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#142 Summer 2022 [MAGAZINE + CD]

Musicworks: #142 Summer 2022 [MAGAZINE + CD] (Musicworks)

The Summer 2022 issue of Canada's essential music magazine exploring improvised, compositional, experimental and other musical hybrids, this issue with composer Gayle Young on the cover, articles on violist Ig Henneman, composer Du Yun, Mark Ellestad, plus reviews, interviews and a 10-track CD with music from artists covered in the magazine.

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UPC: 72527491916401

Label: Musicworks
Catalog ID: 142
Squidco Product Code: 32093

Format: MAGAZINE + 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Canada
Packaging: Magazine and CD
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Gayle Young

Yaz Lancaster

Jenny Moore

Mark Ellestad

Laura Ellestad

Kris Ellestad

Ig Henneman

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Artist Biographies:

"Mark Ellestad (b. 1954) lives in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). He began composition studies with Murray Adaskin (Victoria, B.C.) later obtaining a B. Mus (Univ. of Alberta) and a M. Mus (Univ. of Victoria, where he studied with Rudolf Komorous)."

-Mark Ellestad Website (

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"Dutch musician-composer and bandleader Ig Henneman performs on viola, and writes compositions for orchestras, ensembles, soloists, including pieces for film and theater. As an improviser, she mainly focuses on the Ig Henneman Sextet, Duo Baars-Henneman and Perch Hen Brock & Rain.

According to critic Ed Hazell "... an artist incapable of remaining satisfied with any music that lies strictly within the boundaries of any one style. Her working free of received wisdom to an individual voice and clarity of vision is the exhilarating story told by the discs. (...) it's a beautiful, functioning musical world all it's own that Henneman developed organically out of poetry, jazz, classical, improvised music-and birdsong. (...) Melodies were entirely her own, again blending an ancient and modern sensibility similar to the Tentet recording and using rhythm and nonstandard intervals to shape and color them. (...) Not that she doesn't have chops, but she seems determined to subvert classical notions of instrumental prowess in favor of a deliberately simple approach with more emphasis on timbre and more directly expressive (perhaps this is a legacy of her rock experience?) (...) Here the deliberately awkward rhythms, the dry textures and subdued colors of her playing, the concentration of thought and her ability to pare down to essentials take on an intense vulnerability and humanity.(...) It is sound discovered and organized with no preconceived notions and it is both incredibly touching and intellectually thrilling at the same time."

As of 1985, Ig Henneman leads her own groups, showcasing improvisers as well as her own compositions, in hundreds of concerts throughout Europe, North America, Brasil and Japan.

Some highlights:

• in her series 'Solo Songs for Instruments' Henneman wrote In the Storm of Roses -Solo Song for violin with improvisation- for the German violinist Ayumi Paul, and for Dutch violinist Diamanda La Berge Dramm. And Ten Lines -Solo Song for viola with improvisation- for Elisabeth Smalt (2014-2015)
• European 2014 tour with Perch Hen Brock & Rain a totally improvised quartet featuring Ab Baars, Ig Henneman, Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey
• Duo Baars-Henneman 'Autumn Songs' USA Tour (2012)
• Molot for marimba-solo played by Fredrike de Winter (2010, 2011)
• Ig Henneman Sextet plays 'Kindred Spirits' (2010), recorded on Cut a Caper (Wig 19, 2011)
• Chant for violin and piano played by Heleen Hulst and Gerard Bouwhuis (2010)
• Henneman, Henneman & De Swaan, Henneman String Quartet with harpist Godelieve Schrama (2004), recorded on Strepen - Music and Image in Concert (DVD and CD, Wig 10, 2004) Henneman String Quartet on Italian music (2001), recorded on Piazza Pia (Wig 07, 2002)
• Henneman String Quartet plays Westwerk (1997), a project on medieval music and architecture
• Ig Henneman Tentet plays 'De nachtegaal tijdens de slaap' (1995), recorded on Repeat that, repeat (Wig 03, 1995)
• Ig Henneman Tentet plays Emily Dickinson (1993), recorded on Dickinson (Wig 02, 1993)

Self-taught composer Ig Henneman received some years of coaching by Dutch composer Robert Heppener. Since the nineties the music of the Russian composers Galina Ustvolskaya en Sofia Gubaidulina has been an inspiration for Henneman, who is attracted by the extremes of the former's structural severity and the latter's improvisational freedom.

As a five year old, Ig Henneman took piano lessons; at eleven she began to play the violin as well. At the conservatory, she initially studied the piano, later she majored on the violin, but ultimately the viola became her instrument. Ig Henneman played in several symphony orchestras before co-founding the legendary rockband FC Gerania, which performed Henneman's first compositions. One of her early works is the soundtrack to the 1927 silent movie Baby Ryazanskye by Olga Preobrasjenskaja. Nowadays she is renowned for being one of the 'New Dutch Swing' improvisers of the Amsterdam scene as well as for being a prolific and much sought-after composer. She performs at venues and festivals in Europe, Japan and North America. Grants and commissions were given her by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst, the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, the Fonds voor de Amateurkunst en de Podiumkunsten and the Dutch Ministry of Culture.

So far, Ig Henneman has worked with improvisers such as Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Dave Burrell, Misha Mengelberg, Alberto Braida, Han Buhrs, Axel Doerner, Martin van Duynhoven, Katrien Ex, Lori Freedman, Mark Helias, Tristan Honsinger, François Houle, Wilbert de Joode, Theo Jörgensmann, Takuji Kawai, Peggy Lee, Marilyn Lerner, Sabina Meyer, Michael Moore, Phil Minton, Ernst Reijseger, Roswell Rudd, Fabrizio Spera, Roger Turner, Veryan Weston, Wolter Wierbos, dancers Hisako Horikawa and Masako Noguchi and poets Anneke Brassinga, H. C. ten Berge and Diane Régimbald."

-Wig (

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track listing:

Gayle Young
1> Ancient Ocean Floor 14:20

Yaz Lancaster
2> wind_down_2 5:14
3> Shoelaces 3:02

Jenny Moore
4> Marshmallow Root 6:25
5> He Earns Enough 3:58

Mark Ellestad
6> In the Mirror of This Night (excerpt) 4:19
7> Discreet Angel (excerpt) 3:00

Laura Ellestad
8> Bjøllelåtten 2:19

Kris Ellestad
9> Shame 1:39

Ig Henneman
10> Outside the Rain Has Stopped 11:20
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"ON THE COVER: GAYLE YOUNG"Gayle Young's Gentle Interventions" takes the reader on through singer and writer Sarah Albu's first-hand experience as she digests forty years of musical output from a unique compositional voice. Albu reflects on her micro and macro processes while working on According to the Moon, a new recording that collects all vocal works to date by composer and instrument creator Gayle Young. The compositions, which span from 1978 to 2021, cover a wide range of subject matter and musical material; Young also composer a new work based on experiences, observations, and conversations she had with Sarah on daily walks along the Bruce Trail, up and down the Niagara Escarpment. The heart of this music is the filtering of daily experience, seeking and finding immense beauty in the tiniest details of life. It requires versatility, stamina and focus, curiosity, and mindfulness. How does one begin to approach such a body of work?

Violist, improviser, and composer Ig Henneman celebrated her 75th birthday in September 2021 with a concert featuring premieres and reinterpretations of her works performed by a who's who of Dutch experimental musicians and poets. That same day, Henneman was knighted into Holland's de Orde van Oranje Nassau for her outstanding contribution in the field of contemporary and improvised music. Violist Jennifer Thiessen interviews Henneman, her role model as a violist and improviser, about her path as a classically trained musician, rock songwriter, improviser, composer, bandleader, and organizer. The significance of Henneman's work and the relevance of representation is discussed in interviews with Montreal-based clarinet player, improviser, and composer Lori Freedman-a long-term collaborator of Henneman's-and Amsterdam-based Canadian improviser and composer Marielle Groven.

The New York-based composer, performer, and curator Du Yun is an effervescent and brilliant artist who draws inspiration for her creative work from several arts and disciplines. As a warm-up to the Canadian premiere production of Du Yun's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Angel's Bone, which is being presented in Vancouver in 2022 and Toronto in 2023, composer and saxophonist Olivia Shortt talks to their former mentor Du Yun about her musical life and wide interests. Shortt also speaks with Arraymusic artistic director and percussionist David Schotzko, a friend and collaborator of Du Yun since their days at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, who is also involved with the upcoming production; and with reedist Aakash Mittal, a member of Du Yun's rock band and chamber ensemble OK Miss.

From 1994 until 2018, Mark Ellestad ran an on-location recording service for musicians in Calgary. After retirement from that business, he revisited compositions he had written as a young man. Discreet Angel, a new CD issued by British label Another Timbre, brings three of those pieces back into the light. Ellestad reflects on the compositional goals he had established for himself and outlines his enduring aesthetic preferences. He also reflects on his musical education, especially the impact of studying with Rudolf Komouros, and speaks of sustaining friendships he established at the University of Victoria. In addition, he tells of his enthusiasm for the distinctive sonorities of the Hardanger fiddle, a Norwegian instrument featured on the concluding track of the new CD. That instrument has not only formed an unexpected connection with his ancestral past but has reverberated into the musical lives of his daughter Laura and his son Kris.>

Explore even more musical inventions and interventions of artists in the Summer 2022 issue!

Louise Gray interviews Manitoba-born, U.K.-based composer, percussionist, and music interventionist Jenny Moore, whose music embraces those that she refers to as her queer family: feminists, LGBTQ+ people, and their allies. Her creative practice is about listening, interacting, and imagining a future with others. "I'm just trying to get people to feel alive."

Chaka Grier interviews Kinshasa-born, Montreal-based Pierre Kwenders about how he channels love and life experiences into his new album José Louis and the Paradox of Love: "I'm just putting it out there, all my experiences through life and what has made me the man I am today ... and if some see themselves, if it can help them in some way, I'll be glad."

Sara Constant interviews New York-based composer, violinist, and poet Yaz Lancaster, whose genre-fluid solo and collaborative music offers liberatory modes for exploration: "I tend to categorize my music as genre-fluid or post-genre: I'm trying to make a bunch of different things make sense together."

Plus reviews of new music from Borderlands Trio, Malcolm Goldstein, Joane Hétu; Instruments of Happiness, Joyfultalk, Kee Avil, Robbie Lee & Lea Bertucci, Alejandro Morse / Cian / Eduardo Padilla, Eldritch Priest, Quatuor Bozzini, Tess Roby, Joseph Shabason and Vibrant Matter, Bekah Simms, and Hildegard Westerkamp."

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