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2017 Wednesday Dance Jam Musical Line-up

Jam runs from 7:00pm to 8:30pm; musicians play from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Date Musician Instruments
Jan 3 Ariel Brink Guitar, piano & voice
Jan 10 Cheryl Ockrant Cello
Jan 17 Nilan Perera Guitar
Jan 24 Michelangelo Iaffaldano Mix
Jan 31 Jennifer Gillmor Cello, n'goni and flute
Feb 7 Ariel Brink Guitar, piano & voice
Feb 14 Joel Schwartz Fretted instruments
Feb 21 Jim Gelcer
Piano
Feb 28 Ariel Brink
Viola
March 7 Anthony Rapoport Guitar, piano & voice
March 14 Tova Kardonne
Voice
March 21 Jeff Burke Bassoon
March 28 Cheryl Ockrant Cello
April 4 Ariel Brink Guitar, piano & voice
April 11 Faez Shahrezaei Mix
April 18 David Sait
Guzheng
April 25 Sandra Taylor Piano and voice
May 2 Ariel Brink Guitar, piano & voice
May 9 Jennifer Gillmor Cello, n'goni and flute
May 16 Nilan Perera Guitar
May 23 Michelangelo Iaffaldano Percussion & mix
May 30 Ian Jamieson Guitar
June 6 Ariel Brink Guitar, piano & voice
June 13 Cheryl Ockrant Cello
June 20 Blake Howard Percussion mix
June 27 Anne Bourne Cello and voice
Jul 4 Jamie Thompson Flute
Jul 11 Laura Storey Voice and crystal bowls
Jul 18 Michelangelo Iaffaldano Percussion & mix
Jul 25 Ian Jamieson Guitar
Aug 1 Blake Howard Flute
Aug 8 Faez Shahrezaei Mix
Aug 15 Cheryl Ockrant
Cello
Aug 22 Nilan Perera Guitar
Aug 29 Laura Storey Voice and crystal bowls
Sept 5 Michelangelo Iaffaldano
mix
Sept 12 Anthony Rapoport Viola
Sept 19   Piano and voice
Sept 26 Anne Bourne Cello and voice
Oct 3 Joel Schwartz
Guitar
Oct 10 Jennifer Gillmor Cello, n'goni, didgeridoo and flute
Oct 17 David Sait Guzheng
Oct 24 Joel Schwartz Guitar
Oct 31 Ariel Brink Guitar, piano & voice
Nov 7 Jeff Burke Bassoon
Nov 14 Sandra Taylor Piano and voice
Nov 21 Tova Kardonne Voice
Nov 28 Ian Jamieson Guitar
Dec 5 Jamie Thompson Flute
Dec 12 Jim Gelcer
Piano
Dec 19 Michelangelo Iaffaldano Mix
Dec 26 Kousha Nakhaei Guitar, piano & voice



Biographies of Musicians

Anne Bourne
Anne has performed and recorded extensively, and internationally, with artists in the fields of songwriting, dance and film including Loreena McKennit, Blue Rodeo, Sarah MacLachlan, Atom Egoyan, Peter Mettler, Fred Frith, John Oswald, Andrea Nann, Sashar Zarif, Yvonne Ng, and Pauline Oliveros.

Anne's sound work contains in varied array, the integration of voice, text, dance, film, experimental context, visual media, and impromptu meetings. Anne improvises musically with the streams of sound in her voice, and the natural overtones and inherent in between sounds of the cello. Her composition explores the architecture of improvisation and invitation, in all senses of time.

Anne Bourne is an earthy unrestrained musical force, who accompanies her cello with otherwordly vocalizing' Coda Magazine.

 

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Ariel Brink
Ariel Brink is the lead singer of The Dull-Eyed Llamas and the author of 147 songs. He plays 13 musical instruments with varying degrees of ability, and has been improvising music for dancers for more than five years, most commonly at Kathleen Rea’s Wednesday Jam. He is an avid Contact dancer; he also attends and occasionally deejays ecstatic dances. Fascinated by the interplay between movement and music, Brink is also a dedicated improviser, in music, dance, and in his work as a substitute teacher and music therapist. www.myspace.com/thedulleyedllamas

 

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Jeff Burke
Jeff Burke Toronto's premier multi stylistic Bassoon player. Jeff Burke (Bassoon, Penny Whistle) has been playing the bassoon in numerous Toronto groups and in various music styles for nearly 30 years. A founding member of the  90's Toronto folk-rock group The Shadow Puppets.  While he is trained and accomplished in modern and traditional forms, Jeff is also a master of improvisation in many styles. The Subtonic Monks group (improvised world-beat), Belladonna & The Awakening (Hip Hop), Mystic Rhythm (Traditional World forms and fusions), Friendly Rich & the Lollipop People (Avant Pop Cabaret Orchestra)  and the Sun Ra Arkestra are  some of the groups Jeff has brought his special Bassoon flavoured extemporized stylings to. Jeff Burke has performed with numerous performers, among them. Over the last 20 years Jeff has played for many forms of dancing: medieval and renaissance dances, traditional English Morris, Irish, Breton, Latvian and Macedonian Folk dances, Middle eastern and Modern dance. He has had the pleasure of collaborating and improvising with various dancers and choreographers. Jeff Burke has just come out with a new CD "The Black CD" the mixture of Christmas and non-seasonal originals with a improvised twist. Sometimes you may find him playing in the subway combining Jazz with Irish jigs, Zepplin, and Rage against the Machine, Folk and Metallica in his own unique way.

 

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Shara Claire

Shara Claire, founder of FindingRhythm, is a hand-drumming & rhythm instructor, drum circle facilitator, corporate speaker/presenter, performer, and expressive arts therapist. She has been studying music since her young childhood in British Columbia, and has studied multi- cultural hand-drumming and percussion since 1998. Some of her teachers include Chris Bertin, Arthur Hull, Ubaka Hill, Famoudou Konate, Afia Walking Tree, members of the late Babatunde Olatunji’s ensemble and Steve Mancuso. Having moved east in 2002 to train as an expressive arts therapist at Create Institute, Shara now offers regular classes, workshops and private lessons in the Toronto area, provides percussion for local dance and yoga classes and facilitates rhythmic experiences for staff training days, corporate events, family gatherings, festivals, schools, camps and conventions. She balances tradition and experimentation, and always aspires to build rhythm-based community at her events. Shara has done rhythm work with toddlers, elders, and everyone in between. She is a gently directive facilitator who believes in everyone's rhythmic capabilities. Shara’s textured artistic background in dance, creative writing, improv theatre, piano and arts-based psychotherapy all influence her work with rhythm and people. She has practiced yoga and meditation seriously since 1997, and is trained as a certified bodyworker.

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Aviva Chernick
Those who have experienced Aviva Chernick’s intoxicatingly soulful vocals never forget where they heard them first. Whether in her new, CFMA nominated, self-titled project of original devotional songs When I Arrived You Were Already There, as the lead singer with the two-time Juno Award-nominated world music ensemble Jaffa Road, or singing the Balkan Judeo-Spanish repertoire, Aviva’s passionate voice blurs the lines between sacred and secular asking, Isn’t it all holy? “Aviva Chernick is a fearless musical adventurer. Her clear and persuasive voice takes us places we wouldn’t know to go on our own.” Tom Allen – CBC Radio 2

 

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Jim Gelcer
Jim Gelcer (drums, keyboards, vocals) has been called "a hidden jewel in the Canadian jazz landscape". He is at home in an eclectic range of genres, from jazz and rock to klezmer and kirtan. He has worked with Lorne Lofsky, Reg Schwager, Paul Hoffert, Don Thompson, Russ Little, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbara, Guido Basso, Steve Wallace, Dave Young, John Sherwood, Nancy Walker, Richard Underhill, George Koller, and has toured with acts as diverse as Lee Aaron and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. Jim is also an accomplished composer, with numerous credits in television and film. www.gelcer.com

 


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Jennifer Gillmor
Jennifer’s musical exploration has covered rich and varied territory. She is a multi-instrumentalist with a musical family that includes bass guitar, cello, kamel n’goni, didgeridoo, found and made objects, flutes, various percussion, berimbau,musical saw, jaw harp, and sample-based sequencing. She has performed and recorded in projects ranging from funk to folk, rock to reggae, music influenced by traditions of African and Celtic cultures as well as experimental projects that can draw few comparisons.

Jennifer composes and records for film, video, dance, theatre and multimedia projects. She has toured internationally and appeared in nationally broadcast music videos and on various local and national television and radio shows.

Jennifer recently spent six months on a retreat from Toronto in a cabin outside of Smithers, BC where she focused on exploring her musicianship with many instruments and recording gear. The resulting debut solo album, High Road Haven, is available now through Bandcamp and iTunes.

Jen’s current performance focus is Jennis, a duo with Dennis Gaumond whose debut album The Current was released in May 2014. Bodywork is another way Jen likes to channel positive energy through her hands. Learn about her practice here: www.harmonyhands.ca For more details: jengillmormusic.ca


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Blake Howard
Blake started his career in a cupboard under the sink and has since emerged as an  empathetic drummer as well as a slightly skewed composer. He was 14 when he first began accompanying dance classes for Susan Bush Haberman’s dance workshop in Aliston, Ontario and after moving to Toronto in 1991 he fell in with a continually foliating group of musicians known as GUH. He was also afforded the opportunity to study with Master drummer Jim Blackley,  investigating just what was running through those drainpipes in the kitchen. It has been his good fortune to have worked with choeographers William Yong, Tara Blue, Leslie Linsay, Jen Bell, Julia Aplin and Jenn Goodwin participating in fFIDA (’94, ‘98) and Dusk dances(00, 01, 04, 05) and in the fall of 2004 he accompanied Christopher House and the company of the Toronto dance theatre on their tour of western Canada. I wonder what he’s doing now?

 

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Michelangelo Iaffaldano
Michelangelo Iaffaldano is a Toronto-based, Italian-born musician, instrument builder and visual artist who collaborates with many  musicians associated with AIM Toronto. He plays in the bands Odradek, Anamorphic Heat and Satanist Daycare, and leads AIM's Large Improvising Ensemble.

Link: http://www.aimtoronto.org




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Ian Jamieson
Ian Jamieson is a guitarist, singer and composer from the Toronto area.  He is currently working as a band teacher with the Toronto District School Board, and works freelance as a musician for modern, contact and improv. dancers around the city. In 2006, his guitar work "In Dreams" was used by dancer/ choreographer Takako Segawa in a dance tour of Japan.  In 2003, Ian worked with an ensemble of international musicians at the Banff Centre for the Arts in a realization of his composition "Shore Pieces", created as part of a Master's of music composition obtained from York University.  When playing for the Toronto contact jam, Ian will be using electric and acoustic guitars with effects.

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Tova Kardonne
Tova’s compositions have toured North America and Europe as part the Vox Novus 60X60 project, and she was the Toronto producer of 60x60 Dance Toronto, with New York-based founder Robert Voisey and Toronto choreographer Viv Moore. Her compositions have scored film installation and accompanied works of theatre, dance, and performance art in Toronto and internationally. As a vocalist, she has shared the stage with, among others, Ravi Naimpalli, Bill McBirnie, Ted Quinlan, David Restivo, and Jim Vivian. Her original a cappella performance art has been included in every Nuit Blanche since 2007, including her large-scale live choral performance installation, “Sound Forest” in 2008. She has led Klezmer bands, the Samba Elegua tambourim section, currently sings in Alex Samaras’ Grex choir and the Toronto Heliconian Choir, sings bebop standards in a daringly instrument-like way with bassist Ross MacIntyre and drummer Nick Fraser, and plays Brazilian music with multi-instrumentalist Amy Medvick.  Tova sings her original compositions with The Thing Is, her 8-piece Balkan-Jazz fusion band, and makes guest appearances singing her originals with Christian Overton’s Composer’s Collective Big Band.

www.myspace.com/thethingismusic
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amy-and-Tova-play-Bossa-Nova/112235382168915
www.voxnovus.com

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Cheryl Ockrant
ellist cheryl o has been improvising ever since a sudden breeze blew her music away while busking in Spain.cheryl has been part of the improvising scene in Toronto for many years, beginning as an early guest of the Planet of the Loops ensemble and soon becoming a regular performer at The Ambient Pingseries.

A 2008 participant in the Banff International Workshop for Jazz
and Creative Music, cheryl had opportunites to work with Dave Douglas, Wayne Krantz, Hugh Marsh and Thomas Morgan. With a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and studies with Matt Brubeck and Ted Quinlan, cheryl has studied and performed music from early Baroque to Contemporary prior to her current focus of experimental, jazz and improv. 

cheryl is a founding member of quasiMODAL, a floating electro-accoustic improv trio with Steve Sauvé on keys and synths, and Eric St.Laurent on guitar. Using her cello with electronic and looping technologies as well as unusual noise makers, cheryl creates textures, rhythms and soundscapes over which she layers her cello, creating washes of sound and colour, as well as her trademark soaring melodies.



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Nilan Perera

Nilan has been a consistent presence on the creative
music scene in Toronto, Canada since 1984.
Since then he has produced concerts and festivals in
Toronto, had a radio show at CIUT-FM for 16 years
(serving as Program Director and Station Manager) as well  as being involved in many of the cutting edge music, dance and interdisciplinary ensembles that have achieved recognition and notoriety in Toronto and beyond. He has performed and recorded with Jandek, Martin Tétreault, Susanna Hood, Vinnie Golia, Don Preston,
Sarah Peebles, David Toop, Roswell Rudd, Sumihisa Arima, John Butcher, Evan Parker, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Michael Ondaatje, Mary Margaret O'Hara, and Don Thompson. He has also been working as a writer of reviews and articles for the
national music periodical: Exclaim!

Links:
www.humdansoundart.ca
www.sarahpeebles.net/smash

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Kousha Nakhaei
Kousha Nakhaei is a violinist, improviser, and composer. He has studied improvisation, and classical performance, as well as Persian and South Indian musical traditions at York University where he graduated in 2005.  Also a Contact dancer Kousha has a strong interest in movement and exploring interdisciplinary creation. He has collaborated with several choreographers, dancers, poets and directors, such as Lucie Carmen Gregoire, Patty Powel, Tracey Norman, Roger Greenwald, and Jean-Michael Malpeux. He has performed at numerous venues in Toronto and many festivals including fFIDA International dance Festival, Toronto Street Festival, and Under The Azure Dome. Currently he keeps busy studying, performing and teaching.

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TonyAnthony Rapoport
Classical violist Tony Rapoport loves playing chamber music, especially with the Windermere String Quartet. He’s currently collaborating on a new a dance project for Lightning Strike ART Productions. He loves to improvise... "
Link: www.windermere.braveform.com



 

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David Sait
World music improviser David Sait, a fourth generation musician, lives and creates in the Great White North of Canada. He has developed a mysterious music experience made on an intriguing instrument. A curious collection of contemporary techniques and tunings are the primary source for this music made on the guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument. It is a 21 long stringed zither that dates back more than 2,000 years with moveable bridges and a majestic wooden construction. Sait happened upon the guzheng more than a decade ago, after a long relationship with another stringed instrument was coming to a close. The strings of the guzheng are picked, plucked, bent and contorted with flesh and nail. The pulse is human, the flow is natural, the roots are deep and you can hear layers beneath layers like the mountains behind mountains. Rather than composing the music, Sait has embraced the approach of improvising to create sounds in the moment (letting unplanned opportunities unveil themselves in real-time). A rush of quick decisions made on the fly are entrusted to sculpt notes and textures in solo context or communicate intuitively with other improvising musicians. The sounds are dreamy, lush and global as they weave in and out of styles to keep the music fluid and unvarnished.

DISCOGRAPHY: "AUSPICIOUS FISH" with Eugene Chadbourne(banjo) & David Sait (guzheng), "POSTAGE PAID DUETS VOL. 2" with Glen Hall, Gino Robair & LaDonna Smith (guzheng w/ woodwinds, violin/viola/erhu, percussion),Various Artists: "SIXTY INTERPRETATIONS OF SIXTY SECONDS". "LATE WINTER, EARLY SPRING" with Bruno Duplant (double bass/percussion), Paulo Chagas (clarinets) and David Sait (guzheng/melodica), plus solo projects: "HISTORY SHIP" and "HAIL THE HUNTED".

 

 

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JoelJoel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, and a unique voice in the Canadian music scene. 

As an in-demand freelance musician, recent credits include Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Patricia O’Callaghan, Joël Fafard, Kate Rogers, Andrea Koziol, Zebrina, Aviva Chernick, The Lovelocks, and many others. His electric guitar, mandolin, resonator, and banjo playing can be heard on many Canadian films and TV shows as well.  Joel's original group, The Outlanders, released their debut album of instrumental music in 2007. 

While new to the contact dance world, Joel has made some notable collaborations with artists outside the music discipline including the Toronto's Synthesis, a performance pairing ten visual artists with ten composers, and A Tune to Art: Sculpture and Song, a unique cross-Canada music/art tour showcasing the sculptures of order of Canada member Joe Fafard with the music of Joël Fafard and Joel Schwartz.

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Laura Storey

Laura Storey will take you on a sounding soul journey. Experience ethereal musical magic as she creates enchanting soundscapes and souls capes with quartz singing bowls, voice, a shruti box, and other sonorous world instruments. Laura offers live sacred music for women’s circles, meditations, soundbaths, ecstatic and contact dance.  Laura co-directs the www.spiritualbootcamp.buzz.

 

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Sandra Taylor
Expressive artist, Sandra Taylor, shares the joy of life through visual arts, music, song, dance, movement, writing…or whatever modality happens to be nearest. Her background includes studies in classical piano, west african percussion, yoga, sound healing, and a lifelong practice of drawing, painting, and creative writing.   She currently makes her home in Toronto, ON, Canada. You can find sound samples at www.soundcloud.com/sandrataylor

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Jamie Thompson
Jamie Thompson is an innovative performance artist in Toronto’s burgeoning arts scene. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Urban Flute Project, one of Canada’s most popular music blogs. With his passion for both music and photography, Jamie explores our dynamic urban history and changing architecture while celebrating grass-roots cultural initiatives and organizations. Jamie is a founding member of The Junction Trio and The Starfires. Respected as a prominent flutist and music pedagogue, Jamie has been on the Flute Faculty of the Royal Conservatory since 1988 and is a member of the RCM College of Examiners. Teachers include Robert Aitken, Greta Kraus, Marcel Moyse and Douglas Stewart. Jamie has served as adjudicator for such prestigious music festivals as Canadian Contemporary Showcase, Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA), as well as Kiwanis and other local music festivals. International teaching and performance opportunities include Geneva (Switzerland), Shanghai (China) and to Matanzas (Cuba) as a team member of Cubability. An accomplished visual artist and avid photographer, Jamie is an active member of Toronto's Urban Exploring scene, where he introduces a haunting, musical component as our shifting urban landscape is documented and explored. More info: urbanfluteproject.com

 

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