The Correction Line Ensemble

The Correction Line Ensemble

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The Correction Line Ensemble features six highly creative musicians from diverse backgrounds, weaving together an engaging and seamless conversation between classical and modern music.

Biography

The Correction Line Ensemble is a newly formed chamber ensemble involving six highly creative musicians from diverse backgrounds, weaving together an engaging and seamless conversation between classical and modern music: Cristina Zacharias, a Toronto-based violinist who specializes in early music; Leanne Zacharias, a Brandon-based cellist specializing in contemporary music and pedagogy; Ed Reifel, a Toronto-based percussionist of classical and modern music; Robert Honstein, a Brooklyn-based composer from the classical music tradition; and Christine Fellows and John K. Samson, two Winnipeg-based narrative songwriters.

Together, these six musicians create and perform arrangements of original repertoire by Honstein, Fellows and Samson, alongside classical repertoire arranged for cello, violin, marimba/percussion, piano, electric guitar and six voices, bridging the gap between musical genres and disciplines. To experience this kind of interaction and movement between genres in one concert is unique.

Christine Fellows is a singer/songwriter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, with a new solo album/DVD scheduled for release on Six Shooter Records in February 2011. Fellows tours internationally, creates scores for film, television, modern dance and experimental video, and she is an avid multidisciplinary collaborator.

Robert Honstein is a Brooklyn based composer and pianist. His music has been performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, the Bard College Orchestra, Simon Carrington, the Fireworks Ensemble, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, the Tosca String Quartet, and the Mana Saxophone Quartet. Upcoming projects include a clarinet concerto for Anthony McGill and the New York Youth Symphony to be premiered at Carnegie Hall, and the production of FastForwardAustin, a new one-day festival for innovative music and art in Austin, TX.

Toronto-based percussionist Ed Reifel plays regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra among many others. He has recorded for CBC, appeared on the soundtrack to The Tudors BBC series and is currently recording for the soundtrack of the new BBC series Camelot. Ed can also be heard on recordings by Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett and Christine Fellows. In 2010 Ed performed as timpani soloist in the Canadian premiere of Philip Glass' Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra directed by David Briskin of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include the new production of Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten with the Canadian Opera Company and a Canadian tour with the Correction Line Ensemble. Ed is also in the process of commissioning a new work for timpani and orchestra by Owen Pallett.

John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for The Weakerthans, whose five albums have been universally praised by fans and critics alike, and whose extensive touring in Europe and North America over the last dozen years have won the band a devoted following, along with several awards and nominations. John released City Route 85, the first in a series of solo 7-inch records about the roads and highways in his home province of Manitoba, in January 2010. The second 7-inch in the series, entitled Provincial Road 222, features The Correction Line Ensemble (Anti/Epitaph on September 21, 2010).

Canadian violinist Cristina Zacharias has established a busy performing and touring career based out of Toronto. She has been a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra since 2004, spends summers at the Carmel Bach Festival, and can be heard on over 25 recordings for the ATMA, Analekta, CBC, BIS and Naxos labels. Cristina collaborates frequently with a diverse group of ensembles, from string quartets to symphony orchestras, including the Theatre of Early Music, Les Voix Baroques, the I Furiosi, and the Aradia Ensemble.

Cellist Leanne Zacharias collaborates in creative sound, performance and installation projects with artists and musicians of all stripes. After stints at Rice University, the Banff Arts Centre, with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal, she received a doctorate from the University of Texas-Austin with interdisciplinary research support from the Getty Foundation, and is currently on faculty at the Brandon University School of Music in Manitoba. She has commissioned and premiered dozens of works, and performs extensively in both traditional and avant-garde genres.

Discography

Samples of recent recordings that feature the ensemble:

John K. Samson’s Stop Error and The Last And are part of Provincial Road 222, (John K. Samson solo 7-inch, release date: Sept 21, 2010 on Epitaph/ANTI-Records in North America)

Christine Fellows’ Dragonfly and Mlle. Sténo, which will be released as part of Fellows’ upcoming full-length solo album (Femmes de chez nous, Six Shooter Records, 2011)

Set List

Repertoire by Christine Fellows, Robert Honstein, and John K. Samson, alongside arrangements of Bach, Bartok and Britten