Toronto, ON (Sept 20-22 2019) – On Sept 20-22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
ONGAKU is a three-day festival and cultural exchange celebrating some of Japan and Canada’s most exciting voices in contemporary and experimental music (September 20-22, 2019, Toronto). TENMC will be joined by visiting guest artists Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto), Ko Ishikawa (shō), Ami Yamasaki (voice) and Akiko Nakayama (’alive painting’), as well as Toronto-based Urbanvessel, featuring Germaine Liu (percussion), Aki Takahashi (shamisen/voice) and Sonja Rainey (projections/installation). ONGAKU showcases world premieres by Canadian composers Hiroki Tsurumoto, Juliet Palmer, and Daryl Jamieson, alongside new works by Japanese composers Yuka Shibuya, Takeo Hoshiya, and the Canadian premiere of compositions by Toshiya Watanabe, Yoshiaki Onishi, Jo Kondo, Malika Kishino, and Miya Masaoka.
Thin Edge New Music Collective
Sept 20-22, 2019
918 Bathurst | Culture, Arts, Media and Education, Toronto, ON
Tickets: Festival Pass: General $50, Student/Senior/Arts Worker $35
Single Ticket: General $20, Student/Senior/Arts Worker $15
Concert 1: Sept 20, 2019, Doors 7:30pm / Concert 8:00pm • 918 Bathurst
An evening of chamber works by Tōru Takemitsu, Miya Masaoka, and the Canadian premiere of Malika Kishino’s ‘Qualia’ for bass koto and 10-channel electronics. World premieres by Hiroki Tsurumoto, Takeo Hoshiya and Yuka Shibuya. Featuring guest artists Ko Ishikawa (shō), Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto) + Akiko Nakayama (‘alive painting’/projections).
Workshop: Sept 21, 2019, 11am-1pm • Canadian Music Centre Chalmers Performance Space • FREE
Join us at the CMC for a free workshop with guest artists Ko Ishikawa and Miyama McQueen-Tokita. Learn about the intricacies of writing for traditional Japanese instruments (shō and bass koto) in a contemporary music setting. Includes a panel discussion with composers Daryl Jamieson, Hiroki Tsurumoto, Yuka Shibuya, and Takeo Hoshiya.
Concert 2: Sept 21, 2019, Doors 7:30pm / Concert 8:00pm • 918 Bathurst
TENMC performs works by Jo Kondo and Yoshiaki Onishi with improvisations by Miyama McQueen-Tokita, followed by a set of creative music by guest artists Ko Ishikawa (shō), Ami Yamasaki (voice), and Akiko Nakayama (‘alive painting’) combining traditional Japanese instruments, extended vocal techniques and stunning visuals.
Concert 3: Sept 22, 2019, Doors 7:30pm / Concert 8:00pm • 918 Bathurst
Works by Yuka Shibuya and Toshiya Watanabe (Canadian premiere) alongside the world premieres of large-scale multimedia works “Utamakura 5: Mount Kamakura” by Daryl Jamieson and “Ukiyo, floating world” by Juliet Palmer of Urbanvessel. Featuring guest artist Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto), and Urbanvessel performers Germaine Liu (percussion), Aki Takahashi (shamisen/vocalist) with Sonja Rainey (projections/installation).
Ko Ishikawa – shō
Ami Yamasaki – voice
Akiko Nakayma – ‘alive painting’/live projections
Miyama McQueen-Tokita – bass koto
Amahl Arulanandam – cello
Suhashini Arulanandam – violin
Cheryl Duvall – piano/co-artistic director
Terry Lim – flutes
Nathan Petitpas – percussion
Anthony Thompson – clarinet
Aysel Taghi-Zada – viola
Ilana Waniuk – violin/co-artistic director
Juliet Palmer – composer/artistic director
Germaine Liu – percussion
Aki Takahashi – shamisen/voice
Sonja Rainey – projections/installation
Lighting Design/Technical Director – Kai Masaoka
Sound Director – Paul Hodge
Promo Video – Cai
ONGAKU is presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Japan Foundation, Arraymusic, Dream Cymbals, Urbanvessel and the Canadian Music Centre.