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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Soundstreams’ New Voices: Curator Mentorship Program

Soundstreams is proud to present their newest program, NEW VOICES: Curator Mentorship Program. Calling all aspiring music programmers! Soundstreams is now inviting proposals to develop and produce a concert on our 2020/21 season as part of our New Voices: Curator Mentorship Program. This is a unique platform for early- to mid-career music curators, seeking new…  Read More

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Two Odysseys consists of two Indigenous operas that are a near-perfect fit

From the article: “Masks, beautifully simple imagery, repetition and cyclic form; it’s incredibly evocative and, even for non-Indigenous audiences, nostalgic.” “The simplicity of these stories drew me in, leaving me rapt for the duration and in awe of the execution of it all.” “One gets the feeling one is seeing an extraordinarily true account of…  Read More

THE WHOLENOTE: Soundstreams and the Trumpets of October

“Soundstreams’ founder and artistic director Lawrence Cherney has long been impressed by the breadth and depth of trumpet repertoire across the ages, and as a former trumpet player myself, I am always happy to hear him out on the charms of this favoured instrument. Now Cherney has gone one step further and created a whole…  Read More

LUDWIG VAN TORONTO: INTERVIEW | Fresh Views From Anna Pidgorna, Heather Schmidt And Ingrid Jensen On Soundstreams’ ‘Top Brass’

“Trumpet declares. It prompts and signals. And on October 3, 2019, the trumpet(s) shall sound, at the Soundstreams 2019-20 opener: Top Brass. Three virtuosos: Ole Edvard Antonsen, Jens Lindemann and Ingrid Jensen, will gather to create a complex portrait of the trumpet, from the familiar golden Baroque of the past, to the present and its…  Read More

Soundstreams pitches Two Odysseys in Australia

by Ben Dietschi, Executive Director Reflections on PAC 2019 I’ve just returned from The Performing Arts Connections conference in Queensland, Australia, where I was joined by 300+ presenters, producers, artists, and other government and industry representatives. I had the honour of pitching Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit, the world’s first opera in Cree and Sámi….  Read More

THE WHOLENOTE: Musical Creation Through Community Engagement

“First though, a very preliminary view of an intriguing work in progress being co-produced by Soundstreams and Jumblies Theatre. Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver has been commissioned by these two organizations to compose a work for string quartet and recorded voices. As synchronicity would have it, I was introduced to McKiver in a local restaurant, in…  Read More

THE WHOLE NOTE: With Soundstreams in China

From the article: “To Soundstreams fell the distinction of presenting a program of new music from North America, relatively little of which has been performed at this week-long event over the years – a reflection, its artistic director [Wen Deqing] admits, of his background. His own advanced training as a composer took place mostly in…  Read More

Hello from Shanghai!

Montreal based composer, Nicole Lizée is one of the Canadian artists in Shanghai with Ensemble Soundstreams. Lizée has the honour of being the first Canadian invited to be Composer in Residence for the Shanghai New Music Week, presented by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As part of her residency, Lizée delivered a lecture on Sunday, September…  Read More

THE TORONTO STAR: Little Matchgirl lights up end of Soundstreams season

From the Article: “The singers were excellent. Soundstreams had recruited four of Canada’s best: soprano Vania Chan, mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig, tenor Colin Ainsworth and bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus. Not only did they deftly navigate Lang’s treacherous vocal shoals, they also ably accompanied themselves on various percussion instruments. John Hess conducted from a discreet corner aisle. Susie…  Read More

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Putting a new spin on Bach with Toronto DJ SlowPitchSound

From the article: “Musicians in general are prone to adapt new technology. Beethoven was so taken with Johann Nepomuk Maelzel’s new invention, the metronome, that the composer himself came up with a marketing plan to help sell the thing. It was Frederick’s collection of newfangled “forte-pianos” that lured Bach senior to the royal court in…  Read More

CBC Radio, The Sunday Edition: The tragic real-life story of Quebec composer Claude Vivier is mirrored in his music

“The world renowned Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan once said that, as a young singer, she was transported and changed by the “unique soundworld” of the Quebec composer, Claude Vivier. He has been described as the most important Canadian composer in the second half of the twentieth century. From the early 1970s until the early 80s, Vivier’s compositions were…  Read More