Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ May 2, 2011
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For the 15th straight year, La Scena
Musicale celebrates the summer season in music. This month the magazine
directs our eyes, ears and feet to over 140 Canadian jazz, world and
folk music festivals. In the same vein our national issue in June explores
over 200 classical music and arts festivals that will enliven Canada
May’s La Scena Musicale
throws its spotlight on jazz. Our cover “cat” is British-born bassist
Dave Holland, now a guru of the American contemporary jazz scene, who
will headline several shows at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The festival will also pay homage to George Wein, founder of the legendary
Newport Jazz Festival. Now 85, Wein is certain to offer his irrepressible
views as both ardent promoter of the music and pianist in his own right.
La Scena also features Canadian
up-and-comer composer Darcy James Argue, who plans to crisscross the
land with his own Big Band, the Secret Society. Performances are slated
for Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Finally we call on the
much-admired pianist, composer, and musical director Lorraine Desmarais,
who speaks with us about her upcoming performance at the Montreal Chamber
Music Festival—as well as her honorary doctorate from UQAM, to be
awarded in June.
To help navigate the summer’s
jazz offerings, our critics offer their expert picks. Further, we’re
proud to provide readers with three festival guides in this issue: guides
to Canadian jazz, to Canadian folk and world music festivals, and to
International Jazz fests. We’ll highlight some of the smaller Canadian
jazz festivals as well as the fests in Burlington, Copenhagen and Lisbon.
In our classical music section,
we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chants libres and the
25th anniversary of La Petite maison des arts. We look at
the unusual origins of Beethoven’s string quartets, works that the
Montreal Chamber Music Festival will present in their entirety over
six concerts. We talk to the jury of the Montreal International Musical
Competition, which is devoted to piano this year. And we look back at
maestro Yoav Talmi through the prism of his autobiography.
In La SCENA Express, we
preview Les Grands Ballets’ new choreography of Schoenberg’s
Pierrot Lunaire and Stephan Thoss’s Searching for Home,
danced to the music of Philip Glass. We also lend an ear to the fifth
anniversary of the Festival TransAmériques.
Concert previews and calendars
round out our musical scheduling. Don’t miss our regular columns and
comprehensive review section. Print subscribers will also receive a
monthly Discovery CD of recordings by piano duo Victor Bouchard &
Renée Morisset, courtesy of XXI Records.
Happy Summer listening!