Saturday February 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)
Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Anna Ronai, piano
TRIO D’ARGENTO is a multi-faceted ensemble. Sibylle and Peter play a variety of woodwind instruments together with Anna on the piano. They have performed all over Ontario, in Sarnia, Muskoka, Orangeville, Gallery 345 Toronto, for Music Toronto and Brantford Musical Club concert series, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conrad Grebel University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. They have visited the Caledon Chamber Concerts and the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music society many times. Trio D’Argento has collaborated with Barbara Croall, a First Nations composer and performer. Their newest project with composer Kevin Lau will explore what Quantum Physics can bring to their music. Their program for this evening encompasses Classical gems by Haydn and Kuhlau, two hot dances - one from South America and the other from Sicily - as well as rarely heard French gems of the 20th century. They will introduce each piece on stage, providing a fun conversational atmosphere.
Anna Ronai - Piano
Canadian/Austrian pianist Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has performed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching and accompanying positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, also in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.
Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.
In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario; recently Anna participated at the John Weinzweig Centenary Concert at the University of Toronto. She has also played several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, including a piece by First Nations composer Barbara Croall, Sound of the Drum.
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 Opera 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, Gaertnerplatz 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 productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.
She is a member of the ERGO ensemble, specializing in modern music, as well as the Trio D'Argento and Duo Resonance with whom she performs regularly all over Ontario. In Germany she was a founding member of Trio Resonance, which was an established ensemble at numerous high-profile concert venues and festivals throughout Germany and Switzerland.
Sibylle's teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gerard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert and Aurele 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.
Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners. She is also 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 in the fall of 2014 her new CD with Trio D'Argento and members of the Canadian Brass will be released. WWW.SILVERFLUTE.CA
Peter Stoll, Clarinet
Known for his virtuoso energy on stage and as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna. He performs regularly in Toronto with different orchestras and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.
Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance studies and The Business of Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.
Recent solo and chamber highlights have included a duo recital with pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, accordion master Joseph Macerollo, 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. Peter has played across southern Ontario with his group “Trio d'Argento”, and with the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet at the Barrie Colours of Music festival and the Toronto Music Garden.
Concerto appearances have been with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. In October 2013 he was flown to Tokyo to assist in the Yamaha Music Foundation's international “Junior Original Concert” of young student compositions and improvisations. WWW.PETERSTOLL.CA
Music from Ukraine and Beyond
A concert to benefit Prosthetics for Ukraine
Sunday February 7, 2016 at 3 pm
$35; $20 Students (Cash only at the door)
Available at the Ukrainian Credit Union, or at the door
An afternoon of dynamic music from Ukraine and beyond. Program to feature diverse styles, from Romantic to contemporary, to jazz-inspired music. Works by Lysenko, Kos-Anatolsky, Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet), Taktakishvili, Barvinsky, Levko Kolodub, as well as two Canadian premieres of works by living composers Boris Kosak and Taras Yachshenko.
Alex McLeod, viola
Izabella Budai, flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet
Matthew Christakos, cello
Maria Dolnycky, piano.
All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project: www.prostheticsforukraine.com
Your ticket purchase includes a wine & cheese reception, courtesy of Rosewood Estates Winery and Halenda's Meats.
MUSIC and POETRY: DEVORINA GAMALOVA
Thursday February 11, 2015 at 8 pm
The London based professor of violin and viola and song-writer Devorina Gamalova will present a unique recital of classical master pieces for Violin Solo by Bach, Paganini, Kreisler, Goleminov and her own works of poetry and music. The poetry will be read in English and sung in the original languages in which it was written. Topics cover war, poverty, loneliness, happiness and many others.
The Bulgarian-German musician and writer Devorina Gamalova graduated as a violin performer from the State Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. Bojan Letchev and Dora Bratchkova. She studied then violin teaching at the Music Academy in Dresden, Germany. Further postgraduate studies in violin and viola with Grigory Zhislin took her to Royal College of Music in London. She was awarded later The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship for another year of advanced solo studies in viola at the GSMD under David Takeno. In 2002 she completed a second Higher Master Degree and in 2008 her PhD at the London College of Music (UWL) where she was awarded the Degree outright.
Gamalova worked as principal leader of a Symphony Orchestra in Saxon Germany. She assisted Prof. Grigory Zhislin at the RCM Music and currently teaches violin, viola and chamber music performance at London College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Goldsmiths’ in London and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is adjudicator and collaborator in different competitions including 2014/15 competition for music, literature and visual arts named “Gooding” (Creating Good).
D. Gamalova performs as a soloist and chamber musician and gives masterclasses and lectures around the globe. She has released CD recordings, has broadcast on Radio and Television and has publications of her written work in several languages. Her newest CD with favourite pieces for violin and viola (“Treasured Classics”) was released in 2015 under the “Discovery Music & Vision” label.
Gamalova has brought to life a new music form of works for violin and viola performed by one soloist for which she is the dedicatee. She also developed her own ‘chanson’ style following the tradition of the ‘poets with guitar’ and has an album of her own works.
She was recitalist for Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” bringing live classical music to disadvantaged people and continues transmitting this mission worldwide.
Among her recent awards is the ‘Crystal Lyre’ award for “high artistic achievements” in 2013 and in 2014 an award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for “contribution to the popularisation of Bulgarian culture abroad.”
Gamalova is founder, manager or collaborator of different projects, music courses, educative and social concert programs, of a Charity for sick Bulgarian children and of ‘Blagorodna Badeva Foundation’ supporting young Bulgarian violinists and childern suffering with diabetes.
Cello Evolution: Rachel Mercer - CANCELLED
Friday, February 12 at 8 pm
The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt: The Classical Tradition
Saturday February 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students
Among the elite of Canadian pianists, Bruce Vogt is a unique and dynamic performer. He appears regularly in concert within Canada, but has also inspired audiences in England, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, China, and Japan.
Born in Southern Ontario, Bruce completed his initial musical studies with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later he studied in the United States, England, Switzerland, and Italy, working with a number of celebrated musicians including Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts'Ong, and Dario de Rosa.
In 1999, Bruce Vogt and the celebrated Japanese violist, Yumiko Yamamoto, were awarded the Kyoto Baroque Hall Award of Excellence and a substantial cash prize for the Best Concert of 1998. The Kyoto Daily spoke of their “wonderful sympathetic music making, exquisite technical polish.” Bruce and Yumiko later released a collaborative CD entitled Centre of Harmony: Music for Viola and Piano.
During a tour of Germany, Bruce’s performance was reviewed as “technical perfection paired with emotional expressiveness ... compositions from Mozart, Chopin, Liszt resounded with seldom-heard perfection ... What is apparent in his playing is the joy he takes in giving to others what he has so dazzlingly mastered” (Usinger Anzeiger, Altweilnau, Germany). Bruce has continued to perform throughout Canada, China, Japan, and Europe.
Bruce Vogt's repertoire is extremely diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has consistently championed the music of contemporary composers, and has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also an enthusiastic and dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings, released in the fall of 2003, features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. His other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. Two new recordings of the music of Liszt were released in 2011 in honour of the bicentenary of this great composer.
Jazz at Gallery 345: Landen Vieira “DREAM” CD Release Concert
Landen Vieira, sax; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Malcolm Connor, bass; Ethan Ardelli, drums
Friday February 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM
$20 adults; $10 students
Don’t miss the release concert of rising jazz saxophonist Landen Vieira’s debut album “Dream.” Reservations can be made through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landen Vieira is emerging as a major figure in Canadian jazz. Born 1991 in Mississauga, Ontario, he was surrounded by all types of music at an early age and was influenced by classic jazz icons Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Landen started his career playing with bassist Dave Young (Oscar Peterson). He has performed with some of the top names in Canadian jazz including Terry Clarke, Garry Williamson, Robi Botos, David Restivo, and Kevin Turcotte. "Dream" is Landen's debut album with his quartet.
Award-winning pianist Adrean Farrugia is regarded as one of Canada’s most distinctive voices on the piano. He is a JUNO nominee and winner who has performed with leading jazz names in every major city in North America, France, Switzerland, Poland, and Japan. He has performed and recorded with Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler, Matt Dusk, Tom Scott, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Joel Frahm, Phil Dwyer, and Guido Basso. Since the late 1990s, Farrugia has been in high demand as both a performer and teacher. He is currently on the faculty of York University and Mohawk College of Arts and Technology where he teaches jazz piano and improvisation.
Malcolm Connor is a Winnipeg born bassist. He has performed across Canada at major-name jazz festivals and has opened for jazz pianist Cedar Walton. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he studied with internationally acclaimed bassists Dave Young and Andrew Downing. A virtuoso, Malcolm is also classically trained, having studied with three of the bassists in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, drummer Ethan Ardelli has become an in-demand performer and recording artist since graduating from the U. of T. in 2006. He has played on two Juno Award-winning albums (Jane Bunnett’s “Radio Guantanamo” and Mike Downes’ “Ripple Effect”) and has worked with world famous musicians including Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz, Mulgrew Miller, and Roberta Gambarini. In 2006, Ethan received the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet. Ethan is featured on Nancy Walker’s record “New Heiroglyphics”, David Virelles' "Motion" and Darren Sigesmund's Juno nominated record "Strands II.”
The Art of the Piano: Noche Azul
Saturday February 20, 2016 at 8 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students
Brahms: Intermezzo in E-flat major, Op. 117/1
Rachmaninov: 6 Selections
Lecuona: Noche Azúl, La Comparsa, Córdoba, Gitanerías, Malagueña
Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas
Radiohead: Let Down, Exit Music (For a Film), You arr. by Christopher O' Riley
Praised for his “elegance, exceptional technique and profound musicality" (Mundo Clásico), Mexican-Canadian pianist Alejandro Vela is rapidly developing an international reputation as a young artist to watch. Recent solo recitals have brought him to prestigious venues in Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan.
Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mexico’s National Arts Center, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin, Instituto Italo-Latino Americano of Rome, Kiev’s House of Teachers and in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout Taiwan.
Recently, Vela presented concerts at Nago City Hall in Okinawa, The Concert Hall in Nagoya, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung’s Cultural Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki, Sibelius Museum in Turku, Estonia’s Mederi Hall, Mihail Jora Concert Hall in Bucharest, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México, En blanco y negro festival and Coahuila’s Julio Torri International Arts festival. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and live webcasts for Canada's Classical 96.3FM and Radio Romania.
Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
The Ben Ball Quartet “401 Towards London” CD Release Concert
Saturday February 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM
$20 adults; $10 students
Music from the "401 Towards London" CD is inspired by visual works of the late Canadian artist Jack Chambers. The quartet will perform each of the 8 compositions from the CD.
Jae Chung - Guitar
Jae Chung studied jazz guitar at University of Toronto and Western Michigan University. He maintains an active international performing career and has played with kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, John Patitucci, Denny Christianson, Don Thompson and many others. As a leader he has released 6 jazz CDs and been a sideman on many other recordings. He is a fulltime professor of jazz studies at Mokwon University in South Korea and is the music director for internationally acclaimed world musician Jang Saik. He currently endorses Yamaha guitars and is a Heritage Guitar artist.
Ben Ball – Drums
Ben Ball has released two CDs as a leader (Words Within - EMI, and Type-None – Universal Music Korea), and been a sideman on many other recordings. He graduated from the University of Toronto and McGill University. He currently teaches Jazz drums at Humber College and previously taught for nine and a half years at Paekche Institute for the Arts in South Korea. While living in New York he performed with Billy Mitchell, Ken Hatfield, Joe Knight, Carol Sudhalter and Esdras Lubin. He has performed with many Canadian Jazz artists such as Phil Nimmons, Brian Dickinson, Kirk MacDonald, Ted Quinlan and Lorne Lofsky.
Mike Downes - Bass
Toronto-based Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 1980s. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, Renee Rosness, Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, and Pat Labarbera. He has been in demand to perform with visiting jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Liebman and many others. Mike’s recent trio CD – Ripple Effect won a Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.
Bryden Baird - Trumpet
Bryden has toured with a variety of artists including Feist and Steven Page. He currently has a busy studio career in Toronto, Canada. He studied jazz trumpet at Humber College, University of Toronto, Banff Centre for the Arts with Kenny Wheeler, and privately with Laurie Frink in NYC. Television appearances have included The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He has performed with Michael Buble, Louie Bellson, Blue Rodeo, the Toronto Symphony, the Band of the Ceremonial Guard (changing of the guard in Canada), and Spoon to name a few.
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble: DEDICATED
Sunday February 28 2016 at 2 pm
20; $10 Students at the door and
Dedicated: Works by major Baroque composers dedicated to Johann Georg Pisendel
Sometimes you can judge someone by the company he keeps. We might not often hear the music of Johann Georg Pisendel today, but the Dresden composer and orchestra leader was a colleague and friend to a galaxy of talent in Eighteenth-Century Germany, including J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Phillip Telemann, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Gottlieb Graun... you get the idea. Join Rezonance for a concert of some of the finest music of the Baroque, all dedicated to a man who was one of the greatest musicians of his day.
The program will include works by Telemann, Vivaldi, the mysterious Pisendel himself – and more!
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble is a new tour de force in the Toronto early music scene. Led by Rezan Onen-Lapointe and David Podgorski, Rezonance is known for bringing exciting performances of unusual music to audiences in innovative ways.
Rezan Onen-Lapointe is a violinist specializing in historical performance, which she studied at both McGill University and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (Netherlands), as well as various professional workshops. Since then Rezan has returned to Toronto and is in demand as a freelance Baroque violinist and violist. She has played regularly with Aradia Ensemble, with whom she has recorded two albums for Naxos and traveled to Newfoundland, Italy, and Halifax. She has also performed with Nota Bene Baroque Ensemble, Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, and more. She has served as both concertmaster and principal violist for Les Vents Atlantiques, a conductorless Romantic period orchestra, in the Netherlands and Mexico.
David Podgorski is an accomplished chamber musician and solo harpsichordist. After completing a BMus at McGill University under the pianist Tom Plaunt, David studied harpsichord with Hank Knox, obtaining a MMus in harpsichord performance in 2005. In Montreal, David had the opportunity to work with many exceptional musicians, including Hélène Plouffe, David Greenberg, Matthias Maute, and Luc Beauséjour. Recently, David pursued advanced studies in the Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with Jacques Ogg, and completed a demo recording in Italy of the solo harpsichord works of d'Anglebert. David continues to perform regularly, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and San Francisco as well as in Italy, France, and the Netherlands.
SONUSKAPOS: Mason Victoria's Jazz Orchestra
Saturday March 12, 2016 @ 8:00PM
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“…What sets Mason apart from other students is his outstanding compositional and arranging skills. His charts are complex, voiced beautifully, engaging, and show a level of maturity of someone twice his age. There really hasn't been many composing and arranging students in colleges and universities across Canada showing such strong leadership, passion, and creativity as Mason...”
— Alistair Kay, Head of Brass Department at Humber College.
Led by Mason Victoria, the SONUSKAPOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA (SSJO) is an 18 piece big band with some of the finest young jazz musicians in the GTA. Many of the members of the SSJO aim to inspire through all-original compositions and arrangements as it strives to push the limits of composition for the contemporary big band.
Guy Mintus: A World of Piano
Thursday, March 17 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students
Israeli pianist, composer & improviser Guy Mintus will be performing an intimate evening of solo piano at Gallery 345. Guy influences range from stride piano, Greek Rebetiko blues, the Turkish Makam, Indian Ragas, Bach-styled counterpoint and of course the music of his homeland. He creates a strong connection with his audience in heartfelt performances that have been described as “holding the entire hall in held breath” (Barka Fabianova, fullmoonzine.com).
Guy Mintus has won awards from ASCAP, Downbeat Magazine, BMI, the American Composers Orchestra, and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. His performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, Red Sea Jazz Festival, and the Israel Festival. With a focus on music as a gateway to cross-cultural understanding, Guy has collaborated with master musicians from Turkey, Greece, Iran, Morocco, Azerbaijan, India, Cuba, and Mali and has participated in multi-disciplinary works with artists in the visual, dance, spoken word, and theater worlds.
Guy’s intimate, boundary-crossing music weaves textures and colors from across cultures. With influences ranging from Stride piano and the Greek Rebetiko blues, to the Turkish Makam, Indian Ragas and Bach-styled counterpoint, a Mintus performance pairs his originals alongside works based on traditional music from the Mediterranean, along with select pearls from the American Songbook. His recordings include a debut album with the "Offlines Project," a duo Guy co-leads with Israeli-Turkish percussionist/oudist Yinon Muallem as well as the live solo album “The Mediterranean Piano.”
Sound Travels: An Exploration of the Soundmaker’s Journey: Andrea Ramolo, Faye Blais, Kristin Sweetland
Saturday, March 19 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sound Travels: An Exploration of the Sound Maker’s Journey is a group exhibition of photography by Canadian musicians Kristin Sweetland, Andrea Ramolo, and Faye Blais. The selected images explore the relationship between music and photography, light and sound – the sound maker and the road.
All three artists have spent the better part of the last decade in travel, bringing their musical compositions to other parts of the country and the world. Their journeys, needless to say, have been vibrant, colourful and very unique, with one common thread – music served as their muse.
From barren highways and endless skies to personal moments and abstract expressions, the pieces will offer viewers the opportunity to share in each artist’s individual journey through their eyes.
In collaboration with Gallery 345, this group exhibit will run for one night only. The soirée will be held on Saturday, March 19th between 7:30 pm and midnight at 345 Souraren in Toronto. The $10 admission will include a complimentary beverage, a live pianist, a special burlesque performance and an intimate concert featuring all three photographers. A cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres will also be available.
Kristin Sweetland is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, photographer, writer and international touring road-warrior. Sweetland has re-leased two EPs, three full-length albums and recently launched her highly anticipated first book of photography entitled “Adventures In Sweetland.” The photographs are selections from a series of the same name she began as a photography student at the University of Victoria. There, Sweetland was given an assignment to document her emotions through a series of self-portraits. The class ended, but the series never stopped. More than a decade later, the project has followed her through endless adventures across mysterious landscapes in a sweet land that seems to be all her own. A full time touring musician, Sweetland has transformed North American landscapes into photographic fairytales, inviting viewers to travel into her imaginative world.
Andrea Ramolo is a musician, dancer, actor, writer, photographer, and educator. Her life as a multi-disciplinary artist has had her living out of her van from Newfoundland to Haida Gwaii and up to the Yukon, singing on stage at Massey Hall, sharing a microphone with Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith, dancing alongside Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman in Disney’s ‘Once Upon a Mattress,’ performing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, dying a horrifying death in a zombie movie, and teaching at inner city high schools. As a musician, Andrea has released two solo albums - one of which granted her a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. She has also released two albums with her duo Scarlett Jane and is presently working on her third solo album. This is her first photo exhibition and she is thrilled to share glimpses of the beauty that has crossed her path, the people she has been fortunate to live alongside, and the landscape she has wildly explored throughout her adven-tures on the road as a touring musician.
Faye Blais is a multi-disciplinary artist who has spent most of the last decade traveling the world through her music. She has released four indie-folk solo albums and most recently an EP with her new indie-electro-pop venture “THE WEAKNESS”. This year brings about a new wave of creative energy for Faye, as she takes a break from the road to delve deeper into the realms of music pro-duction, graphic art, and photography.
Bill Gilliam & Friends: What is Future?
(Past & Present Future Tellings)
Saturday April 9th, 2016 at 8pm
$20, $10 Students & Arts Workers
Some of the predictions made by 20th century authors about autocracies and their methods have either materialized or are becoming alarmingly close. This show is a performance of spoken word and improvised new music with insights and vignettes of future worlds described by visionaries, writers and poets who have peered (at different times) into the future and looked at how different societies could be like and who express the fears and hopes of how people may experience and respond to our unfolding world.
Bill Gilliam, pianist / composer
Glenda Romano: actor
Mario Romano: actor
Glen Hall: Kyma X, cataRT, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet
David Story: pianist, drummer, composer and synthesist
Bill Gilliam: Pianist, Composer
Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and performs new music compositions blending influences of contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill has composed for dance and theatre and film, including collaborations with experimental film maker Bruce Elder, and written and produced several contemporary music concerts performed at the Music Gallery, Gallery 345 and Array Space in Toronto. Bill is from London, England and moved to Toronto after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In Toronto he studied composition with Dr Samuel Dolin, Alexina Louie, Norma Beecroft and Alexander Rapoport. He attended the Inter Arts program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts and received assistance from the Canada Council to produce his album “Cyclic Dancing” and assistance from FACTOR for his jazz CD “Urban Undercurrents”. He has produced several CDs and his compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles. His new music opera production “Poems from a Love Triangle” conducted by Gregory Oh was performed at the Music Gallery with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. As a pianist / improviser he has performed with artists such as Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Paul Newman, Lori Freedman, Rob Clutton, Ronda Rindone, Rick Sacks, Charlie Ringas and recorded with Penn Kemp, Ernie Tollar, Dave Young, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano and Howard Gaul. His ongoing projects include improvising collaborations and performances with the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra, Glen Hall, David Story, Michael Lynn, Ambrose Pottie, Kayla Milmine, Rob Clutton and presenting spoken word / performance poetry with improvised music.
Glenda Romano: Actor
Glenda is enjoying a mini resurgence of her 30 year old acting career. She played Alice in Stacey Iseman's Stuck for Alumne theatre's New Ideas Festival last month and Emma Jung in Katherine Frid's Burying Toni for Alumnae Theatre's 2014 Fireworks Festival. After graduating from York University's MFA acting program Glenda performed for various professional companies before entering the teaching profession. As a teacher and founding member of Ursula Franklin Academy, Glenda created and headed its drama department where she produced and directed many student productions. She is thrilled to be part of Bill Gilliam's What is Future?
Mario Romano: Actor
Mario Romano has acted in theatre, film, television and commercials across Canada for the last 3 decades and has been a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association and ACTRA. Earlier in his career he was co-artistic director of Acting Company where he directed and acted in various productions. 'La Storia' an Acting Company production, garnered a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Innovative Artistic Excellence
Mr. Romano's teaching and directing credits include York University, Toronto Film School, University of Rochester, N.Y., the Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt Germany where he has assisted on various productions. Presently he teaches acting at Seneca College's Acting for Camera and Voice department.
Glen Hall: Kyma X, cataRT, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet
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.
David Story: Pianist, Drummer, Composer, and Synthesist
David's resume includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA as well as ARCT in piano education, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto ON Canada 1st class honours, recipient of the Adelmo Melecci Scholarship, the Gordan Hallett Scholarship from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto and a Hamilton ORMTA Scholarship. He is currently working with Terry Clarke on the fine art of jazz drumming.
David has also done Free Jazz studies with Victor Bateman in Toronto which lead to performances with Glen Hall and redShift, a creative free jazz performing unit in Toronto, and other free jazz and improv performances in Toronto with Rick Sacks, Eugene Martynec, Cheryl O, Bruce Cassidy, Jason Hammer, Michael Morse, Alan Molnar, and many members of AIMT.
David is retired from a colourful three-decade career journeyman in the entertainment industry as a jazz pianist, rock/pop musician, composer, band leader, producer, copyist, and agent with local, national, and international acts in three countries. David`s music is published by Mayfair Music.
ANDRÉA TYNIEC, violin, TODD YANIW, piano
Friday April 15, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; students $10
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata No. 3, in D minor, Op. 108 (22 min)
Un poco presto e con sentimento (3’)
Presto agitato (6’)
Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
Prelude Chorale and Fugue (18’)
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Sonata no. 4 in E minor (dedicated to Fritz Kreisler) (13’)
I. Allemanda (Lento maestoso) 5:55
II. Sarabande (Quasi Lento) 3:25
III. Finale (Presto ma non troppo) 3:34
Ana Sokolovic (1968--- )
City Songs (15’)
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Le Grand Tango (11’)
Violinist Andréa Tyniec has created a versatile performance career as a soloist and as a collaborator with dance and theatre; and is recognized as a promoter of contemporary music, particularly of Canadian new works. Acclaimed for her “exceptional musicality and intensity” (La Presse), she has performed as a soloist internationally and across Canada with orchestras such as the Niagara Symphony led by Bradley Thatchuk, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne led by Jean-Philippe Tremblay, l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Calgary Symphony led by Eric Paetkau, the Münchener Kammerorchester (Germany), I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy), and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra led my Cem Mansur (Turkey). Andréa premiered and recorded André Ristic’s violin Concerto with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+, led by Véronique Lacroix (ATMA), and recently toured Canada with the ECM+ to premiere Alec Hall’s violin concerto.
Highlights of this season include the recent loan of the Baumgartner Stradivari (1689) by the Musical Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the arts, and the release of her recording of the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe in October 2015.
Since she moved to Toronto in 2011, Andréa has been focused on expanding the ways music is expressed and presented by creating innovative programming, and by collaborating with other art forms. This has led to the creation of the show Lily with In’trinzik Dance Project, in which Andréa performed her own improvisations and the music of Eugène Ysaÿe; and also resulted in 44 performances as part of the cast in Infinity, a theatre play written by Hannah Moscovitch and directed by Ross Manson (Volcano Theatre).
Among the many awards and honors she has received, Andréa is the 1st Prize winner of Italy’s Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition 2008. Andréa performed her Debut recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2009, and has performed internationally in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, and in the USA.
Born to Polish and Bolivian parents and raised in Montreal, Canada, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Professor Sonia Jelinkova, followed by a master’s degree in Music Performance at Michigan State University. While she was based in Europe, Andréa completed her Solistendiplom at the Hochschule Musik und Theater Zürich and her Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Professor Josef Rissin. She also participated in masterclasses with Salvatore Accardo at the Fondazione Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy, and was greatly inspired by her studies with Professor Ana Chumachenco. She is a graduate Fellow of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
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 Toronto's new 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 that promotes talent on the rise.
Internationally, Todd has performed 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 recently completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Dr. Anton Nel.
DON THOMPSON/PHIL DWYER DUO
Sunday April 24, 2016 at 2 PM
Two of Canada's pre-eminent musicians celebrate 30 years of musical friendship with a special performance at Toronto's Gallery 345.
Don Thompson is well known for his his work with jazz giants such as Jim Hall, George Shearing, John Handy, Paul Desmond, Boss Brass, Lenny Breau and many others. He is regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent multi instrumentalists (piano/bass/vibes) as well as being an outstanding composer, arranger and educator. In 2010 Don was invested as an Officer of the Order Of Canada.
Phil Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Phil was a 'first call' musician in Toronto from 1988-2004, is currently living on Vancouver Island and soon to embark upon the study of law at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law.
Don and Phil met as teacher and student at the Banff Centre in 1982. Their duo performances are notable for their telepathy, melodic clarity, sophisticated harmonic approach and the obvious respect and joy that they share with each other. Between them they have appeared on over a dozen Juno Award winning recordings.
This is truly a meeting of two supremely gifted musical minds. After a 30 year relationship their first duo recording, Look For The Silver Lining, is available on the Triplet Records label.
As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Among over 100 recordings he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Diana Panton, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet. From 1988-2004 Phil was a fixture in Toronto’s top jazz clubs, where he appeared with jazz giants Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Joe Labarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker and many others.
From 2004-2014 Phil resided on his native Vancouver Island where he maintained an active recording, touring, and teaching schedule. During this period Phil founded and operated the Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts. He also composed and recorded the critically acclaimed album “Changing Seasons”, written for violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, along with jazz orchestra and string orchestra. The album was recognized in 2011 with a Juno Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Recording”. Phil was named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He is currently in his second year of law studies at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
Donald Thompson was born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada on January 18th 1940. He lived in Vancouver from 1960 to 1965 working as a freelance musician primarily on bass. He appeared with groups led by some of Vancouver's finest musicians such as Dave Robbins, Chris Gage, and Fraser McPherson, as well as leading his own groups. He also appeared regularly on CBC Radio and Television as a featured artist and band leader. In 1965 he joined the now legendary John Handy Quintet and moved to San Francisco for a two year stay. During that time the Handy Quintet performed extensively throughout the United States and recorded two albums for the Columbia label. One of these, John Handy live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, became one of the most popular jazz albums of the 1960s. (Now available on CD). Whilst in San Francisco Don also worked with Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Denny Zeitlin, and George Duke.
He returned to Canada in 1967 and has been a resident of Toronto since 1969. In that year he joined Rob McConnell's Boss Brass as a percussionist, switching to bass in 1971 and later to piano 1987 - 1993). He was also a member of Moe Koffman's group from 1970 to 1979 as pianist or bassist, contributing arrangements and compositions and working as co-producer with Koffman on two albums -Museum Pieces and Looking Up. He also worked extensively with guitarists Ed Bickert, Lenny Breau and Sonny Greenwich while keeping busy with his own various projects.
As a member of the house rhythm section at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked (and recorded *) with such Jazz Celebrities as Paul Desmond *, Jim Hall *, Milt Jackson *, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Frank Rosolino *, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan, and Kenny Wheeler.
He became a member of guitarist Jim Hall's trio in 1974 traveling to Europe and Japan as well as touring the United States and Canada. In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States. Their travels also included tours of Great Britain and two trips to Brazil.
In 1996 he was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and performed in a concert of all - Canadian music with fellow Canadians Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser. He teaches regularly at The Banff Centre along with other major international musicians.
Don is currently working as a freelance musician, teacher, member of the band JMOG and as leader of his own Quartet. He is equally at home on vibes, piano, bass and drums, and is a reliable and trusted sound engineer (has his own studio in his home). Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Phil was a 'first call' musician in Toronto from 1988-2004, was based on Vancouver Island from 2004-2014 and in the fall of 2014 entered first-year law at the University of New Brunswick. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013, and as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2015.
More 2016 Performances coming soon.
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