Fall 2020

issue # 137

Sound notes

Aidan Baker’s Ambient Autonomy

Over the past twenty years, Berlin-based Canadian guitarist and composer Aidan Baker has developed a creative rhythm, using his guitar as a gateway to seemingly disparate sounds and marrying [...]

Read more » Michael Rancic »

Eliza Kavtion’s Call and Response

BEAUTY IN CONFUSION

In her spellbinding live show, Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist Eliza Kavtion twists threads from documentary films, punk-rock distortion, and hip-hop innovation together with her wailing, [...]

Read more » Peggy Hogan »

C. Diab’s Cascadian Guitar Music

NOTES FROM THE HAPPY PLACE

Vancouver-based bowed guitarist Caton Diab (who composes as C. Diab) makes sonorous music that you feel deeply. Primarily crafted on an acoustic guitar with a pickup, effects pedals, a loop [...]

Read more » Laura Stanley »

A message from the Musicworks Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Musicworks acknowledges that the new and experimental music scenes covered in the magazine are built on a foundation of systemic racism, and that through our content we [...]

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New Frequencies

EDITOR'S NOTES, FALL 2020

This issue of Musicworks comes preloaded with guitars. Hollow, heavy, bowed, cracked, pedalled, flung. Trusty companions. Feedback demons. Easy to pick up, hard to put down. While I do not [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »

Features

What's Inside Musicworks 137?

AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE OF WILD MUSIC

The Fall 2020 issue comes preloaded with guitars. Hollow, heavy, bowed, cracked, pedalled, flung. Trusty companions. Feedback demons. Easy to pick up, hard to put down . . . just like[...]

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Casey Koyczan Resonates the Future

SPACE EXPLORATION

In early July 2020 it was my pleasure to interview Tlicho Dene interdisciplinary artist Casey Koyczan. He is extremely generous and open. I have done my best to represent our[...]

Read more » Mercedes Webb »

An Inexhaustible Source of Wild Music

In the 1970s, electronic music studios at the University of Toronto and McGill University sparked exciting ideas in guitar composition. With a focus on the evolution of Canadian works for guitar[...]

Read more » Amy Brandon »

Markus Floats' Motion Emotion

GESSO MUSIC

How do you think and write about sound outside of metaphor? Is music necessarily tethered to other aspects of our sensuous and interior lives? Or can we appreciate its meaning[...]

Read more » Brennan McCracken »

Susan Alcorn’s Vibrant Deviations

PEDAL STEEL GOES AVANT-GARDE

Susan Alcorn moves through life in methodical motion, a few beats slower than the usual rapid flow. At the 2020 edition of Toronto’s Women From Space festival, held in mid March,[...]

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