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Wonderful review of the Sanctuary Trio’s last Christmas concert in the herald.

 

January 19 2014 · Responsio news

Waterloo Chamber Players concert

I am looking forward to performing with the Waterloo Chamber Players on March 23rd, 2013. I have had the pleasure of performing with their wonderful cellist and conductor Ben Bolt-Martin on a number of occasions and now I will be performing 2 concertos written by my dear friend Peter Togni with his group. I am really looking forward to this.

  This particular pairing of pieces reflects some of the most beautiful work that Peter Togni has created for me over the past ten years. The first piece, Illuminations was written back in 2002 as the first movement of a string  orchestra concerto called Mysteries of Light.  It shows Peter’s  ability to create profound and beautiful textures out of pure and basic musical materials. The second piece, Silentio was originally created as the third movement of the choral piece the Lamentations of Jeremiah and Peter has created a very effective movement for solo bass clarinet and string orchestra.

The concert is rounded off with a performance of Aaron Copeland’s Quiet City. Normally this work features an English Horn solo, but in this concert I will be playing that role on the bass clarinet.

 

February 20 2013 · Uncategorized | Upcoming Performances

Sanctuary’s “Concert of 100 Candles” on 12 12 12

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 2012
Fort Massey United Church

5303 Tobin Street, Halifax (at Tobin and Queen)
8:00 pm  15/10
Tickets available at the door.
Doors open 7:00 pm
Info: 902-233-5585

Slow music for a fast time of year

Find Sanctuary at the “end of the world” 12/12/12!!!!

Join us as we delve into the positive power of this auspicious date in this special season – in an atmosphere of depth, reflection, lyricism and the celebration of intense beauty.

 

The Christmas season is often the busiest time of year. Preparations can often be so intense that we sometimes miss out on the chance to “step away” and find time for deep reflection. Sanctuary’s annual “Concert of 100 Candles” celebrates reflective music. Music that boldly shifts down into the heart of space, openness, and contemplation and for a little over an hour, gives you a chance to go slow in a fast time.

Please feel free to lie back, relax and let the sounds wash over you!

This year, you can expect a full selection of annual Christmas favourites, although some of them will be in a slow form that you haven’t heard before. You will also hear a collection of new works the trio has prepared especially for this Christmas season.

In a time where the musical world has become saturated with unoriginal imitations, Sanctuary’s work is more than just a breath of fresh air. In terms of both concept and execution it is almost entirely unprecedented.


 

November 25 2012 · Uncategorized | Upcoming Performances

Performing in “A Spider’s Logic” on Nov. 8th

A Spider’s Logic – Thursday 8 November 2012    8:00 pm

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery – ground floor of the Loyola building
5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax
Admission $20.00/ $10.00 for students and seniorsI am happy to be performing in A Spider’s Logic,  a concert in Halifax on Nov. 8th presented by Musikon Concerts.

The mixed media work of textile artist Kai Chan will be the backdrop for this concert of spider inspired Canadian new music. You’ll hear the World Premiere of Bob Bauer’s A Cobweb’s Calling for soprano Janice Jackson, pianist Barbara Pritchard and live electronics. Also – you’ll hear two works by Vancouver composer Barbara Pentland will further explore the intricate, delicate world of web construction and spider life.
But no spider concert would be complete without a reference to arachnophobia. Halifax composer Anna Pidgorna’s work Evelyn’s Watcher features myself on bass clarinet, along with audio processing and video, to explore the strange world of paranoia……

October 13 2012 · Uncategorized | Upcoming Performances

Club Inegales premiere in London, UK on Nov. 1st, 2012

I am honoured and delighted to join the ranks of John Harle and Evan Parker and perform as a guest at Club Inegales in London on Nov. 1st, 2012.

Club Inegales is a nightclub in central London dedicated to performing contemporary, improvised music at the highest possible level. It’s the “club we’ve always wanted but never dared imagine”.

Led by artistic director Peter Weigold, who combines guest artists with a house band of some of Britain’s top musicians, it is a bold and daring exploration of new music presented in an entirely unique context. Here is a video about the club and their first guest this season, John Harle.

I’m nervous about this one – so come out if you can!!!   180 North Gower Street, near Euston Station   Bar opens at 7:00, music starts at 8:00.

October 8 2012 · Uncategorized | Upcoming Performances

Video of Black Sun

Black Sun is the centerpiece of a concert suite for bass clarinet, mezzo soprano and string orchestra. This video shows sections of the piece from a performance we did in July last year (2011), in an arrangement by Peter Togni for string quartet, piano, mezzo soprano, and bass clarinet. Mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig really shines in this performance.

Black Sun from Jeff Reilly on Vimeo.

September 19 2012 · Black Sun news | Uncategorized

Performances at Scotia Festival of Music 2012

I am pleased to say that I am performing in a number of concerts at this year’s Scotia Festival of Music (May 27 to June 8th 2012) One of the most interesting will be Frederic Rzewski’s Attica and Coming Together, probably one of the most influential early minimalist compositions of the 1960’s. It’s with a wonderful collection of musicians and the Terrain dance company from New York. Really an incredible group of inspiring dancers. Coming Together and Attica are two works that Frederic Rzewsk wrote as a powerful response to the 1971 Attica prison riots. Performed in the round with an ensemble of us ten musicians, this is a brilliant opportunity to witness live dance and music in a pretty powerful combination. Here is an example of the piece being performed by the Artefects ensemble:

For tickets go to the Live Art Dance site.

May 29 2012 · Upcoming Performances

Lamentations performance in Ottawa May 20, 2012

The Elmer Isler Singers

The Lamenations of Jeremiah will be performed with Jeff Reilly and the Elmer Iseler Singers in Ottawa on MAY 20, 2012 as part of  Podium 2012, the bi-annual conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. This year’s conference runs May 17–20, 2012.

Silentio, from the Lamentations of Jeremiah

May 19 2012 · Lamentations of Jeremiah news | Upcoming Performances

Sanctuary plays two concerts in Nova Scotia in March, 2012

Sanctuary is playing two concerts in March of 2012 in Nova Scotia! After hibernating over the past 6 months and working very hard rehearsing and developing an entirely new collection of original pieces, we are ready to show our new stuff to the world. All of these pieces will soon be recorded for our next CD release in the fall.

Come out and hear Sanctuary’s brand of lyrical, contemplative music at its very best. 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

University Hall Auditorium Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
Tickets at the door: Adults $10.00 / Students $5.00

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Atlantic School of Theology Chapel
660 Francklyn Street  Halifax, Nova Scotia  902-423-6939
Tickets at the door:  CASH ONLY Adults $15.00 / Students $10.00
(Turn right at the 1898 Building on Franklin St on the AST Campus)
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March 12 2012 · Uncategorized | Upcoming Performances

Lamentations of Jeremiah – at WNMF on Jan. 28th, 2013

I will be performing what I think of as my signature piece at the Winnipeg New Music Festival Jan. 28th, 2013 the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Peter-Anthony Togni  will be performed with the Elmer Iseler Singers on at the opening night.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents this annual festival in the dead of winter in the center of Canada. It is a bold stroke for this visionary group. Currently, the Winnipeg New Music Festival is an incredible undertaking with more than 50 pieces being performed in just 7 days. Since 1992, the Festival has presented 680 works by 266 composers; half of which are Canadian and local composers. It has been the site of 222 world-premieres and continues to challenge the boundaries of  all forms of music. Over the past 20 years the attendance has totaled 155,000 averaging 10,300 per year making the New Music Festival one of the highest attended of its kind.

 

March 12 2012 · Lamentations of Jeremiah news | Uncategorized | Upcoming Performances

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