Prairie Debut
May, 2015

Susan Durnin
Susan Durnin is thrilled to join the agency as Artist Representative. Since February, she has been working with presenters and AKAM artists. As an administrator, she completed an internship with the Canadian Opera Company, working for the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Susan was also the Communications Director of the 2015 inaugural Bassoonapalooza, a one-day bassoon festival held in Toronto.

As a musician, she is an active bassoonist involved in performances around Southern Ontario. Susan has performed in the sections of many orchestras including Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. During her free time, she is involved with a quirky electric bassoon quartet, who can be found performing pop tunes across Toronto. Susan brings a unique perspective to the art of managing artists, and she looks forward to the continued relationships that come from working in this industry.

May, 2015

Classical Next

This country continues to produce artists of international stature and AKAM will be part of a Canadian contingent representing these great artists at the 2015 Classical:NEXT conference in Rotterdam, NL. The conference kicks off with an opening gala hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Music Centre. The gala features two keynote speakers, Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation's Martin Hoffmann and Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, & Orchestre Métropolitain), who will be sharing his insights over video. Canadian artists Cecilia String Quartet, Megumi Masaki, Tanya Tagaq and the Continuum Contemporary Music ensemble will perform throughout the evening's event.

In addition to our existing roster, Andrew Kwan is proud to announce that AKAM will be representing Continuum Contemporary Music at this conference and for future representation in Europe. Ryan Scott, Artistic Director of Continuum Contemporary Music states, "We are thrilled to be a part of this international opportunity and to perform alongside our esteemed Canadian colleagues. Continuum is celebrating its 30th anniversary season and this showcase event is just another highlight to what is already a wonderful season. We are pleased to be partnering with Andrew Kwan Artists at this conference. AKAM has earned the position of one of Canada's most respected agencies and we look forward to this collaboration."

AKAM and Continuum Contemporary Music are grateful for the support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

May 20-23, 2015
Classical:NEXT Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands


May, 2015

TorQ Poster
The TorQ Percussion Seminar (TPS) is an annual, week-long intensive study period for university-level percussionists who share a passion for and commitment to contemporary percussion. Now in its fourth year, TPS has established itself as a leading forum for percussionists from across Canada and beyond to learn, experiment, dissect, expand and redefine their craft under the guidance of all four members of TorQ Percussion Quartet. This year's guest instructor is Mark Adam of Acadia University. The TPS is an opportunity to connect with fellow percussionists and join in fostering an artistic culture and community.

This year's TPS is presented in partnership with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP) in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A world UNESCO heritage site, picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled on the scenic shores of Nova Scotia, one hour south of Halifax. "We are thrilled to be partnering with LAMP," states TorQ. "Artistic director Burt Wathen and General Manager Susan Corkum-Greek have made it possible for us to present TPS at LAMP. They, along with the community, have quickly built the academy into a recognized and vibrant music institution. We can't wait to arrive in Lunenburg!"

June 17-18, 2015
Community Outreach Performances by TorQ Percussion Quartet

Friday June 19, 2015 at 7pm
Concert by TorQ Percussion Quartet
Lunenburg Community Centre, presented by LAMP

June 19-26, 2015
TorQ Percussion Seminar
For more information or to register click here.

May, 2015

Ironworks Poster
AKAM pianist Jane Coop will be joining Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Concertmaster Dale Barltrop for the final concert of the inaugural Ironworks Sessions on Friday, May 8, 2015. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, Canadian composer Stephen Chatman, and Australian composer Joe Chindamo. Jane and Dale will be joined by video artist Samm Moore, whose work will accompany Messiaen's Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

Artistic Director Jane Coop has created this three concert series at the Ironworks building in Vancouver's Gastown. The historic 1880's venue combines the building's original industrial elements with atmospheric lighting, a stage, cabaret seating and bar. Coop says of the space, "When I first saw the Ironworks, I was enchanted with the place, and very much wanted to perform there." Each concert begins with a piece by Bach and also features the work of local videographers to complement a work on the program in a multimedia collaboration.

May, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Ontario Scene
Gryphon Trio is heading to Ottawa as part of the NAC's Ontario Scene Festival. The NAC produces a biennial festival to spotlight regional talent from across Canada. This year, the spotlight is on the best of Ontario culture, and Gryphon Trio will be featured in two exciting programs.

Their first appearance will feature Gryphon Trio as soloists with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for two performances on May 6 & 7, 2015. This program includes Toronto-based composer Jordan Pal's Starling: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra commissioned by Gryphon Trio in 2013. A last minute substitution now sees Edwin Outwater, Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, conducting both performances which also features Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

The Gryphon Trio's second appearance on May 10, 2015 is at the National Gallery of Canada. This intimate chamber concert will feature Haydn's Trio in E Major, Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer's Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, and they will be joined by members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra to perform Schumann's Piano Quintet. NACO members will also perform Canadian composer John Estacio's Woodwind Quintet.

May, 2015

This past weekend saw the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) travelling towards the nation's capital. But before their final destination, the KWS performed a special concert in Perth, ON, approximately one hour south-west of Ottawa. Presented by the Perth Performing Arts Committee (PPAC), a volunteer organization, and with the generous support of an anonymous donor, the 52 member orchestra performed to a standing ovation audience. This program titled "Before They Were Famous" was conducted by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and lead the newly appointed Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière. The program also featured KWS Viola Principal Natasha Sharko. Special thanks go to KWS-Associate Director of Operations, Andrew Mellanby, for his support and expertise, as well as the fantastic volunteer committee of PPAC. It is a great accomplishment presenting a full professional orchestra on your series.

Following their Friday, May 1, 2015 performance in Perth, the members travelled to Ottawa where they were invited to present "Quantum: Music at the Frontier" as part of the Ontario Scene celebrations at the National Arts Centre's NAC Theatre on Sunday, May 3. Under the baton of Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program was an exciting exploration of the parallels between music and science, a mash-up of art and the quantum world. Accompanied by narration and video, the storyline moves from Newton's falling-apple physics to the counterintuitive world of the quantum realm, with the help of classical Mozart, contemporary Webern, and avant-garde works by Xenakis and Cage. This program was produced in conjunction with the University of Waterloo's Institute For Quantum Computing.


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