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Tiananmen Square

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 17:44:49 +0000

R09_0251-148 Tianamen Captive Ferroud, Bergère Captive A funny thing happened at Tiananmen Square. As described in the previous post and after playing in the pedestrian tunnel, we went up and lingered for a while behind police barricades that protected the locked gates of The Forbidden City. That first night, I couldn’t really figure out what all […]

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Tiananmen Square’s Acoustic Haven

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 02:00:42 +0000

R09_0251-127 Tiannamen Tunnel, Debussy Debussy, Syrinx Our first night in Beijing, we of course headed straight across town to check out Tian’an Men Square. Turns out the gates were locked tight, but we had a great adventure and caught a vivid glimpse of present-day China. Just as we were nearing our destination, I spotted the […]

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Neo-Realism in Dashanzi Art District

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:58:35 +0000

R09_0251-200 ave maria in factory shop Ave Maria An intriguing gallery entranceway – derelict and unassuming – caught my eye as we rolled into Beijing’s famed Dashanzi Art District. Or at least I thought it was a gallery. Upon closer inspection it turns out it was somehow even better! I’m still convinced that this was an […]

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Cool Reception in Beijing’s Art District

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:46:36 +0000

R09_0251-203 Improv with Ambient Sound Gallery Sounds More evocative acoustics from a gallery space in Dashanzi 798 Art District in Beijing… Typical of the plethora of converted munitions factories cum art exhibit spaces in the north-east part of China’s capital city, the atmosphere and acoustics here were phenomenal! After hanging out for a while, mesmerized […]

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White Space in Art District 798, Beijing

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:34:54 +0000

R09_0251-206 Gariboldi, Etudes Mignonnes Opus 131 On my final day in Beijing, I had one last chance to do some amazing exploring. After a morning of essential discount shopping, a gaggle of us crammed into a taxi and sat through heavy traffic to go check out Art District 798, on the outskirts of the sprawling […]

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Lost in Copenhagen

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:59:27 +0000

R09_0510 karg elert fantasia 12 Karg-Elert, Caprice #18, Opus 107 Just getting blogging again after wrestling with some nasty technical issues for the past 18 months.. the good news being that most of my urban flute site content was backed up, although it appears some recent posts were lost, including tales of my urban exploring […]

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Tom Thomson’s Secret Hideaway

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:34:23 +0000

tom thomson improv Well, after Hurricane Sandy rips through, we may very well be looking at some of this white stuff in Ontario, somewhat prematurely mind you! On a languid weekday afternoon and as in a dream, three of us trucked north of the city to check out an old haunt of one Canada’s most […]

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Cold War Acoustics!

Sun, 15 Jul 2012 19:43:36 +0000

R09_0203 Mussorgsky Welcome toThe Diefenbunker, a throwback to ’50’s-era Cold War mentality, and where worlds collide! Certainly not the first giant flute I have played in, and hopefully not the last, the sound of my flute echoed all the way back to the 1950’s! Admittedly a card-carrying member of the Get Smart generation, I was intrigued […]

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Milano Polizia… On the Beat!

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:02:17 +0000

R09_0276-11 galleria bach allegro Bach, Allegro When recording in public spaces, it’s important to keep a wary eye open for friendly cops…out on the beat! Before finding a morning coffee, I gave this lively Bach Allegro a read-through in the wonderful Galleria shortly before these two helpful Polizia offered me directions to El Duomo. Hey, […]

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La Poesia di Polizia (Poetry Police)

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:02:44 +0000

R09_0276-17 griffes poem Poem, Griffes (Introduction) It was hard to leave the acoustic playground of Milan’s famous Galleria, so after finding a cafe that was open so early – believe me, something at least as strong as a double espresso was badly needed – I set up to record right under the massive central dome. […]

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Octagonal Flute en Milano!

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:40:07 +0000

R09_0276-10 bach galleria Bach, Sarabande A spontaneous drive to Milan at the end of my recent Swiss adventure came as a wonderful epiphany, and was the icing on the cake for a great trip! Early on the Sunday morning of the day that I was scheduled to depart, I was up and out of my […]

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Postcard from Switzerland

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:18:31 +0000

R09_0233.MP3 main abbey Romainmotier, Improv #1 My friends had gone ahead and were sitting in the distant shadows, somewhere down this gently sloping main aisle, a path barely discernible to me as my eyes valiantly tried to adjust to the gloom. It was this central, downward slope that left a lingering impression perhaps even more […]

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Classical Music Rave

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:17:22 +0000

cbc-phantom-ballroom-concertPhantom Concert 2 My thanks to those brave souls who attended the second in a series of innovative infiltration concerts. The CBC thankfully was on the scene to capture the extraordinary acoustics and some audience feedback as the daring and rather audacious event unfolded. This segment, recently aired on CBC’s Radio 2, wonderfully conveys the […]

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Demolition Flute

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:36:20 +0000

r09_0026-craigie-burn-woodCraigie-Burn Wood, Trad Here is another remarkable staggering recording made inside the National Rubber Industries factory as it was meeting its untimely demise last week. I’m glad that I could bear witness to the final days of this dinosaur of a building out in the the west end of Toronto, as described in the previous post. […]

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Toronto’s Forgotten Tunnels

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 11:44:12 +0000

R09_0267 casa loma horn Agra, Paul Horn It’s all about fascinating acoustics…great music and mystery…communing with a forgotten past…. And the forgotten tunnels under Toronto’s Casa Loma has it in spades! Late one night, I made a few short recordings with friends in the secret tunnels under Casa Loma that were part of the original […]

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Recording in a Haunted House

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:41:14 +0000

r09_0308 J.S. Bach, Sarabande My thanks to everyone at Music By The Lake for a fantastic week of music-making in a beautiful setting – some readers may recognize this view from the second-floor of the Stone House where we had our flute masterclasses and ensemble coaching sessions. MBTL was a great experience, and the enthusiasm […]

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Outlaw Flute – The Ballad of Jesse James

Wed, 26 May 2010 10:36:45 +0000

r09_0244 The Ballad of Jesse James I have no idea why, but at times I feel like a bit of an outlaw flutist! So you might imagine that I felt right at home playing in the Jesse James Museum while visiting Liberty, Missouri recently – such a renegade, asking if I could play my flute […]

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Postcard from Kansas

Sun, 23 May 2010 05:59:36 +0000

r09_0325 Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Arlen & Harburg With time on my hands waiting to board a flight back to Toronto from Kansas City MO how could I resist sounding the opening of this classic tune from The Wizard of Oz? Hey, besides some pretty amazing mosaics in the flooring, they actually have tornado bunkers […]

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Taj Mahal, North American-style!

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:31:47 +0000

r09_0408 Paul Horn, Prologue/Inside No, I didn’t play while sitting in the hot tub here, but it was this view as I listened to the ambient sound of the water in the deserted pool area that inspired me to set up and record a bit while the coast was clear. At the tail end of […]

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