AKAM is thrilled to announce two new additions to the 2015-16 roster.
Crow-Chiu Duo Toronto Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and rising Canadian pianist Philip Chiu team up for what promises to be an amazing musical pairing. Extremely accomplished in their own right, these two performers will offer an enticing and passionate chamber music program suitable for all concert presentations.
Valdy & Nadina Canadian folk hero, Valdy and the blue-haired priestess of the bassoon, Nadina Mackie Jackson, are weaving their musical paths into a tapestry of musical styles, ranging from folk to baroque and coloured by a friendship that reaches across the stage and genres. Often joined by jazz pianist Karel Roessingh, their "rep list" will mix highlights from Valdy's songbook, and other jazz and classical works. Their concert is sure to delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE (HAIR) September, 2014
On October 15, Guy & Nadina will be heading south of the border to Eugene, Oregon where they have been invited to showcase at the Arts Northwest conference. Performing in the evening "After hours Showcase" session, Guy & Nadina will present an excerpt from their latest program titled Café. This is exciting for both the agency and the duo because it is their first joint foray into the American conference scene. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance provided by the Canada Council for the Arts for their contribution toward attending this conference. Considering the extreme success of this duo here in Canada, we are certain that their style of performance will be equally well received in Oregon.
Guy & Nadina Arts Northwest After hours Showcase Wednesday, October 15, 2014
CUBAN SIZZLE IN THE PRAIRIES September, 2014
Every spring, the incredible touring organization Prairie Debut, announces their touring roster for the next year. AKAM is pleased to announce with much gratitude that the Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet has been chosen to tour the Prairie Provinces in 2015-16.
Prairie Debut is a block-booking network dedicated to the promotion of professional classical musicians and world music artists. Working with existing provincial touring network organizations, concert presenters and arts councils in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Prairie Debut develops performance tours which enable communities of all sizes to bring world-class artists to their concert audiences.
The Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet will be displaying their spicy talents at the OSAC Showcase in Saskatoon, SK under Prairie Debut.
Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet OSAC Showcase under Prairie Debut Saturday, October 18, 2014
Stay tuned for the Cuban Quartet's tour dates in 2015-16!
TorQ TURNS 10! September, 2014
Canada's own percussion ensemble extraordinaire celebrates a young but essential milestone this season. TorQ Percussion Quartet sees their 10th anniversary season with a cornucopia of performances, events and activities. Kicking off with their own concert celebration, TorQ Turns 10, this concert will be held at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto's Faculty of Music on Saturday, November 1 at 8 pm. The program will include works composed by John Cage, Christos Hatzis, Dinuk Wijeratne, and TorQ members, among others. At this auspicious performance occasion, they will also launch their most recent recording, a double disc titled Without A Map, featuring pieces that are all written and performed by TorQ Percussion Quartet.
This season will also include tours in Alaska, British Columbia, Illinois, Idaho, Utah, Ontario and the Maritimes, as well as collaborations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
LISTEN UP AND LISTEN IN! September, 2014
This past year, the Gryphon Trio has again successfully presented their own education initiative called "Listen Up!" to the schools and community in Powell River, BC. The "Listen Up!" program begins with the assumption that all children have extraordinary potential for artistic expression but are rarely given the tools and opportunity for it to flourish. Unlike so many single-day, arts-in-the-schools programs, "Listen Up" is a year-long, interdisciplinary program that engages an entire grade(s)-teachers as well as students- in actively creating their own poetry and music leading to a culminating, collaborative, year-end performance with world-class artists for the entire community. They will launch the 2014-15 Listen Up! in Yellowknife, NWT.
Also we are pleased to announce that the Gryphons' 2010 Analekta recording of Beethoven's Piano Trios was recognized by CBC this past month as being one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever! The recording includes Beethoven's Opus 70, Nos. 1 and 2, as well as his Opus 11. The trio is in great company with the rest of Canada's classical music superstars.