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ArtsEast Review of Open Waters Festival January 13th, 2012

January 15th, 2012
Reactions:     Saturday, January 14, 2012Breathtaking...Open Water Festival 2012January 12-14, HalifaxInnovations in music happen in attics and basements, garages and private studios, even cabins in the remote wilderness. Those creations are later unveiled at festivals like Open Waters.This strange and beautiful multi-night festival is the musical equivalent of ArtBasel, a cultural highlight for modernworks. For twenty bucks, audiences get two hours of rogue music. Andrew Reed Miller began last night’s set by doing things to his solo double bass thatseemed, well, unnatural....

Testimonial from Portugal

November 11th, 2011
Hi, Paul. Hope you're fine. I'm writing you because unfortunately I was forced to a sudden change of plans concerning my stay in Halifax. I thought I had another month left but I found out yesterday that I have to leave this next Saturday, 12th nov, for work reasons.  I'm really disappointed. I was enjoying Halifax very much and I was loving the workshops. Our last session at Hollis was really a surprise for me. It's always fun to play in a group and see what happens, but this last session was special. I felt for the first time that I really loved the music that we were making and felt...

Graham Collier in Memorium

November 8th, 2011
On Febrary 27th, 2011 Upstrean produced and hosted a concert featuring the Music of UK jazz composer 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. It was to be Graham's last concert on earth. He passed away in September 2011. He is remembered with great affection and respect by the members of the ensemble. His approach to the orchestration of the group was ground-breaking in it's openness: Rather than a standard big band format. He put the reeds and brasss...

Review: Lerner, New Upstream Ensemble mesmerize

January 13th, 2011
By STEPHEN PEDERSEN Arts ReporterSun. Jan 13 - 6:33 AMToronto 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.The Ensemble consists of Rick Waychesko (trumpet), Jeff Reilly (bass clarinet), Paul Cram (tenor sax/clarinet), Dawn Hatfield (baritone/alto saxes and flute), Lee Park (violin), Lukas Pearse (contrabass and electric bass), Jeff Torbert (guitar) and David Burton (drums).As the...

Review: Sax Coupling Satisfies

January 1st, 2011
A goldmine of sonic effects from Quasar, Upstream quartetsBy STEPHEN PEDERSEN Arts ReporterSax 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.The sound of a sax "consort" — soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes — is a perfect blend, a rich, sonorous, vibrant sound with an astonishing dynamic range from just barely audible to ear-splitting. At the same time, the four instruments can be made to emit a repertoire of shrieks, squeaks...

Review: CONVOY HFX

October 30th, 2006
Soundscape invokes tension, maelstrom of battleBy STEPHEN PEDERSEN Entertainment ReporterIt 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 . . .Wait a minute. We weren’t aboard the HMCS...

ATCAM NETWORK Meeting

Saturday, January 14th, 2012 -  1 pm to 4 pmMacAloney Room 404 - 2nd floor Dalhousie Arts CentreATLANTIC  CANADA  ARTMUSIC NETWORK  AKA THE ATCAM NETWORK presents An open  discussion  towards building an organization and a  touring  circuit for Art Music in Atlantic Canada January 14th in the MacAloney Room 406 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax From 12 pm to 4 pm. Further details TBA Composers, performers , improvisers, educators, listeners are all welcome to come and  celebrate the healthy state of the new music art-form in Atlantic Canada and...

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