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IICSI Improv Notes Newsletter January 2016

March 10th, 2016
  Open Waters Festival, Halifax Amy Brandon 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

June 26th, 2015
  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  click to enlarge “There’s a lot going on to make sure it will still fly,”...

The Coast Preview of Open Waters by Moira Donovan

January 8th, 2015
Open Waters Festival entices you in  The fourth in an annual series, Open Waters Festival cross-pollinates, challenges and evokes emotion. By  click to enlarge Open Waters...

Chronicle Herald Preview of Open Waters by Stephen Cooke

January 8th, 2015
Open Waters Festival lures broader range of artists to Halifax STEPHEN COOKE ARTS REPORTER  Published January 7, 2015 - 4:30pm   Last Updated January 7, 2015 - 4:50pm     ...

Diving into Open Waters

January 16th, 2014

Lan Tung at Global TV

October 24th, 2013
Lan Tung performed on Global TV today. She is amazing!

Open Waters Festival 2014 Submissions

September 13th, 2013
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 at Victoriaville

June 6th, 2013
REVIEWS 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...


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