John Gzowski (ON) (2008–12)

I have joi­ned the CNMN board in 2008. As a gui­ta­rist, com­po­ser, ins­tru­ment maker, sound desi­gner and, for a couple of years, a co-artis­tic direc­tor of the Music Gal­le­ry in Toron­to, I have become more inter­es­ted in both hel­ping my musi­cal com­mu­ni­ty and voi­cing some concerns as we conti­nue to rework and refine our rela­tion­ships with fun­ders, pre­sen­ters and our audiences. I am very exci­ted by some of the music hap­pe­ning here in Toron­to and across Cana­da and I’m very inter­es­ted as the boun­da­ries bet­ween genres blur and we see changes to our natio­nal broad­cas­ter and arts coun­cils as they adapt to these new chal­lenges. » [2008]

Juno nomi­nee John Gzows­ki is a musi­cian of many inter­ests, some ins­til­led by stu­dying with Alexi­na Louie, James Ten­ney, Ann Sou­tham and Tri­chi San­ka­ran. He is a com­po­ser of music for modern dance, film, tele­vi­sion and new music, a sound desi­gner, an ins­tru­ment maker and a gui­tar player with exten­sive expe­rience in clas­si­cal, expe­ri­men­tal, rock, jazz and world music. He has per­for­med with Elliot Sharp, John Zorn, Bob­by Wise­man, N.O.M.A., Hemis­phe­re’s, Maza Meze, Meryn Cadell and New Music Concerts. John has brought his unique style of playing to fes­ti­vals such as St. John’s Sound Sym­po­sium, Whi­te­hor­se’s Frost­bite, Vic­to­ria­ville’s Fes­ti­val Inter­na­tio­nal de Musique Actuelle, Open Ear Fes­ti­val, the Ame­ri­can Fes­ti­val of Micro­to­nal Music (New York), and most of Cana­da’s Jazz Fes­ti­vals. He has writ­ten for Cri­ti­cal Band, Hemis­phe­re’s, Mec­ca, Array­mu­sic, the Cana­dian Brass, the Mada­was­ka String Quar­tet, Dan­ce­ma­kers, Kae­ja D’dance, Kate Alton, Michael Sean Marye and Julia Aplin, among others. His theatre work won him 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. He has built ins­tru­ments desi­gned for the per­for­mance of music in alter­nate tunings.