The Teacher Plays
I'm playing piano and drums. Last year's show was a sell-out. Bill's music is colorful, subtle, and thoughtful.
What Is Freedom? (Resistance is Fertile!)
Bill Gilliam Art Ensemble
Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 8pm
$20 / $10 students
A performance of spoken word with composed and improvised new music inspired by texts and poems about freedom and resistance across time and cultures.
The poems in this performance are examples of how different international poets responded and gave courage to people resisting the types of autocratic forces similar to what we are currently witnessing.
The spontaneous music we perform in response to these poems is our creative way to energize and support the continuation of freedoms we currently enjoy. In the words of a banner from the January 2017 Women's March, "Resistance Is Fertile!".
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.