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Electronics in Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele

Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele (“Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?” was Vivier’s final composition before his untimely death – an eerily titled, premonitive work considering the circumstance of his tragic murder. Interestingly, in addition to voices, narration, and percussionists, Vivier also calls for synthesisers and electronics. Composer and sound…  Read More

“Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?”

One of the most notable influences in Claude Vivier’s music was his lifelong spiritual journey. He was fascinated with life, death, existence, and the afterlife. These ideas permeated his compositions as he struggled to answer his own spiritual concerns through music. At the time he was composing Musik für das Ende (Music for the End)…  Read More

35 Ways: “The Journey”

  Celebrating Soundstreams 35th season, “35 Ways” is an ongoing series that celebrates how Soundstreams has influenced, shaped or contributed to Canadian Music. In February 2009 Soundstreams broke new ground with the production of Pimooteewin: The Journey. The first opera written and sung in Cree, it featured Japanese kuroko movement and puppetry choreographed by Michael Greyeyes, libretto by…  Read More

Four Things You Need to Know About Claude Vivier

Written by: Katerina Gimon Montreal-born composer, Claude Vivier was not your typical Western classical composer. He lived a short, intense, and passionate life driven by his yearning for new experience and his search for his own identity. Vivier’s music was unique and unapologetic – and he had a personality to match. Below are four things…  Read More

Musik für das Ende Cast – Page 2

Margaret Bárdos, mezzo-soprano Hungarian-born mezzo Bó (Margaret) Bárdos is based in Southern Ontario and loves touring. At home with classical as well as new, experimental music, she seeks out creative challenges and cherishes working with good hearted people. With a voice described by Opera Canada as “mellow, fruity, that caresses the ears”, Canadian and European appearances include…  Read More

Announcing the Cast of Musik für das Ende

  Soundstreams is delighted to announce the cast for the world premiere of the first fully staged production of Musik für das Ende written by legendary Québécois composer Claude Vivier. Ten of Canada’s most talented singers and one actor are improvising, exchanging and collaborating under the guidance of director Chris Abraham and music director John Hess…  Read More

Musik für das Ende Cast – Page 3

Keith Lam, baritone Hong Kong-born, Toronto-based baritone Keith Lam recently finished a tour across Ontario with Bicycle Opera Project performing the role of the Boss in the new a capella opera SWEAT written by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton. He also participated in Summerworks’ Open Studio performing an excerpt from Njo Kong Kie’s new opera The…  Read More

August Murphy-King is the Frank Delling and Elisabeth Bihl Emerging Composer of Distinction for 2017

All six of Soundstreams’ 2017 Emerging Composer Workshop participants are exciting rising stars in contemporary music. From this talented cohort, Soundstreams, in collaboration with Frank Delling and Elisabeth Bihl, chooses one composer each year who has shown exciting recent developments in her/his artistry and career. This year’s composer is Toronto’s August Murphy-King August is working…  Read More

Announcing Soundstreams’ Emerging Composer Workshop Participants

We are thrilled to announce our participating composers for our fifth annual Emerging Composer Workshop. This year’s six participants are from across Canada and the USA, including New York, Halifax and Toronto. Each year the ECW hosts a different international visiting mentor and local mentor, as well as a professional resident ensemble. This year participants…  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

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

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

Artist Bios: Squeezebox

MICHAEL BRIDGE Michael Bridge is one of the most versatile accordionists of today with a unique ability to blend great classics with world music and pop hits. Michael made his solo orchestral debut at age 16 with the Boston Pops, and his music has led him to China, Croatia, Italy, France, the U.K., and all…  Read More

Introducing the 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop participants

Our Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) has seen major growth over the past few years. Now entering its fourth year, the workshop attracts composers from all over the world. This year marks an important milestone, with world-renowned composer Steve Reich serving as visiting guest mentor, Peter Hatch as local mentor, and a group of six composer…  Read More

Modern music featuring the accordion

The accordion is believed to have been built around 1822 in Berlin. As an instrument, it conjures several types of images in the mind, such as being played by French musician, perched along the river in Paris, or only in folk music. It was used in popular music beginning around 1900 to 1960, but then…  Read More

Donor Profile: Grace Westcott & Peter Grant

Soundstreams presents Vespers, November 25, 2014 Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our donors, and dedicated patrons. We are thankful to our many friends, volunteers, and supporters, who attend our concerts and Salon 21 series, discuss new and contemporary music with us, and whose time and donations support Soundstreams artists and events. Grace…  Read More

Staff Q&A: Jessica Whitford, Director of Development

The team at Soundstreams has expanded; we'd like to introduce our new Director of Development, Jessica Whitford! Jessica joins us with a breadth of experience, working in the arts for over 10 years, both locally and abroad. She's held various roles at several organizations, including Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Hot Docs Film Festival, Dusk…  Read More

Corporate Donor Profile: TD Bank

SoundMakers composers in residence, John Kameel Farah (2013/14) and Aaron Gervais (2014/15) TD Bank is the long-time Soundstreams corporate supporter who helps bring the SoundMakers website to life as a platform for our composer in residence, and as a resource for more than 30 years of Soundstreams commissions and composers.We chatted with them to learn…  Read More

Spotlight on Indie New Music Presenters – Part 3/3

The Toy Piano Composers This is the last of a three-part series highlighting some of the most exciting big music coming from small places, featuring some of Toronto’s foremost “indie” new music presenters. Check out part one, and part two. In the digitally-fueled D.I.Y. generation, artist collectives have become fully-functional micro presenters, producing incredible audience experiences keeping more…  Read More

Spotlight on Indie New Music Presenters – Part 2/3

FAWN Chamber Creative This is the second of a three-part series highlighting some of the most exciting big music coming from small places, featuring some of Toronto’s foremost “indie” new music presenters. Check out part one, and part three. Artist-driven collectives play an important role in the ecology of arts presenters in Canada. They face incredible environmental challenges…  Read More