New Music 101

April 23 – May 14, 2012
Elisabeth Beeton Auditorium
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, CA, M4W 2G8 map

Join Robert Everett-Green and members of the Toronto New Music Alliance as they serve as your personal tour guide to the world of contemporary classical music, combining performance and discussion over the course of four separate, one-hour programs. Each program will showcase performers and composers that are active in Toronto. Prepare yourself for a sonic adventure!

Free admission, everyone is welcome, no registration is required.


April 23, 2012, 7–8 pm
Arraymusic and New Music Concerts

Array’s program will include an open rehearsal of Ephemeral by Christian Floisand, from the Array Ensemble’s upcoming April 28th concert at the Music Gallery. This collaboration between Arraymusic and the Toy Piano Composers will present a compelling in-depth look into the processes and techniques in the preparation and execution of new music. Not only will the performers be on hand, Christian will attend and speak about his material.

Pentagrams, which includes five pieces for two accordions by Andrew Staniland, will be presented by New Music Concerts. Like many of Staniland’s works, Pentagrams draws inspiration from some of the fascinating cultural aspects of numbers. Each of the five movements explores a specific musical inspiration drawn from the number five. Pentagrams was commissioned by New Music Concerts and is dedicated to featured performers Joseph Macerollo and Ina Henning.

April 30, 2012, 7–8 pm
Soundstreams and the Canadian Music Centre

Soundstreams will illustrate its approach to programming new music through a combination of audio/video excerpts and live performance. The live performance will focus on contemporary repertoire for voice including a discussion about extended vocal techniques.

The Canadian Music Centre presents Shi (poetry) a new music/dance composition for solo dancer and electronic tape by Toronto composer Alice Ping Yee Ho. Choreographer Emily Cheung will join Alice Ho for a discussion of the collaborative process between composer and choreographer, and dancer Bridgett Tsang will perform the piece.

May 7, 2012, 7–8 pm
Contact Contemporary Music and Continuum Contemporary Music

Contact presents Strumming, a work for solo electric guitar, soundtrack and video by Tim Brady. The video was created by Tim Brady and Martin Messier, and the piece will be performed by Rob MacDonald.

Continuum presents Telling a Story which will explore the long and lively tradition of using music to convey a story. This program will include contemporary expressions of the practice, including l'Elephant de mer (from Contes pour enfants pas sages) by west-coast composer Christopher Butterfield, Why the parrot repeats human words by east-coast composer Emily Doolittle, and a much-compressed version of Stravinsky's classic l'Histoire du soldat. The works call for clarinet, violin, viola and percussion, as well as narrator.

May 14, 2012, 7–8 pm
New Adventures in Sound Art and junctQin Keyboard Collective

New Adventures in Sound Art welcomes Christof Migone who will give a lecture and perform an excerpt from a new version of his work Radio Naked. Radio Naked was a text created in response to the very strict conventions of speaking on radio and programming content on radio. Christof is making a sound art realization of this text but with the changing context of radio in mind for Toronto’s Deep Wireless Festival. Darren Copeland will also be on hand to contextualize this presentation in relation to the Deep Wireless festival.

Pianissimo is a collection of outstanding contemporary works written for two emerging keyboard instruments: the toy piano and the kalimba (an African thumb piano). junctQin keyboard collective will perform works by Toronto composers Monica Pearce and Adam Sherkin and Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl.

More Information

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All programs are in the Beeton Auditorium, Main Floor.


Free, no registration required.

New Music 101 is supported in part by the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian League of Composers, the SOCAN Foundation and the Toronto Musicians Association’s Music Performance Trust Fund.

New Music 101