Saturday, October 13, 2018
Event Title: A Piano Concert With J. Gary Sill
  • Region: British Columbia
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $15.00
  • Genre: Keyboard
  • External Link: J. Gary Sill Piano Concert
Description:

What the pianist has to say about this concert:

"I have been planning for some time to do a more public piano concert than the home concerts I have performed these past several years. I am excited to be performing at the CMC and especially looking forward the opportunity to play the legendary Murray Adaskin 1960 Heintzman Salon Grand Piano. Let me invite you to a concert of improvisational piano solos in one of Vancouver's most appreciated and creative cultural spaces"

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Event Title: A Piano Concert With J. Gary Sill
  • Region: British Columbia
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $15.00
  • Genre: Keyboard
  • External Link: J. Gary Sill Piano Concert
Description:

What the pianist has to say about this concert:

"I have been planning for some time to do a more public piano concert than the home concerts I have performed these past several years. I am excited to be performing at the CMC and especially looking forward the opportunity to play the legendary Murray Adaskin 1960 Heintzman Salon Grand Piano. Let me invite you to a concert of improvisational piano solos in one of Vancouver's most appreciated and creative cultural spaces"

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Event Title: The NOW Society Orchestra presents Reflect the Times
  • Region: British Columbia
  • Venue / Location: The Annex 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Price: $10 $20
  • Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles (10+)
  • External Link: http://www.nowsociety.org
Description:

The NOW Society Orchestra presents Reflect the Times
with guest artists Nicole Mitchell, Lisa Mezzacappa and Jeneen Frei Njootli

details www.nowsociety.org

March 24, 7pm - Orpheum Annex
823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
$20 General $10 Students and Musicians

The NOW Society presents the NOW Society Orchestra performing graphic works by composers Nicole Mitchell,
Lisa Mezzacappa, Viviane Houle, Roisin Adams, Jeneen Frei Njootli and a Raven Called Crow

"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." -Nina Simone

The NOW Society Orchestra:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Event Title: NOW Society 40th Anniversary Celebration
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Description:

Performances:
Nov. 15/8pm: NOW Workshop Groups, pianists Kris Davis, Rory Cowal, and Lisa Cay Miller
Nov. 16/8pm: Trading Places: Échange d’Improvisateurs
Nov. 17/8pm: NOW Society Ensemble
Nov. 18/8pm: NOW Orchestra

The New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society commemorates their 40th year with performances of new works in a four-day interactive archival and performative installation placing the Society as one of Canada's most significant improvisatory creative music collectives.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Event Title: Kamancello Album Release
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Description:

Kamancello Album Release

Doors at 8:30 p.m., Show at 9 p.m.
$10 in advance, $10 at the door

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by wilbeau
on July 20, 2016

I believe we have to rehearse differently depending on our state of mind. In order to process lots of data effectively we must be alert and have the necessary energy to do so. For this reason learning new pieces or new habits requires more energy while reviewing older pieces takes less.

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by wilbeau
on June 30, 2016

…from nests the owls called…” Linda Hogan

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by wilbeau
on June 15, 2016

“…Can you bring me to the place
where the pollen is now the light…” Linda Hogan

At its best, art can be transformative: a painting can make us look at the world in a new way; a poem can capture thoughts that rattled around in our heads without coherence. Music is sometimes at its best when it is hardly noticed like in a great film. One of my colleagues referred to Lawrence Of Arabia, a film that opens with seven minutes of landscape panoramas. The music captures our minds, and lets us float through the scenes.

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by wilbeau
on April 23, 2016

Sometimes there is a bit of shame, in the last few weeks I have been practicing and recording improvisations. When you are trying ideas for the first time peculiar things happen. Today for example, playing along with my eyes closed I could have sworn my fingers were at the 2nd fret but they were really at the 5th. Other times I began to play a line that was clear for the first few notes then got fuzzy, resulting in lots of clicks and confusion. At times I have taken the Miles Davis approach – “there are no mistakes”. I just repeat the click and try to make it a feature of the passage.

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by wilbeau
on March 7, 2016

I had a very special experience while playing a concert on the weekend: it seemed like a good idea to open with an improvisation. The spontaneous creation led straight into the first programmed work winding up on the first note of the opening piece. Something told me to wait for the nervous energy to dissipate before moving into the official program. The transition worked remarkably well, putting me right into the zone where I could give maximum expression the to programmed work.