VenueOddfellows Temple
TimeFriday 8:30pm
CategoryMusic, Theatre + Spoken Word, Multi-Art Events
City of OriginToronto, ON
Price$10 or Festival Pass
Websitehttps://melancholiacsw.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/the-ensemble/

Snapshot:

Multi-disciplinary celebration of the music of Scott Walker featuring over 30 dancers, actors and musicians. We trace the entire Walker catalogue from 60’s pop crooner to contemporary avant garde visionary.

About:

Melancholiac began as a collaboration between Adam Paolozza and Gregory Oh and became a surreal 60’s variety show where everyone and anyone can be Scott and Adam, as the main Scott, walks us through his career, singing several songs himself and inviting up guest singers, as well. The piece was extremely successful at SummerWorks, selling out both its presentation sand garnering great reviews including “Critic’s Pick” in the Torontoist. .

Artist Bios:

LINA ALLEMANO – trumpet
Trumpeter Lina Allemano is “one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years” [Point of Departure] and was named one of DownBeat Magazine’s top innovative trumpeters for the future. Lina has an active international career performing, touring and recording cutting-edge contemporary music primarily in free-jazz/experimental/improvised settings, and her trumpet playing and artistic vision have gained her wide international recognition. Lina’s current projects include her internationally-acclaimed bands LINA ALLEMANO FOUR and TITANIUM RIOT as well as countless collaborations with top European improvisers. www.linaallemano.com

AMAHL ARULANANDAM – cello
With tastes ranging from baroque music to death metal, cellist Amahl Arulanandam is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many different genres. His cello journey began at age 4 under the tutelage of Susan Gagnon. He took a hiatus from the instrument to explore other avenues, but soon found him called back to the world of music. He is currently based in Toronto and is completing Artist Diploma studies at the Glenn Gould School with Desmond Hoebig and Andres Diaz. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, and holds a Master’s Degree from McGill University. Amahl’s performances have brought him to three different continents, with major performances in Canada, the United States, Austria and India including a performance of Samuel Barber’s Concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. An avid performer of new music, Amahl was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Grammatte National Music Competition.
Soulpepper Head shot July 2015

ANNA ATKINSON – violin
Anna Atkinson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Since moving to Toronto in 2008, she has contributed to dozens of projects, performances and recordings. The Toronto Star called her “the least earthbound artist we’ve heard in ages.” Her debut album, Mooniture, was featured on the Toronto Star’s Anti-Hit List and is heard frequently on CBC radio. She and Andrew Penner composed the score for Motion 58 Productions film “Eadweard”. Current musical collaborations include electro-pop/R&B trio Grannis Bea, singer-songwriter quartet Words Around The Waist and an upcoming duo album with guitarist/composer David Occhipinti. More info at annaatkinson.ca

FRIENDLY RICH – vocals
Friendly Rich is a mad composer from Oakville, Canada. Mr. Rich composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation. Rich holds a Masters degree in music from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel and composer R. Murray Schafer. friendlyrich.com

SHAUN MALLINEN – saxophone
Toronto saxophonist and instructor Shaun Mallinen is originally from Caledon, Ontario. He completed his Masters degree at U of T studying with Dr. Wallace Halladay. In recent years he has performed with the Scott Good Ensemble, Toronto New Music Projects, Eric St. Laurent Trio to name a few. Currently Shaun is staying busy teaching and playing with his saxophone quartet project sTOx or with a few other groups in Toronto; Soles Music, Yasgurs Farm, Earth Messengers and the Euphonia chamber orchestra.

JOHN MILLARD – vocals
John Millard has been active in the Canadian music and theatre scenes for the last twenty five years. He has toured Canada and Europe with his bands The Polka Dogs and John Millard & Happy Day. He has worked with many Canadian theatre companies including: Shaw Festival, Theatre Columbus, Volcano Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage Company, and Caravan Farm Theatre. Recent theatre for Soulpepper the Barber of Seville and the Global Cabaret Festival, and John & Waleed for Cahoots Theatre.

DAN MORPHY – percussion
Dan is an incredibly active and sought out percussionist within Toronto and the GTA. He frequently performs and collaborates with some of the cities most prevalent performers, composers, presenters and organizations including the Esprit Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada and the Toy Piano Composers. He is most well known for his work with the TorQ Percussion Quartet of which he is a founding member.

GREGORY OH – Original music director
Gregory Oh gained his notoriety as a “new music revolutionary” but tends to wander the genres, and recent work has seen him appear in places from the legendary techno club Berghain in Berlin to the Lincoln Centre. He is the artistic director of Toca Loca and the Open Ears Festival and a frequent guest conductor of Continuum Contemporary Music; other credits include the Canadian Opera Company, Volcano Theatre, Toronto Masque Theatre, Tapestry New Opera, Native Earth, EMPAC and San Diego Opera. He teaches at the University of Toronto and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper. gregoryoh.com

NICHOL ROBERTSON – guitar
Nichol Robertson is a guitar player based in Toronto, Canada. He likes country music, deadpan humour, and cheap guitars.

ZORANA SADIQ – vocals
Canadian-Pakistani Soprano Zorana Sadiq recently received the following praise from the Boston Classical Review: “…in this afternoon of role-playing, soprano Zorana Sadiq definitely earned the musical Oscar. Sadiq’s clear, well-supported voice was by turns, vibrant, plain, speech-like, muffled, edgy, wan and aggressive…It was quite a thing to witness.” Best known for her warm sound, expressivity and chameleon-like voice, Zorana has been making a name for herself both in Canada and the U.S. Recent engagements include, the world premiere of Secrets of Solstice with ICOT, Dido in Dido and Aeneas: 21st Century Remix at Soulpepper’s Global Cabaret Festival, Savitri in Savitri and Sam, a new opera in workshops by Canadian Repertory Theatre, Sebastian Currier’s Vocalissimus with Boston Musica Viva, the world premiere of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation with the Calgary Philharmonic and Nothing Compares to You: Music of Kate Bush, Radiohead and Prince a recital with Order of Canada accordionist Joe Macerollo.

LAURENCE SCHAUFELE, viola
Violist Laurence Schaufele, from Bow Island, Alta., is a second-year artist diploma student at GGS. He’s acted as principal violist of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and played with many other orchestras in the Greater Toronto Area. Schaufele has played with the AfiaraQuartet as part of the Discovery Series at Toronto’s Mazzoleni Hall, and performed in BACHanalia, which kicked off Koerner Hall’s 2012/2013 concert series.

DEAN WALES, drumset
Drummer/Composer Dean Wales has be part of the Toronto music community for 15 years. Born and raised in Toronto and a Humber College Music graduate, he has taken part in many projects exploring aspects of Jazz, Afro-Beat, Indie Rock and Electronica. He is currently the primary composer for his own Post-Rock Fusion project Mannerisms.

Adam Scime – Musical Director
As a young composer and performer living in Toronto, Adam Scime has been praised as “…a fantastic success…” (CBC) and “…clever…charged…” (Torontoist). Adam has received several performances by Canadian and International professional soloists and ensembles. Recently, Adam was selected to participate in the Chrysalis Composers Workshop with the Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, during which his piece Fixity was performed under the baton of Christopher Butterfield. In the summer of 2010, it was announced that Adam’s piece “Vagues, a Prelude for Piano and Electronics” was selected as the winning composition for the Electro- Acoustic Composers Competition hosted by acclaimed American pianist Keith Kirchoff. Subsequently, Mr. Kirchoff performed “Vagues” as part of his 2011 North American Tour. In January of 2011, renowned Canadian soloist Nadina Mackie Jackson premiered Adam’s “Concerto for Bassoon, Electronics, and Chamber Orchestra.” Adam was also appointed Composer in residence with the GamUT contemporary ensemble for the 2010/2011 concert season, a residency that saw the commissioning of two new works, and one new installation.

Bram Gielen – Bass
Bram Gielen is a composer, bassist, and pianist living in Toronto. On the heels of a childhood and adolescence studying classical piano and playing in a ton of weird bands, he went on to study the double bass at the University of Toronto’s Jazz program, graduating in 2008. His first large work, Biggish Kids, premiered at SummerWorks’ Musical Works in Concert series, and is in development for a longer run in 2013. In addition to his own work, Bram can be found writing the occasional film score and contributing to various live and recorded musical projects around Toronto.

Adam Paolozza – Director, Singer, Co-Producer, Co Writer, Artistic Director – Bad New Days Performing Arts
Adam Paolozza is a Toronto-based, Dora award-winning performer, director, writer, arts educator and producer.
He is the Artistic Director of Bad New Days performing arts which he created to explore his vision of a contemporary poetic theatre of gesture. His work is focused on the expressive potential of the human body. Bad New Days highlights include: Spent (Dora award for performance, international tour, including sold-out run in Edinburgh) and The Double (7 Dora award nominations and win for Lighting Design. Toured across Ontario including a sold-out run at the NAC). Adam is a former Urjo Kareda resident Artist at Tarragon Theatre, a member of Factory Theatre’s playwrights’ unit and collaborates regularly with Soulpepper, Fixt Point Theatre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Why Not Theatre. He is a dedicated teacher leading workshops in performance and creation all over the world. He is a sessional instructor at the Soulpepper Academy and Ryerson Theatre School. Adam trained at Ryerson and Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Andre Du Toit – Lighting Designer
André du Toit is a Dora award winning lighting designer for theatre and live music based in Toronto. His selected theatre lighting designs include The Double (Theatre RUN) for which he won a Dora Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre), As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith- Gilmour), SPENT (Theatre Smith Gilmour, Why Not Theatre, TheatreRUN) which has toured to New York, UK and India, Ralph and Lina, Death Married My Daugher, and Business as Usual (Independent Creators Cooperative) Dirty Butterfly (Bound to Create Theatre), Dear Liar (Why Not Theatre) with Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah, The Rez Sisters (Factory Theatre), Catalpa (Blood in the Alley), and the award winning Tomasso’s Party (Rooftop Creations) which he also produced. He has lit live music for The Elastocitizens, Dirty Magazines, Maylee Todd and Gurpreet Chana in venues around Toronto.

Kari Pederson – Ensemble
Kari Pederson is an interdisciplinary dance artist and performer based in Toronto. Her work applies the somatic schema to contexts outside of the dance studio. She has performed alongside Bluemouth Inc., Jordan Tannahill, and Ame Henderson and has worked behind the scenes with arts organizations such as Summerworks Performance Festival, Dancemakers, Rhubarb Festival and Workman Arts. Kari has a BA in Fine Arts Cultural Studies and a certificate in Community Arts Practice from York University.

Nick di Gaetano – Assistant Director, Percussion
Nick is an actor, writer and musician who has been making it up as he goes along his entire life. His 15+ years of performance work includes clown shows, puppet shows, improv shows, shows for children, punk/hardcore bands, performance art, video game voices and a butt-load of original music. He lives in the uncomfortable place where weird, sad, inappropriate and irreverent collide and is a self-described professional collaborator and renaissance man. He is the co-artistic director of Mi Casa Theatre (Ottawa) and a Resident Artist at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in Toronto.

Derek Kwan- Ensemble
Toronto-based Derek Kwan is an actor and classical singer working at the intersection of theatre, music and movement, with an interest in the full integration of these elements in performance. Performance highlights include- theatre: Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna), Winterreise Projekt(Harbourfront HATCH), Head à Tête (Theatre Direct), A Synonym for Love (Volcano), A Fool’s Life (Ahuri Theatre), Banana Boys (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company); opera/music theatre: Play of Daniel (Toronto Consort), The Lesson of Da Ji (Toronto Masque Theatre); TV: XIII Season 2, Cracked.

Susannah Mackay – Ensemble
Susannah Mackay is a Toronto-based theatre creator, Artistic Director of Coyote Collective, and a performer with a passion for the interdisciplinary. Credits include: 1: 2: 1 (Volcano Theatre/ Dreamwalker Dance Theatre) Dido and Aeneas (YU Fine Arts) Peter and The Wolf (Theatre Rusticle), and the hit Fringe show CHRISTCHRISTCHRIST (Theatre Stendhal) She has studied dance with Interplay Dance Company, and at the Stratford Festival’s Student Musical Theatre program. While at York University, Susannah studied Devised Theatre under the instruction of Allyson McMackon.

Melanie Hrymak – Ensemble
MELANIE HRYMAK: Melanie is a Toronto-based actor, writer, and producer. She is a graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. This spring, her one-person play Licking Knives was published by Meat Locker Editions and had performances in Toronto and Stratford, Ontario. Favourite acting credits include Tybalt in Headstrong Collective/Urban Bard’s Romeo and (her) Juliet, the title role in Andromache (Theatre Erindale), and Pierre Elliot Trudeau in Trudeautopia (Banquo’s Banquet). Melanie is a co-founder of Headstrong Collective (headstrongcollective.com) with her creative partner Leslie McBay. Please visit melaniehrymak.com.

Eduardo DiMartino – Ensemble
Eduardo DiMartino: UPCOMING CREDITS: Twitches & Itches Theatre (‘Chess Pieces’; Pentheus, ‘Bacchae’; Assistant Director, ‘Time, Again’); Attic Window Theatre (Darrel, ‘In Real Life’). CREDITS: Twitches & Itches Theatre (‘Once’); Slippery People (Larry, ‘Waiting for Batteries’ – Atlantic Fringe); Slumgum & Quaqua (‘Give Up the Ghost’). As a graduate of the Humber College Physical / Devised Theatre Performance Program, Eduardo has been working primarily in the Niagara and GTA regions in Ontario.

Michael Keene – Ensemble
An actor and writer, Michael Keene is a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier, and has worked and toured throughout Canada, England, and France. He recently moved to Toronto after spending the last five years abroad. He is happy to be making his Toronto debut in DLT’s The Stranger. He is a founding member of the LEFT collective (Bristol, UK), Residence (Bristol, UK) and Farce and Loose (London, UK). Tweet him @Michael_Keene_

Maddie Bautista – Ensemble
Maddie is humbled to be part of this project with such generous artists. She is going into her third year at Humber College’s Theatre Performance program where she played Oskar Matzerath in the Tin Drum, and developed a TYA piece called To Me In Ten Years. She is a member of Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Tagsibol collective – a creation unit comprised of young Filipino artists.

Joshua McFaul -Ensemble
Joshua loves a wide variety of music and has studied vocal performance at Trinity Western University. On the West Coast, he has performed with musica intima, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Vancouver Opera In Schools. Favourite roles in musical theatre include J.J. Astor/Pitman in Titanic: A New Musical (TUTS, Vancouver) and Jamie in The Last 5 Years (Stone’s Throw Productions). By day you can find him solving computer conundrums or developing websites for small businesses. Much love to Shalyn for having a genuine appreciation for beards and for filling life with inspiration and joy.

Nan Chen – Ensemble
Nan Chen is excited to be a part of Melancholiac! Nan has a no nan-sense kind of attitude. Nan is a recent graduate of the Drama and Education faculties of Queen’s University.

Neil Silcox – Ensemble
Neil splits his time about evenly between directing, acting, and teaching. He has studied at the University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and the University of Western Ontario and most recently at York University where he earned an MFA studying acting and directing. Neil has worked with many great companies over the years including The Grand Theatre London, Humber River Shakespeare, Hart House Theatre, and the Toronto Youth Theatre, where he served as Artistic Director. Neil would like to thank Ali for being the best co-conspirator he could ask for, and especially his mom and dad for their unfaltering support.

Julia Porter – Ensemble
Julia Porter is a graduate of the Theatre Performance Program at Humber College and has received her Honours BA from The University of Guelph where she majored in Drama. She was nominated for the Hynatyshyn Developing Artist Grant for English theatre acting, as well by the BroadwayWorld Toronto awards for Best Female Performance. Recently, Julia had the opportunity to be the lead fencing double on the hit TV series Saving Hope. She is a certified Stage combat instructor, teaching at Humber College and Ryerson University. Upcoming: Performing in a production of Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times; playing at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse September 10-19.

Julianne Dransfield – Ensemble
Julianne Dransfield is a first generation Canadian from Milton. Julianne is an actor, writer and theatre-creator. She is a recent graduate of the Humber College Theatre Performance program where she trained in physical theatre, classical works and devised collective creation. Prior to Humber, she received her Honours BA from the University of Guelph where she majored in Theatre Studies. This summer, Julianne attained her Advanced Actor Combatant Certification with the Academy of Dramatic Combat and hopes to develop a career in stunts. While at Humber, Julianne’s most notable work includes; Approaching Zero (Tara’s Mom), a collective creation with Humber Theatre at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace; This Side of Heaven (Sybil/Maud) with Varrick Grimes and Kiersten Tough; Street Scene (Emma Jones) with Diana Belshaw; The Fight (Student) with Marie Beath Badian; and Comedy of Errors (Adriana) in the Original Practice. Her upcoming work includes; Albertine in Five Times at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse.

Marina Maye Gwynne – Ensemble
Marina Maye Gwynne is a recent graduate of The Fountain School of Performing Arts theatre program. Her most recent credits include Mary Sweeney in The Hollow Square, which appeared in the 2015 Toronto Fringe festival and Nina in The Fountain School’s production of The Seagull. Marina is passionate about exploring multi-disciplinary forms of artistic expression and hopes that you enjoy the performance just as much as she enjoyed working on it.

Karen Stern – Ensemble
Karen Stern is a Toronto-based singer, dancer, teacher, and bagel eater. She trained and performed at York University, where she toured with the York Dance Ensemble. Since then she has studied with Peggy Baker, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Breaking Ground Intensive. Over the years, Karen has worked with such respected choreographers as Barb Lindenberg, Learie McNicolls, Suzanne Miller, Allen Pavio, Ross Manson, Kate Alton, and Julia Sasso. Karen loves using her voice, especially to indulge in her passion for singing. She studied vocal technique with Fides Krucker, and currently sings in a choir where she has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Bahamas, and Buck 65, as well as collaborated on recording sessions with Serena Ryder and Woodhands respectively. When not singing or dancing, Karen can be found doing long-form comedy improv or working in the field of special education. And eating bagels, of course.

Richard Mojica – Ensemble
Richard Mojica is a recent graduate of the Humber Theatre Performance Program. Credits The Abigail(Hamilton Fringe), This side of Heaven (Humber Theatre), The Fight (Humber Theatre). Richard is a member of the Carlos Bulosan Theatre Collective and is excited to be working with them on future projects.

Katelin Richards – Ensemble
Katelin Richards(Chorus), is a recent graduate from the Theatre Performance Program at Humber College. She also holds an Honours BA in English with CO-OP from the University of Ottawa. There, she participated in a three year research/creation project on the development of new aesthetic forms for public theatre. She has performed in The Ottawa Fringe Festival, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, and Canada Dance Festival. She co-created and performed in an original work called c u t., a devised puppetry piece with collective Artebote, of which she is a co-founding member. Artebote has recently performed at the annual Fresh Ideas Conference, Seasonal Activities v. ii, and Puppet Allsorts. Katelin has a vibrant passion and love for creating and performing intricate interdisciplinary projects that push the boundaries of the theatrical form.

Mandy MacLean – Ensemble
Mandy is an artist from a military family on the east coast. Credits includes: the Young Innovators Lab for Nightwood Theatre, Experiencing Chekov with Brenda Bazinet, and #WeddingMusical andhiraeth (with director Varrick Grimes). Blue Seduction, Timothy Bond (Global Universal Pictures) and Jubilee Road, CBC Radio. Recent work as a director includes: assistant to Ted Witzel on the workshop and full production of Yukonstyle at Canadian Stage, Assistant Director on Till Eulgespiegel under Varrick Grimes and the Dora Nominated Honesty under Jordan Tanahill (with Suburban Beast). She has recently trained in Suzuki and Viewpoints with Thomas Morgan Jones(Theatre New Brunswick), Pluralized Creation (bluemouth inc.), and Jen Cook (Dirt Road Vocal).She held the role of Artistic Intern at Canadian Stage during the 2012/ 2013 Season. She has a degree in Theatre from Univ. of NB and is a graduate of Humber Theatre. In life: she enjoys coating male army figurines with glitter and baking fudge with a four year old.

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