416-2009 Performers Gallery
Amir was born in Tehran, Iran, where he studied the santur, a 72 string hammer dulcimer. He specialized in the Radiff system of Persian classical music His principle teachers included Meheran Ghalaee, Majeed Kyanee, and Parviz Meshkatiyan. He also studied Indian classical music (Ragas) with teachers Ravi Shankar. Since arriving in Canada, he has welcomed the opportunity to work with western classical musicians; Bob Becker, Edgar Meyer and David Takeno, and has also collaborated with Hugh Fraser, Darcy Phillip Gray, John Stetch. Amir has been commissioned by CBC radio and has composed works for santur and orchestra in collaboration with Andrea Young. He was awarded the 2003 CBC Artist of the Year, from the Galaxie Rising Stars Program and The Betty Mitchell Best Composition and Sound Design Award.
Cracker and Shoe
with Rob Clutton, Tomasz Krakowiak, Ben Grossman
“I was born in Toronto in 1976 and after living in Yellowknife, Guelph, and Banff, moved to Montreal in 2005 where I have been ever since. I am busy: I run L’envers, a performance space dedicated to creative music, dance, film and visual arts, co-curate the weekly Mardi Spaghetti series at Le Cagibi, write for the Mirror, am a programmer at CKUT 90.3, and teach privately and through the Studio d’Improvisation de Montreal. In my spare time I run the Mr. E cdr label and enjoy playing the trumpet.
For this performance I will be joining Rob Clutton, Tomasz Krakowiak and Ben Grossman. While I have performed with all of them in the past, this will be the first time we play together as a quartet. I selected these musicians for their amazing capacity for manifesting beauty through sound and I look forward to discovering what we will do together and how this experience might transform us and you…”
gma trio 1
On her battery of clarinets Lori Freedman is bridging the gap between written and improvised contemporary music. She performs fiendish solos and chamber works from living composers’ “pens” influencing and being influenced by her own creative playing, improvisations with and without comrades. She writes a bit of music all the time and her written words have been published here and there. She can be found on close to 50 recordings and is about to launch her 10th feature album Bridge (10 solo pieces of her own and of other composers) on the Ambiances magnétiques label. Ms Freedman is very happy to be in Toronto performing for the 416 crowd both in solo and duo formation with her guest Martin Tétreault.
facilitated by Rod Campbell
The Ralph Thornton Centre