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Chronicle Herald Preview of Open Waters by Stephen Cooke

January 8th, 2015
Open Waters Festival lures broader range of artists to Halifax STEPHEN COOKE ARTS REPORTER  Published January 7, 2015 - 4:30pm   Last Updated January 7, 2015 - 4:50pm     ...

Diving into Open Waters

January 16th, 2014

Lan Tung at Global TV

October 24th, 2013
Lan Tung performed on Global TV today. She is amazing!

Open Waters Festival 2014 Submissions

September 13th, 2013
Welcome to Upstream Music Association’s  annual Open Waters Festival of new and improvised music  running from Thursday January 16 - 19, 2014 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. The now 4 day festival presents and showcases new original music groups from across Atlantic Canada who utilize free improvisation in contexts ranging from musique-actuelle, new chamber music, nu jazz and vocal ensembles. Our enthusiastic  Halifax audience and invited industry spokespersons who share our  enthusiasm make the creation of the festival an ever evolving artistic...

Upstream Orchestra at Victoriaville

June 6th, 2013
REVIEWS UPSTREAM ORCHESTRA @ VICTORIAVILLE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL  May 18th, 2013 "As a big fan of large ensembles & modern big bands, I was glad to hear the next set from the Upstream Orchestra. This 18-piece ensemble is from the Maritime provinces in Canada and led by saxist Paul Cram, who had a previous large ensemble at Victo several years back. The orchestra was conducted by Jeff Reilly who also once played in a duo with Jerry Granelli at Victo previously. They played three pieces, one by Barry Guy and two by Mr. Cram. You could tell that a good deal of time and...


October 6th, 2012
  Upstream Music Association presents its 2012/2013  SEASON   UPSTREAM  ENSEMBLE performing in A world premiere by Toronto’s Kyle Brenders Saturday, October 6th 8 pm @ St Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax  Mr. Brenders will  conduct his new work and perform Upstream repertoire on soprano saxophone The Upstream Ensemble features Jeff Reilly- bass clarinet, Lukas Pearse - contrabass, David Burton-drums, Paul Cram-tenor sax/clarinet, Jeff Torbert-guitar, Tim Crofts-keyboards, Dawn Hatfield-baritone sax/flute, Rick Waychesko-trumpet...

Open Waters Review - January 13th/2012

January 16th, 2012
Opens Waters concert ranges from self-conducting to extended vocalsEver since American composer John Cage performed in the middle of the last century, we have had to rethink noise.         As Canadian contemporary composer R. Murray Schafer put it, noise is any sound we don’t want to hear.Cage went all the way down that road until he reinvented silence in a piece call 4’ 33." The performer took up an instrument but only pretended to play or sat perfectly still.Far from destroying sound, Cage broke silence wide open. The concert hall was filled with...


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