New Music 101: New Adventures in Sound Art and Christina Petrowska Quilico

October 20, 2014 | Brent

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On Monday, November 3rd, New Music 101 finishes its Fall season with guests from New Adventures in Sound Art, and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico. The music series features the best in new classical and contemporary music.

New Adventures in Sound Art recently kicked off its month long SOUNDplay series with a special presentation of Hive 2.0 by Hopkins Duffield (Daniele Hopkins and Kyle Duffield) as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

[This is from an earlier version Hive 1.0]


Now in its 13th year, the series includes multi-media performances, installations, and screenings. Most of the events will take place at NAISA Space—part of the Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie St #252--but be sure to check out their website for the full schedule.

For their performance at Toronto Reference Library, NAISA will utilize Audio Spotlight, directional speakers, in a mobile performance walk using the acoustics of the branch.

The loudspeaker produces ultrasonic waves that are very narrowly focused. They only become audible once they are dispersed through the atmosphere (or bounced off a surface). There’s a fuller explanation in an article at the Canadian Electroacoustic Community website


A child prodigy, Petrowska Quilico played a wide rage of the cannon from Bach, Beethoven and Chopin to Boulez but decided to specialize in Modernists like Stockhausen and Messiaen. She has introduced more than 100 new works over her career including the first performances of over 16 piano concertos

She has more than 30 CDs to her name and has appeared at  prestigious New York venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

   Gems    Gems with an edge

    Pondlife   Portraits

Petrowska-Quilico is closely associated with the piano music of Ann Southam. Her 2011 recording of Southam’s work Glass Houses Revisited, received  four stars reviews from both the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail.

Here’s an excerpt from Glass Houses #12


She created over 100 paintings during the creation of her double album, Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias, featuring the music of composer Constantine Caravassilis. The title refers to Caravassilis’ synesthesia (in other words he can *see* music as colours) and remarkably many of the pianists’ paintings were similar to the composers.


Please join us for this free program at 7 PM on Monday, November 3rd at the Hinton Learning Theatre on the third floor of Toronto Reference Library. 

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