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Quiet Day on the Markets

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Hovhaness, Sonata (Mvt. #2)

For quite some time now I’ve imagined myself playing flute on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, you know, with the sound of money-transactions over morning coffees and the opening bell in the background. I still haven’t had my chance, but with some business brewing at the Richard Ivey School, you might say that I’m getting warmer.

It turns out that the acclaimed London-based Ivey School’s Toronto office – where I met recently with some Executive MBA participants – is located in the TSE building right on the corner of King & York – Urban Flute Project may not be listed on the TSX as of yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

This is the scene in the main lobby, and to avoid making a scene I chose not to set up right in front of this security desk – it felt daring enough to simply snap this picture – and instead I elected to capture a soundfile or two just around the corner from these three impressive Charles Pachter canvasses.

Renowned for his whimsical yet penetrating portraits of Queen Elizabeth straddling iconic moose, this Pachter triptych is a Canadian moment if I ever there was one.

It was far from quiet that day as you can hear from this recording of some solo flute by American composer Alan Hovhaness, so the title of this post might strike you as a tad confusing.

But compared to a year ago when all hell broke loose with the international markets on March 8th, I’d say that it was downright peaceful!

Transcendental Flute

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Tower Automotive Improv

There must be a story here…

Kensington’s Source for Jazz and Funk

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I came for the Pink Lady apples, and stayed for the funk! Like an acoustic beacon, it was the distinctive, eclectic music emanating from this shop that first drew me in. ‘The Source for Jazz and Funk’ is how the media has described 4 Life Organic Foods in Kensington Market.

Pots, one of the owners and pictured above, tells the most incredible tales of the power of music. His epic yet incredibly personal stories are a testament to the life-affirming properties of music that cross cultures and musical genres…the story of a woman who stood, sobbing and immovable in his shop, for example. (more…)

Cut from the Same Cloth?!

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Hey, how did Jack and Meg embed themselves on UrbanFlute?!? The music of The White Stripes can be found all the way from The Royal Opera House to your local bowling lanes…

I think it’s the first time I have ever left a taxi with it’s meter running, but it was worth it! Just finished with exams in Winnipeg, and on an impulse I stopped in and recorded in the historic setting of the Uptown Bowling Lanes. Originally opened as a movie theatre in 1931, this wonderfully preserved buiding was alive with the sounds of kids’ birthday parties on a Saturday afternoon (more…)

Sonata for Flute and Jackhammer

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Gershwin Prelude

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Stairway to Heaven

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Recently I performed with colleagues in the concrete shell of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s new Koerner Hall, as part of a ‘Hard Hat Concert’ and catered thank-you lunch for the construction crew on the site. It was probably in part the rather unusual repertoire of the event (Bach, Wagner, Led Zepplin?!) that prompted NYC’s PLAYBILL Arts to pick up the story shortly after it appeared in the Toronto Star under the light-hearted title: ‘Sonata in C for Flute and Jackhammer’.

Prepared-Piano a Sellout Event

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John Beckwith celebrates his 8oth!

New Music Concerts second-last concert was a sell-out event, and there was great excitement about lesser-known repertoire: ‘sixteenth-tone’ music may finally have come of age!

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‘I feel the air of another planet.’*

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…Happy Birthday, John!

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‘Cello fans: the last NMC concert on Sunday, June 3rd is a must-see, featuring a World Premiere by Brian Current and Berio’s Sequenza XIV for Solo Cello…an international line-up: (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…)

Collaborative Conference

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Sheraton’s Urban Sanctuary

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Canadian Composer’s Forum

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Kalimba Workshop

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NOTE: The conference was a huge success, non-stop workshops, clinics, masterclasses and performances for five days straight, not to mention so many wonderful colleagues to meet and get to know – I am still recovering!! (more…)

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‘Byrds’ of a Feather

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I have been invited to provide prelude music on Palm Sunday at The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Sunday, April 1st, for their 11 am service – I encourage you to discover for yourself one of the finest traditions and settings for choral music in Toronto. www.stmarymagdalene.ca/music.html (more…)

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