8 episodes

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!

MUSICAlive! Magazine and its Interviewees MUSIC is Alive!

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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!

    The Magnettes attract: They’re like a Punk Pop experiment

    The Magnettes attract: They’re like a Punk Pop experiment

    "The Magnettes sing about Go’ing Ugly, but their press photos are cutesy-psycho. does it work? It worked for Alice Cooper: though he used less cutesy in his psycho, it would reappear occasionally. The gendered difference between a man whisking these together and 2 women doing it are obvious upon listening, but we think they serve the same purpose. MUSICAlive! spoke with the founders, first Sanna and then Rebecka when they passed through Calgary during the Western Canada Music Association’s conference in late September this year: what’s with the expletive genre label?”

    Intro music performed by Glenn Gould

    https://musicalivemag.ca/the-magnettes-attract-theyre-like-a-punk-pop-experiment/#content

    • 14 min
    Eating About Music 1: an hour with a musical Influencer over lunch: VincentHo

    Eating About Music 1: an hour with a musical Influencer over lunch: VincentHo

    Eating About Music 1: an hour with a musical Influencer over lunch.

    Vincent Ho is an Ottawa-born classical composer who currently teaches at the University of Calgary and, incidentally, has works being performed and premiered ALL OVER the place, in a happy demonstration of how it’s Good to be Busy. While having lunch at The Palomino, at the heart of Calgary’s downtown, MUSICAlive! congratulated him on this achievement.
    “(Those are only the concerts) that I KNOW of: I just found out that there’s a few more . . . Thank you very much! I’m very pleased with that: I’m not complaining at all! I just wish I could be at all of (the premieres). It’s sort of like seeing your child be born but you can’t be there.”
    The most recent works he mentions are ‘Horizon Images’ for cello and piano that was premiered last season in Ottawa by the Cheng² Duo, and his portion (Earthbeat) of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s commission for Canada’s 150th birthday, True North: Symphonic Ballet, which occurred in Calgary and online last November.







    YouTube Link:
    https://musicalivemag.ca/happily-hectic-vincent-is-composing-his-brains-out/#content

    • 57 min
    Who They Are (#1): The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change & Their 2018 Synthesis Report

    Who They Are (#1): The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change & Their 2018 Synthesis Report

    Who They Are (#1): The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change & Their 2018 Synthesis Report by MUSICAlive! publisher in conversations about music.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kurt Loewen and Folk friends: A human touch despite social distancing

    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.

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    Intro music performed by Oscar Peterson.

    https://musicalivemag.ca/kurt-loewen-and-folk-friends-a-human-touch-despite-social-distancing/

    • 15 min
    Perfect Cadence Wind Quintet: ‘Chamber Music is Conversation Among Friends’

    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.

    https://musicalivemag.ca/perfect-cadence-wind-quintet-chamber-music-is-conversation-among-friends/#content

    • 14 min
    From the Beauty to the Pragmatics of Performance: Karl Hirzer and the Calgary Philharmonic

    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..

    https://musicalivemag.ca/from-the-beauty-to-the-pragmatics-of-performance-karl-hirzer-and-the-calgary-philharmonic/#content

    • 14 min

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