Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Music in the Barns: Down the Rabbit Hole and out for a Triumphant Return in Toronto, in 2022

Music in the Barns: Down the Rabbit Hole and out for a Triumphant Return...

The story of Music in the Barns is like a story worthy of the pen of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known as Lewis Carroll....
The Uncommon Artistry of Solomiya Ivakhiv

The Uncommon Artistry of Solomiya Ivakhiv

In an ideal world we would have no cause to refer to Solomiya Ivakhiv as a “Ukrainian” violinist and pedagogue, which she is. But...

The prismatic soundworld of Hee-Young Lim

There appear to be no hard borders that separate styles, dialects and – it now seems even unique national traditions and cultural topographies –...
Nikolett Pankovits: The Beautiful Haunting

Nikolett Pankovits: The Beautiful Haunting

“Nationalism” has a rather bad connotation today, thanks to the rise of the far-right. In music, though – especially in classical music in the...
Simon Thacker presents Pashyanti on Guitar

Simon Thacker presents Pashyanti on Guitar

A preview of Simon Thacker’s World Premiere of Pashyanti on Guitar features special guest dancer Aishwarya Raut. I cannot think of a guitarist of...
Walter Kaufmann: The Transcendent Exile

Walter Kaufmann: The Transcendent Exile

The nature of exile is rooted in both mythology and history and is often expressed as a fate worse than death. Exile is...
Eliane Rodrigues photographed by Karine Gondim

Eliane Rodrigues: Audacity and Utter Beauty Forever in ÆTERNUM

All music – indeed all art itself – is a conceit in which the artist perpetrates one or another act of beautiful or decorous...
Hee-Young Lim: Playing her way into a magical place

Hee-Young Lim: Playing her way into a magical place

For someone who plays the cello with such maturity and profound beauty, it’s odd to think that Hee-Young Lim might have once chosen not...

Aditya Prakash Ensemble: Diaspora Kid

If you are new not just to the kind of Carnatic (South Indian) music on the Aditya Prakash Ensemble’s Diaspora Kid, but to Indian...
The Spirit and Vocalastics of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

The Spirit and Vocalastics of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

The unvarnished beauty that ensues when art and science meet and then go hand in hand is sometimes expressed via the magisterium of the...
Michael Colgrass: Side by Side

Michael Colgrass: Side by Side

Michael Colgrass - Side by Side: 1: Letter from Mozart; 2:Side by Side; 3: Schubert Birds Boston Modern Orchestra Project – Gil Rose: cond; Andrew...
The Loneliness of the Indigenous Musician

The Loneliness of the Indigenous Musician

The Canadian calendar – just like those in the US and Europe and like the Holy Roman Empire – is full of holidays celebrating...
Simon Thacker

Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti: Trikala

With this epic double disc, Trikala Simon Thacker has elevated his musicianship into a rarefied realm. He is alone among guitarists who have been...
The Exhilaration of Terry Riley

The Exhilaration of Terry Riley

The nine hundred and fourth at Toronto’s Koerner Hall happened on the eve of one of the coldest (and snowiest) days in Canada. But...
Damien Sneed and the Toronto Mass Choir: “We Shall Overcome” A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King

Damien Sneed and the Toronto Mass Choir: “We Shall Overcome” A Celebration of Dr....

"We have come a long, long way but we still have a long, long way to go." (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) For two hours...
Lenka Lichtenberg: Masaryk

Lenka Lichtenberg: Masaryk

The tumultuous and traumatic history of both the Jewish Diaspora and the history of the Czech Republic have always come together in the profoundly...
Dagar Dynasty: The Mysticism of Dagar “Vani” Dhrupad

Dagar Dynasty: The Mysticism of Dagar “Vani” Dhrupad

Through the millennia prophets, mystics, poets, painters and musicians have heard a voice in the silence of the heart, which is, of course the...

Daniel Santiago: Two Adventure Music Releases

Daniel Santiago has the rare distinction of being popular with audiences and critics and he comes from a long and deep tradition of Brasilian...
The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach: A Masterpiece Revisited

The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach: A Masterpiece Revisited

The second edition of André Pirro’s 1907 classic, L’Esthétique de Jean-Sébastien Bach – The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach – translated by Joe Armstrong...
Benjamin Zander: Light of the Ninth

Benjamin Zander: Light of The Ninth

"Don't only practice your art, But force your way into its secrets For it and knowledge can raise men to The Divine." Ludwig van Beethoven The Journey of the...

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