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Double Bar Line!

This is the first blog of six Andrew Staniland will write for Soundstreams as our TD SoundMakers.ca online composer in residence. Andrew has been teaching composition in a variety of capacities for almost 15 years, including his current faculty position a Memorial University. Outside the classroom, his work has been performed and broadcast in over…  Read More

Q and A with Composer Riho Esko Maimets

On February 2, Riho Esko Maimets returns home for the premiere of his newest work Three Prayers from the Holy Rosary with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Born here in Toronto, Maimets began composing in high school and later studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. He returned to Toronto…  Read More

Q&A with 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence Andrew Staniland

Soundstreams is excited to announce that Canadian composer Andrew Staniland is our 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! During his time in this role, he will be working with students from across Toronto as a Composer in the Classroom – teaching them to use audio samples to create their own pieces. Andrew has been teaching…  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

Q&A with composer James Rolfe

Toronto composer James Rolfe (b. Ottawa, 1961) has been commissioned and performed by ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and opera companies in Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), the K. M. Hunter Music Award (2003), the Louis Applebaum Composers Award (2005), the Jules Léger Prize for…  Read More

Artist Q&A with accordionist Joseph Macerollo

Musician, performer, and educator Joseph Macerollo is one of the talented accordion players who joins us for Squeezebox on February 10. Alongside his protégé Michael Bridge, Joseph will explore a selection of contemporary works, including several which were commissioned specifically for him, like La Testa d’Adriane by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. As an educator, Joseph…  Read More

Q&A with composer Anna Pidgorna

Canadian Anna Pidgorna is a composer, artist and vocalist, who combines everything from traditional music making, to visual arts, to writing, to carpentry in her multimedia practice. She was part of the first Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop in 2013, and is marking her first Soundstreams main-stage commission with her piece On the Courtship Displays of…  Read More

Artist Q&A with accordionist Michael Bridge

Canadian accordion champion and winner of the University of Toronto Concerto Competition, Michael Bridge uniquely fuses classical, pop-rock, jazz and world music. He is one of the talented artists featured in Squeezebox on February 10, which explores the accordion and its family members in an exotic cross-cultural carnival. Michael made his solo orchestral debut with the…  Read More

Artist Q&A with Gabriel Dharmoo

We’re excitedly preparing for the premiere of Electric Messiah on December 7 and 8, at our new venue, The Drake Underground. In honour of this new show, and what we hope will become a new holiday tradition, we chatted with Gabriel Dharmoo, one of the artists who will perform in Electric Messiah. Gabriel studied composition…  Read More

Q&A with baritone Clarence Frazer, star of ‘Julie’

Baritone Clarence Frazer pursued a career in opera because he couldn’t imagine his life without music. He studied opera at Western University, then joined the Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists Program, where he played Count Gil (Il segreto di Susanna), Ramiro (L’heure espangol) and Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata). He is also an alum of the Canadian Opera Company’s…  Read More

Q&A with mezzo soprano Lucia Cervoni, star of ‘Julie’

Canadian mezzo soprano Lucia Cervoni has been described by The Globe and Mail as, “Tall and statuesque, she has a voice on the darker side, and blessed with this natural color, she has a distinctive sound that should take her far.” Lucia has been hailed by critiques around the globe as possessing a voice and presence…  Read More

Q&A with 2016 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence Emilie LeBel

Canadian composer Emilie LeBel is a frequent collaborator with Soundstreams, and we are excited to announce that she is our 2016 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! In her new role with us, Emilie will be composing a work for community choirs in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre.  Emilie is active in the music community in various capacities: composing,…  Read More

Q&A with composer Analia Llugdar

Composer Analia Llugdar was born in Argentina, where she originally studied composition, before earning both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music in composition from University of Montréal. Her work is characterized by a concise investigation of musical textures used deliberately to create an artistic commentary on the state of the world. This can be…  Read More

Q&A with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó

Our 2015/16 season opens on September 29 with a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, who will perform pieces by George Crumb, as well as the world premiere of a piece composed by Analia Llugdar. In the 2015-16 season Krisztina sings Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle (Colorado Music Festival), Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe (Canadian Opera Company), Handel’s Judas…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Adrianne Pieczonka

For our season opening concert, opera soprano Adrianne Pieczonka makes her return to Soundstreams. In 1988, Adrianne made her Soundstreams debut, performing George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children, and she revisits this experimental and highly virtuosic work at this concert in homage to her Soundstreams beginnings. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi…  Read More

The Creation of Gállábártnit

Bud Roach and Xin Wang, with Elmer Iseler Singers, in Pimooteewin The concert season might be over but new music creation never stops! This week, Soundstreams is holding a workshop for Gállábártnit, the companion piece to our opera, Pimooteewin. This workshop is a private event, to help the creators and artists develop the opera. While Pimooteewin…  Read More

Q&A with Emerging Composer James O’Callaghan

James O'Callaghan will be one of six composers chosen for this year's Emerging Composer Workshop, taking place May 14 to 24, and featuring guest mentors Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière. James is a composer and sound artist based in Montréal, who is praised for his “mastery of materials and musical form” (Electromania, Radio France) and “highly refined…  Read More

Q&A with Emerging Composer Tawnie Olson

Tawnie Olson will be one of six composers chosen for this year's Emerging Composer Workshop, taking place May 14 to 24, and featuring guest mentors Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière. Described as “especially glorious… ethereal” by The Whole Note, and “a highlight of the concert” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Q&A with percussionist Sarah Thawer

Sarah Thawer is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist and pianist based in Toronto. She is currently in her fourth year studying jazz and world music at York University and is the recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson scholarship. Sarah is a self-taught drummer and percussionist, and primarily specializes in playing drum sets, and both Indian and…  Read More

Q&A with composer Christos Hatzis

Greek-Canadian Christos Hatzis is widely recognized as a Canadian icon, with two Juno Awards and a SOCAN Award to his credit. CBC has stated that he is “one of the most important composers writing today.” His music is influenced by early Christian spirituality, Pythagorean and Hermetic ideas, his own Byzantine music heritage, world cultures and…  Read More