Array Session #15

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 @ 8pm
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street. second floor, M6J 3W3

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. On Session #9 Rick is putting together a hybrid multiple percussion set-up to perform with special guests:

Rosano Coutinho - piano
Branko Dzinovic - accordion
Michael Lynn - Bass
Eldritch Priest -electric guitar
Rick Sacks - percussion
Rakesh Tewari- percussion

Rosano Coutinho (piano): Improvising pianist with an affection for drums and saxophone. Studied classical music at U of T, and improvisation at NYC's School for Improvisational Music. Performs in various configurations with musicians from Toronto's improvised music community. Creator of iLift (transcribing app) for iPhone & iPad.

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.

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.

Rakesh Tewari (percussion)Born in the Maritimes and widely sought after for his deep groove and sensitive musicality, Rakesh records and performs within a multitude of musical genres & settings and has been playing professionally in Canada and abroad for well over two decades. Having studied classical piano from age five, this drummer, percussionist and composer brings the subtleties of many worlds to the stage and screen, from drum set, classical percussion, electronics, tabla and other folkloric percussion.

A cross-section of his diversity would include collaborations with Juno awarded artists Madagascar Slim, Digging Roots, Kinnie Starr, Alejandra Ribera, Luanda Jones; Juno nominated artist, Treasa Lavasseur; Maori world roots artist, Mihirangi; Australian reggae/dancehall artist, Saritah;Tanya Tagaq Gillis; Asani; Plex; Ndidi Onukwulu; d’bi young; LAL; Juno awarded artists, African Guitar Summit; Juno nominated artists; The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, M-Do & Chhandam Dance Co.; multiple awarded artist, Donald Quan; Ian de Souza; Daniela Nardi; Gary Kiyoshi Nagata; Shelly Berger; Rick Lazar & Samba Squad; Mel M’Rabet; John Gzowski; Chris Gartner; Sundar Viswanathan; Lisa Patterson; Rita DiGhent; Andrea Koziol; Dave Clark & the Woodchopper's Association; Gord Downie and Coke Machine Glow and Rhea’s Obsession.

Rakesh has shared the stage with the likes of Alicia Keys; K’Naan; Rufus Wainwright; Salif Keita; Buffy St. Marie; Roy Ayers; Terry Callier; Ramesh Mishra; Carmen Souza; Angelique Kidjo; kd lang; Holly Cole; Kevin Breit; Cyro Baptista; CCR; Jeff Martin of the Tea Party and Nelly Furtado.

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