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This event is available for all to watch for free!

As part of Soundstreams’ free digital offerings, Encounters is an accessible music and discussion experience designed as a chance virtual engagement with some of Canada’s most interesting musicians, composers, and artists.

Percussion instruments and storytelling play a deeply significant role in almost every global culture, performing a ceremonial role marking the rituals of our lives from birth to death. This digital concert features Balinese-inspired Pulau Dewata (translation “Island of the Gods”) by Quebecois composer Claude Vivier, Imbila by Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen (SA) narrated by actor Rhoma Spencer, and a new story by Spencer called The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How Brother Deer and Mother Turtle Pivot the Pandemic, set to a new arrangement of Ann Southam’s Glass Houses. 


Ryan Scott, percussion
Greg Oh, piano
Joyce To, percussion
Tyler Cunningham, percussion
Rhoma Spencer, actor 


Claude Vivier Pulau Dewata 
Bongani Ndodana-Breen Imbila 
Ann Southam Glass Houses (new arrangement) 

Encounters: Stories and Drumming is supported by TD Bank Group.