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Danie Friesen, soprano
Monique de Margerie, piano

Sunday March 29, 2015 at 8 PM
$20; $10 Students and Arts Workers

Crossing poetry with music, Danie Friesen (soprano) and Monique De Margerie (piano) perform Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis Opus 39, twelve songs on texts by Joseph von Eichendorff, and Francis Poulenc’s Fiançailles Pour Rire, a song cycle based on the poetry of Louise de Vilmorin.

Program

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) Liederkreis Opus 39

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Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) Fiançailles Pour Rire

Actor/Singer Danie Friesen’s experience on the performance stage ranges from Shakespeare to Mozart to Woody Allen. A graduate of the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, Friesen works as an actor and producer for Art & Lies Productions, an independent theatre company she co-founded in 2010. Selected credits include: No Exit (Theatre Passe Muraille), In Adagio (Winnipeg Art Gallery), Killing Game (Annex Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Buddies in Bad Times), Smile (Bathurst Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Young People’s Theatre), Strike! (Theatre in the Park), The Mikado and The Gondoliers (Pantages Playhouse). Friesen will appear in Cavalli’s La Calisto in Sulmona, Italy this summer as a part of COSI’s Opera Ensemble.

Merging her experience in theatre with her artistry as a soprano, Friesen endeavours to interpret art songs and arias through the eyes of an actor, presenting poetry and music through fully formed, poignant characters.

Monique de Margerie is an accompanist at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, and at the Young Voices Toronto choir. She is frequently heard in recital as a chamber musician with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. From 2003 to 2012, she was on the faculty at Université Laval de Québec where she taught piano and accompanied both students and faculty. She also teaches at the Cammac Music Centre each summer, and is frequently invited to adjudicate and teach throughout Canada.

In March, 2013, Monique toured Cambodia with bassoonist Fraser Jackson, giving recitals and masterclasses throughout Phnom Penh. In 2012, she toured Canada as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition. In November 2011, she was featured as a soloist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec in four performances of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals and performed with the Molzan de Margerie Trio in Beauce, Québec. She has performed in recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was also a featured artist at the 2010 Licht in Sicht music festival in Quebec City where she appeared with members of the Quatuor Artur Leblanc, clarinettist Jean-François Normand and bassoonist Fraser Jackson.

Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique graduated from the Montreal Conservatory where she was a student of Anisia Campos. After four years as a scholarship student at the Munich Hochschule für Musik, Monique obtained, with special distinction, her Master’s degree in Piano Performance in 1990. From then until 2003, she pursued her European career as pianist and teacher in Freiburg, Germany, and in Paris, France, where her recital partners included violinists Linus Roth and Nicholas Chumachenco. She has given numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Japan, Switzerland and India. She has several recordings with the national radios in Germany, Switzerland and Canada and a solo CD recording on the GEMA label.


The Art of the Piano: John Stetch
Off With the Cuffs

Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

Review of John Stetch, Off With the Cuffs (Addo Records, 2013) 

"This remarkable pianist, whose wealth of styles and ideas cannot easily be contained even in that increasingly expansive realm known as jazz, seems never to have heard a musical border he did not want to cross. A Canadian of Ukrainian extraction, Stetch has often worked in the folk music traditions of his own heritage, as in his vivid and virtuosic Ukrainianism (2002). On that disc, dark ruminations on catastrophe—“Famine” and the closing track, “Children of Chernobyl”—are interleaved with affirmations such as his “Carpathian Blues.” More than a decade on, Stetch continues to explore new terrain, this time out taking three beloved piano works of European art music for a spin: down the back alleys of the blues; bumping over the off-beat ruts of Eastern folk idioms; and careening into unexpected excursions attributable only to his creativity and the abundance of unnamed influences stored in his inner ear.  The trip is fueled not least by an iconoclastic humor, one required by the very project of grabbing some beers and going joy-riding with Mozart (Sonata in B-Flat, K. 33), J. S. Bach (Italian Concerto, BWV 971), and Chopin (Ballade in G minor, op. 23). To listen to Stetch pilot these luxury vehicles over the off-road of his imagination is wildly inspiring, usefully disconcerting, and just plain fun. The CD closes with Stetch’s idiosyncratic and illuminating readings of three preludes by Shostakovich followed by an original, Kapustin Rag. The dents of the journey through the classics are polished up at the close in the unlikeliest of Rag meters (7/8 and 11/8) in this piece named in honor of the Ukrainian-Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin. With Putin marching into the Crimea and glowering at the rest of the Ukraine it is good to know that in Stetch’s hands the borders will always remain open."

- DAVID YEARSLEY (from Counterpunch, March 2013). David Yearsley, author of “Bach’s Feet,” once played the world’s oldest piano and didn’t damage it … much.

Testimonials For Off With The Cuffs:

"Stetch has the musical gravitas to pull off what some could see as mere musical jokes; in his hands, though, these tunes have become more contemporary songs, to be taken no less seriously than the originals." - DownBeat Magazine, 4 stars

“John's vibrant, whimsical and piano-playing is totally engaging - "Off With The Cuffs" highlights his witty and clever sense of improvisation, and is great fun to listen to." - Lisa Kaplan, 3-time Grammy winning pianist of Eighth Blackbird

"Imaginative, rigorous, and truly personal takes on the classics!"- Joseph Lin, The Julliard String Quartet

“FANTASTIC! There is such clarity and so much humor in Stetch’s playing! I have always loved that about him.” - Rufus Reid, bassist, composer and bandleader

"John Stetch has a unique voice and travels freely between musical styles. He does all of this with overwhelming virtuosity". - Alex Fiterstein, classical clarinetist, 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient

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"



Stanislav Pronin, violin and Peter Longworth, piano

Thursday April 2, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

Program

“This is…an intriguing recital: Pronin puts Milstein’s famous tour de force through its paces and finds dark corners in the sumptuous beauties of Ysaÿe. Pronin even scores by playing both parts in the Prokofiev; the out-of-body experience arouses the music’s emotional content in an attractively unsettling way…Pronin attaches ‘extramusical imagery’ to the piece, and writes of ‘dancing snowflake patterns, shiny and brilliant yet quite delicate’. It’s a window on Prokofiev’s Russian soul, and Pronin’s own.” - The Gramophone, review of Violin For One (Naxos/Sono Luminus) (2011)

Stanislav Pronin, violin

Stanislav Pronin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his violin studies upon his immigration to Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Professor Zakhar Bron.

Mr. Pronin's professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival inCanada, Kronberg Festival in Germany, etc. He performs regularly in USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia, and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Constantine and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin's recordings, including his solo CD debut on Naxos/Sono Luminus labels, have been broadcasted on numerous radio and television channels including WDR Köln, RTS-1 Belgrade, CBC Canada, Radio Klassisk Denmark, Interlochen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago Classical, etc.

Stanislav is the recipient of multiple awards from the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He performs on a Nicola Bergonzi violin from 1785, and the ex-Ysaye, ex-Flesch Voirin bow, generously on loan from a private donor.

Peter Longworth, piano

"Peter Longworth is a concert pianist of such power and grace that even the crystal baubles on the chandeliers at Orchestra Hall tingle, dance and resonate when he plays." -Chicago Tribune

Pianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he's performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice.

He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno.

After a successful performance during the 11/12 season, Peter was invited back to perform during the 12/13 season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and he will also appear with the Canadian Sinfonietta.

Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today's finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington.

Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label with a 2013 release of solo Brahms piano music, and a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer.

Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.

Born in 1964 in London, England, Mr. Longworth began his piano studies in Brussels. He studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Tollefson and at the University of Michigan with Eckhart Sellheim and after a year at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory with Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Marc Durand. Mr. Longworth was a laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy in 1991.

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Thin Edge New Music Collective presents: April is the Cruelest Month

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 @ 8pm
Tickets - Advance: $18 regular, $13 student/senior/arts worker
Tickets - At the Door: $20 regular, $15 student/senior/arts worker

To purchase tickets online in advance please visit: bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/34

"April is the Cruelest Month” is a concert program exploring the concept of “cut poetry” in musical form. Our concert will feature Lukas Foss’s seminal work “13 ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (voice, piano, flute and percussion) , “Pourriez-vous être mon couteau?” by Laurie Radford (piano trio with live electronics), and world premieres by Canadian composers Tawnie Olson and Emilie LeBel.**

Program:

**Ontario Arts Council Commission
*World premiere

Performers:
Special Guest: Laurie Radford - live electronics
Thin Edge New Music Collective Performers:
Cheryl Duvall - piano
Nathan Petitpas - percussion
Stacie Dunlop - voice
Terry Lim - flute
Anthony Thompson - clarinet
Ilana Waniuk - violin
Dobrochna Zubek - cello

Laurie Radford composes music for diverse combinations of instruments, electroacoustic media, and performers in interaction with computer-controlled signal processing of sound and image. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia at events including Futura, Biennale Musique en scène, Miami New Music Festival, Musica Viva, Rien à voir, Festival Akousma, MusiMars, Musicacoustica, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Festival Encuentros, Nornadas de Música Elektroakustika, Semaine Internationale de Cuenca, Discoveries, Mantis Festival, Cutting Edge, and SAN Expo.
He has received commissions and performances from ensembles and soloists including Le Nouvel Ensemble Modern, L'Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Esprit Orchestra, Aventa Ensemble, Ensemble Résonance, Ensemble Caput, code d'accès, GroundSwell, Pro Coro Canada, New Music Concerts, Trio Fibonacci, Trio Phoenix, Ensemble Transmission, Earplay, Duo Kovalis, Totem contemporain, the Penderecki, Bozzini and Molinari String Quartets, and the Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Montréal Symphony Orchestras.

Radford’s music is available on empreintes DIGITALes, McGill Records, PeP Recordings, Clef Records, Eclectra Records, Centrediscs and Fidelio Audiophile Recordings. He has taught music technology, instrumental composition, and electroacoustic music and media arts at McGill University, Concordia University, Bishop’s University, University of Alberta, City University (London, UK), and is presently an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary.

Emilie Cecilia LeBel is a Canadian composer currently living in Toronto, where she works in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing. She is the winner of the 2012 Toronto Emerging Composer Award (Canadian Music Centre), and the Elizabeth Massey Award (Canadian Federation of University Women). Emilie is currently the 2015 RBC Emerging Composer-in-Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In 2014, with support form the Ontario Arts Council (Chalmers Grant) and the Canada Council for the Arts, Emilie undertook private studies with Juliet Palmer, Christopher Butterfield, and Michael Finnissy. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate in composition at The University of Toronto. Her thesis, under the guidance of Gary Kulesha, was an orchestral work exploring the variances of light in the photographs of Josef Sudek. Her research, under the guidance of Robin Elliott, focused on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Canadian composers, examining the role of the CBC in the development of contemporary Canadian art music. She holds an Honours Diploma in audio engineering and music production, a Specialized Honours BFA in music, and an MA in composition.

Emilie is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, and she is a member of the Blue Moss Ensemble with composers Anna Höstman and Mitch Renaud. Emilie is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough and McMaster University, and she also teaches at the Regent Park School of Music.

www.emilielebel.ca

Described as "especially glorious... ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Land's End Ensemble, Duo Fiolûtröniq, Parthenia, New Morse Code, the Wanmu Percussion Trio, the McGill, University of Calgary, and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles, bassoonists Nadina Mackie Jackson and Rachael Elliott, percussionists Shawn Mativetsky and Ian David Rosenbaum, harpsichordist Katelyn Clark, the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Toronto Chamber Choir, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Norfolk Festival Choir, the Yale Camerata, and NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. She has won awards from the SOCAN foundation and the Guelph Chamber Choir/Musica Viva, and is a two-time semifinalist in the Sorel Foundation competition. Her composition Scel lem duib, for chamber chorus and harp, was one of three works selected (out of 170 submissions) for publication in the National Collegiate Choral Organization's 2013 choral music series.

Recent projects include Something to Say, for tabla, spoken word, and fixed media, composed at the request of Shawn Mativetsky, Spring and Fall - to a young child, commissioned by Janet Galván and Ithaca College for the Ithaca College Choir, Spinning and Weaving, for two harps, commissioned by Duo Novus, and Scel lem duib, for chamber chorus and harp, commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music for the Yale Camerata. In 2010 a recording of her composition Chantez à l'Éternel was released on the Canadian Chamber Choir's CD, "In Good Company," in 2011 bassoonist Rachael Elliott released a recording of À mon seul désir on the album "Polka the Elk," in 2013 Plainsong was included on oboist Catherine Lee 's new album, "Social Sounds," and in 2014 Shawn Mativetsky issued Something to Say as a digital release.

Olson holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary.

www.tawnieolson.com

Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. Described as “..a unique and exciting formation that fascinates its audiences with a synthesis of utmost precision and unrivaled vitality.”(Michael Quell, Composer -Fulda, Germany) and “One of Toronto hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Michael Vincent - Musical Toronto), TENMC was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Since its inception, TENMC has grown to include 13 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

TENMC has been responsible for commissioning and premiering numerous compositions by emerging composers from Canada and abroad including 12 more over the course of their 2014/2015 season. In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has participated in artistic residencies at the Banff Centre and performed on concert stages across Canada including the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, as well as been presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Open Space Art Society in Victoria, University of Guelph, Music Gallery’s Emergents Series and most recently as part of the NUMUS Emerging Artist Series in Waterloo. Keys, Wind and Strings, a touring concert project of TENMC, was featured as ensemble in residence at the soundSCAPE festival of new music in Maccagno, Italy in July 2013, and participated in a residency/concert project in July 2014 at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland.

In late April with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec as well as with assistance from Arraymusic, TENMC and Montreal-based Ensemble Paramirabo will bring ‘Raging Against the Machine’ -a joint concert project featuring Steve Reich's Double Sextet, Louis Andriessen's Workers' Union, a new work by Brian Harman for all 12 musicians as well as compositions written for each respective ensemble by Anna Höstman (Toronto) and Patrick Giguère (Montreal)- to venues across Canada including performances presented by New Music Edmonton, New Works Calgary, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Music on Main/Little Chamber Music Series that could in Vancouver, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria.

www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com

“April is the Cruelest Month” is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.


The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen

Saturday April 25 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill."

A visionary and an idealist, Sarah's performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and theatre. She is the Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. She curates, hosts, and performs on numerous concert series in BC and Alberta, sharing the stage with artists from around the world. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Martin Chalifour, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific with conductor Arthur Arnold.

As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Highlights of Sarah’s current season include an autumn tour in the Maritimes, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the West Coast Symphony, and a musical adventure in Goose Bay, Labrador.

Miss Hagen has been heard on Swedish Radio 2, CBC Radio 1 and 2, WDAV (North Carolina) WOSU (Ohio), KFUO (Missouri), CKUA (Edmonton), WKAR (Michigan), WITF (Pennsylvania), 98.1 KING FM (Seattle) and has appeared on Bravo Television. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. In December 2013 she released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian and Christine Purvis. Since her move in 2011 to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality.

Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge. www.sarahhagen.com

…the level of passion that Hagen possesses - when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and expressing art - is something quite extraordinary. It does seem to be this deep level of artistic understanding, and ability to communicate on this level - either through words or through artistic expression - that truly sets her apart as a pianist and musical artist. …it was immediately apparent that this would be a piano concert beyond the norm. …Hagen is one of the most expressive piano players that I have ever seen perform. ” - The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Mozart's D minor Fantasy K. 397, “played flawlessly by Sarah Hagen.” - Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver

Exquisite phrasing and a refreshingly imaginative approach make her one to watch.”
-Marcia Adair, TheOmniscientMussel.com

Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive – this is a young woman ready to take interpretive risks.” -University of Waterloo Gazette

"Hagen performed this complex arrangement [Chopin's Opus 28 Preludes] with infinite skill. Her concentration and focus was extraordinary; her movements strong, yet graceful." -Comox Valley Record


THE BRIAN DICKINSON TRIO: Brian Dickinson, piano, Jim Vivian, bass, Ethan Ardelli, drums

Friday May 1 at 8 pm
Tickets $20/$10 Students

Brian Dickinson

Brian Dickinson has been a fixture on the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty years. He has performed nationally and internationally with artists including Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael and Randy Brecker, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Kenny Wheeler and John Abercrombie.

He is a multiple Juno award winner and was nominated in 2013 for his quartet release “Other Places” and in 2014 for his latest recording “Fishs Eddy”, a trio offering featuring the bass work of George Mraz.

This Gallery 345 event will feature Brian in a trio setting with Jim Vivian (bass) and Ethan Ardelli (drums).

Jim Vivian

Jim Vivian has been at the forefront of music making in Canada for over 20 years, and has performed and/or recorded with most of the well known jazz artists working in the country today. Originally from Newfoundland, he moved from St. John’s to Toronto in 1979 to pursue classical bass studies with Thomas Monohan,, Stuart Knussen, and Thorveld Fredin. During the early 1980’s he began to focus more on jazz and improvised music, studying with Dave Holland at the Banff centre, and later in New York with Holland and Marc Johnson.

Jim has long-standing associations with many musicians in Toronto and across the country such as Mike Murley, Jeff Johnston, Don Thompson, Geoff Young, Brian Dickinson, Ted Warren, Steve Amirault, John MacLeod, and Barry Romberg, to name a few. He appears on numerous recordings, over twenty-five of which have been nominated for Juno awards in as many years. He has also performed and recorded with many internationally esteemed artists such as John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick, David Liebman, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, and Norma Winstone.

An experienced teacher, Jim is presently on faculty at the University of Toronto, York University, and the Humber College Community School.

Ethan Ardelli

Ethan Ardelli is currently a freelance musician in the Toronto music scene. Ethan graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music Jazz Program in 2006.

In October 2005, Ethan played on Jane Bunnett’s CD “Radio Guantanemo” which featured jazz legends Dewey Redman and Howard Johnson. This album won the Juno for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2006.

Also in 2006, Ethan received the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet. Ethan is currently a member of the Darren Sigesmund Sextet, Nancy Walker Quartet, the Brian Dickinson Trio and William Carn's "Run Stop Run", to name a few. Ethan is featured on Nancy Walker’s record “New Heiroglyphics”, David Virelles' "Motion" and Darren Sigesmund's Juno nominated record "Strands II".


Millar Piano Duo: “Pairing Up” – Music for piano duet

Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 7:30pm
$20 regular / $15 students and seniors

Bringing to their performances a masterful sense of ensemble and charming personal chemistry, the Millar Piano Duo make their much-anticipated Toronto recital debut with a diverse program of original works and transcriptions for piano four hands:

G. Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville (1816) (arr. R. Kleinmichel)

F. Schubert:  Allegro in A minor “Lebensstürme”, D.947 (1828)

G. Fauré: Sicilienne, Op. 78 (1898) (arr. G.Millar)

F. Poulenc:  Sonata for Piano Four Hands (1918, rev. 1939)
Prélude – Rustique – Final

(Intermission)

Christopher Kies: Ragtime Reflections (2007, rev. 2013)

S. Barber: Souvenirs, Op. 28 (1954)
Waltz – Schottische – Pas de Deux– Two-Step – Hesitation-Tango – Galop

Lisa Raposa Millar

New England native Lisa Raposa Millar is featured in a new audio recording of 19th and 20th century Brazilian art song with soprano Jenni Cook, anticipated for release in late 2015. Currently freelancing in Toronto, Millar is a member of the piano accompanying staff at The Glenn Gould School and is listed in the Music Arts Management ArtsTie Directory of Teaching Artists.
Millar has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborator in Music on the Hill (RI), the Women in Music Festival (Eastman School of Music) and, with the Millar Piano Duo, on the Sunday Rendez-vous concert series at the Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre (QC). Acclaimed musicians with whom she has performed include opera singer Diane Alexander, internationally-renowned tuba soloist James Gourlay, and Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra violinist Hyungi Kim.

Lisa Raposa Millar earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award. In 2010, she was honoured with The Virginia Pleasants Accompanist Award (Category One Winner) at the 34th Annual Competition for Singers hosted by Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse.

Gregory Millar

Originally from Lachine, Quebec,pianist Gregory Millar performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and orchestral player.  He regularly appears on the Westwood Concerts series in Yorkville and as one half of the Millar Piano Duo.  He is also active as a teacher, arranger, music engraver and translator.

Millar has a keen interest in the music of Canadian composers both present and past.  Last June he presented a recital of the 13 Preludes for Piano by Jean Coulthard at the Conference of the Canadian University Music Society in Victoria, BC, and previously gave the premiere performances of Book of Saints by Toronto composer Colin Eatock.

Gregory was the first graduate of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Piano Master’s degree program, and has worked with prominent artists including violinist Mark Fewer (St. Lawrence Quartet), hornist Bernhard Scully (Canadian Brass), oboist Philippe Magnan (Quebec Symphony), and soprano Julia Bullock.  He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2010.


Across the Atlantic: A Finnish Canadian Accordion Experiment: Matti Pulkki and Friends

Monday May 4, 2015 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Matti Pulkki, accordion
Michael Bridge, accordion
Branko Džinović, accordion
Sara Constant, flute
John Nicholson, saxophone

Reflecting his recent experiences in Toronto, accordionist Matti Pulkki is presenting new prospects in the solo accordion repertoire composed in the North at both ends of the ocean. This concert is produced in collaboration with the prominent accordion studio of Joseph Macerollo and two emerging stars of classical and jazz woodwinds. The concert features two exciting premieres: a solo accordion piece by Montreal-based composer Gabriel Dufour-Laperrière and an accordion-saxophone duo by Sang Jun Lim from Toronto. The program will also have solo accordion works by Jukka Tiensuu, Tomi Räisänen, Petri Makkonen, Lothar Klein and Finnish folk songs newly arranged for flute and accordion by Matti Murto.

Matti Pulkki (b. 1991) became the newest member of professor Joseph Macerollo’s accordion studio at the University of Toronto after arriving in Canada in the fall of 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and the highest grade in accordion performance from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Later in 2015, he will continue to pursue his Master’s degree back in Helsinki with professor Matti Rantanen. Over the years Matti Pulkki has performed in many concerts internationally as a soloist and with different chamber ensembles. In his concert programs he’s known for creating dialogue and fusion with music from different backgrounds and styles. Matti Pulkki is interested in crossing the artificial boundaries between arts and artists and exploring the great blue ocean beyond his comfort zone.


What is Now?

Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 8 PM
Admission $15; $10 Seniors, Students and Arts Workers.

Being in the present can be interesting if we pay attention.
Being in the now can be transcendent if we know what to do.
Exploration through performance could be the difference...

This show explores "What is Now?" through performances by Toronto poet Brent Peers and other spoken word artists (TBA) rooted in the poetry slam community, alongside improvised music created by Bill Gilliam (piano), Glen Hall (Kyma X, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet) and Ambrose Pottie (percussion).

Bill Gilliam (piano)

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who improvises new music compositions blending influences of contemporary harmony and jazz idioms into his unique style of playing.
“Bill Gilliam’s experience and his output since the mid-80s has spanned formal composition, jazz and jazz-oriented improvisation as well as electro-acoustic music and music-visual media. Gilliam has aimed to bring his composer’s sense of form and continuity to the improvisational process so that each of the pieces in the recording has its own distinct character. His harmonies blend 20th century classical and jazz sounds in a convincing, comfortable modal-chromatic style” "Ensorcell" - The WholeNote CD review Sept 2012.

Bill has written music for film, dance and theatre and new music chamber ensembles as well for his jazz projects. His recordings include “Ensorcell” for solo piano, “Signposts” – a CD created in collaboration with percussionist Charlie Ringas with improvised piano, percussion and spoken word as well as “Memory Vision” DVD of Bill’s electro-acoustic music with multi-media art created by different visual artists. In addition to composing and performing solo piano Bill
continues to perform with Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra and Audiopollination and collaborate with artists using spoken word and improvisation. www.bill-gilliam.com

Brent Peers (poet)

Brent Peers is a lifelong Torontonian who has been active in the GTA arts scene for the better part of that life. His love of poetry is challenged only by his passion for music. A staunch proponent of DIY culture, he hopes beyond hope to see creative minds flourish and proudly represent his hometown. He himself has represented the WE FLIP TABLES! spoken word collective at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Sasktaoon in 2012 and Montréal in 2013, as well as the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and the Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver in 2014 and 2015.

Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album (“The Book of the Heart” with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans (“The Mother of the Book”). His “Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs” featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He’s studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and recently was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.

Ambrose Pottie (percussion)

Ambrose Pottie is musician, audio artist and graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ambrose has recorded and/or performed with Eugene Martynec, Bob Becker, Bill Bissett, Anne Bourne, Eugene Chadbourne, Crash Vegas, Andrew Cyrille, Fred Frith, Bill Grove, Guy Klucevsek, Evan Lurie,The Polka Dogs, Mary-Margaret O'Hara, Tom Walsh, Richard Sacks and Andrew Staniland. He is currently one of the curator's of the Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra. His field recording based work has been included in the 60X60 Contemporary Music project performances in Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Mexico City, Denver, and New York City. He lives in Toronto.


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