California-based composer Vivian Fung is known for weaving disparate influences into her music. But her latest project, Humanoid, represents her first major piece for electronics, bringing a cellist in dialogue with pre-recorded machine sounds for a 13-minute performance.
“I’m trying to stretch the boundary of what is possible with a single cello,” Fung said. “How many ways can you have an interaction between machine and cellist? That was my idea behind the piece.” Continue reading Composer makes rooftop music at Kaleido Vivian Fung premieres Humanoid on Alberta Avenue
Last year, Gus Butcher and a few other local musicians were chatting with Arts on the Ave’s Christy Morin, and an idea was hatched: Why not create a night where musicians can get together and play? Continue reading Jamming with the cool cats at The Carrot Play with a group of experienced jazz musicians
A year ago, I interviewed Philip Muz about The Aviary. We talked building permits and funding needs; revised plans and hopes deferred.
Today this community arts hub remains unopened, but that is about to change. City permits have been issued and renovations are in full swing. Continue reading The Aviary will be well worth the wait Fundraiser could cover remaining renovations
Neighbourhood residents are lucky to have options for family night programs close by. I checked out three programs recently: they’re fun and won’t cost you a penny. Continue reading Family nights encourage fun and learning Bonding with family doesn’t have to cost a thing
Christmas shoppers hunting for ethically-sourced gifts have plenty of choice at Just One World, held Nov. 12-13.
Previously known as Just Christmas, organizers changed the name to more accurately reflect the ethical and global market. The location has also changed. Alberta Avenue Community League hosted the event for the past 10 years, but now the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association is hosting the volunteer-run market.
If you have spent any time at Alberta Avenue festivals, you have probably been mesmerized by Sangea, a high energy, colourful, and talented African drum and dance troupe.
I bumped into them at the Carrot during Black History Month. Their commitment to their craft, vision and values triggered my interest in culturally diverse communities. I jumped at the opportunity to interview founders Reckie Llyod and Erini Perez Amezcua about immigration, music, and artist lifestyle.
Continue reading The importance of keeping your culture Local drum and dance troupe talk about their experience and vision
Last fall, my friend Gerard Forget and I attended a Leaders in the Community meeting hosted by the Avenue Initiative Revitalization. The purpose was for people to share ideas and brainstorm implementation of new projects that would benefit the community.
Gerard and I saw this as a great opportunity to share our idea of organizing jam sessions for community musicians and performers who were looking for a place to play together in an informal environment.
Continue reading Musicians, rejoice! Making music in the hall Jam sessions strike a chord with community musicians and music lovers
The Secretaries are having brunch in Amy van Keeken’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon, before rehearsal. Happy dogs lie at their feet. It’s a cozy domestic scene, but don’t be mistaken—this band isn’t made up of shrinking violets.
Colleen Brown, Natasha Fryzuk and Amy van Keeken work hard for the money (so hard for it, honey).
“We just wanted to jam,” said guitarist van Keeken. Six people showed up at their first session, but by the second, the band was distilled to its core members.