Swallowed by the mutual loves of words and music (but far too chicken-shit to perform them with a band), Carey’s writing career started slowly as a freelance writer in 2003, starved him nearly to personal bankruptcy until 2011, and changed directions while writing for FastForward, Beacon Calgary, GayCalgary, and Examiner magazines. With the death of many old-school periodicals, and the explosion of musical diversity in Calgary, the modern approach to writing about live music performance in the Calgary region presented uncluttered landscapes for the focussed passion that Carey’s conversations with musicians, drag queens, festival producers and small animals has uncapped. He was moulded by the brilliance of paper-based periodicals old and new (Life, rolling Stone, Swerve! and Adbusters etc.). Carey sees the info-verse as needing creative, empathetic, but clear-eyed Agents of Oscar (MUSICAlive!’s music and people-loving cat) to curate the possibilities into excellence!
Kurt Loewen and Folk friends: A human touch despite social distancing
“Kurt Loewen has been to Calgary before: in fact, his parents still live here, as evidenced by them sitting just behind us when he and other locals performed at an outdoor concert in Ramsay in mid-September. It was a very folky, friendly, family event with other young adults and some parents and acquaintances wandering through the shared 2-yard space.
Intro music performed by Oscar Peterson.
Perfect Cadence Wind Quintet: ‘Chamber Music is Conversation Among Friends’
“We sit down with Jonathan Gresl, the bassoonist of the Perfect Cadence Wind Quintet. and His Fox Renard 222 looks impressive at their recent performance. ‘It is not even the most expensive bassoon you can get,’ explains Jonathan. ‘This one is extremely cheap, between 6 and 7 grand – that is in US dollars, by the way. You can spend up to 25 or even $35,000.00 on a bassoon,’ he says.”
Intro music performed by Mahotella Queens.
From the Beauty to the Pragmatics of Performance: Karl Hirzer and the Calgary Philharmonic
“MUSICAlive caught up with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s newest Associate Conductor, Karl Hirzer. After some back and forth, the conversation started with the absolute basics. ‘What is your job as a conductor?’ we ask.
‘That’s a good question,’ Hirzer laughs. ‘I’m still figuring it out myself!’”
Intro music performed by Thievery Corp..
Gianna Lauren's comin' fer pancakes with her fok-pop East Coast soundscape!! Yee-haw!!
“Gianna Lauren is on the phone from Vancouver, just before her first show of the tour that takes her across Canada to her home on the east coast. It goes like this: July 2nd Vancouver, The Railway Club; 5th Victoria, GOAT Festival; 7th Kamloops, Zack’s Cafe; 8th Calgary, Broken City;10th Edmonton, Wunderbar; 11th Calgary, The Palomino; 12th Saskatoon, House Concert; 15th Toronto, Junction Music Hall; 16th London, Grooves Record Store; 16th London, Out of Sound Haus; 17th Toronto, Burdock Music Hall; 19th Peterborough, House Concert.”
Intro music performed by Oscar Peterson..
Motherhood: The Band, Definitely not the State of Mind
“Motherhood, a band out
of New Brunswick formed in 2010, makes music that ranges from cool cheery Beach-Boys vibes to what Penny, bass and keyboard player, calls “a shrodell”—that is, a cross between shrieking and yodelling…all in a single song. Penny, along with her bandmates Adam, who plays *drums*, and Brydon, who does guitar, bass and keys, stood outside The Palomino Smokehouse & Grill with MUSICAlive to discuss their musical range.”
Intro music performed by Glenn Gould.