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August 2022
New Release from Ecotone Productions: REBEL ANGEL feature documentary film release and gala premiere coming fall 2022!

HERE IS THE NEW TRAILER.

 

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Photo and design: Tim Wilson

“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. I thought 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 feature documentary (89 minutes) about the cultural figure Ross Woodman (1922-2014) which also features Jungian author Marion Woodman and their extraordinary marriage. Through the prism of his deeply troubled life life, the film explores the dynamic betweeen creativity and madness in movies, poetry and art. 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.

 

Upcoming Music Performances

Chris Lowry performs regularly with his band in Toronto. With our sense of irony pitched in your key, we are Sitting on Top of the World. To notified of our next gig, please email chris@ecotone.ca  And here’s a link to our version of Steve Goodman’s blues song about the hunt for the great white whale, Moby Book:

Music video on YouTube, Chris Lowry and the Ecotones perform Moby Book

For more music videos, please scroll down.

Why Ecotone? Creative tension, and the wild. An ecotone is a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities. The area of overlapping landscapes where the “foreign” species encounter each other and blend together is an ecotone, an apparent allusion to the tension created when competing species come together, perhaps to establish new interdependence (in Greek tonos means “tension”).

Writings

Here is a new, short piece about some beautiful paintings. Please read Matthew Schofield: At Play with Memory and Imagination in the Selected Essays section of the site.

My most recent article on wildculture.com was used by the defense lawyer in a class action court case against Monsanto in Mexico this year. The article helped to demonstrate international interest in the issue. This was an important win in an ongoing struggle. Read it here:
Bioloco in Oaxaca

 

 

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.

Preview the book here.

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: Chris Lowry and the Ecotones

Mural in Oaxaca, Mexico by Instagram @yescka_art — photo: James Cullingham

The Ecotones are an intimate cabaret-style group of Toronto-based artists who bring fresh interpretations to the work of great songwriters including Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Jesse Winchester and more.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, *for performance notifications only* send your request to chris@ecotone.ca

Music video San Diego Serenade, Tom Waits
Tom Melville on keyboards, Daniel Kölsch on sax and clarinet, and Will Melville on guitar, mandolin and vocal harmony. Videography by Jana Gracia.

Here is our arrangement of Jesse Winchester’s ‘You Remember Me’ at Duggan’s Underground.

Shows focused on songwriters to date:

Bob Dylan — 3 different repertoires, Bill Gilliam on piano
Leonard Cohen — Bill Gilliam piano, Julie DiSensi and Diane Niec, backup vocals
Randy Newman — Tom Melville on piano
Tom Waits, Jesse Winchester, John Prine and Steve Goodman  — The Ecotones

 

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 you, compliments of Ecotone.

Lowry – War on Scarcity

I was Senior Editor of the original Journal of Wild Culture, and I am delighted to be part of the digital JWC.

Ecology and imagination, irreverence and mischief. wildculture.com.

 

YOU CAN GET THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM BANDCAMP

I have uploaded my 1999 album, The Road Back Home produced with David Woodhead, now available to download from Bandcamp.

IF YOU WANT THE CD please email chris@ecotone.ca (pay $20 plus shipping by etransfer, shipping cost depends on your location)

Home page photostream, photos by Chris Lowry

Contact: Email chris@ecotone.ca.