Bill Clarke emerging, mid-career and senior artists, Angell Gallery showcases a wide range of media, from painting, drawing and sculpture, to photography, installation and video. Angell Gallery’s reputation for intelligent, forward-thinking and visually stimulating exhibitions has resulted in coverage in national and international publications, including ARTFORUM, NY Times, LA Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Modern Painters, MOMUS, Border Crossings and Canadian Art. The gallery’s roster includes artists from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York and London.
The gallery works to raise the profile of its artists within Canada and abroad through participation in art fairs such as Art Toronto and VOLTA New York, and by fostering collaborations with public institutions and other commercial galleries. Note: The gallery is not currently accepting or responding to artwork submissions. Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the jazz musician. For the baseball player, see Billy Connors. American jazz guitarist who was a member of Chick Corea’s band Return to Forever.
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Connors was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1949 and began to play the guitar at the age of 14. I’d been playing for about four years”, he explained at the time of his RTF tenure, “and suddenly had an overnight change. I didn’t want to be a blues guitarist anymore. Django Reinhardt really got to me. The first time I heard one of his records, I thought that was just what I wanted to be.
He and Django differed however over the matter of electronics with Bill preferring the sound of the electric instrument. I always wanted to use the electric guitar in a sophisticated context, like with Chick . I like to play jazz with that electric-rock sound. Eddie Marshall and bassist Dennis Parker.
I wanted to be Chick Corea on guitar. I didn’t know him, but whenever I really wanted to get off on music I’d play some of his piano solos and Return To Forever songs. I heard that Chick was looking for a guitarist. Steve encouraged me to call Chick, and though I was very nervous, I did, and he invited me to come over to the club where he was working and sit in. I was so scared that I almost turned him down. That night, the fright totally disappeared. The minute I got up on stage I had this feeling like I’d been preparing for this all my life.
I was so relaxed that I felt as though I was in my own living room. I’d be giving my interpretations of them, then go off into the Chick Corea ‘outness. I ended up in New York two weeks later. In April 1974, after the band’s tour of Europe and Japan, Bill quit the group. The musical direction seemed to him to be changing from what it was when Connors joined. He explains, “Everything started getting less aesthetic, more rock.
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I was having trouble expressing myself the way I wanted to in that context. Connor’s disenchantment with the group also stemmed from certain objections to Corea’s Scientology-inspired leadership style. Chick had a lot of ideas that were part of his involvement with Scientology. He got more demanding, and I wasn’t allowed to control my own solos.
I had no power in the music at all. In 1974, Connors left Return to Forever, and began to explore the New York jazz and session scene, performing with guitarist John Abercrombie and keyboardist Jan Hammer, and recording with bassist Stanley Clarke. It was great,”he states, “because it wasn’t this contrived thing in order to communicate to the audience. Around 1975, I’d decided to become a classical guitar player”, he muses. I did my first solo album in 1974, and just decided on the spur of the moment to do it all on acoustic. At the same time, he began the next phase of his self-driven studies, taking it on himself to delve into transcriptions and studies of the works of classical guitarists.
During 1976 and 1977, Connors also recorded with Lee Konitz, Paul Bley and Jimmy Giuffre in New York. He toured Europe, performing with composers Luciano Berio and Cathy Berberian. Connors and Steve Kahn on guitars, Tom Kennedy on bass and Dave Weckl on drums. Connors’ next album, 1986’s Double Up, again featuring bassist Kennedy but now with drummer Kim Plainfield. For the past years, Connors has been giving private lessons while continuing his stylistic and technical studies of the works of jazz greats. He’s now playing plectrum style on a classical jazz guitar and a Gibson L-5 CES archtop electric. Connors, interview with Frankie Nemko, Guitar Player, October 1974.
Connors, interview with Gene Santoro, Guitar Player, 1985. 5 0 0 0 0 1h7a. 964 0 0 0 15 20c0 2. 984 0 0 0 19 8c2. This article is about the engines. There’s no real harm in them, but they’re maddening at times.
Bill and Ben are tank engine twins belonging to the Sodor China Clay Company. In the television series, they briefly worked at Centre Island Quarry, thus the task of keeping them in order fell upon Mavis. One day, Bill and Ben returned from shunting some trucks to find that some other trucks they had shunted earlier were missing. Their drivers, after examining a puddle of oil on the ground, concluded a diesel was responsible. After the twins argued over who brought the “diseasel” into the yard, the drivers suggested they go looking for the diesel.
At last, the twins found the “diseasel”. While Ben ran behind, Bill confronted the “diseasel” over the theft. Bill pretended to be frightened and slunk away, remarking, “You’ll be sorry”. With that, Ben ran up and accused the “diseasel” of being a “truck stealer”, before running back so Bill could run up again. Sometime later, a group of enthusiasts came to visit the railways of Sodor. When Edward brought them to Brendam, the twins took them to the China Clay Workings in a brake van special.
In 1988, Thomas was sent to work on Edward’s Branch Line while repairs were carried out on the bridge. The twins were quick to tease him about his colour, but Edward was savvy enough to send the twins away before an argument broke out. After Thomas returned to the Yard, covered in dairy from a collision with a farm lorry, the two teased him even more about his new livery. This continued until Edward announced a party of enthusiasts were coming, and threatened that he would not bring them to see the twins. When at last, the enthusiasts did arrive, a photographer with an “instant” camera began harassing Ben by continuously taking pictures of him, even after the remainder of the crowd went to watch Bill tug a boat into deeper waters. At last, the photographer prepared to take one final picture, just as Bill’s driver arrived to ask for assistance.
The repairs to the bridge took a long time, and Thomas was still at Brendam when the rainy season came. At the “Drain”, a hollow in the land where rainwater collected, the water even began to come near the rails, although no one took much notice. One particularly wet day, as Ben returned from the Workings, the wind whipped the rainwater into a wave which swamped Ben, dousing his fire. Bill and Ben make their first appearance listening to Percy recount the time he got caught in a flood helping Thomas, before being shooed off by Henry, as they were in a shed specifically for the Fat Controller’s engines. One day, Bill and Ben were sent to work in the yard. They got to use the turntable as a reward for their hard work.
But Bill and Ben were accidentally sent down the same track and they ended up buffer-to-buffer. They each blamed each other for the incident and refused to speak to one another. He gave the twins a chance to work together, and sure enough, the plan worked. Bill and Ben had heard from Percy that Derek had a toothache. But they soon found out that Derek really had teething troubles.
The twins and Derek had to pull a train the next day, and Derek soon overheated. Together, the twins got the train to their destination. When Salty was sent to work with the twins and Mavis with an important job, he impressed the twins with his skills for handling the trucks. When Salty handled the trucks with songs and tales of the sea, Bill and Ben became jealous. They became even crosser when Salty told them stories. Luckily for them, Salty was transferred to Brendam Docks.
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Some time later, Fergus was sent to help the twins at the quarry. They got tired of his “do it right” attitude. Bill and Ben collected a rock crusher from the docks and caused a rockslide. Fergus pushed them out of the way, but the twins returned the favour when they helped him out of the rocks. In the seventeenth season, they teased Percy after he had an accident with a mail bag, unaware the pumpkins on their train were falling onto the tracks, which caused more problems for Percy. After the Fat Controller ordered one twin to act as a back engine, Bill reluctantly went to push from behind. Ben ended up derailing near an embankment, and Percy, although he was nervous because he had lost his new lucky charm, helped Bill pull Ben back onto the tracks.
Sir Topham Hatt figured out their tricks. So people would not confuse the two or think they were the same engine, Bill was repainted blue. To continue the tricks, Ben tricked Kevin into giving him a blue coat of paint too. Since then they were repainted to their yellow schemes. Thomas was sent to work with the twins at the Clay Pits while a bridge on his branch line was being repaired. They ran away from him, and after he caught up, they teased him about being slow. They showed him to a line of trucks, which he was coupled up to.
Thomas began pulling them, but did not realise that Timothy was on the other end, jerking the little oil-burning engine backwards. In the eighteenth season, Bill and Ben played Guess What’s In My Shovel with Marion. They also teased Timothy for being an oil burning engine, but when the Clay Pits ran out of coal, Timothy went to pick up some more. However, they later sent Timothy on what the Fat Controller referred to as a “fool’s errand” to search for a rainbow-coloured truck. Timothy brought back a green truck with several colours of paint on it full of dockyard waste. In the nineteenth season, the twins became convinced that Timothy was no help at all.
So when they found out that the Fat Controller was looking for an engine to help at Brendam Docks, they volunteered Timothy. Unfortunately, the twins were too busy messing around to work on their own properly. Luckily, once Timothy was no longer required at the docks, he came back to the Clay Pits to help them clear up the mess. In Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure, they teased Henry when he saw a ghostly railboat on the rails the previous night, which was really Skiff.
Bill and Ben are Sodor’s mischievous saddle tank engine twins, who have great fun in teasing the other engines of the railway. Each has four wheels, a tiny chimney and dome, and a small squat cab. They often work in the China Clay pits and quarries. Their loads of clay can be used for many things such as paper, paint, and pottery.
They take trucks for engines on the main line and ships in the harbour and are regularly seen around Brendam Docks. Despite their cheeky and mischievous antics, if a dangerous event occurs, such as a rockslide, they are shown to be quick-witted and capable to act to rescue anyone in trouble. This was shown when they saved a group of workman and Thomas from many different rockslides. Bill and Ben are based on the Bagnall 0-4-0STs “Alfred” and “Judy” of Par, Cornwall, who are both preserved and in working order at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Alfred and Judy are painted in a green coat of paint, with yellow lining, although the former was once repainted in a yellow coat of paint, very similar to Bill and Ben’s yellow coats of paint. According to the foreword of Thomas and the Twins, Alfred and Judy are both Bill and Ben’s twins. In the Railway Series, Bill and Ben are painted dark orange with red lining.
In the television series, they are painted dark yellow with red lining. In the television series, Bill and Ben both have brass nameplates with yellow writing, “SCC” written on both sides in yellow and “Brendam Bay” on the front of their saddle tanks. In the Railway Series, they have number plates reading 1 and 2 respectively above both the back of their cabs and their faces. In The Diseasel, they have nameplates, but from Wrong Road onward, they have their names painted on their saddle tanks. From the seventeenth season onwards, the twins have had red wheels instead of black ones.
In the episode from the same season, Bill or Ben? Thomas and the Twins – Scrambled Eggs, What a Picture! Season 17 – Percy’s Lucky Day, Bill or Ben? Season 17 – Hey, Hey Thomas!
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Sir Topham Hatt’s ownership of Bill and Ben changes in the television series, as the second season episode Percy Takes the Plunge refers to them as not being Fat Controller’s engines, while the third season episode One Good Turn refers to them as “the most mischievous engines working on Sir Topham Hatt’s railway. A behind the scenes picture of Bill’s model reveals that he and Ben were to have numbers on their smokeboxes above their faces, as they did in the Railway Series. Bill and Ben’s television series models are currently on display at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Japan. This was so their eye mechanisms and motors could be accommodated.
When they returned in CGI, they were rendered in the same larger size. Often in the CGI Series, they swap whistle sounds. Bill and Ben were known as Guillaume and Benjóin in the French version of the Classic Series. In an interview with SiF , Andrew Brenner stated that Bill and Ben were two of his favourite characters, along with James and Toby. Ben the Flowerpot Men, who were first created in 1952, the same year Toby the Tram Engine was first published. An additional sandbox was added on the footplate to mount the lamp. An extra wood panel was added to the rear window to accommodate the taillamp.
Red lining behind the “SCC” lettering on their boilers. Yellow wheel lubricators on both sides, that connected to their valve gears. The text on their nameplates became gold. Their drivers examined a patch of oil. There’s a notice about them in our shed. You had a cough in your smokebox yesterday! It’s your fault the Diseasel came!
Bill and Ben arguing, “The Diseasel”, “Main Line Engines”. It looks like Gordon, but it can’t be. It’s just a pile of old iron. Which we better take to the scrapyard!
No Bill, this lot’s useless for scrap! We’ll take it to the harbour and dump it in the sea! They nearly made my eyes pop out! Edward soon put a stop to their games. Edward is the only one who can keep Bill and Ben in-order,” chuckled Duck. I sometimes call them, the Bees. Read the Caribbean Life News article.