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SEPTEMBER2017 SKIP TO OCT | NOV

Louis De Nil, tenor & Helen Becque, piano

Sunday September 10 2017 at 3 pm
Pay what you can.

Join Tenor Louis De Nil and Pianist Helen Becqué for this Sunday afternoon recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” at Gallery 345. Schubert’s first true song cycle, this masterpiece is truly one of Schubert’s most beautiful works.

Tenor Louis De Nil is beginning his doctorate at the Royal College of Music, working with Prof. Natasha Loges in musicology. His research focuses on the influence of Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, and Antonio Salieri on Franz Schubert’s early lieder, and the stylistic transformation of lieder that took place in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Aiming to combine research and performance, he is also an accomplished tenor and recently completed his Masters in Voice Performance at Western University studying with Torin Chiles. Louis first obtained a Bachelors of Musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying with Prof. Winston Purdy. He was a member of Opera McGill, playing Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also played the roles of Luiz in The Gondoliers and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe with the McGill Savoy Society. He has completed the Young Theatre of Art Song program (2013) at VISI and Opera Nuova (2014). At Opera Nuova he played The Manta in The Lives of Lesser Things, The Captain in Candide and Le Doyen in Cendrillon. During his time at Western, Louis performed with UWOpera, singing the roles of Gonzalve in of L’heure espagnole and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. Louis’ true passion is research and performance of art song. He has performed two recitals with pianist Marianna Chibotar, including a performance of Winterreise in 2015, for which he was granted an Ontario graduate scholarship. He is currently looking forward to collaborating with pianist Helen Becqué for his 2017 Toronto recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin” at Gallery 345.

A native of Belgium, Helen Becqué received both her bachelor and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under the tutelage of Boyan Vodenitcharov. Subsequent solo studies led her to the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue Menahem Pressler. Equally passionate about vocal repertoire, Helen also completed a Masters degree at the University of Tennessee School of Music, working in the opera division as well as with instrumentalists. Helen continued her studies in vocal accompanying with Helmut Deutsch and Fritz Schwinghammer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, receiving a ‘Meisterklasse Liedbegeleitung’ diploma in 2010.

Currently Helen is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, teaching Lieder and Song Interpretation classes in the Voice Studies department. Additionally, she serves as a coach and collaborative pianist for vocal students at both the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.


hear the art: Grand Piano Songs sung by a Charismatic Voice

Thursday September 14, 2017 at 8 pm; doors open at 7:15
Free; you can make a donation to two charities

The music will be new grand piano songs, music that really takes you places. Music that could become the new soundtrack to your life.

It sounds like this:

Dob Feldman is not a professional musician, but you will find him here on Thursday the 14th of September. He will try to play the new soundtrack to your life. Meagan Luchko is singing his songs. Dob Feldman hired a musician named Micah Dubinsky to play the hand drums during this concert. Micah kind of looks like Dob. Micah is like Dob's calm, patient, alter ego.

You could invite the friend you haven't seen in a while or the person you know who needs to get out more.

Everyone is welcome, everyone belongs, and we really hope you decide to come.

Micah Dubinsky is a percussionist, guitar player, keyboard player, and good soul.

Meagan Luchko is a charismatic young singer who performs with the Toronto All Star Big Band and several other ensembles.

Dob Feldman is a lawyer.


All That Glitters
Watson, Durie, Lim: Flute Trio
Darren Creech, piano

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

There is something so hypnotic about all that shines and glitters. The refraction of light as it bounces off multi-faceted objects is both fascinating and seductive. This concert, presented in two very different halves, juxtaposes a short and shiny set of music for many flutes with a multidisciplinary solo piano set par Darren Creech.

Flutists Katherine Watson, Tristan Durie, and Terry Lim will be performing works by American Composer Steve Reich, Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia, and Canadian flutist and composer Robert Aitken.

Pianist Darren Creech will then take the stage performing his show entitled Resilience, featuring works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Janacek, Scriabin, Chopin, Prokofiev, and Ginastera.

This unique dual concert experience is one not to be missed.

Bios

An innovative artist, queer classical pianist Darren Creech “shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage” (CBC Music), and his playing has been heralded as “remarkably fresh and enticing” (Musical Toronto) and “full of ease, very convincing” (Yannick Nézet- Séguin). Engaging his audience through an emotional and immersive combination of queer theatre, captivating costumes, and glittery hair, he was the Keynote Performer at McGill University’s Music Graduate Symposium and was awarded the Best Artist Prize at Toronto’s Nuit Rose.

His multidisciplinary approach to the classical stage subverts expectations and takes his diverse audiences on an emotional journey. His unique solo performances have been described as “both unexpected and unforgettable” (Throbbing Rose Collective), as Darren designs the lighting, composes poetic interludes and styles his many wardrobe changes. As a collaborative artist and performer, he has worked with visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying “Waiting,” a film installation with a live piano score at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, as well as with FAWN Chamber Creative as pianist and co-creator of three new opéra-ballets.

Darren connects communities and organizations through his work. His McGill Keynote Performance was video broadcast live on CBC Music, and Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto sponsored his award-winning performance at the queer art festival Nuit Rose. His partnership with the world’s first queer orchestra, Toronto’s Counterpoint Community Orchestra was called a “perfect fit” (Canadian Mennonite) in their Toronto première performance of Victor Davies’ celebrated “Mennonite Piano Concerto.”

An advocate of contemporary music, Darren frequently collaborates with innovative composers, having also premièred works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Wally Gunn and Norbert Palej, and was a guest artist at the Toronto Creative Music Lab. He gave the world-première performance and recording of James O’Callaghan’s JUNO-nominated “Isomorphia,” and toured it across the country with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

In addition to his work as a performer, Darren is also in demand as a panelist and workshop presenter to all ages, regularly sharing his experience and perspectives of carving his own path in the classical music world.

Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, Darren draws on his cross-cultural background to inform his unconventional approach to the stage. He holds a Master of Music in piano performance from Université de Montréal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently lives in Toronto.

Katherine Watson is an acclaimed Canadian emerging musician that currently resides in Toronto. For the past half-decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists. She has premiered dozens of new compositions written for flute, has recorded live for CBC radio, as well as recorded for and appeared in films such as Pompeii (2014) and Brad’s Status (2017). Most recently, Katherine was invited on full scholarship to attend the Lunenburg Academy of Music and Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to study privately with Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra) as well as the Legendary Robert Aitken, working with the composition studio to workshop and premier several new Canadian compositions along with TORQ percussion quartet and the Iris string ensemble.

In the past year, Katherine has been performing with the Toronto Winds and is the newest member of Charm of Finches, Toronto’s own professional flute quintet. She also regularly plays for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s events, as a soloist with the Bach Children's Chorus, and Fawn Opera. This winter, Katherine performed with Continuum Ensemble’s Continuum in the Classroom project with the Toronto District School Board, as well as performing as a soloist for Soundstreams for a Salon 21 event at the Gardiner Museum. She also presented a concert featuring the music of Montreal composer Jason Noble and premiered her own composition for solo flute, Supermoon 2015, at Array Space.

In May 2016 Katherine participated in the Montreal Contemporary Lab’s New improvisation clinic, and performed in chamber and orchestral concerts in the Bathurst Music Festival in New Brunswick.

She recently obtained her Masters in Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, studying with Timothy Hutchins (Montreal Symphony Orchestra). Over the last couple of years in Montreal, Katherine has performed with several new and exciting orchestras in the community, including Pronto Musica, L’Orchestre Symphonic de L’Agora, and L’Orchestre Point D’arrête, as well as appearing in many chamber recitals ranging from outdoor concerts, to Canadian music concerts at McGill University which have included performing along with legendary flutist Robert Aitken.

Tristan Durie is an accomplished flautist who is very active as a performer and freelancer in Toronto. Recently he has performed with groups including The Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, SoundStreams and has cycled across Ontario with The Bicycle Opera Project to festivals including Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music and the Westben Festival.

Tristan has performed in masterclasses for many world-renowned flautists including, Emmanuel Pahud, James Galway, Mathieu Dufour, Lorna McGhee, Robert Aitken and Robert Langevin. He is the grateful recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowships, the 2010 James Craig Opera Orchestra Award as well as a CBC Radio Canada Galaxy Award.

He holds both a Bachelors & Masters of Music Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied flute with Leslie Newman & Douglas Stewart, and composition with Prof. Norbert Palej. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Flute Performance.

Described as “imaginative and magical”, Terry Lim is multifaceted flutist for musical risk taking and brilliant artistry. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with an international soloist, Lorna McGhee, at the University of British Columbia and completed his Master of Music degree at New York University with a renowned flutist, Bradley Garner. Terry was also a former faculty member at the UBC Summer Music Institute and New York University. Terry has performed in various music festivals and concert series across North America, including Ottawa International Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Banff Centre, Redshift Society, Music on Main, New Music Edmonton and Pierre Monteux. He also has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Asia, performing at the Chan Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegia Hall, DiMenna Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall.

As an energetic proponent for chamber and contemporary music, Terry has created a dynamic force in the music world highly regarded for his music concerts of various styles and genres. He has worked closely with numerous composers and has given several world premieres. Terry is also a member of Toronto-based Ensembles, Thin Edge New Music Collective and Charm of Finches. Besides performing, he maintains a private flute studio, delivering weekly solo and chamber music lessons, adjudicates festivals across Canada and appears as guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels.


Jazz at the Gallery: The Steve Holt Jazz Quintet

Saturday September 16, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only)
Purchase tickets in advance @ eventbrite.com

One of the top jazz quintets in Canada is set to perform music by award-winning pianist and composer Steve Holt. The Steve Holt Jazz Quintet is made up of a “who’s who” of jazz in Canada.

Piano: Steve Holt - Steve was a child prodigy starting to play the piano at the age of 4. Born in Montreal, he began his professional career at the age of 17 - self-taught - playing the clubs in and around Montreal. At the age of 22 Steve began formal music studies; he entered McGill University and graduated with in 1981 as McGill's first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance. It was also during this period that Steve travelled regularly to New York to study piano with world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. In 1983 he released his debut album which was nominated for a JUNO. Since that time, Steve has built an international reputation having performed with, among others, Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Pat Labarbera, James Moody, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak.

Trumpet: Kevin Turcotte - Kevin is recognized as one of Canada's major trumpet talents with an impressive list of recording and touring credentials. The more than 175 CD's he has played on range in style from folk legend Bruce Cockburn to opera star Measha Bruegergossman to Jazz great Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. He has garnered at least 20 Juno nominations bringing home the coveted prize 5 times. He is an integral part of Juno-nominated recordings Time Warp, Jayme Stone, Andrew Downing’s Great Uncles of the Revolution, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert, and Barry Romberg’s Random Access. Turcotte has worked with hundreds of international luminaries, among them Tito Puente, Dave Holland, Kenny Kirkwood, Pat LaBarbera, Bill Grove, and Kenny Wheeler.

Saxophone: Kirk MacDonald - For over thirty years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including legendary artists like James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Jack DeJohnette, Harold Mabern, and Sonny Greenwich. Kirk has been nominated for a JUNO four times, and won the JUNO in 1999 for Best Mainstream Jazz Album. Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 24 CDs, both as leader on his own recordings as well as on recordings by other artists. Kirk’s most recent activities include the release of Family Suite (2008), an 11 part suite for jazz quartet on Romhog Records, and Songbook Vol. I (2009) – a collection of his compositions for jazz quartet, on ADDO Jazz Records, with Songbook Vol. II (2010). Kirk also leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19-piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers.

Bass: Kieran Overs – Kieran is one of the top bass players in Canada. He has toured internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Bunnett, Sophie Milman, Carol Welsman and Emilie-Claire Barlow, among others, and has worked in Toronto with some of the legends of jazz, such as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, and Harold Mabern Jr. Kieran has been nominated three times as Best Bassist by National Jazz Awards of Canada.He was one of only 8 jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the 4CD/50-artist box 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).

Drums: Terry Clarke - Terry Clarke is quite simply one of the world’s great drummers. In the 1970s Terry toured extensively in Japan and Europe with jazz guitar legend Jim Hall and piano great Oscar Peterson. He is an original member of Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, recording and touring with the world-acclaimed ensemble for 25 years. In 1985, seeking greater musical challenges, Terry moved to New York City to pursue an exclusively jazz-oriented career. During his tenure there, he worked and recorded with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Toots Theilemans, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, and Jim Hall, to list just a few. Terry has appeared on over 300 albums throughout his career. He was named Drummer of the Year from Canadian National Jazz Awards for seven years in a row, 2002 through 2008. His debut album as a leader won the 2009 JUNO and featured appearances by Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, and Greg Osby.


An Arraymusic and Gallery 345 presentation:
The Bozzini Quartet with Philip Thomas, piano

Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 8pm
$25/$10

Reserve tickets at: admin@arraymusic.com  or info@gallery345.com

Clemens Merkel, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Stephanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello

Programme

Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montréal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly venture off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion.This has led to over a hundred and eighty commissioned pieces, as well as close to three hundred other premiered works. A Bozzini Quartetconcert is an art happening, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.

The Bozzini Quartet produces and presents its annual concert series in Montréal. The group also tours extensively, bringing its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), to audiences across Canada, the US, South America and Europe. Notable festivals and venues include MärzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), Tsuda Hall (Tokyo), Musiekgebouw (Amsterdam), Présences (France), November Music (Netherlands), (Pays-Bas), Kortrijk (Belgique), Roulette (NY), Porgy&Bess (Vienne) and Other Minds (San Francisco) . To ensure continual development in their art, the quartet’s musical laboratories, the Composer’s Kitchen, Performer's Kitchen and Bozzini Lab, work to mentor and support new generations of composers and performers. The Bozzini Quartet records under its own label, the Collection QB, and can be heard regularly on European and Canadian radio. Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, the Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), the Förderpreis Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007), the German Record Critics Prize for Arbor Vitae (2009) and the 2014 Friends of Canadian Music Award.

Philip Thomas (b.1972, North Devon) specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He places much emphasis on each concert being a unique event, designing imaginative programmes that provoke and suggest connections.

He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage,Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. In recent years he has been particularly associated with the music of Christian Wolff, giving the world premiere of his Sailing By in 2014 and Small Preludes in 2009, the UK premiere of Long Piano (Peace March 11), having co-edited and contributed to the first major study of Wolff's music, Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff, published by Ashgate Publications in 2010, and currently recording all of Wolff's solo piano music for sub rosa. He is an experienced performer of John Cage's music, having performed the Concert for piano and orchestra with both Apartment House and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as most of the solo piano and prepared piano music, including a unique 12-hour performance of Electronic Music for piano

He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the aforementioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders.

In recent years Philip has pursued a passion for freely improvised music, after significant encounters with the music of AMM and Sheffield-based musicians Martin Archer, Mick Beck and John Jasnoch. He has worked with improvisers in a variety of contexts and recently devised a programme of composed music by musicians more normally known as improvisers as well as others who have been influenced by improvisation in some form. This led to a CD release, Comprovisation, which featured newly commissioned works by Mick Beck, Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. Other CD releases include music by Martin Arnold, Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Jürg Frey, Bryn Harrison, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders, Christian Wolff, as well as with improvisers Chris Burn and Simon H Fell.

Philip is a regular pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed with the Quatuor Bozzini, and in duos with Mark Knoop, Ian Pace and John Tilbury (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics).

In 1998 Philip was awarded a PhD from Sheffield University in the performance practice of contemporary piano music. Between 2000 and 2005, he was Head of the Sheffield Music School whilst pursuing an active performing and teaching career. He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Professor of Performance in 2015. Philip is one of the Directors of CeReNeM, the University's Centre for Research in New Music. He continues to live in Sheffield, where he premieres the majority of his programmes, with his wife Tiffany and children Naomi and Jack.


The Art of the Piano: Florian Hoefner
CD Launch: “Coldwater Stories"

Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)

Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

“Mr. Hoefner is an articulate German-born pianist. [...] His new album, “Luminosity,” shows him to be a composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” - New York Times (USA)

“A harmonically daring pianist ... reaching toward new sonic territory.” - Downbeat (USA)

Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer Florian Hoefner draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist ... reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.

With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album ... that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards.

A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.

Since 2014 Florian has also been active as a solo performer and has played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Kitano in New York City and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album. The collection of all new original compositions and improvisations was recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall of unparalleled acoustics in Northern Germany and is inspired by the nature and landscape around his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the shores of the North Atlantic. The album will be released under the title “Coldwater Stories” on September 15th on Origin Records. www.florian-hoefner.com


The Imperfect Art Song Recital
Lindsay Lalla, soprano & Tanya Paradowski, piano

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 6 pm; Doors open at 5:30pm

$25/15 (cash only); on line at imperfect2017.eventbrite.ca

Featuring the music of Christopher Cerrone, Cecilia Livingston, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky. Lindsay Lalla is a coloratura soprano celebrating imperfection. Along with pianist Tanya Paradowski, the duo will perform works by Christopher Cerrone, Cecilia Livingston, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky. Lindsay and Tanya are excited to share songs by Cecilia Livingston, a Toronto composer known for her vocal and choral music. You can find more of Cecilia’s work at www.cecilialivingston.com.

Sharing the stage are Susanne Farrow (clarinet), and Brian Farrow (vibraphone), for Christopher Cerrone’s “I Will Learn to Love a Person”. This cycle uses the poetry of Tao Lin to explore the milennial experience.

Lindsay Lalla, soprano
As a coloratura soprano, Lindsay’s past roles include Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Constance (The Sorcerer), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), and Saphir (Patience). As a singing teacher, Lindsay has been focusing on building her studio for the last decade. She is excited to now return to performing through celebrating imperfection.

Lindsay teaches classical and musical theatre voice lessons. Holding a M.Mus in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy from Pennsylvania State University, and a Certificate of Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech, Lindsay specializes in the healthy singing voice. Working with the Voice Clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital, she rehabilitates singers with voice disorders.

Tanya Paradowski, piano
Tanya has been studying piano for almost 20 years, and has spent the last six working as a collaborative pianist across the GTA for various choirs, theatre groups, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists. More recently she has taken up teaching, as well as vocal coaching. She has been praised for her skills in sight-reading, her natural musicality, and her ability to effortlessly follow any performer.

Susanne Farrow, clarinet
Susanne earned a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Western Ontario as a clarinet major. Since that time she has expanded her musical horizons by delving into musical theatre (Katisha in The Mikado, Iolanthe in Iolanthe and Tessa in The Gondoliers to name a few) and teaching kindergarten to grade 8 music for the TDSB.

Brian Farrow, percussion
Brian received his classical training as a percussionist at York University, while earning a BA in Physical Education. Since then, he has been an active member of the Toronto music scene and has performed with countless community bands, orchestras and musical theatre troupes. Most of his recent work has been focused on musical direction, specifically Gilbert & Sullivan with the St. Anne's Music and Drama Society.


Photography of Paul Pasmore and Don Rooke
Sunday September 24, 2017 from 2 - 8 pm


Trio D'Argento

Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
$25/$10 Students (Cash only)

Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Todd Yaniw, piano

Program

TRIO D’ARGENTO

Three virtuosi join together in the exciting group, Trio d'Argento. Sibylle, Peter and Todd bring a superb level of excellence to the performance of their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces, but combine this with a fun, relaxed and conversational atmosphere onstage.

The trio has firmly established itself in the Ontario chamber music scene in the past few years, playing to standing ovations and rave audience reviews for many series. In December 2014, the trio had its Music Toronto debut at the St. Lawrence Centre and has appeared in concerts for the Sarnia, Muskoka, Midland, Orangeville, Gallery 345 Toronto and Brantford Musical Club concert series, at McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conrad Grebel University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. They have also performed many times for Caledon Chamber Concerts and the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society over the past few years.

Trio D'Argento has collaborated with First Nations composer and performer Barbara Croall, and is planning to follow up our highly-successful debut recording with members of the Canadian Brass with a disc that will showcase our strong commitment to Canadian music. Plans are also in the works for future tours abroad that will feature some of our ‘greatest hits’ from past Ontario engagements, as well as exciting new repertoire.

To that end the trio was recently selected by audition to present showcases to concert presenters at separate contact events in British Columbia and Manitoba. We also continue to develop our educational approach to introducing newer compositions, multi- media experiences and audience- building programs. The trio will be performing for the first time in Quebec in the fall of 2017, at La Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montreal, as part of an Ontario-Quebec tour, and is busy planning a BC tour for the fall of 2018.

From the classics to jazz to exotic world music, these three brilliant musicians provide lively and entertaining concerts with spoken introductions to each piece. Sibylle and Peter play many different sizes of flutes, clarinets and even saxophone, creating a wide and ever- changing array of sound colours, combined with Todd's powerful pianism. For more information please email: TRIODARGENTO@YAHOO.CA

SIBYLLE MARQUARDT, Flute

A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997.

Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gärtnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in the productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.

Sibylle’s teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gérard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Aurèle Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.

Sibylle started the Baroque flute 1994 when she was living in Switzerland, taking lessons with Oskar Peters at the School Cantorum Basiliensis, and later with Alison Melville in Toronto and Claire Guimond in Montréal. She is a member of the Camerata Basel.

Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners, as well she is the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts.
Sibylle has recorded the CD “From The New Village” with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and the CD “Piano Centric” with Trio D’Argento and members of the Canadian Brass. www.silverflute.ca

PETER STOLL, Clarinet

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll performs regularly in Toronto with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Recent seasons’ solo and chamber highlights have included a Music Toronto recital with his ensemble Trio d’Argento, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. In 2013 Peter was flown to Tokyo, Japan to take part in the international Yamaha “Junior Original Concert” at Bunkamura Hall, and October 2014 saw a three-city tour of mainland China and Hong Kong as part of an exchange of composers and performers organized by the University of Toronto. He recently participated in a recording of re- imagined chamber music with members of the Canadian Brass, due for release in early 2016.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and “The Business of Music” at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also the Winds Discipline Specialist for the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and was the chief compiler of the 2014 Clarinet Syllabus. Peter is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country, and his website is www.peterstoll.ca

Todd Yaniw, Piano

Canadian pianist Todd Yaniw is a young artist praised for his “atmospheric contrast of poetry and power ... a hair-raising performance”. Since his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Mr.Yaniw has performed frequently in Alberta and Ontario; at festivals and venues including the Banff Centre for Music, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre for Music, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and Koerner Hall. Mr.Yaniw has performed with the symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor and Guelph. Mr.Yaniw toured the Canadian maritime provinces as a soloist in February 2013, under the auspices of Debut Atlantic. Todd has been interviewed and broadcast on several occasions on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], and Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM. In December 2012, Todd recorded a one-hour program for the CBC as part of its NEXT series, a radio program at the Monte Carlo Opera House in Monaco, the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica, several concert halls in China and Italy, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St.James’s Piccadilly in London England and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. Yaniw’s debut CD “Todd Yaniw: Scriabin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin” was released on the Chestnut Hall Music label in September 2006. Todd’s extensive prize list includes Winner of the Roy Thomson Hall First Prize at the 2005 Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee’s TD National Piano Competition; two-time national winner of the Canadian Music Competition, as well as silver medalist at the Eastman International Piano Competition. Mr. Yaniw has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a recipient of the 2010 and 2012 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards.

Todd Yaniw was born in Edmonton, Alberta and his teachers include Michael Massey, Dr. James Parker, Professor James Anagnoson (The Glenn Gould School), and Dr. Jon Kimura Parker (Rice University). Mr. Yaniw completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Dr. Anton Nel. www.toddyaniw.com


A Journey to the Romantic’s Vienna
Sarah Marie Kramer, soprano &
Carl Philippe Gionet, piano

Thursday September 28, 2017 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students

Canadian soprano Sarah Marie Kramer and pianist Carl Philippe met many years ago in Vienna. For many years they have been collaborating together, performing mainly in Austria and the Netherlands. For the first time, they will present recitals together in Canada. This magnificent program, written by composers who lived and worked throughout the Romantic period of the imperial city of Vienna, is built around works for the dramatic soprano by Brahms, R. Strauss, Wagner, Wolf and Dvorak.

Program

Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet is a much sought after collaborator, mainly in Europe and North America. The diffusion of classical music to all audiences is very important to him. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick. In 2013, he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an event dedicated to the education and promotion of classical music in francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is collaborative piano professor and vocal coach for the summer master class given by the Associazione Cieli Vibranti in Breno, Italy. Carl completed his doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart. He has received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria and England, and participated in numerous prestigious summer programs such as the Heidelberg Akademie with Thomas Hampson, the Académie de Villecroze with Dalton Baldwin, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program and the Franz-Schubert-Institut among others. Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, Carl has performed in Canada and Europe as an accompanist and composer with many artists of the Francophonie www.cpgionet.com

‘’Canadian soprano Sarah Marie Kramer and her dramatic „Scena di Berenice“ was one of the most memorable recent concert experiences. Finally, a performance that gave me goosebumps!’' (Classical Music Austria)

Canadian soprano, Sarah Marie Kramer graduated with a Bachelor in English Literature and History from the University of Guelph, Canada. She then completed both a Bachelor and Master of Music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Sarah Marie has appeared under the renowned direction of Richard Egarr, Masaaki Suzuki, Nigel North and Reinbert de Leeuw. International festival appearances include the Bayreuth Festival, Aldeburgh Easter Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Rouffiac Festival and Canada’s Elora Festival. As a recitalist she has performed alongside Maurice Lammerts van Beuren, Richard Egarr, Sholto Kynoch, Adam Johnson, Canada’s Christopher Mokrzewski and Carl Philippe Gionet.

Operatic roles performed include Contessa Almaviva (Mozart), Suor Angelica (Puccini), Amelia (Verdi), Dido (Purcell), Alcina (Handel) and Venus (Blow).

Solo performances have aired on the BBC (UK), CBC/SRC (Canada/Quebec) and ORF (Austria).

Sarah Marie’s voice is noted for it’s depth of colour and range. On stage, her performances are commended for their versatility, vulnerability and comic timing. ORF’s Barbara Rett exclaimed “ Sarah Marie is a rare soprano, with an thrilling low register. Audiences will only be excited to see more of her!...an outstanding artist’’ Currently mentored by the Wagnerian soprano KS Linda Watson, Sarah Marie is quickly embracing the repertoire of Wagner and R. Strauss. In the 2016 -2017 she performed in Vienna’s Musikverein, Mozarthaus and Konzerthaus. In the Summer of 2017, Sarah Marie was a Young Artist at the Bayreuth Festival.

Upcoming concert work includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder. Sarah Marie will debut Vitellia (Mozart) and Agatha (von Weber) in her 2017 -2018 season. Sarah Marie is one of 16 singers to be selected to compete in The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition for Young Wagnerians in Denmark.

Originally from Guelph Ontario, Sarah Marie lives in Vienna, Austria.


FLAMENCUSION-FUSIONFLAMENCO
Silvia Temis, vocals
Benjamin Barrile, guitar
Derek Gray, percussion

Friday September 29, 2017 at 8pm
$25/$20 advance/$15 on Eventbrite

Flamencusion - A performance described as Intense, edgy and dreamy, Silvia Temis mexican singer will bring you a very personal touch of Flamenco inspired music fused with traditional tunes from across Latin America. Benjamin Barrile on the guitar and Derek Gray on percussion will accompany this night at the wonderful space Gallery 345 in Toronto.

Do not miss it!

*Also an invited flamenco dancer Virginia Castro will perform a traditional flamenco dance

Silvia Temis, currently based in Seville Spain, and based in Edmonton is the leader singer of an Alberta based quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythms.

​Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start studying flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction at the renownedInstitution Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville Triana. Silvia performed at the Festival Flamenco du Montreal in 2013 and 2014 with Triana Project and Carmen Romero Company. She was also a part of the Toronto International Flamenco Festival in 2013 with the flamenco cuadro Triana Project, of which she is a cofounder.

In 2014 Silvia was based in Calgary Alberta, where she is one of the organizer of the Calgary International Flamenco Festival and also taught flamenco dance and singing at Fiona Malena Academy and the Jewish Community Centre of Calgary. While in Calgary she performed with many local and international artists in the city. She was recently part of EXPO Latino Festival 2015 with Fiona Malena Ensemble as well as Salero Calo Flamenco group.

Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music.

She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.

Benjamin Barrile is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who also has extensive in jazz, classical and world music. In addition to leading his own group, Benjamin has performed and recorded for many artists including: The Café Olé - a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of flamenco and jazz. Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Carmen Romero's School of Flamenco Dance Arts and Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Benjamin has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including CBC, CityTV, Jazz FM, and Telelatino. In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first of many times, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He traveled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros including Manuel Lozano "El Carbonero".

Since graduating from Humber College's renowned contemporary music program, and, more recently, completing his Masters in Ethnomusicology at York University, Derek has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching - including time spent in Ghana, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Banff, Washington, and New York City. At home in Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter (2016 Julian Award runner-up contemporary-jazz quintet, co-led with his brother, bassist Justin Gray), the trans-Mediterranean group Ventanas (4X Canadian Folk Music Award nominees), and the Indo-Jazz ensemble Monsoon. Derek has performed with: Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Pat Labarbera, Vincent Herring, David Buchbinder, Jorge Miguel, Esmeralda Enrique, amongst many others.

Additionally, Derek is an Orff and Kodaly certified music instructor. Currently, he is on faculty at the Humber College Community Music School, and facilitates hand drum circles and workshops across Canada. For more info, please visit: www.derekgray.ca.

October2017 SKIP TO SEPT | NOV

ROME & ROMANCE
Ronée Boyce, piano & Alicja Wysocka, soprano

Sunday October 1, 2017 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

An enjoyable Autumn matinée concert filled with solo piano and favorite opera arias.

Award-winning inspirational pianist Ronée Boyce possesses a dedication to performance and education that is steadfast and unquestioned. She is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility and has been enthusiastically praised for her great depth of musical interpretation. In addition to performing more traditional solo piano and chamber music, she has demonstrated a keen interest in Russian works along with more innovative and lesser - known music repertoire, often introducing such works to her listening audiences in concert.

Recent solo engagements have included recitals and concert appearances across Western Canada, New York City, London, France, and the Caribbean, with special chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall, Toronto Centre for Performing Arts, Théâtre de Bourg, Maison de l'Europe, Maison du Canada, with L'Heure Musicale in France, and an invitation to perform for the Ambassador of Chile.

Canadian-Polish Soprano Alicja Wysocka has been dubbed as Toronto’s Opera Sweetheart. Her love for music began at the age of seven in her native country Poland with the discovery of the pianoforte. Upon arriving to Canada, Alicja began her studies with Natalia Tyomkina, and was quickly recognized to be one of the most promising pianists in her generation. Being the finalist of many national piano competitions, she was awarded the Prestigious Turzanski Award.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, Alicja was accepted into U of Toronto’s Opera Program, where she studied with Mary Morrison. In the summer of 2002 she was chosen to attend the Oberlin Music Institute of Ohio in Italy, where she had the privilege to study with soprano, Elly Ameling.

As a singer, Alicja has an extensive performance background. Among others she has performed as a soloist with the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Symphonia Choir, as well as the Salon of Music and Poetry of Maria Nowotarska and the Polish Toronto Theatre of Michal Kuleczka. Since 2005, Alicja has been a soloist with Opera Belcanto. Roles performed include Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata, Nedda from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Micaela from Bizet’s Carmen, and Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

At present, Alicja is studying under the tutelage of David Varjabed to further her vocal studies and master the belcanto technique.


The Decho Ensemble & John C.L. Jansen
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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Jacob Swanson, soprano saxophone
Sarah Marchitelli, alto saxophone
John C.L. Jansen, guitars/harmonics guitar and electronics

Welcome to an evening with music by composers such as Hugo Harmens and John C.L. Jansen, including works featured on Jacob Swanson's recent solo release "wired." (soprano saxophone and electronics).

Hailed as a “winning combination in every way!” the Decho Ensemble was founded in 2011 by longtime-collaborating saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson. Critically acclaimed for their “blend and precision” the two have collaborated with poets, dance companies, chamber orchestras, and other instrumentalists to present unique and varied programs.

The Decho Ensemble has performed on concert series, television, and radio throughout North America and in Europe. In addition to concert series, the Decho Ensemble has presented at national and international conferences including the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences and the United States Navy International Saxophone Symposium. In 2016 the Decho Ensemble was in residence with the Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe in Oslo, Norway as part of their inaugural PULS Festival.  

Collaborating with composers, presenting standard repertoire, and adapting old works for two saxophones the Decho Ensemble continues to push borders and broaden the saxophone’s voice in classical chamber music. Since their establishment, the Decho Ensemble has collaborated with composers Andrew Martin Smith, Charles Terranova, Peter Edwards, Dan Knorr, Scott Miller, Nathan Hall, David Marc Alterman, Frank Zabel, Michael McGough, Kate Parker, and Tim Bausch to create new works for saxophone - some with electronic media.

As educators, Swanson and Marchitelli share their passion for music, the saxophone, and collaboration with their students. Marchitelli serves on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia and is the Director of Instruction at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, New York. Swanson teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, New York, the New Horizons Band of Western New York, and Jamestown Community College. Both Marchitelli and Swanson maintain private studios at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts where they founded and co-direct the Infinity Saxophone Ensemble. 

The Decho Ensemble performs on vintage Buescher saxophones built in the United States. 

www.dechoensemble.com | itunes | CDbaby

Jacob Swanson's website: www.jacobswanson.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp_MfIxhQ0c 

John C.L. Jansen is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and experimental instrument builder from Grand Rapids Michigan. A self-described musical omnivore, he seeks to blend a diverse set of influences with the pursuit of new electronic and acoustic timbres. His music has been performed by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, the chamber band Drive (J:), saxophonist Jacob Swanson, and violinist Todd Reynolds. Jansen currently teaches music theory at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

John C.L. Jansen: soundcloud.com/john-c-l-jansen-1/sequenza-i-for-harmonics-guitarsoundcloud.com/john-c-l-jansen-1 | www.hugoharmens.com

This concert was made possible with financial support from the Norwegian Society for Composers, and is part of the society's 100 year anniversary celebration.


Ventus Machina
CD launch “In the Weeds"

Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $15 Students (Cash only)

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Program

Intermission

The undeniable chemistry between the members of Ventus Machina is apparent in their flexible and unique style of performance. Each from vastly different geographical and cultural backgrounds, the five musicians have truly found their common musical language.

Formed in 2011, Ventus Machina has become a major presence on the classical music scene in the Maritime region. Through their educational outreach performances and workshops the quintet reaches thousands of New Brunswick students each year, and has expanded their scope to include the exciting summer program, the “Wind Masters’ Workshop” which ran for a fourth year in July 2016. Ventus Machina is featured each season on Symphony New Brunswick’s popular ‘Virtuoso Series’ of chamber concerts, and are pleased to have performed with the Atlantic Ballet, Atlantic Sinfonia and with guest soloists Suzie Leblanc and Monette Gould, among others. Follow us on Facebook or at www.ventusmachina.com for current details.

The members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell, flute - originally from Sweden and contributing a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience; Christie Goodwin, oboe – born and raised in central Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone - renowned woodwind doubler and full-time Professor at Mount Allison University; Ulises Aragon, horn – a soloist and all-round superstar transplanted from Venezuela’s famous Simon Bolivar Orchestra; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon bringing a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’ plus a wide range of performance experience, Patrick contributes his boundless energy and humour to the group. 


Music From Four to Six

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8 pm
$20/$15 (cash at the door)
; online at westwoodconcerts.com

Masterpieces of chamber music for string quartet with piano and clarinet as performed by the brilliant Venuti String Quartet and joined by pianist Gregory Millar and clarinetist Michael Westwood.

Venuti String Quartet
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jureck, violin
Shannon Knights, viola
Lydia Munchinsky, cello

Program


TransAtlanticOpera Gala Concert
Saturday October 7 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10

Vasilisa Atanackovic, soprano
Allison Miller & Danny Miller, violin
Krishna Veerappan, clarinet
Michael Andrusko, piano

PROGRAMME:

1. O mio bannino caro - Puccini
2. Quando m'en vo - Puccini
3. Porgi amor - W.A Mozart
4. Meditation from Thais - Massenet
5. Casts diva - Bellini
6. Song to the Moon - Dvorak
7. Tu che di gel - Puccini
8. O sole mio

INTERMISSION

1. Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
2. Senza Mamma - Puccini
3. Polubila ya - Rachmaninov
4. Vissi d'arte - Puccini
5. Manon Lescaut - Puccini
6. Morre ma prima in grazia - Verdi

Vasilisa Atanackovic - Soprano
Vasilisa Atanackovic is a dancer, singer, and actor from Toronto, Canada. She began performing at the age of 6 at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts where she later graduated with a diploma in Vaganova Technique Classical Ballet under the teaching styles of Vitek Wincza and former Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina, Olga Krymchanska. She then went on to train at Ryerson University’s prestigious Performance Acting programme, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Vasilisa has performed around the world, including Canada, Europe, and The United States. As an actor, she has performed in many productions, from the works of Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, A

Midsummer Night's Dream) to hit Musicals (The Addams Family, Cinderella, Hairspray, The Wiz, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Ragtime, Cabaret). She has worked with some of Canada's leading stage directors such as Peggy Shannon, Judith Thompson, Soheil Parsa, Ian Watson, Perry Schneiderman and Sheldon Rosen.

Coached by Polish Soprano Marta Greda-Kicek, Vasilisa is a classically trained soprano. She recently portrayed Helen of Troy at the LA Opera with conductor and composer Nathan Wang. In the Summer of 2016, Vasilisa performed the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica in Sicily under the direction of Maestro Leonardo Catalanotto. This year she will be reprising this dramatic role in Berlin with the Berlin Opera Academy as well as touring with TransAtlanticOpera in Canada and the USA.

Alison Miller - Violin
Alison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Andrea Gajic and Gina McCormack, graduating in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Violin Performance. She has participated in masterclasses with Harald Herzl, Greg Lawson, Ilya Gringolts, Leland Chen, The Brodsky String Quartet and Nicola Benedetti. Alison held principal positions in all the Conservatoire orchestras and was awarded the John McInulty Prize for Orchestral Playing in 2013. She also participated in apprenticeships with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

As a soloist, Alison has performed concerti by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi in Scotland, Italy, Holland and Belgium. She has performed with the Amadeus Orchestra and appeared as Leader of the Aberdeen Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Bach Orchestra. For several years Alison has worked with new music theatre company, Noisemaker (National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

In 2016 Alison was Leader of the Mediterranean Opera Festival Orchestra during their tour of Sicily, performing Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” as well as appearing as a soloist with the orchestra. She returned to Sicily in 2017 to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Having previously worked for Sistema Scotland, Alison now holds the position of Associate Violin Teacher at the University of St. Andrews alongside her busy freelance schedule.

Upcoming engagements include recitals with the Argyll String Quartet, touring Italy in the summer of 2017 with various opera and chamber music festivals and performing with TransAtlanticOpera in Canada and the USA.

Danny Miller - Violin
Edinburgh born violinist, Danny Miller is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied under Peter Lissauer and Gina McCormack. Prizes include the Bette and Willie MacPherson Prize for Solo Violin Playing, the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition (Highly Commended) and the Governor's Prize for Chamber Music (Finalists). In 2013, he was selected for an apprenticeship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Danny enjoys a busy schedule of chamber, orchestral and solo playing. Recent engagements include recitals with the Argyll String Quartet and the Miller Nite Duo with whom he performs at home and abroad. The Miller Nite Duo are due to release two CDs in 2017. He has appeared as Leader of Scottish Sinfonia and has led both the Edinburgh Grand Opera and Haddo House Operatic Society orchestras in their respective productions of La Boheme and La Traviata. Solo performances include the concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams.

Danny was Principal Second Violin of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra during their Sicilian Tour in 2016 where he also performed as a soloist with the orchestra. Recently he played for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. In 2017, he was accepted into the Orchestra of the Varna International Opera Academy, Bulgaria and toured Italy with various opera and chamber music festivals.

Upcoming engagements include solo recitals at home and abroad and performances with TransAtlanticOpera in the USA and Canada. Danny is currently under the private tutelage of Professor Igor Ozim of the Mozarteum Universitat in Salzburg, Austria.

TransAtlanticOpera are joined by Krishna Veerappan, clarinet and Michael Andrushko, piano.

www.transatlanticopera.com


The Art of the Piano: Burton Greene
October Trio

Saturday October 14, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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BURTON GREENE OCTOBER TRIO
Burton Greene - piano
Isaiah Ceccarelli - percussionist
Éric Normand - guitar

Burton Greene figured prominently in New York's free jazz movement of the '60s, performing with such major figures as Alan Silva, Marion Brown, Sam Rivers, Albert Ayler, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. As a child, Greene studied classical music at the Fine Arts Academy in Chicago; In the mid 1950's he studied jazz with Dick Marx. Greene moved to New York in the early '60s, as the city's free jazz movement was gathering momentum. There, he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble with Silva in 1963 — reputedly one of the first groups devoted to playing a wholly improvised music. In 1964, he joined the Jazz Composer's Guild. During the mid-'60s, he recorded for the ESP-Disk label as a leader, before moving to the Netherlands in 1970. Greene became something of a journeyman, performing all over Europe while maintaining a residence on a houseboat in Amsterdam. He recorded intermittently in the '70s and '80s. Greene became one of the few free jazz musicians to experiment with synthesizers. He's played solo and led various bands of unusual instrumentation. Since 1989 he has a jazz/klezmer/sephardic/balkan band called Klezmokum based in Amsterdam. In 2015 he released with his long time “spiritual co-composing partner” composer/vocalist Silke Röllg on the Paris Improvising Beings label: “Space Is Still the Place”. Burton’s music is featured on close to 80 recordings: records and CD’s. This year he celebrates 53 years as a professional: presenting his music to the world. Burton continues to do concerts all over Europe and the USA. He also teaches improvisation and jazz piano.

Burton Greene was born and spent his early years in Chicago, Illinois. He had seven years of classical music training with Isadore Buchalter of the Fine Arts Building. Burton studied jazz theory and harmony with Dick Marx, and continued his music education in the "School of the Streets" of the mid 1950's from such luminaries as Billy Green and Ira Sullivan. He arrived in New York in 1962 and formed probably the first spontaneous composition group with bassist Alan Silva in '63: The Free Form Improvisation Ensemble. He joined the Jazz Composers Guild in '64 (organized by Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor) and formed his first recorded quartet in '65 which included Marion Brown and Henry Grimes. He performed in New York in the 1960's with such people as Sam Rivers, Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Patty Waters, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. Burton was involved with the New Music Concert Series in Town Hall and YMHA organized by Max Pollikoff which included panel discussions with Morton Feldman and Earl Brown.

Burton moved to Europe in 1969--first to Paris and then to Amsterdam. Since that time he has toured and recorded extensively in both Western and Eastern Europe with occasional tours in America. Mr. Greene has recorded over 60 records and CD's of his compositions in many and varied contexts. As an eclectic composer and performer, his works are involved with jazz, contemporary classics, electronics, and a great variety of folklore musics.

Burton has collaborated with many musicians; among them are John Tchicai, Johnny Dyani, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker, Han Bennink, Keshavan Maslak, Sunny Murray, Steve Tintweiss, Shelly Rusten, Frank Wright, Sean Bergin, Paul Stocker, Theo Loevendie, Maarten van Regteren Altena, Martin van Duynhoven, Clarence Becton, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Tjitze Vogel, Raoul van der Weide, Tom Jones, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Akki Hak, Lou Grassi, Wilber Morris, Roy Campbell, Mark Dresser, Adam Lane, Paul Smoker, Russ Nolan, Ed and George Schuller etc., etc.

More: wikipedia.org/wiki/Burton_Greene | allaboutjazz.com/pianist-burton-greene-burton-greene-by-clifford-allen.php | www.paristransatlantic.com/magazine/interviews/greene.html

Isaiah Ceccarelli is a drummer and composer. He composes for musicians and ensembles such as Sarah Albu, Mira Benjamin, the Bozzini Quartet, Katelyn Clark, the GGRIL, the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, the Suoni per il Popolo festival (Stretch Wood), and Ensemble SuperMusique. He has recorded albums for Ambiances Magnétiques (Montréal), Drip Audio (Vancouver), and Another Timbre (United Kingdom). As a drummer, he has performed and recorded in countless jazz and improvised music settings since the mid-1990s. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the London studio of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

More: www.musicworks.ca/profile/isaiah-ceccarelli-works | www.isaiahceccarelli.com

« one of Canada’s most creative musical visions. » - Stuart Brommer, TheWholenote (canada)

« a highly disciplined approach to noise making. » - DAN BIGNA, REAL ART (AUSTRALIA)

Éric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings.

As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture.

With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Xavier Charles (clarinet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.

He also composes for ensemble and multi-disciplinary projects.

Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer.

His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations.

More: facebook | Contact: brasderic@gmail.com | www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/normand_er/


The Art of the Piano: Niklas Sivelov

Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 8 pm
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REVIEW: 
Niklas Sivelov: Piano Music (Audio CD)
Peter Burwasser, Fanfare Magazine
"Niklas Sivelöv’s main career is as a concert pianist, but he has been composing music since his childhood in northern Sweden (he was born in 1968). His broad performing repertoire, from Bach to living composers, is reflected in his music for solo piano. This is not to say that Sivelöv does not write with original flair and energy, but it is probably most useful to consider this material as homage. The very choice of a set of 24 preludes is a strong nod towards Chopin and Bach, among others, and the ghosts of both of those giants appear in this music. The strongest flavor here is 20th-century Modernism, in the manner of Prokofiev or Hindemith, material that itself is often in a Neoclassical style. As a generalization, Sivelöv sounds like both a performer and composer who works in a joyous and even humorous way. This is heard in fast, loud music and a tendency to run up and down the keyboard. Some of the music is even a bit bangy, but in a fun way. One of the preludes is described in the composer’s notes as having no key signature, and he directs the pianist to use the forearms to create clusters of notes.
Sivelöv does offer a calmer mood in the two nocturnes and impromptus, which display a nice sense for lyricism. He returns to a kind of Lisztian bravura in the Toccatina Feroce and finds entrancing sonorities in the Jeux de Cordes, which is played standing up so that the pianist can strike the strings of the piano by hand with a mallet. It’s quite a tour de force, giving the listener the impression of more than one musician. It is a fittingly interesting and enjoyable way to conclude a delightful recital by this talented artist. "

Program
"Virtuoso Introspective"

J. Haydn Sonata no. 47 B-minor hob. XV1/32

L.van Beethoven Sonata no.32 opus 111 C-minor

intermission

W. Stenhammar Fantasy opus 11
2 songs:
I skogen (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Fylgia  (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Impromptu

A. Piazzolla - 3 Tangos:
Adiós Nonino
Invierno Porteño
Milonga del Angel

B. Bartok - Sonata (1926)

Niklas Sivelöv’s artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence have made him a favourite with audiences in the Nordic countries and far beyond.

Niklas made his professional debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991, performing Bartók’s testing Second Piano Concerto at the Stockholm Concert Hall. He has since appeared as a concerto soloist the world over, working with orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. He works with all the major Scandinavian orchestras and has collaborated with conductors including Mario Venzago, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Thomas Dausgaard, Paavo Berglund, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo and Patrick Gallois. Schumann and Scriabin are central figures in Niklas’s musical life, but his repertoire stretches from Johann Sebastian Bach to Per Nørgård. He has worked intensively with the former composer’s Well Tempered Clavier and in 2010 performed the complete work across three concerts at Bargemusic in New York. Niklas has a repertoire of over 50 piano concertos including the most demanding works by Bartók and Prokofiev. 

His extensive discography incudes the two piano concertos by Wilhelm Stenhammar as well as music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Berwald, Schumann, Englund and Liszt for labels including BIS, Caprice, Simax, Phono Suecia and Dux. His recordings have garnered the highest honours: the Diapason d’Or, the Penguin Rosette, the Vox Populi Award and nominations at the Cannes Classical Awards and the Independent Music Awards.

Niklas has also recorded a disc of his own music for the British label Toccata. Since 1985 he has written more than 40 scores including three concertos for piano and orchestra and a set of 24 Preludes for piano; his works have been recorded by Martin Fröst, Øystein Baadsvik and others.

Niklas is also a notable exponent of the art of piano improvisation, and in 2008 released a disc of his own improvisations on melodies by the Swedish composer Carl Michael Bellman.

Niklas grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ aged 6. He moved to piano and studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and with Gabriel Amiras, Maria Curcio, Esther Bodin- Karpe and Liisa Pohjola, continuing his studies in Helsinki, Bucharest, Trossingen and London. Niklas lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.


Kings of the Guitar
James Bryan and Michael Savona

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
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An exciting evening of guitar solos and songs by two of Canada's most prominent guitarists.

Hailed as one of Canada's top guitarists, James Bryan is a Grammy and Juno winning performer, songwriter and producer.As a member of popular Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, to Sunshine State and his solo project, to his work with artists from across the globe including Shawn Mendes,Nelly Furtado,and Luis Fonsi,James has played on over 200 recordings,achieved platinum success,and performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall.

At the heart of all this music is the passionate,soulful and uplifting sound of his guitar playing.

" Bryan takes our global village and remixes it on it’s ear, surprising the listener with an imaginative blending of styles from African Folk to Brazilian Samba"-Rob Paul, Canadian Music

website: www.jamesbryanmusic.com

Michael Savona’s performances have taken him to Europe and major concert halls across North America as a soloist,  band member and chamber musician. He has toured and recorded extensively  with the legendary Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd since 2012, and has shared the stage with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Tom Cochrane, John McDermott, Dan Hill and Michelle Wright.  

Michael has appeared and been heard on local and National television and radio.

As a guitarist, Michael is known for his versatility in many genres.  He has performed to critical acclaim as a classical soloist, folk/pop guitarist, and played in the premiers of numerous contemporary Canadian works.

Michael’s playing can be heard on his 2010 debut release “Folk Songs”, Liona Boyd’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 releases and Tara Beier’s 2016 debut album “Hero and the Sage” 

" Smooth and lyrical" "Plays beautifully enough to send shivers down ones spine" -Classical Guitar Magazine 


Jazz at the Gallery: Genevieve Marentette

Friday October 20, 2017 at 8 pm
$25  (cash only) Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Genevieve Marentette - “This fresh jazz singer puts as much originality into her covers of the newer repertoire as she does the standards from long ago. With the most minimal of backing, she makes all of this material exciting.” So says CBC Radio’s Mark Rheaume about “Gigi,” the latest recording by GENEVIEVE ‘GIGI’ MARENTETTE which features original compositions as well standards by the likes of Mal Waldron and Fred Coots, and a deliciously peppy take on “Put on a Happy Face” which has been heard on CBC, JAZZ.FM91 and around the world where her fan base extends.

Coming from a musical family, Genevieve’s first word was “song” and she has been a professional vocalist since the age of 5. As a teen she seasoned in clubs and casinos in Detroit and Windsor while studying voice at Walkerville-WCCA Performance Arts High School. She is a graduate of Humber College’s music program and spent 8 years singing in Asia and Europe. Now in Toronto she is a producer of concerts, philanthropic events, and the Kensington Market Jazz Festival.

“Geneviève Marentette is a dynamic performer who knows how to get the most out of her instrument and every performance from her is different and more brilliant than the last.”
- Céline Peterson of Social Legacy

“She is, to me, the perfect balance of fragile beauty and a burning intensity that makes her and her music irresistible.”
- Don Thompson (Juno winning multi-instrumentalist, Order of Canada)  

genevievemarentette.com


Jazz at the Gallery:
John Stetch with Vulneraville

 Saturday October 21, 2017 at 8 pm
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6-time Juno Nominee John Stetch celebrates his NYC quartet's new CD release show this fall at Gallery 345. "The Vancouver Concert" is a live recording made this past spring, that captures Stetch's group chemistry at its best. A synthesis of classical sounds, cinematic excursions, worldbeat and toe-tapping jazz, filtered through Steinway Artist Stetch's imagination.

Steve Kortyka - saxophone
Philippe Lemm - drums
Ben Tiberio - bass
John Stetch - piano

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age. His father always tuned in to the local jazz radio station in the car, had a large jazz record collection, and taught Stetch the basics of clarinet. Stetch was born with jazz in his blood, as 2 of his uncles were also performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite, now one of the most successful jazz clubs in Canada. In his early teens, Stetch remembers reading his Dad’s Benny Goodman transcriptions and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Hot Licks”, then later switching to alto sax and playing along with Paul Desmond solos by ear and trying to make sense out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook. By his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to go from casual ‘horn-player’s piano’ to full-time piano studies.

The Ukrainian community was a huge influence on Stetch as well, and he spent many years singing, playing and dancing to ethnic folk music. His first teenage show-biz experience was playing dozens of engagements with Dumka, a Ukrainian wedding band.

After earning a music degree in jazz piano studies at McGill University, Stetch began touring and recording across Canada and eventually accumulated 6 Juno Award nominations over 20 years. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival and has been frequently recorded by the CBC.

After relocating to New York City in 1993 he became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Jim Black, Seamus Blake, Anat Cohen, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Reid Anderson, Chris Cheek, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart and others. He has recently been collaborating with classical and world musicians also, and his recent compositions reflect those flavors. Stetch has been commissioned to write for the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Borealis String Quartet, his own solo performances, and recently performed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.

Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years".  Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity.  Now with 13 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”.  A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen.

Stetch’s 2009 CD – “TV Trio” consists entirely of TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after being released to radio, TV Trio quickly placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, and remained in the top 20 for a month.

His most recent Juno-Nominated CD “Off With The Cuffs” is a solo piano recording of his own arrangements, re-compositions and improvisations on iconic gems of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Shostakovich. John Stetch is currently based in Harlem, New York City.
Video Links
Re-Arrangement and Improvsations on Chopin's Heroic Polonaise
Re-Composition of J.S.Bach's Italian Concerto BWV 971
New Art video of original trio composition "Oscar's Blue-Green Algebra”


Canadian Women Composers Project
Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano
Narmina Efendiyeva, piano

Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project presents soprano Clarisse Tonigussi and pianist Narmina Efendiyeva in recital, featuring the works of Canadian women composers.

The CWC Project is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women composers. In an hour-long recital, vocal repertoire that has been overlooked in the past can be heard, appreciated, and recognized. For the Canadian sesquicentennial, the recital is making its way around Canada, sharing the music of Canadian women songwriters as it goes.

Program

The composers that have been chosen for the concert are Gena Branscombe, Jean Ethridge, Jean Coulthard, Carol Ann Weaver, Mary Gardiner, Ana Sokolovic, Jana Skarecky, Martha Hill Duncan, and Rebekah Cummings. The works are sung in historical order, beginning with music by Gena Branscombe and ending with a work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes composed in 2017 by Rebekah Cummings.

Not only does this project highlight Canadian women’s music, but it also showcases other Canadian female artists. The poetry has been written by Canadian female poets including Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Judith Miller, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson, a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, has created the beautiful gown that is worn for each recital, and the musicians who are performing the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!

Clarisse Tonigussi has always had a deep love of music. As a child she spent countless hours at the piano playing the songs that sprung into her head, and enjoyed everything that her voice and the beautiful sound of the piano had to offer. She furthered her love of music at the University of Toronto and received an Undergraduate degree in Voice Performance, graduating with Honours. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and obtained a Masters degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Tonigussi has performed roles such as Emmy Perth in the opera Der Vampyr, Papagena, and the First Spirit in The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Her chorus appearances include Romeo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, The Mikado and The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Opera York’s The Merry Widow. She was a soloist with the Barrie Lyrica Chamber Choir, is a performer with the Toronto group the Hedgerow Singers, and is the featured soloist with the touring company Opera Luminata.This year, Clarisse is delighted to share with audiences the music of Canadian women composers in concerts across the country with The Canadian Women Composers Project.

Born in Baku (Azerbaijan) as a fourth-generation musician, Narmina Efendiyeva always knew that she would join in the family tradition. She gave her first solo concert at the age of 6 and studied at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova where she frequently gave solo concerts and performed with orchestra.

In 2000, Narmina graduated with a Master's degree from U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory and from 2001-2010, worked as an accompanist at the Azerbaijan State Choir. In 2011, Narmina gave her first concert in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where she graduated with a second Master's degrees. Since then, Narmina has worked as music director and pianist for productions such as Bellinni's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," Mozart's "The Magic Flute," "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini, and "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Strauss with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as well as Borodin's "Prince Igor" with Opera in Concert. She has also played "The Saucy Señorita," "The Mikado" by Sullivan & Gilbert, "Earnest, the Importance of Being" by Davies & Benson with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" with Opera in Concert.

Recently, Narmina played Edward Grieg’s Piano concerto with the Toronto Ukrainian Orchestra and participated in Syrinx Concerts Toronto.

Website info: www.canadianwomencomposersproject.com
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The CWC project was featured in the Spring/Summer publication of “The Association of Canadian Women Composers” Journal.


Rhythm ’n Step

Sunday October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)
A night of fiddle tunes and fancy footwork.

Colleen Jenish began her musical journey in the Ottawa Valley, where she took her first stepdance lesson at the age of four. Soon after, she learned to play the piano and fiddle. Colleen has competed in fiddle and stepdance competitions across Ontario for the past 17 years, and is currently the Ontario Open Stepdance Champion. She also performs regularly with her sister Alanna, and with The Great Canadian Fiddle Show. Colleen recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is now the research coordinator for the Music Cognition Lab at her alma mater. 

Joelle Crigger loves entertaining on her fiddle and has been doing so since age 6, after being inspired by the virtuoso strings show Bowfire. She is an accomplished violinist, fiddler, pianist, and a keen step dancer who enjoys music of all kinds. Having played with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014, she was thrilled to tour to Ottawa and Montreal with the TSO/TSYO in 2017. A big fan of various styles of fiddle music (Cape Breton, Canadian Old-Time, Bluegrass, Irish, Texas-swing), Joelle is a multiple winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Championship in her age category. Within her community, Joelle has been invited as a peer leader to share her love of music with students in the TDSB and has been honoured to play at World Vision music events. She enjoys her role as young-artist-as-educator at DAREarts Music Days and looks forward to pursuing a career in music.

Tom Fitzgerald of Bancroft, ON is an accomplished musician now residing in Toronto where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in music at Humber College. Growing up in the center of the Ottawa Valley, Tom was immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing. However, over the years he has absorbed other musical styles and traditions such as Celtic, bluegrass, swing, jazz, blues, and classical. At 24 he is already a seasoned performer, having toured professionally with his family band ‘The Fitzgeralds’ since he was 10 years old.  The group has toured extensively across the US and Canada, as well as Ireland and England. In the early summer of 2017, a video of one of the band’s live performances went viral, reaching 2.9 million views worldwide. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Tony McManus, Brian Finnegan, Wayne Rostad, and Tommy Hunter.


Louis Vaspar in Recital
Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7 pm
Free Admission

Detroit based pianist, Louis Vaspar, would like to introduce himself.

In anticipation of expanding his audience outside the US, you’re all invited to his preview recital where he will play pieces by Beethoven and Bach!

Programme:

Louis Vaspar
From his promising beginnings to an ultimately tumultuous rise, Louis continues to build himself up again one step at a time. Consistently training in Classical music, he has expanded his vision and musical prowess into Samba, Soul, and Jazz music as a composer and arranger.

For more, please visit vaspardelanuit.com

Female Animal (Single) by Louis Vaspar


Sweet Sparrow in Concert

Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
$20 Cash

Toronto based, husband and wife team, Beatrice and Adolfo, bring the love they share for each other into their music. Audiences feel it as soon as the first note is heard.

 

Beatrice Carpino
Sultry, rich vocals and elegant style in vocalist, Beatrice. Music and performing are her passion. You can say it is in her blood, being the daughter of the late, internationally known singing chef, Pasquale Carpino. Beatrice has a way of making her audiences feel at home and part of the family.

Adolfo De Santis
Smooth, warm and versatile playing in pianist, Adolfo. He did his musical studies in Italy soaking up the warmth and passion of the culture. His studies concentrated on the classical repertoire but life and love turned his musical direction to a broader spectrum of genres including jazz and broadway.

Program: Jazz and Broadway standards of great composers such as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Fats Waller, Arthur Hamilton and more.


"Britten and Pears: the Canticles” CD release
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Peter Tiefenbach, piano

Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

Program
Canticles
Canticle I: "My beloved is mine and I am his”
Canticle II: "Abraham and Isaac”
Canticle III: "Still falls the rain"
Canticle IV: "The Journey of the Magi”
Canticle V: "The Death of Saint Narcissus”

American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein has quickly established himself as a leading tenor soloist in North America and abroad, from Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s Sadler’s Wells to the National Arts Center in Beijing, China.

Recently hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” he made his New York City Opera debut in April 2013 as Mambre in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, a production dubbed by Tommasini as one of the Top 10 classical events of 2013. In 2014-15, Zach sang the role of Damon "with sensitivity and grace" (Boston Classical Review) in Acis and Galatea, performances conducted by Nicholas McGegan leading Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley, CA as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA. In 2016, Zach made his haute-contre debut as Orphee in back-to-back productions of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice with Brava! Opera Theatre (English) and Opera Grand Rapids (French).

Mr. Finkelstein is also an evangelist for new and contemporary classical works, an oeuvre he discovered as a two-time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Most recently in New York City, Zach premiered a new work Threshold for tenor and orchestra with the Argento Ensemble, a piece created specifically for Zach by Prix-de-Rome-winning composer Jesse Jones. The New York Times’ James Oestrich commended this “excellent” performance: “Zach Finkelstein negotiated Mr. Jones’s high tenor flights with aplomb”. Satie’s Socrate, a thirty-minute political monodrama for tenor and piano (“beautifully sung”, UK Daily Telegraph), has also become a signature piece for Mr. Finkelstein, toured regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group across the United States as well as London, UK and a recent debut in Shenzhen and Beijing, China. Zach also performed the American premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Songs from the same earth with pianist Mike Brofman at the Brooklyn Art Song Society, returned in 2017 season to perform a recital of Jake Heggie and Reynaldo Hahn and will perform again with BASS in 2018 touring Seattle and California.

In the media, Zach has performed opera excerpts on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera as well as Toronto's Classical 96.3 FM and Seattle’s KING FM. Both Musical Toronto and Opera Canada Magazine have profiled Mr. Finkelstein as a singer to watch.

Mr. Finkelstein is currently with Dean Artists Management and holds an Artist Diploma (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, in Montreal. As a young artist, Zach participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Banff Opera as Theatre, the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

Peter Tiefenbach studied music in Canada, the United States and England, before settling in Toronto, where he is a busy pianist, accompanist, composer, vocal coach, teacher and broadcaster. He has collaborated with noted Canadian singers such as the late Maureen Forrester, Russell Braun and Donna Brown, and is now on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

A familiar presence on CBC Radio, Peter is the former host of the Radio Two program The Arts Tonight. He has orchestrated and conducted a concert for CBC radio and television and of music by Noel Coward and Ivor Novello with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He has also collaborated with baritone Russell Braun and soprano Donna Brown. In addition, Peter made his acting debut as Gerhard Krachmann in the playSimpl at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

In 2005, Peter gave a recital in Calgary with soprano Valdine Anderson and mezzo-soprano Kimberley Barber (broadcast by the CBC), and served as music director for Calgary Opera's production of Kurt Weill'sSeven Deadly Sins. That year he performed with Miss Fallis and Kiosque for CBC Radio's OnStage, and toured through Iceland together.

Peter has participated in the Indian River Festival (Prince Edward Island), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and Festival Vancouver, where he reprised the Coward-Novello program.

Among his commissions are works for violinist Mark Fewer and pianist Jean Marchand, the Elora Festival Singers, trumpeter Stuart Laughton, and the Toronto Children's Chorus. Other projects include a composition for the Saskatoon Children's Chorus (for the World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong) and for the Canadian Brass. His recordings include Jean Stilwell's Kabarett (CBC Records, 2003) and Les chemins de l'amour(CBC Records, 2000), Isabel Bayrakdarian's Azulão (CBC Records, 2003), and Stuart Laughton's Remembrance (Marquis Classics, 2003).


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
$25/$10 students (cash only)
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Program

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 1 in F minor
1. Allegro in F major
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Prestissimo

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 6 in F major
1. Allegro in F major
2. Menuetto. Allegretto in F minor
3. Presto in F major

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 11 in B-flat major
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio con molto espressione
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo: Allegretto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 28 in A major
1. Allegretto ma non troppo
2. Vivace alla marcia
3. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
4. Allegro

Biography

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT- ‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc…

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes&Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.

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An Evening with Holly Bowling 

Friday November 3, 2017 at 8 pm
SOLD OUT
The music of Phish & the Grateful Dead Reimagined for Solo Piano.

Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco-based classically trained pianist Holly Bowling, who is infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style.  After studying piano performance at SF State University, Bowling has turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess to the works of Phish on 2013’s Distillation Of A Dream album and the newly released Grateful Dead focused Better Left Unsung (released December 9, 2016 through The Royal Potato Family).  Her instantly compelling playing and unerring ability to successfully collaborate with other musicians in an impressive array of styles has brought her to the attention of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, and other luminaries who’ve asked Bowling to perform with them.  Already a rising star on the festival circuit, Bowling plans to expand her solo touring in 2017 and beyond.

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Jazz at the Gallery: MacMurchy/Barth Quartet

Saturday November 4, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only) Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

An adventurous and delightful exploration of the voice as an instrument and the instrument as a voice.

John MacMurchy - saxophone and clarinet
Jocelyn Barth - vocals
David Restivo - piano
George Koller - bass

"It's an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It's all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life."
- Sheldon Zandboer

"John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John's got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas.”

John MacMurchy is a performer, composer and recording artist based in Toronto. A woodwind player, John concentrates on clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone and is fluent in jazz and classical repertoire. He has released four full length records to critical acclaim and international airplay. John has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Channing, Peter Appleyard, John Dankworth as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene. 

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging vocalists. Her pure tone, formidable range and technique and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings as both a featured artist and a session musician.

Jocelyn recorded on Canadian music icon Jane Siberry’s albums Ulysses’ Purseand Angels Bend Closer and performed with Siberry at the launch of Ulysses’ Pursein Toronto in 2016. She has worked with experimental vocalist and conductor Christine Duncan on multiple projects, including the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch. Additionally, with Duncan’s improvising mass choir The Element Choir, she performed with Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq at Massey Hall, Nathan Phillips Square and The Great Hall and recorded on Tagaq’s latest album, Retribution.

Jocelyn has performed at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festivaland the SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. She sang at the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival with George Koller‘s free improvisation ensemble Victory for Freestyle with David Restivo (piano) and Bruce Cassidy(EVI). In January 2016, she was a featured vocalist performing the works of Paul Simon in Jazz FM 91’s Songwriter’s Series. Jocelyn sang with New Lineage, a collective of eight improvising vocalists which held a weekly residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario for June 2016. She currently performs with jazz 12tet Emergency Musical Services singing original music by EMS co-leaders Marie Goudy and Liam Gallagher.

Jocelyn is featured with an original song on the forthcoming album by Collective Order, a group of 19 up-and-coming Toronto jazz musicians, which will be released in October 2017.

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. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, 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 has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

"...quite simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada has produced..."
-Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

George Koller (born December 9, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian bassist[1] and multi-instrumentalist who has played professionally and extensively within most genres of music and is best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk music, world music and world fusion. His current base of operations is Toronto, (Canada).

In over three decades, George has accumulated hundreds of diverse performing and recording credits and some of the artists he has worked with are: The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn,[2] Holly Cole, Richard Underhill, Graeme Kirkland, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, William Beauvais, Dominic Mancuso,[3] David Clayton-Thomas,[4] Doug Riley, Valdy, Issa, Autorickshaw, Larry Coryell, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Moe Koffman, Ron Korb, Eddie Harris, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. His playing of Indian stringed instruments -- Sitar, Sarode, Tanpura, and the violin-like Esraj and Dilruba—are featured in the motion pictures Such a Long Journey and Possible Worlds.[5]

In 2010, George helped produce the World Jazz For Haiti charity album at Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, David Clayton-Thomas, Norman Amadio and Holly Cole.


Gerry Shatford Trio

Sunday November 5, 2017 at 2 pm 
$20/$10 (cash only) 

“When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy”

Gerry Shatford – piano
Neil Swainson – bass
Barry Elmes – drums

Paul Vermeersch - narration

Originally from Calgary, but raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Gerry Shatford eventually found himself studying formal composition and classical piano at McGill University’s Faculty of Music in the late 1980’s, immersed in studies with many of Montreal’s most esteemed artists including John Rea, Brian Cherney, Bengt Hambraeus, Bruce Mather, Luba Zuk and Louis-Philippe Pelletier. It was during this time that he caught the jazz bug, hearing Bud Powell playing on a recording of “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm” with Sonny Stitt and Max Roach. Later he participated in a series of jazz workshops conducted by the esteemed New York pianist Barry Harris. Gerry eventually transferred to the jazz performance programme at McGill, studying with Fred Henke, André White and Jan Jarczyk. He graduated with distinction in 1995, having and won numerous awards and scholarships including the Raymond Laliberté and Frank Mills prizes.

In 1996 Gerry relocated to Vancouver where he maintained a busy teaching schedule while performing regularly as house pianist at the Vancouver Club. Returning to the east in 2001 Gerry settled in Ottawa where he was instrumental in establishing Café Paradiso as an important venue on the Canadian jazz scene. In Ottawa Gerry worked with many of Canada’s finest jazz artists including Dave Turner, Mike Rud, Joel Miller, John Geggie, Kevin Dean, André White, George Evans, Heather Bambrick and Frank Lozano. He also co-ordinated and facilitated jazz workshops led by Barry Harris and vocalist Sheila Jordan, and performed with Sheila on a mini-tour with dates in Ottawa and Kingston.

It was during this period that Gerry began an important relationship with the American pianist and composer Stanley Cowell. Concurrent with his relocation to Toronto in 2008 to begin graduate studies in composition at York University, Gerry was mentored by Professor Cowell, a project that was generously supported by a Chalmers Professional Development Grant administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

At York University Gerry worked closely with Al Henderson and Barry Elmes, successfully defending his thesis “When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy” in 2010. This work became the basis of a second Ontario Arts Council Grant (Popular Music Recording) which has allowed Gerry to realize his first full-length recording project. Several compositions appeared in the 2015 feature-length documentary “Al Purdy Was Here”, directed by Brian Johnson.

Neil Swainson (bassist) was born on November 15, 1955 in Victoria and began  playing professionally there, backing visiting musicians including Herb Ellis, Sonny Stitt, and Barney Kessell. He started working with Paul Horn in 1975 and led his own band for a two-year period before relocating to Vancouver in 1976. He has lived and worked in Toronto since 1977.

Swainson has been a leading player on the Toronto jazz scene ever since, playing with local and visiting luminaries including Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, James Moody, George Coleman, Jay McShann, Tommy Flanagan, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, Woody Shaw and George Shearing.

Swainson’s own recording, 49th Parallell (Concord Jazz 4396), features Woody Shaw on trumpet, and Joe Henderson on saxophone. He has also recorded with a number of other great artists including Jay McShann, Doc Cheatham, Geoff Keezer, Sam Noto, Peter Leitch, Pat LaBarbera, Kevin Dean, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald; and JMOG, a cooperative band featuring Don Thompson, Pat LaBarbera, and Joe LaBarbera.

Neil Swainson continues to compose music and freelance extensively in the Toronto area. 

Barry Elmes has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s and has become internationally-respected over the years since, not only as one of Canada’s most talented drummers, but for parallel accomplishments as a composer, producer, recording artist, and dedicated educator. His award-winning work has been documented on over 90 jazz CDs and he has performed all over the world with many renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, and Moe Koffman. In 1991 he formed the Barry Elmes Quintet, featuring a "who’s who" of the best in Canadian jazz. A success from the beginning, this group has released five critically acclaimed recordings, toured Canada coast-to-coast and performed internationally, including a groundbreaking tour of Chile

In addition, Barry continues to produce recordings for a variety of artists, co-leads the quartet Time Warp and presides over Cornerstone Records Inc., a successful artist-owned jazz label and publishing company dedicated to presenting recordings by Canadian jazz artists. Barry is an associate professor of music at York University and currently serves as the Jazz Area Coordinator.

Paul Vermeersch is a poet, professor, artist, and editor. He is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something.

Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General's Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He edits Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Please note that proceeds from this event will be donated to the Al Purdy A Frame Trust. 


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Monday November 6, 2017  at 8:00pm
$25/$10 students (cash only)
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Program
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 2 in A major

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Largo appassionato
  3. Scherzo: Allegretto
  4. Rondo: Grazioso

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 20 in G major

  1.   Allegro ma non troppo
  2.   Tempo di Menuetto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 21 in C major “Waldstein"

  1.   Allegro con brio
  2.   Introduzione: Adagio molto 
  3.   Rondo. Allegretto moderato — Prestissimo

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 27 in E minor

  1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
    ("With liveliness and    with feeling and expression throughout")
  2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
    ("Not too swiftly and conveyed  in a singing manner”)

Biography

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann. 

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria. 

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes&Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009. 

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.
Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.


Cinema Remembrance
Isabelle Durin, violin
Michael Ertzscheid, piano

November 9, 2017 at 8 pm
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Music and film form a true love story. Isabelle Durin and Michaël Ertzscheid, two talented French musicians, will share pieces from remarkable films, including Yentl, Fiddler on the roof, Life is beautiful, Schindler’s List and Exodus. The musicians will perform the works of well-known composers like John Williams, Michel Legrand, Nicola Piovani and Georges Delerue. In their unique style, they will recreate a musical realm that stays intact thanks to our memory: memory of sounds, melodies, gentle and passionate inflections on violin, and glimpses of the intimately linked images and sounds.

After studying at the academies of Drancy, Sceaux and the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Isabelle Durin entered the CNR of Versailles as a student of Alexandre Brussilovsky. She won her highest tribute as a violinist receiving her gold medal in 1996.

She studied for one year with Antoine Goulard and later entered in 1997 the CNSM in Lyon in the class of Jean Estournet and Kaziemierz Olechovski. At the same time Isabelle also obtained a Doctorate in philosophy from La Sorbonne.

In 1999, Isabelle toured Europe with Gustav Malher Jugend Orchester, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. In 2001 she obtained the DNESM of Lyon. In the same year, she was selected for the master’s class of Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Schleswig Holstein Muzik Festival of Lübeck. She advanced to a new level after studying with well-renowned violonists including Jean-Pierre Sabouret, Boris Garlitsky, Igor Volochin, Patrice Fontanarosa and Roland Daugareil. She continued her pursuit of chamber music under the direction of Alain Meunier and Michel Strauss.
She became a member (2003) of the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France led by Yoel Levi and now Enrique Mazzola. In December 2003 she received a bronze medal of Société d’Encouragement au Progrès at the Senate.

Isabelle Durin actively performs chamber music concerts with special arrangements for violon/piano in France and abroad. She appeared as a special guest in Vietnam in 2004 and 2006 at the grand Opera and l’Espace-Centre Culturel of Hanoi.

or the past four years she has been the artistic director of the Festival Musical du Château de la Légion d’Honneur de Pouy-sur-Vannes (Aube), now the "Harmonies Estivales" à Villeneuve l’Archevêque.

After the release of her record, "Romantisme Hébraïque" (Jade Records/Universal) with Michaël Ertzscheid, pianist she performed at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism, the Memorial of Shoah, the synagogue ULIF of Copernic in Paris, in the community centers of Strasbourg, in the festival of Jewish music of Carpentras. She performed at the Jewish Museum of Prague (Spanish Synagogue), the Jewish Museum Galicia of Cracow, in Zagreb with the support of the Jewish Community of Zagreb, in Geneva (Synagogue Beth Yacov), in Romania with the support of the French institutes Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi. They performed in April, 2011 in the U.S. and in Colombia in artistic tours organized by the General Delegation of the French Alliances in the United States.

Born in Toulouse (France) in 1979, Michaël Ertzscheid began piano lessons at the age of 8. Between 16 and 26, he attended classes in different academies of music (CRR de Toulouse, CRR de Paris, CRR de Boulogne, CNSM de Paris).
 Curious and insatiable, he made the most of these ten years to acquire a large musical training, to meet outstanding teachers (M.P. Siruguet, H. Cartier Bresson, T. Escaich, A. Louvier, P.L. Aimard) and to be first prizewinner in piano, music analysis, chamber music, harmony, conterpoint, fugue, improvisation. He attended several master classes and receives great musicians’ advice (Arie Vardi, Leon Fleisher, Jean François Heisser, Hatto Beyerle, Maria Kliegel). He is a prizewinner at the EMCY (European Music Competition for Youth), at the Yamaha competition and received a grant from the SACEM.

As he has a passion for sight-reading, accompaniment and symphonic music, he was the first prizewinner at Jean Koerner’s demanding class (CNSM de Paris). It enabled him to work with Pierre Boulez, Kasuchi Ono, John Axelrod, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eotvos and to be a collaborative pianist in international competitions and master classes.

A regular guest in several festivals, his experience as a chamber-music player, soloist and improviser is varied in France and abroad (USA, Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Rumania, Colombia, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan). He has performed in renowned concert halls (Théâtre du Châtelet, Royal Opera House, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre Mogador, Cité de la Musique, Unesco, Salle Cortot, Cirque d’hiver, Institut du monde arabe, Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme).

Highly interested in chamber music, he has the privilege of playing with talented musicians (Noël Lee, le quatuor Voce, R. Capuçon, F. Millischer, J. Dieudegard, X. Gagnepain, A.L Gastaldi, C. Poiget, M. Michalakakos). He performs in several music groups: piano duet with Florestan Boutin (Duo Reynaldo), Trio Voltaire. His record with Jerome Laran (saxophone) was released in October 2015 and performed at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He also supports contemporary music, creates pieces for Opus Neuf, commissions young composers and keeps on searching unknown treasures in the vast repertoire for piano.

In addition to his classical background, he also performs with Bartabas, Damon Albarn, Élise Caron; he works with the Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham’s companies, he improvises on silent films and takes part in the West Side Story Anniversary Tour.

Teaching and sharing are his main concern. After learning teaching skills in the CNSMDP, and obtaining his master degree in pedagogy (C.A), he teaches accompaniment at the CNSM and musical analysis at the CRR de Paris. He is currently a piano teacher at the PSPBB and CRR de Boulogne Billancourt.

He gives lectures in the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéra Bastille, the Sorbonne and has recently published an article on improvisation (Formation musicale, Formation du musicien).


Noah Franche-Nolan: 
A Night of Solo piano and Sextet Music

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 pm
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Set 1: Noah Franche-Nolan Solo Piano
Weaving elements of traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, contemporary classical music, and Christian hymns, Noah Franche-Nolan aims to create an inviting and hypnotizing musical experience with his solo piano music. He draws much inspiration from his past 4 years working as a church service pianist. Noah seeks to create spaces of contemplation with his music, often exploring minimalist soundscapes and thick harmonic palates. He also draws from his many past performances as a solo pianist at the Libra Room, one of Vancouver’s many jazz venues, where he engaged with the audience and work with the boisterous energy of the crowd by playing various Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington tunes. Noah’s approach to this solo piano set will involve improvising with pre-composed motifs and playing with the musical structures of a handful of songs from various musical genres.

Set 2: The Noah Franche-Nolan Sextet performs “Song of the Phoenix”
Band:
Noah Franche-Nolan – Piano
Kalean Murphy – Trumpet
Harrison Arghatoff – Tenor Saxophone
Brooklyn Bohach – Voice
Julian Anderson-Bowes – Bass
Andrew Miller - Drums
“Song of the Phoenix” is a lengthy suite that flows between the realms of contemporary classical music, modern jazz, and free improvised music, and creates a cohesive and fluid musical/narrative experience. Inspired by Noah’s time living in between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains in Invermere, B.C., “Song of the Phoenix” is a suite of music that explores the powerful force of nature. This force, often hidden beneath a serene tranquility, is becoming ever more present as climate change alters our weather systems and instigates powerful natural catastrophes. While living in Invermere in the summer of 2017, Noah witnessed the massive power of the wildfires that had developed in the area. This inspired him to write a suite of music with a programmatic narrative that followed the birth and decay of a wildfire.

Noah Franche-Nolan is a jazz pianist, improviser, composer, and ensemble leader. He currently resides in Toronto while completing his degree in Jazz Comprehensive and Classical Composition as a student of David Braid's at the University of Toronto. As a pianist, Noah is known for contributing his creative musical personality to various modern jazz ensembles, such as Harrison Argatoff’s Quartet and Patrick Smith’s Quartet. He is also an active member of “Movemuse”: an improvised and cross-disciplinary music and dance ensemble. He has recently recorded a Debut EP for Hinterland; a collaborative project with Jazz Vocalist and Composer Brooklyn Bohach for String Quartet, Voice, and Piano. Noah has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Halifax Jazz Festival, and the Port Hope Jazz Festival.

Noah recently began studying and practicing classical composition to combine elements of both jazz and classical music in his own projects. He is very interested in finding new ways to explore and blend the spectrums of organized musical passages with improvised musical passages in his compositions. This “cross-over” field between jazz and classical composition is one that holds much potential for future explorations. 


DUAL VISION
Paul Novotny, bass, Joe Sealey, piano

Saturday November 11, 2017 at 8 pm
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Together, Canadian stalwart jazz musicians Joe Sealy (order of Canada recipient) and Paul Novotny began their concert career and record label in 1991. Their close association is known by acclaimed recordings The Africville Suite (Juno winner), Blue Jade, and Dual Vision (Juno nominated). They are a classic jazz duo who represent their unique compositions and arrangements with a seasoned signaure sound.

JOSEPH (JOE) SEALY (pianist, organist, composer) was born on August 16, 1939 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His early piano studies were with Oscar Peterson’s sister Daisy Peterson Sweeney and Bob Langlois in Montreal, and later with Darwyn Aitken in Toronto. In his early career he played with bands throughout Quebec before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1967 and a new career phase as Music Director/Consultant on some of the hit CBC-TV shows airing at the time including ‘Music Hop’, ‘Student Showcase’, and ‘Roundabout’. All the while, he continued to gig with all of the up-and-coming jazz players in the Atlantic, play solo piano in hotel lounges, and hold down studio work.

Sealy relocated to Toronto in 1976, playing piano in various jazz rooms and working as Musical Director for a succession of hit home-grown musicals during the ‘80s including ‘Spring Thaw’, ‘Ain't Misbehavin'’, ‘Indigo’, ‘Lady Day ‘More Sweet Reason’, ‘One More Stop’, and ‘Madame Gertrude’. He has accompanied several leading American musicians and performers aopearing in Canada including Milt Jackson, Joe Williams, Buddy DeFranco, Sammy Davis Jr., and Sonny Stitt, and in 1979 toured throughout the U.S. with the celebrated ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’.

In 1997, Sealy completed a 19-city concert tour in follow-up to the release of his JUNO Award-winning CD, "Africville Suite". Later that year he was featured in a 20-city national tour of Timothy Findlay's "Piano Man's Daughter" with Veronica Tennant and Sylvia Tyson. In 1998, The Joe Sealy Quartet toured Western Canada and performed for two weeks throughout Scandinavia. Recently, Sealy served as Music Director for the acclaimed "Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee" television special, and a CBC Radio ‘Words & Music’ special entitled ‘East Coasting’. For the past several years, he has been the host of a weekly radio show ("Joe Sealy's Duets") and currently its’ successor “Joe’s Jazz” on JAZZ.FM91 in Toronto.

Joe Sealy continues to perform, produce, compose, act, and with his Seajam Recordings partner Paul Novotny, release jazz recordings, including 2009’s “Songs”. He produced, arranged and performed on vocalist Colin Hunter’s recent release “Mostly About You”

Awards:

PAUL NOVOTNY (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.


LOOK AHEAD
Paul Novotny, bass, Robi Botos, piano 

Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8 pm
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Together, Canadian stalwart jazz musicians Joe Sealy (order of Canada recipient) and Paul Novotny began their concert career and record label in 1991. Their close association is known by acclaimed recordings The Africville Suite (Juno winner), Blue Jade, and Dual Vision (Juno nominated). They are a classic jazz duo who represent their unique compositions and arrangements with a seasoned signaure sound.

Hungarian born Romani/ Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.

Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument.

Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004, third Prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris in 2006, and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. Robi has been nominated for two Juno Awards and won as a part of Mike Downes’ Trio in 2014. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 Robi was chosen as Keyboardist of the Year, and in 2007 Robi was awarded Best Jazz Artist from NOW Magazine. Robi’s debut album for A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada, ‘Place to Place’, was one of the most anticipated Canadian jazz albums of 2011. In 2012, Robi and his trio, with bassist Mike Downes and drummer Morgan Childs, won the coveted TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This award led to a main stage outdoor concert presentation in front of over 5,000 people, and a subsequent invitation to headline their own outdoor concert in 2013.
In June of 2012, Robi was invited by the Edmonton Jazz Festival to open for the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet. Canada Council helped support this important concert, which led to a friendship with both Wayne Shorter and his pianist Danilo Perez.

In 2013, Robi was involved in two film projects that were significant in his career. The first was the Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon film ‘Arbitrage’, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Robi performed the closing scene and end credit recording for the movie. Robi also wrote the score for the Producer Guild Awards nominated ‘A People Uncounted’ which documents the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people.

In early March of 2013, Robi was involved in a special commemorative concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Oscar Peterson album, ‘Night Train’. This concert occurred in Oscar’s hometown of Montreal and featured Robi leading the trio with former Oscar Peterson band mates, Order of Canada recipient Dave Young on bass and Alvin Queen on drums. This trio (with Order of Canada recipient Terry Clarke on drums) embarked on a second tour in November 2013, playing in Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Robi has accompanied many great jazz musicians and vocalists in the Canadian music scene for years. One of them is Juno winner, Order of Canada and former CBC Radio host, Molly Johnson. Robi has played in Molly’s bands for over seven years now and tours with her internationally, including recent tours of Japan and France.

A little over a year ago, Robi recorded his second album for A440 Entertainment, ‘Movin’ Forward’. This album features a dream-team rhythm section of Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums and Robert Hurst on bass, with the great Canadian (and New York-based) saxophonist Seamus Blake on tenor, soprano saxophones, and EWI. Jeff and Robert are Grammy-Award winning musicians who are regarded amongst the great bass-drum jazz rhythm sections in Jazz history, having recorded in the seminal quartets of both Branford and Wynton Marsalis in the 1980s and 1990s, leading the resurgence of the ‘young lion’ comeback of Jazz music. Movin’ Forward features a mix of originals, Roma-influenced songs as well as funky grooves, and straight-ahead swing compositions. The album is releasing in Canada on March 24th and will be supported by a short tour in late March with the album band of Seamus, Bob and Jeff. In the Summer of 2015, Robi will be travelling Canada on a three week tour, playing original music from his album release, mixed with songs from his debut album, and classic standards.

PAUL NOVOTNY (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

Awards:
As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.


Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Uriel Tsachor, piano

Sunday November 26, 2017 at 2 pm
$25/$10 (cash at the door)
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Program

Sonata B flat major K. 454 - W.A. MOZART (1756-1791)

Sonata E flat op. 120, 2 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)

INTERMISSION

Sonata g minor op. 19 for cello and piano - Sergei RACHMANINOFF(1873-1943)
arr: for violin and piano (arr. Annette-Barbara Vogel)

Annette-Barbara Vogel

In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review wrote: “Vogel is about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for”. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for “… authoritative and highly sensitive performances” (Music Web International),” and a “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” (Brahms Concerto, Wuppertaler Zeitung). Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship. Vogel was one of the musicians chosen to perform in a Gala concert honoring Dorothy Delay's seventy-fifth birthday, where she played Brahms Concerto with Keith Lockhart. She has shared concert stages with notable artists C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and musically collaborated with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.

A Full Professor, Annette-Barbara Vogel joined Western University in 2004 where she is in high demand as a pedagogue. Prior to coming to Canada, Vogel held several university teaching positions: she was “Artist-in-Residence” at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, professor at Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, and subsequently professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she was founder and Artistic Director of ”MAGISTERRA! International Chamber Music Festival and Academy.” Vogel’s musical training has been multifaceted: in addition to her two soloist and artist diplomas “summa com laude” from Folkwang Hochschule Essen and Cincinnati College-Conservatory she also holds a degree in chamber music with distinction. Additional studies took her to Los Angeles (University of Southern California, violin pedagogy with Alice Schoenfeld), Basel /Switzerland (Chamber Music, Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet) and Amsterdam (Sweelinck Konservatorium, Herman Krebbers). Two recently released CDs of Vogel’s over twelve commercial recordings, the much anticipated complete violin repertoire of Hans Gál, met with critical acclaim, citing her “committed performances… [and] winning presence [of] her tone and delivery” (The Strad). Her February 2011 CD release “Französische Komponistinnen,” which includes works by French women composers Farrenc, Boulanger, and Viardot received the British IRR Outstanding Recording Award. About her newest CD release with Daniel Sweaney "Through the Centuries” (June 2013) American Record Guide April 2014 writes: “This is an exceptional recital of violin-and- viola duos for three reasons: the very worth- while unusual repertoire, the superior playing, and Blue Griffin’s clear, detailed, immediate, airy, natural sonics.” Her recording of violin sonatas of European Women Composers Ethel Smyth, Elfrieda Andrée and Mel Bonis will be released in 2017.

Vogel has recorded for Avie Records, Bluegriffin Recordings, Cybele Records, Eroica Classical Records, and Harmonia Mundi Germany.

Annette-Barbara Vogel is founder and Artistic Director of MAGISTERRA SOLOISTS, an ensemble which was founded in 2015. For information on this not-for-profit group please visit: www.magisterra.com.

Uriel Tsachor

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway artist. A dedicated pedagogue, he teaches a large and internationally diverse studio at the University of Iowa, School of Music.

"A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry," (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Uriel Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.

Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with prestigious European orchestras as well as with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.

Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as "glittering brilliance," Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. During the last seasons, Tsachor’s performances in the US and Europe included Beethoven’s HammerKlavier Sonata as well as major works by Schumann and Brahms. Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.

Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours and the Concorso Busoni, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.

Tsachor’s discography (www.urieltsachor.com) encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

Swiss Radio International selected one of Tsachor’s Schumann recordings for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations worldwide. International Piano magazine in London included the disc in an article discussing the “milestones in the recorded history of the work” citing the importance of the recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a “ Master Pianist.”

In another recent review of his playing the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as “a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship.”

Uriel Tsachor's chamber music discs include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label and violin and piano sonatas by Schumann, Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label, all performed with violinist Andrew Hardy. The duo has also recorded for the Musique en Wallonie label a 4-CD set of the eight sonatas by various composers dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist.

This season Tsachor is scheduled to perform in Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong and on major University campuses in the United States and Canada.


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