This month, we begin 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.

Last month, we finished our study of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring“. A year and a half of wonderful music and valuable insights. A big thank you to Aaron Copland for all he has taught us.


This month’s Special Guest:  Don McBrearty has had a distinguished and diverse career. He won a 1988 Gemini Award for Best Director for the television movie A Child’s Christmas In Wales, a Peabody Award for the 2002 television movie The Interrogation Of Michael Crowe, and in 1984 received an Oscar for his short film, Boys And Girls, based on the story by Alice Munro. More recent credits include the television movies Sunshine Sketches Of A Little Town, Luna: Spirit Of The Whale, the powerful mini-series October 1970, and Shaftesbury Films’ Terry. Also among his many television credits are the movies Chasing Freedom, the fact-based Butterbox Babies which won a Gemini for Best Movie, the historical dramas The Arrow, and Race To Freedom: The Underground Railroad. Well known for his work in episodic television, McBrearty’s credits include the drama series King,Heartland, Wild Roses, Murdoch Mysteries, ReGenesis, Blue Murder, Power Play, ENGand The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Remedy, Cracked, Bomb Girls and The Good Witch.

For more information on Don McBrearty, go to ; https://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm0564260/?ref_=sch_int

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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          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel  http://youtu.be/PAsiZJYFeY
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