RANDOM REMARKS AND UPDATES

April 2017 :

Yup, almost a year snice the last update, so it's time to write a few things here! Things have been busy on the teaching and recording front! Thanks to the amazing Band Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music, I've been working with a group of eight saxophonists for the past eight months or so. It's been awesome to take such a diverse group of young musicians from never having played the saxophone, and bring them to the point they're at today.

We've also had a lot of fun with Ensemble Topaz. With five musicians and three dancers this group has performed at the Canadian National Exhibition's International State, done an educational program at the Toronto Public Library as part of Ontario Culture Days and has performed at various festivals including the Toronto International Dance Festival at the Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront in Toronto. It's such a pleasure to perform with my wife and co-artistic director, Paromita Kar, along with all the great musicians and dancers.

Since the last update, we've released the third KlezFactor CD, Europa. This was such a fun album to work on, recording most of the core bits in Germany in the summer of 2015 and then coming home to engineer further recording of vocals wtih the amazing Ekaterina, percussion with the amazing Paul Georgiou and guitar with Jarek Dabrowski. Then I mixed the album myself, mastered with Christien Ledroit and we released last summer.

I've also been working behind the scenes on the debut recording of the Mike Anklewicz Klezmer Trio. We recorded in March in Montreal with Yoni Kaston on accordion and Joel Kerr on bass and the recording sounds great! I'm in the editing phase right now and will be mixing and mastering in the coming months. Look for a CD release tour in Ontario and Quebec coming this summer!

I'm also pleased to have worked with Loti! I got to mix their demo and hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of them soon!




PERFORMANCES

May 28, 2016: Solo saxophone at Mirvish Village, Doors Open Toronto
May 29, 2016: Mike Anklewicz/Brian Katz Trio - "Bella, Did Ya Eat?" Brunch, Free Times Cafe, Toronto
May 30, 2016: KlezFactor Trio (featuring Brian Katz) - Jewish Music Week, The Terraces at Baycrest, Toronto

June 5, 2016: Private Event, Toronto
June 21, 2016: KlezFactor - 120 Diner (120 Church St.) Toronto - 10PM - PWYC ($10-20)
August 24, 2016: Ensemble Topaz - CNE International Stage - 3PM - Free with CNE admission

ACADEMIC WORK

July 16-22, 2015: Astana, Kazakhstan - World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) - Presenting "Ritual and Liminality in the Contemporary Klezmer Scene" as part of "Ritual, Minorities and Identity in Music and Dance" panel with Paromita Kar and Fethi Karakecili
October 16, 2015: Kingston, ON - Colloquium - "Klezmer's Migration: A Transatlantic Journey." - Queen's University School of Music
April 9, 2016: East Lansing, MI - Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Midwest Chapter - "Giant Steps and Dreydlekh: Exploring "Improvisational" Similarities Between Klezmer and Jazz."
June 8, 2016: New York, NY - Analytical Approaches to World Music Conference - "Giant Steps and Dreydlekh: Formulaic Improvisation, Ornamentation and Cyclical Forms in Klezmer and Jazz."

FUN FACTS

Mike has a PhD in ethnomusicology (yes, that's a real word).
Mike was a contributing reviewer of the 2014 edition of the Royal Conservatory Saxophone Syllabus.
Mike is currently in the Adjudication Certification Program to become a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory.
Mike teaches saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.