by carl wilson

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First of all: The November gigs list has been updated, with some highlights (including Tin Tin Tin of course) bolded for the rest of the month.

Second, I wouldn't normally quote PR except in spoof (and the line below about "looking forward to executing within our new team" is a good example why) but this is a passage of note in the Toronto scene. Everything the Arrayfolk say about Allison's leadership below is true and then some. She's done fine work that's widened the interplay between the warped-pop-folk-jazz-improv world Zoilus moves in and the tux-wearing, degree-toting types associated with Arraymusic, she brought Christian Wolff to town etc etc - don't be a stranger, Allison.

Arraymusic, a champion of experimental and contemporary chamber music in Canada, announces the departure of its artistic director, Allison Cameron, who has resigned from her position effective December 31, 2004. [...]

A prominent composer whose work is often performed in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands, Allison indicated she is leaving Arraymusic after four-and-a-half years to devote herself to her personal artistic pursuits.

While Allison's departure was unexpected, the Arraymusic Ensemble, board and management understand her desire to return to full-time composing. Allison confers a strong artistic legacy for a new artistic director to build on. She also leaves Arraymusic with stable finances, after lending her support to operations throughout the organization’s 2003/04 season.

“We’re sad to see Allison go, but we appreciate her need as an artist to reaffirm her commitment to composing,” says Arraymusic’s board chair, Maggie Keith.

Allison’s work has been exemplary since she joined Arraymusic in 2000. She introduced groundbreaking events like SCRATCH! and supported such innovative productions as Rat-drifting through the Arraymusic Studio. The Studio is livelier than ever, bringing in substantial revenue and a fantastic mix of artists from Toronto’s experimental, new music, alternative and jazz communities. Allison also oversaw the production of two Arraymusic CD recordings featuring members of the Arraymusic Ensemble in performance and supported the development of a new website and first-ever webcast of the ensemble in concert. Her work has ensured the vibrant continuation of Arraymusic’s Young Composers Workshop.

Blair Mackay, a percussionist with the Arraymusic Ensemble and musician’s liaison to the board, says, “Allison had a good run as artistic director. She brought a lot of new and successful commissions to the ensemble and moved the group into fresh musical territory.”

“Allison has really helped raise the profile for an important fringe element of Toronto’s music scene by including artists from the improvisational community in Arraymusic’s programming,” said outreach co-ordinator Jerry Pergolesi.

“I was looking forward to executing within our new team,” says general manager Sandra Bell, “but I think Allison’s departure will be great for her and represents a new opportunity for Arraymusic to move towards our goal of artistic renewal. Besides, we’ll continue to realize Allison’s legacy – at Arraymusic, we keep a tribute torch burning.”

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Zoilus by Carl Wilson