Over the weekend, I went to the first performance of the Bicycle Opera Project. I've been blogging about this super-cool project on my website for the last couple weeks. This was partly self serving, since they're performing a piece of mine. But it was also because I just really dig what they're doing: biking across Southern Ontario, performing contemporary Canadian opera in unexpected places like cafes, art galleries, barns and parks.
Sound - "any auditory effect; any audible vibrational disturbance"
Symposium - "a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience"
I had an “oh-man,-I-wish-I was-there-to-hear-that” moment when I was lolligagging around the Sound Symposium website. The "there" I wanted to be at was Signal Hill, and what I wanted to hear was Mack Furlong’s harbor symphony, Brute. The recording is barely a day old as I post this, although I can’t find any information on whether or not this was a premiere. But I'd like to be considered a secondary reason to this video's viral success if it goes all George Takei popular on the internet...
I've recently been volunteering at a small, free music day camp at a local church in St. John's. In preparation for my first day of teaching (as I had not taught little kids how to play the violin in a few years), I became fascinated by all of the instructional music books that are available (and a lot of them are quite cute!). These brightly coloured books with their clear pictures is something that I wish I had when I began violin lessons years ago.
Having heard of Mr. Wijeratne's technical prowess, and musicality, I chose to go see his performance with "Skratch Bastid" on "rap night" at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival. While the two aforementioned artists, coupled with percussionist David Burton and vocalist Reeny Smith undoubtedly staged a dynamic and innovative performance, one couldn't help but to feel that Skratch Bastid's turntablism occupied too prominent a space, impeding on the audience's ability to appreciate Mr. Wijeratne's playing.
Today, when I was on the CBC News website looking around (http://www.cbc.ca), one story in particular caught my attention.
It was the story about the Supreme Court's ruling towards copyright in regards to music. Some of the issues that this ruling dealt with were Music downloads, Music previews, Music in game downloads, Music streaming, and Textbook photocopying. For musicians, copyright law is always something that is muddy waters (at least, it is to me!).
The issue of illegal downloading of music is always a touchy subject and is still very prevalent.