Raging Asian Women (RAW) Taiko Drummers
Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW) is a community arts collective of East & Southeast Asian Women in Toronto. We are a Taiko drumming group that exists as a critical response & challenge to both systemic & internalized oppressions. Through performance, education, & community outreach, we seek to challenge, redefine & represent ourselves, & to inspire ourselves & others. Through collective membership, artistic creation, & active development, we carve space for self-expression, authentic engagement, community, & healing.
Count Yorghi’s Jazz Addiction
Count Yorghi, (Jackson Drobko) also known as the Viceroy of Newtonville, has long despaired of the shitgibbons & craprabbits of his fiefdom & has taken to the illicit pleasures of all three serious brain crushes: Bop, Hard Bop & Post Bop. This Addiction has consumed & twisted him into the man he has become: an inveterate embittered bopaholic. There is no 12 tone program that can save him! Taking to the bass, or the bone, depending on funding, he has formed a coterie of like minded degenerates, slaves of improvisation who have long lost the natural disgust of swing. Kent McMillan-drums, Dave Wilson-bass, Max Schleyfman-piano & Brian Burke-sax, all delinquent, all deformed , all tortured by the Count’s curse.
Ray Manzerolle ( Saxophonist, Composer )
The soulful alto saxophonist had a decade long association with multi Grammy Award winning acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh. He went on to perform & record alongside many Jazz, R&B & Urbane Music icons, including Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Oleta Adams, Patrice Rushen, Keith Washington, George Duke, Gene Dunlap, Dennis Coffey as well as the late Teena Marie. Recently Ray has turned his attention to composition & to the (notoriously difficult) soprano saxophone. World renown Jazz author & critic Scott Yanow describes Ray’s playing as ” has his own conception…, plays melodically, & makes every note count! ”
Nadine Deleury (Cellist)
French & Canadian cellist Nadine Deleury graduated from the Paris Conservatoire & Yale University. She moved to Windsor 10 years ago & has quickly connected with the Windsor Arts scene as well as kept performing with organizations in Detroit (Michigan Opera Theatre, Scarab Club). In Windsor she has successfully produced the chamber opera Pat & Emilia in 2015 as well as performances for Sho, Art Spirit & Performance & Canadian Club Heritage Center
Nihilist Spasm B&
The Nihilist Spasm B& (NSB) is a Canadian noise b& formed in 1965 in London, Ontario. The b& was founded by Hugh McIntyre, John Clement, John Boyle, Bill Exley, Murray Favro, Archie Leitch, Art Pratten, & Greg Curnoe. Leitch has since retired, Curnoe was killed in a bicycle accident in 1992, & McIntyre died of heart failure in 2004. The band members are mostly local artists. They were one of the artists named on the Nurse with Wound list. The term “spasm band” refers to a band that uses homemade instruments. Indeed, most of the NSB’s instruments are modifications of other instruments, or wholly invented by the members. In addition to the homemade instruments, members are encouraged to improvise. The range of the improvisation is such that instruments are not tuned to each other, tempos & time signatures are not imposed, & the members push the ranges of their instrumentation by engaging in constant innovation.
Bruce J. G. Kotowich (Choral Conductor)
Bruce is the University of Windsor’s new Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral & Vocal Area Coordinator. Dr. Kotowich completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he also received his Masters of Music. He received his Associateship of Music in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, & a Bachelor of Music & a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. He is a recipient of numerous awards & honors including awards from the Canada Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, University of Cincinnati, & the Archdiocese of St. Boniface Heritage Award. His choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, & toured throughout Canada, the United States & abroad. In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Windsor, he is the chorus master for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus & Artistic Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale.