Archive for April, 2007

Moon Over the Ruined Castle, NYC-style!

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This is neo-busking at it’s best…‘Moon Over the Ruined Castle’ never sounded so good!

I’m more familiar with Louis Moyse’s set of variations on this old Japanese melody, but, this is just great in my books: superb, engaging duo-work, replete with NYC subway cars and stone-faced passers-by!

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Silence is Golden…

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Improv 1

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I’ll Never Smile Again

The Bloor-Gladstone Branch Library is undergoing a $6.5 million overhaul, making it the most extensive renovation/expansions ever undertaken by the Toronto Public Library system of one of it’s wonderful historic locations.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to record on location yesterday. One can only marvel at the incredible acoustic properties of the high, arched cielings, contrasted by the din of excavation (more…)

Duo For Flute…and Paddle?

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Apache (The Shadows)

Quite spontaneouly, Michael Occhipinti and I had an opportunity to share the stage with a most remarkable instrument – this was a wonderful event, and I hope you spread the word about Jowi Taylor’s extraordinary guitar and his Six String Nation Project. (more…)

Soldiers’ Tower

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I’ll Never Smile Again

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Lili Marlene

Last week I was priveliged enough to be invited to play my flute in the University of Toronto’s Soldiers’ Tower. Here are samples of the repertoire from the War Years, complimented by the wonderful natural acoustics of this unique, historic site.

For more info, here is a link to Ruth Lowe Sandler, a Canadian musical icon… (more…)

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Carillon at Soldiers’ Tower

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Marking the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, the University of Toronto’s historic Soldiers’ Tower featured two Carillon Concerts today, and have opened their doors to the public through Thursday of this week.

This performance was recorded on a damp, overcast November-like afternoon as (more…)

Toronto’s Historic Mausoleum

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Ch. Koechlin

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At the heart of Toronto’s richly-wooded Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a historic building of Classical design possessing remarkable acoustics: the Mount Pleasant Mausoleum. (more…)

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Nirvana at the RCM!

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Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, sure, but Kurt Cobain?!? Even I was caught off-guard as I walked into the Royal Conservatory of Music to meet with students.

On the heels of the massive MTNA Teachers Conference held just a couple of weeks ago here in Toronto, and inspired by that morning’s sweeping keynote speech delivered by Bramwell Tovey with it’s particular emphasis on the lost art of improvisation in the classical music tradition, (more…)

Evergreen @ the Brick Works

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www.evergreen.ca/rethinkspace/

In the Don Valley, fires periodically swept through the natural grasses long before the Brick Works’ kilns were fired up. These massive kilns, now derelict yet largely intact and still on site, basically ‘built’ Rosedale’s exquisite and stately homes along with many of the historic buildings of original Toronto.

Evergreen’s proposed transformation of the historic Don Valley Brick Works site is visionary and truly inspiring, and is poised to offer an incredible, culturally rich hub for Toronto’s system of ravines and natural trails.

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Palm Sunday at Mary Mag’s!

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Recently I had a chance to provide prelude music for a service at The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, and here is a sampling of the music from their Palm Sunday celebration.

I continue to have only praises to sing about this wonderful, historic church and its warm, welcoming congregation…the rich musical history and superb acoustics are only the tip of the iceberg! (more…)

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