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by Matthew Fava
on February 29, 2016

By: Aubrey Kelly
Photo: Paramita Nath

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by wilbeau
on February 20, 2016

When I think about fast playing one of the neglected factors is the release of muscle tension after the action. Muscles move the finger but immediately release so that the finger can return to a ready position. Holding a finger with muscle tension inhibits most of the future potential movements. There is lots of...

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by CMC Ontario Library Residency
on February 12, 2016

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on February 12, 2016

Babel: a choral symphony is the NUMUS commission that will celebrate 40 years for Wilfrid Laurier's music faculty. The performance on April 2 and 3 will involve all of Laurier's choirs, the symphony orchestra and five soloists. The poem on which the new composition is based examines the artists' struggle, the human...

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by wilbeau
on February 8, 2016

I am getting ready for a concert, practicing daily and have performed all the music for audiences at least twice. A couple of passages have often caused trouble, which was irritating given the amount of time and effort went into learning them. During one piece* it finally occurred to me today that I could breathe a...

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by wilbeau
on February 1, 2016

For 20 years I have been trying to use less force as I play guitar and it is finally paying off. At times I can show my students how to look, how to play a passage without exerting needless force. I can shorten some notes without worry, hearing them but still feeling the meaning behind. In fact I have invested more...

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by ARTerra
on January 21, 2016

Deadline: 15th February 2016
Location: Portugual, Lobão da Beira

ARTErra is a multidisciplinary artistic residency placed in the green and friendly village of Lobão da Beira. We began our project with the aims of hosting artists by providing them with accommodations, work place and cultural and ideas...

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by wilbeau
on January 18, 2016

At the age of 16, my guitar teacher suggested that I play at a café-fundraiser for a theatre group*. It was in the basement of a church somewhere in the central Toronto. Coming from the suburbs on a late fall night was a little scary, riding a streetcar, looking at old buildings and hoping to get off at the correct...

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by wilbeau
on January 12, 2016

An author was asked about the idea[s] behind her new book. She - Fred Vargas - replied that though she planned her books and set out to write about certain things the words themselves directed the work in the end. While working she found certain phrases wound up on paper and forced the work to follow. You don’t...