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After meeting Jowi this summer at theUnplug’d conference, it was a great pleasure to have him tell this Canadian story as a fundraising event involving so many learners and parents in the Gleneagle family, gathered to bask in music created on a mythical instrument. Having been in the shoes of someone invited to play Voyageur at an evening like this, I was excited and anxious to share this particular aspect of the experience with two young musicians at school. It is a terrific honour to play after knowing the origin and essence of so many of the instrument’s parts, and manages to supply a perfect and personal moment of Canadiana for performer and audience alike.
Iris and Andrew each wowed the audience tonight, with Iris playing an original of her own, and Andrew delivering a deft cover of a City and Colour song. It was a joy to see them bringing the guitar to life and smiling through it all for their friends in the audience, and they should be commended for putting a perfect cap on a great evening celebrating community.
We’re working on a new project in guitar this spring.
Though possibly a little heavy on pictures of our Cuba Tour, we can offer the excuse that it was a highly memorable experience (and setting for many beautiful photographs). Thanks to Nolan & Jeff who supplied many of their shots to join with Mr. J’s albums.
Musical Talons students, accompanied by Mr. Jackson, recorded this Take Away Show edition of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros‘ “Home” over the May Long Weekend’s Adventure Trip. Other notable videos from the district highschool gifted program’s visit to the National Historic Site include senior Olga Belikov’s spellbinding cover of Josh Ritter’s “Girl in the War,” and a duet between grade ten Donya Pourtaghi and Mr. J on M. Ward’s “Chinese Translation.”
Playing an original song, “Ms. Medicine.”
Jeff and Kyle sing what they see in a horse-drawn carriage on the streets of Veradero, Cuba.
After eating lunch in a courtyard restaurant next door, Gleneagle’s Concert Choir put on a two song set in the cavernous Cathedral of Havana, built in 1777 and for a time home to the remains of Christopher Columbus. Passersby and locals were treated to an inspiring few minutes’ stillness on Tuesday afternoon.