The Listening Room

Each week enjoy music selections chosen by veteran jazz critic Lois Moody from her extensive collection of recordings. Compare and contrast different versions of songs, engage in open discussion about what your gut reaction is.  Become confident in your musical tastes while appreciating alternate points of view. Lois Moody has researched the music and drawn on her years of music writing to create a course full of interesting choices bridging several genres of music.

6 week course
Thursdays beginning March 22nd
Price $75
Time 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Drop In’s Welcome!  Cost $15

Location GigSpace at Alcorn Music Studios 953 Gladstone Ave.
Call:613-729-0693 to register

Lois has enjoyed doing the research and coming up with musical selections for comparison each week.  Lois says “the best thing you ever heard is what you like – not what a book or review says you will like”.  She wants people to enjoy the discovery process, break down the barriers between yourself and musical expression. Don’t be afraid because you don’t understand it, the question is whether you like it or not.  Learn what instruments you feel drawn to and how different the sound of each instrument voice can be. This will be a down to earth course with classical and jazz cross over. Lois wants people to trust their ears, she says “music is a friend you live with part of everyday, it is not something you have to dress up for.”

Lois Moody:
Lois Moody’s active involvement in music began in the early years of elementary school. A more demanding phase started in university where she was assigned the “music beat” on the university newspaper.  After arriving in Ottawa to join a federal government agency, she soon became a contributor to the monthly newspaper of the Recreation Association of the Public Service.  The next challenge arose when, as a committee member for the recently formed Jazz Ottawa organization, she was tasked with drumming up media coverage for the organization’s plans. This led to an offer to write about jazz as a freelancer for the Ottawa Citizen for the next fifteen years.  Along the way, Ottawa’s annual jazz festival was inaugurated.  From early writing about this festival, her later involvement extended to becoming s volunteer and serving a term on the festival’s board of Directors.  Subsequent freelance writing opportunities arose with jazz publications in both Canada and the US, ranging from brief news summaries to longer articles and interviews.  Active support of music organizations and events in the National Capital regions and increasing opportunities to hear a growing community of excellent musicians keep Lois busy- free from deadlines.  Musician’s value Lois for her knowledge, valuable input and her honest and direct feedback on performances.