Monday, September 26, 2016

CANADA: Bill McBirnie - Flute Bits - September 2016

Grain of Sand was nominated in TWO categories for the 2016 TIMAs (Toronto Independent Music Awards).  Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones - Extreme Flute is at the top of the listing in (1) the Best World and (2) the Best Instrumental classes!

[NOTE: A full list of the nominees appears at the following link: ]

…And the album is STILL available here (…just in case you don’t already have it… :-)

Claire Chase is one of the most monstrous flute players…EVER to be!…She exhibits a deep commitment to her craft, and she is absolutely remarkable at what she does.  However, I recognize that this is NOT necessarily everyone’s cup of tea.  Nonetheless, she is conscientious and intensely disciplined at what she has chosen to do, musically (…and it is musical!…Just let your backbone slip!… :-)  Here is a short fragment (2:25 minutes) of an absolutely brilliant performance that is both raw and nuanced:

Finally, Claire will be performing in Toronto very soon!

Density 2036 and Claire Chase
Tues., Oct. 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret
12 Alexander St.
Toronto, Ontario

The following gig listing is in DESCENDING order.  Please note that you can always find a current/updated list at the following link: 

And, if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work (…or any flute/improvisation coaching…), then do not hesitate to contact me at

Mon., May 29, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
The Church of the Holy Trinity - Music Mondays
10 Trinity Square (near the Eaton Centre)
Toronto, Ontario
A duo with BERNIE SENENSKY (Classical & Gospel)

Fri., Mar. 10, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St.
Kitchener, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band

Sat., Jan. 7, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
The Jazz Room (located in the Huether Hotel)
59 King St. N.
Waterloo, Ontario
With WILLY JARVIS and the Con Gracias Latin Band

Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
St. Christopher's Anglican Church
662 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
A Charlie Brown Christmas with the JIM SANDILANDS Trio

Fri., Nov. 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
La Nouvelle Scene (Studio A)
333 King Edward Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
The Rene Lavoie Trio (with RENE LAVOIE on reeds & TIM BEDNER on guitar)

Fri., Nov. 25, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Carleton University - Patrick Cardy Studio (Loeb A900)
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
BILL MCBIRNIE - A Flute & Improvisation Clinic - for ALL instrumentalists!

Wed., Nov. 9, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
The Burdock
1184 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
LOUIS SIMAO - CD Release! - Amazing!

Sun., Oct. 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation
15 Clairtrell Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
Jazz Vespers with the GEORGE MARTON Trio

Fri., Oct. 14, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Eight Hundred Degrees
99 Mississaga St. E.
Orillia, Ontario
With the JOE HURON Trio

Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
The Gasworks
141 Park St. N.
Hamilton, Ontario
With WILLY JARVIS & the "Con Gracias" Band

Wed., Oct. 12, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant
681 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Christie)
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY - Brazilian Jazz!

Sun., Oct. 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
All Saints Kingsway - Jazz Vespers
2850 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band

Sat., Oct. 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Beach United Church - Jazz and Reflection (Theme: Love)
140 Wineva Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With the MICHAEL LALONDE Trio (including DYLAN BELL)

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