Open Waters Festival, Halifax
The annual Open Waters Festival of new and improvised music took place January 7-10 at Sir James Dunn Theatre, the Atlantica Hotel, the Central Library, and The Company House in Halifax. Hamilton’s Cem Zafir, of zulapresents, attended the festival and writes:
“The programming by the Upstream Music Association’s new artistic director, double bassist Lukas Pearse, was remarkable in its breadth, bringing to the fore improvisation as a thread in...
Upstream Music veers in new directions
Stepping down after 19 years at the helm of Upstream Music, Paul Cram says so long with Diving For Pearls.
By Laura Kenins
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“There’s a lot going on to make sure it will still fly,”...
Welcome to Upstream Music Association’s annual Open Waters Festival of new and improvised music running from Thursday January 16 - 19, 2014 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre.
The now 4 day festival presents and showcases new original music groups from across Atlantic Canada who utilize free improvisation in contexts ranging from musique-actuelle, new chamber music, nu jazz and vocal ensembles. Our enthusiastic Halifax audience and invited industry spokespersons who share our enthusiasm make the creation of the festival an ever evolving artistic...
UPSTREAM ORCHESTRA @ VICTORIAVILLE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL May 18th, 2013
"As a big fan of large ensembles & modern big bands, I was glad to hear the next set from the Upstream Orchestra. This 18-piece ensemble is from the Maritime provinces in Canada and led by saxist Paul Cram, who had a previous large ensemble at Victo several years back. The orchestra was conducted by Jeff Reilly who also once played in a duo with Jerry Granelli at Victo previously. They played three pieces, one by Barry Guy and two by Mr. Cram. You could tell that a good deal of time and...