Sun, August 25 4:00pm

From Toronto To Kyoto

Talented young percussionists explore groove, pulse and timbre with unrivalled joy and rhythmic energy.
Contemporary Classical
all ages

part of Summer Music in the Garden

Free Admission
No tickets required

 

Sun, August 25 4:00pm

From Toronto To Kyoto

Talented young percussionists explore groove, pulse and timbre with unrivalled joy and rhythmic energy.

Contemporary Classical
all ages

part of Summer Music in the Garden

Free Admission
No tickets required

 

About

From Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood,” “Mallet Quartet” and John Psathas’ “Kyoto”, these talented young percussionists explore groove, pulse and timbre with unrivalled joy and rhythmic energy. The concert will start with two pieces by American composer Steve Reich, one of the most celebrated composers of our time. Many of his works feature percussion due to his long-time collaborations with musicians such as Russell Hartenberger and Bob Becker. 
 
“Music for Pieces of Wood” features five pairs of tuned claves, interplaying rhythmically and melodically, mimicking sounds of nature. Steve Reich’s “Mallet Quartet” is a sound bath featuring lush and beautiful harmony of four percussion keyboard instruments as well as the signature rhythmic drive found in Reich’s music. 
 
The piece, “Kyoto,” was commissioned by Taiwan’s Ju Percussion for one of the international percussion festivals the group hosts every three years. It has become a classic in the percussion ensemble repertoire.

Program:

Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich

New piece by Michale Oesterle (premiere)

Mallet Quartet by Steve Reich

Torque by Vijay Iyer

Kyoto by John Psathas

 

About University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble 

The University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble is the musical home to the percussion program at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. The ensemble plays four concerts a year featuring a mix of standard repertoire and new works by established and emerging composers. The ensemble offers a composer-in-residence program, creating a collaborative environment not only with composers from the university but also with composers internationally. Recent premieres include works by Sandeep Bhagwati, Chris Mercer, Stephen Morris, Paul Novak, Andrew Clark, Eliot Britton, Fish Yu and Yike Zhang. The ensemble recently performed at the Montreal New Music Festival and Transplanted Roots: Percussion Research Symposium at UC San Diego.

Photo by artist.

Dates & Times

Sun, August 25
4:00pm 5:00pm

Tickets

Free admission
No tickets required

Venue

Toronto Music Garden

479 Queens Quay West,
Toronto, ON