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Soundstreams Annual Fundraising Gala

Last Tuesday, I had the privilege of participating in Soundstreams’ 30th Anniversary gala, which was held on the glamorous 68th floor of First Canadian Place at King & Bay St. Towering in the heart of the financial district, the tallest skyscraper in Canada is typically known for housing the head offices for the Bank of…  Read More

The Beauty of Bridges

Five and a Half Bridges, James Rolfe’s new composition, will premiere at The Three Faces of Jerusalem concert on Sunday January 27 at Koerner Hall. James worked with poet André Alexis who wrote the text for this piece using the concept of a bridge “as a metaphor for connection.” Five bridges from around the world…  Read More

A Glimpse into a Percussionist’s World

In the last few decades, the use of percussions has exploded onto the contemporary music scene, redefining the very definition of percussion instruments, as well as percussion composition and performance. To better understand the changing sound-world of percussion instruments in contemporary music, Haruka Fujii, a Japanese multi-percussionist and one of the most prominent solo percussionists…  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

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