spectrum-website-bannerMyths become music on October 28th, 8:00pm at Alliance Francaise de Toronto.

In our modern world, what use do we have for mythology? Whether it be urban legend, ghost story, harmless superstition, or cultivating our own personal myths, our ancient love of legend and lore is certainly alive and well.

The lost city of Atlantis, the mermaid of Dutch folklore, and the Aztec diety Quetzalcoatl are transformed into intriguing new works performed by Toronto superstars, The Heavyweights Brass Band. In a concert to bring jazz, classical, and pop audiences together, when the lines between fact and fiction become blurry, can music fill the gap?

For tickets visit SpectrumMusic.ca

shannon-graham-50Saturday September 2, 2017: A day of performance taking place in the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square from 2-10pm. Robert Everett Green of the Globe and Mail describes the event as “a marathon of sound in the middle of traffic.”

DIALECTICA SAX QUARTET
2:15 – 2:45pm / Stage 1
Shannon Graham (tenor sax), Chelsea McBride (baritone sax), Olivia Shortt (alto sax), and Jennifer Tran (soprano sax) blur the lines between jazz and classical traditions. Both Graham and McBride sit in the composer’s chair along with Javier Vazquez, who all also write for Spectrum Music. Dialectica sees the group play with latin themes, minimalism, and not to mention dipping into new age territory at times. Leaving the idea of genre at the door they are able to traverse a varied musical landscape. Keeping a cohesive voice through a their playful voice & dialogue.

For more information about Intersection, presented by Burn Down the Capital and CONTACT contemporary music click here.

Achro lineThe Achromatics’s Summer Heat Wave is well underway but there are still many opportunities to experience their soulful melodies, Latin rhythms, and ferocious showmanship.

July 7 – Beaches Jazz Presents Sounds of Leslieville and Riverside – http://beachesjazz.com/sounds-of-leslieville-riverside/

July 16 – Mississauga Ribfest – https://mississaugaribfest.com/

July 27 – July 28 – Beaches Jazz Streetfest – http://beachesjazz.com/street-fest/

July 30 – Bradford Ribfest – http://ontariofestivalgroup.com/event/bradford-ribfest/

August 3 – 3030 – http://www.3030dundaswest.com/events/

August 6 – Scarborough Ribfest – http://www.scarboroughribfest.com/

August 20 – Esplanade Park Concert Series  – http://calendar.pickering.ca

August 26 – Newmarket Music Festival – http://newmarketmusicfestival.com/

September 3 – Canada’s Largest Ribfest – http://www.canadaslargestribfest.com/

September 14 – Burdock – http://burdockto.com/

Find out more:

Official website: www.TheAchromatics.com
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBCOrmcl9ucTpkCjyWC4gFw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theachromatics/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-achromatics
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theachromatics/

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Toronto’s most unique saxophone quartet is back for two summer performances:

TD Toronto Jazz Festival presents Dialectica Sax Quartet and Hogtown Brass Quintet
Monday June 26, 7pm-9pm, Church of the Redeemer, Free admission

Music Mondays: Lunch hour concerts at Church of the Holy Trinity
Monday July 3, 12:15pm-1pm, Admission by donation

They are performing their signature, all original repertoire that fuses classical, jazz, pop, and Latin music.

For a preview, check out their live recordings here.

bemused 3.jpgPortraits de Georgian Bay
Friday May 5th, 2017
Alliance Francaise de Toronto
Tickets available here

The evocative songs of bilingual (French/English) singer-songwriter duo “Georgian Bay” are performed in lush new orchestrations (with a 5 person chamber ensemble) arranged by the Spectrum Composers.

bemused 4.jpgTales from Turtle Island
Saturday June 3th, 2017
Alliance Francaise de Toronto
Tickets available here

Spectrum Music, brings storytellers and musicians together in a special concert in honour of Canadas 150th birthday. “Tales from Turtle Island” features a remarkable ensemble of young and talented Indigenous performers to perform new works inspired by the storytelling tradition of Turtle Island, the land that encompasses most of North America.

Five new pieces by rising start Ojibwe playwright Yolanda Bonnell will be paired with compositions by five Spectrum composers. Actor Rachel Cantin will perform the pieces alongside an ensemble featuring acclaimed pow wow techno powerhouse DJ/electronic artist Classic Roots and members of the Metis Fiddler Quartet.

For more information on the Spectrum Music concert series visit spectrummusic.ca and see the world through a concert!

shannon-graham-dialectica-5Dialectica will be performing on Sunday March 19th (the eve of the spring equinox) for “Six Saxes Sing for Spring”. A new work by Shannon “3 Pieces for Spring” will be premiered!

@ Burdock Music Hall in Toronto

Buy tickets: http://burdockto.com/shows/?show=560
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Doors at 8:30pm, Show at 9pm

Two saxophone groups join to celebrate spring. Monsoon Trio – Andrew Kay (sax, Himalayan Singing Bowls), Jonathan Kay (sax, esraj), Justin Gray (Bass Veena, Electric Bass & FX), Derek Gray (drums & percussion) – has been creating music at the junction of jazz and Indian classical for ten years. Dialectica (Shannon Graham, Chelsea McBride, Olivia Shortt, and Samantha Etchegary) mixes classically- and jazz-trained saxophonists to explore the melding of these traditions. Jazz and Classical (East and West) meet here!

About Monsoon Trio
www.monsoontrio.com
https://soundcloud.com/monsoon-music/sets/monsoon-trio-pranaam

Listen to Dialectica’s “Live at the Music Gallery”