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New to "New Music"? Curious about "Contemporary"? Joins us for the remaining two free concert programs of the "NEW MUSIC 101" series on Monday May 7 and May 14, 7-8pm - Toronto Reference Library Beeton Auditorium (789 Yonge Str.) - everyone is welcome.
Our series host - the Globe and Mail's music critic Robert Everett-Green and the members of Toronto New Music Alliance will serve as your personal tour guide to the world of contemporary classical music, combining performance and discussion.
Pushing the boundaries of musical expression...prepare yourself for a sonic adventure!
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Program 3: Monday May 7, 7-8pm - CONTACT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC and CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Contact ensemble (pictured above) 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 guitarist Rob MacDonald.
Continuum presents 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.
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Program 4: Monday May 14, 7-8pm - NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART and junctQín KEYBOARD COLLECTIVE
New Adventures in Sound Art: Christof Migone (pictured on the right) 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 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.
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We at Toronto Reference Library Arts Department are very excited to offer "New Music 101: Pushing the Boundaries of Sound and Peformance" for a second year and partner with the wonderful artists from the Toronto New Music Alliance.
For the entire four-part series - Download the New Music 101 folded program brochure 2012.
Check out our previous blog post about the first two programs April 23 and April 30, 2012 (finished now). Guest presenters were Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Soundstreams and the Canadian Music Centre.
If you are curious about the "New Music 101" performers and program in Spring 2011 last year - we had blogged about them as well.