Saturday 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.
Spectrum Music, brings storytellers and musicians together in a special concert in honour of Canada’s 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. ActorRachel 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!
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!
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.
Graham’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.
When your friend turns to you and says the most annoying of conversation openers: “I had the strangest dream last night…” we all know it’s the cue for us to glaze over, put on a brave face of mild interest, while furtively dreaming behind our open eyes of what’s for dinner. But how about this:…
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…
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.