***TORONTO RAVEL NOW IN IT’S 5TH YEAR! ***eadfas;dfj;asdkfj
In October, we will continue our study of Don Davis’ groundbreaking score for “The Matrix“. Composed in 1999 for the first instalment of “The Matrix” franchise, it draws heavily on contemporary American symphonic music for its feel and scoring techniques. Studying this score will provide an interesting counterpoint to the scores studied to date, and will mark our first venture into contemporary and avant garde orchestral techniques.

Special Guests:  David Quackenbush, Wagner tuben, Jennifer Stephen, cimbasso, Megan Hodge, contrabass trombone

The Wagner Tuben, Cimbasso and Contrabass Trombone  These three instruments have become fixtures in the cinematic orchestral palette, having long been esoteric and rare ‘specialty’ instruments only found in the symphonic and opera repertoire. Highly useful for action, danger and drama, they are also easily overused or not used to their fullest potential.  

Our guests will demonstrate their instruments, and share their insights into how to write for them, and how not to write for them.  And, because these instruments are not commonly available, we will be introduced to three great players to keep in mind for future projects.

Also – Please bring in your own examples for the musicians to play.  Be sure to provide them with clear notation, and also put a PDF of your music on a USB stick so that the whole group can see your example.

This is a one time opportunity to see and hear these instruments together. Not to be missed!

In case you missed the September Ravel;
Vivek Sharma; Vivek Sharma is a PhD Candidate in Music and Health Sciences working at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. He has worked with Daniel Levitin, Claude Alain, Michael Thaut and Lee Bartel, specializing in the effects of musical experience on neural activity during the categorization of sounds.

ABSOLUTE PITCH has been the subject of much speculation, mystery and debate.  Is it teachable?  Is it innate? Does it even exist? Our guest is at the forefront of brain research into this phenomenon, and has worked alongside brain scientist and author Daniel Levitin to uncover the mechanisms in the brain that, for certain people, allow them to equate a note name with a specific pitch, in much the same way that the written word “red” evokes a specific mental image of a colour. In fact, it is in the linguistic centre of the brain that this pitch information is processed!  That means that those with absolute pitch may actually hear and experience music differently than those without it.  

Vivek Sharma will return to Ravel shortly to continue the discussion on absolute pitch and pitch perception..

NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
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          Promo Video - PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AQN8yoJpDI
          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel  http://youtu.be/PAsiZJYFeY
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