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Everything you ever wanted to know about Soundstreams Salon 21

We get a lot of question from patrons, new audience members and even our artists about Salon 21. We thought that we could take a moment to answer some commonly asked Salon 21 questions. 1. What does the name mean? The actual name Salon 21 means: A Salon for the 21st Century. A quick Google…  Read More

What does it take to Celebrate Soundstreams?

2 conductors 1 pianist 1 flutist 2 trumpeters 2 contrabassists 4 cellists 4 violists 4 percussionists 12 violinists 22 singers   24 hours of rehearsal over 5 days in 4 different studios   2 vibraphones 2 five-octave marimbas An assortment of pots and pans tuned to specific pitches   5 loudspeakers  1 specialized effects rack…  Read More

Schafer & Soundstreams: The Architecture of Big Ideas

R. Murray Schafer has a special place within Soundstreams. He shares, with our artistic director, Lawrence Cherney, a passion for the larger architectural possibilities of music, the ‘big ideas.’ Schafer’s work is created not simply for conventional concert halls but commonly specifies extraordinary locations (including the woods, lakes, and warehouses), uses unconventional ensembles (six choirs,…  Read More

Q&A with Kaspar Putnins

On November 11, Soundstreams welcomes back The Latvian Radio Choir and Kaspars Putnins, the choir’s conductor since 1992. A leader in the promotion of new choral music, Kaspars also regularly appears as a guest conductor with leading European choirs such as the BBC Singers, RIAS Kammerchor, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir,…  Read More

What is Sound Stories?

Within our new site we thought that we’d introduce a blog to showcase Soundstreams’ inner world. The posts on Sound Stories will not be written in one voice but will speak through the thoughts and experiences of the entire Soundstreams staff.  We look forward to offering you a series of different pathways into behind the…  Read More