Tours & Engagements

Lydia Adams, Conductor
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building
University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Warrior Songs was commissioned by improvising percussionist Jerry Granelli, with funds from Arts Nova Scotia. It is a five-movement concerto with choral material by composer Peter-Anthony Togni and accompaniment by Granelli. The 75-minute composition runs without intermission. The anchor and centre of the work is Tibetan Buddist Chögyam Trungpa’s poetry. Three of his poems are used: “To Gesar of Ling”, “A Childs Concept of Death” and “Battle Cry”. are also texts from the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, a text from the Roman Catholic liturgy, Da Pacem, and words by Malcolm X from a speech he gave in New York in March of 1964. His speech contains the important line “…my sincerity is my credentials”, which is the basis for the last movement of the concerto. Granelli and Togni are friends and have collaborated for many years. They play together in improvising ensembles in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Together, they have managed to build a composition that combines Jerry’s use of specific rhythmic patterns, important to him on many levels with Peter-Anthony’s imagination and skill as a choral composer. The result is a uniting of the two author’s spiritual practices; Granelli’s Tibetan Buddhist practice and Togni’s Catholic beliefs. This concerto is an ecumenical journey towards nonaggression, but it is certainly not a quiet ride; it ranges from sublime static sections to thundering chords and wild bursts of sound! The percussion part is freely improvised and is also made up of set patterns, the coming together of freedom, form, intuition and improvisation. Requiem et Lux, also by Peter-Anthony Togni, will open the concert.

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Past show archive
04/18/13THE STONE - NYC w/ Jamie Saft8:00pm
04/18/13THE STONE - NYC w/ Jamie Saft8:00pm
10/19/12Halifax Pop Explosion - The Bus Stop Theatre8:00pm
10/13/12Yarmouth, NS: Minor Music Master Class2:00pm
10/12/12Yarmouth-Art Gallery of NS: noon time Rhythm workshop12:00pm
10/11/12Yarmouth, NS: Minor Music Auction8:00pm
10/06/12Home Grown Skateborads-LaHave/Bridgewater8:00pm
09/21/12Inverness County Centre for The Arts8:00pm
09/13/12PEI-Trailside Café 106 Main street Mount Stewart PEI8:00pm
09/12/12Halifax, NS: Compnay House8:00pm
09/07/12NEW YORK- iBEAM 168 7th Street Brooklyn: Jerry Graneli, David Tronzo, J Anthony Granelli8:30pm
08/22/12Tatamagouche at ‘Dorje Denma Ling’: Direct Perception - Summer Art Program with Jerry Granelli, Leya Evelyn, Alan Syliboy | Dorje De8:00am
07/12/12Halifax Jazz Festival:Neptune Studio Theatre - Granelli, Crofts, Oore & Oore | Threnodies8:00pm
07/09/12Halifax Jazz Festival: Granelli-Tronzo-Granelli | Tripleganger9:00pm
06/29/12Calgary, AlbertaCreative Music Workshop intensive with Jerry Granelli, Simon Fisk and Danny OoreNational Music Centre9:30am
06/29/12Calgary, AlbertaCreative Music Workshop Final ConcertNational Music Centre7:30pm
06/28/12Calgary, AlbertaCreative Music Workshop intensive with Jerry Granelli, Simon Fisk and Danny OoreNational Music Centre9:30am
06/27/12CALGARY, AB - CANTOS MUSIC FOUNDATION- Three Day Music Workshop & PerformnacesTBD
06/27/12Calgary, AlbertaCreative Music Workshop with Jerry Granelli and Jane BunnettNational Music Centre3:00pm
06/27/12Calgary, AlbertaRBC Summit Jazz Series kick off with Jerry Granelli trio, Jane Bunnett, and Hilario DuranNational Music Centre7:30pm
06/23/12KINGSTON, ON - SKELETON PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL - Pots&Pans Parade2:00pm
06/22/12KINGSTON, ON - SKELETON PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL - Grand Theatre - Baby Grand10:00pm
06/02/12Halifax, NSOBEY MUSIC CONVENTION1313 Hollis7:30pm
05/08/12Halifax, NSKINGSTON, ON -Hear’s What We Do!1313 Hollis7:00pm
10/30/11Seattle, WA - Tula’s -Earshot Jazz Festival - 2214 2nd Avenue7:30pm
10/29/11Seattle, WA - PONCHO Concert Hall -Earshot Jazz Festival- 710 E Roy Street (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, Capitol Hill)7:30pm
10/27/11Vancouver, BC - Ironworks - 235 Alexander Street8:00pm
10/26/11Vancouver Community College Master Class12:00am
10/22/11St Albert, AB (Edmonton)- LB's PUB - 23 Akins Drive - 10:00pm
10/21/11Calgary, AB - Beat niq - 811 1 Street Southwest 9:00pm
10/20/11Lethbridge, AB - Black Tomato - 862 Heritage Blvd W.,8:00pm
10/15/11Ottawa, ONQi Connections Forum Leadershship and the Arts w/ Meg Wheatley & Jerry Granelliqi connections7:30pm
10/14/11Bishop's University Master Class-Lennoxville QC12:00pm
10/14/11Pizzicato, 61 King East, Sherbrooke8:00pm
10/13/11L'Envers-Montreal- 185 Van Horne 8:00pm
10/12/11Ottawa, ONNational Arts Center 4th Stage- OtawaNAC7:00pm
10/09/11Halifax, NSJerry Granelli Trio Residency @ 13131313 Hollis8:00pm
10/08/11Halifax, NSJerry Granelli Trio Residency @ 13131313 Hollis8:00pm
10/08/11Halifax, NSCREATIVE MUSIC WORKSHOP1313 Hollis12:00pm
10/07/11Halifax, NSJerry Granelli Trio Residency@13131313 Hollis8:00pm
09/16/11Jerry Granelli SOLO- Connexion GalleryTBD
07/30/11Sackville , NBJerry Granelli - Solo Performance & workshopSappy FestivalTBD
07/16/11Halifax, NSThe Jerry Granelli Trio- w/Mary Jane Lamond & Charles Spearin: The Happiness ProjectAtlantic Jazz Festival7:00pm
07/16/11Halifax, NSStudents of Creative Music Workshop 2011Atlantic Jazz Festival3:45pm
07/15/11Halifax, NSJerry Granelli (drums), David Tronzo (guitar) and J Anthony Granelli (bass)1313 Hollis9:00pm
07/13/11Halifax, NSJerry Granelli (drums), Anthony Cox (bass), J Anthony Granelli (bass) and Simon Fisk (cello)1313 Hollis9:00pm
07/09/11Halifax, NS Jerry Granelli, Colin Stetson & Jay Clayton Atlantic Jazz Festival7:00pm
04/21/11Halifax, NSJazz FestivalMetro Center8:00pm