"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fantastic Festival Food -- "In the Village" Cafe offers great fare for the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival is less than two weeks away. This full day of activities and events (food for the mind) will require fuel (food for the body). The "In the Village" Cafe, located in St. James Church, will be providing a special festival menu: breakfast, lunch and supper. The only thing to note is that if you would like to attend the supper, you need to make a reservation (no payment in advance is required). We recommend that you make your reservation early, as space is limited and they will go fast.
Check out the festival program on the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia website. All festival events will be cash or cheque only. There is an ATM machine at the Wilsons' Gas Stop in Great Village.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Carole Langille's Art Folk

Recently, Elizabeth Bishop Festival artist Carole Langille had an exhibit of her Art Folk (her driftwood people) at the Craig Gallery in Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Here is a link to a YouTube video about that exhibit -- it will lift your spirits to watch it! Carole will bring some of her Art Folk to the Elizabeth Bishop Festival Market on 8 August 2015 in Great Village, N.S. She will also participate in a conversation about art and life in the afternoon. Join us and meet Carole and her delightful driftwood people.

"Girls Dancing" -- and they really are having a good time!!
You will have a good time at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival presents....

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival is a one-day arts extranvaganza with over 35 artists and artisans -- a feast for the mind. There will also be a feast for the body, amazing food offered by the "In the Village" Cafe (we will be posting more about what the cafe has planned very soon). From breakfast to supper and beyond, there will be activities and events for all ages. As if this was not enough, we are thrilled that the EBSNS Honorary Patron Suzie LeBlanc will perform with four astonishing musicians. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tickets will be available only at the door, so come early! There will be other wonderful music during the day: Brookfield musican Joanne Hatfield and singer Rosalee Peppard. Come for the whole day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Music from the 45th Parallel North at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival: Profile of singer Suzie LeBlanc

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 concludes with an exciting concert featuring four superbly accomplished, world-class artists: singer Suzie LeBlanc, and musicians David Greenberg, Nick Halley and Kiya Tabassian – with special guest Michel Angers. Suzie has created a brand new program which is being shared first with Nova Scotia audiences. The EBSNS is partnering with Musique Royale (http://www.musiqueroyale.com/events.html), which is presenting this exciting concert at three other venues across the province. This post is a profile of Suzie LeBlanc.
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Suzie LeBlanc (http://suzieleblanc.com) was born in Acadia, and fell in love with the Baroque early in life. Now an international star, the charismatic soprano provides convincing evidence for the popularity of Early Music while exploring French mélodies, lieder, Acadian folk music, contemporary music and, with Ensemble Mélosphère, the art of improvisation.
Suzie was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for her contribution to Acadian culture and to the performance of Early Music, and has also earned four honorary doctorates and a career grant from the Conseil des Arts du Québec.
Suzie’s recordings have received several prestigious awards, including a Grammy award for a recording of Lully’s Thésée with the Boston Early Music Festival, an Opus awards for best world music recording — “Tempi con Variazioni” — and best contemporary album, for a disc of early songs by Olivier Messiaen. In 2014, she was awarded ECMA’s Best Classical Album (2014) for “I am in need of music” (http://www.musiccentre.ca/node/77772), which was also a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.
2015 is a busy year for Suzie, including the songs on poems by Elizabeth Bishop from her CD “I am in need of music” with the Victoria, P.E.I. and New Brunswick symphony orchestras; Mozart arias with Symphony New-Brunswick; a duet concert with Emma Kirkby and Les Idées Heureuses and multiple appearances at the Montreal Baroque Festival. She also teaches at the Orford Arts Centre Academy in June and at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP) in the fall.
Suzie is the founder and artistic director of Montreal’s Le Nouvel Opéra and the honorary patron of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.

[Ed. Note: Like Elizabeth Bishop (and perhaps even more extensively), Suzie is a world traveller. The music of this concert will, in part, reflect this experience, which echoes in so many ways with Bishop’s own life. Elizabeth Bishop had many “Questions of Travel” and Suzie’s exploration of the world through music is a journey that would have enthralled Bishop herself. The EBSNS is thrilled to have Suzie and her fellow musicians to take us on this journey in Great Village.]

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Music from the 45th Parallel North at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival: Profile of musician Michel Angers

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 concludes with an exciting concert featuring four world-class artists: singer Suzie LeBlanc, and musicians David Greenberg, Nick Halley and Kiya Tabassian. – and  surprise guest Michel Angers! Suzie has created a brand new program which is being shared first with Nova Scotia audiences. The EBSNS is partnering with Musique Royale (http://www.musiqueroyale.com/events.html), which is presenting this exciting concert in three other venues across the province. This post is a profile of Michel Angers.
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Michel Angers completed a Master in interpretation of Baroque guitar. Twice scholarship holder at the Fondazione Marco Fodella, he perfected himself in early music under the direction of Paul Beier, at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano, in Milan.
 
Priced with honors unanimously by the Quebec Conservatory of Music with Paul-André Gagnon as a teacher, Michel Angers received grants from many cultural organizations including the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Academy of Music of the Domaine Forget, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and winner of the Suzanne Hamel-Michaud scholarship in 2005. In 2006, he recorded for the program “Jeunes Artistes-Espace musique” at Radio-Canada.

Winner of the national final of the Canadian Music Competition in 2005, Michel Angers is very active on the international music scene. In addition to his many musical projects including Consort Baroque Laurentia with the talented soprano Peggy Bélanger, he played with Ensemble Constantinople, Les idées heureuses, Les Violons du Roy, Da Sonar, Ensemble Anonymus, Theatre of Early Music and Tafelmusik.

In 2011, Michel Angers won the prize for artistic creation for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He has recorded with Consort Baroque Laurentia and the soprano Peggy Bélanger for the prestigious Italian label Stradivarius Amanti, io vi sò dire (2011) and Passioni, Vizi & Virtù (2014).

Elizabeth Bishop at Wikileaks

References to Elizabeth Bishop, it turns out, may be found in several places within the Wikileaks archives. Whoever would have thought? -- JAB

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Music from the 45th Parallel North at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival: Profile of musician Kiya Tabassian

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 concludes with an exciting concert featuring four world-class artists: singer Suzie LeBlanc, and musicians David Greenberg, Nick Halley and Kiya Tabassian. Suzie has created a brand new program which is being shared first with Nova Scotia audiences. The EBSNS is partnering with Musique Royale (http://www.musiqueroyale.com/events.html), which is presenting this exciting concert in three other venues across the province. This post is a profile of Kiya Tabassian.
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Kiya Tabassian (http://www.banffcentre.ca/faculty/faculty-member/4672/kiya-tabassian/)  was born in 1976, in Tehran, Iran, immigrating to Montreal in 1990. He has been trained in Persian music under Reza Ghasemi and Kayhan Kalhor. He studied musical composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Gilles Tremblay.
In 1998, he co-founded Constantinople (http://constantinople.ca/?lang=en), a Montreal based ensemble which has earned an international reputation for its unique juxtaposition of early musical sources and the living traditions of the Middle East. He has recorded 11 CDs for the Atma and Analekta labels and has created with Constantinople over 35 original programs performing them at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues such as  Salle Pleyel (Paris), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Festival de Musiques Sacrées de Fès (Morocco), Festival d’Ile de France (Paris), Festival Stimmen (Germany), Festival de Mexico en el Centro historico (Mexico), Schwetzinger SWR Festival (Germany) and Vancouver Summer Festival (Canada). Over the past decade, he has staged near 600 concerts in 110 cities in 26 different countries.
From 2002 to 2005, he was involved in the international MediMuses research project on the history and repertoire of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern music lands in several publishing and recording projects. As part of MediMuses, he published several articles on the music of Iran during the Safavid court and recorded a CD compiling the work of Abolhassan Saba together with Hossein Omoumi. Numerous musical groups and institutions have called upon his talents as a composer, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the European Radio Broadcasting Union. He has also composed music for documentary and feature films, including Jabaroot and Voices of the Unheard.
From 2005 to 2011, he has been a member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and  the Chairman of the Music Committee during  three years. His artistic researches and creations receive the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.