August 11-14, 2016:
Teaching Creative Jazz & Improvising Guitar Symposium
Concert Series

Interview for Guitar Moderne

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Recent CD Releases

Live at the Tranzac Vol 1
Ken Aldcroft - William Parker

Mister, Mister
Solo Ken Aldcroft

Red & Blue
Ken Aldcroft & Scott Thomson

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Ongoing Performances

Ken Aldcroft Presents
Second Wednesday Series
The Tranzac, 10pm

Third Sunday of the Month
The Tranzac, 3pm

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Most of Trio Records' catalogue is now available as downloads from itunes

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Here is a poem written by Nicholas Power which was inspired by a set of improvised music performed by me, drummer/percussionist Germaine Liu and bassist Jim Sexton at the LoD Series in Toronto.

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Private Lessons

I have been teaching guitar, improvisation and composition for twenty four years. In this time I have developed a teaching method which systematically teaches all the necessary skills, including proper technique and applied theory, to become a skilled guitarist and musician. These skills are introduced and developed within the context of each individual student's musical interests. I am currently offering private lessons at my home studio in Toronto.

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I offer workshops on creative music, improvisation, composition, guitar and the creative process. The workshops can be geared to elementary, middle and high school students as well as college/university students and professionals.

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Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone for more information on private lessons, workshops and my rates.

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2016 Teaching Creative Jazz and Improvising Guitar Symposium: Presentations

I was awarded a Study and Development Fellowship from the University of Guelph/Cupe 3913 for the summer of 2016. My project is to present a symposium on teaching creative jazz and improvising guitar. I have invited four guitarists: Jared Burrows, Janet Feder, Ava Mendoza and Sam Shalabi to present and discuss their experiences learning and teaching creative jazz and improvised guitar. From August 11 to 14, 2016 there will be presentations in the afternoons on the University of Guelph campus and concerts in the evening at Silence

Thursday August 11, 2016
1-3pm: Ken Aldcroft

Friday August 12, 2016
1-4pm: Janet Feder, Sam Shalabi

Saturday August 13, 2016
1-4pm: Jared Burrows, Ava Mendoza

Sunday August 14, 2016
1-3pm: Aldcroft/Burrows/Feder/Mendoza/Shalabi Roundtable

Mac203 (MacKinnon Hall)
Music Department
University of Guelph

The presentations will have limited seating for those interested in attending. You need to RSVP via e-mail to reserve a seat.

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Jared Burrows

Dr. Jared Burrows is a guitarist, composer, and arranger based in Vancouver, BC. He leads his own jazz quartet and sextet, the Vancouver Improvisers Orchestra, and performs with a wide variety of ensembles in Vancouver, Oregon, and Washington. His musical interests and collaborations frequently extend beyond jazz to include fusions with the traditional musics of West Africa, China, and India.
Jared is the Academic Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department at Capilano University where he teaches improvisation, conducting, arranging, and directs large and small ensembles. He Holds a PhD in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and a MMus in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon.

Jared Burrows

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Janet FederJanet Feder

Widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar, Janet Feder has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores including the internationally acclaimed solo album Songs With Words and compilations The $100 Guitar Project, I Never Meta Guitar and 156 Strings. In 2015 she release her latest solo album T H I S C L O S E.
Previously serving Naropa University (2000-10), Janet currently lectures at University of Colorado. Touring and teaching internationally, she has also performed and collaborated with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians including Paolo Angeli, Nels Cline, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Darwin Grosse, Ron Miles, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Rigler, Elliott Sharp among others.

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Ava Mendoza

My name is AVA MENDOZA. I play guitars and stompboxes and write music. Currently I'm based out of Brooklyn, NY. I have played guitar for most of my life and been active for the last decade playing my own music and in many different groups. In any context I try to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music I play. I've toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including singer Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Weasel Walter, Tune-Yards, and more. I've played on recordings released by labels Weird Forest, Tzadik, Clean Feed, NotTwo, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, New Atlantis, and others. My main project these days is UNNATURAL WAYS.

Ava Mendoaza

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Sam ShalabiSam Shalabi

Sam Shalabi is a central node in Montreal’s free improv scene. One cannot count the many projects he is a part of. He is best known as a founding member of Shalabi Effect, who have recorded three albums on Alien8 Recordings which have earned the band extremely good response from critics and music enthusiasts alike. He is also part of a number of bands including Detention, Molasses, Po and ‘Gypt Gore. He has also released three solo albums: Luteness, On Hashish, and of course Osama, his investigation of arabophobia in a ’post-9-11 world’. His style ranges from freeform psychedelic rock to the most oddball abstract performance.

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