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Interview: Patric Caird - Modern Composer

Patric Caird - Modern Composer
You've probably heard the work of busy composer Patric Caird without realizing it. His recent high profile projects include the Netflix series The Order, which has just been renewed for a second season, and CBC's comedy series Save Me, working with Fab Filippo. While many composer bios begin with a list of the institutions they've studied at, Patric's begins with one premise: a love of music.
"I'm Canadian," he says, "born in Vancouver, grew up in Toronto." He now makes his home in LA.

Patric says he started by playing the saxophone in school, a hobby that quickly became an overriding passion. Aside from a Canada Council grant to study with a jazz group, he pretty much jumped straight from high school into a professional career. "I went to college for about three minutes," he laughs.

It wasn't the discipline he shied away from. "I was very dedicated to music," he says. Patric reca…

19th Century Lithuanian Manor to Host Biggest Flower Festival of its Kind in Europe July 24 to October 2019

From a media release:

Shakespeare and flowers in a country manor...
19th Century Lithuanian Manor to Host Biggest Flower Festival of its Kind in Europe
July 24 to October 2019
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July 24, Vilnius, Lithuania. The largest historical estate in Lithuania, Pakruojis Manor, is organizing the first-ever flower sculpture festival in the country, featuring half a million blossoming plants and lasting for 3 months

The largest restored historical estate in Lithuania, the 19th century Pakruojis Manor, is known for hosting many interactive historical events, where guests become participants of living history happening right in front of their eyes. This summer, the manor is inviting for the first-ever Flower Festival in the country.

The festival is called Midsummer Night’s Dream, and runs from the end of June to the beginning of October. The manor’s grounds are covered with flower carpets, various floral compositions, and sculptures made of half a million blossoming plants. The event …

New Music: Jeffrey Brooks: The Passion (Innova Recordings/Cantaloupe Records - May 10 2019)

New Music:
Jeffrey Brooks: The Passion
(Innova Recordings/Cantaloupe Records - May 10, 2019)
A buoyant celebration of life despite suffering
Composers: Jeffrey Brooks
Performers: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Contemporaneous

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Expressive and strongly rhythmic, the music of American composer Jeffrey Brooks is instantly appealing. He teams up with New York's Bang on a Can All-Stars and Contemporaneous in this joint Innova/Cantaloupe records project. He combines elements from the canons of classical music, progressive pop, avant garde dissonance, and even pure noise in vibrant and evocative works with a cinematic scope.

After the Treewatcher is based on Michael Gordon’s piece The Treewatcher - or rather, Brooks' memory of it, recreated and reimagined into a new piece. The hotel bell at the end is a tip of the hat to Gordon's original. It has a meditative rhythm reminiscent of Middle Eastern influences, with shifts in instrumentation that transform the emotion from urgent to …

Dusk Dances 25th Season - August 4 to 11 2019 in Toronto

From a media release:


TORONTO – Dusk Dances proudly presents its 25th annual season, returning to Withrow Park this summer with another week of exquisite dance works from Canada’s finest dance makers! Dusk Dances is a renowned and beloved outdoor dance festival presented at Withrow Park each August. Dusk Dances 2019 features some of Canada’s top choreographers and dancers, including Hanna Kiel, Meredith Thompson, Mix Mix Dance Collective, Denise Fujiwara and Yuichiro Inouo, Pulga Muchochoma & Naishi Wang, in a diverse program of dance.

For the 25th anniversary, Dusk Dances will be hosted by the sensational Madame Beaucoup (aka Lisa Anne Ross) who hosted the event from 2006 to 2009. Madame Beaucoup will lead the audience to various sites th…

New Classical: University of St. Thomas (UST) Symphonic Wind Ensemble - The Other Side (Innova Recordings - March 8, 2019)

New Classical:
University of St. Thomas (UST) Symphonic Wind Ensemble: The Other Side
(Innova Recordings - March 8, 2019)
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This impressive release from conductor Matthew George and the Minnesota-based University of St. Thomas [UST] Symphonic Wind Ensemble showcases the glorious possibilities of the symphonic concert band, an often neglected and even maligned ensemble. Tight, brilliant playing by the ensemble and soloists make the most of the palette of instrumental colours and dramatic possibilities.

B-Side Concerto was commissioned by George and the ensemble. By Spanish composer Luis Serrano Alarcón, the first track, incorporates all the drama and instrumental colour that you could ever expect from a concert band. Take elements of classical music, add grand themes along the lines of movie music, then a slide into a jazzy electric guitar solos and the fat sound of a Hammond B3 organ...The combination of concert band and rock/jazz fusion ensemble somehow create a sea…

NYC Restaurant Week® July 22 – August 16 2019

From a media release:

NYC Restaurant Week®
July 22 – August 16 2019
2-course lunch $26 | 3-course dinner

Check out all the participating restaurants & make a reservation

Eat your way through New York City with great deals through August 16 during NYC Restaurant Week. NYC Restaurant Week is the highly anticipated—and often imitated—twice-yearly celebration of dining throughout New York City. With prix-fixe meals at over 370 of the City’s finest restaurants (two-course lunch, $26; three-course dinner, $42), the program invites diners to sample the incredible array of eateries that make up NYC’s culinary culture.

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2019 runs from July 22 through August 16. To book your table, visit the official NYC Restaurant Week page, the only place to find a comprehensive list of NYC Restaurant Week menus. Browse by neighborhood, cuisine, meal (lunch or dinner), or search for your favorite restaurant. Make your reservation today!

Tips for NYC Restaurant Week
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Fall for Dance North 2019 Celebrates Fifth Anniversary October 2–6, 2019 in Toronto

Fall for Dance North 2019 Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
with Electrifying Range of Leading and Emerging Artist
October 2–6, 2019
An interview with FFDN Artistic Director Ilter Ibrahimof 

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"FFDN programming is a tricky business," says festival Artistic Director Ilter Ibrahimof.

Fall For Dance North is a premier international dance festival, celebrating its fifth season this October. Performances will take place at co-presenter TO Live’s MERIDIAN HALL (formerly the Sony Centre), Ryerson Theatre in partnership with the Ryerson School of Performance, and Union Station in three different series.
The Festival's lineup is diverse, with 12 works from 11 different companies across the globe, with a focus on international Indigenous artists at Ryerson Theatre.

Putting together such a diverse lineup is a challenge. "We work with their own arts councils as well as with our own." He intentionally selects companies from a wide range of locations around th…

Jazz Guitar: David Cruz - David Cruz (Independent - May 10, 2019)

Jazz Guitar:
David Cruz - David Cruz
(Independent - May 10, 2019)
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David Cruz is a jazz guitarist based in Toronto. He just released his first, and self-titled, CD. It offers a nice mix of old and new tunes, stamped with Cruz' contemporary sense of style.

Davis's guitar has a golden tone and liquid fluidity, with a nicely tasteful phrasing that doesn't favour virtuosity over musicality. Beatrice has a laid back lounge flair, with great work by bassist William Dietrich against Cruz' melodic riffs. As a soloist, he has an impressive sense of invention.

He takes The A Train in a languid pace, trading runs with the bass in a kind of counterpoint. Jazz is all about finding and dancing with the groove in these well worn tunes, and he adds enough personality to make it his own style.

In Hindsight takes the pace up several notches, allowing drummer Miles Fuller to shine with a sense of rhythm that's crisp and delicate all at the same time. Dietrich kicks i…

Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Exhibition July 27 to August 25, 2019 at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland

From a media release:

Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Exhibition
July 27 to August 25, 2019
at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland
Love art and scotch? If you're in Scotland this summer, you owe yourself the opportunity of taking in a unique art exhibition in a unique location at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown - the Valley of the Deer in the Scottish Highlands. You may naturally also choose to sample the distiller's art while you are there.

For the past 18 years the Glenfiddich Distillery has been honoured to play host to an array of visual artists from around the world.

Each artist spends three months living and working at the distillery, harvesting ideas and inspirations before distilling them down into a fresh range of visual interpretations that  document their experience in The Valley of the Deer.

Since arriving in early May, Marla Hlady and Christof Migone - a collaborative partnership from Toronto - have spent many hours collecting sounds from all are…

CD Release: Villalobos Brothers - Somos (Independent / July 23, 2019)

From a media release:

CD Release:
Villalobos Brothers - Somos
(Independent / July 23, 2019)
All for one: the Villalobos Brothers charge their virtuoso violins with eclectic energy on Somos

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The Villalobos Brothers' story starts like a fairy tale, or an adventure story: Once upon a time, three brothers who made beautiful music on their violins left home to seek their fortunes. What they learned on that journey is given musical expression on their new album, Somos (release: July 23, 2019).

From their three violins, they conjure all the sounds they encountered on the way: the technical virtuosity of their classical training, the flamboyant energy of Son Huasteco, the honeyed melodies of Mexican trova, jazz-inflected dissonance, the charm and energy of pop. Politically aware lyrics respond to injustice and corruption at home and abroad. Somos (We Are) is a musical declaration: “We’re here,” it says, “Hear all that we are.”


Latin Alternative Music Conference and the Latin Grammy Awards® 20th Anniversary Joint Concert - Summerstage NYC July 13 2019

From a media release:

The Latin Alternative Music Conference and the Latin Grammy Awards®
Celebrate their 20th Anniversaries with a Joint Concert at Summerstage, Central Park
July 13, 2019 - 2–7 p.m. in New York City
Concert to Feature ChocQuibTown, Vicente García, Guaynaa, and Macaco

The Latin Recording Academy®, in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference, announced today a joint concert featuring Latin GRAMMY® winners ChocQuibTown; three-time Latin GRAMMY winner Vicente García; emerging artist Guaynaa; and Latin GRAMMY nominee Macaco as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. The concert will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 2–7 p.m. at SummerStage, Central Park in New York City.

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) returns for the 20th time to New York City this summer from July 9–13, boasting dynamic panels, powerhouse showcases, and a wide range of events. With past conferences averaging more than 1,250 music industry attendees and 25,000 concert fan…

Anya Wassenberg - aka Anya Mia - You Can Have My Husband cover

A Blues Interlude 

Some shenanigans from the past holiday weekend at the Masque in Hamilton, Ontario. (You Can Have My Husband But Please) Don't Mess With My Man written by Dorothy LaBostrie for Irma Thomas and her album of the same name.

My cover version with David Battrick on guitar, Gerald James Myers on drums and Jon Ingalls on bass recorded Sunday, June 30, 2019 by Vesna Trkulja,