Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hi blogologgers! (?) coupla things...don't forget to catch my pal Andy Milne again tonight but with tapdancer Heather Cornell at the Brigantine room at Harbourfront at concert!

I will be performing tommorow in Kensington market with one of my fave local artists Ronley Teper and the Lipliners! We are playing at corner of St. Andrew and Kensington outside Moonbeam Cafe at 3-4pm on Sunday.

That's it for now...happy summer.
p.s. the Tim Posgate Hornband featuring Howard Johnson has a couple of great festival gigs coming up. You can find details on our myspace site.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Last minute change here at the home office...I will NOT be hosting the jam tonight at the Supermarket but Michael Herring will be there hosting in my place...thanks.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

If you are in Toronto this weekend don't miss this. These two guys really are my fave piano players and we all went to the Banff School together in, 18 years ago.


When: 8pm - Friday, June 27th, 2008
Where: Harbourfront Sirius Stage
Who: Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq “Crystal Magnets”

“Two masters of contemporary piano improvisation, one Canadian and one French collaborated on a two- piano recording project at the Banff Centre in January to explore relationships involving melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structures, timbre and texture, room acoustics, space, and time.”

Benoit & I met as students @ the Banff Centre back in 1990 and have been great friends ever since. I’m very excited about this collaboration so I hope you can experience it.


When: 11pm – Saturday, June 28th, 2008
Where: Haboourfront Brigantine Room
Who: Andy Milne & Heather Cornell “Finding Synesthesia”
Andy Milne – piano, Heather Cornell – tap dance
Malika Zarra – vocals, Greg Heffernan – cello

“For this performance, tap dancer Heather Cornell and pianist composer Andy Milne collaborated to create music that draws on tap’s connection to jazz but shifts the focus from rhythm to blending texture with rhythmic counterpoint, form and melody. Within Milne’s new compositions, one can hear hints of Gershwin’s “American in Paris” along side contemporary angular melodies and rhythmic grooves reminiscent of “Fred Astaire meets Dave Holland””

The idea of hosting a jazz jam is not one that really appeals to me. However, tommorrow night, late late Thursday night I will be doing just that.

The reason I was interested this time around is that included in the deal was an invitation to play a set of my own music before the jam starts at my friend Greg Bottrel's club The Supermarket.

Today, we rehearsed the music and I haven't had such a fun and easy going rehearsal in recent memory.

Andrew Downing is playing the cello and Michael Herring is playing the acoustic bass while Lina Allemano is playing the trumpet.

I think you could give these three just about anything to play and it would sound good. For me, and maybe you it is a bit nostalgic as I am playing mostly music written in the 90s but I will be playing banjo on many of them. (also one I just finished writing last night!)

The Supermarket is on Augusta Avenue just south of College St. and we will begin our set at midnight and after that you are welcome to come and play some music with us.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I had so much fun at the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival. I planned to go and camp for the whole weekend but with sick kids and a fun Jam Session that I had with all my old pals in Burlington on Friday it turned out to be a quick one day event for me.

I picked up my Autoshare car at 1030am and was home for 530pm. I got to see a number of really good banjo pickers, heard some great singing and saw lots of folks that I knew. I even walked through the woods before I left and sat in on a jam session and played a few tunes before I hit the road.

I really enjoyed driving the Autoshare car through the backroads on my way there and back. I remember the days when I took things like that for granted and now I see it as a privilege that I wouldn't abuse very often. (i.e one person making that much pollution for a very casual reason)

It reminded me how glad I am to NOT own a car and to share that large piece of metal with my neighbors occasionally when I need it for work and sometimes pleasure.

Check it takes a minute to get used to and then there is no going back!

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