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Thursday, February 11, 2016

CANADA: Flute News - February 2016 - Bill McBirnie

Hi, Folks:

Here is a short list of items (each of which is set out in more detail just below my signature): 

(1) - "THINK LIKE A DRUMMER" - CANADIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

(2) - ARETHA!

(3) - SOME FORTHCOMING GIGS

As always, thanks very much…both for reading and 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) - "THINK LIKE A DRUMMER" - CANADIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

I suppose this is an unlikely topic for a flute player but it’s the subject of an article I wrote which is now appearing in the Woodwinds column of the current issue (i.e., January/February 2016) of Canadian Musician magazine.

For those who are not subscribers to CM but who are interested nonetheless, just drop me a line (at extremeflute@look.ca) and I can send along of the original draft.

You can also access the edited article here (on page 29):



(2) - ARETHA!

If ever there was an apt demonstration of the continuing majesty and magnitude of Aretha Franklin, then this is it!  Indeed, both Carole King and Barack Obama were profoundly moved…as was everyone else in the audience…by what was an genuinely powerful performance! (This clip is from the "Kennedy Centre Honours" concert that took place in December 2015 during which Aretha totally eclipsed everyone and it is about four-and-a-half minutes in length.)


I might add that Mark Helman was good enough to alert me to an Aretha Franklin recording that I didn’t know about (Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul, released on Atlantic Records in 2007)…It is a genuine revelation!…Here is an iTunes link to the album:


  
(3) - 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  Finally, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work…or flute/improvisation lessons or coaching!…]

Thurs., Fri. & Sat., May 5, 6 & 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria St.
Toronto, Ontario
With Bernie Senensky's MOE KOFFMAN TRIBUTE BAND

Sun., Apr. 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation
15 Clairtrell Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
Jazz Vespers with the GEORGE MARTON Trio

Sat., Mar. 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Pearson Convention Centre - FPCBP Annual Gala
2683 Steeles Ave. E.
Brampton, Ontario
With the FERNANDO TAVARES Group

Fri., Mar. 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Hirut Retaurant
2050 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With the DON NADURIAK Band

Wed., Mar. 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant
681 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Christie)
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY - Brazilian Jazz!

Fri., Feb. 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
The SEAN BELAVITTI & BILL MCBIRNIE Latin Jazz Project

Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Hirut Retaurant
2050 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With ELI EISENBERG

Sun., Feb. 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Hudson
147 Dunlop St. E.
Barrie, Ontario
With the JOE HURON Trio