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Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts 2017/2018


Patricia Cano


Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

PATRICIA CANO was born and raised in a Spanish-speaking Peruvian household in Sudbury, Ontario.  Upon graduating from U of T in Theatre and Spanish Literature, Patricia spent four years working in Paris, France with the world-renowned theatre company le Théatre du Soleil .  In 2009, she launched her music career here at home with her debut album This Is The New World, composed in collaboration — and in four languages — with her Brazilian musical partner, Carlos Bernardo.  Since that time, Patricia’s band has toured extensively in Ontario, Quebec, and parts of Western Canada, playing multiple jazz and folk festivals, as well as music venues along the way.  An exceptional musical influence in Patricia’s artistic career is Tomson Highway, Canada’s premiere Cree playwright, novelist and composer.  Since 2001, Patricia has toured the world alongside Highway, performing Cree Cabaret, featuring songs in English, French, Spanish and Cree.  In 2013, Patricia’s voice was featured on Highway’s first studio album, Patricia Cano Sings Songs from the (Post) Mistress, which was nominated for a 2015 JUNO award in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category.  In January 2017, Patricia reprised her role in a Vancouver production of Highway’s one-woman musical The (Post) Mistress (Arts Club), and in the fall of 2016 she performed the role in Toronto (TFT/Pleiades) in both French and English.  She is a featured guest vocalist on Toronto multi-instrumentalist Louis Simão’s album A Luz, released in November 2016.  Patricia’s songs have been featured on TVO’s medical drama Hard Rock Medical, and she has recently released her sophomore album Madre|Amiga|Hermana.

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Amir Amiri


Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

AMIR AMIRI was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music.  He also studied Indian classical music with some of the masters, including Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  While his is classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought.  Arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri found the ability to do just that, while in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, a haven of inspiration to which he has returned many times.  While exploring the limits of his music, he has found that there are none.  Amiri has worked with Bob Becker, Edgar Meyer and David Takeno, as well as jazz greats Hugh Fraser, Darcy Phillip Gray, Mike Miurly, John Stetch and Bill Cahn.  Amiri has worked extensively as a percussionist, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies, most notably Alberta Ballet, VIA Dance Ensemble, Lu Lu Dance Productions, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, McDonald Wilson Dance Company, University of Calgary Dance Program, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and Vertigo Theatre in Alberta and Quebec.  He has composed and performed orchestral works for santur and various instrumentation, has self-produced his own concert series called The Tehran Project, and has considerable experience in film and TV — most notably performing on the soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  In 2003, Amiri was awarded Artist of the Year from CBC Galaxie Rising Stars.  In 2008, he won Outstanding Sound Design at the Betty Mitchell Awards for the production of Helen’s Necklace.

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The Toronto Percussion Ensemble


Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:30 p.m.





Founded while its members were still undergraduates, the TORONTO PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE has been delighting audiences since 1980 with its unique combination of collective virtuosity and relaxed stage manner.  A Toronto Percussion Ensemble concert brings together music of the distant past with music of the here and now, global music with local traditions, and the familiar with the wonderfully exotic.  JOHN BROWNELL has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and has been soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has toured, performed and recorded with many ensembles including Sound Pressure, the Talisker Players, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band.  DAVID CAMPION is a timpanist with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.  He has toured with Musica Antiqua Köln, and is principal percussionist with the Stratford Festival Orchestra.  MARK DUGGAN has been active in the Canadian music scene for many years as both performer and composer.  He is a founding member of the Evergreen Club Gamelan, performing throughout Canada and internationally in Europe, Asia and the US, and has been twice nominated by both the Juno and East Coast Music Awards.  BEVERLEY JOHNSTON is one of Canada’s leading percussionists.  Over the years, she has commissioned and performed many works by leading Canadian composers and some of these works have become a staple of the standard percussion repertory around the world.  In honour of her exemplary commitment to the performance of the music of Canadian composers, she has been awarded the distinction of Canadian Music Centre Ambassador.

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Strings, Cello

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

KAMANCELLO is comprised of SHAHRIYAR JAMSHIDI, kamanche, and RAPHAEL WEINROTH-BROWNE, cello.  Shahriyar Jamshidi is the founder of the Dilan Chamber Ensemble.  Originally from Iranian Kurdistan, Shahriyar is a graduate of Tehran University of Art and a former artist-in-residence at Banff Centre.  He is also well known as a creative Kurdish kamanche (four strings Spiked Fiddle) improviser.  Shahriyar has devoted his artistic career to the preservation and transmission of Kurdish musical heritage.  Raphael Weinroth-Browne, cellist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer and founder of The Visit, is rapidly making a name for himself as an exceptionally versatile musician, both in Canada and internationally.  A graduate of Toronto’s Glenn Gould School and a former artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre, Raphael combines polished classical technique with daring improvisation and his own compositional language, effortlessly blurring the lines between musical genres.  In a show blending refinement and innovation, Kamancello weaves a unique musical fresco that mixes the subtlety of traditional Kurdish and Mesopotamian music with the rigor of Western classical music.  The scope of their creations ranges from soulful and emotive to incendiary and intense, and their sound has been described as being “totally entrancing”.  Having made waves with performances at Montreal’s Place des Arts for Festival du Monde Arabe, Toronto’s Tirgan Festival, and Doors Open Toronto, Kamancello have just recently released their groundbreaking self-titled debut album available through bandcamp.

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