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FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE MUSIQUE ACTUELLE VICTORIAVILLE - MAY 15-19, 2008 Review: Downtown Music Gallery New York: - August 18, 2008

The Glenn Hall Ear/Cam ensemble from Toronto seemedto polarize the audience: folks either loved it or disliked it. This disparity of opinion seemed to be a thread that ran through this entire fest, as we often discussed each set and argued about what we dug or didn't enjoy. Glenn had a 7-piece electro-acoustic ensemblewith the instrumentation of (Hall on) tenor sax & bass clarinet,trumpet or EWI (electronic wind instrument), a female vocalist,turntables, guitar, bass and drums, plus added electronics & amplified objects. The first piece turned out to be a version of Stockhausen's "Japan" and was filled with Erstwhile-like space and suspense. The vocalist (Tena Palmer) used her voice in a variety of weird ways and I dug what she added to the blend. The second piece was called, "The Last Time I Saw Dutch (Schultz)", the infamous Jewish gangster from Newark, NJ. Both Glenn and Tena read passages from Dutch Schultz' s final words as he lay dying after being shot. It was truly nightmarish and most affective, with layers of voices, electronic sounds and some twisted music floating ominously aroundthe room. "Terminal Beach" was the final piece and dedicated to all of the places where man has tested nuclear weapons. Again, the strange sounds and ghost-like voices did a great job of reminding us that the residue of this nuclear testing will not leave these areas for thousands of years to come.

Bruce Lee Gallanter Downtown Music Gallery

Artist's profile in Scott Yanow's, The Jazz Singers. - July 25, 2008

Scott Yanow Completes The Jazz Singers, His Tenth Jazz Book
Scott Yanow, a veteran jazz journalist who has written about all styles of jazz during the past 30 years, recently completed The Jazz Singers. The huge book, which has profiles on the top 521 jazz singers of all time, is scheduled to be published and released by Hal Leonard in October 2008.

The Jazz Singers covers every significant jazz vocalist from 1900-2007, ranging from Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Mel Torme to Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum. It follows a long string of important and highly rated books by Yanow, including Classic Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76. Yanow's vast knowledge of both jazz history and the current jazz scene has resulted in his work becoming definitive books that are widely read and consulted.

In his career, Scott Yanow has contributed to virtually every important jazz magazine including Jazz Times, Jazziz, Downbeat, Cadence, Coda, The Mississippi Rag and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene plus the All Music Guide website. He was the jazz editor for Record Review, co-produced a series of reissue CDs for Allegro Imports, has contributed to several festival programs (most recently the Playboy Jazz Festival), has penned over 500 liner notes and was the editor of the 3rd edition of the All Music Guide To Jazz. It is believed that he has written more jazz record reviews than anyone in history.

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE MUSIQUE ACTUELLE VICTORIAVILLE - MAY 15-19, 2008 Review: Downtown Music Gallery New York: - June 18, 2008

The Glenn Hall Ear/Cam ensemble from Toronto was next and seemedto polarize the audience: folks either loved it or disliked it. Thisdisparity of opinion seemed to be a thread that ran through thisentire fest, as we often discussed each set and argued about what wedug or didn't enjoy. Glenn had a 7-piece electro-acoustic ensemblewith the instrumentation of (Hall on) tenor sax & bass clarinet,trumpet or EWI (electronic wind instrument), a female vocalist,turntables, guitar, bass and drums, plus added electronics &lified objects. The first piece turned out to be a version ofStockhausen's "Japan" and was filled with Erstwhile-like space andsuspense. The vocalist (Tena Palmer) used her voice in a variety ofweird ways and I dug what she added to the blend. The second piecewas called, "The Last Time I Saw Dutch (Schultz)", the infamousJewish gangster from Newark, NJ. Both Glenn and Tena read passagesfrom Dutch Schultz' s final words as he lay dying after being shot.It was truly nightmarish and most affective, with layers of voices,electronic sounds and some twisted music floating ominously aroundthe room. "Terminal Beach" was the final piece and dedicated to allof the places where man has tested nuclear weapons. Again, thestrange sounds and ghost-like voices did a great job of reminding usthat the residue of this nuclear testing will not leave these areasfor thousands of years to come.


Bruce Lee GallanterDowntown Music Gallery

MacKAY, Ronald Raymond R.I.P. - April 14, 2008

One of the main reasons I became a musician, was the influence, example and teaching of this man. Rom was musical father to hundreds of us and a genius teacher and leader and lover of music. He taught us to simply expect the highest standards... and to have fun and teach ourselves.
I spoke with him from the airport en route to Europe... It was one of those calls you sometimes put off "I can reach him when I get back", etc...

His voice was tiny but he was the same curious joker, saying he thought of all of us musicians as flowers in his garden..,and he threw an awful lot of bullshit at us to make us grow"... thanks Ron!
My thoughts and wishes of grace and love go to all his kids, with whom I have grown up: Doug, Donna, Kenny, Karen and Jane.

MacKAY, Ronald Raymond - September 26, 1928, to April 14, 2008, of Cole Harbour, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved children. He was predeceased by his wife, Francis as well as siblings, Macey MacKay, Isabel MacKay and Charles MacKay. Born in Dunneville, Ont., Ron was a son of the late Isabella (Dodd) and Charles MacKay. He is survived by his brother, Don (Yvonne) MacKay, and sister, Kathleen Henry. Ron enjoyed the rigors of a large family and will be sadly missed by his children, Doug and Jane (Bolivar) MacKay, Ken and Catherine (Dilkie) MacKay, Donna MacKay and Brad Colpitts, Karen (MacKay) and Lloyd Homes, Jane (MacKay) and Kevin Cook; grandchildren, Margie MacMillan, Michael MacKay, Libby MacKay, Nelson Holmes, Jessie Holmes, Noah Cook, Sophie Cook; stepgrandchildren, Carrie Colpitts and Colin Colpitts; great-grandchildren, Kai MacMillan and Jackson Colpitts. He also leaves behind his beloved little dog, Pepi II. Along with family, Ron enjoyed many close lifelong friendships. Ron received his formal music education at the Canadian Armed Forces School of Music, St. Francis Xavier University, and Dalhousie University. Beginning music instruction at age 10, Ron joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946, serving for 20 years in the Armed Forces Band as a horn player, bandmaster, and instructor. His professional career as an instrumentalist (French horn) encompassed a variety of additional organizations, including the Halifax Opera Company, Halifax Symphonette, CBC Orchestra (Halifax), Halifax Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra. He retired from the Armed Forces Band in 1966 and began a career in music education as an instrumental music teacher in Truro. As director of the Cobequid Educational Centre Symphonic Band and its feeder programs from grades 4 through 12, he developed one of the more prominent school bands in the Atlantic Provinces. During his tenure as Band Director in Truro, hundreds of students went on to pursue careers in music. Since his retirement from teaching in Truro in 1991, MacKay had been very active as a clinician, adjudicator, conductor and composer throughout Canada and the Atlantic Provinces. He has adjudicated concert bands at the national and provincial levels in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. He taught and lectured at Nova Scotia Teachers College, St. Francis Xavier and Dalhousie Universities. He had held positions as conductor of the Saint Mary's University Concert Band, St. Francis Xavier University Wind Ensemble, and most recently conductor of the Halifax Concert Band and the Scotia Brass Ensemble. He spent much of his time arranging and composing music for young bands, with dozens of published works for band - including many commissioned works. He received a number of honours and awards for his contributions to music, including life membership in the Canadian Band Association, Nova Scotia Music Educators Association, Nova Scotia Band Association, Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia, and was the 1997 recipient of the Canadian Band Association's National Band Award. He was an International Honorary Member of the Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu. He was one of the founders of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble, and the Canadian Band Association's National Youth Band of Canada. He was past president of both the Nova Scotia Band Association and the Canadian Band Association. Ron never stopped working, and continued as a consultant for Buckley's Music in Halifax. The loss of Ron MacKay, the father, musician, composer, band director, teacher and friend, will be felt by many; but they are also enriched by all that he shared and taught (and, hopefully somewhere he is watching the Toronto Maple Leafs win a Stanley Cup!). A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Ron's life will be held in Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Rd., on Friday, April 18. Visitation from 1-3 p.m. Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow.

NS last week... - April 13, 2008

I had another busy time in NS upon returning ....straight from the airport to a Halifax college (NSCC)where I gave two songwriting clinics. They went well as did two - very different- concerts the following day. The first was with 4 old friends; dearest of dears, Holly Arsenault on piano the other 3, from my high school, CEC in Truro… all great players & a really fun time: my host at the school, Jeff Goodspeed on tenor, sop. and flute, Jamie Gatti ( first time we'd played together since 1980!) bass, and Dave Burton, drums.
The concert that evening was in the beautiful ( sounding and feeling) St. Mary's Basilica with Sanctuary trio (pipe organ, bass clarinet and cello). It felt just wonderful and the audience was aonderful! A friend came to see me with whom I had acted & toured in a couple of theatre productions, back in ’84. He is a world-traveling singer songwriter – we exchanged cds. It was great to see him, and remember the fun days in Peace River playing Gertie Mc Bride. The next day was in Antigonish, where I taught a vocal workshop at St Francis Xavier U. Thanks to Ryan Billington for his kind help in setting up the clinic.

news from London - March 29, 2008

sitting in a fine pub in Portobello Road in London.
Had a great time yesterday, at the Tate - catching up on homework in the cafe and loving the surrealist & other exhibits.... London feels wonderful. Love the inherent politeness in the busy streets.... caught evensong at St. Paul's... had an artistic epiphany as the evening sun swapped the faces of the folks in the quire ( with all the dark wood and parish designations over their heads for each seat) ...you had to be there - but it gave me good ideas for songs and made me wish I was a painter or cinematographer... alas, only a songwriter...
the gospel gig in Rvk was fantastic, BTW.... following KK's gorgeous " Englar Himins Gretu I Dag"...was a sweet act to follow - which I did, with, 2 Mahalis tunes: His Eye is on the Sparrow and Walk Over God's Heaven...a fun time for an athiest...!
Saw 2 good comedians in Picadilly a few days ago, caught the last bit of Martin Simpson's concert at Q.E. Hall on Tues... and hung with old buddy, Chris Wood who opened the show.
Watching the big race between Oxford and Cambridge on the tube here, in the pub... time to go...
more later.
cheerie-o!
Tena

icelandic gigs - March 23, 2008

chilling on easter sun.. have a gig at Gaukur a Stong this eve at midnight... - It´s illegal to sell liquor on easter sun... - playing a pop set with hilmar, matti & joi... the rehearsal yesterday felt like marzipan....complimented by Matti´s most excellent espresso in the break...aaahh..
the bluesfest was a huge hit; all nights sold-out and a very lively good friday gospel concert! Loved the GRAS concert on thurs.... great to play with Jon who helped set it up, Maggi- very ill with a cold, but played sweetly as always, with his nose dripping visibly, poor chap!, KK- whose kick-ass band played MY favourite set of the night - and the divine Gummi P. who was the #1 blues soloist of night!
gotta run
more soon,
happy easter - gleidilega Paska!

From Kaffitar i Reykjavik - March 22, 2008

I am a little slow in sharing the news of this trip - apologies... but I've been having a great time and the music has been as much fun as meeting old and new friends!
The gig at Stayner's Wharf was a real treat! Tom Easley, Joel Leblanc and Mark Adam are just divine musicians - wee all seem to share similar musical perspectives and the communication and spirit on stage was blissfully audible. Tom & Mark said it was their best gig at Stayner's, for the music and also because of the very attentive and enthusiastic crowd! Thansk kindly, to all the friends who came out to listen. Some, from as far as Antigonish, Barrington Passage...and other distant lands....
Adding Christoph Both to this 4tet onthe following night, gave the concert at Acadia's KC Irving Environmental Science Centre a lovely tonal richness. My favourite moment was an arco duet by Tom & Chris. We were sad not to have Jeff Reilly join us on bass clarinet... but he was laid-up with pneumonia.
I look forward to singing with him and Sanctuary on April 3rd...
Reyjkavik...aaah, my old stompin' ground.~! I am loving being back and sorry to report that I jsurt realized i have a rehearsal with Hilmar & Matti & Joi.. in a few mins...so I'll sign-off for now and get you the Rvk news in a day or so.
love to all!
Tena

Singer, teacher, writer covers all the bases; Versatile Palmer keyed up for N.S., Iceland, England - March 13, 2008

Stephen Pedersen Arts Reporter
It's a good deal for Nova Scotia-born
jazz artist and Chelsea Bridge
alumnae Tena Palmer, and it's a good
deal for fans in her native province.
She's flying to London for a holiday at
the end of the week, and since she's
flying out of Boston via Reykjavik on
Icelandair, she gets a week-long stopover
in Iceland.
"That's the way I visit Iceland,"
Palmer said over the phone from her
home in Toronto on Monday. Palmer
worked and taught for six years
(1996-2002) in Iceland where, like the
island's spectacular volcanoes, a
volatile and varied contemporary
music scene is always bubbling.
"I'll be singing at the Reykjavik Blues
Festival next week," Palmer said,
"then a gospel concert in church on
Good Friday, and that night I'll be
working with an experimental pop
band. On (Easter) Monday, before I
leave for London I'll do an Irish pub
gig." Like most Nova Scotia career
musicians, Palmer learned a long time
ago that the key to survival is to
diversify. Together with teaching,
songwriting, performing and
recording in a variety of genres, she is
not only surviving as a musician, but
prevailing.
Thursday night in Halifax, beginning
at 8:30, she plays at Stayner's for
JazzEast (cover is $5) with local roots
blues guitarist Joel LeBlanc, bassist
Tom Easley, and Acadia University
percussionist Mark Adam. On Friday
night she performs in Wolfville at
Acadia University with the same band
and special guests Jeff Reilly (bass
clarinet) and cellist Christoph Both.
Then it's off to Iceland and London,
and when she returns, Palmer will
give a concert and two afternoon
workshops. Palmer then returns to
Toronto where she performs and
teaches privately. "I teach at Carleton
University in Ottawa twice a month,"
she said. "I really enjoy it because I
have a good number of students there,
and I really like to be in transit.
"I actually get a lot of writing done on
the train. I seem to focus best when
I'm travelling. It's a 10-hour trip both
ways so that's 20 hours of good
writing time a month."
( )
Figure:
Toronto-based, Nova Scotia-born singer Tena Palmer says she gets lots of writing done while travelling on the train to
Ottawa twice a month.
© 2008 The Chronicle-Herald -ArtsLife, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, p. E6

back East( NS)...easter (in Rvk)..eastest! (UK) - March 2, 2008

feels good to be back in the saddle; ready to take-off again...
preparing repertoire for many gigs, each one, a new band doing different tunes:
Of course, while writing song lists is when I get ideas for those almost-cooked tunes waiting for the final touches...
so - guitar in hands.... this A.M. is for picking and singing..
before this afternoon's fiinal improv acting class at Impatient Theatre - what fun!

I am thrilled to be heading back to the auld sod of NS
to play new mateterial with a brand new group.. I am hearing all these gorgeous harmonies with cello, bass clarinet and slide git... with Mark's percussion... & the warm groove Tom sets up...
can't wait!
n.b.
Not yet on the tour calendar: a reunion gig @ Gaukur á Stöng,( rvk's oldest bar and one of the largest music venues) with: eX pOp, the experimental pop band created by: Hilmar Jensson, Matthias Hemstock, Joi Asmundsson and meself... what fun we have!
also...there'll be a celtic session with ALBA at The Celtic Cross date, t.b.a.
More soon, happy SUNday!

finally - February 29, 2008

a website again...
simple, yes....
more soon.
xo
ps
happy B'day Rossini... leap year, 1792 - Love your work!
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