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X-Avant New Music Festival XII: Resistance

October 15, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oregano Percussion performs at X-Avant New Music Festival XII: Resistance

James Tenney: Resistance
$20 Regular/$15 Advance/$10 Member/Student
Panel Discussion: 6:30PM
Doors 7:30PM/Concert 8PM

A concert and outreach activities dedicated to the politicized work of highly celebrated composer James Tenney, who lived in Toronto for many years. The concert will consist of a genre-crossing collection of musicians executing several of his scores including the world premiere of a composition from 1971 entitled “Timbre Ring”, “Pika-Don” (dedicated to victims of Hiroshima/Nagasaki nuclear bombings), the harsh electronics of “Fabric for Ché” and a screening of ex-partner Carolee Schneemann’s horrifying short film “Viet Flakes”, featuring one of Tenney’s early examples of pop-song driven tape collage, which prefigured looped sample-based music by 20 years. This concert will be original, bracing and hopeful for the future.

Viet Flakes (1965) film by Carolee Schneemann, tape collage by James Tenney
Fabric For Che (1967)
Timbre Ring (1971) WORLD PREMIERE feat. Tanya Charles, David French, Louis Simao, Alejandro Cespedes, Allie Blumas, Alexis Baro, Elena Kapeleris.
Pika-Don (1991) feat. Nathan Pettipas, Alejandro Cespedes, Michelle Colton, Dan Morphy.
Listen…! (1981/84) feat. Mingjia Chen, Mara Nesrallah, Belinda Corpuz and Noah Franche-Nolan.

Prior to the show  will be a pre-show panel discussion moderated by composer Bruce Russell explores Tenney’s compositional intent and contemporary presentation of these pieces. What does it mean to be a socially conscious composer now as opposed to 20-30 years ago and what do audiences expect from socially conscious music in the concert hall?


October 15, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, + Google Map