York U Faculty Concert Series: Trichy Sankaran – Rhythms of India
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 “a fabulous musician” – The New York Times

 Sankaran … took virtuosity to its most vertiginous heights,
articulating with indescribable sleight of hand, a wealth of
liquid sound at astonishing speeds…
– The Globe and Mail

Professor Trichy Sankaran is known internationally for his rhythmic dexterity, tonal nuance and consummate mastery of the mrdangam, the traditional double-headed drum of classical South Indian music. He has appeared at major festivals on four continents and in his 50-plus years of concert experience in Carnatic music, has performed with all of India’s classical music masters.

In addition to traditional settings, Trichy Sankaran has played with jazz and electronic ensembles, gamelan and other world music groups from many different cultures, as well as performing regularly with his own group, Trichy’s Trio. His recordings include Laya Vinyas, Sunada, Lotus Signatures and Ivory Ganesh Meets Doctor Drums.

Trichy Sankaran takes centre stage in “Rhythms of India”, a riveting program of works rooted in classical South Indian music and bridging east and west, and traditional and contemporary styles. He will be sharing the stage with his daughter, vocalist (and York music alumna) Suba Sankaran, leader of the Juno-nominated Indo-jazz-funk fusion ensemble Autorickshaw, with her bandmate, tabla player Ed Hanley, and frequent Autorickshaw guest performer Dylan Bell on bass guitar and piano.

Listeners will be treated to a musical masala featuring solo and ensemble performances, including original compositions by Trichy Sankaran.

Sankaran joined York’s Department of Music in 1971 as a founding director of Indian music studies, one of Canada’s first university-based world music performance programs. Over the years, he has fused eastern and western pedagogical practices and has been a major influence on a generation of students, many of whom have gone on to become noted performers, composers and educators. His contributions to his field extend beyond the studio and stage, encompassing many scholarly conferences and two textbooks on South Indian classical drumming, most recently The Art of Konnakkol (Solkattu) published in 2010. His pedagogical achievements have been recognized with the OCUFA Award, given by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations for teaching excellence.
This is the first performance in the 2015-16 Faculty Concert Series, spotlighting faculty artists in York University’s Music Department.

Admission: $15 | students & seniors $10

Box Office: online or tel. 416-736-5888

Maps and Directions

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Oct 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.
Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Jazz @ Midday: The Artie Roth Quartet
Oct 8 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York music contract faculty professor, Artie Roth leads his quartet in a special Jazz@Midday feature concert:

Artie Roth – bass
Mike Filice – sax
Geoff Young – guitar
Anthony Michelli – drums

The playlist features new compositions from their recently released CD entitled Currently Experiencing

Free admission. Everyone welcome.


Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As a leader of his own group, Artie released ‘Parallels’ in 2005 and will be releasing his second CD ‘Currently Experiencing’ in the fall 2013. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet and Kollage.

From beginnings recording and co-writing in the late eighties alternative music scene in Toronto, Artie debuted as a Jazz composer with the ballad ‘Mountain’, recorded and performed with legendary Jazz Flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, on The Greg Runions Sextet 1994 CD release ‘But Not Forgotten’. Artie’s two CDs as leader, namely ‘Parallels’ (2005) and ‘Currently Experiencing’ (2013), exclusively showcase his range as a composer, with eight self-penned works per recording. As the bassist for Kollage, Artie was commissioned by veteran drummer Archie Alleyne to write two Jazz trio compositions, ‘The Other Foot’ and ‘The Wrong Foot’, which he recorded with Alleyne and internationally renowned pianist Robi Botos on Kollage’s 2009 CD release ‘The Rhythm’ . Works from ‘Parallels’ and ‘Currently Experiencing’ have been scored and arranged for The Bob Brough Quartet, The Jazz Collective, Kollage and The Rich Underhill Group. Additionally, these arrangements have been incorporated into the post-secondary educational repetoire/curriculum of numerous student Jazz Ensembles and composition courses at York University, The University of Toronto and Humber College.

Music @ Midday: Vocal Recital featuring soprano Leslie Fagan with pianist Lorin Shalanko
Oct 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Soprano Leslie Fagan joins forces with pianist Lorin Shalanko for a glorious recital featuring works by Schumann, Tiefenbach, Rodrigo, Bellini and more.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Reviewing Leslie Fagan’s recent New York appearances, Opera News names her performance of the Poulenc Gloria as “ one of the most memorable performances of the season,” and the New York Times noted the soprano’s “transcendent moments” in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall. In demand for concert appearances from North America to Europe and Asia, Ms. Fagan’s engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 under the direction of Hans Graf; a Stravinsky and Debussy concert with The Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in France; Bach’s Das Weinachtsoratorium BWV 248 in Stuttgart, Germany; Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall in England and with Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir in Canada; and an engagement as guest soloist at the International Choral Festival in The Netherlands. She has performed with conduc-tors Sir David Willcocks, Boris Brott, Jukke-Pekke Saraste, Elmer Isler, Kent Tritle and Daniel Lipton with orchestras such as the National Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the To-ronto Symphony, as well as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Her most recent engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Oratorio Society of New York; concerts in Ribideo, Spain; and in the United Arab Emirates with Leopoldo Erice and the Penderecki String Quartet.
When not on the world stages, Leslie teaches aspiring singers at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Lorin Shalanko is a much sought out pianist in the community praised for his sensitive and evocative playing. He provides instruction, accompaniment and coaching to the many local mu-sicians on their way to making their mark in the recital, competition and performance world.

He regularly performs with Leslie Fagan, Jenn Enns-Modolo, Amy Waller and other musicians and dancers of a number of Canadian institutions.

Internationally, Lorin’s career has taken him to France, where he lived and worked for several years. While overseas, he taught privately and accompanied for various soloists and choirs. Lorin was invited to perform as a solo artist in the countries France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Lorin holds an honours degree in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Canada. After graduation he studied with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan.

Passionate about his vocation at Wilfrid Laurier University, he continues to coach, accompany and perform. In a position he finds equally rewarding, Lorin is a committed teacher and instruc-tor to the students of The Beckett School of Music at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.



Vocal Masterclass with soprano Jackalyn Short
Oct 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Canadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many United States cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships, and is a member of Canada’s Who’s Who.

Jackalyn has been teaching voice to undergrads and post-graduate students at Western University since 2001. Her duties include teaching vocal technique and coaching repertoire, teaching Italian, French, English and German lyric diction, and instructing her students in the use of the IPA system. Several of her students have won prizes at Kiwanis, have advanced in the Met Competition and been accepted into opera ensemble programs. She is a member of NATS and is an active member of the music faculty, collaborating and performing with fellow professors at the school. Jackalyn has received the top teaching honour at Western every year since 2001.

Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA summer opera program in Edmonton, and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld.


Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Oct 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Oct 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.
Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Music @ Midday: Gospel Joy Choir
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Gospel Joy is community choir from Poland. The Choir was established ten years ago and is currently under the direction of Baca (Agnieszka Tomaszewska-Górska). In 2013 Gospel Joy qualified to be one of the semifinals on Poland’s Got Talent. Gospel Joy has released three albums over the course of their musical history  “That’s Him”, “Gospel Joy Live” and “Gospel Joy Christmas Carols”. They have performed in Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Canada. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this very talented choir in action.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Improv Soirée
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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An evening of improvisation in a participatory ‘open mike’ set-up, hosted by the improv studios of Music Professor Casey Sokol.

Performers and observers welcome. Admission is free.

G.I.V.E Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Imagine the power of more than 150 voices raised in chorus. Now imagine that power expressed through gospel music.

The York University Gospel Choir joins forces and voices with other university choirs including the University of Toronto Gospel ChoirMcMaster University Gospel Choir and Humber Gospel Choir in a rafter-raising celebration of gospel music as part of the ninth annual Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion (G.I.V.E).

Music Professor Karen Burke, founding director of the York University Gospel Choir and director of the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, is the powerhouse behind G.I.V.E. Special guests will include the Toronto Mass Choir and Gospel Joy Choir from Poland. 

The concert features performances by all the participating choirs, first individually and then as a massed gospel choir backed by a professional rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

‘G.I.V.E. is a unique platform in Canada, bringing together and showcasing gospel choirs from various Canadian post-secondary institutions. The individual performances are so exciting and when all of the choirs sing all together on stage, it’s an experience not to be missed’, says Burke.

A renowned singer, choral director and composer in the field of African-American vocal music, Burke is recognized as an authority on the history and performance practices of gospel music. She has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Choral Federation/Choirs Ontario and Poland’s Pro Novis Foundation. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988.

Admission: $15 | $10

Tickets:  online or tel. 416-747-7208

Address: Islington Evangel Centre | 49 Queen’s Plate Dr, Toronto (Highway 7 and Rexdale Blvd)