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Next year in Victoriaville
by Barbara Moser
The 24th Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville last month lived up to its title as a showcase of the bold and unusual in free jazz, progressive rock, electro-acoustic, and various mixes of the same.
Saxophonist John Zorn strutted his stuff with a displayof technical prowess, and wove vaguely Jewish and eastern sounding themes into his all acoustic display. That was easily one highlight of the fest.
Anthony Braxton’s two shows, one with trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum and guitarist Mary Halverson, with a computer as a fourth presence, was among the more interesting. His 12 (+1) Tet was a challenging mix of written music and several levels of improvisation.
Marilyn Crispell’s quartet was by far the most mainstream concert and the most enjoyable for my tastes.
Overall, for me, there was too much atonal music, too many droning sounds from electronic machines, and not enough lyrical music.
The fact that only 5,000 tickets were sold for the five-day event tells me that the festival is missing some of the folky and tonal music of other years. which could have brought out bigger crowds and made me happier.
Granted, the rock shows of Melvins and the joint effort by Acid Mothers Temple and the Japanese Noise ’meisters Gong were the big sellers, but not for our age group.
For the 25th edition next year, which I hope to attend, I would like to see the return of some of those great accordion players or other folky musicians, solo pianists like Irene Schweitzer, and some of Zorn ’s groups like Masada, that have given past festivals the broader spectrum of tonal language that draws in people like me.

Music of the World helps locally, internationally
Khoi-Khoi Music of the World, a benefit concert will be held 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 23. The event will operate a food collection for the NDG Food Bank, and raise awareness and funds for the 20 million children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa
Under the direction of Vivienne Deane, the Khoi Khoi will perform Gospel, classical, and modern music.
Admission is free, but a donation of non-perishable food is requested for the NDG food bank. The collection of a goodwill offering will go towards a diagnostic and training centre for the people of Tanzania.
The concert is at the Wesley United Church, 5964 NDG Ave., corner of Royal. Info: (514) 486-0924.

St. James United Church Summer recital series
This summer, the St. James United Church will offer a series of concerts, Tuesdays at 12:30 pm.
The lineup for June includes Suzanne Ozorak (Organ; Piano) & Angelica Tombs (French Horn), June 12, Jonathan Oldengarm, June 19, and Kurt-Ludwig Forg of Germany, June 26.
July performances feature Giancarlo Scalia (Piano), July 3, Ryan Enright, July 10, Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, July 17, Régis Rousseau July 24, and Jonathan Addleman (Saxophone), July 31.
In August, the Church hosts David Carle from Windsor, Ontario, August 7, Dany Wiseman  August 14, Denis Gagné, August 21, and Vincent Boucher, August 28. Concerts are at 463 Ste-Catherine St. West. Info: (514) 288-9245.

New musical
Congregation Beth-El presents “It’s About Time” directed by Lou Levitt, June 18 - 24. Performances are evenings at 7:30 pm ($20) plus one matinee at 1:30 pm ($18) at 1000 Lucerne Rd. TMR. Tickets: ( 514) 738-4766.

Features

Stardom beckons for 13-year-old jazz singer by Irwin Block

Generations - building a strong foundation by Trina Ann Pion

Not just for grandparents by Kristine Berey

Sun Youth bike patrol gets ready to roll through the summer by Nicolas Carpentier

Fit at any age by Emily Wilkinson

Byron’s picks for 17th Fringe, on till June 17 by Byron Toben

Business as usual at Wilensky’s 75th anniversary by Trina Ann Pion

Next year in Victoriaville by Barbara Moser

Flora and Fauna notes for June