Welcome to our 104th Toronto Ravel Study!
TORONTO RAVEL STUDY is back in-person at The Tranzac Club
This Month’s Guest
Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist, composer, music producer, and educator Paul Novotny has worked with eminent international jazz artists Kenny Wheeler, Geoff Keezer, Cedar Walton, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brakeen, and others. Paul has also accompanied singers David Clayton Thomas, John Findley, Roger Whitaker, Susannah McCorkle, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Holy Cole, and Molly Johnson. Together with renowned pianist/composer Joe Sealy, Paul is a multiple Juno-nominated co-leader/artist, and he produced Sealy’s acclaimed 1996 Juno winning recording Africville Suite. As a screen media composer Novotny has composed music and sound for advertising, feature film, and TV projects that include CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopoulos), Newsworld’s News Now, and Cleo Tellier’s short film tilted Mishka, which has over 58 million YouTube views. Paul also played bass on the multi-platinum award winning Cuphead video game soundtrack.
Paul’s latest recording Summertime in Leith (2022), with Oscar Peterson protégé Robi Botos, has received 5/5 ratings from 78 international media outlets in 18 countries and was released in Dolby Atmos. Paul has an MA in music composition and is a PhD candidate at York University. He is researching novel music creation in Dolby Atmos.
Paul is an elected board director with the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and is currently heading the AI committee—tasked with considering how AI might help independent contract Canadian Screen Composers.
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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.