weekly Sunday evening series of explorations in new music,
combined with other art forms, begins at Artword Theatre on
October 8, 2000, at 8 pm. Eugene Martynec, a composer
specializing in real-time interactive electro-acoustic
music, is the guiding spirit of the concerts, which will be
called Eugenes Sunday Series.
"I was in Barcelona for two years," Eugene explains.
"There's an exciting scene for new improvised music and
dance in that city, and I became involved in ongoing
explorations with some fine musicians. When I came back to
Toronto, I wanted the same excitement over here. So I
approached Artword, and here we go."
October 8, 2000: Pieces of Eight
The inaugural concert, Pieces of Eight
includes eight music luminaries: Ronda Rindone,
Maury Coles, Tomasz Krakowiak, Nobuo
Kubota, Allan Molnar, Kazumi Tsuruoka,
Mike Hansen and Kay Marshall, as well as
Eugene Martynec himself.
October 15, 2000: Poetry and Music
The October 15 concert features poetry by Gwendolyn McEwen
and Richard Brautigan, performed by actor Robin White
to improvised musical accompaniment by Allan Molnar,
Eugene Martynec and others.
October 29, 2000: Algorithmic Music
Discussion and performance of Algorithmic Music by Bruno
Degazio. Bruno's latest work uses a person's
astrological chart to generate music. Examples of Bruno's
music will be aired and dancer Susan Main will
perform to her chart. A video and performance of Albert
Einstein's chart will demonstrate the software's
Also in concert: Ajax, explores a sound world
previously only experienced when waking up disoriented on
the middle of the night to find your radio left on and a
"GO" train passing in the distance. Ajax is Mike Stafford on
turntables and tapes and Shahin Etemadzadeh guitar and
electronics. Special guest Eugene Martynec will perform the
suburban wife duties.
November 5, 2000: This Moment
This Moment is Ronda Rindone's ensemble featuring
Nick Fraser on tape manipulation, Rob Clutton
on bass, special guest Tomasz Krakowiak on percussion
, and Ronda Rindone on clarinet, bass clarinet, and
voice. Ronda was the spirit behind the improvised music
series at the Idler Pub for 2 years and has been very
helpful in behind the scenes work in this series.
November 12, 2000:
Sonic and visual invasion by Dave Clark and The
WoodChopper's Association, an artist's collective. "Our
aim is to foster an atmosphere of adventure and creation; to
break open our own boxes of expectation and
Opening will be composer, new music classic guitarist
William Beauvais with electroacoustics of Eugene
Martynec, the viola of Julian Knight and the world's
quietist percussionist Tomasz "Shh" Krakowiak.
November 19, 2000: The Systematic
Preservation of Chance
Jason Hammer presents The Systematic Preservation of Chance,
an interactive multimedia performance art collaboration
featuring musicians Colin Fisher, Glen Hall, Jason Hammer,
and Geordie McDonald. Paint and video artist Darryn Rae,
sculptor Jeremy Cox, actor Valentino Assenza, and dancer
with theremin Diane Chapitis.
November 26, 2000: Geordie Macdonald CD
release concert on Artword's main stage.
December 3, 2000: Glen Hall's
Glen Hall's Redshift shifts into warp speed with a large
ensemble consisting of Sook Yin Lee voice, the
Rust Brothers turntables, Michael Occhipinti
and Nilan Perera guitars, Michael Morse and
Jason Hammer basses, Ravi Naimpally tablas
drums, and Glen Hall on reeds.
Opening will be the Songs and Poems of Ronna Bloom
accompanied by improvising/composer musicians Barry
Espin vocals, drums, bass and Paul Newman,
February 4, 2001: John Cage smiles down from heaven
Prepared and electronically modified contemporary guitar
music performed by guitar wizards Riener Weins,
Nilan Perera, and Bill Parsons.
Also a sonic hurricane of virtuoso wind sounds from
David Mott - baritone sax and Rhonda Rindone -
bass clarinet. Contemporary improvised music by two
11, 2001: Quincunx
The Tomasz Krakowiak quintet, featuring music for
mouth, mouse, discarded kitchen utensils, modified LP
holder, and bunch of other neat stuff. The improvisers are
Robin Buckley - percussion, Wm. Davison -
found instruments, Paul Dutton - voice,
Eugene Martynec - computer music, and
Tomasz Krakowiak - percussion.
18, 2001: Sound poetry with prepared piano, piano, and
prepared voice sounds
Sound poet Penn Kemp teams up with pianist,
keyboardist and samplist Bill Gilliam to perform
their intimate controlled improvised pieces using the human
voice as sonic raw material and inspiration.
Also Alternate Controller Series No. 1. The mouse as
an alternate controller for computer music. A discussion and
demonstration by Eugene Martynec of some pieces
utilising Midi-ax to perform interactive computer
25, 2001: Strings and Silicon
Cellist Kye Marshall teams up with bassist Jason
"the hammer" Hammer and computer musician
Eugene Martynec for an evening of improvised acoustic
and electronically modified string music in solo, duo and
PLUS - The Italian/Polish/French Connection: trombonist
Doug Tielli, Eric Cheneaux on guitar and Tomasz
March 4, 2001: Musique Kontemporaine
Improvasido by two ensembles.
6 Heads: Non idiomatic free improvisation using found sounds
and hand built instruments. This musique concrete/sound
collage ensemble features William Davison, Sherri
Higgins, Colin Hinz, Pete Mosher, Linda Feesey, and Jim
Also performing: the ever urgent Trio Rindone featuring
Rhonda Rindone bass clarinet and voice, Tomasz Krakowiak on
percusssion and multi instrumentalist Ryan Driver.
March 11 and 18: No concert
March 25, 2001: Jazz Standards? New approaches to
American jazz standards
Bob Brough Trio, featuring George Koller on
bass, Mark Adam on drums and Bob Brough on
saxophone. A highly explosive and dynamic trio that
explores, twists and reconstructs traditional jazz tunes
with new contemporary insight.
On the same bill, another approach to standards by
Campbell's Zuppa featuring opera singer Rod Campbell
on Midi and analog processed voice, Rob Clutton on
string bass, Tomasz Krakowiak on percussion and
Eugene Martynec on interactive computer music system.
April 1, 2001: Jason Hammer's Big Band
Jason Hammer, bass, Colin Fisher, guitar and
sax, Mark Hundevad, drums, Geordie McDonald,
percussion, Rhonda Rindone, bass clarinet, Glen
Hall, saxes and flute, Eugene Martynec,
April 8, 2001: Saxophone in Duo /Trio
John Oswald and Nobuo Kabota: Saxophone and
sound poetry by two masters of aural interplay. Sir Isaac's
Revenge: synthetic sounds meet lyricism.
Newton Garwood on synthesiser, Eugene Martynec
on sampler/computer, Glen Hall on flute and
April 22, 2001: Baker/Marshall Duo plus
Pianist/composer/conductor Tom Baker and cellist Kye
Marshall, joined by Glen Hall on saxophone and Tomasz
Krakowiak on percussion.
No concerts on April 15 (Easter) and April 29
May 6 , 2001: Shoot Colour Sheriff
Red Shift Rides Again. Big Band, Bold Strokes and Big
Sound. Red Shift includes Jason Hammer - acoustic
bass and theremin, Nilan Perara - guitar, slide
guitar, and prepared guitar, Doctor Michael Morse -
acoustic bass, Susanna Hood - voice; Allan
Molnar - drums; Eugene Martynec - MidiAx, the
Rust Brothers (Ron Cole and Terence Dick) -
turntables, Michael Occhipinti - guitar, percussion
master Marcus Chonsky, Glen Hall on saxes, flutes,
bass clarinet, voice and electronics.
May 13, 2001: Noo and some Old?
Turntablist Mike Hansen performs and demystifies the
turntable phenomenon by inviting the audience to participate
in his game called " ITCH "as in "SCRATCH". Learn to Itch or
Also performing is a very innovative percussion quintet .
JERK explores the endless possibilities of
percussion, homemade instruments, and electronics for their
'sonic palette'. Erin Donovan - percussion,
Camille Watts - flute, Bill Brennan-
percussion, piano, Rob Power - percussion, Kevin
Coady - drums, percussion.
May 20, 2001: Avast Ye Lubbers Contemporary
Cabaret with Pirate Jenny.
An evening of a fresh approach to contemporary cabaret
songs performed by contemporary guitarist Bill
Parsons, percussionist, vibraphonist Blair
Mackay, and singer Jennifer Moore. A theatrical
and inventive musical evening of great cabaret repertoire.
May 27, 2001: IMproViSo DirectO 2
Marilyn Lerner Trio: David Mott - baritone sax,
Victor Bateman - string bass and Marilyn Lerner
-piano. Hot, Hotter and Hottest improvisations
Gennaro /Wannamaker. Also performing will be the
exciting and exploratory duo of Mike Gennaro -drums
and Rob Wannamaker - soniques electroniques.
June 17, 2001: Els Buens Vojaxes
Paul Newman Ensemble, featuring Rob Clutton on
bass, Tomasz Krakowiak on percussion, Jayme
Stone on banjo, Randi Helmers on visuals, and
Paul Newman on saxophone.
Plus Kucharzyk/Martynec -- Henry Kucharzyk on
Theremin and Eugene Martynec on Midiaxe.