RANDOM REMARKS AND UPDATES

May 2017 :

I've been teaching quite a bit early this year and things are winding down as the summer approaches! But first, I'll be holding a recital for my amazing students on Sunday May 28! I'm looking forward to hearing the students, younger and older, showing what they've been working on all year!

I've been working on editing and mixing my upcoming CD with the Mike Anklewicz Klezmer Trio. The album features Yoni Kaston on accordion and Joel Kerr on bass and we recorded back in March in Montreal. Keep your eyes peeled for a little mini-tour to release the album, likely in August. I'll share a bit of information with you: the album will be called "The Rabbi's Blessing," an English translation of the Yiddish name for one of the tunes, Dem Rebns Havdule. "Havdule" is the blessing said on Saturday evening that separates the Sabbath (or Shabbat in Hebrew or Shabbes in Yiddish) from the rest of the week.

I've also had the wonderful opportunity to work with composer Edgardo Moreno on his score for the contemporary dance work "Defiant," produced by the Kaeja d'Dance company this month. I recorded clarinet for Edgardo in his Hamilton, Ontario studio and he did some fantastic work integrating it into his score. The dance performance was outstanding and it's playing at the Theatre Centre in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood until May 20.

This month, I also started rehearsing for an exciting project that I'll be performing over the July long weekend. I'll be joining a fascinating project for the Canada 150 celebrations called Rhythm of the Nation. Along with four other musicians playing ethnic and folk instruments, I'll be playing with CreeAsian, an Edmonton-based DJ, and three dancers who will bring a fascinating fusion highlighting Canada's cultural diversity in celebrating our country's 150th birthday. This takes place along Toronto's waterfront at Sherbourne Common as part of a larger festival.

Is there more this month? Aside from all the teaching, rehearsing, mixing and editing, I got a duduk! This beautiful Armenian instrument is something I'll add to my repertoire but first, I've got to figure out how to play it!


PERFORMANCES

May 20, 2017 - Sara e Kali event in Hamilton, Ontario with Troupe Obskura
May 28, 2017 - Mike's Students recital
June 15, 2017 - Private event
June 24, 2017 - Private event
June 30, July 1, 2, 2017- Rhythm of the Nation - Sherbourne Common (free)
July 8-9, 2017 - Osgoode Medieval Festival with Troupe Obskura
July 15, 2017 - Private event

Upcoming Performances

August 27, 2017 - Private event
September 10, 2017 - Private event
September 10, 2017 - Pagan Pride Day, Hamilton, ON 3PM
September 29, 2017 - Ensemble Topaz - Ontario Culture Days at Annette St. Library - 1PM
September 30, 2017 - Ontario Culture Days in Hamilton, ON - with Trouble Obskura
September 30, 2017 - Ensemble Topaz - Ontario Culture Days at Palmerston Library - 3PM
October 1, 2017 - KlezFactor - Vaughan Playhouse, 7PM
October 4, 2017 - KlezFactor - Hope United Church - 12:15PM
October 21, 2017 - Private Event

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.