Emergents I: Sounds Of Silence Initiative

Concert , Panel in Emergents Series

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.

SET 1:

FEMININindigenization by Evan Hammell and Heather Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon

  1. the wind blows
  2. I remember as a kid
  3. runaway teen
  4. impossible skies
  5. for ancestors who went before
  6. bison of my longing
  7. I lost myself in the forest
  8. the wind blows (reprise)

Songs from Precarious by Kolby Zinger-Harris and Aparna Halpe





SET 2:

Songs created by Alex Sandoval and Banoo Zan
The Moon
Azan on a Toronto Streetcar

Letters by Abigail de Niverville and Charlie Petch
Dear C3PO
Eat Prey Love
Dear Ivan

Performed by:
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


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