TENMC's annual premieres series returns with 5 brand new compositions by some of Canada's most intriguing compositional voices. This year, TENMC's intrepid performers are featured as soloists with electroacoustic or visual elements created by: Roxanne Nesbitt, Lieke van der Voort, Afarin Mansouri, James O'Callaghan and Émilie Girard-Charest
Thin Edge New Music Collective, Tiff, and Riparian Acoustics present:
dir. Sarah Hennies | USA 2017 | 50 min. Video
Sarah Hennies’ Contralto has generated a wave of critical praise since its debut at the Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room last year. An experimental documentary designed to be performed with live musical accompaniment, Contralto — which takes its title from the term for the lowest female singing voice — is based on a common practice among transgender women, whereby they learn to change their voices in order to be perceived as “female.” Unlike transgender men, whose voices deepen due to the testosterone prescribed during hormonal therapy, the voices of transgender women remain unchanged by estrogen therapy, and require conscious practice to achieve a higher pitch.
In Contralto, onscreen interviews with and vocal exercises performed by seven transgender women are accompanied by a live score that emphasizes timbre, pitch and tone — qualities of sound that, when found in voices, often signify culturally determined gender cues. Conceived in part as a “protest piece” that challenges the audience to “change their definition of what they think a woman sounds like,” Contralto is a visceral and beautiful exploration of identity through sound.
Contralto is brought to Toronto by TENMC, Tiff and Riparian Acoustics. TENMC will be performing the piece along with a brand new composition commissioned especially for the collective. TENMC performers for the evening include Ilana Waniuk (violin), Nelson Moneo (viola), Amahl Arulanandam (cello), Adam Scime (double bass), Cheryl Duvall (keyboard/percussion), Nathan Petitpas (percussion) and Germaine Liu (percussion).
General admission- $14
8pm, September 24th, 2018
Tiff Bell Lightbox-350 King Street West
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer and percussionist based in Ithaca, NY. Her work utilizes an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice in a subversive examination of psychoacoustics, queer identity, and performance art. She has presented her work in a variety of contexts including Café Oto (London), cave12 (Geneva), Ende Tymes (NYC), Festival Cable (Nantes), the Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center, O’ Art Space (Milan), and Second Edition (Stockholm) and has received commissions for new work from Cristian Alvear, Bearthoven, Bent Frequency, R. Andrew Lee, LIMINAR, Qubit Music, and the Thin Edge New Music Collective. Her work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New Music USA, New York State Council on the Arts, and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Hennies is currently a member of improvised music group Meridian with Greg Stuart and Tim Feeney, a duo with sound/performance artist Jason Zeh, and the Queer Percussion Research Group with Jerry Pergolesi, Bill Solomon, and Jennifer Torrence. In late 2017 she premiered the groundbreaking work, Contralto at Issue Project Room (NYC), a film featuring a cast of transgender women with a live score for string quartet and three percussionists.
In 2013, Hennies founded the record label Weighter Recordings, releasing works by artists working at the fringes of contemporary music including Prune Bécheau, Thomas Bonvalet, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Tim Feeney, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Enrico Malatesta, and Matt Sargent.
Presented with Generous Support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Tiff, Riparian Acoustics, and Arraymusic
Thin Edge New Music Collective Travels to Japan:
August 30th- TENMC’s co-artistic directors Cheryl Duvall (piano) and Ilana Waniuk (violin) present solo and duo works with electronics, highlights from their cutting-edge repertoire from 8 years on the Toronto scene. The concert will include Japanese premieres of works by grand dame of new music Kaija Saariaho, Canadian new music superstar Linda Catlin Smith, Tokyo-born Canadian Kotoka Suzuki, and Toronto-based rising star Brian Harman. They are also jumping head-first into exploring the music of young Tokyo composers, performing Yuka Shibuya’s View from the round window and Takahiro Kuroda’s Two Bows.
September 2nd-TENMC performs works by Linda Catlin Smith, Takeo Hoshiya, Yuka Shibuya and Mozart. TENMC will be joined by Japanese clarinetist extraordinaire Hideo Kikuchi, for Aram Khachaturian's dynamic trio and also by students from Fukui University for a performance of John Cage's 'Five'.
Sept 5th -Partnering with Tokyo improv veterans Ko Ishikawaon shō and Miyama McQueen-Tokita on 17-string koto for the first time, the TENMC duo will bring years of improv experience to a dynamic quartet of eastern and western sounds created in the moment.
Sept 6th-TENMC will give the Japanese premiere of Maria de Alvear’s 'Thinking', a monumental, powerful hour-long multimedia work for violin, piano, and live video. The live video is interwoven with images of the sea off Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province. Just a few hundred kilometres over the frigid North Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland is Iceland, the setting of Daryl Jamieson’s 'utamakura 2: Arnardalur'. It is based on around a saga and features video and audio recordings Jamieson made in northwest Iceland. The piece was written for TENMC for this Japan tour. The concert will begin with Takeo Hoshiya's 'Ancestral Song 2'.
Thin Edge New Music Collective and The Music Gallery Present:
Fusing: Premieres VII
918 Bathurst- Toronto
Doors 7:30pm Concert: 8:00pm
Tickets: $22 Advanced, $25 At the Door, $20 Music Gallery Members/Seniors/Arts Workers, $15 Students
Travel outside the new musical box with a twist on TENMC's annual premieres series. Fusing will include 6 new interdisciplinary premieres fusing new music with dance, circus, literary, visual, theatrical and media arts by emerging artists for near and far, including: Kaie Kellough + Jason Sharp, Rebecca Leonard, Juro Kim Feliz, Amy Hull, Dan Tapper, Viola Yip, Patrick McGraw, Janet Sit and Sonja Rainey.
Fusing is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, the Music Gallery, Dream Cymbals and Arraymusic.
TENMC would like to thank the Canada Council of the Arts for their generous support.
February 2nd, 2018
Doors: 7:30pm -Show: 8pm
Works by: Maria de Alvear, Marci Rabe
Tickets: General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15
In an age of instantaneous communication, Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear’s music requires listeners to transcend the pace of modern living. TENMC’s third concert, ‘Thinking’ is named after Alvear’s hour-long work for piano, violin, pre-recorded video and live video, paired with the world premiere of a 'Becoming' for violin and piano by Stratford-based composer Marci Rabe. Please click here for more details.
Marci Rabe Becoming (2018)* for Piano and Violin
Maria de Alvear (b. 1960) Thinking (2000) for Violin, Piano and Video Installation
Thin Edge New Music Collective Performers:
Thinking is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Arraymusic.