A mid-summer interview by my friend and colleague, Friendly Rich, in a podcast series called "Industry Tactics".
We cover a myriad of topics including: my early life in Calgary; the Suzuki Method; defining Canadian culture; colonialism; improvised music; the crwth; and keeping things fresh.
Episode 60 on Apple iTunes
Parmela Attariwala – Toronto-based violinist/violist, composer and ethnomusicologist – has been described as “one of Canada’s most original and compelling artists”. She traverses genres from Mozart to the avant-garde, from fiddle to rock, from free improvisation to non-Western crossovers with virtuousic fluidity, and is equally comfortable performing acoustically in a concert hall or plugged-in in a club.
The creative process inspires all that Parmela does, whether it is performing composed music, creating or improvising her own music, mentoring young musicians, or undertaking academic researching on the arts in Canada. She has been deeply influenced by dance—working extensively with choreographers as a composer, musician and movement artist—and by small-scale works for instruments and voices. In 1995, Parmela created the Attar Project as a vehicle to perform and create with musicians and artists from non-Western and non-classical forms.
Parmela has released three critically acclaimed recordings that defy the boundaries of genre: Beauty Enthralled (1997), featuring tabla player Ravi Naimpally and ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia; Sapphire Skies (2003), which features her own compositions; and The Road Ahead … (2010), a collection of commissioned works for violin and tabla, performed with Montreal-based tabla player, Shawn Mativetsky.
As an academic, Parmela has undertaken research on: multiculturalism, democracy and arts funding; improvisation in classical Western music pedagogy; and devotional poetry and music in medieval India. She is currently undertaking research on "Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility" for Orchestras Canada, and in the spring of 2018 will begin researching extra-musical pedagogical knowledges required for teaching youth in high-risk metropolitan communities.
Esprit Orchestra - Festival Concert
Esprit's Third China Tour 2015 concert - an all-Canadian program - with works by: Omar Daniel, Alex Pauk, Alexina Louie and R. Murray Schafer
Esprit Orchestra - China-ASEAN Music Festival
The second of Esprit's China Tour 2015 concerts, with works by: Alexina Louie, Dang Huru Phuc, Jorg Widmann, Yi Chen, Wenchen Qin, Chenjun Zhong
Esprit Orchestra - Beijing Modern Music Festival
Esprit's first China Tour 2015 concert, with an all-Canadian program of works by: Omar Daniel, Alex Pauk, Alexina Louie, R. Murray Schafer
Esprit's last concert of the 2014/15 season, "The Last Paradise" featuring works by Marc-André Dalbavie, Xiaogang Ye, and my former bandmates from "The Human Remains"--Andrew Staniland and Scott Good.
Age limit: All ages
Faculty Concert (Regent Park School of Music)
featuring: Joseph Apong, Parmela Attariwala, William Beauvais, Alejandro Cespedes, Tanya Charles, Jason Doell, Tim Francom, Brad Kukko, Richard Marsella, Paul Matthew, Greg Miller, Lisa Miller, Zorana Sadiq, Erez Sussman.
Music by: Bartok, Brouwer, Poulenc, traditional and David Bowie
free! Age limit: All ages
Audiopollination featuring Parmela Attariwala
duos and trios with: Adele Armin (RAAD violin), Robert Aitken (flute), Shahriyar Jamshidi (spike fiddle); Branko Dzinovic (accordion)
$10 or PWYC Age limit: All ages
presented by West Coast Winter Music Festival
Age limit: All ages
Ensemble Vivant (with Don Thompson) "From Bach to Piazzolla" and the Powell River Academy of Music Chamber Choir.
Admission $22; Students under 18 free with ticket voucher.