Artistic Director, Blair Mackay
describes our approach to making music with Sundanese gamelan.
describes our approach to making music with Sundanese gamelan.
Sunday 17 November 2013
LOCATION: Koerner Hall, Toronto
8:00 pm Concert | 7:15 Pre-concert talk
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan expands and develops gamelan repertoire by interspersing traditional Indonesian techniques with contemporary Western ones. In the works by Chan, Ristic and Harrison, their bronze and wooden Indonesian instruments blend with Western ones in an intermingling of global cultural sensibilities. Harrison’s piece for solo viola and gamelan, produces an atmosphere of simple, sensuous charm.
Pauk’s Echo Spirit Isle, originally composed for gamelan, takes on new form as a piece for large orchestra. Vivier’s Pulau Dewata lends itself to varied instrumentations with Good’s arrangement of the piece perhaps being the first for full orchestra. Evangelista, an expert in the music of Indonesia and other Asian cultures, combines his compositional expertise with this special knowledge in O Gamelan, the concert’s touchstone.
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Douglas Perry — Viola
JOSÉ EVANGELISTA — O Gamelan — Esprit Commission — World Premiere
CHAN KA NIN — Éveil aux oiseaux for gamelan and ensemble
ANDRÉ RISTIC — Projet for gamelan and ensemble
LOU HARRISON — Threnody for Carloz Chavez for viola and gamelan
ALEX PAUK — Echo Spirit Isle for orchestra
CLAUDE VIVIER — Pulau Dewata (arr. Scott Good)
As Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan enters its 30th anniversary the ensemble has decided to look ahead, beyond the immediate horizon of the 2013-14 season. Restructuring, reinventing, rethinking… to enable the group to continue to grow and prosper utilizing their diverse repertoire.
Building a better website, uploading audio, video, and text about the group is in the works. Until that time I will post some of what is in the works here.
Rick and Andrew created gamelan workshops at Array Space. A successful meetup for non-professionals with a taste for exotic music – that you can learn to play in a single sitting.
17 November 2013, Koerner Hall there will be an exciting concert. The Esprit Orchestra and Evergreen Club perform a great repertoire featuring great Canadian, American, and Indonesian composers. Read more.
If you want to reduce repetitive strain from your computer life use key commands. This applies not only to the programs you use most (for me, Pro Tools, Sibelius, Word, QuickTime…) but also for watching youtube videos.
Here’s a short video showing you the basics.
As a cyclist who rides 45 weeks of the year (I don’t ride anymore through rain and snow), and doesn’t own a car I have a strong sense of how the city feels about cycling. With the massively expensive Metrolinx public transit upgrade looming I see that very little will be done to improve cycling conditions in this city.
This city needs a visionary who understands the benefits of a vibrant bike culture. Montreal has the right idea: partitioned bike lanes. Ultimately, we need partitioned bike lanes, especially in the city’s core. Street cars are currently problematic and inefficient. Tracks and cycling do not mix. Too dangerous, but all the major east-west streets have sluggishly treacherous street cars. Cyclists must venture along the congested Bloor/Danforth that has been reduced to one lane for everyone.
Given the transit inefficiencies and short-sightedness of city politicians, getting around Toronto on a bike works quite well if you know ravine geography and side streets. The lack of winter maintenance in the ravines makes it difficult to ride in the winter because you’re forced on to the major streets where swollen snowbanks restrict car and bike traffic to one lane.
The city’s way of dealing with snow removal needs an overhaul but the dearth of hardcore winter cyclists precludes change.
More people will be riding as gas prices and the current economic reality forces us to rethink our spending habits and how we live our lives. A slow process to effect positive change for city mobility and with Metrolinx hard on the move I am concerned that short-sightedness will leave the next generation in the lurch.
When you play guitar you can experience a variety of subtle to extreme body pains. Over time the repetition of holding the guitar a certain way forces your body to adapt to the position you normally settle into. Most people need help to find the best position for holding the guitar because it involves your whole body.
This post is not about how to play guitar properly from a physical perspective (hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, head positioning, etc.), but about working with the body tensions that naturally arise from the repetition of daily practice.
Search mosaicland for other related yoga posts, or visit Ekhart Yoga.
For more information about finding a guitar teacher visit 6SM, or contact me through this website.
I was robbed. In broad daylight by two teenage thugs who would have done me in had I not a guitar in hand. They took off with my 24-speed, and all my stuff, including a wallet with an expensive ticket to see Roger Waters. In short, I survived and still had my Martin Backpacker guitar.
Needless to say I had to buy a new bike. I went for this:
Not a bad mid-range bike but changing the back wheel takes a bit of learning. This is what the post is about. How to do that.
Quick Release Brakes
As a guitarist I need to protect my nails from chipping, cracking, or breaking right off. So, I’ve never been quick to get my hands dirty. I have learned enough about maintaining my bike but there are few things I am not good at: removing/replacing internal gear wheels and quick release brakes.
When I watch this video I laugh. It looks so easy. Mine don’t do that. I reset them so they could become quick release but I can’t get the brake lever tension I need.
I subscribe to EkhartYoga.com because I admire Esther’s peaceful, respectful intelligence expressed in an Irish-Dutch accent that encourages a well-paced vibe that integrates the inner (say, spiritual) and outer aspects of yoga. In this video Esther demonstrates in real time the benefits of a lower back yoga pose, Sphinx.
I’m unsure of the purpose of this post, except to come back to the Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown (below) I found in the sidebar after doing the Sphinx video. Drawn to her muscular body I wanted to see her approach to yoga.
Her performance was deliberate, hard core, no-nonsense, and kick ass. Her wicked meltdown method embodies a marketing strategy geared for mainstream America: sexy and uncompromising. Yoga and dance music. What a concept. Quite an evolution from the peace and tranquility of an ashram.
Though, I found her workout effective, challenging, and inspiring. It tests every part of you. I only got to the twelve minute mark, much to my disbelief – I thought I wasn’t in bad shape. (Not totally true, I have been locked in my studio spending most of my time sitting in a substandard office chair staring at my computer.) But I do exercise regularly, but just not in proportion to the amount of time I sit.
My partner suggested I try it again but to do the beginner versions of the postures. I was tending toward the advanced as the intermediate version was doing all the talking.
So, I decided to make it to the end of the video today. And after much sweating and groaning I made it, though I slipped on my drenched mat and nearly fell.
Core improves your posture as it supports your upper body. Core is good, core is great, let us thank it for our strength. Amen.
By far my most neglected area, the core needs much attention as it radiates balance and strength, helps in sitting, standing, walking and overall sense of feeling strong.
As a cyclist who doesn’t own a car I’ve been able to keep in pretty good shape. Having to ride most places helps me exercise without it seeming to be. However, as a composer and writer who spends many, many hours seated in front of a computer screen I feel the negative effects on my neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips.
Esther Ekhart’s yoga videos remind me to become more integrated with all aspects of my life. As a younger man the realization of music or sculpting words took precedence over everything else, but now as wisdom enters with aches, pains and general entropy I realize that good health rules.
I didn’t think this video would be that challenging since I ride. Well, not the case. It’s a great workout, that sparks the whole body, breath and internal focus. As I sit here writing this, I feel invigorated.
With the aid of a PVR I watched a lot of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs ultimately following Chicago (defeating Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, and L.A. Kings) and Boston (devastating Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and Pittsburg Penguins).
I’m a Canadiens fan (having grown up in Montreal) but I also root for the Winnipeg Jets (since I spent my first childhood there, not far from the jet across from the Courts of St. James), so needless to say I was disappointed that Winnipeg did not make it to the playoffs and Montreal played so poorly against Ottawa. (It was disheartening to see Carey Price and PK Subban without their magic. But they’ll get it back.)
And, having lived in Toronto more than anywhere else you might think I was a Leafs fan, but I am not – I can’t relate to them as a team. Like the city, a predominantly a big-business centre that lacks heart and vision, the Maple Leafs, owned by the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, are too frustrating to watch. Though I did get caught up in the frenzy that after being behind three games to one Toronto made it to Game 7 against the Bruins, and were ahead 4-1 in the third period. And like a car accident, suddenly they were gone. The next day noone I knew was talking about it.
A frustrating team which executes relentless dirty hard-hitting defensive play to grind the other team into oblivion and then strike with an explosive offensive. Boston’s star defenseman Zdeno Chara’s role was to stymie Toronto’s Phil Kessel, and it ultimately worked. Then against Pittsburg Chara and his team beat the shit out of the best player in the league Sidney Crosby (who didn’t get a single point), and defeated the Penguins in four straight games.
That Chicago and Boston put their semi-final teams away in 4 and 5 games respectively represents their development through the playoffs; especially Chicago. Boston did everything in their power to destroy Toews and nearly did. I grew to hate 6’9″ Chara, the dirty Bruin defensemen who played more than half of every game. He’s so big with an enormous reach. When he wasn’t pummelling players he poke-checked and deflected shots with his long stick. Patrick Kane rose to the occasion, along with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Bryan Bickell and they found their groove, ignoring the Boston hard ass style to sustain Blackhawk finesse and defeat the Bullies in Boston in game 6.
It was a long haul following the playoffs. The refs, the injuries, the analysis and the psychology of key players. A few times I nearly stopped. A three-period game is epic. Each period adds to the story and leads you to the final minutes of the third, where endurance, persistence, and coolness in the face of adversity creates heroes.