Tales of the Unconscious

This concert took place on March 4th, 2017


Prepare for a journey behind the veil of the conscious mind and into the hidden world of the unconscious. Our vehicle: dreams. Why we dream is still one of humanity’s greatest unanswered questions. Nevertheless, people continue mining their nighttime reveries for clues to their inner lives, premonitions, and creative insight.  The Spectrum composers take the latter to the extreme as they premiere whimsical and adventurous new music for classical choir and jazz trio.

Produced in partnership with Musicata: Hamilton’s Voices under the direction of Roger Bergs, and featuring three of Canada’s leading voices in jazz, Mike Murley (saxophone), Andrew Downing (bass), and Chris Pruden (piano), this ethereal mix of voices and improvisers evokes the limitless depths of our imagination.

Shannon Graham’s piece Bedtime Stories uses original poetry taken directly from two years of dream-journalling to evoke three dreams: one eerie, one peaceful, and one …a nightmare. Jay Vazquez’s Tierra de ensueño is based on three iconic Mexican paintings which depict the past, present, and future of Mexico as viewed through a dream. Chelsea McBride’s piece In My Heart is a reverie for an eternally persisting love. Ben McCarroll-Butler’s The Night is Gone, the Light is Near depicts a scene dreamt by a young refugee from Syria’s civil war. Tiffany Hanus’s Dumuzi’s Dream uses text taken from one of the earliest recorded dreams in history, Dumuzi’s nightmare about his death.

Tales of the Unconscious will open with a pre-concert chat at 7:30pm from guest speaker Craig Webb. Craig Webb is a dream analyst/author/researcher/inventor for 3 decades as well as a widely-traveled speaker and musical artist. A McGill University graduate with pioneering lucid dream research at Stanford University and Montreal’s Sacre-Coeur Hospital, he’s also designed personal development devices distributed worldwide. His new book, The Dreams Behind the Music, reveals little-known dreams that inspired dozens of Grammy award wins and other tremendous success for over 100 well-known artists, and highlights universal principles and techniques that anyone can learn in order to cultivate and harvest their own dreams for surprising life breakthroughs. Learn more at: www.DreamsBehindTheMusic.com

This program will also be presented the following afternoon by Musicata Hamilton’s Voices: Sunday March 5th, 3pm at The Church of St John the Evangelist 320 Charlton Avenue West Hamilton, ON.  For more information visit: musicata.ca


Tales of the Unconscious is a TD Discovery Series Special Project


Mike Murley– Saxophone

Andrew Downing– Bass

Chris Pruden- Piano

About Musicata: Hamilton’s Voices

jls-good-shot-2_0086-768x378Musicata is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by Conductor John Laing. 2016/17 marks the first season of an exciting new identity for us. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Recent seasons have featured several world-premiere performances and the introduction of delightful newer works by contemporary composers.

“Enrich the musical experience of individuals within our geographic area – Hamilton, Burlington and Dundas and other surrounding municipalities.” We want to bring the passion and warmth of live choral performances to a wide-ranging audience, including people who have not yet had exposure to classical and/or choral music. Also, we aim to enrich the local cultural scene by collaborating with up-and-coming local artists.

About Roger Bergs

roger-bergsComposer, conductor, organist and teacher, Dr. Roger Bergs is an outstanding musician with a wide range of musical interests, awards and experience.

Dr. Bergs has twenty years of experience as a church organist and music director, currently serving in that capacity at Toronto’s Knox Presbyterian Church. His chamber choir experience includes three seasons as artisitic director of the Toronto-based chamber choir “Concertsingers”.

His musical compositions have been performed by the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Edmonton and Winnipeg, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, the Composers Orchestra, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Aldeburgh Connection, Continuum New Music (Toronto) and NUMUS concerts of Waterloo. He has choral works published by Hal Leonard and Hope Publishing, and recordings on the Opening Day and Eclectra labels.