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September 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Malcolm Goldstein & Rainer Wiens (QC)
Malcolm Goldstein is a violinist emeritus of experimental music in North America. Goldstein came of age with the Judson Dance Theatre, the influential collective of New York artists in music, dance, and visual arts in the early 1960s. His undeniable bona fides were summed up neatly when he told Scott Thomson that both John Cage and Ornette Coleman wrote pieces for him! Now in his eighties, his playing remains like quicksilver, a sensuous engagement with the total sound resources of the violin, while an almost vocal spirit of melody is never far from the surface. His Montreal colleague, Rainer Wiens, is an ideal partner whose prepared guitar and kalimba (thumb-piano) playing demonstrates an exceptional timbral and, especially, rhythmic acumen.
Sunday, 15 September, Noon, Guelph Youth Music Centre (on a bill with Erwan Keravec & Hamid Drake), $25/$20
Erwan Keravec (FR) solo & with Hamid Drake (USA)
The sound of Erwan Keravec’s Breton bagpipes, an instrument that is very similar to Scottish highland pipes, is astonishing. He combines a thorough grounding in traditional Breton music with difficult-to-fathom technical extensions that expand his instrument’s already formidable expressive range. Keravec is equally at home in contemporary notated and freely improvised music contexts, but the power of his original musical vision is directly accessible through solo performance; his all-acoustic solo at St. George’s Church (on a ‘pipe-themed’ double-bill with pipe organist and synthesist John Kameel Farah) promises to be both totally uncommon and uncommonly special in the context of anything called a ‘jazz festival.’ Elsewhere, Keravec will also be featured in a first-time collaboration with legendary drummer, Hamid Drake, a Guelph favourite needing no introduction.
With the Financial Support of Spectacle vivant en Bretagne.
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