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Chris Norman and the Boxwood Ensemble in CB

Chris Norman and the Boxwood Ensemble are featured at the
Fortress of Louisbourg and at Highland Village as part of Musique
Royale.

Chris Norman, captures hearts and souls with his
brilliant and imaginative flute playing. He and his colleagues from the
Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg bring to life the energetic traditional
music of Maritime Canada, Scotland and Ireland – originality,
intelligence, fun, and sheer mastery.

Monday, August 1 at 7:00 pm in Louisbourg – The Fortress Chapel
Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm in Iona’s Highland Village – Malagawatch Church
Tickets are $15, adult; $12, senior; $5, student.
Tickets are available from the
Louisbourg: Fortress Gift Shop – 733-2208
Iona: Highland Village Museum – 725-2272

Artist Biographies:
The performers for this seven concert tour are assembled as part the
2005 Boxwood Festival and Workshop in Lunenburg. Boxwood has
established a worldwide presence celebrating and sharing the music and
traditions of the flute and inviting a multicultural and
multidisciplinary dialogue between performers, teachers, scholars,
students, and makers of the flute through its annual week-long Festival.

Chris Norman – director, traditional flute, pipes

“The finest wooden flute player in the world . . . and few that have heard him play would dispute that description.”
– Stephen Petersen, Halifax Mail Star

Born in Halifax, NS into a music loving family, Chris’ influential
work as a performer, composer, recording artist and teacher has done
much to bring the simple wooden flute to the forefront as an
alternative voice to the modern orchestral instrument and redefined the
flute in traditional Canadian & Scottish traditional music. His
busy performing schedule includes solo engagements and concerts with a
variety of ensembles, appearing frequently as soloist with orchestra
and touring with his own Chris Norman Ensemble. In years past Chris has
also appeared worldwide as a member of the international folk trio,
Helicon, and the all-star Celtic fusion group, Skyedance, and the
acclaimed early music group, The Baltimore Consort and across Europe
with Concerto Caledonia. Chris Norman’s flute playing can be heard
featured in the Oscar winning soundtrack of Titanic as well as the 1998
Hollywood film, Soldier. His solo CD releases have received unanimous
praise from critics and audiences alike. As a composer Chris is the
recipient of numerous grants and commissions, and recently premiered
Out of Orkney, a tone poem for flute, harp, and string orchestra. His
compositions been featured on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada
and the BBC, as well as concert halls in Europe, North America
Australia and New Zealand. Chris regularly teaches master classes and
has conducted symposia at many schools of music around the world. He
has inspired thousands of musicians both young and old as the founder
and director of the Boxwood Festival and Workshop.

Nuala Kennedy – Irish, Scottish flute, whistle and Gaelic song

Nuala
grew up surrounded by traditional influences in her native town of
Dundalk, Ireland, playing with the ceilidh band “Ceoltoiri Oga
Oghrialla”. She also studied classical piano with at the Royal College
of Music in Dublin. She came to Scotland to study at Edinburgh College
of Art in 1995, during which time she began to host the regular Friday
night session in Sandy Bell’s. She qualified as a primary school
teacher and enjoyed teaching for two years, until pursuing traditional
music full-time. Nuala is currently involved in the development of
”ABC'” a pioneering new creative music curriculum for schools and
teaches traditional flute and whistle from beginner to degree level
students, in group classes and one-to one. In Nov 2004 she was chosen
as part of the Channel 4 “Ideas Factory” virtual record label
project. She has toured and recorded with the bands Fine Friday and
Harem Scarem. Nuala currently lives in Inverness in the Scottish
Highlands where, as well as writing and performing, she is studying
Gaelic at UHI.

Andy Thurston – guitar & mandolin

Andy
is a mainstay in the East Coast traditional music scene and has
accompanied many of the area’s most renowned musicians. Andy has a BA
in classial guitar from Towson State University amd has taught guitar
at Catonsville Community College for 25 years. Well versed in a variety
of styles, he infuses elements of jazz and swing guitar into the music
of Ireland, Scotland, Quebec & Maritime Canada.

James Blachly – viola da gamba, continuo, bass, voice, composition

A wonderfully versatile musician, James has been in the limelight since
the age of five with the New York City Opera, the American Ballet
Theater, and both on and off Broadway. He attended the Oberlin
Conservatory and College, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music
in composition. His compositions have received numerous awards,
including the Bertelsmann World of Expression $10,000 first place
scholarship for composition in 1998 and the Frank McCourt prize for
Literature. His recent String Quartet no. 1, Op. 7, will be premiered
on three continents within the year and his song cycle for
Mezzo-Soprano recently received its premiere in New York in June 2004.

Simeon Darley-Chapin – drums, percussion

Born into a musical and dancing family, Simeon continues along that
path with both traditional percussion and drumset. Originally from
Vermont, Simeon received a BA in Music from the City College of New
York, certification at the Drummers Collective, and inspiration from
his many teachers. In addition to many recordings with diverse artists
he has toured nationally with the New Nile Orchestra, and appeared in
New York and Zimbabwe with Universal Arts’ production of “The Beat”.
Simeon continues to teach, play live and record in New York and Vermont.

Nick Halley – percussion, vocals, keyboards

Nick Halley grew up at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York
City, where his father, Paul Halley was Director of Music. His earliest
memories are of the rich variety of music there, from sacred choral to
African dance. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in
Michigan, majoring in jazz and classical percussion following that with
a period in Brazil immersing himself in the great tradition of
Brazilian rhythm. Nick then returned to New York City to attend The New
School University’s jazz and contemporary music program and played with
a host of young artists in New York’s ever-evolving jazz scene.

Nick currently bases himself out of Massachusetts’ beautiful Berkshire
Hills. He tours and records with groups ranging in style from
traditional Scottish and Irish to gospel, jazz, Brazilian and popular
music. When not on the road, Nick teaches private lessons and directs
workshops in Brazilian, North African, and South Indian rhythm. Nick is
a member of The Chris Norman Ensemble, numerous Paul Halley ensembles,
a duo with César Alvarez, and his own recently-formed,
surprisingly-named, Nick Halley Group.

Musique Royale greatly appreciates the support of the Department of
Canadian Heritage, the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture,
the Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation, Sears Canada, Dr. Piano, and the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for their generous support.

For more information visit the following sites:
www.musiqueroyale.com or http://www.boxwood.org

Call toll free for more information +1(877) 285-2321