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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.

Admission: Free

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.

Admission: Free

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.

Admission: Free

Dilan Ensemble

Kamanche and percussion

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:30 pm

Dilan Ensemble is comprised of Shahriyar Jamshidi (kamanche) and Sina Khosravi (percussion).  Shahriyar, a founder of the Dilan Chambre Ensemble, is originally from Iranian Kurdistan. He is a graduate of Tehran University of Art and a former artist-in-residence at Banff Centre. He is well known as a creative Kurdish kamanche (four stringed spiked-fiddle) improviser. Shahriyar has devoted his artistic career to the preservation and transmission of Kurdish musical heritage. He has performed at Toronto’s Tirgan Festival, International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) in Switzerland and Canada, High-Fest in Armenia, Festival du Monde Arabe, Ontario Contact and Aga Khan Museum. Shahriyar’s released albums are Alvanati (2004), Call of the Mountains (2008), A Yellow Flower (2014) and Kamancello (2017). Sina is a native Iranian percussionist (Tonbak a Persian Goblet Drum and Darbuka), visual artist and a graduate of University of Western Ontario.  He collaborated in recording the album Cafe Tropical (2007), and was nominated for a Juno (Best Instrumental album). Sina has performed at Percussive Arts Society International Convention PASIC in the US (2014), Ontario Day of Percussion (2010), and has held workshops in Greece (2017).

The Dilan duo’s repertoire is made up of both composed and varied improvisational pieces emphasizing Eastern cultural elements. Dilan Ensemble’s musical conversation reflects the acoustical waves of wandered passionate rough tunes of Kurdish ancient (mountainous bard songs) on Kamanche (4 strings spike-fiddle), accompanied simultaneously by Percussion to make a colourful contrast.

Admission: Free

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Parking at McMaster

Daytime parking at McMaster University is available for a fee of $5.00 per hour to a maximum of $20.00 a day, Monday-Friday.

If driving, be sure to enter the University via Sterling Street. Once you have parked, proceed on foot to the new L.R. Wilson Building located across sterling street from the student center and directly in front of the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL). Upon entering the building, proceed to the western most location to find the concert hall.