Array Session #14

Monday, November 26, 2012 @8PM
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street. second floor, M6J 3W3
416 532 3019

An evening of improvisation by some of Toronto’s finest musicians along with their friends and guests from out-of-town heralds a return to the Columbia U Radio jams or the great tradition of CCMC Music Gallery evenings.

Each Session, Artistic Director Rick Sacks hosts special guests in experiments and interactions.

This Array Session is the first Session in the New Array Space. Check it out.

Click Here to View the six Session #14 works on Youtube.

Branko Dzinovic - accordion
Noam Lemish - piano
Michael Lynn - Double Bass
Pierre Mongeon - flugelhorn and slide trumpet
Eldritch Priest -electric guitar
Rick Sacks - percussion

Branko Dzinovic (accordion) is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Toronto. Dzinovic participated in various artistic projects, such as “Phonart”, supported by the European Union. Not only is he active as a performer, but he regularly collaborates with artists coming from different types of media. He composed the soundtracks for two award-winning short films–“Tata Morgana” and “Daddy’s pride”. As a soloist and as a member of various ensembles, he recorded for the Radio Television of Serbia, Austrian Radio 1, and BBC.

Noam Lemish (piano) Pianist and composer, Noam Lemish (b.1982), began his classical and jazz studies in Israel. Later, he studied under the tutelage of W.A. Mathieu while completing his BA (Summa Cum Laude) in music at Sonoma State University in California, where he studied with Mel Graves, Will Johnson, and Marilyn Thompson.  While completing his master’s degree in composition at the University of Toronto, he served as 2011-2012 Composer-In-Residence for “gamUT” – the University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble. At present, Lemish is continuing his studies at the University of Toronto as a doctoral student in Jazz Performance-Piano. Lemish released his first album in fall of 2008, “Yes And” – a collaboration with master drummer George Marsh. Recently completed recording projects to be released in the near future include an album of piano solo improvisations, a second set of duo pieces performed with George Marsh, and an album of improvisations for piano & prepared piano along with Will Johnson. He has appeared in numerous performances across the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, and in Bhutan. He has played and performed with such musicians as: Sheila Jordan, John Handy, George Marsh, James Newton, Billy Hart, Julian Lage, Frances-Marie Uitti, Mel Graves, Dayna Stephens, Babatunde Lea, and many others. Lemish has composed various chamber, choral and piano compositions, numerous jazz compositions as well as music for traditional Bhutanese instruments. He has also composed music for theater, dance, and film, most notably: UBU RULES! (2005); Verlaine: Muse and Music Maker (2005) and Article 13 (2009) In 2009/2010 he served as music teacher at the Kilu Music School in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. While living in Bhutan, Lemish also hosted a weekly educational music radio program and composed a commissioned multi-movement suite entitled The People’s King in celebration of the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday.

Pierre Mongeon (flugelhorn and slide trumpet) Pierre Mongeon is a seasoned composer, singer, songwriter, trumpet player and piano player. The song “Happy Feet” from his recent album “Circle Of The Earth – share the love” was a winner in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. The seven years of writing, arranging, and playing piano for the French choir “Les Voix Du Coeur” included concerts at the Glen Gould Studio and live sessions at Radio Canada. Live instrumental performance on TVO featuring pieces from his International release “Sunday Afternoon” (Somerset Entertainment - Avalon). Sharing his music over the years has included performances in France and the US. Currently performing intuitive improvised music with CoexisDance, TIO (Toronto improvisers orchestra) and Array Music is an ongoing passion. And from time to time he also performs intimate concerts as a singer songwriter. Pierre has recently launched an ongoing event where the audience is invited to participate with barefoot meditative dancing while Pierre’s ensemble the eVoid Collective Orchestra perform live.

Michael Lynn (double bass) Upright Bass, electric basses, tambourine, clarinet, found objects. Played in the experimental playground of Brisbane Australia, now living in Toronto - bands - Taste of teeth, The Mondo Topless Quintet, Heart Juice, Earbeard, IMO, Tad, The Rose Water Supper Club, Rob Thornton Ensemble, CoexisDance and the eVoid Collective Orchestra.

Eldritch Priest (electric guitar)Edritch Priest writes (about) musical nonsense. He recently completed a PhD at the Institute for Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University, where he wrote on the aesthetics of failure in recent experimental composition. Publications include "Listening to Nothing in Particular: Boredom in Contemporary Experimental Music" in Postmodern Culture (forthcoming), "Obscurity and the Poetics of Non/Sense in the Writings of Raymond Roussel and Fernando Pessoa" in Mosaic (forthcoming), and "A Sprawling Mess: The Poetics of Musica Residua" in Radical Musicology (2009). A practicing composer whose works have been performed by national and international ensembles, eldritch is also co-artistic director of the Toronto-based experimental music collective Neither/Nor.

Rick Sacks (percussion) Rick Sacks performs as a percussionist with many groups including Arraymusic, The Art of Time, New Music Concerts, Aventa, The Glass Orchestra, and the Evergreen Club. Recent performances have been in Shanghai, Beijing, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Jersey, Toronto and Ulaan Baatar. Rick composes music for dance and theatre. He created the compositions for CanStage’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Park at High Park, Midsummer Night’s Dream at Passe Muraille, the hit show Sibs (Tarragon), and the award-winning children’s show Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath). His recent work as co-composer/music director of Red Sky's Tono won the 2010 Dora award for best sound design/composition. Last summer he created a new dance work, Migrations for Red Sky at Banff in association with New Zealand’s Black Grace Dance Company. Adventures of the SMOID, a puppet show written and composed by Rick with Gamelan accompaniment was premiered at the Music Gallery and performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival in the Summer of 2012. His sound design for the theatrical premiere of The Never Ending Story for Roseneath Theatre was also premiered in 2012. Rick's latest work is a composition for orchestra to be performed by the Victoria Symphony November 2012. Titled Water Music, the piece includes remote controlled flying fish, a deep sea diver and quotes from Handel, Ravel and the Beatles.
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