SALT The First Tsilumos Festival at Open Space 3/20

March 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm (performance)


new music and more . . . for all the senses
The First Tsilumos Festival

March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Day Tickets $20

SALT is a day long festival of contemporary music and dance from Canada and around the world. The Tsilumos Ensemble is an exciting new group of musicians brought together to offer new possibilities in engaging all the senses.

The first concert will be dedicated to composer Elliott Carter featuring Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba, Dániel Péter Biró and the Lafayette Quartet. Virtuoso soloists Kris Covlin, Mark McGregor and Tzenka Dianova will present works by Avram, Biró, Newsome and Nicolescu. 20th Century classics Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg andGran Torso by Helmut Lachenmann will also be on the menu. A final concert will feature Canadian premieres of works by Czernowin, Grisey and Donatoni in coordination with the amazing dancing of the Suddenly Dance Theatre. Throughout the day long festival audience members will have a chance to talk with the composers and musicians about the concerts in a casual setting.

Audience members are welcome to enjoy cuisine and beverages while mingling with performers, composers and dancers during this daylong event. Food and drink, specially designed for the music, will be provided by Victoria Spirits.


Concert 1 at 11:30 a.m. Brunch with Elliott Carter
Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba, Dániel Péter Biró and the Lafayette Quartet perform works of this contemporary American master

Concert 2 at 3:30 p.m. New Virtuosity
Tzenka Dianova, Kris Covlin, Mark McGregor, Hannah Burton, Rob Phillips and Kevin Grady play works of Biró, Newsome, Maxwell (Canadian Premieres), Berio, Xenakis, Avram and Nicolescu

Concert 3 at 5:30 p.m. Response 1
Featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and a response-piece by German composer Annette Brosin Übersetzungen performed by Heather Harker, Crystal Yang, Liam Hockley, Nathan Friedman, Darren Miller, Emily Burton, Brooke Wilken, Monika Zaborowski and conducted by Alex Jang

Concert 4 at 7:00 p.m Response 2
Featuring Lachenmann’s famous string quartet Gran Torso and a response-piece by Canadian Composer Darren Miller for felipe de almeida ribeiro performed by Liz Massi, Deidre Carr, Jiten Beairsto and Chantal Bian

Concert 5 at 8:30 p.m. Dancing in the Sound of Light
Groundbreaking works by Donatoni, Grisey and Czernowin performed by the Tsilumos Ensemble conducted by Ajtony Csaba with special guests from the Suddenly Dance Theatre

Open Space Arts Society
510 Fort St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E6

V    250-383-8833



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World Drum in Victoria for 11 days 7/20 – 7/31

July 19, 2010 at 10:58 am (performance)

The World Drum will be in Victoria for 11 days and so far we have five events planned.  If anyone would like to organize something during the free days, please let me know.

Introduction to Victoria:
July 20, 7pm~ 9pm,
353 Windermere Place/Moss Rock Park

Royal Roads University
July 22, 12 noon ~ 1
Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, outside the Grant Building at the Neptune Stairs that connect the Grant Building with Hatley Castle, followed by walking the Drum through the university grounds.

12 noon, welcome by Allan Cahoon, President of RRU (if available)
and Greg Sam
Introduction of World Drum and its purpose by the Drum Hosts.
Greg Sam invites Aboriginal drummers and singers to play the World Drum and a chance for all participants to use the World Drum
Closing remarks by Greg Sam followed by walking the Drum through the Royal Roads grounds to connect to the earth and the amazing restoration work that has been done.

Ocean & Sunset Drumming Ceremony:
July 24, 4pm ~ sunset
Willow’s Beach, Oak Bay

International Water Day,
July 25,
please inquire regarding time and location

Blessings & Sending off ceremony
July 31, 1pm ~ 3pm
Moss Rock Park

World Drum Hostess for Greater Victoria: Marianne Sämann-Wyss
Email: marianne [at]
Phone: 250-382-3582

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Taiwanese Puppet Theater performances

March 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm (children, performance)

The Victoria Children’s Museum presents the Canadian premiere of the internationally-renowned Taiwanese Puppet Theatre.  Performances will be held at the Victoria Events Centre (1415 Broad Street) March 21st, & 22nd at 1 and 3 pm. Tickets cost $6 for children, $8 for adults, and $24 for a family of 4; for more information, visit

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The Kelby MacNayr Quintet featuring Louise Rose

March 8, 2009 at 10:04 am (jazz, music, performance)

The Kelby MacNayr Quintet featuring special guest Louise Rose

– LIVE!! – at Hermann’s Jazz Club –

Sunday, March 22nd

The Kelby MacNayr Quintet performs ground-breaking original music and selected works from the deeply swinging tradition of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and John Coltrane through modern songwriters Joe Lovano and Jim Hall.

Featuring very special guest pianist and singer Louise Rose, the group will draw from enigmatic original compositions and their favourites from the traditions of gospel and the great American Song Book.

Alfons Fear (trumpet) Roy Styffe (alto) Sean Drabitt (bass) Kelby MacNayr (drums)

Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St. Victoria, B.C.

When: Sunday, March 22nd, 8 p.m.

Cost: $10/8 Reservations & info please contact Hermann’s Jazz Club at (250) 388-9166

Guest Artist Bio: Louise Rose is a consummate performer. A talented pianist, vocalist and actress, Louise was formally trained in piano, organ, voice, conducting and arranging. Some of her studies were with Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein. She has performed extensively for radio and television, hosting at one time the highest rating program on cable “Let’s Sing Again.” Louise has perfromed with among others Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown. Drummer/percussionist Kelby MacNayr has honed his skills performing with some of the most respected performers in jazz, pop, world-musics, Classical and new music. He has performed live on national broadcast for CBC Radio, CBC Television and National Public Radio in the United States, and has performed extensively at major festivals and performance venues across Canada and the Western United States. Kelby is the artistic director of the Art of the Trio Series and leads the Kelby MacNayr Quintet, an ensemble dedicated to exploring original composition in jazz featuring some of Canada’s leading creative voices. Kelby has composes for theatre, dance and small jazz ensemble and has been fortunate to study under many of his musical heroes in the traditions of jazz, Cuban folkloric music and classical percussion.

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J.J. Cale coming to Victoria

February 28, 2009 at 11:20 am (jazz, music, performance) ()

While not yet confirmed on the Alix Goolden Hall website, it appears that J.J. Cale will perform at that venue on April 11, according to Jazz News (“JJ CALE CONFIRMS FIRST SOLO TOUR IN FIVE YEARS IN SUPPORT OF “SUPREMELY CHILL, UTTERLY AGELESS” (ROLLING STONE) NEW ALBUM ROLL ON (ROUNDER RECORDS)”):

JJ Cale has confirmed his first tour in five years, returning to the road with a few weeks of solo shows in intimate west coast venues. The tour is in support of his sublime Rounder Records

debut Roll On, with a portion of the proceeds from each show to be donated to animal shelters and rescue efforts in each city. The album, out February 24, is getting rave reviews, and the title track featuring Eric Clapton on guitar was the #1 Most Added song at AAA radio in its first week.

“The songs are top-shelf… his bubbling guitar – as much a jam band archetype as Jerry Garcia’s – glints across the shadows.” –Rolling Stone

Roll On [is] a showcase for Mr. Cale’s laidback shuffle.” –The Wall Street Journal

Roll On finds Cale back in vintage form. You can practically feel the tour bus hitting the open road in the title track.” –The Boston Globe

3/27 – McCabe’s, Santa Monica, CA
3/28 – McCabe’s, Santa Monica, CA
3/29 – Belly Up, Solona Beach, CA
3/30 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
4/1 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
4/2 – Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA
4/3 – Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
4/5 – WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
4/6 – Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
4/7 – Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/8 – Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/10 – Capilano University, Vancouver, BC
4/11 – Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC

[emphasis added; see more]

We’ll keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale… Stay tuned!

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Gail Harris and the Lowriders

February 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm (music, performance) (, )

Next weekend at Hermann’s:


At 8 pm on Friday, March 6th, Gail Harris & The Low Riders
will again bring their “serio comic cow funk groovin poet
posse” to Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Featuring Victoria performance artist Gail Harris’s (Film:
Men: A Passion Playground, 1986, Atom Egoyan) original
tunes, vocals and guitar licks, Hon Chow’s drum sculpting,
“Alley Zed” on percussion and funky vocals, and Sooke’s Gord
Phillips on bass, guitar and back up vocals, this band of
rabble rousers serve up a mix of invigorating, serio comic
original tunes and stratosphere-altering poetry/music
electro acoustic symph-operas that transport the audience to
the coffee houses of the psychedelic 60’s!

Joining The Low Riders will be special guests “Caroline &
Adam Awesome Band, Great Job!” featuring amazing vocalist
Caroline Spence (Crimson Star) and jazz wizard Adam
Basterfield (Crimson Star, PIGS Pink Floyd Tribute Band) in
their Victoria debut as a duo.

So as Edna Boyle would say, “Come on Down”! As Hermann’s is
a restaurant offering a fine selection of fare, children are
most welcome too!  Hope to see you there!

$8 in advance (Lyle’s / Alloy Music) $10 at the door.

INFO: 250-891-0835 or 250-642-2809.

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“Haircuts by Children”

February 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm (performance)

The Belfry Theatre presents…

Event: Haircuts by Children
Would you trust a ten-year old to give you a haircut?
What: Performance
Host: The Belfry Theatre
Start Time: Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am
End Time: Sunday, March 15 at 2:00pm
Where: Fish Hair Salon (go to map)

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Music Corner Ensemble presents…!

February 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm (children, performance) ()

Music Corner‘s mission is to “combines orchestral musical instruments and storytelling to create a concert experience for young children that is fun, engaging and interactive,” and Victoria area families can see them in action on February 14 when they present Mozart’s The Magic Flute (for kids!) at Fernwood’s Orange Hall, 10am:

A special kids adaptation of Mozart’s famous opera; a concert to share with your family on Valentines Day. Two friends set out on an exciting quest to the Temple of Wisdom where they brave fire and water to rescue a princess. Children participate every step of the way through movement, song, riddles and games.

Shows are at the Orange Hall in Fernwood (1620 Fernwood) with plenty of parking outside. This venue is bright, inviting and takes away the ‘scare factor’ of dark theatres and far away stages. Audiences will be up close and part of the action. Just the way we like it!

Tickets for these concerts are $6 for kids (babes in arms are free), $9 for adults. Family of four $25 (any combination of adults and kids).

Visit the Music Corner calendar page for complete info on tickets and location.

Google map for Orange Hall, 1620 Fernwood Rd.:

– Yule Heibel

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“Carnival of the Animals” on Saturday, November 29 at 10:00am.

November 13, 2008 at 5:38 pm (performance)

Event: Carnival of the Animals
“Presented by the Victoria Music Corner Ensemble”
What: Performance
Host: Music Corner
Start Time: Saturday, November 29 at 10:00am
End Time: Saturday, November 29 at 11:00am
Where: Orange Hall, 1620 Fernwood Rd, Victoria, BC

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