Archive for March, 2010


Toronto: Reading @ Pivot Series

March 10, 2010

Join David Derry, Zachariah Wells, and a.rawlings on Wednesday, March 10 @ 8pm for the Pivot Reading Series at the Press Club in Toronto.


Toronto: Element Choir CD release and performance

March 3, 2010

Christine Duncan conducts The Element Choir. Photo credit: Alisdair Jones.

Tonight at Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto (8pm, March 2nd, 1570 Yonge St.), Barnyard Records releases three new CDs from William Parker; Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, and Jim Lewis; and Christine Duncan’s Element Choir. All aforementioned folks will perform at this event.

I joined Christine’s Element Choir, a fascinating social experiment in vocal improvisation and non-traditional conduction techniques, in 2007. The Choir has a revolving group of participants with a range of sonic skill and interest. In March 2009, we recorded our debut CD at Rosedale United Church in Toronto. The recording features over fifty vocalists, with pipe organ, trumpet, and percussion. Alisdair Jones snapped these photos of the recording sessions (photos accompanying this blog post are Alisdair’s).

Tonight, we’ll launch this new CD. The Choir, rumoured to be 70+ strong tonight, will also improvise. If you’re unable to make the performance, it will also be recorded by the CBC. Eye Weekly offers this lovely article and interview with Christine about the Choir.

a.rawlings and Lara Solnicki sound with the Choir. Photo credit: Alisdair Jones.


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