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

Monday, June 23, 2014

"I am in need of music" is finalist in Masterworks Award -- 2014!!

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce that the CD "I am in need of music," Suzie LeBlanc's amazing Bishop Centenary Legacy project, is one of five finalists for the 2014 Lieutenant-Governor Masterworks Arts Award. To see more about the awards and the finalists, click this link:


Congratulations to Suzie LeBlanc (http://suzieleblanc.com/site/), the amazing composers and the musicians who came together to create this beautiful music and present it to the world. Earlier this year, the CD won the East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Album of the year. You can order the CD in a variety of ways (see the top of the blog), and also through CentreDisks: http://www.musiccentre.ca/node/77772.

Where it all began. St. David's Church, summer 2012, recording session.
Left to right: Dinuk Wijeratne, Suzie LeBlanc, Christos Hatzis
in the background: all the amazing musicians!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

COCADA to perform at the EBSNS AGM on 14 June 2014

The Elizabeth Bishop Society is getting excited about our upcoming Annual General Meeting on 14 June, at 1:30 p.m., in Great Village, Nova Scotia. We do have a little business to tend to, but mostly, we are having a 20th anniversary party. There will be lots of food, including a special cake, and to lift all our spirits and maybe even make us dance, we have the trio Cocada to perform Brazilian music -- and a very special Bishop-inspired work. Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you there.

Joanne Hatfield, Jef Wirchenko and Dawn Hatfield, who together make COCADA, will provide some of their wonderful Brazilian music, and a very special performance of “Lantern,” a work by Joanne inspired by and incorporating Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Rain Towards Morning.” This work was commissioned by John Barnstead. Here, in this photo, they are seen in St. James United Church after one of their lively, lovely performances, a couple of years ago.

Cocada celebrates the lush music of Brazil, performing bossa nova repertoire and original compositions. Joanne Hatfield writes music, maintains a piano studio, directs a church choir and co-directs a community African drumming ensemble. Dawn Hatfield is a music educator, composer and Juno-award winning musician whose versatility allows her to leap from flute to ukulele to baritone sax. She can be found playing in a wide-variety of ensembles, including sax quartets, blues, rock and swing bands and contemporary music orchestras. Bassist, Jef Wirchenko is the anchor of Maple Blues Award-winning Shirley Jackson’s “Good Rocking Daddies.” He has contributed his sound to groups ranging in style from rock to roots to jazz.