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PARISIAN MUSIC from 1885 - 1970

Jacques Israelievitch, violin and Valentina Sadovski, piano
Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 8 pm

$20; students $10


  • Albert Roussel, Violin Sonata n. 2 op. 28
  • Darius Milhaud, Concertino de Printemps
  • Roger Boutry, Toccata
  • Erik Satie, Choses Vues à Droite et à Gauche (sans lunettes)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Sonata n. 1 op. 75.

Jacques Israelievitch, violin

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio. Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada.

Valentina Sadovksi, piano

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Valentina Sadovski is an active soloist and collaborative musician. She began her piano studies at the age of four and now she holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Belarusian Music College. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Fairways Concert Scholarship, and the Women's Art Association Luella McCleary Award. In addition, she has participated in local and national competitions, including the Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competition, winning several top awards.

Ms Sadovski's principal teachers include James Parker and Marietta Orlov from the University of Toronto, and she has performed for many renowned artists including Kirill Gerstein, Nicholas Mann, Oleg Diev, John Perry, Pinchas Zukerman, and Michael Tree. Valentina has been invited to perform at various venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw Theatre. She has most recently been invited by the Barrie Concert Association to appear as a soloist, and has collaborated and performed alongside Soundstreams and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ms Sadovski is currently based in Toronto and is in high demand as a teacher, collaborative musician, and soloist.

Bob @ 60: New and recent compositions by Bob Stevenson

Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3 PM
$20; Students, Seniors, Art Workers $15

A celebration of over forty years of contemporary music creation, this concert features performances by two ensembles led by Mr. Stevenson. The Bob Stevenson Quartet (with Jonnie Bakan, alto saxophone, Mike Milligan,contrabass and Jeff Halischuk, drums) and Big Idea (an eleven piece ensemble featuring some of Toronto’s best extemporizers and classical musicians) will perform new and recent work by Bob. These compositions combine jazz, free extemporization and composed music in fresh, innovative ways, creating music that speaks in the time.

Bob Stevenson

Bob has been an active force in the music community as a player, conductor, composer and educator since the early 70s. Bob’s background is wide ranging and diverse, encompassing many forms including jazz, classical, new music, klezmer and free playing. He has performed regularly with a wide variety of ensembles including Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band among many others. He also leads three groups. The Bob Standard, with guitarist Justin Haynes, bassist Victor Bateman and percussionist Blair Mackay takes a fresh and experimental approach to the American songbook. Big Idea is an eleven-piece ensemble consisting of some of Toronto’s best classical and jazz players performing Bob’s original compositions. The Bob Stevenson Quartet combines several of his compositional interests in a small group setting. He is also a member of Red Rhythm and has appeared on the recordings of many artists including Holly Cole, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Red Rhythm and Anthony Genge.

Mr. Stevenson has also performed on many film and television soundtracks. As a composer Bob has been commissioned by choreographers Bill James, Maxine Heppner and Holly Small; performers Arraymusic, The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Innovations En Concert, Stephen Clarke, the Modern Quartet and the Madawaska Quartet; and documentary film producers Laurent Productions and fission media. Mr. Stevenson’s compositions are performed frequently both in Canada and internationally. He served as Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble Arraymusic from 2005– 2010 and was Artistic Director of the improvising new music big band Hemispheres from 1995-1998 as well as serving as its conductor from 1992. He served as guest lecturer in clarinet and composition at York University in Toronto and at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reverb Brass: Passages

Monday, November 24 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Reverb Brass:
Luise Heyerhoff and Aaron Hodgson, trumpets
Micajah Sturgess, horn
Charles Benaroya, trombone
Jonathan Rowsell, tuba


  • Alan Ferber Kopi Luwak
  • Patrick McGraw Forge (Canadian Premiere)
  • Olivier Messiaen Appel Interstellaire
  • Monder/Ferber Luteous Pangolin
  • Charles Small Conversation
  • Patrice Caratini Passages

Praised by New Music Toronto for their "top-notch playing and captivating stage presence," Reverb Brass is a fast-rising, virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary works. Their mission is to engage audiences through creative programming, alternative venues and new technologies. Reverb Brass is committed to working closely with composers and have already commissioned several new works for brass quintet. The group was recently featured in recital at the first ever Sweetwater Music Brass Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario, and have already been asked to return next season. This season they will be performing recitals at Western University, the Guelph Connections Concerts and at the Bach Festival of Canada, as well as several recitals in Toronto. Based in southwestern Ontario, the group's members enjoy active careers as performers and pedagogues.

Duality: One Violist, Two Countries
Elizabeth Reid, viola

Thursday November 27 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)

Violist Elizabeth Reid returns to perform in Toronto for the first time in 15 years and will play works from her two homes, her native country of Canada and her adopted country, the United States. She will play solo and amplified viola works of composers from both countries, including pieces by Canadians Chedo Barone, Derek Healey, David Jaeger and Tawnie Olson; and Vermonters Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jorge Martin, Erik Nielsen, and David Ross-Gunn.


  • Tawnie Olson - Mirror Image
  • Erik Nielsen - Little Suite for Viola*
  • Dennis Báthory-Kitsz - In Search of the Seven Blue Stars*
  • Derek Healey - From the West**
  • Chedo Barone - Nula
  • Jorge Martin - NEW WORK**\
  • David Jaeger - Favour for viola and electronics
  • David Ross-Gunn - O Solo Violo for viola and CD**



“......her understanding of the music shone throughout.” ~Jim Lowe, Times Argus review (November 2010)

Violist Elizabeth Reid's exciting and uniquely personal musical style has become an integral part of the Northern New England classical concert scene. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus).

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Reid received bachelor and master’s degrees in viola performance at the Western University in London, Ontario and an artist diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her main teachers included Kosha Braun, Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She also attended masterclasses at Banff, Orford, and Bowdoin. Ms. Reid was fortunate to receive coaching from flautist and pianist Louis Moyse in Montpelier, Vermont during the last three years of his life. She has performed across North America including the Arts and Letters Club and the Music Gallery in Toronto, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, and the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society. Ms. Reid has also played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Opera Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute.

In Vermont Ms. Reid is a familiar face on the concert stage, appearing on various music series as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed regularly at Dartmouth College, Paine Mountain Arts, Cathedral Arts, and Capital City Concerts. As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Cerutti-Reid Duo with the pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, ARIOSO, the Passeri Trio, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet.

Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. Her viola sound and engaging playing has inspired many composers to write works for her and her chamber groups. Recently she has premiered works of Erik Nielsen, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jacob Morton-Black, Kathy Wonson Eddy, and Lydia Lowery Busler, all of these works written specifically for her. She is proud of her involvement and performances with MUSIC-Comp, an Vermont-based organization that mentors young composers to write for professional musicians.

Ms. Reid is currently principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra. She is also a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists and Capital City Concerts.

Miss Donnithorne's Maggot
Fundraiser for FAWN OPERA

Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 7:00pm 
SUGGESTED donation:$100; $25 under 30 & arts workers.
RSVP required; invite only. E-mail for invitation

Stacie Dunlop and Lara Dodds-Eden perform Peter Maxwell Davies'  "Miss Donnithorne's Maggot" (1974). Pre-show cocktail hour & after party w/ DJ.

A Woman is a Secret (launch)
A Music Salon with Matthew Barber, Emmy Rouge and Special Guests

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 8:00pm
$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Tickets via | Facebook Event

An intimate evening of music and sweet surprises with Juno-Nominated Matthew Barber, Emmy Rouge and surprise guests to celebrate the launch of "A Woman Is A Secret" project. Enjoy lovesick songs, beautiful wines, sumptuous small bite offerings, secret art installations and more


  • a complimentary cocktail,
  • Curated Wine Tasting from KARLO ESTATES with A VINE ROMANCE
  • Live Art & Short Films
  • Beauty secrets and makeovers by CLEMENTINE FIELDS
  • A SILENT AUCTION with Stunning Finds, just in time for the holidays.

Please consider bringing along an item of gently used fall or winter clothing to benefit's PARKDALE WOMEN'S SHELTER.

Stay tuned for our secret stellar lineup of incredible musicians!

* * *

Join us at the stunning Gallery 345 space for a magical evening in celebration of the launch of Rip Jaw Productions and in anticipation of the premiere of John Patrick Shanley's A WOMAN IS A SECRET. Taking place March 19 - April 5th at The Theatre Centre on West Queen West, this new work by Pulitzer and Oscar winning John Patrick Shanley (writer of "Doubt" and "Moonstruck") is a series of short plays about love, woven together by classic love songs in a cabaret style. Starring Ingrid Rae Doucet, Anna Hardwick, Mary Francis Moore and Karen Knox and, directed by Steven McCarthy and featuring Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Matthew Barber in the role of the MC, A WOMAN IS A SECRET will be an intimate evening of theatre, music and visual art to arouse the mind and tear at the heart. | |

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School Big Band

Friday December 5, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students

"Creating rich textures that are both thought provoking and emotionally stirring, Chelsea is writing at the highest level and is a future star in the world of Jazz."
- Christian Overton

"Chelsea McBride's highly personal and richly textured compositions announce the arrival of a fresh new
voice on the Canadian jazz scene."

- Andy Ballantyne

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto-based 18-piece big band that pushes the jazz
tradition forward. Directed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Chelsea McBride, the band performs
entirely original compositions and arrangements (both by Chelsea and members of the band) that are
heavily influenced by socialism (of course), ECM-style jazz, pop music, and the mystery and majesty of

Chelsea McBride is a Toronto-based, Vancouver-born and raised multi-instrumentalist and composer
who has been playing and composing since she could talk and reach the piano keys. Her large ensemble
compositions & arrangements have been featured at the regional and national level, including with the
Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit, the former Yamaha All Star Band at Musicfest
Canada and Vancouver’s Dal Richards Orchestra.

The Socialist Night School debuted in February 2012 and has played to full houses at both the former
Trane Studio and the Rex Hotel, and just released a five-song album on May 17, 2014 at the Rex.

An Evening with Kirk MacDonald & Harold Mabern

Saturday, December 6 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20; $10 Students

Celebrated Canadian saxophonist Kirk MacDonald and legendary American pianist Harold Mabern will join forces to present an evening of duets. Kirk and Harold recently collaborated on Kirk’s most recent CD VistaObscuraon Addo Records. They will continue their musical explorations at Gallery 345 with a special duet performance.

A rare opportunity to hear two master musicians interact in an intimate setting.

This concert will feature original works by Mabern, MacDonald as well as selections from the Great American Songbook.

Harold Mabern

Harold Mabern (born March 20, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist. Mabern was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee – a city that’s a capital of 20th century American music. Like fellow Memphis jazz artists George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier, Mabern attended Manassas High School, and after an early attempt at playing the drums, he taught himself piano and fell under the spell of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., an influence that would shape and linger with Mabern for the rest of his life.

Along with some other Memphis musicians, Mabern moved to Chicago in in 1954 where he soon found work backing up tenor sax players Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordon. He also gained further influence from studying with pianist Ahmad Jamal and played in the hardbop group MJT + 3, before going on to New York City in 1959. “Chicago gave me the stuff I needed—and the confidence,” he recalled in 1987. “New York refined my stuff and it’s still doing it.”

One of his earliest significant gigs was an 18-month stay with Art Farmer and Benny Golson’s Jazztet. After the Jazztet disbanded, Mabern worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd and did a brief stint with Miles Davis in 1963. He worked with J.J. Johnson (1963- 65), Lee Morgan(1965) and Hank Mobley- recording the album, Dippin’. Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams (1966-67) Mabern also played in a quartet with guitarist Wes Montgomery. Between 1968-70, Mabern led four albums for Prestige, the first being A Few Miles From Memphis with a lineup that featured two saxophonists, one of them fellow Memphis native George Coleman. As the 1970s began, Harold Mabern became a key member  of Lee Morgan’s working group and appeared on several live and studio recordings made by the trumpeter before his death in 1972.
In 1971, he played on Stanley Turrentine’s The Sugar Man and Don’t Mess With Mr. T. album in 1973. In 1972 he recorded with Stanley Cowell’s Piano Choir.

In more recent years, he has toured and recorded extensively with his former William Paterson University student, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, Mabern and Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDs together. A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University since 1981, Mabern is also a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Harold Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995).

Kirk MacDonald

With an established reputation as one of Canada's leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres.

He has performed on over 45 CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. For over 25 years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including Claude Ranger, Dave Young, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Walter Bishop Jr., Tom Harrell, Lorne Lofsky, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, John Taylor, Ron McClure, Mike Stern, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, Chris Potter, Glenn Ferris, Maria Schneider, Dave Grusin, Danilo Perez, Adam Rogers, Dennis Mackrel, Nancy Walker, Barry Romberg, Andre White, Rob Smith, Brian Dickinson, Denny Christianson, Bernie Senensky, Phil Nimmons, James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Humber College Faculty Ensemble.

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 FamilySuite(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. The KMJO released its debut recording Deep Shadowsin March 2011, and in May of 2012 released a re-working of FamilySuite forLargeEnsemble. In the fall of 2013 Kirk’s latest recording Symmetrywas released, featuring jazz great Tom Harrell.

Kirk has been active as an educator for 27 years at leading jazz studies programs such as at the University of Toronto and McGill University. Kirk is presently a full time professor at Humber College in Toronto, where he holds a cross appointment in the Music Degree Program and the Community Music School. Kirk also acts as the Artistic Director for the “Youth Jazz Canada” project and directs the “National Youth Jazz Combo”. This project also hosts a 2 week workshop in the summer for high school students ages 14 to 18 in Toronto.

Carissa Klopoushak & Philip Chiu

Tuesday December 9, 2014 @ 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

This concert features music from the duo’s upcoming recording: sonatas by Janacek, Debussy, and Healey Willan, and shorter works by Claude Vivier and T. Patrick Carrabré.

Program: Works for Violin and Piano by Claude Debussy, Leos Janacek, Healey Willan, Claude Viver, and T. Patrick Carrabré.

Carissa Klopoushak and Philip Chiu have performed extensively together over the last six years. Their musical partnership has taken them across the country, beginning with a 17-city Canadian tour for the Eckhardt-Grammatté competition in 2009. Since that time, they have performed together at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, for the Regina Musical Club, and in many recitals and chamber music collaborations in and around Montreal. Most recently, the pair toured the maritime provinces for Debut Atlantic.

Carissa Klopoushak, violin

Carissa Klopoushak is quickly emerging as one of Canada’s most versatile and creative violinists. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa's playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performs on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow), generously on loan from the Canada Council.

Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at both the Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music.  She has recently returned to Canada after three months of performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre.  

Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa in September 2014.  She has performed with the group for a number of years, including many of their national tours and their 2013 tour of China.  Carissa also performs with many chamber groups in the Montreal/Ottawa area, including Ensemble Mooncrest, Warhol Dervish, and Portmantô.

Carissa originates from the small prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that provides Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative, fresh concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.

Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has recorded three albums, performed at the Toronto, Montreal, Dauphin, and Vegreville Ukrainian festivals as well as in Sydney, Australia. The band is currently working on a new album to be released in 2015.

Carissa has taught violin and chamber music at McGill University where she also recently completed a doctorate in violin performance, focusing on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. Her recent recordings include chamber works of the Second Viennese school with Gruppo Montebello and Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Mooncrest. She will be releasing a recording of duos with Philip Chiu in 2015.  When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere...

Philip Chiu, piano

More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.

“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
- La Presse

“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
- The Gazette (Montréal)

An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).

Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist-/coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor--accompanist for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and regularly accompanies at l'Universite de Montreal. He travels regularly across Canada and the U.S. to accompany for national and international competitions.

Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio--Canada.

Julia Pal CD Release Concert

Wednesday December 10, 2014 @ 8 pm
$20/$10 Students (cash only) General admission seating, email  RSVP to

Vocalist Julia Pal is releasing two CDs she has been working on...


The first set will be music from ‘FRAIL GESTURE’
8 poems by E.E. Cummings set to music written by Julia Pal and arranged  by Andrew Downing
Performed by Julia Pal – voice; Andrew Downing – cello; Anna Atkinson – violin; Peter Lutek – clarinet; Tristan Durie – flute; Michael Davidson - piano & vibraphone; Debashis Sinha - percussion

The second set will be selections from ‘IMPRINT’
A very personal selection of jazz and pop standards. Julia is joined by Craig Harley – piano and Jordan O’Connor – bass

CDs $15 each, 2 or more $10 each


Julia graduated from the University of Toronto, earned an A.R.C.T in Speech Arts & Drama from The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Before pursuing her interest in music, she worked as an independent theatre artist and workshop leader for many years. Her diverse background includes elocution, scene study, storytelling, singing, improvisational comedy, clown, mime technique, and creative movement. Inspired by her training at Second City, she co-wrote and performed in several original shows and musical revues in Toronto and at Fringe festivals and was a key player in a weekly live improv soap opera spoof called The Wedge of Night.

Julia’s interest in singing and jazz came to the forefront. She returned to school and graduated from the Humber College Jazz program and during her studies sang with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. For over 15 years she has performed at corporate and private events as well as festivals, restaurants and clubs, including the Junction Arts Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ellicottville Jazz Festival, The Montreal Bistro and Mariposa Cruise Lines. She has enjoyed working with a variety of musicians including Andrew Downing, Tania Gill, Victor Bateman, Kevin Barrett, Mike Milligan, Stacie McGregor, Eric St. Laurent, Tim Posgate, Darius Nargolwalla, Ken Taylor and most recently Jordan O’Connor and Craig Harley.

In addition to her creative projects, Julia continues to teach drama, adjudicate for speech arts festivals across Canada and is a member of the RCM College of Examiners for Speech Arts & Drama.

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The Path Home

Friday December 12, 2014 @ 8 pm
$25/$15 Students and Arts Workers

An Evening of Celebration with Lee Pui Ming (piano), Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum), Rob Clutton (bass), Mary Ganzon (movement), Randi Helmers (voice/visual art)

Five extraordinary artists journey through the labyrinth in sound, song and movement.

Lee Pui Ming

Lee Pui Ming – improvisor, pianist, composer, biodynamic craniosacral therapist – integrates all of her curiosities in sound, movement and the healing arts into her investigations. Her latest compositions include “Life”, a 60-minute commission from Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance for string quartet; “she comes to shore”, a concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. She partnered with Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum, voice and movement) in an uplifting collaboration in this year’s Guelph Jazz Festival. Pui Ming has 6 recordings to date, and is the recipient of the Freddie Stone Award (2000) and the K. M. Hunter Arts Award (2005).

Dong-Won Kim

Dong-Won Kim is a Korean traditional percussionist, vocalist and improviser, also a member of Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Since 1984, Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer's drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompaniment, and music theory from great Korean music masters. By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world. Kim currently teaches music online as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University. He has also written several fairy tales for children and was featured in a music documentary film, Intangible Asset Number 82 (2009).

Rob Clutton

Rob Clutton is a composer/performer dedicated to diverse long term creative projects. His solo bass work includes two CDs on the Rat-drifting label: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster. He has released two CDs of original compositions for small ensemble: Tender Buttons and Holstein Dream Pageant. The debut recording of The Cluttertones is in progress. Clutton has been involved in collective projects such as Clutton/Michelli/West, Handslang, This Moment, a bass duo with Pete Johnston, and a banjo/voice duo with Randi Helmers. Other current and ongoing projects include: Ryan Driver Quintet, Drumheller, Nick Fraser Quartet, Steve Koven Trio, NOJO, Mark Segger Sextet, and Titanium Riot. Rob has also performed or recorded with artists such as Jandek, Jazzstory, Eugene Martynec, John Millard and Happy Day, David Mott Quintet. Rob is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto. (

Randi Helmers, actor, singer, artist

A professional actor for 30 years, Randi recently played the role of "Mum" in the premiere of Alison Lawrence/McGuffin Theatre's play, The Thing Between Us, at Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre credits include: The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Summerworks), Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage), The Way of the World (Souplpepper), The Danish Play( Nightwood) and seasons with the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre and Caravan Farm Theatre, among others. She has recorded and toured Canada with the folk/cabaret band, John Millard and Happy Day, and is currently in a duo for voice and banjo with composer/bassist Rob Clutton. Randi has performed her original Norwegian folklore cabaret for the Ottawa Art Gallery, NCC's Winterlude Festival, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa. Randi's paintings have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre,Toronto Art Expo, the Queen West Art Crawl, Wychwood Art Barns and various nifty neighborhood cafes of Toronto. Randi has enjoyed many moments of improvisational wonder at Gallery 345, and is thrilled to be here tonight with this remarkable ensemble.Â

mary ganzon

mary ganzon, movement artist, teacher, and craniosacral therapist finds it much easier to language through the vocabulary of sensations vs. the vocabulary of words. amidst the many studies of movement, performance, and the stillness of meditation, she dances accompanied by deep gratitude in meeting our nature.

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