The Letter H

H is for … ?
Find out in this great excerpt from Array Session #38!

The lineup:
Brian Katz – Electric GuitarBill Gilliam – Piano
Martin van de Ven – clarinet/bass clarinet
Rick Sacks – Percussion


Brian Katz is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, pianist, recording artist, improviser, composer, and adjunct professor of music performance and music education at the University of Toronto and York University. He teaches classical/jazz/folk guitar, klezmer ensembles, improvisation studies and various pedagogy courses. Brian is also a specialist in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a highly experiential method of music education that examines the inextricable connections between music listening/performing and physical movement. Brian draws on jazz, classical, and various world music traditions to form his personal, yet “orchestral” sound. Highly regarded as a soloist and composer, he collaborates widely. His stage/recording collaborators have included Grammy nominated/Juno recipient saxophonist/flutist, Jane Bunnett, Grammy recipients Sukhwinder Singh (Ry Cooder) and Barry Harris, classical flautist Barbara Ackerman, virtuoso klezmer clarinetist Martin van de Ven (Flying Bulgars/Beyond The Pale), the innovative flugelhornist /composer Fred Stone (who toured/recorded with Duke Ellington), singer-songwriters, Lenka Lichtenberg, Theresa Tova, Bob Wiseman, storyteller Dan Yashinsky, guitarists Mordy Ferber, Rob Piltch and William Beauvais . Of “Solana”, his CD for the prestigious German label, Bellaphon, the Belgian journal Jazz in Time wrote, “a recording of abundant intelligence.” The Toronto Star called his klezmer CD, “Collected Stories” with Martin van de Ven, “enchanting”. Brian’s CD with Yiddish-world vocalist Lenka Lichtenberg, “Pashtes,” has also received rave reviews internationally. The reviews for his 2013 solo guitar recording, “Leaves Will Speak” (original works and free improvisatons) have been consistently excellent. “If you want music that speaks- here it is” Jazz Podium, Magazine, Germany, May, 2014. Please visit for more info/videos etc.

Martin van de Ven has a bachelor of music from Queen’s university and a Masters in composition form U. of T. He studied electronic music at the Institute for Sonology in the Netherlands. He currently teaches music and math at OASIS Alternative School. He performs with the award winning Balkan group Beyond the Pale and in the duo Collected Stories, with Canadian guitar virtuoso Brian Katz. Martin van de Ven has played in the Toronto free impov scene since 1985 when he was a regular with John Oswald’s group Pool. More recently he was a regular improviser with the members of the Nihilist Spasm band in London Ontario. He is a sub with the alternative big band NOJOs on clarinet and Bass Clarinet. He had been nominated for 2 Juno awards and his group Beyond the Pale won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music award for best instrumental ensemble. As a composer he has written for a wide range of ensembles and musical styles.

Rick Sacks (percussion) Rick Sacks performs as a percussionist with many groups including Arraymusic, The Art of Time, New Music Concerts, Aventa, The Glass Orchestra, and the Evergreen Club. Recent performances have been in Shanghai, Beijing, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Jersey, Toronto and Ulaan Baatar. Rick composes music for dance and theatre. He created the compositions for CanStage’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Park at High Park, Midsummer Night’s Dream at Passe Muraille, the hit show Sibs (Tarragon), and the award-winning children’s show Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath). His recent work as co-composer/music director of Red Sky’s Tono won the 2010 Dora award for best sound design/composition. Rick’s latest work is a composition for orchestra to be performed by the Victoria Symphony November 2012. Titled Water Music, the piece includes remote controlled flying fish, a deep sea diver and quotes from Handel, Ravel and the Beatles.


Recording & Editing By Kelley Mitchell – Supported by a Metcalf Foundation Internship Grants

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