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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

Q&A with soprano Patricia Rozario

Born in Bombay, and Western-trained, Patricia Rozario has been hailed by Gramophone as “a voice of liquid gold.” She has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in opera, concerts, recording, and broadcasting, and has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her, most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener. We caught up…  Read More

Introduction to Salon 21: Q&A with our performers

Later this week, our SoundMakers Composer in Residence Aaron Gervais will visit Toronto, for the premiere of his commission, Longuement me sui tenus. Four talented singers will be joining us at Salon 21: Aaron Gervais World Premiere, on Friday, March 20: Larissa Koniuk, soprano; Anna Atkinson, alto; Will Reid, tenor; Alex Samaras, baritone. We spoke with these performers…  Read More

ICE, ICE, baby…

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Photo credit: Carrie Schneider The Drama Department of Etobicoke School for the Arts (ESA) is presenting A Doll’s House from February 20 to 28 at The Theatre Centre, at the same time as The Whisper Opera. In preparation for sharing the backstage this February, students from ESA asked the International Contemporary…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Tony Arnold

The Canadian premiere of David Lang's The Whisper Opera will feature New York's International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Tony Arnold as sole soprano. Hailed by The New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” Tony has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. As a member of ICE,…  Read More

Lightning Round Q&As

In every interview we conduct with various Soundstreams performers, conductors and composers, we always end with a “lightning round” of questions. Find out what Toronto concert hall is a favourite of several people, the quirky songs people chose as their “guilty pleasure song”, and what airports you should try to avoid. As we wrap up 2014,…  Read More

Q&A with David Fallis

We caught up with David Fallis over the phone, to discuss the themes of Vespers, comparing the differences and similarities of the Monteverdi and Tremblay pieces, as well as some of his musical favourites. Soundstreams: The theme of the Vespers concert is “ancient meets modern.” How does this theme appeal to you and why? David…  Read More

Q&A with Soundmakers Composer In Residence Aaron Gervais

Our new SoundMakers Composer In Residence is Canadian Aaron Gervais. Based in San Francisco, Aaron enjoys frequent performances of his work by leading ensembles, presenters, and festivals in North America and Europe. His output focuses primarily on chamber music and opera but also includes orchestral music, live electronics, solo works, and music for theatre and dance….  Read More

Composer Q&A: Jordan Pal

Did you know Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) from 1964-1966? Our Salon 21 on July 17 features five talented young musicians from the 2014 NYOC as well as the music of their 2014 Composer In Residence, Jordan Pal. We chatted with Jordan via email…  Read More

Artist Q&A: Krisztina Szabó

Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó has become highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft. Soundstreams is thrilled to be working with Krisztina for the first time on Airline Icarus, where she is creating the role of the Flight Attendant. We chatted with her via email in…  Read More

Reflections from a Composer and Perpetual Tinkerer

In April the second annual Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop brought six talented composers from across Canada and abroad together in Toronto for an intensive ten-day workshop. The composers spent full days working with our international visiting guest mentor, Ye Xiaogang from China, one of Toronto’s favorite composers, Juliet Palmer, and a handful of other guests…  Read More

Artist Q&A: Paul Grabowsky, Australian Art Orchestra

In 1994, Paul, with the assistance of a small group of committed Melbournians, founded the Australian Art Orchestra, and remained its director for almost 20 years before passing the baton to Peter Knight. Paul is recognised as Australia’s pre-eminent jazz pianist, and joins Soundstreams tonight as one of Passion’s composers and performers. We chatted with…  Read More

Artist Q&A: R. Murray Schafer

Soundstreams: Most of the works you've composed for Soundstreams have been for multiple choirs (Death of Shalana, The Soul of God, and The Fall Into Light), how are your choices as a composer affected by the number of singers? R. Murray Schafer: We are very lucky to have an opportunity through Soundstreams to present works…  Read More

Q&A with Anton Piatigorsky

Anton Piatigorsky is an award-winning writer of fiction, plays and librettos. As a playwright, he is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore awards for best new play, the Summerworks Prize, and the 2005 Siminovitch protege award for playwrighting. We chatted with him via email to find out how his partnership with Brian Current on…  Read More

Artist Q&A: Serouj Kradjian

We have been developing our relationship with pianist Serouj Kradjian over the past four years, as a performer in Ashes in the Wind (2010) and Piano Ecstasy (2013), as well as in Tango! (2011), for which he was also a featured composer with his piece Tango Melancolio. We spoke to Serouj via e-mail about his…  Read More

Composer Q&A: Riho Esko Maimets

Lawrence has been following the work of Riho since attending a performance of his Karen Kieser Prize-winning composition, squall, in 2011. He was immediately struck by the young composer’s talent and knew that he wanted to support and encourage his talent. Ave Maria is Riho’s first commission from Soundstreams. We chatted with Riho, who was…  Read More

Meet Grisha Goryachev: Reimagining Flamenco

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such…  Read More