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Way North plays Open Waters Festival

January 2nd, 2019
NOW HEAR THIS: Way North plays Open Waters Festival Premium content Stephen Cooke (scooke@herald.ca) Published: 23 hours ago Updated: 4 hours ago More31 Toronto/Brooklyn jazz quartet Way North brings its invigorating mix of vintage and modern sounds to Upstream Music's Open Waters Festival this week, performing on Sunday at the Dunn Theatre at 8:30 p.m. The festival's bold blend of composed and improvisational new music runs in numerous Halifax venues from Friday to Wednesday. Upsteam Music’s annual Open Waters...

Upstream’s cool and composing

June 14th, 2018
MUSIC » FEATURE Upstream’s cool and composing  The Upstream Music Association tries some new things and pays tribute to Paul Cram with a special show this week. By    International Music Concert Saturday, June 16, 7:30pm Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road $20   New Directions UP Sunday, June 17, 8pm The Halifax Music Co-op, 2164 Barrington Street $10-$25 Lukas Pearse and Halifax are in a mutually beneficial relationship. Pearse has dedicated his life to sound art and in return, Halifax has provided the backdrop. From...

Upstream’s cool and composing in The Coast

June 14th, 2018
MUSIC » FEATURE Upstream’s cool and composing  The Upstream Music Association tries some new things and pays tribute to Paul Cram with a special show this week. By    International Music Concert Saturday, June 16, 7:30pm Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road $20   New Directions UP Sunday, June 17, 8pm The Halifax Music Co-op, 2164 Barrington Street $10-$25 Lukas Pearse and Halifax are in a mutually beneficial relationship. Pearse has dedicated his life to sound art and in return, Halifax has provided the backdrop. From...

Halifax Music Legend Paul Cram dies at 65

March 28th, 2018
<div id="articletext" '="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif, Georgia; text-size-adjust: auto; width: 328px;"> Halifax music legend Paul Cram dies at 65 THE CHRONICLE HERALD STEPHEN COOKE scooke@herald.ca @CH_scooke The Halifax music community has lost one of its extraordinary explorers with the passing of composer and performer Paul Cram. The Dartmouth-based musician passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 65 after a lengthy illness, and was known nationwide for his inventive approach to composed and...

CNMN Diversity: A National Rolling Conversation

February 16th, 2017
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Review of OWF '16 in Musicworks Magazine #125

February 16th, 2017
https://www.musicworks.ca/reviews/concerts-and-events/open-waters-festival

IICSI Improv Notes Newsletter January 2016

March 10th, 2016
  Open Waters Festival, Halifax Amy Brandon The annual Open Waters Festival of new and improvised music took place January 7-10 at Sir James Dunn Theatre, the Atlantica Hotel, the Central Library, and The Company House in Halifax. Hamilton’s Cem Zafir, of zulapresents, attended the festival and writes: “The programming by the Upstream Music Association’s new artistic director, double bassist Lukas Pearse, was remarkable in its breadth, bringing to the fore improvisation as a thread in the classical, new music, experimental, jazz-based, song, poetry, dance, and world...

Upstream Music veers in New Directions

June 26th, 2015
  Upstream Music veers in new directions  Stepping down after 19 years at the helm of Upstream Music, Paul Cram says so long with Diving For Pearls. By  click to enlarge “There’s a lot going on to make sure it will still fly,” says Cram. Rivers and streams can change their course with time, and after 25 years, it's time for Upstream Music to flow away from its source a little. Director and founding member Paul Cram is stepping down after 19 years at the helm of the experimental music association, and Diving For Pearls will celebrate those...

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