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SummerWorks 2016 Picks

SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, music, dance, and live art – and is held right here in downtown Toronto! The 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival kicks off next Thursday August 4, with over 60 performances occurring over the span of 11 days and involving more than 500 artists. To help you choose…  Read More

Australia Travel Blog

Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney recently traveled to Australia for the International Society for the Performing Arts (IPSA) Congress. Here in his own words is a travelogue of his trip and time spent both touring Australia and at the convention. I went to Australia to attend the ISPA Congress in Melbourne from June 1 to…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for July: Fuhong SHI

A native of Sengyang, China, Fuhong SHI (史付红) is an active composer and curator of musical activities whose compositions have been performed in the USA, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe and Southeast Asia. Fuhong earned a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto in 2009, and is currently Associate Professor of the…  Read More

Salon 21: SoundWeavers Recap

SoundWeavers, our final Salon of the 2015/16 Season was held on Friday June 17th at the Gardiner Museum. The evening featured two exciting new premieres, both of which were composed in collaboration with and performed by Jumblies Theatre‘s mixed-age-and-ability choir Ground Floor, as well as a quartet of guest professional singers (Sarah Albu, Hussein Janmohamed, Alex Samaras, and Maryem Tollar). About…  Read More

Musical Toronto: THE SCOOP | Soundstreams Names Ben Dietschi Executive Director

After serving as Interim General Manager of Soundstreams for the past six months, Ben Dietschi has been officially appointed Executive Director of Soundstreams, effective today. Soundstreams had originally hired Searchlight Recruitment to lead the search for a new executive director to take the place of Susan Worthington, who left in 2015 to take a position at…  Read More

SOUNDSTREAMS APPOINTS BEN DIETSCHI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thursday, June 16, 2016 // Toronto – Soundstreams is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Dietschi as Executive Director effective immediately. After diligently serving as Interim General Manager of the leading contemporary music company for the past six months, and following a rigorous recruitment process led by cultural executive search firm Searchlight Recruitment, Soundstreams…  Read More

Long-time Employee Takes Helm at Soundstreams

Many in the arts community know Ben Dietschi well, whether as a curator of engaging music programming at Spectrum Music and the Music Gallery, board member at Theatre Passe Muraille, an inspired saxophonist with the Massey Hall Band, or through several years of senior responsibilities at Soundstreams. Ben has just added another accomplishment to his…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for June: André Ristic

Canadian composer André Ristic, who performs both as a pianist and an accordion player, is also a music theorist whose interests include the mathematical representation of sound and programming models, as well as the musical applications of signal theory and the analytical study of musical manuscripts.   André Ristic has received commissions from the Ensemble…  Read More

Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook Recap

In last Friday’s Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook, students from the Regent Park School of Music presented a series of new works – all settings of student-created lyrics by professional Canadian composers. The program featured works by Saman Shahi, Brian Current, Pouya Hamidi, Juliet Palmer, Emilie Lebel, Dean Burry, Aaron Gervais, Omar Daniel, and Jeff Ryan. The Regent…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for May: Emilie Lebel

Bio Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel is active in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing.  Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas”, and “impressively subtle and sensuous”, Emilie’s artistic practice is currently concerned with connections between visual and sonic worlds that engage with notions of memory,…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for April: Peter Hatch

Bio Toronto-born composer, concert organizer and teacher Peter Hatch works in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustic and installations. Hatch’s compositions tend to be scored for smaller ensembles and solo performers. His output reflects his interests in the psychological aspects of time and rhythm, evidenced in his…  Read More

CBC’s Q: Composer Steve Reich guides you through his most momentous works

In 1964, Steve Reich recorded a street preacher’s speech, took a razor to the tape, looped samples on two machines — and changed music forever. The classical composer describes himself as a “faithful scribe” who finds the musicality in other people’s words. Today he joins Shad to discuss his decades-long career and music’s capacity to…  Read More

Toronto Star: Celebrating Steve Reich’s birthday with Clapping Music

Steve Reich’s compositions dropped on unsuspecting audiences like bomb shells. A Berlin concert prompted an audience member to pound the stage with her umbrella saying, “We surrender.” The Pulitzer Prize winner, whose minimalistic style confounded expectations, will be celebrated Thursday, April 14 at Massey Hall with a Soundstreams concert celebrating his 80th birthday. Two members…  Read More

The Globe and Mail: Composer Steve Reich on turning 80, writing live music, and finding faith

Steve Reich, 80 this October, is perhaps the world’s most important living composer, a creative personality who almost singlehandedly brought music back from the brink of obscurantism that threatened to sink it in the late fifties and early sixties with his patterned, slowly moving, deeply emotional musical textures. He’s also, as it turns out, a…  Read More

The Globe and Mail: Soundstreams bringing new music the old way

New Music used to be the Buckley’s cough medicine of the classical world – it tasted awful, but it was good for you. There was a hint of the church about it – a celebration of obscure rites for the faithful, desperately clinging to their belief in the importance of the new, scorned and belittled,…  Read More

The WholeNote: Steve Reich, Then & Now (April cover story)

Then: My first experience of meeting the renowned American composer Steve Reich was in a master class he gave for composition students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. It was early in 1976 and he was in town as the guest of New Music Concerts who presented performances of his music during both…  Read More

Q&A with Emerging Composer Colin Labadie

Colin Labadie is one of the six composers selected to be a part of this year’s Emerging Composer Workshop, taking place April 2-14, and featuring guest mentors Steve Reich and Peter Hatch. Soundstreams had a chance to catch up with Colin before his arrival in Toronto for the workshop to ask him a few questions about composing…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for March: Steve Reich

Our TD Composer of the Month for March is Steve Reich. Biography Steve Reich has been called  “our greatest living composer” (The New York Times), “America’s greatest living composer.” (The Village VOICE), “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and as being “among the great composers of the century” (The New York Times)….  Read More