Opens Waters concert ranges from self-conducting to extended vocals Ever since American composer John Cage performed in the middle of the last century, we have had to rethink noise. As Canadian contemporary composer R. Murray Schafer put it, noise is any sound we don’t want to hear. Cage went all the way down that road until he reinvented silence in a piece call 4’ 33." The performer took up an instrument but only pretended to play or sat perfectly still.
On Febrary 27th, 2011 Upstrean produced and hosted a concert featuring the Music of UK jazz conposer Graham Collier played by the 14-piece Upstream Jazz Orchestra*, a group formed especially for the event for what was to be a landmark performance. Video coming soon.
By STEPHEN PEDERSEN Arts Reporter Sun. Jan 13 - 6:33 AM
Toronto jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner mesmerized Upstream Music Association fans and JazzEast fellow travellers in the Sir James Dunn Theatre Friday night as she and the New Upstream Ensemble sorted their way through a dozen new charts written specially for the concert.
A goldmine of sonic effects from Quasar, Upstream quartets By STEPHEN PEDERSEN Arts Reporter
Sax quartets have legs. While never exactly in fashion, they have never been out of it either. They are good to play romantic music, and un-matched, outside of percussion instruments, for playing contemporary music.
Soundscape invokes tension, maelstrom of battle By STEPHEN PEDERSEN Entertainment Reporter
It was a dark and stormy night. Huge seas rolled under your feet, lightning slashed across the clouds, the wind raged, tearing the skin off each gargantuan wave as it heaved itself up to the skies, and the air was filled with the awesome noise of it — gulls, sonar pings, scratching sounds from an electronic violin, the echolalia of a woman’s voice approaching hysteria, racing snare drums and toms, a double-bass massively stuttering the theme from Jaws . . .