1. Soundstreams presents 'Hear The Sounds Go Round' by R. Murray Schafer (World Premiere)

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    'Hear The Sounds Go Round' (20914) by R. Murray Schafer, a work commissioned by Soundstreams, was premiered on February 2, 2014 at the 'Canadian Choral Celebration' concert at Koerner Hall (Toronto, Canada) and performed by Elmer Iseler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Vancouver Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putniņš (conductor). “One evening while I was teaching a music education course at Strassbourg University in France, a group of us attended a party given by one of the faculty members. Since my French was not fluent, I drifted off into another room and discovered an old gramophone that seemed to be speaking texts that were repeated over and over.  As I watched the turntable spinning, I saw and heard "the sounds go round." One moment one voice woule seem to be louder, then a different voice would take over while the others drifted away. As I continued to listen to the regurgitations of the machine, this sound-poem came to me. This setting for three choirs commissioned by Soundstreams Canada is an abbreviated version of the full spoken text - a poem which has accompanied me worldwide to conferences and workshops and which captures the elusive playfulness of our ever-changing soundscapes. Je n'ai jamais vu un son, but I have "heard the sounds go round." R. Murray Schafer (2013) Explore the complete Soundstreams commission catalogue in our SoundMakers website: www.SoundMakers.ca/soundstreams-commissions

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    • Soundstreams presents 'Hotaru Koi' (1987) by Ro Ogura

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      Hotaru Koi (Ho, Firefly), is a popular Japanese children’s folk song. The Japanese word for a firefly is “hotaru.” They have been a metaphor for passionate love in poetry since Man’you-shu (8th century). Their eerie lights are also thought to be the altered form of the souls of soldiers who have died in war. Hotaru Koi is thought to have originated in Akita prefecture in the northern part of Japan. Recorded on March 5, 2013 at the 'Fujii Percussion & Voices' concert presented by Soundstreams At Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. Performed by the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Chorale Discover the Soundstreams commissions catalogue on the SoundMakers website: SoundMakers.ca/soundstreams-commissions

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      • Soundstreams presents 'The Fool by The Roadside" (1999) by Nic Gotham

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        "The poem by W. B. Yeats was quoted by Banuta Rubess as a postscript to her libretto for my opera 'Oh Pilot'. Yeats’ powerfully concise reflection on life, death and love combines humour and melancholy in equal portions.Its equation of love, destiny and oblivion is essentially mystical. A poem or composition for choir are, of course, examples of the works which Yeats mentions in the poem’s first line. Accordingly, I have created a piece of music that turns back on itself, unwinds into loose thread and evaporates into nothingness." Nic Gotham (1999) Performed by: Calixa Lavallée Singers Latvian Radio Choir Kaspar Putnins, conductor 'The Fool by the Roadside' by William Butler Yeates When all works that have From cradle run to grave From grave to cradle run instead; When thoughts that a fool Has wound upon a spool Are but loose thread, are but loose thread; When cradle and spool are past And I mere shade at last Coagulate of stuff Transparent like the wind, I think that I may find A faithful love, a faithful love.

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        • Soundstreams presents 'L'Abbé Agathon' by Arvo Pärt (2004/2005)

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          In L'Abbé Agathon (2004), Pärt created a text inspired by a legend from 4th century Christian monasticism. The story tells of the meeting between the hermit Agathon, on his way to market, and a leper, who asks to be taken along. As they walk, Agathon is tested several times by the leper. Not until after he has passed these tests does the leper reveal himself as an angel sent by God, who blesses Agathon. Pärt’s composition sets the French text syllabically, in a simple and direct style. In the concert tonight, soprano Shannon Mercer is the storyteller. The slowly pulsing chords of the accompaniment depict, among other things the steps of the abbot’s and the leper’s journey. Finally, at the moment of the angel’s revelation, Pärt gives the soprano an ecstatic melody. -

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          • Soundstreams 14/15 Trailer

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            Season highlights include: Max Richter’s avant-garde update of The Four Seasons, a reimagining of Vespers by Gilles Tremblay, Pulitzer-Prize winner David Lang’s The Whisper Opera, a celebration of the late John Tavener, and Latin American musical encounters.

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            • Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop 2014

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              May 14-24, 2015, Toronto We are pleased to announce that the 2015 workshop will host two visiting guest mentors: prominent Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and pioneering electronic-music composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière. Combined they represent a spectrum of approaches between acoustic, electroacoustic, and electronic music—a wonderful opportunity for composers who are increasingly fluent in both worlds. Applications to the 2015 Workshop Are Now Being Accepted! APPLY ONLINE NOW at http://soundstreams.ca/emerging-composer-workshop ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 15th (midnight) The workshop consists of a variety of activities over a ten-day period including classes, rehearsals, and concerts. Each participating composer is required to create a new piece for soloist and electronics, or small ensemble (selected from violin, flute, and soprano voice). Each work must include an electronic component, although the method in which electronics are incorporated is at the discretion of the composer. Video elements may also be included as part of the work. Participants must submit this new work before the workshop begins, as it will be rehearsed throughout the ten-day period and performed on the final day of the program. Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is no fee to attend the workshop. Participant accommodations and per diem are also covered. Questions, comments, issues with the online application? Please email Ben Dietschi (bend@soundstreams.ca).

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              • Soundstreams presents SALON 21: Instruments of the Middle East Then & Now

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                Soundstreams presents in the 2012/2013 Salon 21 series, Mehdi Rezania (Persian antur), Sardar Mohamadjani (oud/tar), and Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney for performances and discussion of instruments and musical techniques from the Middle East.

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                • Soundstreams presents 'Boiling Song' by Andre Ristic (World Premiere)

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                  Canadian composer-pianist André Ristic has said that his very first engagement as a professional pianist was in a production of 'El Amor Brujo'. Ristic acknowledges the influence of both popular and folk music in his classical compositions. His new work, 'Boiling Song', commissioned by Soundstreams with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and receiving its premiere on this concert, uses pop and folk material as building blocks but also introduces “...clear reference to liquid heating, bubbles appearing, and the whole thing turning into vapour at the end.” His composition uses almost the same instrumentation as the original version of El Amor Brujo. This work was premiered on November 13, 2013 at the 'Reimagining Flamenco' concert presented by Soundstreams at the Jeanne Leamon Hall in Toronto, Canada, performed by Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Joaquín Valdepeñas. Learn more about André Ristic and Soundstreams commission catalogue at: www.SoundMakers.ca/composer/andre-ristic

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                  • Soundstreams presents Passion performed by members of the Australian Art Orchestra and Soundstreams Creative Orchestra

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                    *Due to a blackout during the performance this concert ends without performing the entire work. By blending jazz improvisation with classical tradition, Australia's leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra, has invented a compositional genre all of its own. In Passion, members of the Melbourne-based orchestra join an ensemble of brilliant Canadians (including composer and sound artist Nicole Lizée) for an adventurous homage to one of the masterpieces of classical oratorio—J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Structured in five movements, each composed by a different member of the group and linked by brief chorales, Passion is designed to evolve significantly from performance to performance, a dazzling example of this unique ensemble’s innovative approach to music-making. Members of the Australian Art Orchestra: Gian Slater, voice Scott Tinkler, trumpet Niko Schäuble, drums Erkki Veltheim, violin Paul Grabowsky, piano Peter Knight, trumpet/electronics Kevin Turcotte, trumpet Nicole Rampersaud, trumpet Heather Segger, trombone Tom Richards, bass trombone Allison Au, alto saxophone/flute Kyle Brenders, clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophone Mike Murley, tenor and soprano saxophone Peter Lutek, bassoon, baritone saxophone Rob Clutton, bass Steve Raegele, guitar Ryan Scott, percussion Nicole Lizée, turntables/electronics

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                    • Soundstreams presents 'Ave Maria' by Riho Esko Maimets (World Premiere)

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                      Riho Maimets is a celebrated young Canadian-Estonian composer who has created a deeply-felt choral composition honouring a special person in his life. He says, "The fact that it will be performed in one of Toronto's best concert halls, by one of Canada's best choirs, and conducted by Estonia's most legendary choral conductor makes this an ideal opportunity to pay tribute to this person." This work was premiered at 'The Music of Arvo Part' concert presented by Soundstreams on October 1, 2013 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada and performed by Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra and Tonu Kaljuste (conductor). Learn more about Riho Esko Maimets' work in our SoundMakers website: www.SoundMakers.ca/composers/riho-maimets

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