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#145 Summer 2023 [MAGAZINE + CD]

Musicworks: #145 Summer 2023 [MAGAZINE + CD] (Musicworks)

The Summer 2023 issue of Canada's finest music magazine covering contemporary improvised, composed and experimental music, with Simone Schmidt's Audible Songs of Defiant Meaning on the cover, plus features on Nicole Mitchell and Coco Elysses, Levy Lorenzo, Wayne Lavallee, along with recorded & live reviews, and a 10-track CD with pieces from the artist within.

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UPC: 77200691816901

Label: Musicworks
Catalog ID: 145
Squidco Product Code: 33498

Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Canada
Packaging: Magazine and CD


Leah Reid

Lina Choi

Levy Lorenzo

Peter Evans

Wayne Lavallee

Sherryl Sewepagaham

Michel Bruyere

Eric Reed

Brian Minato

Simone Schmidt

Nick Dourado

Bianca Palmer

Jeremy Costello

John Showman

Coco Elysses

Nicole Mitchell

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

On the Cover: "Simone Schmidt's Audible Songs of Defiant Meaning" by Kurt Newman.

Features: "Levy Lorenzo Maximizes the Human Algorithm" by Juro Kim Feliz. "Colliding Dualities: Nicole Mitchell and Coco Elysses at Women From Space" by Patrick O'Reilly. "Wayne Lavallee's Journey to Bones of Crows" by Jennie Punter.

More stories: "Leah Reid: Winner of the 2022 Electronic Music Composition Contest" by Jennie Punter. "Lina Choi is Floating in Spaces" by Andrew Patterson. "You Can Can's Tonal Possibilities" by Laura Stanley."A Eulogy for the Music of Café Resonance" by Adam Kinner. "Contingency Plans" editorial by Jennie Punter.

Reviews of new music from: All Hands_Make Light; Christopher Butterfield; Satoko Fujii and Otomo Yoshihide; Tim Hecker; Carmen Jaci; Ingrid Laubrock; Joëlle Léandre ; Roxanne Nesbitt, Ben Brown, and Marielle Groven; Éliane Radigue and Quatuor Bozzini; Rasmussen, Flaherty, Rowden, and Corsano; Alex Temple, Julia Holter, and Spektral Quartet; Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra; and Witch Prophet.

Events:Bicycle Opera Project's Sweat (Kingston Canadian Film Festival); Sarah Jerrom's Magpie (Music Gallery, Toronto)

Words: Bruce Adams. You're With Stupid: kranky, Chicago, and the Reinvention of Indie Music.

Musicworks 145 CD

1 Reverie(2019-2020) 10:30

Composed and performed by Leah Reid. First Prize, 2022 Musicworks Electronic Music Composition Contest.

2 Water and Dreams(2021) 6:23

Composed and performed by Lina Choi.

3 Modified(2018) 4:38

4 The Stone Cauldron (2018) 4:08

Tracks 3-4 composed and performed by;Levy Lorenzo (percussion and electronics) and Peter Evans (trumpets). From the album Q (More is More) by Levy Lorenzo and Peter Evans.

5 Everything in Time (2023) 8:13

Composed and performed by You Can Can (Felicity Williams and Andrew Zukerman). From the LP You Can Can (Sˇance Centre, 36SC, 2023).

6 I Hold My Hands Up To You (2023) 4:08

Composed and produced by Wayne Lavallee. Words by Marie Clements. Performed by Wayne Lavallee (acoustic guitars, vocals), Sherryl Sewepagaham (background vocals), Michel Bruyere (drums), Eric Reed (electric guitars), and Brian Minato (bass).

7 Yeah But Uhh Hey!(2021) 5:56

Composed by Simone Schmidt. Performed by Jeremy Costello (bass, voice) Nick Dourado (piano, sax), Bianca Palmer (drums) Simone Schmidt (voice, guitars). From Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition (2021).

8 Sacco & Vanzetti (2022) 1:39

Composed by Simone Schmidt. Performed by John Showman (fiddle) and Simone Schmidt (guitar, voice). From Soundtrack to A More Radiant Sphere: The Joe Wallace Mixtape(2022).

9 Wallace Goes To Russia (2022) 3:02

Composed and performed by Nick Dourado (piano), Simone Schmidt (guitar), and Nathan Doucet (drums). From Soundtrack to A More Radiant Sphere: The Joe Wallace Mixtape Joe Wallace Mixtape (2022).

10 Nicole Mitchell and Coco Elysses at Women From Space (excerpt) 7:17

Composed and performed by Nicole Mitchell (flute) and Coco Elysses. Concert performance recorded by Paul Hodge at 918 Bathurst at the Women From Space Festival, March 11, 2023.

Artist Biographies

"Born in Bucharest, Filipino-American Levy Marcel Ingles Lorenzo, Jr. works at the intersection of music, art, and technology. On an international scale, his body of work spans custom electronics design, sound engineering, instrument building, installation art, free improvisation, and classical percussion. With a primary focus on inventing new instruments, he prototypes, composes, and performs new electronic music. As an art consultant, Levy designs interactive electronics ranging from small sculptures to large-scale public art installations with artists such as Alvin Lucier, Christine Sun Kim, Ligorano-Reese, and Leo Villareal. As a studio musician, he has recorded with artists such as Peter Evans, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ryuichi Sakamoto and George Lewis. As a sound engineer, he specializes in the realization and performance of complete electro-acoustic concerts with non-traditional configurations. One of his main engagements is Claire Chase's Density 2036 project. A core member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (IntCE), he fulfills multiple roles as live sound engineer, electronicist, and percussionist.

Filling a unique niche, Levy is in demand as a freelance designer and artist. His work has been featured at STEIM, REWIRE, MIT Media Lab, Harvestworks, Ensemble Moderne, Darmstadt, Yellow Barn,,, G4TV, Grey Group, Bose, The New York Times, BBC, and Burning Man. An advocate for interdisciplinary arts, he has collaborated with dancers, video artists, public artists, mathematicians, sculptors, architects, and dramaturgs. Bridging the gap between the electronics design cycle and the performance practice of cutting-edge contemporary music, Levy is as equally comfortable wielding a soldering iron as drumsticks and four-mallets. He has fluency navigating hardware schematics and coding in various software environments, as well as interpreting complex musical scores and playing chamber music.

Levy earned degrees as Master of Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Stony Brook University. He has given numerous guest workshops and lectures on electronic musical instrument design and performance practice. Dr. Lorenzo holds a position as Professor of Creative Technologies at The New School, College of Performing Arts."

-Levy Lorenzo Website (

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"Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively. He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steve Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee, George Lewis, and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011."

-Peter Evans Website (

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"Nicole Mitchell (b. 1967) is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as "Top Flutist of the Year" for the last four years (2010-2014). Mitchell's music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works.

Mitchell formerly served as the first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. In recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named "Chicagoan of the Year" in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. With her ensembles, as a featured flutist and composer, Mitchell has been a highlight at festivals and art venues throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts (2011) and has been commissioned by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra and Maggio Fiorentino Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy). In 2009, she created Honoring Grace: Michelle Obama for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. She has been a faculty member at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute, the Sherwood Flute Institute, Banff International Jazz Workshop and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and in magazines including Ebony, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times, Jazz Wise, and American Legacy.

Nicole MItchell is currently a Professor of Music, teaching in "Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology," (ICIT) a new and expansively-minded graduate program at the University of California, Irvine. In November 2014, ICIT was approved for the unleashing of a new MA/PhD program, which will be offered starting fall 2015. Mitchell's recent composition, Flight for Freedom for Creative Flute and Orchestra, a Tribute to Harriet Tubman, premiered with the Chicago Composers' Orchestra in December 2011 and was presented again with CCO in May 2014. She was also commisisoned by Chicago Sinfonietta for Harambee: Road to Victory, for Solo Flute, Choir and Orchestra in January 2012. Her latest commission was from the French Ministry of Culture and the Royaumont Foundation in October 2014, which supported the development and French tour of Beyond Black - a collaboration with kora master Ballake Sissoko, Black Earth Ensemble and friends. Currently Mitchell is preparing her next commission supported by the French American Jazz Exchange, entitled Moments of Fatherhood, featuring Black Earth Ensemble and the Parisian chamber group L'Ensemble Laborintus, to premiere at the Sons d'hiver Jazz Festival in late January 2015.

Among the first class of Doris Duke Artists (2012), Mitchell works to raise respect and integrity for the improvised flute, to contribute her innovative voice to the jazz legacy, and to continue the bold and exciting directions that the AACM has charted for decades. With contemporary ensembles of varying instrumentation and size (from solo to orchestra), Mitchell's mission is to celebrate the power of endless possibility by "creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar and the unknown." She is endorsed by Powell flutes."

-Nicole Mitchell Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Reverie - Leah Reid 10:33

2. Water And Dreams - Lina Choi 6:25

3. Modified - Levy Lorenzo, Peter Evans 4:40

4. The Stone Cauldron - Levy Lorenzo, Peter Evans 4:11

5. Everything In Time - You Can Can 8:15

6. I Hold My Hands Up To You - Wayne Lavallee, Sherryl Sewepagaham, Michel Bruyere, Eric Reed, Brian Minato 4:10

7. Yeah But Uhh Hey! - Fiver (Simone Schmidt, Nick Dourado, Bianca Palmer, Jeremy Costello) 5:58

8. Sacco and Vanzetti - Simone Schmidt, John Showman 1:42

9. Wallace Goes To Russia - Simone Schmidt, Nick Dourado, Nathan Doucet 3:04

10. Nicole Mitchell And Coco Elysses At Women From Space, Excerpt - Coco Elysses, Nicole Mitchell 7:17

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