Danjam Orch Plays Toronto – Aug 2014
Come down to The Rex next week and join the Danjam Orchestra for our annual summer appearance in Toronto! The band will premiere my arrangement of Alex Dean’s “Nice Guys” featuring low notes played by Justin Gray on the bass and Shirantha Beddage on the baritone sax. Other exciting firsts include: Tara Davidson’s take on “Alone Together,” Florian Hoefner’s reimagining of “Song for Anna,” and Alex Goodman’s interpretation of “Phantasm.”
Reeds: Nick Morgan, Tara Davidson, Jeff King,
Dave Neill, Shirantha Beddage
Trumpets: Jason Logue, Brian O’Kane, Mike Malone, Alex Brown
Trombones: William Carn, Paul Tarussov, Steve McFarlane, Peter Hysen
Guitar: Alex Goodman, Piano: Florian Hoefner
Bass: Justin Gray, Drums: Ethan Ardelli
New Voices Composer Residency 2014
Spectrum Music is pleased to announce the inaugural year of our New Voices Composer Residency. Developed in partnership with the Humber Community Music School, and facilitated by Spectrum Artistic Advisor, Daniel Jamieson, this initiative allows a promising young composer the opportunity to develop and present a new work at an upcoming Spectrum concert through a guided mentorship process.
Six outstanding candidates from the Humber Community Music program took part in an all day workshop with NYC-based composer Daniel Jamieson. During this intensive workshop participants received individual instruction from Jamieson, along with collaborative peer feedback. One outstanding candidate from this group was selected as the 2013-’14 Spectrum Music Young Composer in Residence.
Guitarist Nick Lavkulik has been selected as the 2014 Spectrum New Voices Composer. In the next two months Nick will complete a work for piano quintet under the tutelage of Daniel Jamieson, to premiere at Early Expressions on April 17th, 2014. Lavkulik will workshop the piece hands-on with the Ton Beau String Quartet and NYC-based pianist Florian Hoefner.
Spectrum is pleased to welcome Nick, as the first participant in what we hope will become an annual program. Our goal is to support and connect with the next generation of contemporary Jazz composers in this collaborative education initiative.
The Spectrum Young Composer Residency is made possible with the support of Catherine Mitro, Director of the Humber Community Music School, and Daniel Jamieson, Artistic Advisor for Spectrum Music in 2013-’14.
Video: Coltrane Ballads Featuring Mike Ruby
It’s finally here! The video of the September 2013 performance of the Coltrane Ballads Project in Toronto featuring Mike Ruby, John Riley, Arlia de Ruiter, Victor Cheng, and myself is up on YouTube! Both the Danjam & Sneak Peek Orchestras played their butts off. I am very proud of this performance and I am pleased to be able to share it with all of you. Enjoy!
Program (click to jump):
00:36 – Say It (Over & Over Again)
08:04 – It’s Easy to Remember
13:06 – You Don’t Know What Love Is
23:02 – Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
28:50 – What’s New
32:24 – I Wish I Knew
39:02 – All Or Nothing At All
49:15 – Too Young To Go Steady
57:03 – What’s New (encore)
Danjam Orchestra & Sneak Peek Orchestra Present:
Monday September 30th, 2013
Al Green Theatre, Toronto
Mike Ruby: tenor sax
John Riley: drums
Arlia de Ruiter: violin
Victor Cheng: piano
Daniel Jamieson: conductor / arranger
Getting ready for Danjam Orch rehearsal. We will attempt a Facebook live broadcast somewhere from ~11:30am- 3pm. Stay tuned!
I am now officially a permanent resident of the United States! My sincere appreciation to those who supported me throughout this process.
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