“Ross Woodman lived for most of his life in London, Canada.
He taught there for almost fifty years – poetry — a passion, some might say, far from anything important in the real world. He died in the spring of 2014 at the age of ninety-one. He was destined, like most academics, to be forgotten. Yet to many who knew him, he was unforgettable — an inspiring enigma, wrestling with gods and demons, speaking to us from some other plane of existence…”
Rebel Angel is a portrait documentary about scholar, art critic and educator Ross Woodman (1922-2014). The film explores questions of identity and creative imagination, through the prism of Woodman’s extraordinary character. The film reveals Woodman’s influence as a collector, critic and friend of many of London, Ontario’s most significant artists and poets in the 60s and 70s. At the same time Rebel Angel is a love story, featuring Ross’s wife, the internationally acclaimed Jungian analyst and author of several books on feminine psychology, Marion Woodman.
To see the trailer and find out more, please visit rosswoodmanfilm
The film is partly funded by grants and donations, produced in association with the London and Middlesex Historical Society, a registered charity. Estimated release date, Fall 2020.
Article in Western News and the Alumni Gazette:
Photo Feature: Kathmandu Darkroom
I had a darkroom in Kathmandu in 1978, provided by German friends who had brought the equipment in their Magic Bus from Munich. This is some of the photo printing work that I did during several weeks that I lived there during my slow road trip around the world. The Kathmandu valley was saturated and radiant with spring rains, and I was seeing everything for the first time. These photos (scans of the original 1978 prints) have not been published until now.
Music: Chris Lowry and the Echotones
The Echotones are an intimate cabaret-style group of Toronto-based artists who bring fresh interpretations to the work of great songwriters. Our new show features music by by Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Al Green, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Jesse Winchester, Delbert McClinton, John Prine, and more.
Here is our arrangement of Jesse Winchester’s ‘Talk Memphis’.
If you would like to receive notice of our gigs please let me know! For other songs and videos of Chris Lowry and The Echotones, scroll down on this page.
Photo memoir Book
AFGHANISTAN: BEFORE THE RAIN OF FIRE
This photo book is a memoir of travels in the mountains of Afghanistan in 1977, looking at the beauty and dignity of this extraordinary country “before the rain of fire”. It was at the end of a long period of peace, just a few months before a coup d’etat that triggered the ongoing armed conflict.
If you would like to buy a copy of the book in English or French (hard cover) please contact Chris.
“I was blown away by the book. Searing and powerful memories… Brilliant story, wonderful photos!”
David Edwards, former Canadian diplomat
“Chris Lowry’s photos and narrative do not pretend to offer an explanation and analysis of all this war and repression, but they challenge the viewer and reader to re-assess “Afghanistan” and its people and landscapes, as if seeing and considering them clearly for the first time.”
—Grahame Russell, international human rights lawyer, Founder/Director of the NGO, Rights Action
Music Recordings and Videos
Chris Lowry and The Echotones perform shows that focus on singer-songwriters like Randy Newman, Tom Waits and Jesse Winchester (coming soon). For a quick reminder of the quality of both Waits’ melodies and his lyrics, check out these recordings from one of our recent concerts:
Tom Traubert’s Blues
All The World Is Green
Music video from Invitation to the Blues: The Songs of Tom Waits — Chris Lowry sings with the Echotones: Tom Melville on keyboards, Daniel Kölsch on sax and clarinet, and Will Melville on guitar, mandolin and vocal harmony.
Videography by Jana Gracia.
FROM THE ECOTONE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
My interpretation of Cohen’s Song of Bernadette has attracted almost 5,000 (!) views on YouTube:
and… from our Songs of Randy Newman performance (Tom Melville on piano):
Shows focused on songwriters to date:
Bob Dylan — 3 different repertoires (2014, 2015, 2017) Bill Gilliam on piano
Leonard Cohen (2015) Bill Gilliam piano, Julie DiSensi and Diane Niec, backup vocals
Randy Newman (2016) Tom Melville on piano
Tom Waits (2017) The Echotones
Jesse Winchester (2018) The Echotones
SONGS OF BOB DYLAN
John Berger, the art critic and artist, looking at a painting of Aesop by the great Velazquez, says that he identifies “with his skepticism which is never cynical – The storyteller – not the novelist, not the fashionable literary creator – Often nomadic – A traveller who goes from place to place and tells stories that he has lived, or that he is making up – A traveller who is completely free from institutions.”
What a beautiful description of Bob Dylan.
Here is one of those long, song poems, of which Tom Waits said “It is like Beowulf and it ‘takes me out to the meadow’. This song can make you leave home, work on the railroad or marry a Gypsy. I think of a drifter around a fire with a tin cup under a bridge remembering a woman’s hair. The song is a dream, a riddle and a prayer.”
With your mercury mouth in the missionary times,
And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes,
And your silver cross, and your voice like chimes,
Who do they think could bury you?
Here are some more of our arrangements of Dylan music, with Bill Gilliam on the piano:
MIND MULCH, CRANIUM COMPOST
Here’s a piece I published in the Journal of Wild Culture online, The War On… Scarcity—a PDF version for your summer reading! Steal this book – compliments of Ecotone.
I was Senior Editor of the original Journal of Wild Culture, and I am delighted to be part of the new digital JWC.
Ecology and imagination, irreverence and mischief. wildculture.com.
YOU CAN ORDER THE CD FROM ECOTONE OR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM BANDCAMP
I have uploaded my album, Chris Lowry (The Road Back Home) produced with local music legend David Woodhead, now available for you to download from Bandcamp.
To order the CD for $20 please email email@example.com
Home page photostream, photos by Chris Lowry
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.