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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2003 3:59 pm    Post subject: The Music Gallery - New Music - Concert Schedule - Toronto Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Welcome to the 2003-04 season at The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for
New and Unusual Music! This is the first of this year’s biweekly
“e-pitch” missives, and to kick things off we give you a preview of our
programming for the months of September and October. All presentations
take place in St. George the Martyr Church, located at 197 John St.
(north of Queen at Stephanie), unless otherwise noted. Box office:
416-204-1080. www.musicgallery.org.

Saturday September 6
What.Next series
@ Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St., Guelph
10:30AM $10 advance from 1-877-520-2408 or @ door one hour before
One of the all-time greatest soprano saxophone players, native
Manhattanite Steve Lacy has collaborated with the likes of Thelonious
Monk, Cecil Taylor, Gil Evans, Don Cherry, Carla Bley and Roswell Rudd
in his over 40 years on the jazz scene. After spending three decades as
a Parisian, he has recently returned to North America to teach at
Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. At this Saturday-morning
solo set in Guelph, Lacy performs music by Monk and himself. Presented
in conjunction with the annual improv-inclined Guelph Jazz Festival.
www.stevelacymusic.org, www.guelphjazzfestival.com.

Sunday September 7
What.Next series
@ St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Church, Toronto Island
3PM $10
Vancouver guitarist Tony Wilson performs in a duo with Amsterdam’s Jozef
Van Wissem on lute with tape loops. Wilson is an outstanding exponent of
Vancouver’s burgeoning creative music community. His international
collaborators have included Vinny Golia, Myra Melford and William
Parker. Van Wissem attracted attention with his first work for solo lute
entitled Retrograde, A Classical Deconstruction, which consisted of the
backwards rendition of original solo lute compositions from around 1600.
He has worked with Kramer (Shimmy Disc), Gary Lucas (ex-Captain
Beefheart) and Tetuzi Akiyama, producing five CDs to date.

Saturday September 13
The Composer Now series
8PM $18/$12/$5
Co-presented with Earshot! The Toronto composers’ collective offers
Earshot #9: Nine Circles, featuring the dynamic and innovative Offensive
Love Consort: Kristin Mueller (soprano), Becky Sajo (woodwinds), Michael
Gambacurta (percussion), Christian Robinson (violin), Alex McLeod
(viola), Alex Lee (cello), with guest soloists Scott Good (bass
trombone), Dewi Minden (trumpet) and Andrew Shaver (actor). The ensemble
performs work by Diego Soifer, Keith Denning, Ben Heaslip, Aaron
Gervais, Scott Good, Diana McIntosh and Christopher Matey.

Sunday September 14
Fresh Ears family series
3PM $15/$10 single or $20/$15 family (up to 5 members)
The first in our annual series of Sunday afternoon family-friendly
concerts. An experimental collaboration between twenty-something artists
Brendan K. and Pat C., Museum exhibits a post-everything mash-up of
influences including the minimalist composition of John Cage, the
electronic glitch-scapes of Aphex Twin and Fennesz, and the lo-fi rock
of Sebadoh and Smog. “As our name suggests, we are a organized
collection of sounds. These sounds range from simple acoustic four-track
recordings to complexly treated computer compositions. The use of
ambient recording adds to the contextualization of our music.”

Thursday September 18
The Composer Now series
8PM $12/$10/$5
Backporch-minimalist Chicagoans Ben Vida (cornet, guitar, harmonium),
Liz Payne (viola, hand bells, celeste), Jim Dorling (bass clarinet,
harmonium, glass) and Josh Abrams (string bass, hand bells) return to
town to support their fifth release, naturally entitled 5, on Thrill
Jockey Records. Town and Country used entirely acoustic instrumentation
(that means no electricity!) for the recording of these compositions,
which bear the influence of Japanese Gaguku court music, John Cale and
Syntonic Research’s Environments LPs. Opened by Toronto composer Martin
Arnold’s ensemble, Cow Paws. www.thrilljockey.com.


Friday September 19
The Composer Now Series
8PM $40 weekend pass/$25 two events/$15 single
Co-presented with Two New Hours on CBC Radio Two, part of the Piano
Marathon Weekend, in collaboration with New Music Concerts. Born in
Munich in 1948 to a Ukrainian refugee family that soon relocated to
Winnipeg, Lubomyr Melnyk has been developing his concept of “continuous
music” for piano in Canada and Europe for more than three decades. This
will be this will be the first concert in Toronto for a program of music
for solo and double pianos. www.newmusicconcerts.com.

Saturday September 20
The Composer Now Series
5PM (note: concert duration approx. 6 hours, incl. 3 intermissions)
$40 weekend pass/$25 two events/$15 single
Part of the Piano Marathon Weekend, in collaboration with New Music
Concerts. Described as “the most unconventional pianist in Holland”
(Haagse Courant), Reinier van Houdt takes the Music Gallery stage to
indulge in his fascination with hermetically reclusive composer
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, a Scotsman of Persian-Italian descent. Five
years ago at an archive in Bath, UK, van Houdt discovered a
never-before-played Sorabji score entitled Symphony No. 4 for Piano
Alone (1962), which receives its Canadian premiere this evening.
Also: Forum, 1:30PM, FREE. Lubomyr Melnyk discusses his "continous
piano" technique and Quilico "remembers" her first husband, the late
Michel-Georges Brégent.

Sunday September 21
The Composer Now Series
8PM $40 weekend pass/$25 two events/$15 single
Part of the Piano Marathon Weekend, in collaboration with New Music
Concerts. A longstanding figure in the Canadian classical and new music
communities, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico has worked with such
compositional giants as Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Krystof
Penderecki and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and has 14 recordings to her
credit. Tonight she performs a work by late Quebecois composer
Michel-Georges Brégent (1948-1993) entitled 16 Portraits (1966-1988).
www.petrowskaquilico.com, www.newmusicconcerts.com.
Also: Symposium, 2:30PM, FREE. Musicologists Paul Rapoport and
Marc-André Roberge join pianist Reinier van Houdt to discuss the work of
the remarkable composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji.

Saturday October 4
etonal series
8PM $10/$7/$5
German cellist and electronic musician (a.k.a. Cellectric) has worked
with Lou Reed, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Marcus Stockhausen. For
this rare Canadian appearance, the Berliner will tackle Bach's Suite No.
V, followed by CelloMachine: Variations on Metal Machine Music, Velvet
Underground co-founder Reed’s notorious 1975 double album of pure noise.
Says Maiss: “Bach is in the program because in his time, Suite No. V was
equally extreme as Metal Machine Music is today.” www.cellectric.de.

Tuesday October 14
What.Next series
Paul Plimley is a Vancouver-based composer, pianist and improviser, poet
and text personality, percussionist and computer synthesist. Active
nationally and internationally for the past 20 years, Plimley has toured
many times throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. His
collaborators have included Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, Andrew Cyrille,
Barry Guy, Lisle Ellis, George Lewis, Joe McPhee, Hamid Drake, Mark
Dresser and Han Bennink. This evening, however, he takes the Music
Gallery stage for a solo performance. www.paulplimley.com.

Friday October 17
Guest presentation
9PM $5
Portland, Oregon-based melodic experimental rock sextet The Swords
Project have been riding a snowball of hype since the release their
debut full-length, Entertainment Is Over If You Want It (Arena Rock
Recording Co.) and ex-Pavement singer Stephen Malkmus asked them to open
his West Coast tour. Combining the standard guitar-bass-drums
configuration with strings and live electronics, the group is
“post-rock” in the true sense of the term. Joined by Toronto’s tuneful
and twangy instrumental quartet The Magnetars, who are preparing to
release their own debut full-length, When Stars Get The Shakes.
www.theswordsproject.com, www.mp3.com/magnetars.

Sunday October 19
The Composer Now series
8PM $20/$15/$5
Vienna calling! With a background encompassing grunge metal rock as well
as courses at Darmstadt, new music trio L’Art Pour L’Art pride
themselves on their “no-holds-barred approach.” The ensemble consists of
Astrid Schmeling (flutes), Ulf Mummert (guitars) and Matthias Kaul
(percussion), with special Torontonian guest Malcolm Goldstein (violin).
The programme includes two improvisation-oriented pieces, Variationen 2
by Johannes Wallmann and -Z by Hans-Joachim Hespos, and two pieces
written specificially for L’Art Pour L’Art, Rostfrei by Michael Maierhof
and Opium für T by Matthias Kaul. www.lartpourlart.de.

Sunday October 26
What The Dutch/What.Next series
Amsterdam tenor saxman and member of the ICP Orchestra, Ab Baars is
accompanied by Wilbert de Joode (contrabass) and Martin van Duynhoven
(percussion). Born in 1955 in Axel, Holland, Baars has been a key player
in the humour-driven yet artistically challenging “out Dutch swing”
scene (one might call it absurdist avant-jazz) since the late ‘70s. His
collaborators include The Ex, Ig Henneman, Anthony Braxton, George
Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Roger Turner and Gerry Hemingway, but his trio has
been his main focus since 1990.

Thursday October 30
What.Next series
@ Goethe Institut, 163 King W.
One German, Thomas Lehn (analog synth), and two Brits, Tim Hodgkinson
(guitar, effects, trumpet) and Roger Turner (percussion), make up this
dynamic and propulsive improvising trio. Lehn has worked with
contemporary improvisers like John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson and Gerry
Hemingway, while Turner is a vet of the UK creative music scene of the
‘60s, alongside Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey. Hodgkinson is
best known as a member of leftie prog-rockers Henry Cow. Together since
1997, Konk Pack stunned the avant-garde music world with their
Victoriaville appearance in 2000.

Friday October 31
The Composer Now series
8PM $12/$10/$5
Canadian percussionist Aiyun (Christine) Huang has been creating
considerable excitement in new music circles since she graduated from
the University of Toronto as a student of Russell Hartengberger.
Repertoire from her recent breakthrough solo recital in California will
be included in this programme. Recorded for future broadcast by Two New
Hours on CBC Radio Two. http://man104-1.ucsd.edu/~yhuang/index.htm

Also of interest to new music fans:
Saturday September 6
with special guest JOHN KAMEEL FARAH
@ Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St.
Terry Riley's 1968 minimalist masterpiece, In C, is given an inspired
run-through by a grand new ensemble featuring members of Toronto indie
bands The Hidden Cameras, Do Make Say Think, Nouns, The Barcelona
Pavilion, The Magnetars and Les Mouches (and one member of the Ideal
Coffee team). Former Riley student Farah opens the evening with his
unique compositional/improv/Middle Eastern/ambient stylings.
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