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Introduction to Salon 21: Music & Poetry

Our Salon 21 on September 18 will explore the connections between music and the work of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. It will feature acclaimed Canadian poet Beatriz Hausner, as well as musical performances by mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. For this Salon, three composers were inspired to compose a short song, based on Lorca’s text,  Gacela…  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

Introduction to Salon 21: Hearing Music

Join us on Friday, February 20, for an ear-opening Salon 21 experience, at Salon 21: Hearing Music. With audiologist Dr. Ross Harwell, we will be examining the tricks our ears play on us when listening to music. To get your brain moving in anticipation of this event, check out this curious auditory illusion, from Diana Deutsch,…  Read More

Videos from Salon 21: The Four Seasons

Our first Salon 21 of the new season, on Friday, September 19, was a resounding success. A sold-out crowd at the Gardiner Museum enjoyed Vivaldi's Four Seasons reimagined and performed by a group of talented musicians (and one remarkable DJ on the turntables). Spring, arranged by Kyle Brenders, performed by Kyle Brenders Quartet  (Kyle Brenders, Heather…  Read More

So You Think You Can Listen?

Deep Listening is a practice that is intended to heighten and expand consciousness of sound in as many dimensions of awareness and attentional dynamics as humanly possible. Pauline Oliveros from Deep Listening: A Composers’ Sound Practice Pauline Oliveros’ career spans 50 years of boundary-dissolving music making. In the '50s she was part of a circle…  Read More

A Little Furniture Music

Erik Satie has become a darling of the avant-garde. Brought back from obscurity by John Cage, the 20th century composer enfant terrible, Satie has been an important influence on American experimental and popular music.  His music has become well known since the mid-sixties due to its connection to ambient and meditative music. For example, his…  Read More

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