SOURCE: Musicworks Magazine

Musicworks Magazine

July 20, 2015 10:00 ET

Chill Out With Musicworks #122; On National Newsstands June 26, 2015

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 20, 2015) - Settle into your porch swing, deck chair, or beach blanket, then dig in to our Summer 2015 issue. Eye-catching images enliven flipping, while the companion CD enhances reading with a playlist showcasing all the artists featured in our Summer pages. Aside from the folks mentioned below, you'll discover the unsung songbooks of jazz legend Dave Burrell, Peter Ablinger's art of time (and his should-be-a-hit "Cecil Taylor"), as well as the stories behind cool Canadian works: Sabrina Schroeder's Stircrazer, Nimalan Yoganathan's Unseen Songlines, and Sarah Davachi's Barons Court. Sweet tweet: Su Rynard muses on the sounds of her vital new documentary The Messenger, about disappearing songbirds.

ON THE SUMMER 2015 COVER
Meet composer and improvising performer Allison Cameron (and a few of her favourite musical things) in the garden oasis behind the community hub that houses the studio of this intelligent, earthy, and playful artist. Beautiful original photos by Claire Harvie complement a thorough, thoughtful, and engaging feature by Musicworks contributing editor Nick Storring. With two recordings just out -- A Gossamer Bit (with Toronto ensemble Contact, released on Redshift Records) and Friends (with her improv trio, c_RL) -- Allison is primed to spin a web of stories about the rich and varied career she's had thus far. Discover how her experimental roots in B.C. blossomed in Holland and flowered in Toronto through the insights of musical colleagues and Allison's singular voice.

BEHOLD, CURIOSITY MAN!
Supercollider-composer Andrew Staniland is inspired by science and technology -- evidenced in Talking Down The Tiger, his new Naxos CD of works for instruments and electronics. Born in Red Deer and educated in Edmonton and Toronto, Andrew is now a professor at Memorial U. The Ocean Is Full of Its Own Collapse, a piece informed by recent Newfoundland history, premieres at Ottawa Chamberfest (July/Aug.). Staniland and a team of engineers designed the ARC (recently evolved into the Mune), an instrument intended to make electroacoustic music performances more engaging for audiences. Writer Jonathan Bunce explores the galaxy for this Profile spotlight.

sfSOUND's RADICAL TRANSCRIPTIONS
Keeping alive the Bay Area's rich experimental music heritage, sfSound has built, over 15 years, a dynamic contemporary repertoire out of the remains of 1960s-era European and American experimentalism. Directed by composer and clarinetist Matt Ingalls, sfSound serves up regular performances, an annual international tape-music festival, and an Internet radio station. With sfSound's first official recording set for 2015 release, composer and writer Dan Joseph takes stock of the history, accomplishments, and aesthetic interests of this staunchly independent collective, as it perseveres amidst a dramatically changing cultural and economic landscape.

NAVIGATING THE MUSIC OF OBSTACLES
After a midlife shift to the wilds of Nova Scotia, Jay Crocker emerges with an ambitious new project, JOYFULTALK (pitching a tent at Toronto's Camp Wavelength in August). Writer Andrew Patterson and photographer John McCarthy visit one of Canada's most exciting musical minds at his workshop in Crousetown, N.S., for our rollicking feature. A longtime staple of Calgary's noise-and-improv scene, Jay has recently been manipulating homebuilt electronics and instruments to create large-scale, abstract pop environments. Combining rigid scores with out-there experience, Jay works at the centre of creativity in the margins of the world to create JOYFULTALK's debut MUUIXX (Drip Audio).

MUSICWORKS, A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, RECEIVES ANNUAL OPERATING GRANTS FROM THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS AND THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL, AND FUNDING SUPPORT FROM THE SOCAN FOUNDATION.

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