This year’s Festival was once again concurrent to Fluxible in time and space, which made for some wonderful juxtapositions. Here are the artists who performed.
Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet)
Kathryn is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Kathryn is currently the bass clarinet instructor as the University of Waterloo, the co-Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) at Wilfrid Laurier University, the Associate Director of the East-West Music Series at Conrad Grebel University College, and the artistic director of NUMUS’ MIX Music Series. Kathryn’s debut CD “Open” was released in September, 2010 and was made possible by a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Kathryn is currently pursuing her PhD at York University under the direction of Casey Sokol.
Ted Warren (percussion)
Ted has a solid reputation as a musical, versatile drummer. He is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has been recognized with Jazz Report’s Drummer of the Year award. He teaches at University Of Guelph and Mohawk College in their music programs and is a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator.
Ted fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which has released two CDs, First Time Calle, and Songs For Doug. He is also member of Broadview, which he co-leads with Rich Brown and Mike Murley. They have recently released their debut recording, Two of Clubs, on Addo records. He was the drummer for the Boss Brass and can be heard on six of their recordings, including Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme), From Lush to Lively (with Oliver Jones), Even Canadians get the Blues, and The Boss Brass Plays the Jazz Classics.
Ted studied music at McGill and received a certificate in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and recently completed his B. Mus. from Thompson Rivers University. He has worked with many acclaimed performers, including Slide Hampton, Bob Newhart, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Healey, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, Ron McClure, Doc Severinsen and Gerry Bergonzi. Ted’s extensive touring has taken him to Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with harpist Joanna Jordon. In addition to his other recorded work, you can hear Ted on Mike Murley’s CDs Extra Time, and the Jazz Report’s Album of the Year recipient, Conversation Piece. You can also hear Ted on the Juno Award winning Tales from the Blue Lounge by Richard Underhill. As well as being active teaching and playing, Ted is the Artistic Director for the Grand River Jazz Society. Ted endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Zildjian cymbals.
Breaktime! Fuel up, caffeinate, mix & mingle.
Mark Connolly (mandolin)
Mark is co-founder and co-chair of Fluxible. When not helping to create a user experience conference or designing software products at Waterloo-based Karos Health, he sometimes plays the mandolin. Other times he plays a ukulele. When those instruments don’t feel right, he plays a guitar. Sometimes, he plays the fool.
Brent Rowan (saxophone)
Brent is a performer, director, composer and educator of music. A Guelph based saxophonist, who also plays flute, clarinet and other woodwind instruments, Brent performs in a wide variety of musical collaborations; including 2009 Juno Nominated Eccodek, Big Bands, small jazz combos, classical chamber groups and creative music ensembles. Brent has performed and recorded all across Canada and the UK at music festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and London England to name a few. He has released two recordings of his own compositions; “It’s About Time” in 2006 and “IZ” in 2012. Brent composes and arranges music for the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble as well as for his small improvisation groups. Brent is the founding director of the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble and the New Horizons Band for Guelph. He is also the conductor of the Cambridge Concert band and the assistant conductor of the Guelph Concert Band. In 2011 Brent became a Nobel Instruments of Canada Jazz artist performing regularly on their Baritone Saxophone.
David Jensenius (metronomes)
David Jensenius is a composer based in Kitchener, ON. He has written for ensembles, sound installations, and mobile applications. In addition to his solo practice, David is a member of SPURSE, a design and research collective. David is also a member of Polish Club, an improvisational duo featuring dobro and electronics. David’s work has been shown internationally and throughout Canada and the US, including work with the BMW/Guggenheim Lab in New York, and locally with CAFKA – Contemporay Art Forum of Kitchener and Area and Cambridge Galleries. David facilitated the performance of Poème symphonique, by Györgi Ligeti
Rich Burrows (percussion)
Richard Burrows has had a substantial career throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Having earned two Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, Richard has honed his craft to create a unique approach in both education and performance. An avid educator, Richard has adjudicated and facilitated masterclasses with a specialization in improvisation. As an active freelance musician within his community and beyond, he has organized numerous events under the auspices of Open Ears Festival, was a principle cast member of ScrapArtsMusic and is a founding member of TorQ Percussion Quartet . With TorQ, he has performed throughout Canada, USA, Germany and competed as the sole Canadian percussion quartet for the International Percussion Ensemble Competition in Luxembourg, EU. In 2009 and 2011, TorQ worked alongside famed Canadian composer Christos Hatzis as the ensemble-in-residence for the class “Composition for Percussion” at the University of Toronto. TorQ’s involvement with the class produced over 30 new works for percussion literature per year. TorQ has released two albums under the label Bedoint Records and in 2009 was the recipient of Best Emerging Performing Arts Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. Richard endorses Yamaha Canada Music, Innovative Percussion, Dream cymbals and gongs, and Black Swamp Percussion.
Terry McKenna (lute)
Terry lives in Stratford, Ontario where he performs with the Stratford Festival. He teaches classical guitar at Wilfrid Laurier University. Terry performs and records with the Toronto Consort and the Toronto Masque Theatre among other ensembles. He can be heard on many cds and on the soundtracks of The Tudors and The Borgias. Terry’s cd Throw the House out of the Windowe can be ordered from email@example.com . Terry plays many members of the plucked string family, both old and new. At Fluxible he’ll be playing music from c.1500 on his six-course Renaissance lute.
Paul Pulford (cello)
Paul maintains a busy schedule as a conductor, chamber musician and soloist. As resident conductor and soloist for the NUMUS Ensemble, he recently performed John Taverner’s Svyati for Cello and Choir and conducted the Canadian premier of the chamber orchestra version of Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra and the Schoenberg arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler. This past season he also performed the Oskar Morawetz Cello Concerto, In Memoriam, Martin Luther King.
As a conductor, Pulford has worked with Symphony New Brunswick and the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a guest with the KW Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Mississauga Symphony, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Symphony. In 2005 he conducted the premier performances of Tim Brady’s opera The Salome Dancer, and will conduct the first workshop performances of Tim’s new opera, The Record Player this fall. Pulford has been the Principal Conductor of the Wilfrid Laurier Symphony since 1989 and during his tenure the orchestra has developed into a mature ensemble, regularly performing the major works by Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Hindemith, etc. The Laurier Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, has recorded for the Eclectra Label with soloists Darren Lowe and Suzanne Beaubien.
Pulford maintains a passionate commitment to New Music through his involvement with Blue Rider Ensemble (he was a founding member in 1989) and the NUMUS New Music Ensemble in Waterloo. Blue Rider specializes in 20th and 21st century works for Instrumental Theatre and has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The BRE is currently involved in a four-year project to create a new work based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is funded by a major SSHRC grant. He has been a member of the Penderecki String Quartet, the Orford String Quartet and the Galliard Ensemble. Pulford has recorded over 30 CDs, including the complete works for Cello and Fortepiano by Beethoven (ebs label) and Brahms (DoReMi label) with fortepianist Boyd McDonald.
Mike Elliot (harmonica)
Mike is a blues artist that has been performing in bars and on stages throughout Ontario for 20 years and is the founding member of the band, Daddy Long Legs. His love for and dedication to blues music has helped him to lead his band to gain recognition from within the Canadian Blues community, as Daddy Long Legs were finalists in the 2004 Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search, winner of a Maple Blues Award in 2008 for best New Artist, and Canadian Independent Music Award in 2009 for Favourite Blues Band.
Adrial Fitzgerald (actor)
Adrial is affiliated with Burlington’s Tottering Biped Theatre company and is excited and grateful to have been invited to offer some of that company’s work at Fluxible 2013. His earlier work with TBT involved juggling nine characters in Canadian playwright Morris Panych’s surreal existential comedy “The Ends of the Earth”, and his contribution to Fluxible comes from the American playwright Will Eno, dubbed a “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart Generation”. In “Behold the Coach, In a Blazer, Uninsured”, the opening monologue of Will Eno’s “Oh, the Humanity, and Other Good Intentions”, a broken man struggles to cope with the losing record that has plagued his team and his life over the past year. His sensible wardrobe choices offset regret and mortal anxiety, and, after some brave reaching, the world remains terrifying and wonderful, but perhaps we feel it more deeply, and perhaps it becomes less lonely.
Michael Segui (guitar)
Michael Segui is a painter and print artist with a particular interest in vintage guitars. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and is found in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, the Untied Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. He also spends entirely too much time on internet guitar forums. He wields a mean slide and makes beautiful guitar music when asked just right.
Ann-Marie Donovan (voice)
Performer, director, creator, producer and teacher, Anne-Marie Donovan is the founding artistic director of Inter Arts Matrix (2007-) and former artistic director of NUMUS Concerts (1994-2000), one of Canada’s premier new music societies.
As a classical singer, Anne-Marie has premiered over 50 works in performances across Canada and internationally and is featured on seven CD recordings with two new CDs set for release in 2013. She was founder of Mirror Image Vocal Ensemble (1991-2000) and is a founding member of the Blue Rider Ensemble (1991-). Anne-Marie has also directed a wide range of performance events from performance installations and guerilla events to theatre and new opera. These include Peter Hatch’s street opera, MyAudia; Tim Brady & John Sobol’s opera, The Salome Dancer; and Stimmung by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Anne-Marie’s own creative work includes Sounding Rituals, which premiered at the 2007 Open Ears Festival, Frankenstein’s Ghosts which premiered in Montreal in 2011 and is being made into a feature film, and The Last 15 Seconds (co-creator) with MT Space, which premiered at the 2009 IMPACT International Theatre Festival, and has since toured extensively across Canada and the Middle East. She is currently working as director of two new operas The Record Player with composer Tim Brady & librettist John Sobol, and Ghost Tango with composer Tim Brady & librettist Douglas Burnett-Smith for Vocalypse in Halifax, NS.
Anne-Marie teaches in the Music Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo, where she was a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 2003. She has directed uWaterloo productions of Rocky Horror Show, An Experiment with an Air Pump, Importance of Being Earnest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
It’s a wrap!