'Bailar conmigo' includes the World Premiere Recording of 'Mistero' by Christopher Caliendo! Plus 14 other tracks of Latin and Latin-inspired music for flute and guitar. The recent live launch event at Toronto's Hugh's Room generated standing ovations and comments ".... soulful, sweet and full of emotion, bringing tears to my eyes." (J.Bowen), and, "The latin rhythms of BAILAR CONMIGO had the place sizzling and feet flamenco dancing under the tables." (L.Rogers), "Unforgettable evening!!!" (D. Rudnitsky), "...magical, and it's a moment I'll never forget" (J.Bowen)... Plus an immediate concert engagement!
This recording brings the talents of recording engineer Paul Hodge to the fore once again in the superb, natural acoustics of the Church of St.George the Martyr in Toronto. Minimal editing and 'souping up' of the sound has resulted in an album with a dynamic sound quality and an impression of a live concert.
“From the first note, I knew you have what I search for in the flute – originality, creativity and a subtle sense of humour with all the technique to go with it!” Dr.Atarah Ben-Tovim, former Principal Flute Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Recognised for his interpretive ability, wide ranging tone colour and expressive playing, Altus Flutes Artist Christopher Lee is a laureate of the AGIMUS International Competition held in Italy.
Chris is currently Principal Flute of the Toronto Philharmonia, an orchestra he joined in 1991. From 1988 to 1991 he performed, toured and recorded as Principal Flute with the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada. Since 1994 he has also performed with the Huntsville Festival Symphony at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts held every summer.
He has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Toronto Philharmonia. His many recitals include appearances at the British Embassy Church of St. George, Madrid, Spain, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and a special concert in 1994 to benefit the Seville Opera House. Recently Chris was invited to perform at the First Annual Canadian Flute Association Gala concert in 2010.
Chris has performed with several other orchestras including Sinfonia Toronto, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the Windsor Symphony, the touring orchestra of "Scotland the Brave", the Grand Salon Orchestra, the Hamilton Ballet Orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic and the Kingston Symphony. In addition, he has worked under numerous conductors including Raffi Armenian, Enriquez Batiz, Jose Luis Garcia, Georg Kugi and Uri Mayer.
He also appears on recordings with singer/songwriter Michael Holt, soprano Catherine Morrow and pianist Norm Nurmi, and flautist Samantha Chang.
Whilst being a familiar presence on the recital and chamber music stage, Chris also finds time to fulfill important activities as an adjudicator and teacher. He has performed in Canada, the United States, and Europe and there have been performances for former and current Heads of State of the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway and Canada. His performances have been aired on CBC radio and in 2005 he released a recording of music for flute, harp and violin. In 2010 he was invited to be on the jury with flautist Patricia Creighton for the First Canadian Flute Association Flute Competition. In 2011 he presented two masterclasses in Vancouver for the Canadian Flute Association.
Chris performs on a handmade Altus flute of Japan made by Altus founder, Suichi Tanaka.
James Brown is one of Canada’s talented and versatile Composer/Guitarists. His playing draws influence from both Classical and Jazz traditions and has been praised for his fluent technique, lyrical tone, and daring melodic invention.
James has studied with a number of international artists including John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick, Leo Brouwer, and Norbert Kraft. He has appeared with many of Canada’s leading Artists including Don Thompson, Mike Murley, Dave Restivo, and Rob Piltch.
He has also performed with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Eric Idol , Toronto Philharmonia, Sound Streams Canada (with The Hilliard Ensemble), and CanStage.
1998 marked James’ debut C.D. “First Dance” on the XXI label (ATMA). This recording features Ernie Tollar, Andrew Downing, John Obercian, and highlights James as a composer, improviser, and leader.
“James Brown treats listeners to his abundant skills, showcasing a classically trained, Perspective strong on melody, fluent lines Accompaniment and ideas. You can also check out his stylish stuff, which might remind you of Jim Hall, on the CD First Dance…a bold new voice has joined the T.O. Guitar ranks.”
Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star
“…James Brown is exploratory, inventive with a natural fluency and a ton of endless, intriguing ideas.”
Performing Arts magazine
James’ compositions range from solo guitar to symphony orchestra and have been performed and recorded by numerous ensembles and soloists including: Orchestra Toronto, Trinity Chamber Ensemble, Jeffrey McFadden, and The Montreal Guitar Trio. He is also a CMC Associate Composer.
His latest disk “The Home Fields” (New Guitar Productions) features Ernie Tollar and Jim Vivian. This recording offers an intimate, all acoustic approach to contemporary jazz.
..“Excellent, a classy 16-tune collection of originals....that’s full of smartly ’executed ideas” The Toronto Star
“This is a really good disk…plenty of ear treats here” WholeNote Magazine
James is currently on Faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where he teaches guitar and Jazz improvisation. He is also co-founder of The New Guitar; a concert series dedicated to showcasing talents of Canadian Composers and Guitarists.
A third CD is in the works and will feature Don Thompson, Quinsin Nachoff, Jim Vivian, and Anthony Michelli.