 2 for broadcast.


John Kameel Farah is a Toronto–based composer, pianist and visual artist. He studied composition and piano performance at the University of Toronto, where he received the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice during his studies. In 1999 he had private lessons with Terry Riley in California, and later at the Arabic Music Retreat in Hartford. In 1998, he performed the complete solo piano works of Arnold Schoenberg in Toronto. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named his as Best Pianist 2006, and he was the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for music for 2011.

Behind a stage set up that can include piano, Baroque harpsichords, various synthesizers, and laptop computers, John Kameel Farah ranges all over his instruments while setting up textures and countertextures, moving deftly from acoustic to electronic episodes, and deploying his materials with a mixture of scientific care and wild abandon. Also an avid improvisor, Farah is interested in working in a wide open creative field through which he can combine, juxtapose, and transform the musics that interest him most: Early and Baroque keyboard music, ambient minimalism, Middle-Eastern music, Electronic Dance Music, and electroacoustics.

As a visual artist, his ink drawings have been presented at solo and group exhibitions. He has also composed extensively for solo piano as well as for string quartet, percussion groups, wind ensembles and electronic arrangements.

Farah performs regularly in his native Toronto, and has toured internationally across the U.K., Europe, USA, Canada, the Middle–East, Brazil, South Korea and Mexico. In 1999 and 2002, he visited the Edward Said National Conservatory in the West Bank, giving performances and masterclasses in Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

His last CD, "Unfolding" was released on Dross:tik Records in 2009, and his next album, "Between Carthage and Rome" will be released in a few months.

Attila Fias

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Attila 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's experience includes performing and recording with people such as producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon), Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Indian music stars such as Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan (Shakti), Jolly Mukherjee (Bjork), New York based Brazilian jazz harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens (Oscar Castro-Neves, Paquito D’Rivera), tabla master Rajesh Rajbhatt (Zakir Hussain) and many fine Canadian musicians.

As a bandleader and performing musician, Attila has toured around the world, playing in concert venues of all sizes such as Wembley Stadium, Sydney SuperDome, Bangalore Palace Grounds, Roy Thompson Hall, and many more. In 2009, Attila and his quartet was invited to perform centre stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Governor’s Ball, the largest sit down dinner event in the United States.

Attila has produced, composed, arranged, and performed for Universal/MCA, Sony/BMG, EMI America, Somerset Entertainment, Fisher Price and independent labels, on over 90 internationally distributed CDs with one platinum and three gold-selling albums in Canada. They cover a diverse range of styles including jazz, world music, rock, classical, latin and Indian fusion.

The Attila Fias Trio’s debut album of all original music entitled “Stories” was released in 2010. It’s a spirited fusion of modern jazz with various musical and ethnic influences. Attila’s compositions are eclectic yet cohesive as they explore unusual rhythms and harmonies while still incorporating elements of jazz and free improvisational sections. Attila is currently working on several projects including composing for a new Trio CD, a Brazilian jazz project, and a new music piano duo with fellow pianist John Kameel Farah.

Sylvie Courvoisier
Friday September 30 at 8 PM
$20 ($15 for members of AIMToronto, students, seniors, underemployed, etc. )
2-day pass: $30 ($25 for members, students, seniors, underemployed, etc.)

Composer/pianist is the featured artist this weekend of aim/toronto’s interface series. She performs two sets tonight with Pamela Attariwala, violin and viola and Matt Miller, samples and electronics; Muskox with Ali Berkok, piano, Pete Johnston, bass, Jake Oelrichs,
drums, Mike Smith, banjo and Jeremy Strachan, reeds; Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, Kyle Brenders, soprano saxophone, Rick Sacks, percussion and Heather Segger, trombone.

Composer/pianist , Sylvie Courvoisier was born and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1998, where she currently resides. She has played and recorded with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tim Berne, Joey Baron,Mark Feldman, Tony Oxley, Yusef Lateef,
Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Tom Rainey, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Mark Nauseef among others.

She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater. Her works include:” Concerto for electric guitar and chamber orchestra"; "Balbutiements" for vocal quartet and soprano. Commissions include the Vidy Theater of Lausanne, Pro Helvetia and
Germany's Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival. Her latest releases as a leader are: ABATON with Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander on ECM Records (2004), LONELYVILLE with her quintet on
Intakt Records (2007), a solo piano album, SIGNS AND EPIGRAMS, on Tzadik Records (2007), and two quartet albums "TO FLY TO STEAL'' (2010) and "HOTEL DU NORD" (2011) on Intakt Records

Since 1995, she has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in USA, Canada, Japan and Europe including Jazz and New Music Festivals such as Berlin, Willisau, Donaueschingen, Banlieue Bleue, Saalfelden, Groningen, Visions NY, Nürnberg, Taktlos, London
LMC, Bath Festival, Muenster and Victoriaville Festival, among others

She performs regulary in Duo with violinist Mark Feldman, and just recorded a new CD " OBLIVIA" on Tzadik Records (2010) and co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman QUARTET. Sylvie is the leader of her quintet "Lonelyville"with Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Vincent Courtois and Gerlad Cleaver and the Trio Abaton . She is a member of “Mephista”, an improvising trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra; “Trio “along with Ellery Eskelin and Vincent Courtois. She also performs regularly alone .Since 2010, she has been working with the new project
of the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan "la Curva".

| Awards include Switzerland's 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs , Zonta Club's 2000 Prix de la Création, and Switzerland's 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture

| Selected Discography:
HOTEL DU NORD-- Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet (Intakt 2011)
TO FLY TO STEAL-- Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet (Intakt 2010)
OBLIVIA- - Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier- (Tzadik 2010)
DICTEE/LIBER NOVUS - John Zorn(Tzadik 2010)
FEMINA -- John Zorn (Tzadik 2009)
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE - Courtois, Courvoisier & Eskelin ( Cam Jazz 2008)
EVERY SO OFTEN - Ellery Eskelin & Sylvie Courvoisier ( Prime Source 2008)
SIGNS AND EPIGRAMS -Sylvie Courvoisier solo (Tzadik2007)
LONELYVILLE- Sylvie Courvoisier Quintet with Mori, Feldman, Courtois,
Cleaver (Intakt 2007)
REAL ABERATION--Herb Robertson -NY Downtown Allstars-(clean Feed 2007)
MALPHAS - Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier, music of John Zorn-Book
of Angels- (Tzadik 2006)
ABATON – Sylvie Courvoisier Trio feat. Feldman, Friedlander (ECM
Records, 2cd 2004)
MASADA RECITAL -Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman , music of John Zorn
(Tzadik 2004)
ENTOMOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS - Mephista (Courvoisier, Mori, Ibarra) (Tzadik 2004)
DEUX PIANOS- Sylvie Courvoisier , Jacques Demierre (Intakt, 2000)
Y2K - Sylvie Courvoisier Ocre (Enja Records, 2000)
MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO - Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman (Avan
Records, 1999)
Courvoisier Ocre (Enja, 1997)

« ...That her music is as aesthetically beautiful as it is strange and mysterious is only further testament to her prowess as a composer. That this trio plays her music as if it has been creating it from the air is nothing short of remarkable. Abaton is Courvoisier's crowning achievement thus far, and this group points her firmly forward in a direction where everything is still possible, demonstrating that there is something new under the sun in classical music and improvisation. Perhaps Abaton is the great moment of 2003 for new classical music. »
Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

« Courvoisier's playing is jaw-dropping at times, and there's an extended passage that features her working both inside and on the keyboard of the piano interacting with Rainey and the others in subtle combinations, and working up to a terrifying free jazz piano freakout that could make a person faint!»
Michael Anton Parker, 2005

« This highly original and new music has it all: razor-sharp edges, sounds of a thousand dancing needles, thundering power arising from deeply yawning chasms, mystic fluorescence throughout, calmness combined with a mysterious kind of moving»
Henning Bolte, 5/2007

« …Dans un autre pays que la Suisse, elle serait adulée comme une des plus importantes plumes musicales de son temps. Elle recevrait tous les prix envisageables, n'aurait plus à se faire du souci pour les trente années à venir. Mais elle a décidé de vivre outre-Atlantique. Elle est notre ambassade, mieux que quiconque.... »
Arnaud Robert, Le Temps, 2005

Sylvie Courvoisier
Saturday October 1 at 8 PM
$20 ($15 for members of AIMToronto, students, seniors, underemployed, etc. )
2-day pass: $30 ($25 for members, students, seniors, underemployed, etc.)

Tonight’s performance also has three sets. The first has Sylvie Courvoisier playing a piano duo with Marilyn Lerner; the Tania Gill Quartet, Tania Gill, piano, Lina Allemano, trumpet, Jean Martin,
drums, Clint Ryder bass; Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, Justin Haynes, guitar, Nicole Ramperesaud, trumpet, and Joe Sorbara, drums and percussion.

The Lighting of the Moon
Saturday September 24, 2011 at 8 PM
$20 General Admission

Proceeds to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
For Advance Tickets or Additional Information
call: 416-565-7792 or email:

Lynn Glazer - Vocalist
with Sunny Choi - Pianist
Directed, Staged, and Musically Arranged by Gerald Isaac


Lynn Glazer is a Toronto-based Vocalist.
Lynn's vocal background is rooted in classical vocal studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Her musical theatre work has included roles in the St. Clement's community musical theatre productions of Fiddler on the Roof; No, No, Nanette; Me and My Girl; and Schwartzspell. More recently, Lynn has been involved in a variety of musical revues at The Storefront Studio, including The Girls Back Home; 100 Years of Broadway; Lovely Ladies Productions; and Thanks Will.

In recent years, Lynn has focused on jazz standards from the 1920s to '50s and in 2009 she recorded the EP entitled, From The Heart, including innovative renditions of jazz favourites, from moving ballads to the sassy and up-tempo "Funny Honey".

The Lighting of the Moon evolved from Lynn's collaboration with renowned veteran actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director, Gerald Isaac, at The Storefront Studio, Toronto, and Sunny Choi, noted piano artist.

Sunny Choi - Piano Artist
Grammy award-winner Enrique Iglesias called Sunny Choi's piano playing 'truly amazing.' She has over twenty million YouTube views and has played in front of thousands with rave reviews. Sunny Choi has charted in Billboard magazine, been featured in newspaper articles in Asia, Europe and North America, and has developed a global following. Even while performing at over 200 events each year, Sunny Choi has multiple recording projects in development while her current recordings are available worldwide.

Aaron Keele CD Release
Friday September 23, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Aaron Keele has spent his life surrounded by stacks of vinyl records. Raised in his father’s
collectable records store in the mid 1970s, he was already singing Frankie Lymon and the
Teenagers tunes at the tender age of 6. That same year, he sat on Fats Domino’s knee. The call of music was undeniable and, at the age of 15, Aaron formed an a cappella doo-wop group which enjoyed a measure of local success. Aaron also performed with The Persuasions and The Dixie Hummingbirds, among others, but it was jazz that finally captured his heart. Throughout the early 1990s, The Aaron Keele Contingent played the Toronto Jazz Festival and a host of jazz clubs including the Top Of The Senator. The Aaron Keele Contingent released its first album, Present Idiolect, in 1995. It was a promising start, but little things–like trying to make a living–got in theway.

So, after a 16-year hiatus spent building a successful business (yes, he buys and sells collectable records too), Aaron found his voice once more. A voice which, over the years, had modulated into that of a mature jazz singer: sophisticated and rich. And he had the artistry to match. The time seemed ripe to make another record. Side-stepping the standard repertoire, Aaron chose material not usually associated with the jazz vocal idiom–songs originally recorded by The Smiths, Daniel Lanois, Beck, Eddie Kendricks, Charles Brown, and Kim Mitchell, among others. The album was recorded in late January, 2011, and features an outstanding trio of backing musicians: drummer Davide DiRenzo and bassist Marc Rogers (both of the Holly Cole group) whose collective credits include Jacksoul, MichaelKaeshammer, The Philosopher Kings, and more; and Aaron’s secret weapon, pianist Rob Thaller, who co-arranged with Aaron all the songs on the album. This album spans many moods, both introspective and upbeat. It is spacious and deep, and themusicianship is as accomplished as it gets.


tune up music

Contact Contemporary Music presents
Walk on Water
Sunday September 18 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Wallace Halladay, sax and Mary-Katherine Finch, cello with special guests Ryan Scott, percussion and Allison Wiebe, piano Contact Contemporary Music is a contemporary music ensemble and concert producing organization that highlights collaborations with other media, established and emerging composers, performances in alternative spaces, and outreach to underserved communities that stress diversity, collaboration and accessibility.

Praised by the Globe and Mail for its "thought-provoking" and "highly entertaining" programming, and by the New York Times for "methodical and mesmerizing" performances, Contact has firmly established itself as one of Canada's leading interpreters of the music of our time.
Under the direction of percussionist and founder Jerry Pergolesi, Contact has performed at some of the world's most prestigious new music festivals, including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Open Ears Festival of Sound (Kitchener), and the Bang
On A Can Marathon (New York).


Wallace Halladay - saxophones

Saxophonist Wallace Halladay captures the qualities of the modern virtuoso, being at home in numerous styles, from the traditional to jazz and beyond. A specialist in the performance of contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered numerous works. A soloist
with the Vancouver Symphony and Esprit Orchestras, he also inaugurated the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony's "Intersections" Series. He recently worked with Philippe Leroux on the North American premiere of his saxophone concerto in Montréal. He recorded the two saxophone
Sequenzas of Berio and the Colgrass concerto for NAXOS and is in demand as a performer with new music groups across Canada and the US.

Wallace holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, and studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp. Wallace was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, the first woodwind player to be awarded in its 25-year history. Wallace is a Conn-Selmer Artist and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones.

Mary-Katherine Finch – cello

Cellist Mary-Katherine Finch holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in performance from the University of Toronto. She performs frequently in recital with pianist Ron Greidanus. Playing an authentic baroque cello, she has appeared with Aradia, Baroque Music Beside the Grange,
Grand River Baroque Festival and Toronto Masque Theatre. In the area of new music, she regularly collaborates with the ensembles Toca Loca and Ergo, and has premiered several chamber works of Canadian composers. Mary-Katherine frequently plays with the larger ensembles of the Mendelssohn, Isler, Amadeus and Elora Festival Choirs.

Allison Wiebe – piano

Allison Wiebe (M.Mus; A.R.C.T.) is currently on the Piano Performance Faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON, and on top of being an active performer and chamber coach, she maintains a private studio in Toronto where she resides. As a senior piano member
of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music, she also recorded components of the new Perspectives compact disc recordings launched Winter 2008.

Allison has extensive experience adjudicating music festivals around the country and particularly enjoys the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects Contemporary Showcase competitions. As a soloist, she performs and collaborates regularly and received a grant from the
Canada Council of the Arts to perform as a semi-finalist in the 24th Annual Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition for the Performance of Canadian Music held in May 2001.

Ryan Scott - percussion

Ryan Scott is an acclaimed marimba and multi-percussion soloist who has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Japan, Indonesia and Africa. He also plays with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Composers’ Orchestra, New Music Concerts, the Bob Becker Ensemble, Soundstreams Canada, Continuum, Ensemble Noir, ArpaTambora and is a member of the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. He has collaborated numerous times with violist
Rivka Golani, and has been a guest artist several times with NEXUS. He has made CDS for Centrediscs, CBC Records, hatART and NAXOS. Mr. Scott is currently writing a series of works for the Marimba, the first of which was premiered recently by the composer on CBC Radio’s Two New Hours.

Mr. Scott received a Bachelors and Masters degree in music from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger and Robin Engelman. Mr. Scott performs exclusively on Marimba One and uses Zildjian cymbals.

Highlights of this season include the Canadian premiere of You Are (Variations) by Steve Reich in October, and a world premiere of a Marimba Concerto by Erik Ross with the Esprit Orchestra in May.

Music on the Edge
Saturday September 10 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Student

The Dartmoor (UK) based musical duo of Susie Hodder-Williams (flute/alto flute) and Chris Caldwell (soprano sax/bass clarinet and singing bowl) bring their evocative and enthralling landscape inspired sounds to a variety of galleries, arts centres and creative spaces in the USA and Canada this September.

Their recent CD release 'Mariner's Way' (FMRCD 291-0510), explores the mythical journey of the mariner, travelling across Dartmoor (South-West England), on the ancient track known as the Mariner's way. This CD has received excellent reviews from both sides of the Atlantic:

''Beautiful and evocative'' Radio Antwerp

''I felt as if i was entering a calm dreamworld'" Downtown Music
Gallery, New York

"On the threshold of silence..not far from the restrained mode of John
Surman's ECM solo's "The Wire”

"New Ambient soundscape music" National Dutch Radio

"Utterly captivating" The Independent, UK

This is a superb opportunity to extend the spirit of summer and linger a while longer in England's myth-sodden terrain. Catch this duo while you can.


Chris Caldwell

Chris graduated from the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama in 1986 having studied with Stephen Trier. As a performer he's been involved with some of Britain's leading contemporary composers and ensembles including The Mike Westbrook Orchestra, BCMG, Steve Martland Band,
London Saxophonic, Michael Nyman Band and The Delta Saxophone Quartet.

Chris has also performed with many of the UK's leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has worked in the West End
for the last fifteen years playing in many productions including Les Miserables, Cats, Chicago, Follies, City Of Angels, Guys and Dolls and La Cage aux Folles.

His commercial work has seen International tours with the London Concert Orchestra (Anton & Erin from Strictly Come Dancing), Shirley Bassey Orchestra in Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, Cairo and the UK plus tours of Asia, Japan and Europe with the Michael Nyman Band, Grahamophones, and for a variety of theatre groups.

Since 2009, Chris has been exploring and developing a new area of improvisations and compositions with Susie Hodder-Williams, inspired by the natural history of Dartmoor. The Mariner's Way CD is the first result of this fruitful partnership which was launched at the
Greenaway Barn Gallery as part of the Devon Open Studios. In 2010, he set up a performance series, in Devon, called Music on the Edge which has found its first home in the engaging Long Room, Drewsteignton.

Susie Hodder-Williams

Susie Hodder-Williams was born in Kent and studied English at the University of York and the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her love of music ranges from the more traditional classical repertoire to contemporary music and techniques; the use of breath, so unique to the flute, Japanese contemporary music, and, enthused by the landscape of Dartmoor, how music connects with the land and how the flute has been used in folklore.

She studied energy medicine at the Lakeland College and is inspired by how music is used and can be developed in the world of healing. She is currently recording a series of CDs exploring the two worlds: The Tao of Homeopathy, a reading read by the author, Ian Watson, underpinned
by soundscapes created by Susie Hodder-Williams, will be launched in 2011 and a CD inspired by the Alaskan Essence Research Project will be released in 2012. She has also recorded a CD called Three Meditations which will be available for download in the Autumn and released on FMR
records at the end of the year.

Concert tours have brought her to the Far East, Europe, around the UK and more recently to the US. She has performed with the London Mozart Players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, English National
Ballet and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, both as a chamber and orchestral musician, (In Tune & Late Junction December 2nd 2010) played at the BBC Proms and recorded several contemporary and chamber CDs for FMR records. Her new recording, The Mariner's Way, based on the landscape of Dartmoor, was released in 2010.

The international composer, Steve Goss has just written her a new piece for solo flute, entitled The Sea of the Edge, which was first performed at the Guildford International Music Festival on March 21st 2011. She has released the world première recording of this work this Spring on the FMR label, as part of the new CD, Northern Lights, which was given a four star **** review from the Independent. In September 2011, she is touring the US and Canada giving the US Première of The Sea of the Edge in Downtown Music Gallery, New York.

The Nicolas Caloia Quartet
Wednesday September 7 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Nicolas Caloia – contrebasse, Jean Derome – flûte basse, saxophones,
Isaiah Ceccarelli – percussion, Guillaume Dostaler – piano


Nicolas Caloia was a student of Lisle Ellis and Fred Hopkins, like them he is committed to searching for new sounds. A well known accomplice in Montréal’s avant-garde community, Nicolas has also led and composed for the Ratchet Orchestra since 1994. The full 30 member orchestra has recently performed in Montreal at the Suoni per i Popoli, L’Enver, le Cheval Blanc, Guelph Jazz Festival and the 27e Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. He has lead the quartet Tilting since 2006, which has recently performed at Le Cheval Blanc, Upstairs, Casa del Popolo and the the Guelph Jazz Festival. On the label Ambiances Magnétiques Nicolas appears with: Jean Derome – Canot Camping; Lori Freedman “3″ ; Ensemble SuperMusique – Canevas + ; and Robert Marcel Lepage – a Machine à explorer le tempo. Nicolas appears on Constellation records’ releases: Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush – Monogany; Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush – Against the Day; Matana Roberts – Coin Coin : Gens de couleaur libre.

From 1999 to 2010 Nicolas performed and recorded with Bansuri player Catherine Potter’s Dunya Project. This group draws inspiration from North Indian classical music and toured internationally.
“should have Ellington smiling down from above”
Richard Moule – Signal to noise “honnète et intègre”
Marc Chenard – Scena Musicale

Jean Derome is a cofounder of the Ambiances Magnétiques record label, and one of the most active and provocative members involved in many of Montreal’s creative music movements. He is a model and an inspiration to the communitie’s musicians. A recipient of the 1992 Freddie Stone Award, Derome has for many years been an innovator in the art of putting sounds together and of taking sounds apart. As an accomplished musician, composer, interpreter, multi-instrumentalist and improvisor, he has been working to enlarge the boundaries of music for more than thirty years.
“Multiinstrumentiste débridé, jazzman virtuose, compositeur actualiste et champion de l’impro sans filet, Jean Derome respire la musique, et pas seulement à travers ses flûtes et saxos.”
Réjean Beaucage – le Voir

A resolutely unique and engaging drummer, Isaiah Ceccarelli is active in both improvised music and composition in Montréal. His first album, lieux-dits, released on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2006, was received as « one of the most original approaches to come through our offices in recent times » (Marc Chénard, La Scena musicale )
“a writing style with rare personality in this musical context “
Thierry Lepin – Jazzman Magazine

Guillaume Dostaler is a favorite collaborator among Ambiances Magnétiques artists.With Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, he recorded three CDs for the label Ambiances Magnétiques (Carnets de Voyage, 1994; Navré, 1995; Torticolis, 1998) and appeared in dozens of jazz and new music festivals across Canada (Montreal, Vancouver, Guelph), the United States (Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI), and Europe (Moers in Germany, Banlieues Bleues in Paris, France).
“… a cutting-edge improvisor and imaginative sideman…”
François Couture – All-Music Guide

The Robi Botos Trio
Friday June 17 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos 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 he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark. Robi's notable performances include: Concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre. Opening concert for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty, at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. As well in the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky hall in Montreaux Switzerland. Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada's jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Archie Alleyne, Dougie Richardson, Roberta Gambarini, Jake Hannah, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Jake Langley, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona to name a some.

Bill Gilliam and Charlie Ringas
Saturday June 11, 2011 at 8 PM
Admission $20

Signposts is the collaboration between composers Bill Gilliam & Charlie Ringas performing prepared piano and percussion with spoken word. Gilliam & Ringas perform insightful poetry and humorous writings of Ivor Cutler, Rumi, Alan Lightman, Don Van Vliet and Frank Zappa to signpost their sound explorations with musical improvisations. This show will be a multiple CD release event of their new “Signposts” CD, “Revolving” CD by Charlie Ringas and “Memory Vision” DVD featuring Bill Gilliam's compositions.


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. Bill continues to perform solo and with different artists in the Toronto area and his DVD “Memory Vision” is now released on Supermono Records.

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 and his latest CD “Revolving” is now released on Supermono Records.

Duologue: David Occhipinti and Mike Murley
Friday June 10 2011 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Saxophonist Mike Murley and guitarist David Occhipinti began playing in and around Toronto as a duo in 1999. The intimate musical rapport that they developed during this period led to their eventual recording of the Duologue CD in November of 2002. This critically acclaimed recording was nominated for a Juno Award, a national jazz award and a Canadian Music “Indie” award in 2004. They released Duologue Vol. 2 in 2005.
They have toured as a duo in eastern Canada three times and western Canada twice.

They have twice performed at the Atlantic Jazz festival in Halifax (2000 and 2005) and have performed in the Yukon and the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC.

Duologue features Mike and David in a very intimate setting for what Geoff Chapman of the Toronto Star described as:

" …the mood is far tougher than mellow. It's a type of chamber jazz with a sharp edge, with pleasing unison passages and frequent fine solos."

Visit or for more details…

Vanessa Lee and Miguel Angel Villanueva
Friday June 3 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Samuel Zyman - Sonata
I - Allegro Assai
II - Lento e molto espressivo
III - Presto

Horacio Uribe Duarte - Aproximaciones al Son Huasteco
I - Preludio
II - Son

Joaquin Gutierrez Heras - Sonata Simple
I - Allegro non troppo
II - Andante
III - Allego


Matthew Lima - 3 etudes for solo piano (World Premier)
I - Claustrophobia
II - Say Hello to Forever
III - For a Broken Bough

Bohuslav Martinu - First Sonata
I - Allegro moderato
II - Adagio
III - Allegro poco moderato


Vanessa May-lok Lee - piano

Much sought after as a collaborative pianist, Vanessa May-lok Lee has performed throughout Canada, the U.S.A., England, Wales and Mexico, sharing the stage with artists such as Measha Bruggergosman, Nicholas Daniels, Jens Lindemann and the late Lorand Fenyves. Ms. Lee has served as the collaborative pianist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently freelances in Toronto.

Affiliated with numerous chamber ensembles, Ms. Lee is most notably the pianist of BATSO – Brass Artists of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a versatile group comprised of the principal brass players of the TSO: Andrew McCandless (trumpet), Neil Deland (horn) and Gordon Wolfe (trombone). BATSO is currently planning a tour of Western Canada and the U.S.A.

As well as performing, Ms. Lee also maintains a demanding teaching schedule with particular focus on the joint education of theory and piano. Her private teaching studio, The Etobicoke Studio, strives to bring a working theoretical knowledge of music to the keyboard.

Ms. Lee graduated with an Honours Bachelors degree at the University of Toronto, under the direction of Marietta Orlov, and a Masters in Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England with Michael Young. She also holds a post-graduate diploma (London), the Advanced Certificate (University of Toronto), the ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music), and was granted the prestigious LRAM designation (a licentiate in teaching) from the Royal Academy of Music in England.

Ms. Lee has just completed work on two new CDs. The first is the debut recording of the Lee/Villanueva Duo with internationally acclaimed flautist, Miguel Ángel Villanueva. This CD features the sonatas of Prokofiev, Zyman, Martinu and the Schumann Romances. The second CD features the Lee/Villanueva Duo with guest violist Elodie Guillot (France). Repertoire on this recording showcase the works of Mexican, French and Canadian composers including Prism by Erik Ross, commissioned by the Lee/Villanueva Duo. Both CDs will be released in June 2011.

Upcoming projects during the 2010-2011 season include performances in Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. As an avid supporter of new music and the creation of new works, Ms. Lee will premier numerous pieces this season including Eduardo Angulo’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, as well as a series of six etudes for solo piano by American composer Matthew Lima.

Miguel Ángel Villanueva - Flutist

Miguel A. Villanueva is the most as soloist active flute player in Mexico. His recordings include the whole work for flute by the mexican composer Eduardo Angulo and Flute Concertos by Eugenio Toussaint, Horacio Uribe, Lucía Álvarez and many others.

Besides his soloist career, he organizes the National Flute Festival and the National Flute Competition in Mexico City.

Born in México City, he started his musical studies at the Escuela Nacional de Música (UNAM) with Roxana Lara and Héctor Jaramillo. In 1984 he enters the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National de Region de Saint-Maur, in Paris, France, where he is awarded a Diplome Superieur d´Excecution and Médaille d´Or respectively. His teachers were: Jacques Royer (Orchestre de Paris), Ida Ribera (J. P. Rampal’s assitent) , Shigenori Kudo (International soloist) and Michel Moragues (Orchestre National de France). During his student years, he was awarded a First Prize at both the Nerini and Bellan Competitions in Paris; he also won a Third Prize atthe UFAM International Competition. He has been invited to perform as a soloist by the Münchener Streicher-Ensamble, the Orchestre de la Cité Universitaire and the most important orchestras in Mexico. He was invited by the Berliner – Mozart Ensemble to perform as principal flute during a European tour. As a recitalist, he has performed in México, France, England, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Canada and the USA. Mr. Villanueva holds a teaching position at the Escuela Nacional de Música at the National University of México (UNAM).

Matt Lima - Composer

Matt Lima was born in 1976 to a psychiatric social worker and a poet who still moonlights as a chef de cuisine. He grew up in Queens, but the roots of his musical inclination can be traced to an old piano at his grandmother's house with which he amused himself as the youngest child during family gatherings. He has studied with Mario Davidovsky and Bernard Rands at Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 1998. On next to London as a winner of the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship where he finished an M.Mus at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Michael Finnissy, and where he stayed as the graduate fellow in composition. Moving to Paris in 2001, he spent a brief period at the Conservatoire National Supérieur where he studied with Frédéric Durieux. He is a founding member of the Ensemble Multilatérale, a Paris-based new music collective uniting composers, performers, musicologists and teachers.

Matt is very fortunate to have been accorded early recognition as a composer, earning commissions from such organizations as Meet the Composer, the Manhattan Wind Quintet, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His Four Piano Preludes took first prize in the Bertelsmann Music Group's first annual World of Expression Scholarship program, and he has won ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composer Award twice. Lima has also been active as an educator, organizing and delivering lectures on music and composition for primary and secondary school students. More recently he has worked at the IRCAM where he was in charge of rewriting the documentation for the computer-assisted composition software OpenMusic. He has been commissioned by the Arvo Pärt Festival at the Royal Academy, the Spitalfields Festival in the City Of London and the National Youth Band of Wales. In 2000 he was one of seven composers selected by the American Composers Orchestra to participate in their Whitaker Reading Sessions, and What Is It That It Is was premiered at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 'Double Exposure' concert series. His residence at La Muse en Circuit in Paris resulted in the creation of a piece for ‘cello, tablas and electronics premiered by Eric-Maria Couturier and Shyamal Maitre at the “Extentions du domaine de la note” festival in 2006. His piece ill symmetries was published in 2007 year by Editions Jobert as the inaugural issue of the Editions Jobert/Multilatérale. His most recent work is a sound design piece played live for the experimental music theater production “The Oroom” in New York City, and a collaboration with French saxophone quartets Osmose and Axone on “L’Arcane majeur,” a 21-movement piece based on the tarot deck, premiered last year in Paris and the Netherlands. He is currently working on a project for string quartet and voice based around the works of New York City poets of the 1960’s, most notably his father.

Trio sTREga
Saturday May 28, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Kevin Lau To the Edge of the Sky, Trio for clarinet, violin, piano
Mario Pagotto Il Volo del Pettirosso, for violin and piano
Leonard Bernstein Sonata for clarinet and piano


Franz Liszt Waltz on Gounod's Faust, for piano solo
Maurice Ravel Sonata for violin and piano
Paul Schoenfield Trio for clarinet, violin and piano

About Trio sTREga

Trio sTREga is a chamber group co-founded by Polish clarinettist Katarzyna (Kasia) Marczak and Italian pianist Erika Crinó. Kasia and Erika met in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia while both completing their Doctorates in Performance. Their shared love for chamber music led them to form Trio sTREga, while still studying at the university. Originally composed of clarinet, cello and piano, after the recent move to Toronto, the trio changed its profile into a combination of clarinet, violin and piano, with the introduction of outstanding violinist Ewa Sas.

The trio has made its debut in 2006 in Vancouver and was immediately invited to perform at the “New Music Alberta” (Edmonton, Alberta) series during its 2006-2007 concert season. After a short Winter Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta), where Erika and Kasia collaborated with such artists as Berry Shiffman and Henk Guittart, they moved to Toronto. Trio sTREga quickly established itself as a young and approachable group, recognized for its friendly but professional readings of even the most complex scores.

Trio sTREga is strongly dedicated to communication with its audience. Explanations and comments are always included in the performances, linking new works to the more classical ones, presenting background information and relating music to the different arts. The trio’s commitment to a wider appreciation of music is also evident in the numerous outreach performances in conservatories, community halls, art and social events, as well as TV appearances.

Italian pianist Erika Crinó 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-Gramatté Competition.

Born in Tarnow, Poland, Ewa Sas began playing the violin at the age of 7. In 2006 she graduated with 1st Class Honors from the Instrumental Department of Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow, receiving her Master of Arts degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Professor Teresa Gl?bówna. From 2001 to 2006, in recognition of her academic achievements, Ewa received Study Scholarships for every year of her studies. In that time (2001-2003), she also completed an Inter-Faculty Pedagogical Program, hosted at the Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow. In 2008 she finished her second Master degree (M.Mus) in violin performance at University of British Columbia in the studio of Jasper Wood.

For the 2 years she was living in Vancouver, Ewa was concertmaster of Orchestra Armonia, a member of the Erato Ensemble, and she performed throughout BC with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as solo, including a performance at the 2006 BC Fashion Week Opening Show. Currently, Ewa is living in Montreal, studying with Richard Roberts, concertmaster of Montreal Symphony, as well as Denise Lupien, a distinguished pedagogue at McGill University.

KARTARZYNA MARCZAK graduated from the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Cracow (M.Mus. in Clarinet Performance), and the followig year she received her second M.Mus. from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of the aforementioned institution. In 2009 she obtained her DMA degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Ms. Marczak is a founding member and artistic director of the Ara Ensemble, a chamber group specializing in contemporary music. The ensemble has performed at many festivals, music seminars and individual concerts in Poland and abroad. In 2003 the group recorded, and in 2006 released, its first CD, devoted to Canadian composers. While at UBC, she co-founded the Trio sTREga, consisting of clarinet, cello and piano, in conjunction with her fellow DMA students at UBC. Over the time the group changed its profile and nowadays exists as a clarinet-violin-piano ensemble.

As a soloist Katarzyna Marczak has appeared at festivals and music seminars. In 1992 she performed as a pianist in the finals of the Competition of Contemporary Music in Warsaw. In 2003 she recorded a number of contemporary pieces for clarinet, released in 2005 on CDs accompanying scores published by the Polish Music Edition (PWM). In 2008 she succesfully premiered the famous HARLEKIN by Karlheinz Stockhausen, a 45-minute long stage dance piece for solo clarinet. She presented the piece already on a concert tour in Poland in November 2008, as well as in The Banff Centre for the Arts, during her creative residency in Fall/Winter 2008/2009.

Kasia plays Bb Selmer Recital clarinet, with Morales-Backun "fatboy" cocobolo barrell and Backun cocobolo bell. She uses Backun mouthpiece "T". Her A clarinet is an E13 Buffet Crampon, with Morales-Backun cocobolo barrell.

Brian Dickinson, piano and Ted Quinlan, guitar
Friday May 27 2011 at 8:00
$20; $15 Senior; $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

Ted Quinlan

Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College's Music Program in Toronto.

As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman.

His debut CD As If received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. His other numerous recording credits include his performances on Doug Riley's Con Alma, Radioland Records' Tribute to Wes Montgomery, Phil Dwyer's Road Stories, Dave Restivo's Prayer for Humankindness and Ted Warren's First Time Caller.

Ted is the recipient of the 1998 Jazz Report Award for Guitarist of the Year.


Mark Laver and Chris Donnelly
Thursday May 26, 2011 at 8pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Mark Laver Chris Donnelly


Mark Laver, saxaphone and Chris Donnelly, piano perform songs by Leadbelly, Kapustin, Mahler, Schubert, Lennie Tristano, Hank Williams


Mark Laver, a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, is establishing a reputation as one of the most versatile young alto saxophonists in Toronto. Mark has performed with jazz luminaries such as Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Kurt Elling, Eddie Prévost, 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 NEXUS, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Mark has been published in such music periodicals as Critical Studies in Improvisation, Canadian Musician and The Recorder, and was profiled in the “Canadian Rising Stars” issue of The Music Scene/La Scena Musicale. Mark is an alumnus of the Jazz Performance programme at the Faculty of Music (University of Toronto), and of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (2005).

Chris Donnelly represents a new generation of jazz pianists, composers and improvisers dedicated to creating programs that are engaging, entertaining and educating. He is continually praised for his virtuosic performances, musicality, versatility and ability to captivate audiences

In September 2008, Chris released his Juno-nominated, debut album with Alma Records called ‘Solo,’ featuring a blend of original material and arrangements of jazz standards. This also earned him nominations for ‘Best Recording of the Year’ and ‘Best Keyboardist of the Year’ from the 2009 National Jazz Awards.

Upon completing his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto, Chris was awarded The Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award for students ‘deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music.’

Chris is currently on faculty at the University of Toronto.

Adam Scime presents "FUZE"
Sunday May 22, 2011 at 8pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 students

Fuze - An evening of new Canadian works featuring Electronics


People Are Not Cars, Suite for Tape - Alex Eddington
Lilies, for Flute and Electronics - Riho Esko Maimets
Devotion, for Tape and Video - Emilie Lebel

- Intermission -

River, for Flute and Electronics - Caleb Chan
Fuze, for amplified violin and audiofile playback - Paul Frehner
Corona, for Flute, Cello and Elextronics - Adam Scime


Adam Scime (b.1982) is a young composer living in Toronto. Adam is currently studying with Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto where he has been awarded a full fellowship to study as a Doctoral student in composition. Previous to his current position at U of T, Adam studied composition at The University of Western Ontario, where his teachers included Peter Paul Koprowski and Paul Frehner. Adam has also received private lessons with renowned composers Chen Yi, Osvaldo Golijov, and Cornelius Schwehr.

Adam has written extensively for orchestral, chamber, solo, and electro-acoustic mediums. Though still early in his career, Adam has received several performances by Canadian and International professional soloists and ensembles. Most recently, Adam was selected to participate in the Chrysalis Composers Workshop with the Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, during which his piece Fixity was performed under the baton of Christopher Butterfield. In the summer of 2010, it was announced that Adam?s piece Vagues, a Prelude for Piano and Electronics was selected as the winning composition for the Electro-Acoustic Composers Competition hosted by acclaimed American pianist Keith Kirchoff. Subsequently, Mr. Kirchoff performed Vagues as part of his 2011 North American Tour. In January of 2011, renowned Canadian soloist Nadina Mackie Jackson premiered Adam's new Concerto for Bassoon, Electronics, and Chamber Orchestra. Adam has also been appointed Composer in residence with the GamUT contemporary ensemble for the 2010/2011 season, a residency that will see the commissioning of two new works, and one new installation. Future projects include a Commission from The Jumblies Theatre Company. Also, Adam has been selected to write a piece for The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop which will be performed in a concert commemorating the passing of Canadian composer Ann Southam. In the summer of 2011, Adam will participate in the National Arts Centre Composer training program to study with Composers Colin Matthews and Gary Kulesha as an apprentice.

Ig Henneman Sextet play Kindred Spirits
Thursday May 19 2011 at 8 PM
$25 all seats, reservations recommended
Please send all requests to

This new international band was founded in December 2010 in celebration of composer/bandleader Ig Henneman’s 25th anniversary and her 65th birthday. The sextet toured Europe and ended the tour in the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. This concert was recorded and appears on the new CD ‘Cut a Caper’ Wig 19. The CD will be released in Canada May 2011.

The sextet program include homages to some of Henneman’s artistic soul-mates including Thelonious Monk, Emily Dickinson, Jimmy Giuffre, Ian Dury, Galina Ustvolskaya, Misha Mengelberg, Morton Feldman and Francesco Landini.

The sextet is a select group of musicians that Ig regards as musical kindred spirits. 

Ig Henneman Sextet
Ab Baars (NL) - tenor sax/ clarinet/ shakuhachi                    
Axel Dörner (DE) - trumpet
Lori Freedman (CA) - bass clarinet/ clarinet
Ig Henneman (NL) - viola and compositions
Wilbert de Joode (NL) - contrabass
Marilyn Lerner (CA) - piano

about the cd Ig Henneman Sextet ‘Cut a Caper’
(...) Listening to these tracks, with their ‘solo’ excursions, ensembles and subdivisions, the impression one invariably takes away is a group voice, a collective understanding that works in a common direction even when the parts and the voices seem quite fractured and dissociated. (...) Here’s a group that always seems to be re-engaging with dance, even if it is the kind of ‘dancing in the head’ that Ornette Coleman choreographed forty years ago. Perhaps it has something to do with the male/female twinning that one sees on stage, or perhaps the echoes of early dance-bands in the instrumentation. But isn’t there also something in the pitch of the music itself, right from those floor-clearing measures at the beginning of ‘Moot’, that suggests there is movement in this music, something that addresses the body as well as the listening head?
(...) More questions than answers, but that is in the nature both of this music and of this musician. Ig Henneman’s music always asks us questions of ourselves. It doesn’t make insistent demands. It proposes, and argues, advances and invites, whirls away on its own but always returns.
--Brian Morton

An Evening of Creativity featuring
The Steve Koven Trio

Saturday May 14, 2011 at 8 pm
Admission $20
Advanced tickets can be purchased through Paypal (

Steve Koven Rob Clutton Nick Fraser

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 has been a professional musician since earning a BFA in Contemporary Improvisation from York University in 1987 and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music at York University. 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.

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

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.

Nick Fraser - Drums

Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. He has worked with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Joe Sorbara, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, Rosemary Galloway, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, John MacLeod, Ken Aldcroft, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth, John Stetch and Kirk MacDonald. In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with such international artists as Michael Moore, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, David Binney, Steve Turre, Matt Welch, Bill Carrothers and Bill Mays. Nick's recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997) and Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004). He has worked extensively with Rob Clutton and Ronda Rindone in the cooperative trio This Moment whose debut album Beautiful Line was released in 2002 on the 9Winds label. He also co-leads the co-operative group Drumheller with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli who released their self-titled debut CD on the Rat-Drifting label in 2005 and Wives in 2006. Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Michael Herring's Vertigo, The AIMToronto Orchestra, the Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Ronda Rindones’s Quorum, the Lina Allemano 4, Deep Dark United and The Bill Grove Quartet. Nick is a founding member of The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community.

Leslie Ting, Violin and Pierre-André Doucet, Piano
Friday May 13 2011 at 8 pm

$20; $15 Seniors; $10 students

Leslie Ting Pierre-André Doucet

F. Poulenc - Sonata for violin and piano, FP119
W.A. Mozart - Sonata for piano and violin in B flat major, K454
E. Elgar - Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 82
Leslie Ting, violin
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, violinist Leslie Ting is an experienced solo and chamber musician. She premiered in 2010 with l'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1.   Also well in demand as an orchestral musician, Ms. Ting has performed with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, and the Kayaleh Chamber Orchestra, and has collaborated with conductors Stéphane Laforest and Kent Nagano, amongst others.
As a teen, Ms. Ting was a prize winner in the Guelph Spring Festival and was selected to join the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on its tours in Japan and Europe. Having attained Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in both Violin and Piano Performance, she focused her energies on the violin.
Upon completion of her studies with Jerzy Kaplanek and Jeremy Bell of the Penderecki String Quartet, Ms. Ting attended the Mozarteum Academy in Austria, the Kayaleh Violin Academy in Switzerland, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts, working with such eminent musicians as Eduard Schmeider, Joel Smirnoff, Andres Cardenas, Habib Kayaleh and Maxim Vengerov along the way.
Ms. Ting is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo with Bachelor  of Science (Honours) and Doctor of Optometry degrees. During her undergraduate studies she was granted a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) award to work in vision science research. As a licensed optometrist based in Ottawa, Ontario, she volunteered locally with The Gift of Sight Foundation, and internationally, with Canadian Vision Care in Anna Regina, Guyana, providing eye care to developing countries. 

After working for two years as an optometrist, she returned with full focus to the violin, successfully completing her Masters in Violin Performance at l'Université de Montréal under the tutelage of Vladimir Landsman, and an Artist's Diploma at that same institution, studying with Laurence Kayaleh.

Pierre-André Doucet, piano
A promising soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician, Pierre-André Doucet premiered with Symphony New Brunswick in 2007; he has also performed with Sinfonia de Lanaudière under maestro Stéphane Laforest. He has participated in the Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland-Labrador), the Orford Festival (Québec), the Gijòn Festival (Spain), the Vancouver International Song Institute (British Columbia) and the International Klaviersommer Bad Bertrich (Germany). In addition to performing publicly in these contexts, he has been featured at the Airs d’étés de Beaumont, the Baie des Chaleurs International Chamber Music Festival, various Jeunesses Musicales Centers, and has also performed for the Ambassador of Canada to Belgium. Concert tours have also brought him to British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Eastern Canada and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, most notably as the winner of the Atlantic Young Artist Competition (2010). He has been heard on Atlantic broadcasts of Radio-Canada and CBC Radio, as well as nationally on Espace musique.
As a collaborative pianist, Mr. Doucet has worked with countless established and emerging artists, as well as the Samulnori Quartet, l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal and l’Atelier d’opéra de l’Université de Moncton. Furthermore, he has performed and recorded with countless choirs and vocal ensembles, among them Nouvel Air, les Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie, le Chœur Beauséjour, Voce dell’Anima and le Chœur Vives Voix.
In addition to being a pianist, Mr. Doucet has a marked interest for many art forms, and is a vocal proponent of those that demonstrate interdisciplinarity. As a writer of short stories and poetry, he was laureate of the Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie Literary Awards for Kilométrage (2009), and a finalist in literature at the Jeux de la Francophonie, in Lebanon, for Deux préludes, opus posthume (2009). In the past few years, he has also brought various art forms to wider audiences, helming a literary blog for emerging international francophone authors (Suites du Phénix), and frequently contributing to Point Blank Video Blog. Aware of the evolving role of the artist, he also strives to bring classical music to rural communities, and sits on the board of directors for When We Play, an organisation dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children.
Winner of the Third Prize at both the National Music Festival (2007; 2010) and the Canadian Music Competition (2009), Mr. Doucet has twice been a laureate of the Auditions Jeunes Artistes de Radio-Canada (2004; 2006). Among other recognitions, he has been a laureate of the Order of Canada Mentorship Program (2009), and was the recipient of the Dorothy Buckley Prize for interpretation of a Canadian work at the CFMTA National Piano Competition (2009). Furthermore, Mr. Doucet’s evocative readings of contemporary works and his ardent work in disseminating new music have led him to premiere works by Canadian composers J. Mitchell Burke, Richard Gibson, and Pierre Michaud, as well as by South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr.
Pierre-André Doucet holds a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Université de Montréal, where he is currently pursuing his Master’s in Music. He is presently studying under the tutelage of Maneli Pirzadeh, thanks in part to grants from the New Brunswick Arts Board, the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture, and the Canadian Millenium Scholarship Foundation. Previously, he studied with Richard Boulanger and Julien Le Blanc at l’Université de Moncton. In addition to having benefited from masterclasses with Marc Durand, Robert Koenig, John Perry, Jean Saulnier, and David Jalbert, he has been coached on chamber music repertoire by members of the Jupiter String Quartet and the Duo Concertante, and on vocal repertoire by Rosemarie Landry, Francis Perron, Rena Sharon and Robin Wheele.

The Toy Piano Composers present Mini-uet
May 7, 2011 at 8pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 students

New works by the Toy Piano Ensemble featuring the junctQín Keyboard Collective.

Toronto-based junctQín (pronounced ‘junction’) consists of pianists Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, and Stephanie Chua. The name of the collective is taken from junctio – the Latin word meaning to join, and from Qín – the Chinese character for keyboard instrument. Elaine and Joseph began duo piano performances in 2003; Stephanie and Elaine met the same year as graduate students. The three discovered a mutual love of contemporary music for all kinds of keyboards, so when the trio united for a gig in the spring of 2009, junctQín was born.

Self-proclaimed “keyboard geeks,” the members of junctQín consider the group a vehicle to introduce audiences to contemporary keyboard repertoire. Through collaborations with living composers, innovative programming, interactive performances and outreach programs, junctQín’s goal is to break down the barriers of new music with one of the most accessible instruments – the piano. Most of junctQín’s concerts feature a grand piano and two toy pianos, or, depending on the venue (or weather!) will include electroacoustics with toy piano, music box, acoustic tables, iDogs (yes – a robot dog), laptop, and other instrumentalists. With primary emphasis on contemporary music, programs can include anything from Baroque keyboard works to multi-media projects. junctQín’s mandate is to introduce classical contemporary music to a broad audience by creating unique concert experiences.

In its inaugural year, junctQín was featured at the 2009 spOtlight Festival (produced by Ontario Arts Council, and co-sponsored by North American toy piano manufacturer Schoenhut). The group also gave a well-received recital at the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, performed at the Cambridge Galleries as part of March Break outreach activities and gave the Canadian première of Invention in Three Parts, composed by American composer Douglas C. Wadle at Artsweek Peterborough. The latter work was selected to be performed at Toronto’s 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary art festival.

With a keen interest in multimedia and multi-arts presentations, junctQín has also collaborated with Canadian artist Kenneth Doren in his digital opera Rule Britannia: A low opera in grand shite style and with Toronto conceptual artist Derek Liddington for his Springsteen-inspired, piano-duel installation Coup de grâce. Projects and concerts during 2011 include commission of works by Canadian composers Aaron Gervais, Alex Eddington and Susan Griesdale, as well as a collaboration with the Toy Piano Composers Collective (, whose manifesto is “eight mischievous composers unleash their collective creative musical genius on Toronto.” In the 2011-2012 season, junctQín is scheduled to perform in the Colours of Music Festival (Barrie, ON), as well as première a new collaboration with Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna) presented by Toronto’s Music Gallery.

The versatility of Elaine, Joseph, and Stephanie has resulted in their involvement in many performances that extend beyond traditional settings, such as a garden concert at the outdoor Raff Pavilion, an outdoor trail concert at Eramosa River Park, and a sound installation at Artspace Gallery. They have each appeared as soloists and collaborative pianists throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, in numerous concert series, venues and ensembles. Dedicated to working with living composers, these musicians have premiered dozens of Canadian and international compositions – most recently, works by Toronto composer Linda Catlin Smith, UK composer/installation artist Hywel Davies, and German composer Moritz Eggert.

junctQín wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information, visit:

The Art of the Duo Piano:
Xenia Pestova and Pascal Meyer

Friday May 6, 2011 at 8 PM
Tickets $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students


Dugal McKinnon (B. 1972): Diktat, Ditty, Half-life
Steve Reich (b. 1936): Piano Phase (1967)
Henri Dutilleux (b. 1916): Figures de résonances (1970)


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Rite of Spring (1913), version for two


Xenia Pestova (New Zealand/Canada) and Pascal Meyer (Luxembourg) formed a piano duo in 2003. Since their studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the two pianists went on to develop international solo performing careers. As a piano duo, they combine their shared aesthetics of sound with their commitment to programming new and non-standard works.

Praised for sensitivity, clarity, intelligence and exquisite coordination, Pestova and Meyer received rave reviews for performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen¹s MANTRA. The duo have had performances in New Zealand, Canada and Europe and appear regularly with the United Instruments of Lucilin contemporary music ensemble.

Pestova and Meyer were recently featured as soloists in the two-piano concerto Dialoge by Bernd Alois Zimmermann with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL) conducted by Arturo Tamayo during Festival Rainy Days and Peter Hirsch at the prestigious Festival Musica in Strasbourg.

The duo¹s CD recording of MANTRA was released on NAXOS in September 2010.
This is the first recording to use digital technology for the electronic processing.

"For Hope and Memories"
Fundraiser for CMHA
Sunday May 1 2011 at 3:00 PM
$15 General Admission

Adria McCulloch (soprano), Christina Faye (piano), Bruce Radmacher (cello)

Beauty Mark (Dark Star Requiem) Andrew Staniland (poetry by: Jill Battson)
Execution Scene (Filumena) John Estacio (John Murrell)
Renovated Rhymes - Elizabeth Raum (poetry by: John Hicks)
My Fancy Late and Early, A Maiden's Life and Love in Canadian Folk Song - John Greer
Evening Out - David McIntyre (poetry by: Joanne Gerber)
On this Wondrous Sea - Craig Urquhart (Emily Dickinson)
Litany - John Musto (Langston Hughes)
Dream with Me - L. Bernstein (with Bruce Radmacher on cello)
Come ready and see Me - Richard Hundley (James Purdy)
Sure on this Shining Night - Samuel Barber
Critically acclaimed soprano, Adria McCulloch, seen most recently in Toronto as Anaman in Opera Erotique (Out of the Box Productions,) holds a Master of Music degree from the Maryland Opera Studio.  Adria has performed the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Gluck’s Armide, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  She was a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists, touring the role of Susan in Alan Bell’s Turtle Wakes.  She sang with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus.  Adria is a graduate of Opera Lafayette’s Young Artist program in Washington DC, with whom she performed various concerts and recorded Une Bergère in Lully’s Armide on the Naxos label.  In 2010, she sang the role of Naiad in Gluck’s version with Opera Lafayette at Kennedy Center and Rose Theater, Lincoln Center.
Pianist Christina Faye is an active member of the professional Toronto music scene.  Originally from Thunder Bay Ontario, Christina had her first experience as a collaborative pianist at age nine.  Since then, she has worked with a vast number of student and professional instrumentalists, singers, orchestras, chamber groups and theatre and opera productions as well as being an accomplished solo performer.  While still in high school, Christina completed the ARCT level Performance Certificate from Conservatory Canada and studied  piano pedagogy, theory, violin, viola and pipe organ.  Christina received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Piano Performance from Brandon University in 2007 and a Master of Music in  Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music in 2009 both under scholarship and with grants from Manitoba and Canadian Arts Councils.  Christina has held positions at several major summer music programs including Opera Nuova in Edmonton AB, and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado and has been the music director and pianist for two productions by integrative theatre company, Out of the Box Productions.  She has experience and interests in a wide range of musical styles and is especially interested in contemporary music. 

Music of Jewish Composers
Saturday April 30 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

José R. López, Piano
Laura Wilcox, Viola


November, from “Das Jahr” (The Year) - Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847)
Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi - Judith Shatin (b. 1949)
Theme: Simply                                                              
With cunning
Theme: Singing
Trois Petites Fantaisies Op. 41 - Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)
Assez gravement
Fantasy for solo viola (1964/2002) - David Lidov
Sonate de concert Op. 47 - Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)
Allegro molto                                                             
Finale alla Saltarella: Prestissimo

José R. López, pianist

“Engaging, insightful pianism, delightful touches of character to virtually every measure, without ever overdoing it.” -Tim Smith (Sun-Sentinel)

“Impeccable musicianship, elegance of line, and delicately sculptured phrasing to the ornate piano writing.” - Lawrence Budmen (Coral Gables Gazette)

“Clarity of mind and affinity for Schubert and Beethoven … beautifully etched Bagatelles, Op. 126” – James Roos (Miami Herald)

JOSÉ R. LÓPEZ is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Department at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and is the President of the American Liszt Society Chapter at FIU ( ) . He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls, summer festivals . Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables' Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Miami Festival. He is a founding member of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble and a co-founder of The Deering Estate “Living Artist Concert Series”: collaborative concerts revolving around environmental and preservation themes involving historians, living composers, literary and visual artists, including Master classes for young artists. Recent activities include performances in the Lake Como region of Italy for the 2008 International Convention on 12-tone music , a publication on piano works by Riccardo Malipiero as part of the proceedings at the Villa Vigoni German/Italian Center in Mennagio, Italy and a recording of the complete solo piano music by Riccardo Malipiero.

A versatile pianist and enthusiastic performer of chamber music, José has been a member of the Dalbergi Trio, has collaborated in many chamber works with strings, winds, brass, and voice, has been a member of FIU’s resident new music ensemble, the Nodus Ensemble, and was the orchestral pianist with the Florida Philharmonic for 13 years. His interest in contemporary music features frequent world premieres and collaborations with composers along with his pursuit in resurrecting rarely heard works by Romantic and Classical composers. Dr. López received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Rosalina Sackstein, a former pupil of Claudio Arrau and Isabelle Vengerova. He has recorded for SNE, Albany and Innova record labels. Dr. López’s website can be accessed at

Laura Wilcox- Bio.

Canadian-American violist/violinist, LAURA WILCOX has collaborated in many crossover ventures with artists and composers from North America, Asia, Europe, Central and South America. Laura is a founding artist of The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble and the Music Director of The Deering Estate Living Artist Concert Series, a collaborative concert series held at the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler (an archeological, architectural, environmental and historical preserve) located along the shores of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. Having received awards from the Canada Council, the Chalmers Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, MetLife Foundation and the American String Teachers Association, Laura has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. She studied at McGill University in Montréal where she received the Concert Diploma with distinction.

Her recordings of Schubert, Feld, Ligeti, Schumann, and Cage are all on the SNE label. Committed to both performing rarely heard masterpieces along with classics and new works, Laura also has a love and interest in teaching new generations of young musicians. Currently active as a teacher and chamber music coach for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and string programs in South Florida she also records and performs with her husband, Jose R. Lopez (Coordinator of Keyboard studies at Florida International University-School of Music and a founding member of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble). Both Jose and Laura live in Southwest Miami-Dade County with their three rescue dogs, Johannes, Clara, and Flory (Florestan).

The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela
Friday April 29 2011 at 8 PM
Tickets $20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Manuel M. Ponce: Hacia la cima, Intermezzo, Gavota, Estrellita, Balada mexicana
Alberto Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2
Isaac Albéniz: Evocación from Iberia
Samuel Zyman: Two Motions in One Movement
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


"Gripping and powerful."
The Dallas Morning News

A virtuoso who effortlessly blends spectacular technical prowess with innate musicality, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. This Juilliard-trained artist has scored successes at ChicagoÕs Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Alejandro has appeared with most of the Mexican orchestras and he has performed with the Chicago and Houston symphony orchestras under Christoph Eschenbach. Recent and upcoming concert activities include extensive tours in Taiwan in collaboration with cellist Chao-Lun Lu, concerts with the Coahuila Chamber Orchestra in Mexico, solo recitals in Toronto, Montreal, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Kiev, Berlin and appearances at the Festival de Mxico and at the El Paso Pro-Musica concert series alongside Philippe Quint, Hector del Curto, Claudio Ragazzi, Pedro Giraudo, Ani Aznavoorian, Lidia Karminska, Mat Fields, Oren Fader and Kurt Moroki. In February 2011 Alejandro had the honor of performing a solo recital showcasing his new compilation of Latin-inspired music at the Official Residence of the Embassy of Mexico in Japan.
For more information please visit

Les Amis Concerts Presents
Trio Atlantik

Tuesday April 26 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Akemi Mercer, Violin; Dirk Niewöhner, Viola; Rachel Mercer, Cello


W.A. Mozart: Divertimento
Michael Pepa: Trio Atlantik
Erno Dohnanyi: Serenade
Marcia - Allegro
Romanza - adagio non troppo quasi andante
Scherzo - vivace
Tema con variazoni - andante con moto
Rondo (finale) - allegro vivace

Formed in 2010 through personal and musical friendship, Trio Atlantik is dedicated to creating inspired interpretations of the beloved standard works while exploring new music of their peers residing in their respective neighbourhoods, cities and countries. Bringing together their international training and years steeped in intense chamber music performance, Trio Atlantik is determined to breathe a new life into the rarely performed string trio repertoire and introduce ears to the novel.


Canadian violinist Akemi Mercer performed all over the world as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. Prize-winner in the Canadian Music Competition and the Peel Music Festival, Akemi has appeared as soloist with the Toronto, Oakville and Etobicoke Orchestras. As member of the award winning Gemini and Ebony String Quartets Akemi has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Steven Dann, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Anssi Kartunen, Steven Isserlis, Mayumi Seiler, Scott St. John, and William Aide. She has attended festivals such as Banff, Orford, Scotiafest, the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Domaine Forget and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, and from 2005-2006 was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra touring Europe and South America with Micheal Tilson Thomas, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Daniel Gati and Gustavo Dudamel.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Richmond, BC and Oakville, Ontario, Akemi completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in Toronto with David Zafer and Mayumi Seiler, after which she continued her studies with Victor Tretyakov at the Music College in Cologne, Germany. From 2006-2007 she was member of the Orchestra Academy of the Munich Philharmonic and participated in masterclasses with Peter Oundjian, Christian Tetzlaff, Martin Beaver, Jose Luis Garcia, Maricio Fuchs, and members of the Orford, Tokyo, St. Lawrence and Juilliard quartets.

Since March 2008, Akemi is a permanent member of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, now Associate Principal Second violin, under Paavo Jarvi. Along with her orchestral playing, Akemi is member of the Alighieri Quartet, the Frankfurt String Sextet, and is a leading member of Frankfurt Strings, a string orchestra made from members of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. Akemi comes to Canada regularly to play concerts, most recently guest concertmaster with the National Ballet Orchestra, a performance with her sister Rachel Mercer of Brahms' Double Concerto, and the 5th concert of a Haydn trio cycle with the Mercer-Oh Trio for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society.

German violist Dirk Niewöhner is prize winner at both the German Viola Society and the Eastern Music Festival in the United States. He has appeared as soloist with orchestra on both violin and viola and as a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. Founding member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, Dirk has been a member of the Munich Philharmonic viola section since 2003.

Dirk has performed at festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, Lucerne Festival and at Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated with Kolja Blacher, Renaud Capucon, Mirijam Contzen and Wen-Sinn Yang. He was a member of the Signum String Quartet, a prizewinner at the International Charles-Hennen-Concours (Netherlands) and currently plays with the Munich Philharmonic String Sextet and the Tertis Viola Ensemble - the only quartet worldwide consisting of four violas.

Dirk studied violin with Ida Bieler, Miriam Fried and Rainer Kussmaul before continuing his studies on viola with Wolfram Christ and Hariolf Schlichtig. He also has chamber music degrees with the Alban Berg and Melos Quartets. Dirk has received scholarships from the German Music Council and the German cultural foundation "Villa Musica". Grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam,

Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer made her European recital debut in the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. Rachel has performed as a soloist across Canada, in Europe, the Balkans, the United States, South Africa and Israel, and her performances have been broadcast in Canada, Israel and Europe. She currently records for Israeli indie label EnT-T. As a member of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet from 2002-2010, Rachel toured regularly on five continents, and released cds on Naxos and Dalia Classics.

Born in Edmonton, Rachel began cello studies at the age of three continuing at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto with Shauna Rolston, the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Dmitri Ferschtman. Rachel attended Orford, Banff, Holland Music Sessions, Ravinia, Prussia Cove, Scotiafest, Proquartet, the Juilliard Quartet Seminar and the Verbier Academy, for masterclasses with Boris Pergamenschikow, Frans Helmerson, Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Gregor Horsch, Valentin Berlinsky, Valentin Erben, Henry Meyer and Walter Levin.

Currently based in Toronto, Rachel has given guest masterclasses at the University of Toronto and QuartetFest at Wilfred Laurier University. She is cellist for Via Salzburg, a chamber music series led by Mayumi Seiler, and of piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada, winners of CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award, and named among "80 women to watch" in the 80th anniversary edition of Chatelaine magazine in May 2008. Ensemble Made In Canada tours across the country and most recently began appearing in the United States with a residency at SUNY, New Paltz, NY. Rachel and her violinist sister Akemi formed the Mercer-Oh curator Gregory Oh) and are playing a complete Haydn trio cycle for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society between 2009-2013. Rachel also appears in recital with pianist Angela Park as the Mercer-Park duo. Other upcoming concerts include the the Art of Time Ensemble season , a debut recital at Music Toronto, and summer festival appearances in Ottawa, Stratford and Halifax with the Mercer Duo and Ensemble Made In Canada.

Recent winner of the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, Rachel plays the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello, on loan until
August 2012 from the Canada Council for the Arts, donated to the council by a generous anonymous donor.

The Art of the Guitar: ChromaDuo:
Rob MacDonald and Tracy Anne Smith

Friday April 22 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Artists; $10 Seniors & Students

CD launch for our debut recording 'Hidden Waters', featuring world premiere recordings of music composed by Roland Dyens, Stephen Goss, and Christopher William Pierce. Admission will include the concert and 1copy of the CD.


A dedicated new voice in the contemporary music world, ChromaDuo is vigorously developing and presenting some of today's most evocative, lyrical, and exhilarating music. Classical guitarists Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald unveil refreshing and innovative programs of new works by some of the most exciting living, breathing composers of our time.

ChromaDuo has commissioned works from the incomparable Parisian Roland Dyens, irreverent British powerhouse Stephen Goss, genre-bending New Yorker Ben Verdery, and emerging major American talents Christopher William Pierce and Judah Adashi. Alongside these creations, their unique concert programs feature standout works from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and they continue to seek out pioneering new voices to enrich the repertoire.

Highlights of their debut concert season in 2009 include performances at new music festivals and guitar societies across the United States and Canada; from Boston to Seattle, Toronto to Vancouver. This season they will expand their reach, premiering Niterói, Roland Dyens’ sparkling new tour de force, at the Guildford International Music Festival in England, before returning to North America for a number of follow-up performances.

Critics have called Rob MacDonald a “Canadian guitar visionary,” (Minor 7th Magazine) and Tracy Anne Smith, “One hell of a guitarist - and more importantly a top-class musician.” (Festival 21 Blog). Together they combine forces to create their debut recording, to be released in March 2011, featuring five world-premieres of works by Dyens, Goss, and Pierce.

Anna Atkinson and George Meanwell
Thursday April 21 2011 at 8 pm
$15; $10 Students

Anna Atkinson is an innovative and multi-talented musician and composer. She attended the University of Victoria, studying viola and chamber music with Joanna Hood and the Lafayette String Quartet. There she also began to write and perform her own songs regularly, accompanying herself on viola, accordion, and four-string banjo. Along with fellow violist/songwriter Rachael Cardiello she formed Blue Richard and the Apricots, releasing an EP in January 2008. The duo attracted large audiences in Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle with their fearless harmonies and unique instrumentation.

In October 2008, following the completion of her Bachelor of Music and a month-long bicycle expedition to the East Coast, Anna settled in Toronto where she now writes, performs, records and teaches. She has recorded and appeared in concert with Laila Biali, Andrew Downing, David Essig, Allison Brown, George Meanwell, Saidah Baba Talibah, Tucker Finn, Chloe Charles and Lenni Jabour, among many others. She also appears regularly with various classical ensembles throughout Toronto. Last summer, Anna played violin and accordion in the Stratford Festival's production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and will be returning to Stratford this season to play in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

In the last two years Anna has brought her songs to growing audiences throughout Ontario as well as Montreal, Vancouver and Victoria. With the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council and a Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival she completed her first album of original songs and is thrilled to announce its release in June 2011, followed by a Canada-wide tour in the fall.

In the late 1970's, George Meanwell was guitarist and vocalist with the Toronto acoustic folk trio Short Turn which performed throughout the then extensive 416 area code, garnering invitations from Morningside, 90 Minutes Live, and George Hamilton IV. Until 2002 he was Quartetto Gelato's founding cellist, guitarist and mandolinist (as well as webmaster, sometime arranger and liner note writer) in concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Since then he has returned to songwriting, releasing two CDs of original material: Another Street (2003), featured on the year-end "hit list" of CBC's DiscDrive, and Late (2008) with his band The Loss Leaders.

George continues to be busy as a cellist. He was featured on the soundtrack of the documentary film A Murder of Crows on CBC and NPR, and appeared on stage as both cellist and guitarist in the 2010 Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of As You Like It and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

In the fall of 2010 he joined forces with Anna Atkinson in a series of concerts throughout southern Ontario, and in 2011 returns to the Stratford Festival in The Grapes of Wrath.

Music for Horn and Soprano
Wednesday April 20 2011 at 8 PM
Tickets $20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Works by Duparc, Schubert, Heggie, Lachner, S. Davis.


Toronto-based horn player Roslyn Black is an active freelance musician, recitalist and teacher in southern Ontario. She recently returned to Canada after four years in Miami as a member of the renowned New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During her tenure in Miami, Roslyn was fortunate to collaborate with many remarkable musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Christian Tetzlaff, Emmanuel Ax, Measha Brueggergosman, and Leila Josefowizc. She spent three summers performing at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland with Pierre Boulez and two summers apprenticing with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Roslyn's principal teachers include Richard Ely, Joan Watson and James Sommerville and she completed her Master of Music degree in 2004 at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 2009, Roslyn performed with the BBC Symphony in London as a finalist for the position of Sub-Principal Horn and previously held the Principal Horn position with the Hingham Symphony Orchestra (now the Atlantic Symphony) in Massachusetts. Previously, she has been a faculty member at Miami-Dade College in Florida, the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and both Havergal College and Upper Canada College in Toronto. Roslyn is dedicated to the development and performance of contemporary music and performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort in Boston, a chamber ensemble committed solely to the performance of new music under the direction of famed contemporary pianist, Stephen Drury. She can be heard on numerous recordings on the Mode record label, and is currently a performer in the touring production "Star Wars in Concert" with the actor Anthony Daniels.

Soprano Mary Ann Power, is a performer of a diverse variety of classical repertoire from New Music premieres to the Early Music and Baroque periods. In the Ohio Valley she actively sings in chamber recitals, solo recitals, and performs as a volunteer at the Hospice of Dayton. She has been a guest performer and/or master clinician at Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio, the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, and Roane State Community College in Tennessee. Some of Ms. Powers' operatic repertoire includes Lucy from The Telephone, La Musica from L'Orfeo, and Josephine from Story of an Hour (premiere). Ms. Powers is also a dedicated teacher; her students have won college scholarships, advanced to All State Choir in Kentucky, and performed in many community theater productions. Her most influential vocal training has been from Constance Rock, William Cotten, Patricia Pease, and Christina von Wartenberg. Ms. Powers holds a MM in Vocal Performance and another MM in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music, and a BM in Vocal Performance from Ohio University in Athens, OH.

Pianist Stephen Runge has been heard across Canada in recital, as chamber musician, and with orchestra and is demand across the country as teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Stephen came to national attention when he was awarded first prize in the piano category of the National Music Festival. Since then he has been the recipient of several important awards, including prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition, the C.F.M.T.A. National Piano Competition, the Roberto and Mary Wood Competition, the Shean Piano Competition, and the B.C. Young Artists' Piano Competition.

Stephen Runge enjoys performing lesser known repertoire and new works. In 2000, he gave the Canadian premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the University of Victoria Orchestra. Dr. Runge has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio Two and La Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada. He has received special recognition for his frequent performances as chamber musician and art song collaborator, and is a founding member of the Beausejour Trio. He is currently undertaking a major recording project of the large works for solo piano by Robert Schumann. As a clinician, Dr. Runge has given workshops at provincial and national teaching conferences on topics such as effective practice methods, approaching piano technique holistically, and performance practices for Baroque and Classical music.

Songs of Faith and Doubt
Sunday April 17 2011 at 4 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Artists; $10 Students

Iris Krizmanic, as well as being principal horn of the Scarborough Philharmonic (SPO) holds the position of third horn in the Niagara Symphony. She graduated from the Glenn Gould School, having studied with principal horn of the Toronto Symphony orchestra, Neil Deland, and Associate Principal Christopher Gongos. She has played under the baton of many conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, the late Richard Bradshaw, and Uri Meyer amongst others. She toured to China with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra as part of a cultural outreach program for the school. A multi-talented musician, Iris also plays the cello and takes vocal lessons with Jean MacPhail. In the 2009/2010 season Iris will be a featured soloist with the SPO performing Richard Strauss' first horn concerto.

Nicholas Nanos is a musician singer song writer with a long varied musical career that included performances in almost every region of North America as well as many places in Europe and the Middle East. Often called the tune smith his work is currently less political than it used to be focusing more on spiritual themes or that old favourite of song writers everywhere, love. Among his major works is an Orchestral Piece called Whale Song and an Opera he is currently writing called Sto Ena Hora which uses the emotions the characters feel to express the story line rather than using dialog. As music Director for Pro Amore Musicae, and choral director of Don Heights Unitarian, Nicholas promotes the music of Canada and is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian artists get more exposure.

Manifesto! Trio '86
Saturday April 16 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Jennifer Thiessen, viola;
Marc Wieser, piano;
Krista Martynes, clarinet

Trio '86 has currently explored the importance of controlled musical improvisation as a medium for new forms of expression in chamber music inspired by Rzewski's Parma Manifesto. Our exploration in improvisation has been motivated by composers who "relinquish some control over the musical elements...with the full belief that the performer will play with learned skills, while maintaining the integrity of context and style." This journey features various composers including Rzewski, Reich, and Riley, all advocates in introducing improvisation, in all of it's forms, to written music, mixing some more or less free improv (Brown, Derome, Coleman) with other pieces that are more controlled (Riley, Reich). The Trio adds their creative style by completing this concert with a commission from talented Brian Harman as well as two tributes from jazz artists Ornette Coleman and Quebec's own Jean Derome.

A fortuitous wind from the west brought these three prairie-born musicians in Montreal for their first concert in 2009.Jennifer Thiessen, Krista Martynes, and Marc Wieser formed Trio ‘86 while discovering a shared passion for collaboration and an appreciation for the unique sonority of the clarinet-viola-piano combination. At once distinct and complimentary, these three personalities are as compatible as the timbres and voices of their instruments.

The mission of Trio ’86 is twofold: First, we are committed to expanding the available repertoire for our unique grouping; second, we are committed to promoting and presenting new modes of communication by breathing new life into the historical repertoire or commissioning and interpreting exploratory new works for this instrumentation. A relatively neglected chamber music grouping, the clarinet-viola-piano ensemble has its roots in the “Kegelstatt” trio of Mozart, the Fairytales of Robert Schumann and the Hommage à Robert Schumann of Kurtág.

After a successful series of concerts in Montreal, Trio ’86 looks forward to branching out in their upcoming season with concerts in New York, Ontario and western Canada, interacting with composers and incorporating performances based on creative techniques such as improvisation and the use of electronics. Eager to further exploit new possibilities, this exciting young Canadian trio embraces an exploratory spirit, interpreting new and traditional repertoire, forging new paths in performance.

Trio Fibonacci
Friday April 15, 2011 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Julie-Anne Derome Gabriel Prynn Stephanie Chua

The Trio Fibonacci was formed in 1998 and its brilliant career has featured concert tours to South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, to the USA and across Europe. Indeed the Trio received the 2002 Prix Opus for its artistic achievements overseas. Thanks to the Trio’s inspired interpretations of the music of our time it gained early international recognition. Today the Trio is noted for its equally eloquent performances of the works of earlier eras. The Trio Fibonacci has been guided by some of the world’s most respected chamber musicians, including Menahem Pressler, members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Emerson and Vermeer string quartets, and by their mentors Eberhard Feltz and Michael Vogler in Berlin. The Trio Fibonacci is in residence at the Conservatoire de musique in Quebec City.


Linda Catlin Smith – Far from shore for piano trio (2010) *
Juliet Kiri Palmer – diver(s) for piano trio (2003)
Jonathan Harvey – Piano Trio (1971)
Mauricio Kagel – Trio No.3 (2006-2007) *

* Toronto première

Julie-Anne Derome, violinist

Winner of the prestigious 2003 Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts to underline her innovative work as a performer, Julie-Anne Derome was born in Montreal and studied with Christopher Rowland at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK (1991- 1995), and with Mitchell Stern and members of the Emerson String Quartet in the USA (1995-1996). Winner of the Mendelssohn Trust Award in England in 1994 and of the Emerson String Quartet Competition in 1995, Julie-Anne Derome also received a special prize from the jury at the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris for her interpretation of Anthèmes by Pierre Boulez. Julie-Anne has performed as soloist with the Manchester Sinfonia at the Aix-en-Provence International Music Festival in France, and gave the world première of the revised version of the Berg Violin Concerto with the symphony orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). In 1993 she took part in a concert of chamber music for Queen Elizabeth II in Cyprus during a meeting of the Heads of the Commonwealth. In 1995 she featured as the soloist in a performance of Corale by Luciano Berio with the SMCQ (Montreal). In 1996 she played with the Emerson String Quartet in Connecticut. In 1996 Julie-Anne released a CD of twentieth century solo violin works entitled Solo (on the Atma label). In reference to this recording the BBC Music Magazine hailed Julie-Anne Derome as "a star in the making." She may also be heard on the Analekta and SNE labels.

Julie-Anne regularly premières concertos by Canadian composers. In 2000 the Canada Council for the Arts awarded Julie-Anne Derome the loan of a 1902 Enrico Rocca violin and in 2003 an 1820 Johannes Franciscus Pressenda violin. Julie-Anne performed a highly successful series of ten recitals in India in 2009 and plans to return in December 2011.

Gabriel Prynn, cellist

Born in England in 1973, Gabriel Prynn studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K) with Clive Greensmith, cellist of the Tokyo String Quartet. From 1995 to 1996 he continued his cello studies with David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet in New York, and then went on to benefit from the guidance of Paul Tortelier protégé Daniel Domb, then Principal Cello of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr.Prynn has participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Yuli Turovsky, and with pioneering New Music specialist Frances Marie Uitti in Amsterdam. Of the various awards that he has received it is important to mention scholarships from the King Edward VII Foundation (UK), the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Germany), the University of New York at Stony Brook, and research grants from both the Canada and Quebec Arts Councils.

Mr.Prynn is devoted to the performance and interpretation of the music of our time and appears regularly as soloist and chamber musician in Canada and Europe. He has given the Canadian premières of a number of important works from the modern cello repertoire including Ne songe plus à fuir for cello solo by Richard Barrett, Gavin Bryars' cello concerto The North Shore, iv2 by Mark André, Herz for cello solo by Enno Poppe, and Advaya for cello and live electronics by Jonathan Harvey. In January 2006 he was guest performer with the German ensemble musikFabrik for a series of concerts at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, and has performed regularly with the Ensemble Alternance in Paris and with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal.

Stephanie Chua, pianist

Stephanie Chua is an expressive and versatile Canadian pianist. Through musical insight and innovative programming, she has devoted herself to performing works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Based in Toronto, Stephanie has performed solo recitals at the Music Gallery, the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, and the McMichael Gallery of Canadian Art; she also been heard in concerts presented by the Esprit Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada, Contact Contemporary Music and the X-Avant Festival 2010 (Toronto). Recent highlights include performances at Impuls Contemporary Music Festival 2009 in Graz, Austria and a solo tour of South-West England with performances at the Michael Tippet Centre (Bath) and the Cube Microplex (Bristol) in 2008.

In 2009, Stephanie co-founded junctQín with Elaine Lau and Joseph Ferretti. junctQín is trio of pianists devoted to performances of contemporary music and commissioning new works for their unique instrumentation. Most recently, junctQín has been featured in recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of the COC’s Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts and presented at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 in Toronto.

Stephanie holds her Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Toronto. She was also Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria. Her main teachers were Robin Wood and Marietta Orlov, and she worked extensively in master classes with Menahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher. In 2009, Stephanie received an Ontario Arts Council Career Development Grant allowing her to pursue studies with Ian Pace in London, England.

Trio sTREga
Sunday April 10 2011 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Aram Khachaturian - Trio for cl., vl., pf (1932)
Andante con dolore, molt’espressione

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Sonata K.301 (1778)
Allegro con spirito

Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Sonata Op.120 n.1 (1894)
Allegro appassionato
Andante un poco Adagio
Allegretto grazioso

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata Op.90 (1814)
Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung and Ausdruck
NIcht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen

Béla Bartók - Contrasts for cl., vl., pf. (1938)

About Trio sTREga

Trio sTREga is a chamber group co-founded by Polish clarinettist Katarzyna (Kasia) Marczak and Italian pianist Erika Crinó. Kasia and Erika met in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia while both completing their Doctorates in Performance. Their shared love for chamber music led them to form Trio sTREga, while still studying at the university. Originally composed of clarinet, cello and piano, after the recent move to Toronto, the trio changed its profile into a combination of clarinet, violin and piano, with the introduction of outstanding violinist Ewa Sas.

The trio has made its debut in 2006 in Vancouver and was immediately invited to perform at the “New Music Alberta” (Edmonton, Alberta) series during its 2006-2007 concert season. After a short Winter Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta), where Erika and Kasia collaborated with such artists as Berry Shiffman and Henk Guittart, they moved to Toronto. Trio sTREga quickly established itself as a young and approachable group, recognized for its friendly but professional readings of even the most complex scores.

Trio sTREga is strongly dedicated to communication with its audience. Explanations and comments are always included in the performances, linking new works to the more classical ones, presenting background information and relating music to the different arts. The trio’s commitment to a wider appreciation of music is also evident in the numerous outreach performances in conservatories, community halls, art and social events, as well as TV appearances.

Italian pianist Erika Crinó 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-Gramatté Competition.

Born in Tarnow, Poland, Ewa Sas began playing the violin at the age of 7. In 2006 she graduated with 1st Class Honors from the Instrumental Department of Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow, receiving her Master of Arts degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Professor Teresa Gl?bówna. From 2001 to 2006, in recognition of her academic achievements, Ewa received Study Scholarships for every year of her studies. In that time (2001-2003), she also completed an Inter-Faculty Pedagogical Program, hosted at the Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow. In 2008 she finished her second Master degree (M.Mus) in violin performance at University of British Columbia in the studio of Jasper Wood.

For the 2 years she was living in Vancouver, Ewa was concertmaster of Orchestra Armonia, a member of the Erato Ensemble, and she performed throughout BC with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as solo, including a performance at the 2006 BC Fashion Week Opening Show. Currently, Ewa is living in Montreal, studying with Richard Roberts, concertmaster of Montreal Symphony, as well as Denise Lupien, a distinguished pedagogue at McGill University.

The Art of the Piano: Joel Hastings
Saturday April 9, 2011 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Carter Pann: "Your Touch" (1997)
Carl Vine: Piano Sonata No.1 (1990)
Beethoven: Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" (1818)


Canadian-born Joel Hastings was the winner of the 2006 8th International Web Concert Hall Competition (, and the 1993 International Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

After delivering a stunning performance at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, one reporter designated Mr. Hastings the “audience favourite” while another declared, “the kinetic fingers of this young Canadian reminded me strongly of his late countryman, Glenn Gould.” In a Newsweek review he “pulled the audience to their feet after a wild performance of Franz Liszt’s Totentanz.” Reviewers have described his playing as passionate, mesmerizing, hypnotic, and transcendental.

Mr. Hastings has performed solo recitals across Canada and the United States, while his orchestral engagements have included the Toronto Philharmonic; the Oakville, Okanagan, Windsor, Kamloops, Niagara, Racine, Timmins and the University of Michigan Symphonies; the Kitchener-Waterloo and Michigan Chamber Orchestras, the Huntsville Festival Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Concert Band. He has worked with conductors including Gustav Meier, Kerry Stratton, Roberto Declara, Daniel Swift, Susan Haig, John Morris Russell, Dwight Bennett, Matthew Jones, Douglas Sanford, Donald Schleicher, Alexander Platt, Bruce Dunn and Vincent Danner.

As a collaborative artist Mr. Hastings has toured internationally with vocal ensembles, performing in such venues as the Vatican and St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and he has recorded with the Cranbrook Singers of Michigan and the University of Michigan Symphony Band.

From the Royal Conservatory of Music Mr. Hastings earned his ARCT diplomas in piano and organ, receiving a gold medal for the highest score in the country.
He holds degrees in both instruments from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and taught as visiting faculty at the University of Windsor, Ontario. Additionally, he has given master-classes and adjudicated competitions and festivals across Canada and the United States. Mr. Hastings has been the recipient of multiple grants from The Canadian Council for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Hastings has recently recorded a CD of Franz Liszt's song and operatic transcriptions
and a CD of Frederic Chopin’s 24 Etudes available on the Prestant Records label.
His debut CD Sessions has been featured on CBC radio.

Les Amis Concerts Presents
LOVE: Innocence, Passion, and Obsession

Tuesday April 5, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Lynn Kuo, violin and Marianna Humetska, piano


W.A. Mozart: Six Variations in g minor on 'Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant', K. 360
César Franck Sonata in A major:
I. Allegretto Ben Moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo Fantasia
IV. Allegretto Poco Mosso
Nino Rota: Improvviso in re minore 4'30
Astor Piazzolla: Milonga en re
Igor Frolov: Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Women in Jazz Series:
Sheila Jordan and Yvette Tollar

Saturday April 2 2011 at 8 PM
Adults $20 / Seniors $15 / Students $10

Yvette Tollar Sheila Jordan

This 3rd installment of the Women In Jazz Series features a double bill with the grand dame of vocal jazz, Sheila Jordan and JUNO Award Nominated, Canadian jazz vocalist, Yvette Tollar. Often called a musician’s singer, Sheila Jordan swings hard and is a masterful improviser. But still, she’ll easily hold audiences captive with ballads so slow and drippy that you’ll need a honey pot and stick to mark the meter. With over 6 decades of rich jazz history under her belt and a slew of awards and accolades recognizing her uncompromising approach to the jazz tradition, Sheila Jordan’s popularity continues to increase.

Now 82, Sheila’s touring schedule is busier than ever. You can find her on any given month on any given continent tying audience’s heart strings into bows with her ever agile and expressive voice. She exudes an unapologetic love for life and for the music, that, she’ll tell you, she owes hers to.

This concert is a rare and intimate treat for lovers of jazz and should not be missed.
Opening the night is Yvette Tollar - an award winning vocalist born and raised in Toronto. With jazz at the root of Yvette’s musicality and a voice that can make the hairs on your arm stand at attention this songstress never fails to captivate. As musical director of the Women In Jazz series and a life long student of Sheila’s, this collaborative concert is a joyful milestone for Yvette and her career.

Accompanying Sheila & Yvette are two of Canada’s leading instrumentalists: Dave Restivo (piano) has twice been awarded the National Jazz Award and Kieran Overs (bass) who appears on over 80 albums, including Sheila Jordan’s latest release, Winter Sunshine.

For concert reservations contact Gallery 345 (460) 822-9781
For concert + workshop packages call (647) 686-6962


Sheila Jordan - b. Sheila Jeanette Dawson, Nov. 18 1928, Detroit, Michigan, USA.Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania's coal-mining country, Jordan began singing as a child and by the time she was in her early teens was working semi-professionally in Detroit clubs. Her first great influence was Charlie Parker and, indeed, most of her influences have been instrumentalists rather than singers. Working chiefly with black musicians, she met with disapproval from the white community but persisted with her career.

After moving to New York in 1951, she studied with Lennie Tristano and Charlie Mingus. During that time, Sheila also married Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan. But it was not until the early 60s that she made her first recordings including The Outer View with George Russell and her classic debut album, Portrait of Sheila (Blue Note).

Since those early years, Sheila’s uncompromising style and her absolute dedication to traditional jazz and bebop has lead to world-wide recognition, a demanding year round touring schedule and over 20 albums. With a career that spans almost 70 years, Ms. Jordan has worked alongside other jazz legends such as Lee Konitz, Steve Kuhn, Kurt Elling, Steve Swallow and Carla Bley.

Sheila was honoured in 2010 with a New York Nightlife Award (Outstanding Jazz Vocalist), in 2008 with the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz for Lifetime of Service Award, in 2007 with a Humanitarian Award by the IAJE, and in 2006 with a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll named Sheila in the Top 5 “Established Talent” category every year since 1980.

Sheila taught at City College in NYC for 3 decades and conducts her famous Vocal Jazz Workshops around the world tirelessly. Her deep love for jazz and improvisation has inspired thousands of vocalists and musicians to "keep the music alive".

Going strong at 82 years old and entirely non-derivative, Jordan is one of only a tinyhandful of jazz singers who fully deserve the appellation and for whom no other term will do.

Yvette Tollar was born and raised in Toronto and began singing professionally at 16. Her expressive vocals are rich and soulful, her delivery of lyrics mature and her approach effortless. She says music is her connection to the source and this reverent approach shines through in her sincere and unaffected performances.

Jazz has always been Yvette’s main focus but growing up in Toronto’s multi-cultural and inclusive society, she was exposed to a myriad of roots and folk music from around the world. By remaining open to the world of influences that surround her, Yvette sports immense versatility by lending her talents to Hungarian, Arabic, Yiddish, Brazillian, Jamaican, African and Indian projects. She has sung in at least 9 different languages and more than a dozen genres including Traditional and Modern Jazz, R&B, Classical and Klezmer music.

Ima and Cactus Flowers are Yvette’s two Modern Jazz offerings. Many of the songs are self-penned but in Ima other songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, brother, Ernie Tollar, Dave Restivo and Kevin Breit also take the spotlight. The arrangements are mainly piano trio and voice but also draw on instruments as diverse as bansuri (bamboo) flute, mbira (African thumb piano), mandolin and tabla.

Ms Tollar, has performed at dozens of Jazz, Folk and World Music Festivals while touring across Canada, Europe and South America. She has written music for film, sung for television and live national radio broadcasts and has released two Modern Jazz albums under her own name.

The recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, Yvette has studied with Jazz legends, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Dave Holland. She studied voice at The Royal Conservatory of Music and with Canada’s first Speech Level Singing expert, Bill Vincent. As well, she has studied theory, jazz improvisation, composition, Arabic and Hungarian singing, organ and piano.

In 2009 Yvette's CD, Ima, was recognized with a JUNO Award Nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album, as well, she was granted a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (The Ontario Art's Council's most prestigious honour).

Yvette is founder and artistic director of the Women In Jazz Series which features masterful female improvisors from around the world. Sheila Jordan (USA), Mary Margaret O'Hara (Canada) and Jasna Jovicevic (Serbia) have all been featured artists in this innovative, exciting and genre bending series.

Vocal Jazz Workshop with Sheila Jordan
Sunday April 3 2011 at 10 AM & 2 PM

Attention all vocalists!

A rare opportunity to spend the day with jazz legend, Sheila Jordan.
Please contact to secure your place as a participant or an auditor.

Gypsy Music
Tuesday March 29 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Ana Sokolovic: Chant (2003)
Katarina Curcin: Gypsies (2009)
Michael Pepa: Fantaisie bohémienne (2004)

Video of highlights of the April 27, 2009 Belgrade concert
of music by Canadian/Serbian composers
Ana Sokolovic and Katarina Curcin
at Svecana sala Skupstine grada

Lynn Kuo, violin

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.

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

Rachel Mercer, cello

Described as a "pure chamber musician" (Globe and Mail) creating "moments of pure magic" (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has demonstrated her love for sharing music through performance since she was three years old. Winner of the 2009 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Rachel was awarded the use of the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello, donated anonymously to the council, until August 2012. As the grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel made her European debut in the Concertgebouw and has appeared as a soloist across Canada, in Europe, the United States, Balkans and Israel. As a member of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet from 2002-2010, Rachel toured regularly on five continents. Currently based in Toronto, Rachel is cellist of Ensemble Made In Canada, Via Salzburg, and the Mercer-Park Duo. Rachel has released discs on Naxos, Dalia Classics and EnT-T.
Recent winner of the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, Rachel plays the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello, on loan until August 2012 from the Canada Council for the Arts, donated to the council by a generous anonymous donor.

Marianna Humetska, Piano

Pianist Marianna Humetska was born in Lviv, Ukraine. She holds a Diploma with Honor from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto and a Master Degree from the Lviv Music Academy. Marianna Humetska is a prize-winner and diploma-winner of numerous international competitions, among which are Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and Diaghilev Competition in Moscow, “Virtuosos of the year 2000” Competition in St. Petersburg, Dvarionas Competition in Vilnius and Calgary Honens Competition. Ms.Humetska is a winner of the “Galaxie” Rising Stars Award of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the “Debut” Young Artists Auditions and Marusia Yaworska Award from the University of Ottawa. Marianna Humetska’s concert performances were held in different countries worldwide. She participated in the well-known music festivals, in particular: Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Tibor Varga Festival (Switzerland), Music at the Institute in New-York (USA), Music Biennale Zagreb (Croatia), Niagara International Music Festival (Canada), Kyiv Music Fest, Festival of Contemporary Music “Contrasts”, Chamber Music Sessions, Bach-Fest (Ukraine). In addition to her solo and orchestra performances, Ms.Humetska is also very much in demand as a chamber music player and collaborative artist. The intense expressiveness is peculiar to the artist’s masterly performance. “The real expressive interpreter” is the translation of heading of the review of Marianna Humetska’s performance in the “Lauterbacher Anzeiger” (Germany). Her playing is distinguished by perfect technique, sound colors, vivacity and generosity in conveyance of feelings. “Marianna Humetska startled everyone by her virtuosity, depth and temper of the performance. The viewers got powerful charge of active energy from her art” (“Panorama”, Ukraine). According to the critic from the “Music Life” magazine (Russia), the pianist’s performance of L. Beethoven Piano Concerto 3 “startled by not only confident pianism, which excluded any randomness, but also by the deepness of philosophical comprehension of music, harmony of the performer’s concept and preciseness of its implementation. She did not have a single sound, which was not filled with an idea, warmed by a feeling”.

Fundraiser for Flood Victims of Pakistan
Sat. March 19, 2011 - Doors open at 6 PM,
Musical performances being at 7 PM

Join us for an evening of musical performances.

Our visual artists:

Abbrar Cheema, Brant Slomovic, Donna Zekas, Janet F Potter, Ivana Stefanovic, Lalie Douglas, Marianne Botha, Omair Amir & Tooran Zandieh

Our musical artists:

Anwar Khurshid (sitar) & Muhtadi (percussion) @ 7pm
Sarv Ensemble (traditional Persian music) @ 8pm
Anwar Khurshid & Rock Lazar (percussion) @ 9pm

ALL PROCEEDS will go towards the HUMANITARIAN COALITION and their continued efforts to assist the flood victicms of Pakistan.

We thank YOU for your support and generosity!

Mezzo Soprano Ali Garrison Sings
Repertoire “Mosaic”

Saturday March 5, 2011, 8 PM
Tickets: $25 / $20 Seniors& Students - Limited general seating
For concert information and seat reservations please call:
Gallery 345 at 416 822-9781

Inspired by a dream mosaic of lapis lazuli, amber, jade and other colourful semi-precious stones in their natural imperfect splendour, mezzo soprano Ali Garrison has created this year’s annual solo concert from richly varied song influences. The inaugural performance of ‘Mosaic’ takes place on Saturday, March 5, at Gallery 345, a jewel itself on Toronto’s happening west side.

Singing in Korean, English, German, Italian and French, Ms. Garrison will blend opera, jazz, and folk idioms. “Each set of unique, seemingly unrelated songs contributes to an interlocking whole, through different subtle connections”, says the singer. “‘Mosaic’ is an aesthetic and a spiritual journey, an exploration of personal and collective energy and impressions.”

Selected composers include Tosti who was a turn-of-the-century salon composer and voice instructor of the royal family, Kurt Weill, Duke Ellington, famous French jazz force Michel Legrand and Anthony Davis who composed the opera “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X”. Other works include operatic arias by Virgil Thomson with words by Gertrude Stein, and a set of songs featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes who was one of the Harlem Renaissance’s foremost poets.

Expanding the evening’s mosaic dimension are three noteworthy guest performers. Pianist Joy Brown brings marvelous depth from accompanying the Toronto Mass Choir and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Contemporary dancer Claudia Moore is an acclaimed interpretive choreographer whose MOonhORse Dance Company has won awards and recognition for dramatic human expressiveness. Ina Henning is a virtuosic accordion scholar from Germany taking her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto under progressive accordion world superstar Joe Macerollo.

The Thing Is
Sunday March 6, 2011 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Tova Kardonne (composition/voice)
Amy Medvick (flute)
Christian Overton (trombone)
Mike Wark (alto sax)
David Restivo (piano)
Graham Campbell (guitar)
Trevor Falls (drums)
Jim Vivian (bass)

The Thing Is was formed in 2006 by composer and vocalist Tova Kardonne, with musicians she met at Humber College’s Jazz Performance program in Toronto, Canada. While participating in saxophonist Alex Dean’s Jazz workshop, she found she could form a band around her unique fusion of Jazz with the Balkan, South African, and other such influences that have surrounded her since childhood. The Thing Is has since hosted guest musicians such as Bill McBirnie, Dave Restivo, Ted Quinlan, and Jim Vivian at their concerts around Toronto at The Rex Hotel, The Fermenting Cellar, Clinton’s, The Trane Studio, and The Music Gallery. Tova’s 4-octave range, predilection for odd time signatures and hard-grooving arrangements make for a rare treat; music that grabs and holds both the mind and the gut.

The Art of the Piano: Massimiliano Valenti
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Chick Corea: 10 Children Songs
(No. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,12,18)
Alberto Ginastera: Sonata Op. 22, No. 1
Allegro marcato
Presto misterioso
Adagio molto appassionato
Ruvido ed ostinato
Komitas Vardapet: Six Dances for Piano (1869-1915)
Erangi - Danse de Erevan
Unabi - Danse de Shusha
Marali - Danse de Shusha
Shushiki - Danse de Vagarshapart
Et-arach - Danse de Erzarum
Shornor - Danse de Erzuru
Massimiliano Valenti: Sonata-Fantasia, quasi Jazz

Massimiliano Valenti has become one of the most exciting pianist of his generation. He started to study at the age of five and continued his musical studies at the Musical Istitute “V.Bellini” in Catania, graduating with top honors. Subsequently he refined his artistic training with Paul Buch and Gerhard Oppitz in Germany and with Marian Mika in Italy. Later, he studied with the great Aldo Ciccolini in France, where he started to deepen his knowledge of the French repertory. His last teachers were Diana Apan and dana Borsan in Romania.

Massimiliano’s talent has opened the way to a brilliant career, allowing him to become the head of important musical organizations in Europe and to perform in numerous festivals in Italy and abroad ( Austria, Germany, Portugal, Spagna, Romania and United States). He has conducted master classes at the University of Music in Aveiro, Conservatory of Porto and fundao in Portugal and at the Faculty of music in Timisoara, Romania, where he has worked regularly since 2005. Valenti has also been a member of the jury in national and international piano competitions in Italy and abroad.

Reviews for his CD recording on the Casa Musicale ECO label of music by Rameau, Satie, messiaen and Gershwin are full of praise in the media, nationally and internationally. In addition to his concert engagements and teaching, Valenti is very dedicated to his other passion: painting. He regularly receives critical acclaim for the passion and emotion he manages to convey in both his paintings and his concerts, fundamental elements that distinguish him and place him among the most interesting pianists of today.

Spinning out of Nothingness
The Music of David Buchbinder (trumpet) Dave Restivo (piano)
Sienna Dahlen (voice) Debut Concert

Saturday, February 26, 2011 8pm
Tickets $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students

The trio format is in its nature flexible, free and intimate. This grouping of three mature performer/composers at the top of their respective games also creates worlds of sound,as it brings together the sonorities of trumpet, piano and voice (brass, wood/metal and flesh). David Buchbinder, Dave Restivo & Sienna Dahlen will create frames forimprovisation with the jazz & classical repertoire and their own, uncategorizable compositions, as they spin sound out of Nothingness right into your ears.


DAVID BUCHBINDER is an award-winning trumpeter, composer and cultural inventor. He leads numerous music groups, composes for concert, theatre, film and television, and presents large scale performance projects and has toured extensively in North America & Europe. He hasearned a reputation as a world music and jazz leading light, through the Flying Bulgars, and his creation of Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. He is the composer/creator/producer of the music-centred, multidisciplinary, spectacles Tumbling Into Light and ShurumBurum Jazz Circus. His most recent musical project is Odessa/Havana, an unprecedented fusion of Jewish & Cuban musics with jazz, which was named World Music Group of the Year atthe 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards. For his various recordings he has been nominated forfour JUNO and two National Jazz Awards. He was the recipient of the 2003 ASIFA Animation Society Award for Excellence in Soundtrack Composition. David also often collaborates with his wife, Palestinian/Canadian dancer/musician/actor Roula Said and often in the form of their band, Nomadica, which plays funked-up Roma music. David has composed the scores for ninefeature films, and the short Stone of Folly, awarded the Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury, andhas recently entered the world of composition for the theatre with--among others--a major workfor Soulpepper Theatre Company. David is currently a Resident Artist of the Young Centre forthe Performing Arts, and is on the verge of launching a new arts vision for the City of Toronto, called Diasporic Genius.

DAVE RESTIVO is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-timewinner of the National Jazz Awards' Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current editionof Canadian Who's Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass andTentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performedand 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. Spinning Out of Nothingness: David Buchbinder, Dave Restivo & Sienna Dahlen"...quite simply one of the finest jazz pianists of his generation that Canada can boast of..." -Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

SIENNA DAHLEN is a freelance vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and teacher, currently based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance degree from McGill University and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Sienna sings and writes in a variety of styles, but most notably contemporary jazz, folk and experimental. Sienna has had the pleasure of performing her music for audiences in Mexico, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, the Ukraine, the US, and throughout Canada. Sienna has been invited as an Artist in Residence at Trent University, the AOS Jazz Series in Charlottetown, PEI and the Performers House Jazz Camp in Silkeborg, Denmark. She has also given workshops as a clinician at the Konsort Music Academy in Moscow, Russia, the Kiev National University, the Broruphus Middle School in Aarhus, Denmark and many other notable institutions. In 2010, Sienna co-released two collaborative CDs in France and Denmark with the Karl Jannuska Sextet and the Dahlen-Baerentzen Project. Music from these albums in addition to Sienna's past recordings can be heard regularly onCBC, Radio Canada, Jazz FM and many college and Internet stations here in Canada andaround the world. Sienna's voice can also be heard on the soundtrack of the 2007 Academy Award winning film, "The Danish Poet". In March of 2011, Sienna will be traveling to Argentina to participate in a residency at the Centro Rural de Arte in the Los Alerces National Park located in the Patagonia region of the country.

DUO Novinc/Caldarovic
Saturday February 19, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


B. Bersa: Povero Tomin, Elegija for Violin and Piano, Op. 1

J. Brahms: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 100

Allegro amabile
Andante tranquillo – Vivace – Andante – Vivace di piu – Andante – Vivace
Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andante)
D. Peja?evi?: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 26

J. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 10

Ivan Novinc graduated violin at the Department for Stringed Instruments and Guitar at the Music Academy of the University in Zagreb in 2000, in the class of Professor Maja Dešpalj-Begovi?, and finished his postgraduate studies in the same class in 2009. He has been awarded numerous prizes at state competitions, both as solo player and as the first violinist of the Porin String Quartet.

Mr. Novinc has performed around the world, both solo and in chamber ensembles (Slovenia, France, the USA, Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Mexico, Japan, Sweden, Argentina, China and Canada).
Since 1998 he has played first violin in the Porin String Quartet and has been the leader of the Cantus modern music ensemble since 2001. In the years 2002-2006 he was the deputy leader of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.; in addition, he has led the Zadar Chamber Orchestra since 2004. Since 2006 he has been performing with pianist Srdjan ?aldarovi? and guitarist Tvrtko Sari?.
During his career Mr. Novinc has performed and cooperated with numerous distinguished artists, such as Dunja Vejzovi?, Monika Leskovar, Stefan Milenkovi?, Enrico Dindo, Aleksandar Milošev, and Petrit Ceku.

He has attended master seminars of Professor Maxim Fedotov, the Strings Only seminars in Zadar held by Professors Maja Dešpalj-Begovi?, Valter Dešpalj, M. Maurer, and L. Honda, as well as seminars in Austria held by members of world-famous string quartets, such as the Amadeus, Alban Berg , Bartok, Jana?ek and the Prague Quartet.

In 2000 he was awarded the City of Zagreb scholarship, the University scholarship and the Dean's Prize. As member of the Porin String Quartet he won the Dean's Award for Exceptional Performances and the first prize in Radio podij, the contest for young Croatian artists (both in 2000), the first prize in the 34th Darko Luki? Competition of Young Musicians (season 2000/2001), the Ivo Vuljevi? Prize for the most accomplished young musicians of the year in 2002 and the Milka Trnina Award in 2007. He also won the Darko Luki? Award for solo performance at the 36th Darko Luki? competition (season 2002/2003), the Stjepan Šulek Award for the performance of a soloist violin composition in 2004, and the University Professors' Association Award for the young scientists and artists of the year in the academic year 2008/2009.
He has recorded for the HR (Croatian national radio), the Austrian radio and the Cantus publishing house.

In 2010. Mr. Novinc became Assistant Professor at the Zagreb Music Academy.

Srdjan F. Caldarovic, born January, 8th 1973 in Zagreb, Croatia, started to play piano at the age of five. During his music education in primary and secondary music schools in Zagreb, he had appeared in many public performances. He had played as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Zagreb Soloists ensemble (at the age of 13). He had won the first prize in the piano competition of former Yugoslavia (1985). 1987, as a member of a piano quartet, he also won the first prize at the Chamber music competition of the former Yugoslavia. From 1990 onwards he gives solo and chamber music recitals on a regular basis in all major Croatian cities. For several of his performances, Caldarovic has won outstanding awards (Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Liszt: Sonata in B minor). For his Washington debut music critic Cecilia Porter wrote – “Caldarovic's playing reveals consummate artistry in coupling an introspective approach with refined sensitivity for phrasing...”

Srdjan F. Caldarovic graduated in piano major at the Music Academy, University of Zagreb in the class of Prof. Vladimir Krpan (1995). Caldarovic went onwards to perfect his pianist skills at Indiana University in Bloomington with Prof. Leonard Hokanson (1996), and later at the Trinity College of Music with Prof. Philip Fowke (2000). After completing these performance-oriented programs, Caldarovic became a Teaching assistant at the University of Miami School of Music where he obtained a Master’s degree in Piano performance, under the guidance of a great musician, J.B. Floyd (2002). He has actively participated in masterclasses held by E. Timakin, S. Costa, R. Kehrer, J. Rose, and R. de Waal. He has given a number of recitals in Croatia and in the USA, and from 2005 he holds a position as the Assistant Professor at the Music Academy, Piano Department in Zagreb, Croatia.

The Art of the Piano: David Virelles
Friday February 18, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

"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."


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.

The Annex String Quartet
Thursday February 17, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Osvaldo Golijov - Anhos Verdes
Terry Riley - Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet no. 7

- intermission -

Brahms Quartet no. 2 in a-minor
(Danny Seidenberg - Who Do You Think You Are? **Encore)

Recognized for their versatile and eclectic repertoire of music,The Annex Quartet recently
made their American debut in Carnegie Hall. Since its inception in 2008, The Annex Quartet has been in high demand throughout Toronto and abroad. The 2010-2011 season opened with a concert series at Bloor Street United Church featuring violinists Thomas Cosbey, Sharon Lee, and Qi Cao as search for a new member of The Annex Quartet begins. In addition, The Annex Quartet will return to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater for its third consecutive year to perform works by Ali-Zadeh, Balakrishnan, Goligov, Kuzmenko, and Riley.

Past performances include recitals in Mazzoleni Hall at The Royal Conservatory, live radio
broadcasts on Toronto's Classical 96.3 FM, two concerts featuring Shostakovich and Villa-Lobos in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and a performance at the 2009 Haydn Festival in Montreal. After international auditions, The Annex Quartet was selected to work alongside the Kronos Quartet at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. During their residency they performed in the Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall featuring works written for the Kronos Quartet.

The Annex Quartet collaborates on a regular basis with distinguished artists from many genres of music. Most recently, they embarked on modern jazz project and recording featuring works for string quartet, double bass, alto sax, bass clarinet and drums by Patrick Reid. Past collaborations include Ian McAndrew's single "Rest" for String Quartet and Alto with mezzo Nina Lorcini, and the piano quintets by Brahms, Dvorak, and Shostakovich with pianists Samuel Deason, Benjamin Cruchley, and Peter Longworth. The Annex Quartet has appeared in masterclasses with the Brentano, Ethel, Kronos, and Tokyo quartets and with chamber musicians Andrew Dawes (Orford Quartet) and Philip Dukes. The Annex Quartet is currently under the guidance of violist Steven Dann and cellist Bryan Epperson. For more information please visit

The Art of the Piano: Stephen Clarke
Fundraiser for Array New Music Centre
Saturday February 12, 2011 @ 4pm

$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Array Ensemble pianist Stephen Clarke is set to reprise for Toronto audiences the concert he recently performed in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge. Canada has the chance to hear him perform ecstatic piano works by Scelsi, Radelescu and Sorabji on February 12th at Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, 4146.822.9781) at 4 pm. This event is a fundraiser for The Array New Music Centre, which serves the Array Ensemble, resident and studio artists, and compositional and performing music students, so please be sure to lend your support.


Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
Suite No.5 "Il Circo" (1935)

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988)
Two Piano Pieces
I In the Hothouse (1918)
II Toccata (1920)

Horatiu Radulescu (1942-2008)
Fifth Piano Sonata op.106
"settle your dust, this is the primal identity"

Giacinto Scelsi
Hispania (1939)
"triptyque pour piano"

This program brings together rarely heard early works by Giacinto Scelsi and Kaikhosru Sorabji, along with one of the last works by the late Horatiu Radulescu. The three composers, in different ways, each have an idiosyncratic approach to the piano and emply a virtuosity resulting in a music at once probing and ecstatic. Canadian pianist Stephen Clarke has long had a particular interest in the piano music of Scelsi and this is his second recording of Scelsi with Mode Records.

Stephen Clarke has performed in festivals in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and South America, among these the Donaueschingen Musiktage and the Berliner Festwochen. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, New Music Concerts (Toronto),
the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

He also plays in a duo with violinist Marc Sabat, has worked with a number of ensembles and is pianist with Arraymusic. Solo recordings include first recordings of works by Giacinto Scelsi (Mode Records) Udo Kasemets (hatHut) and Marc Sabat (World Edition). Recordings with Marc Sabat include the complete music for violin and piano by James Tenney (hatHut), Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff (Mode), as well as Maria de Alvear (World Edition) Mr. Clarke studied composition at the University of Toronto and has written works for various ensembles.

The Art of the Piano: Philip Adamson
"Piano Music of Ontario Composers"

Saturday February 5, 2010 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Jens Hanson (1936 -) Conflux (1980)

John Burge (1961 -) Etudes in Poetry (2001)
II. No Time
III. Riffs

Heather Schmidt (1975 -) Chaconne (1999)

David Lidov (1941 -) Voice Mail (2001)
Per Augmentationem
Party Dance
Cover - Rhythm Study

Walter Buczynski (1939 -) The August Collection (1987)

Patrick Cardy (1953-2005) The Masks of Astarte (1981)

Philip Adamson, pianist
Canadian pianist Philip Adamson has performed across Canada and in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and has been heard frequently on CBC radio. His solo recitals frequently explore less familiar areas of the repertoire, and he has given first North American performances of several works from the twentieth century British and French piano repertoire. An album of piano music by the French composer André Jolivet appeared in 2004 on the Centaur label, eliciting such comments as “formidable technical prowess” and “powerful performance” from the international press. The release of a disc of English piano music, also for Centaur, is expected shortly.

A student of, and assistant to Marion Hall at Indiana University, Philip Adamson’s approach to the pedagogy of piano technique has been highly successful, and has resulted in interactive presentations and master classes on the subject. He has lectured and performed several times at conferences of the Canadian University Music Society. Formerly a faculty member of Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba, Dr Adamson has taught for many years at the University of Windsor.

Philip Adamson is also active as an adjudicator and clinician.

Ugly Beauties with Special Guest Jane Bunnett
Misterioso! The Music of Thelonius Monk
Friday February 4, 2011 at 8 p.m.
tickets $20 /$15 seniors /$10 students

Jane Bunnett

Ugly Beauties- Lerner, Brubeck, Fraser

The incredible flutist /saxophonist Jane Bunnett meets the sublime Ugly Beauties Trio (Marilyn Lerner-piano, Matt Brubeck-cello, Nick Fraser-drums, for an evening of their magical take on the music of the legendary Thelonius Monk...

Jane Bunnett-flute, sax

Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands into showcases for the finest talent from Canada, the U.S.and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, and most recently, was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

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.

Marilyn Lerner-piano

Genre defying 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 much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music. Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with the Queen Mab Trio (with Lori Freedman and Ig Henneman), across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, and Steve Lacy. In addition to the Ugly Beauties she performs in her new York based free jazz trio with drummer Lou Grassi and bassist Ken Filiano, and in the New Jewish music scene, with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals and David Wall.

Matt Brubeck-cello

Matt Brubeck is a Juno-nominated performer/composer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories. In addition to the Ugly Beauties, Matt’s current jazz/improv projects include Brubeck /Braid (with pianist David Braid) and Tallboys (with guitarist Kevin Breit and percussionist Jesse Stewart), and a duo with saxophonist David Mott. Matt continues to enjoy performing with a wide range of other musicians including Evan Parker, John Geggie, Pierre Tanguay, Natalie MacMaster, Carlos del Junco, and Yo-Yo Ma to name a few. During his years in San Francisco, Matt performed with numerous jazz and improv artists including Miles Boisen, Gino Robair, Ben Goldberg, and Pamela Z. He founded Oranj Symphonette, which recorded two CD's for Rykodisc and went on to play the major jazz festivals, from Monterey to Montreal.

Nick Fraser -drums

Nick has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. His recorded works include Owls in Daylight (1997) and Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004). Nick has performed professionally with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music in addition to such international artists as Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano and John Scofield, among others. He co-leads the quintet Drumheller, who released their self-titled debut CD on the Rat-Drifting label in 2005 and its follow-up disc Wives in 2006.

" Fraser can swing hard when necessary, but he’s equally a colorist with all manner of unusual tricks up his sleeve. Placing cymbals on the drums and pushing on them while striking them created a sound akin to a water gongs. His brushwork was impeccable, asserting time while, at the same time, creating richer texture. His solos were clearly focused on the musical rather than macho displays of dexterity—though in order to do what he does, it’s clear that he possesses all kinds of technical facility." John Kelman, All About Jazz

Music from the Courts of 18th Century Europe
Wednesday February 2, 2011 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Louella Alatiit, violin
Emma Elkinson, traverso
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba
Borys Medicky, harpsichord


Paris quartet no. 6  ~ Georg Philip Telemann
Duo for flute and violin ~ CPE Bach
Sonata no. 6 opus 12 ~ Louis-Gabriel Guillemain
Trio sonata Wq 144 ~ Carl Philip Emanuel Bach


Flutist Emma Elkinson, has a diverse musical career that has taken her across oceans. Originally from Ireland, Emma studied at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and received distinctions in diplomas and certificates from the Royal School of Music in London. Before leaving her family in Ireland to continue her musical training with Patrick Gallois at the University of Toronto, Emma performed as a soloist throughout Europe. She now divides her time between Canada and Europe freelancing as a modern, classical and baroque flutist whilst completing her masters of early music with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, the Netherlands. With past and upcoming performances in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with CONTACT contemporary music ensemble, the East Cork Early Music Festival in Ireland and the Lutherse Kerk in the Hague, Emma is delighted to be performing a program that includes so many of her favourite works from the courts of Europe with great musicians and would like to thank them, gallery 345 and you for being here.

Justin Haynes studied viola da gamba at Harvard and the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague where his principal teachers were Philippe Pierlot, Anneke Pols and Reiner Zipperling. Currently based in Toronto, he has performed with Folia, Scaramella, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, and Les Voix Humaines as well as with the Boston-based Arcturus Chamber Ensemble and Les Bostonades. He is also a founding member of the recently formed baroque chamber ensemble, L’Indiscrète. Justin’s interest in the viola da gamba includes the history and construction of the instrument itself. After making the viol he currently plays on, he was awarded a Shaw traveling fellowship to study instrument making in London and to explore the great Northern European viol collections. He maintains an atelier in Boston, USA, where he is curator of Harvard’s historical instrument collection.

Borys Medicky has appeared as solo harpsichordist and continuo player in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Resident in Toronto, Canada, he is active as a freelance performer, having appeared with major ensembles in Toronto and beyond.  He enjoys co-directing (with lutenist Lucas Harris) the Toronto Continuo Collective, an all-continuo ensemble dedicated to fostering an increased interest in the stylish basso continuo accompaniment of seventeenth-century vocal and instrumental music.  He is the artistic director of the Waterloo-based Nota Bene Period Orchestra, with whom he performs as a soloist and continuo player, and serves as organist of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Toronto. Borys studied harpsichord with Michael Jarvis in Canada and with Arthur Haas at the Eastman School of Music and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as Baroque performance practice with lutenist Paul O’Dette. Upon the completion of his doctoral degree at Stony Brook he was awarded the Samuel Baron Prize, given to an outstanding graduate.  He is known for his strong interest in historical dance and its influence on instrumental music. In addition he carries out harpsichord maintenance duties for institutions and private owners in the Toronto area, and completed his first harpsichord-building project in the autumn of 2009.  When not involved in something musical, he is an avid reader and particularly enjoys reading about technology and its impact on modern society.

Louella Alatiit is an active baroque violionist and has worked with such prestigious period-instrument ensembles such as, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Opera Fuoco (Paris), New York Collegium, Early Music Vancouver and recently with Ton Koopman. Formally she has studied baroque violin with Kati Debretzeni, Elizabeth Wallfisch and Catherine Mackintosh at the Early Music Department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague  (2006 to 2009).  Prior to her studies as a Baroque violinist Ms.Alatiit obtained a Masters in Music from Stony Brook University in 2004 and she also received a Bachelor of Music with in violin performance from McGill University in June 2002. Furthermore, she remains a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook.  Presently, she resides in The Hague (Netherlands) where she teaches and works as a freelancer in Europe. 

Anne Lindsay "Hurry On Home"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Performance of the latest release from one of Canada’s most engaging and versatile instrumentalists, Anne Lindsay. Following on the heels of her multi-award winning sophomore release News From Up The Street, Hurry On Home is a collection of duets and trios that we call ‘chamber fiddle,’ featuring Anne’s virtuoso playing and heartfelt vocals in a variety of styles including jazz, folk, neo-Appalachian, hip-hop and Eastern European.

Hurry on Home is co-produced by Anne and her son Tosh Weyman, a talented hip-hop artist and producer. The resulting album bridges both genre and generations with brilliant performances by musical friends young and old: Colleen Allen, Jim Cuddy, Aaron Davis, Jason Fowler, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Michael Johnston, George Koller, Joe Macerollo, Emilyn Stam, Tosh Weyman and David Woodhead. At heart an instrumental album, there are also three songs with vocals, including a duet with Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo. Featuring mostly original compositions, as well as co-writes with Michael Johnston, Tosh Weyman, and a couple of tunes from friends Oliver Schroer and Kurt Swinghammer, there is a lot of inspiring musical dialogue here.

Anne has won major awards from the Ontario Arts Council, National Jazz Awards and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. She has had residencies with Blue Rodeo, the Jim Cuddy Band, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the stage production of The Lord of the Rings, and has performed across Canada, the United States, Italy, and Spain. Anne has provided fabulous fiddle for hundreds of recordings, yet for all her time spent in the studio, she remains one of the most exciting live performers anyone could hope to experience.

Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada. In 2007 she was named Violinist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Master of a wealth of diverse styles and blessed with a rare talent for improvisation, Anne Lindsay has three CDs of her original compositions (“Eavesdropping”, “News From Up The Street” and her 2011 release “Hurry on Home”) in addition to numerous recordings with other artists.

In addition to her solo career Anne has been resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs, folk fiddler for the Lord of the Rings stage show, and a mainstay of the touring bands of Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy and John McDermott.

Anne will be touring Southern Ontario in February/March to celebrate the release. Please go to for a full list of dates.

Raw CD Release
January 17, 2011, 7:30 pm
$10 admission only / $20 admission and CD

Soprano Carla Huhtanen and Continuum’s ensemble give voice to James Rolfe’s body of seminal and startling chamber music. This Centrediscs CD celebrates the unique 20-year partnership between Continuum and one of Canada’s most accomplished composers, tracing the emergence of his astonishing “muscular and stripped-down” sound and “delicate economy” of form. Highlights from the CD will be performed by the ensemble.


Repertoire will be chosen from the following James Rolfe (CA) works:

Revenge! Revenge!! Revenge!!! (1995)
raW (2003)
Drop (1999)
Squeeze (1997)
Freddy’s Dead (2004)
Devilled Swan (1995)


Jennifer Waring Artistic Director
Anne Thompson Flute
Max Christie Clarinet
Carol Fujino Violin
Paul Widner Cello
Laurent Philippe Piano
Ryan Scott Percussion

Support Local Musicians, Gallery 345
and Save The Children
A cello and piano recital
Rachel Mercer, cello
Vanessa May-lok Lee, piano

January 15, 2011 at 8 PM
Tickets $20 at the door
Half of the proceeds go to SAVE THE CHILDREN.
Reserve a place with

..."Latin and Jazz Travels"
Program to include the fiery and colourful sounds of De Falla, Faure and Piazzolla, and jazz miniatures by the Russian Kapustin.

Generously supported by the National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund.


Rachel Mercer, cello
Described as a "pure chamber musician" (Globe and Mail) creating "moments of pure magic" (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has demonstrated her love for sharing music through performance since she was three years old. Winner of the 2009 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Rachel was awarded the use of the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello, donated anonymously to the council, until August 2012. As the grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel made her European debut in the Concertgebouw and has appeared as a soloist across Canada, in Europe, the United States, Balkans and Israel. As a member of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet from 2002-2010, Rachel toured regularly on five continents. Currently based in Toronto, Rachel is cellist of Ensemble Made In Canada, Via Salzburg, and the Mercer-Park Duo. Rachel has released discs on Naxos, Dalia Classics and EnT-T.

Vanessa May-Lok Lee, piano
Much sought after as a collaborative pianist, Vanessa May-lok Lee has performed throughout Canada, the U.S.A., England, Wales and Mexico, sharing the stage with artists such as Measha Bruggergosman, the late Lorand Fenyves, Nicholas Daniels, and Jens Lindemann. Ms. Lee has served as the collaborative pianist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently freelances in Toronto.
Ms. Lee is the pianist of BATSO – Brass Artists of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a versatile group comprised of the principal brass players of the TSO: Andrew McCandless (trumpet), Neil Deland (horn) and Gordon Wolfe (trombone). Formed in 2005, BATSO is currently planning a tour of Western Canada and the U.S.A.
Ms. Lee has just completed work on her debut CD entitled En Bleu et Or with flautist Miguel Angel Villanueva (Mexico) and violist Elodie Guillot (France). Recorded on the Quindecim label, this CD features the works of Mexican, French and Canadian composers including Prism by Erik Ross, written especially for the Lee/Villanueva Duo.

< Upcoming concerts | PAST > 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014  | 2013  | 201220112010 2009  |  2008