Qualchan Opera Update – 11/13/2016 I went to the Coeur d’Alene Reservation Tribal Radio station KWIS and had an interview with DJ Tony Bova. We talked about my Qualchan Opera quite a bit. We talked about my Hopi friend Jacob Johns and Tony played some tracks from Jacob’s music CD Unity Consciousness. I played a couple of songs on the guitar and sang I Am A Spirit and Going Home, a salute to veterans. I put in a plug for Ryan Craig’s music video “I’ve Got Your Back” with touching photos of fathers and sons of all ages. I recently applied for a grant for seed money to promote The Qualchan Opera.
Christmas on The Concourse CD – I now have a CD with live music from the 2015 Ignite Theater production of this holiday musical comedy I wrote. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a copy. This will be provided free to theaters and artists looking for a Christmas show and/or great Christmas music to perform and record.
Movie Review – The Inferno with Tom Hanks is based on the novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks wakes up with partial amnesia and must uncover clues to prevent the release of a plague created by a mad scientist that could destroy half the Earth’s population.
Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on a recent book by J.K. Rowlings of Harry Potter fame. A wizard arrives in New York from London carrying a suitcase of fantastic creatures, looking for a new creature and gets caught up in a plot by a dark wizard to conquer the world. The settings in 1924 New York and the CGI (Computer Generated Images) are fantastic.
Book Review - The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s a fiction novel about an investigator assigned to look into the murder of a priest in Cardona, Spain in 1542. There are conflicts with the Inquisition, conflicts with Moriscos (Moors forcibly converted to Christianity), and much more and a simple murder turns into the discovery of a much more complicated plot motivated by greed. The book actually gave me a feeling of what it would be like to live in Spain in the 1500s.
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Gary A. Edwards
Gary Edwards is a composer of classical, musical theater and film music based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He has also written jazz, rock/pop, R&B gospel and country music. His music has been performed in ensembles from Washington to Argentina, Russia and other countries and he has played with both the Spokane and Louisville Symphonies.
Gary has written five musicals and three screenplays as well as two concertos and hundreds of pieces of music. One of his goals has always been to bring different cultures and people together with his music. He is currently the Playwright/Composer in Residence for the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley, Washington.
Gary's acclaimed album, Reflections, features Tom Stryker, virtuoso touring harmonica player (Hohner rep) playing light jazz, easy listening and light classical tunes and focuses on the theme of reflecting on life and it’s meaning. Find our more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary.
Ignite Theater – A Farce of Nature: This is about an older couple who own a fishing lodge in the South encountering marital and financial troubles. The wife suspects the old man of cheating. Their otherwise idyllic existence is threatened by a mobster and his wife who are having their own problems. There are a host of dysfunctional people and even the Witness Protection Program is involved. The actors are incredibly funny. The audience laughed out loud throughout the show. I urge you to see this farce taking place now through November 27th at the Ignite Theater 10814 E Broadway Ave, Spokane, WA 99206, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Spokane Folk Music Festival - I will be performing original songs about Idaho at the Spokane Community College at the Lair Student Union Building, THE UNDERGROUND Stage – today, Sunday November 13 from 3:30-4 at Mission and Green Streets, Spokane, WA.
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Gary A. Edwards Blog – 11/11/2016 Christmas on The Concourse on TV, Qualchan Opera, Movie Review Hacksaw Ridge
Christmas on The Concourse - I went to CMTV last week. They said they will broadcast my Christmas on The Concourse musical on Channel 14 Comcast Cable around Thanksgiving for this year’s Christmas season.
Qualchan Opera progress - I talked to the Yakama Nation people and they are interested in my Qualchan Opera 1 hr. 45 minutes long work which I suggested as a regular pageant to draw in tourists to their reservation. They did a radio interview with me and invited us to a salmon feast for tribal members.
Movie Review – Hacksaw Ridge is directed by Mel Gibson and is about a conscientious objector who joins the Army in World War II who wanted to serve as a medic. He was harassed in basic training for refusing to carry a gun. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravely staying behind after his unit was overrun to rescue 75 wounded soldiers by lowering them down from a high ridge one by one on a rope while being hunted. This is based on a true story. Disclaimer - the violent graphic, detailed gory scenes depicting war are not for the faint-hearted story. It’s a good thing movies can’t depict the stench of battle. My heroes are people who save lives. I highly recommend this story.
Spokane Folk Music Festival - I will be performing at the Spokane Community College at the Lair Student Union Building, THE UNDERGROUND Stage - Sunday November 13 from 3:30-4 at Mission and Green Streets, Spokane, WA.
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Gary A. Edwards Blog – 11/06/2016 Trip to Yakama Nation to promote Qualchan Opera, Movie Review The MasterMind
Qualchan Opera – I visited the Yakama Nation on 10/26/2016 where I met with Cultural Committee Chair Lewis and asked the Yakama Nation to review my Qualchan Opera and endorse it. I suggested also that they could use my work as a pageant to draw tourists to the Yakama Nation reservation, and that I could write a sequel that would be positive and upbeat and show how the Yakama Nation has come back and prospered since the tragedies of 1855 to 1858. The leaders I spoke to were friendly and interested and invited me to keep pursuing discussions about this.
Yakama Nation Radio KYNR DJ Ryan Craig interviewed me on the air where we talked about my Qualchan Opera project and he played a track from the Unity Consciousness CD I produced featuring Hopi language singer Jacob Johns. Ryan invited my wife and I to the Salmon Feed Recognition dinner at the Winterlodge where we greatly enjoyed the friendliness and hospitality of all those we met there, as well as all the great food including salmon, elk and venison.
There is a great article about Jacob Johns. He is my Hopi friend who wrote, played and sang the Unity consciousness music CD that I produced. The article is on page 23 of the Nov. 3rd issue. http://www.inlander.com/spokane/native-passion/Content?oid=2939812
Masterminds – This is a movie based on a true story about the theft of $17 million dollars from an armored car company by bungling amateur burglars who turn on each other. Okay, it is another entertaining mindless comedy with no socially redeeming features, but occasionally, we all need this type of entertainment that doesn’t require any thought, don’t we?
Ignite Theater Improv – We went to a second improve performance at the Ignite 11/5/2016 and again had a laughing out loud great time. These shows are on the first Saturday of every month at the Ignite Theater, 10814 E Broadway Avenue, Spokane Valley, WA.
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Qualchan Opera – After a 2-year gestation period, I finished my Qualchan Opera yesterday on 10/25/2016. My baby is a hefty hour and 45 minutes long. It is about the coming of the settlers and the conflicts that took place leading to the final takeover of the Pacific Northwest territory from the Indians in September 1858. Qualchan is a brave warrior who falls in love with the Beautiful Whist-alks but their lives are enveloped in conflict with by encroaching settlers protected by the US Army near Yakama. The story is a musical drama with a tragic ending for the Indians. The next part for me is to get the blessing of the Yakama Nation, orchestrate the music for a pit orchestra and get the work produced. Writing was the easy part; getting produced is the hard part. Let me know if you want to assist with producing this wonderful work of music. Share this blog and contact me at email@example.com for more information.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – This is one of the most interesting fiction works I have ever read and without getting too deeply into the plot, deals with Quantum Mechanics and multiverses. It is a mystery, action, psychological thriller and a uniquely compelling “what if?” story. I highly recommend it.
Marguerite is a movie I found on Netflix in French with English sub-titles. It was filmed in 2015 and the action takes place in 1920. It is a funny story, but sad at the same time, about a rich baroness who has this delusion that she is a good singer of classical music. Everyone around her panders to her and fosters her delusion. While laughing at the movie, the viewer has the feeling that everything is going to come to a bad end. The movie appears very similar to a 2016 movie featuring Meryl Streep which I plan to see and compare with this picture later.
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Qualchan Opera Update - At this point, Gary has finished writing the piano vocal version of 46 minutes worth of music for this opera about Qualchan, the brave Yakama warrior who fought to try to protect his people and his tribal lands in the war of 1855 - 1858 in Washington and Idaho. Anyone who is interested in helping get this opera produced is encouraged to contact Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacob Johns sings 15 original and traditional Hopi language songs in a CD just released entitled Unity Consciousness. He accompanies himself with drum or rattle. Songs include Spirit Calling, Milky Way, Morning and many others. We plan to distribute it to Reservation DJs and interest has been expressed in using this native music for a video soundtrack. Jacob is also an accomplished artist. Gary A. Edwards produced the Unity Consciousness CD which is available for $14.95 at https://www.createspace.com/800075671
Musical Review – Fiddler on The Roof is playing now at the University High School Theater in Spokane Valley through the CCT theater company. I went to the opening show July 14th and it was a great show, very entertaining, with adults and children doing excellent singing, dancing and acting and a 7-piece volunteer live band that mixes very well with the dialogue so you can hear the lyrics. The overall Director is Kim Roberts who always gets excellent results and music director Cambria Ravsten who also got excellent results. Performance is this weekend only, 7/15 and 7/16 Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm and two performances on Sunday July 17th.
Restaurant Review – My new favorite restaurant is the Cracker Barrel Restaurant at Ramsey Rd. North East of the Freeway I-90. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. I had breaded catfish. The thing I like about the Cracker Barrel is that even though it’s a corporate chain, the Southern style food tastes fresh and home-made.
Book Review – My favorite author is now CJ Box. He writes a series of books based on a Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett who gets involved in serious crimes and conspiracies and solves them in a common-sense no-nonsense way. I recommend that you start with the first book of the series entitled Open Season.
Christmas on the Concourse musical part 1 of 4 by Gary A. Edwards at https://youtu.be/xhD677KnIOM
Christmas on the Concourse musical part 2 of 4 by Gary A. Edwards is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXLPrqy7jCw&nohtml5=False
Christmas on the Concourse musical part 3 of 4 by Gary A. Edwards is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6-s5dcsSDE&nohtml5=False
Christmas on The Concourse musical part 4 of 4 is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yoj0DGz_HE&feature=youtu.be
Qualchan Opera - At present I am researching for more information to expand my Qualchan music CD into an opera about native American Indians of the past in the North Idaho and Washington State regions about the time primarily from 1855 to 1858. I am looking for collaborators who are familiar with the Yakama language and history and also native flute, drums and other native instruments to include in the orchestration. I spent an enjoyable week at the American Indian Heritage week at NIC networking with people, listening to lectures and participating in workshops as part of my research.
Book Review: The Scotty Barked at Midnight by Kaitlyn Dunned was an enjoyable read about a woman who was participating in a talent reality show and others were murdered and the amateur detective tries to solve the case by taking over the murdered woman's dog and dance act. My first dog Scotty was the impetus for reading this book.
Book Review: The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw is a cloak and dagger spy mystery about a Russian spy who wants to resurrect the cold war and almost destroys the CIA's Moscow operations, while the CIA tries to thwart the Russian and the CIA mole who regrets his turncoat actions. Very enjoyable.
Movie Review: The Boss starring Melissa McCarthy is a profane, funny movie about a female tycoon who has to start all over and uses a Girl Scout Cookie sale type operation to make her comeback while learning lessons about the importance of good relationships.
Restaurant News: To make this short, The greatest hamburger joint in Kootenai County, Moon Dollars on Syringa in Post Falls has reopened. I especially love their sweet potato fries and reasonable prices. We ate at Italian restaurant Uva's, recently moved to 3rd and Lakeside in Coeur d'Alene, and were very happy with the food and friendly atmosphere chatting with Steve, the owner. They have live Jazz on Thursday nights.
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