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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”

Inspired by the logical formula for “denying the consequent”, in a new project by Shannon Graham the term Modus Tollens becomes a metaphor for challenging one’s initial assumptions, especially those that we make about art music and ourselves.

Modus Tollens CD_1400Graham’s sophomore record Modus Tollens offers a new musical direction from the chamber-jazz-pop large ensemble of her debut project The Storytellers. Modus Tollens takes a simple approach in the attempt to find beauty and sincerity in new musical creations. “With this project I wanted to break out of the box I had established for myself in my previous project. Right now I’m interested in exploring sincerity over irony, beauty over strangeness, simplicity over complicity, no unnecessary notes, and no extra instruments.”

This stripped down ensemble of piano and saxophone require that the compositions get straight to the essence of the music. Graham’s saxophone performance moves to the forefront in Modus Tollens. “Without the horns and strings from the Storyteller’s front line, the saxophone needs to be the main expressive melodic voice. I was afraid of that responsibility when I created the Storytellers, but at this point I feel that it’s something I need to do.”

Graham hopes this project will cause audiences to question their ideas about jazz and classical music, while encouraging them to question their personal premises and find liberation in their own unknown.

Listen here

A blog post Shannon wrote for The Achromatics…a little insight behind the lyrics of the Achro-original song “Someday”

One of the first Achromatics original songs “Someday” might be more relevant now that when it was written a year ago.

The lyrics describe the desire to improve yourself but feeling frustrated and worried that you won’t succeed. Ultimately the song ends with a positive sentiment: that even though success can feel so far away, you just have to keep trying and never give up. As long as we keep trying, we can’t fail.

The concept of self-improvement can be extended to improving your community, other people’s lives, and the world. And lately, our world is facing dark times. It’s frustrating and scary, but the most terrifying idea is to throw in the towel and stop trying to improve things. As long as we’re still trying to make it better, we haven’t failed.

This is “Someday”

Light ink upon a page,
routine to start the day,
imagining how far it…

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The Achromatics are back for their first show of 2017, at the iconic Lula Lounge. Get ready for a night of music and dancing as they bring their powerful female horn section, Motown-style vocals, a Latin-influenced rhythm section and a Top-40-calibre stage show (yes…silver pants included).

$10 Advance tickets ($15 at the door) available here.

For sneak previews of the show like them on facebook.

bemused 1.jpgWhat lies in the murky depths below? Scientists have better maps of Mars than they do of the ocean that covers 70% of our planet, and composers from Debussy to Herbie Hancock have found inspiration from what lies in and below the deep blue seas.

The Spectrum composers create new pieces based on some of Earth’s most out-of-this-world species, a myriad of unusual geographic features, and even lost historical artifacts. This newly-minted music will be brought to life by the eclectic Shaw Street Collective. Shannon Graham’s piece “Azulada” will have it’s world premiere, as it evokes the mystery and joy of experiencing the ocean.

Saturday November 12, 2016
8:00pm
Alliance Franciase Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd
Tickets: $15 general/$10 student/senior/arts worker

Buy tickets here

Program:

Azulada by Shannon Graham
A Meeting with Poseidon by Chelsea McBride
The Nine Daughters of Aegir by Edwin Sheard
Behind the Waves by Jessica Stuart
La Sirena (Ventura) by Jay Vazquez
The Gold Coast by Mason Victoria

The Shaw Street Collective is:

Anthony Savidge- Marimba
Emma Rowlandson-O’Hara- Trumpet
Mikolaj Debowski- Trombone
Alyssa Ramsay- Cello

Learn more about Spectrum’s season:

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Toronto’s most formidable saxophone quartet will be performing at the Music Gallery’s X Avant Festival, opening for Sarah Neufeld: The Ridge on Saturday Oct 15th, 2016. The program will contain all original music from it’s members including the premiere of a new piece by Shannon.

For more information or to buy tickets visit musicgallery.org

With equal parts jazz-trained and classically-trained saxophonists, Dialectica attempts to find an aesthetic truth through the discourse of these two musical points of view, akin to the Dialectic method of philosophy found in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues.

Tackling philosophical inquiries even Socrates himself couldn’t foresee:

Can a current Canadian identity be found where the lineages of European art music and North American art music meet?

Can the saxophone occupy a space in the collective unconscious that lies beyond that of Careless Whisper and Baker Street?

Can the world handle more than one female saxophonist in one place?

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