Welcome to Continuum's 2013-2014 season!

Place, history, and what comes next

Continuum’s 29th season is about place, about history, and about what comes next.  A complex portrait of Bella Coola through the 20th century; Netherlands and its central role in new music of the past half century; new uses for traditional instruments, traditional styles, and just whatever is at hand.  These projects cover a broad range of resources:  voice, multi-media installation, international collaboration, larger-than-usual ensembles, rice, drinking straws and more!

  • Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx / Singing the Earth – 11 pieces about a place   
  • December 4 and 5, 8 pm, Wychwood Theatre (76 Wychwood Avenue)
  • A collaboration of composer Anna Höstman and Dylan Robinson, with Patrick Nickleson and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, Singing the Earth is an hour-long interdisciplinary work that explores the interconnectedness of the people of Bella Coola (Nuxalk, Norwegian settlers who arrived in the late 19th century, and all others who happened on the valley) and the land itself.  The text, in Nuxalk, Norwegian, English and Japanese, is drawn from historical archives, erasures, found poems and stories.

  • Gaudeamus: Deconstructed and Reconstructed
  • April 3 – 5, The Music Gallery (197 John Street)
  • Continuum, Arraymusic, the Music Gallery and the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) join forces to bring the artistic vision of Netherlands’ famed Gaudeamus Muziekweek to Toronto. In this three-day summit, Dutch musicians, local musicians and a video artist express the latest in improvisation; the ensembles of Continuum and Arraymusic are joined by Dutch musicians in works that crackle with Gaudeamus spirit.  Works are by Louis Andriessen (NL), Yannis Kyriakides (CY/NL), eldritch priest (CA), with new works by Allison Cameron (CA) and Michael Oesterle (CA).  The members of Trio 7090 perform with Continuum and Array’s ensembles and workshop new pieces by emerging Toronto composers.  Other activities include pre-concert talks and a two-day roundtable.
  • Trio 7090 on Tour
  • April 12, 8 pm, Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)
  • Continuum presents Trio 7090 in the final concert of their Canadian tour.  They perform works by Guus Janssen (NL), Michael Finnissy (UK), Iannis Xenakis (GR/FR), with new works by Cassandra Miller (CA) and Trevor Grahl (CA).  Bas Wiegers, Koen Kaptijn and Nora Mulders are established at the highest level as soloists and chamber musicians, in the Netherlands and internationally.
  • By Other Means
  • May 4, 8 pm, The Music Gallery (197 John Street)
  • Other means of sound generation, and other meanings of past styles:  By Other Means explores the alternative possibilities of traditional instruments, wholly new musical devices, and past styles as raw material.  Ultimately, it is about experimentation with the materials at hand.  Works are by Salvatore Sciarrino (IT) Nicole Lizée (CA),Hugo Morales Murguía (MX/NL), Erik Griswold (AU), with a new piece by Thierry Tidrow (CA).

Continuum is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, the Julie-Jiggs Foundation, the McLean Foundation and many generous donors. Please consider supporting Continuum’s programming:  donate now online via Canada Helps and get your tax receipt right away. And while you’re there, please consider making a regular donation – Canada Helps makes it easy to donate monthly using a credit card. Or, if you prefer to send a cheque, download our donation form.

Thanks for your continued support.  We’re excited to launch the 2013–2014 season, and look forward to seeing you soon!