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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”).

 

December 2021

Chris Lowry and the Ecotones begin a residency at Toronto’s Free Times Café this month (Friday December 10, 7 pm). Starting in January we’ll be there the third Friday of each month with a different set list and special guests. Here is 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.

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

 

REBEL ANGEL


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 doc (88 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 fascinating life, the film explores creativity 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.

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, Spring 2022.

Article in Western News and the Alumni Gazette:

Alumnus to explore life of ‘Rebel Angel’

 

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, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Jesse Winchester and more.

NEW RESIDENCY!  We are proud to announce that, starting in January, we will be playing on the third Friday every month at the legendary Free Times Café in our home town of Toronto.

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 album, Chris Lowry (The Road Back Home) produced with David Woodhead, now available for you to download from Bandcamp.

To order the CD for $20 please email chris@ecotone.ca (pay by etransfer, shipping cost depends on your location)

Home page photostream, photos by Chris Lowry

Contact: Email chris@ecotone.ca.