Roberto López’s Afro-Colombian Guitar: ‘It is all about the groove….’ Feb20

Roberto López’...

by Carey Rutherford & Paul Verhaegh Roberto López was one of the surprises of Calgary’s 2018 Folk Music Festival. Born and raised in Colombia, living in Montreal, his website describes his music style as modern Latin music with hip arrangements. Under Colombian grooves he...

Mariel Buckley is Driving in the Dark: Her Country Family Helps her Steer Dec20

Mariel Buckley is Dr...

by Carey Rutherford Some accidents are not only happy, they are positively confounding. Witness MUSICAlive! popping down to a Stampede breakfast to Hear a Calgary country favourite of ours, Tim Buckley, play on the mall, and meeting the similarly talented Mariel Buckley (his sister), also...

The Once Play With Your Musical Expectations: Is it Folk, or Pop, or Indie or . . . Oct23

The Once Play With Y...

by Carey Rutherford It occurs to MUSICAlive! afterwards that we never asked Geraldine Hollet, lead singer for The Once, the significance of the band’s name. Sure, “once” is an adverb meaning “on one occasion”, or “for one time only”; but as a noun it becomes capitalized as their bandname and...

Mick Flannery’s Ambition: Blues Folk Diversity Oct13

Mick Flannery’s Ambi...

by Carey Rutherford & Paul Verhaegh Mick Flannery’s Facebook page says that he bridges the gap between folk and blues rock. Well, he doesn’t fit in a box, that’s for sure. Still working as a stone mason, he’s touring all over the world as an artist: Canada this summer;...

Joshua Jones meets The  Esther Honens: The Percussionist and the Pianos Aug26

Joshua Jones meets T...

by Carey Rutherford The Honens International Piano Competition rolls into town as August ends, presenting world-class piano newbies to battle it out in the rodeo that Ms. Honens initiated in 1992. But it’s not all newcomers, and it’s not all pianos! In their efforts to expand the diversity...

Newfoundland has a Sound Symposium: A Place to Play with Sound Jul02

Newfoundland has a S...

by Carey Rutherford “I am the Artistic Co-director of the Sound Symposium. I’m also the host: I will be hosting most, if not all, of the evening concerts, and some of the earlier concerts; I may be introducing some of the workshops; I will be performing with 2 bands that I play with. And I...

Ohama Can: Music, Sounds, Images, The Whole Ambient Kaboodle May14

Ohama Can: Music, So...

by Carey Rutherford Attending an “80’s and 90’s” dance party on Saturday was an interesting experience: while the music was definitely from the correct era, the DJ had clearly NOT been in dance clubs at that time, as the late 20th Century music had been mixed with an early 21st Century...

Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen? Apr12

Xenia Concerts: A Ne...

by Carey Rutherford and Paul Verhaegh Performance seen 09 September 2017, Studio Bell (National Music Centre), 850-4 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta Sarah Nematallah is a violinist in the Cecilia String Quartet, and she and her ensemble are also the founders of Xenia Concerts Inc., for which she...

FOONYAP Talks, We Li...

by Carey Rutherford “A ‘palimpsest’ is a manuscript in which traces of the original can be found, and through performance, I rewrite my emotional scripts.” – FOONYAP In a normal precursor to the interview, MUSICAlive! asks Calgary-born alternative musician FOONYAP to tell us...

From the Great Lakes to the Amazon River with the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble Mar31

From the Great Lakes...

by Carey Rutherford When MUSICAlive! asks David Skidmore of the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble what instruments he’ll be playing when they premiere their “Paddle to the Sea” performance in Calgary (8:00 pm, April 8 at the Rozsa Centre), he goes on, and on, and on . . . listing 16 different...