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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CANADA: Flute Bits - November 2015 - Bill McBirnie

Flute Bits - November 2015 - Bill McBirnie

Greetings:

Here is a short list of news items, each of which is set out in a little more detail just below my signature:

(1)  GRAIN OF SAND WINS A GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD

(2)  …"CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE"…

(3)  A TOUR OF OTTAWA - JANUARY 2016!

(4)  ERROL GARNER PLAYS “I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU”

(5)  SOME FORTHCOMING GIGS

As always, thanks very much for reading…and for listening!…

Sincerely,

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone:  (416) 652-1541
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, there is."  (Yogi Berra)


(1)  GRAIN OF SAND WINS A GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD

Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones (Extreme Flute) won a Silver Medal in the Instrumentalist category in the October 2015 Global Music Awards for their album, Grain of Sand!

I might add that fellow Canadian—trumpeter, Alexis Baro—won a Gold Medal in the Jazz category for his album, Guilty Pleasure.

(A full listing of awards appears at the following link:  http://www.globalmusicawards.com/ )


(2)  "CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE"

Don’t let the well-known (…i.e., Charlie Brown and Vince Guaraldi…) celebrate alone! :-)

Support an indie musician by making a personal gift of their music!

And if you happen to choose me, then here are your choices (…all of which available at CDBaby… http://www.cdbaby.com/all/extremeflute …)
  
- DESVIO (with Bruce Jones) - EF01
- SCRATCH IT! (Extreme Flute) - EF02
- NATURE BOY (with Mark Eisenman, Steve Wallace & John Sumner) - EF03
- PACO PACO (with Bernie Senensky, Neil Swainson & John Sumner) - EF04
- MERCY (with Robi Botos, Pat Collins and John Sumner) - EF05
- FIND YOUR PLACE (organ trio with Bernie Senensky & Anthony Michelli) - EF06
- GRAIN OF SAND (with Bruce Jones) - EF07


(3)  A TOUR OF OTTAWA - JANUARY 2016!

…OK…So I hyperbolized a bit… :-)

Anyway, on January 9th, I will be (1) delivering a flute/improvisation clinic at Long & McQuade and (2) performing at GigSpace with Ottawa’s own Mark Ferguson and John Geggie.

For those in the Ottawa area, please take this rare occasion to come out…for one…for the other…or maybe even for both…events!

(Details appear in the gig listing below!)


(4)  ERROL GARNER PLAYS “I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU”

Here is a three-and-a-half minute clip of a man who is playing music for ALL of the right reasons…For the audience…without pandering…and without trying to impress…(though Garner is genuinely impressive! :-)



(5)  SOME FORTHCOMING GIGS

[NOTE:  The following gig listing is in DESCENDING order.  You can always find a current/updated listing at the following link:  http://www.extremeflute.com/contact.html  Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work…or flute/improv lessons…or coaching!…]

Sat., Jan. 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
GigSpace
953 Gladstone Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario 
With MARK FERGUSON (piano) and JOHN GEGGIE (bass)

Sat., Jan. 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Long & McQuade
2631 Alta Vista Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario 
EXTREME FLUTE - A Flute & Improvisation Clinic

Sun., Dec. 6, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
St. Christopher's Anglican Church
662 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
A Charlie Brown Christmas with the JIM SANDILANDS Trio

Sat., Dec. 5, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.
The Black Swan Tavern
154 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
Guesting with TYLER ELLIS

Tues., Nov. 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The Salty Dog
1980 Queen St. E. (in the Beach)
Toronto, Ontario
With GREG PILO (...The tradition continues!...)