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Chaos Abounds

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Fri Apr 26 3:55pm

It's crunch time here at Festival HQ - print deadlines are looming, and it feels as though there is still an impossible number of details to be finalized. We'll get there, but it's going to be a hectic couple of weeks.

Fitting, then, that the title of this year's final TD Discovery Series Special Project presentation, May 2 at The Tell, is "Coding Chaos." Presented by Spectrum Music, the concert will explore the relationship between composers, live musicians and artificial intelligence - and the role that AI plays currently, and might play in the future, in music-making.

Tetra what now?

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Fri Apr 5 4:13pm

I'll admit that it's been a challenging several weeks, both on the home and work fronts. Everything's fine, everyone's healthy, it will all work out. But it's been a bit of a slog. I feel lucky to have supportive family, supportive colleagues, and work (official and personal) which continues to inspire me in a variety of ways.

Jazz genetics

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Tue Feb 19 2:01pm

Over the past number of years, I've been excited to hear the expanding cross-pollination between jazz and other genres - and particular with genres such as R&B, soul, funk and hip hop. On one hand, this interest is purely practical - with greater cross-pollination comes greater potential audience crossover, and, hopefully, a larger audience for jazz in general.

Come From Away

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Jun 21 11:34pm

Okay, so, I'm a bit behind schedule. Who knew that the last day before a big festival could be such a circus? (Well, me, actually, but I was clearly employing selective memory...) But - we persevere.

Inside and out

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Wed Jun 20 8:45pm

On the surface, artists who play traditional jazz and artists who play free jazz (or close to free jazz) are on polar opposite ends of the musical spectrum. But every time I listen to one or the other, I find similarities which surprise me. To my ear, early Dixieland music - with its group improvisation, even if carefully structured - for example, can at times sound just as cacophonous as some of the freest jazz.

We are in good hands

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Tue Jun 19 9:59am

For the next instalment of "let's talk about a bunch of free shows at the Festival!" (needs a catchier name, I know), I wanted to introduce some of the outstanding emerging talent performing for free in Yorkville this year.

Opening weekend extravaganza

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Mon Jun 18 10:17am

Okay - day 2 of trying to summarize every free show at the Festival. After a momentary brain freeze ("How exactly do I group together all of these shows?!"), I've decided that today's entry would be purely chronological - first things first, as the saying goes.

For opening weekend this year we were aiming for a party inspired by soul, funk and r&b. We've certainly got that on our OLG Stage on Yorkville Avenue...but if we look at the opening weekend's programming on the whole, we discover quite an interesting range of music! Let's dive in.

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