A Love Upstream
Internal Combustion finale - Jeff Reilly
Out of the Ashes - Paul Cram
A Love Upstream is Upstream Music's houseband. It is:
Timi Levy – violin
Rick Waychesko - trumpet
Paul Cram - tenor sax/clarinet
Jeff Reilly - bass clarinet
Dawn Hatfield – baritone and alto saxes/flute
Jeff Torbert - guitar
Tim Crofts - piano/synthesize
Lukas Pearse – contrabass/electric bass/electronics
Recent guests: Marilyn Lerner, Lori Freedman, Erin Costello and Malcolm Goldstein
Recently re-branded as A Love Upstream, the new Upstream Ensemble brings together contemporary classical,R&B, avant jazz/world and beyond with exciting long-form compositions that bring out the beast in the moment. The original UPSTREAM ENSEMBLE was formed in 1990 . The original members were Don Palmer, Steve Tittle, Paul Cram, Jeff Reilly, Bob Bauer, Sandy Moore, Steven Naylor and Tom Roach. Instinctually, the group embraced long-form improvisation and composition . Over the years Upstream’s musicians have upheld this founding energy and continued to write for each other’s strengths.
In the early years the ensemble performed an average of 4 concerts a year in Halifax. In 1993 they toured to Music Across America in Toronto and released a CD entitled Open Waters. The group collaborated quite successfully with Symphony Nova Scotia from 1994 to 1998 and disbanded in 1999 in favour of the 22-piece Upstream Orchestra: an ensemble incorporating symphony musicians wishing to participate in Upstream's process. The millenium saw the consolidation of Upstream as an Association with a broader purpose. From there the original Upstream ensemble energy has re-emerged with new members and new ensembles and musicians who grew up alongside the original Upstream bringing new energy to the party.