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The [ Who Starts First] Project

After the high of the CMU residency, we returned to Toronto at the end of February just in time for the Coronavirus crisis. As the reality of social isolation and physical distancing set in, we decided to try doing some music while maintaining our isolation. The result: the [Who Starts First] project. [Who Starts First] is a placeholder until the project is finished; then we’ll take on the question of names. Here’s the order of track creation for each part of the project.

  1. Paul Starts First (completed): Paul, John, Jim, Rose, David J., David S.
  2. Jim Starts First (completed): Jim, David S, Rose, David J, John, Paul
  3. David s Starts First (completed): David S, Rose, David J, John, Paul, Jim
  4. Rose Starts First (completed): Rose, Paul, John, Jim, David S, David J.
  5. John Starts First (completed): John, David J, Paul, David S, Jim, Rose
  6. David J Starts First (to come): David J, Jim, David S, Paul, Rose, John

Here’s a preview of 1. Paul Starts First with visuals by Intrepita (Paul Stillwell). Enjoy.

CEE Residency at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

It was an intense, eye-opening, tremendously satisfying four days, beginning with rehearsals with the Exploded Ensemble in the magnificently equipped Media Center and ending with a concert in the equally well-equipped Kresge Theatre.  A great treat was the addition of the brilliant improvising violinist Pauline Kim Harris (whose concert with Jesse Styles, guru of the EE, packed the club where they performed the previous evening. Pretty cool scene in Pittsburgh). We were very pleased that the concert included, as well as our collaborations with the EE, beautiful performances of Larry Lake’s Psalm for oboe and tape with Hannah Senft as soloist and David jaeger’s Sarabande for viola and live delay processing with violist Sara Frankel.  Along the way, we collectively presented the Steiner Lecture in Creative Inquiry and four workshops:

              Rose Bolton: Electronic Music making for Women and non-binary Individuals

              John Kameel Farah: Approaches to Piano Improvisation

              David Jaeger and Jim Montgomery: Composing with Electronic Instruments

              Paul Stillwell and David Sutherland: Modular Synthesis 101

The CEE concert performances and our collaborations with the EE are being prepared for release. We’ll let you know.

The CEE: 2020 edition

Rose Bolton was back from her very productive leave of absence just in time to prepare for our residency at Carnegie Mellon University in February. David Sutherland has become an integral voice in the group and so the full sextet set off to Pittsburgh in February. Some amazing music happened in and around the seminars and workshops especially our collaborative performances with CMU’s Exploded Ensemble. The results of those sessions are being prepared for release.

Another October performance

October 13 was such a good time we can’t wait to get the new band at it again. This time we’re “at” the Southern Cross Room of the Tranzac, 10PM, Tuesday, October 24. PWYC. If you haven’t been to the Tranzac, this is a great chance to experience one of Toronto’s staunchest supporters of serious improvised music. As an example, the Tranzac hosts the Toronto Sound Festival, November 26 and 27, a  can’t-miss for Electro-heads. Great beer, too.

Info here: https://www.tranzac.org/

Or see their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/tranzac/

For TSF: https://www.torontosoundfestival.com/

Concert Announcement – October 13

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble was founded in 1971. It is the oldest continuous live-electronic group in the world. As we begin our 46th year, there are some new faces, and some older ones. Here’s a chance to get acquainted and re-acquainted with the CEE.

Friday, October 13, at 8:30PM, at the Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street. This will be the first appearance of the Quintet in Toronto, or in fact, anywhere. Get in on some history being made in the up-close-and-personal Chalmers Performance Space.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

The CEE is: John Kameeel Farah, David Jaeger, Jim Montgomery, Paul Stillwell, David Sutherland.