ALBUM RELEASE: MODULATIONS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 pm
Tickets: $30/$20 arts workers & seniors/$10 students (Cash only at the door)
***Ticket price includes a CD copy of MODULATIONS !!!***
Performance with reception to follow (light refreshments provided)
Join Toronto's TORQ Percussion Quartet as they celebrate the launch of their fourth studio album, MODULATIONS, a collection of original commissions for keyboard percussion instruments. Released on TorQ's BEDOINT record label, the album features works by Canadian and Ontario composers Christos Hatzis (MODULATIONS I), Peter Hatch (TimeSpace) and TorQ's own Daniel Morphy (Thrown From A Loop). The performance will include excerpts from all three works, with a talkback and reception to follow. Tickets available at the door (cash only), and the price includes a CD copy of MODULATIONS. Additional copies of the album will be available for purchase. Looking forward to celebrating with you!
Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “Outstanding — no, make that astonishing!”, Canada's premiere percussion ensemble TorQ Percussion Quartet continues to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake, and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations and as The Toronto Star states "[TorQ] can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world."
Since coming together in 2004, some of their international highlights include the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis) and with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. At home, TorQ has made appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, PEI's Indian River Festival, MusicFest Canada (Vancouver), Toronto's Soundstreams, and Kitchener's Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival. Selected by the three major Canadian touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic, TorQ has performed throughout every province. In 2012, they launched their first annual concert series in Toronto where they continue to collaborate with invited guest artists, composers, and dancers.
The 2017-2018 season sees TorQ releasing their fourth studio album, MODULATIONS, a collection of music for keyboard percussion instruments. Released on TorQ's BEDOINT record label, the album features original commissions from Canadian composers Christos Hatzis, Peter Hatch and Daniel Morphy, and was produced by Ray Dillard. In addition to their annual Toronto concert series, TorQ will be performing across Canada with engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Atlantic BandFest in Halifax, NS, and OpenEars Festival of Music & Sound in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON. TorQ will be presenting collaborative concerts with Continuum Contemporary Music, Penderecki String Quartet and Nico Muhly, and have recently been announced as Artists-in-Residence at York University in Toronto, where they will present lectures, masterclasses and a performance of Dinuk Wijeratne's percussion quartet concerto Invisible Cities in collaboration with York University Wind Symphony.
Committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet, TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres including a new percussion quartet concerto written by Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne called Invisible Cities which premiered in 2014. Their discography consists of four recordings on Bedoint Records. Their self-titled first CD was awarded 3.5/4 stars by The Toronto Star. Their third CD, Without A Map, was released in November 2014 in celebration of their milestone 10th anniversary season.
Advocates for music education, TorQ is actively involved in music education initiatives and performs approximately 70 school shows per year, and have served as faculty members of the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, run by the Durham District School Board. They are also frequent educational collaborators with Soundstreams Canada and present master classes and workshops for high schools and university students. Summer 2017 saw TorQ hosted their sixth annual TorQ Percussion Seminar, a week-long percussion event which took place in collaboration with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
TorQ endorses Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Dream Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion and Remo Percussion.
"...confidence, energy, and subtlety shone darkly in a powerful and theatrical performance of a work that stands outside of trends or time. They may be young men, but they have old souls." (MusicalToronto.org)