Inspired by the anonymous secrets of Torontonians collected especially for this concert, this brilliant Dutch ensemble traverses classical, jazz, and soul to plumb the full range of emotion embedded in our secrets. From love lost and the depths of despair, through to the very heights of joy and ecstasy— will you let them tell your secret?
Claron McFadden, vocals
Michel Massot, tuba, euphonium, trombone
Tuur Florizoone, chromatic accordion
Marine Horbaczewski, cello
After her studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, soprano Claron McFadden (b. 1961) became a big name in both the Baroque and the traditional and modern repertoire. She worked with conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Frans Brüggen and Etienne Siebens, amongst others. In the opera world, McFadden is a much sought-after soloist. Important parts she sang include the title role in Lulu at the opera house Glyndebourne, the role of Zerbinetta in the Nationale Opera production of Ariadne auf Naxos and many Händel roles at various opera houses and festivals, like the title role in Semele at the tenth edition of Opera Days Rotterdam. She participated in several projects that combined other art forms, like Alain Platel’s Pitié, the David Kweksilber Big Band and different projects with Muziektheater Transparant (including Over de Bergen, Lilith). In 2006 she was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts. McFadden has been nominated for a Grammy Award, she is known for her unique interpretation of contemporary music and has a lot of world premières to her credit, by Michel van der Aa, Wolfgang Rihm and Joerg Widman, amongst others. Her TEDx talk in 2010 was selected to be shown on the prestigious TED-website.
Trio Massot – Florizoone – Horbaczewski
With accordionist Tuur Florizoone and tuba player Michel Massot we find two inspired improvisers, born performers and refined composers on stage. Their dialogue with cellist Marine Horbaczewski creates a sober and controlled craziness. The unlikely combination and the abundant timbres of the tuba, trombone, accordion and cello build seductive, poetic miniatures. Their elegant repertoire of own compositions and free improvisation hovers between contemporary classical music and jazz. The trio released 2 CDs on Tuur Florizoone’s label Aventura Musica, Cinema Novo (2005) and Balades Ephémères (2011).