Winter 2017

issue # 129

Sound notes

Saxophonist Karen Ng Sets The Scene


THINK OF ANY STYLE OF MODERN saxophone playing, and chances are Toronto’s Karen Ng has done it, and done it beautifully. Her tone can be eerily high and pure, rich and fluid, deep and [...]

Read more » Mary Dickie »

Kamancello explores a new duo dimension


“Kamanche means little bow in Kurdish and Farsi,” says Shahriyar Jamshidi, the kamanche player in Kamancello, his Toronto-based duo with cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne. The pair [...]

Read more » Daniel Glassman »

Spool: Music in the Margins

CERTAIN LABELS are very much the product of a particular vision and exude cohesion of an almost iconic order—one that even seems to magically weather shifts in taste and approach. ECM [...]

Read more » Nick Storring »


Victoria Composers Cultivate a Place to Listen


Why has a vibrant community of emerging composers chosen British Columbia’s cozy, scenic capital over more bustling contemporary-music hubs?

THERE'S A DEEP HUSH in the[...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

The Sonic Transmissions of Geronimo Inutiq


Winter was ending. You could tell, because the sun had returned. Geronimo Inutiq borrowed his sister’s Ski-Doo and rode it past the Iqaluit city limit. The horizon stretched out in all[...]

Read more » Crystal Chan »

Hans-Joachim Roedelius floats against the current


On an unseasonably warm night in October, Toronto’s Monarch Tavern was packed to the rafters for a living legend. German electronic and ambient music pioneer Hans-Joachim[...]

Read more » Jesse Locke »

Visions of sound

Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall’s Biophilia


November, some might say, is not the ideal time to visit the wild West Coast. The days are short, the leaves are down. In any normal year, monsoon season will have kicked in, producing [...]

Read more » Alexander Varty »