Sunday, August 21, 2005

"Locked-out CBC Radio workers in Vancouver will record a two-hour program from the picket line, and three FM radio stations have agreed to carry the broadcast." (CBCunplugged.com)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Montalbetti, Ko claim top prizes at competition

Montalbetti, Ko claim top prizes at competition
Jennifer Jacoby-Smith
The StarPhoenix
August 18, 2005


Musicians did Saskatchewan proud at the 2005 National Music Festival last weekend in Kamloops, B.C.

Two Saskatoon natives took top prizes in their fields. Soprano Ileana Montalbetti, formerly of Saskatoon and currently living in Manitoba, received first place honours in the voice competition; and violinist Raymond Ko placed first in the strings competition.

Montalbetti admitted her win came as a "big surprise."

The 22-year-old graduated earlier this year from University of Manitoba's music program.

She represented Manitoba at the national festival, but still comes back home to Saskatoon frequently.

Montalbetti appeared in Saskatoon Opera's production of Die Fledermaus earlier this summer. She will also return Oct. 29 to participate in the opera company's gala.

"I would love to make a living singing," said Montalbetti, "but I'll have to see if that's in the cards."

In the fall she will be off to University of Toronto to take their opera diploma.

Ko, 18, is a graduate of Walter Murray Collegiate. He performed Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky and Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Prokofiev.

In June, Ko received the Sister Boyle award at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association's provincial competition in Moose Jaw, where he also earned the right to be Saskatchewan's representative in Kamloops.

The Sister Boyle award is given to a competitor who has demonstrated outstanding skill.

Eighteen-year old James Coghlin of Assiniboia placed second in the piano competition.

He played Etude Fantasy by Corigliano and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand by Ravel.

Sixty competitors, including nine from Saskatchewan, gathered in Kamloops to compete in various disciplines -- piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, guitar and chamber groups. Entrants ranged in age from 14 to 28.

Bonnie Nicholson has assisted with local competitions for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association in the past. She believes this may be the first time three Saskatchewan representatives have won in the same year.

"To win one of these competitions is very substantial," Nicholson explained.

To appear at the national level, competitors had to place first in local festivals held earlier this year.

National Music Festivals began in 1972 to allow young performers to test their skills against each other and be critiqued by renowned adjudicators.

The National Music Festivals are facilitated by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2005
". . . Montalbetti admitted her win came as a "big surprise." The 22-year-old graduated earlier this year from University of Manitoba's music program. She represented Manitoba at the national festival, but still comes back home to Saskatoon frequently. Montalbetti appeared in Saskatoon Opera's production of Die Fledermaus earlier this summer. She will also return Oct. 29 to participate in the opera company's gala. "I would love to make a living singing," said Montalbetti, "but I'll have to see if that's in the cards." In the fall she will be off to University of Toronto to take their opera diploma. . . "(subscription required|The StarPhoenix |Montalbetti, Ko claim top prizes at competition )


:: note :: . . . a bit of fatherly pride . . . well done and much deserved (from my perspective) . . . graduated this spring and now . . . nice to see a national award as she arrives in Toronto . . . best of luck . . .

Thursday, August 18, 2005

"Culture and creativity are the latest 'buzzwords' in the debate on innovation strategies for the knowledge economy. But what is the cultural dimension of the knowledge economy? And what does this imply for the public domain? "(context weblog|creative capital: culture, innovation and the public domain)


:: note :: . . . the words whether buzz or not take on a life of their own . . . they don't have the same meaning to me . . . when in Europe often wondered if the green I spoke was the green others saw . . . now wonder if creativity is a word i can speak . . .

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


made a terrible mistake
couldn't face reality
doesn't tell the whole story
nothing ever does
songs are of time and distance
the sadness is in you
there is only the dance
these things you treasure
are shells
you are someone else's collage
watch my arms


(early morning dispatch from Mary Wigman)


:: note ::.. . . last night was cold . . . woke up often . . . transcribed this dispatch from the place beyond sleep . . .

Monday, August 15, 2005

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:: note :: . . . these tracks are a block away . . . twice a night the rumblings may be felt or heard . . . a comforting concept that flight is just a boxcar leap away . . . ha . . .

Sunday, August 14, 2005

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"The abject, mimed through sound and meaning, is repeated. Getting rid of it is out of the question - the final Platonic lesson has been understood, one does not get rid of the impure; one can, however, bringing it into being a second time, and differently from the original impurity. It is a repetition through rhythm and song, therefore through what is not yet, or no longer is "meaning," but arranges, defers, differntiates and organizes, harmonizes pathos, bile, warmth, and enthusiasm."(Kristeva.Powers of Horror. 28)

Saturday, August 13, 2005

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"Sad to say, I suppose it's possible that the sheer penetrating vigour of the work in Within and Beyond the Wall was also a factor in its having been so meticulously ignored by Toronto critics and media while it was available. For this was no ordinary exhibition, even as my observations and personal experience suggest that to be reflectively penetrating in Toronto seems often to be viewed, amid local insecurities, not as a contribution to the textural resilience and sophistication of the polis, but rather as an affront to the perceived need for relentless cheerleading, whether of the urban, corporate or national variety."(Lear's Shadow|Representing Berlin In the Context of Toronto by Douglas Ord )


:: note :: . . . need many more studies of "art work" like this . . . a blend of informed academic, critical with creative, imaginative . . . written as a wonderful personal reflection . . . thanks . . .

Friday, August 12, 2005

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:: note :: . . . for the record: 11 jars of jam, 4 jars of jelly, 3 jars of sauce, 10 frozen berry packets (for pies) & 6 containers of fresh eating . . . a good season harvested from my mothers yard . . . much earlier this year due to the wet spring . . .

Thursday, August 11, 2005


. . . son shares his dream of delivering my eulogy at St. Phillip's Church . . . just like you did for grandpa . . . "How does that make you feel?" . . . couldn't answer adequately . . . a while later a line from the past echoes: 'the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers' . . .

lines may 1st 1966


(from the sorrowful canadians - wilfred watson)


the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
MY BROTHERS AND I DECIDED ON A SUMMARY EXECUTION
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE MADE EXCUSES FOR HIS AMIABLE FOLLIES, ESPECIALLY
A VAIN WISH TO SPARE US SUFFERINGS, DEPREVATIONS,
BOREDOMS WHICH HAD STUNG HIM TO THE TEETH
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
OUR HEADS WERE NOT YET GREY, HIS HEAD WAS NOT YET
WHITE
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
BUT WE DECIDED IN THE HEAT OF MIDSUMMER OUR WRONGS
HAD LASTED TOO LONG.
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE ACCUSED OUR FATHER OF BEING PARTY TO OUR RAPES
AND OF CONDONING OUR LECHEROUS INSTINCTS
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
THE SMILES WITH WHICH HE GREETED THIS INFURIATED
US
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE ACCUSED OUT FATHER OF TEACHING US TO BE MURDERERS


2
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
AS EVIDENCE THERE WERE TOY PISTOLS, BURNED OUT FIRE
CRACKERS, TWENTY-TWO RIFLES,A CHEAP SHOT-GUN, FISHING
EQUIPMENT, A GLOVE FOR KILLING MINK WITHOUT DAMAGING
THE PELTS, A TRAP FOR EARWIGS (HOME-MADE), A BROKEN
KILLER CANE FOR KILLING DANDELIONS, A USED INSECTICIDE
BOMB WE HAD AIMED AT A WASP NEST IN A DISUSED GARBAGE
TIN, AND VARIOUS PIECES OF LIKE EVIDENCE.
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE ACCUSED OUR FATHER OF TEACHING US AN OBSCENE LOVE
FOR THE CREATURE MONEY
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE GENEROUSLY GAVE HIM A CHANCE TO DEFEND HIMSELF.
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
MY FATHER, REPLIED OUR FATHER, WAS LECHEROUS, MURDEROUS
AND FULL OF LOVE FOR THE CREATURE MONEY.
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE REFUSED THE EXCUSE
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
WE ERECTED A SCAFFOLD.
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.


3
WE MADE THE EXECUTION AS CRUEL AS POSSIBLE, SO
OUR SONS SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BLAME US IN THIS
KIND.
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers.
AS HE DIED, HE CRIED OUT, MY FATHER WAS OEDIPUS
the sins of the fathers forgive the grandfathers
IT WAS A FLAGRANT DEATH, AND THE TEARS WE COULD
NOT EASILY SUPPRESS COMPROMISED OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
THE SINS OF THE FATHERS EXCUSE THE GRANDFATHERS

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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"The battleground, so to speak, is the interior world that ultimately resides in the soul."(The Experience Designer Network| Tension: Artists of the Living )

:: note :: . . . image titile: outside . . .

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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"But modern creativity theory argues that the creative process is as much an intellectual and social process as an emotional and individual process. As Dean Keith Simonton writes, 'creativity involves the participation of chance processes both in the origination of new ideas and in the social acceptance of these ideas by others... probabilistic or stochastic mechanisms operate at fundamental levels to generate original conceptions and to isolate the subset of these ideas that are judged adaptive by others -- and hence deserving of the designation 'creative'.' (2)"(artnet| The Matrix of Sensations by Donald Kuspit)


:: note :: . . . say what . . . title of the above image: Look . . .

Monday, August 08, 2005





An empty theater. On stage is dying

A player according to his art's demands

The dagger in his neck. His lust exhausted

A final solo courting the applause.

And not one hand. In a box, as empty

As the theater, a forgotten robe

The silk is whispering what the player screams.

The silk turns red, the robe grows heavy

From the player's blood that pours out while he dies

In the chandelier's luster that blanches the scene

The forgotten robe drinks empty the veins of

The dying man who now resembles no one but himself

Neither lust nor terror of transfiguration left

His blood a colored stain of no return


(Heiner Müller trans. Carl Weber)

Saturday, August 06, 2005

:: note :: . . . a couple of years back with the grade 11/12 class examining different types of theater . . . Grotowski's Akropolis & Lepage's Seven Streams of the River Ota . . . discovered they knew little about Hiroshima . . . spent a fascinating week fielding unanswerable questions . . . didn't know which was more frightening their lack of knowledge or disbelief of what they were learning . . . we need to inform . . . all of us at any time . . .

Friday, August 05, 2005

"If art is a way of knowing by doing then clearly arts-based research must follow this tenet of allowing for "knowing" to emerge out of the creative process and finding adequate ways to document this process."(The Journal of Pedagogy Pluralism & Practice Issue 9: Fall 2004|Artists, Arts Educators, and Arts Therapists as Researchers byPhillip Speiser)


:: note :: . . . documenting process with a sharp, critical yet understanding eye is remarkably difficult . . .

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

. . . nothing like the blue sky of august . . . flipped me out . . . A picture named flingHead.jpg

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

. . . started with the body's recollection of being (david michael levin) . . .
the "Problem" of the Body
The Problem of the Contemporary Body
"The absent body"
The "Ecstatic" Surface Body
The "Recessive" Visceral Body
The "Aesthetic" "Inner" Bodymind
The Aesthetic "Outer" Body
"Chiasmatic Body"
(Theatre Journal 56.4 (2004) | Toward a Phenomenological Model of the Actor's Embodied Modes of Experience by Phillip B. Zarrilli |access Project Muse)

Monday, August 01, 2005