The Music Gallery presents
Emergents I: Sounds Of Silence Initiative
part of the Emergents Series curated by Chelsea Shanoff
This season, the Emergents Series deviates from its usual format of two artists per concert into differently structured events. The first edition of the series presents four song cycles of contemporary Art Song created by The Sounds Of Silence Initiative.
Founded just last year, SOSI has already brought together over 50 composers, poets, and musicians to collaborate and create new Canadian Art Song that tells the story of a diverse Canadian cultural identity. SOSI serves as a platform for discussing issues of representation in Canadian arts culture.
SOSI strives to ensure the involvement from underrepresented communities in the Greater Toronto Area. In particular, all poets involved in SOSI identify with Indigenous, immigrant, Black, refugee, and LGBT communities with varying degrees of intersectionality. SOSI hopes to provide a platform on which their unique and powerful voices can been heard.
FEMININindigenization by Evan Hammell and Heather Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon
- the wind blows
- I remember as a kid
- runaway teen
- impossible skies
- for ancestors who went before
- bison of my longing
- I lost myself in the forest
- the wind blows (reprise)
Songs from Precarious by Kolby Zinger-Harris and Aparna Halpe
Songs created by Alex Sandoval and Banoo Zan
Azan on a Toronto Streetcar
Letters by Abigail de Niverville and Charlie Petch
Eat Prey Love
Frances Armstrong, piano
Alex McMaster, cello
Korin Thomas Smith (bass-baritone), vocals
Daniel Robinson (baritone), vocals
Joshua Clemenger (tenor), vocals
Jennifer Routhier (mezzo-soprano), vocals
Daniel Robinson is the founder and director of The Sounds of Silence Initiative. As a current graduate fellow at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music he is researching voice therapy interventions for transgender women as well as the effects of presbycusis on resonance perception.
We are grateful to Roger D. Moore for his generous support