Settle into your porch swing, deck chair, or beach blanket, then dig in to our Summer 2015 issue. Read, listen, and don't forget to look! Eye-catching images (including original photography, score excerpts, and weird gear images) will enliven your initial flipping, while the companion CD will enhance your concentrated reading with a stellar playlist showcasing all of the the artists featured in our Summer pages.
Aside from the folks mentioned below, you’ll discover the eloquent yet unsung songbooks of Philadelphia-based jazz legend Dave Burrell
, Berlin-based composer Peter Ablinger
’s art of time (on the CD: his should-be-a-hit “Cecil Taylor”), as well as the stories behind (and sounds of) cool Canadian works: Sabrina Schroeder
, Nimalan Yoganathan
’s Unseen Songlines
, and Sarah Davachi
’s Barons Court
Sweet tweet: In Sonic Geography
, Toronto filmmaker Su Rynard
muses on the sounds of her vital new documentary The Messenger
, about disappearing songbirds. No twitter on the CD, but step outside your front door, look to the trees, and perhaps you'll catch a few riffs from your local songbird chorus.
ON THE SUMMER 2015 COVER
Meet composer and improvising performer Allison Cameron
(and a few of her favourite musical things, including The Blinking Monkey!) in the garden oasis behind Toronto's Trinity St. Paul's United Church, the community hub that houses the studio of this intelligent, earthy, and playful artist. Beautiful original photos by Claire Harvie
complement a thorough, thoughtful, and engaging feature by Musicworks
contributing editor Nick Storring
. With two recordings just out—A Gossamer Bit
(with Toronto ensemble Contact, released on Redshift Records) and Friends
(with her improv trio, c_RL)—Allison is primed to spin a web of stories about the rich and varied career she’s had thus far. Discover how her experimental roots in B.C. blossomed in Holland and flowered in Toronto, through the insights of musical colleagues and Allison’s singular voice.
NAVIGATING THE MUSIC OF OBSTACLES
After a midlife shift from his long-time Calgary base to the wilds of Nova Scotia's South Shore, Jay Crocker
emerges with an ambitious new project, JOYFULTALK, which is pitching a tent at Toronto’s Camp Wavelength festival in August. Halifax writer Andrew Patterson
and photographer John McCarthy
visit one of Canada’s most exciting musical minds at his studio/workshop in Crousetown, a hamlet on the LaHave River, for our rollicking feature adventure. A longtime staple of Calgary’s noise-and-improv scene, Jay has recently been manipulating homebuilt electronics and instruments to create large-scale, abstract pop environments. Combining rigid scores with out-there experience, Jay works at the centre of creativity in the margins of the world to create JOYFULTALK’s debut MUUIXX
sfSOUND’s RADICAL TRANSCRIPTIONS
Keeping alive the Bay Area’s rich experimental music heritage, sfSound has built, over 15 years, a dynamic contemporary repertoire out of the remains of 1960s-era European and American experimentalism. Directed by composer and clarinetist Matt Ingalls, sfSound serves up regular performances via the ensemble sfSoundGroup, an annual international tape-music festival, and an Internet radio station. With sfSound’s first official recording set for 2015 release, composer and writer Dan Joseph takes stock of the history, accomplishments, and aesthetic interests of this staunchly independent collective, as it perseveres amidst a dramatically changing cultural and economic landscape.
BEHOLD, CURIOSITY MAN!
Supercollider-composer Andrew Staniland
is inspired by science and technology—evidenced in Talking Down The Tiger
, his new Naxos CD of works for instruments and electronics. Born in Red Deer and educated in Edmonton and Toronto, Andrew is now a professor at Memorial U. The Ocean Is Full of Its Own Collapse
, a piece informed by recent Newfoundland history, premieres at Ottawa Chamberfest (July/Aug.). Staniland and a team of engineers designed the ARC (recently evolved into the Mune), an instrument intended to make electroacoustic music performances more engaging for audiences. Writer Jonathan Bunce
explores the galaxy for this Profile spotlight.
REVIEWS OF NEW RECORDINGS FROM: Susan Alcorn; Lindsay Cooper; Kris Davis; Dale Gorfinkel; Anne-F Jacques; Kronos Quartet; Evan Parker; Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld; Rutger Zuydervelt; Parte de la Historia: Colección de Música Electroacústica Latinoamericana vol. 1–3.
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