Friday, November 29, 2002

Just found out that I have been commissioned to write a suite of music for Toronto ensemble Runcible Spoon. I am
really looking forward to this; voice, piano, clarinet, cello and viola, all played by some really interesting creative
They will debut the piece in Victoria, BC in March as part of their Western Canadian tour.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Today I heard a great interview with Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark on Mike Hansen's show on CKLN. It was
refreshing to hear a musician talk about artforms other than music. (He is really into Michael Snow) I learned a lot from him talking today, got inspired and picked up some new ideas. No wonder I am so addicted to reading and listening to interviews with artists. I am
looking forward to his show tommorrow on the Top Floor of the Senator. To my ears he sounds like an improviser
who has made big investment in the jazz tradition but it is only part of what he does.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

The Grand Festival of Autmnal Happiness is over for another year. I am always glad when it is over as it is a lot of work but
it is always so much fun too. This year was the most consistent in attendance. All the music was interesting and there
was a great vibe in the room every night. Next year we need a place where the hang can continue after the live music is
over. Thanks to all the musicians and sponsors and especially my pal Rob Clutton.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

I hope that those visiting Toronto for the conference that like their music a little spicy will find out about Glen Hall's series at the Oasis Club on College Street just West of Spadina.

Watch here for details to follow!

I was very happy to be invited to perform in it during the IAJE conference. The musicians chosen to perform in the Conference are not representing the wide variety of jazz artists here in Toronto, especially the improvised music and creative jazz scene.

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