Festival Summer 2006 Schedule
Hornby Festival and Art Show Opening ReceptionThursday, August 3 Community Hall 7PM -9PM
The Hornby Festival staff and board invite all islanders and visitors to come and celebrate the opening of the 2006 Hornby Festival and Festival Group Art Show. Listen to some wonderful music, enjoy drinks and hor d'oeurves, and view the art show. This year's art show, Luminosa, is a multi-media Hornby resident artist group show curated by respected Vancouver Island artist, Ken Flett. Hornby Island is home to many world famous artists and we are lucky to have many of them dedicate their time and energy to the Festival by participating in Luminosa.
Lantern Walk - after the Opening Reception at 9:15 PM
After the Opening Reception we will meet at the main entrance of Tribune Bay Provincial Park to begin the Community Lantern Walk.* We encourage people to carpool or cycle to Tribune Bay Park. This is a family oriented event that is designed as a fun and magical evening for the Hornby Island community. Please come out and bring your own handmade lantern creation for the walk (watch out for lantern-making workshop notices or contact the Festival office). The walk will begin near the park entrance to the music and rhythms of Kantata and will be illuminated by the Hornby Island Dancers and lantern art installations generously built by our talented Hornby Island artists. Festivities will end and lanterns must be out at 10:30 pm as the park closes at 11pm (and gates are locked, vehicles must be out of the parking lot). Please wear warm clothing, comfortable shoes and carry a flashlight. Be assured that we are working with the Hornby Island Fire Department to make this a safe and fun event for everyone.
The Lantern Walk will move the lively West African and world fusion rhythms of Kantata (meaning ‘Call to the village’ in the Ghanian language, Kposo). Kantata is a local eight-member group of highly skilled drummers, percussionists, bass and sax players, and singers who have been performing on Hornby and elsewhere for over three years. Come and groove between the beautiful lanterns, firefly-dancers and your friends to the beat of Kantata.
The Hornby Island Dancers at Tribune Bay
The Hornby Island Dancers, from youth to adults, come together in a spectacular dance at Tribune Bay. Join the post opening reception lantern walk to Tribune Bay and be inspired by this human installation. The human form will meet with nature through illumination on this magical evening.
Fiddle Workshops with Daniel Lappminimum 6 registrants for each workshop
Friday, August 4 Joe King Park 3PM - 5PM (adults) - $35
Saturday, August 5 Joe King Park 12PM - 2PM (kids and teens) - $35
Since his childhood years in Prince George, Daniel Lapp has traveled to many corners of the globe with his fiddle and trumpet playing at festivals, clubs, concert halls and pubs in a great variety of contexts with a wide array of artists. Daniel continues to conduct workshops and give concerts all over the world and specifically enjoys keeping in touch with his western Canadian roots - paying homage to all the great mentors from this part of the world including his fiddling/farming grandfather and 5 fiddling uncles that instilled in him a love for music and the desire to share this passion with others. This 'family' passion recently inspired Daniel's latest project in his hometown of Victoria, opening Daniel Lapp's House of Music, to share and promote the joy of music. Don't miss this chance to learn from one of Canada's great fiddlers.
Adonis Puentes (Dean Samuel and Friends opening)Friday, August 4 Olsen's Farm 8:00 PM (Dean Samuel & Friends 7:30 PM)
A creative opportunity for participants to explore drama and movement with Toronto-based dancer/choreographer Andrea Nann. Participants will be guided through a series of interactive movement explorations designed to inspire and encourage expressive and dramatic uses of body language and gesture. This workshop is designed for performers of all disciplines and is open to all individuals regardless of previous movement or dramatic experience.
The Legend of Queneesh, filmed by documentary filmmaker Dale Devost, was produced for the Comox First Nation for use in the schools. The film tells the story of the glacier above the Comox Valley that can be seen from many points on Hornby Island. During this time of festivity, let us remember where we are and share with our youth the a part of the history of this beautiful place. A member of the Comox Nation will be in attendance to discuss the film. Many thanks to the Comox First Nation for sharing this film with us.
Another Dale Devost documentary, this film gives insight into Nuu-chah-nulth culture and spirituality through the art and life of Hesquiaht artist Tim Paul. It highlights this artist's national and international career. We learn how the roots of Tim's art comes from nature and how his art is connected with spiritual concerns.
Schuyler and Bill Matthews are a local couple who have been making music together for 10 years. Come out and hear this exceptional voice and their rendition of Tom Waits' tunes.
Sara Marreiros sings powerfully and beautifully bringing new life to the Portuguese musical tradition of Fado. Her songs are a compelling series of musical landscapes that speak of the joy and the sorrow of love, the beauty and sacrifice of life and the extremes of the natural world. Rich with metaphors and a quiet sense of destiny, they create a vivid musical tapestry which is equally at home in the fishing villages of Portugal as they are in the urban centres of Canada. The fusion of Sara with her accompanying quartet and the recent release of her second CD "Minha Luz" is an exciting continuation in the beautiful evolution of this incredible voice. Sara is accompanied by Nathan Gage on bass, Dan Weisenburger on Portuguese guitarra, Ken Hall on guitar, Kelby MacNayr on percussion.
"Marreiros has a strong, expressive voice, with the requisite yearning of a true fadista." - The Georgia Straight
"Sara's voice transports us to Portugual . . . to smokey bars and riversides . . . she takes us from delight to despair and back again with the music and the emotional scope she brings to her singing." - CBC
Sara Marrerios - http://www3.telus.net/public/suzy7
Jeni Gunn is a graduate of the Canadian College of Film and has taught improvisational theatre to children and adults through the Spilt Milk Theatre Company in Victoria and currently works with children in the Hornby after-school program. Children of all ages enjoy her dynamic, fun-filled classes. This interactive workshop/show with music, songs and storytelling invites participants to help a lost fairy find her way back to Fairyland (and can you guess where that is?). Come and join in some theatre fun!
Don't miss this rare solo sax performance by Nick McGowan. World class sax playing from Hornby Island.
Miles Black and Scott White are some of Canada's best jazz players and this is a rare opportunity to see them play together. Miles Black's playing has been compared to the likes of piano greats, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. His performance is melodic and creative. Now living in Berlin, Scott White left Canada to become the Musical Director, bandleader and bass player for Berlin's Cirque du Soleil. A gifted bassist, he now tours around Europe and North America collaborating with many renowned musicians. Scott has a special connection with Hornby Island and has made music with several local musicians including Tony Wilson, Sara de Rose, Nick McGowan and Marc Atkinson.
"The artists stand among the finest jazz musicians this nation has produced. Black is an harmonically rich pianist of astounding versatility and fluid precision. He understates all in a thoughtful and sparse manner." Jazz News
Scott White - http://scottwhite.net
Miles Black - http://www.milesblack.com
Hornby Island is home to many extraordinary Canadian writers. Bring a picnic to the farm and sit and listen to the wonderful words and literary range of these Hornby Island treasures. Carole Chambers has been writing since childhood and has published three books of poetry and by popular demand has presented her works for the Hornby Festival a number of times as well as Co-op Radio in Vancouver. Amanda Hale, a novelist, poet and journalist, will be reading from The Reddening Path, her second novel, to be published by Thistledown Press in spring 2007. Her previous work has been voted among the top ten novels of 2001 by Toronto's Now Magazine. Among Keith Harrison's six works of fiction are Eyemouth, Furry Creek, and his latest novel, Elliot & Me, set on Hornby Island. He is a winner of the Okanagan Short Story Award, and his books have been short listed for several awards, including Best First Novel, QSPELL, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Billy Little writes in the alternative style of the Beat poets of the '60's such as Allan Ginsberg. PEST is a shape-shifter of nomadic origins, who could be anywhere, performing pieces from her original works. Jai Virant, an artist of many media, draws with words and sounds themes that encompass the spiritual, matters of the heart and issues of social justice.
Melisa Devost is a songwriter/performer whose musical style varies from blues-tinged heaviness to heartfelt agnostic gospel to quirky folk-pop. She writes introspective and observant songs about life patterns and choices, love or lack of, and the refinements of what it means to be human on this planet.
While singing for the play Letters From A New England Negro in 1992, Linda Tillery was introduced to some field recordings of traditional African-American music. "My God," she exclaimed, "this is what I've been looking for!" Tillery pored over documentary recordings and ethnomusicology research to uncover a treasure-trove of spirituals, work songs, field hollers, and slave songs. Within months, she assembled the Cultural Heritage Choir: Rhonda Benin, Elouise Burrell, Melanie DeMore, and Simon Monserrat. These songs are "survival music." As Tillery explains, "this music, particularly the spirituals, has kept Black people alive through slavery, night rider's raids, and segregation." In addition to songs and chants, delivered through such stylistic forms as call-and-response, multi-layered harmonies, and repetitive verse, the CHC repertoire includes intoned sermons, folk tales, polyrhythmic percussion and dance.
The Cultural Heritage Choir - http://www.culturalheritagechoir.com
We are very honoured to have with us from Berlin The Jacques Thibaud Trio, our resident classical string ensemble for the Festival. They have been invited to perform around the world and have received tremendous acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The Trio is known for their ability to convert crowds into classical music fans. In Canada, the trio has previously collaborated with renowned pianist, Anton Kuerti. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to see these stars of the classical world.
"spontaneous and commanding . . . The first string trio in some time to have a major career . . . These musicians are clearly on a mission to bring attention to the neglected string trio repertory. But they also are having fun. It is the best combination." The New York Times
"Virtuosity tempered by audacity, warmth and humanity, in each instance penetrating to the heart and intellectual essence of the music." The Strad (London)
At 21, Canadian pianist and composer Heather Schmidt was the youngest student to receive a doctorate (piano performance and composition) from Indiana University. She followed this up with two years of study at Juilliard and a stunning career dedicated to both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Schmidt's compositions have been compared to such illustrious composers as Mozart and Rachmaninoff. She has held composer in residence positions at festivals around the world and a long-term residency with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Her awards for performance and composition include first prize in the Eckhardt-Gramatte and the Canadian Concerto Competitions, three consecutive BMI awards and the Robert Fleming Prize from the Canada Council. She was nominated for a JUNO Award for her solo piano CD, Solus.
A short list of the famous composer-pianists in Western musical history: Buxtehude, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Busoni, Rachmaninoff, Heather Schmidt . . .. In Heather Schmidt's case, it was fascinating both to hear a fine pianist perform her own works, and to bring a composer's mind to the works of others." Globe and Mail
Heather Schmidt - http://www.heatherschmidt.com
A collaboration of these four extraordinary players, this evenings programme will include a Jean Francaix String Trio (1933) piece, the Mozart g minor piano quartet and the Schumann E flat major piano quartet.
The Jacques Thibaud Trio - http://www.thibaud-trio.de/index-e.html
Over the past two years, The Hornby Festival has been fortunate to present performances by two of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary dancers and choreographers, Andrea Nann and Sarah Chase. These two world-renowned dancers will come together this year for an evening of dance. In the first half of this evening, Andrea Nann will perform her new work, Shostakovich - Piano Trio No. 2. This work was commissioned in celebration of Shostakovich's centenary anniversary and was premiered earlier this year in Toronto. The piece is a solo work that incorporates music, dance and projected images. It has been described as " . . . nothing short of brilliant . . . a clear, rare instance where the dancer is also the music." For the second half of the evening, Andrea Nann and Sarah Chase will perform another new work, A Certain Braided History, conceived and directed by Sarah Chase and developed, choreographed and performed by Sarah Chase and Andrea Nann. This piece documents how the lives of these two dancers wove together as they developed independently into two of Canada's finest artists.
This year for the first time we are bringing art further afield into the community in locations besides the beautiful venues of Olsen's Farm and the Hornby Community Hall. So, don't be surprised if on a stroll along the beach you stumble across a passionate world-class classical violinist, or if in a clearing in the woods you suddenly hear an original composition of an inspired and transcendent jazz bassist. You may hear some fado at the market and some Cuban rhythms at the Ringside. These 15 - 20 minute spot performances will be free to the public (with donation bins if you are feeling charitable) and will hopefully inspire you to come and take in the evening performances as well. A map and schedule will be available to help you take it all in.
Graham Herbert has very generously donated a new painting titled ‘Festival Magic’ (acrylic, canvas, 40” x 30”, unframed). It is a beautiful, vibrant work reflecting the celebratory atmosphere of the Festival. Tickets are on sale now in the Festival Box Office. The raffle draw will be on Saturday, August 12th at 7:45 pm. Come and take a chance on becoming the fortunate winner of this magnificent work of art and support the Hornby Festival too! Cost is $5 for one ticket or $10 for three tickets.
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