Thin Edge New Music Collective Presents:


*Celebrating Japanese + Canadian Contemporary and Experimental Music*


September  20, 21, 22, 2019 

Doors 7:30/ Show 8pm

918 Bathurst | Culture, Arts, Media & Education 

Single Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Seniors/Arts Worker

Festival Pass:$50 General Admission, $35 Students/Seniors/Arts Workers  


ONGAKU is a three day festival and cultural exchange featuring performances, an educational workshop, and multiple world premieres, celebrating some of Japan and Canada’s most exciting voices in contemporary and experimental music (September 20-22nd, 2019, Toronto). TENMC will be joined by visiting guest artists Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto), Ko Ishikawa (shō), Ami Yamasaki (voice) and Akiko Nakayama (projections/visual artist/’alive painting’). ONGAKU showcases works by Canadian composers Hiroki Tsurumoto, Juliet Palmer, Daryl Jamieson, alongside works by Yuka Shibuya, Takeo Hoshiya, Toshiya Watanabe, Yoshiaki Onishi, Jo Kondo, Malinka Kishino, and Miya Masaoka. ONGAKU will take place at 918 Bathurst and the CMC Chalmers Performance Space in Toronto, with satellite concerts/workshops presented by NUMUS Concerts and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario (September 18-19, 2019).



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Generously supported by: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Japan Foundation,  Arraymusic, and the Canadian Music Centre







Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) is a Toronto-based ensemble dedicated to ingenuity, collaboration, and artistic excellence in the programming and performance of contemporary music.  Founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, TENMC has performed across Canada, Italy and Argentina, and participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Avaloch Farms New Music Initiative in New Hampshire and Le Pantographe in Switzerland. In addition to producing a regular concert series, TENMC has commissioned over 50 works from composers across Canada and beyond. Recent collaborations include “Raging Against the Machine” (RATM), a cultural exchange with Montreal-based Ensemble Paramirabo which toured across Canada in 2015 and 2017, coinciding with the release of a joint album on Vancouver-based Redshift Records and ”Balancing on the Edge”(BOTE), a large-scale production integrating theatre, dance, multi-media, new music and new circus, in partnership with ‘A Girl In The Sky Productions.’ Described as “provocative, thrilling and thought-provoking..” (Musicworks) and “a high-water mark for what multimedia storytelling can do “(The Wholenote), BOTE was presented at Toronto’s 2016 Nuit Blanche festival and in association with Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps Dance Series (November 2016). Thin Edge has established a reputation as “one of Toronto’s hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Musical Toronto), and “one of the city's most forward-thinking DIY chamber ensembles“ (Mechanical Forest Sound). TENMC has been showcased as an Ensemble in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University's 2016 40th Anniversary New Music festival, the Soundscape festival of new music in Maccagno, Italy and has performed on concert stages across Canada including the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, as well as been presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, Innovations en concert, New Works Edmonton, New Music Calgary, Music on Main, The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Open Space in Victoria, The Music Gallery in Toronto and as part of the NUMUS Emerging Artist Series in Waterloo. In Nov 2015 with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, TENMC had the privilege to perform in Argentina as part of the Ciclo de Música Contemporánea at the Teatro Nacional Cervantes in Buenos Aires as part of a cross cultural exchange with performers and composers from Argentina and Canada. TENMC is proud to be an ensemble in residence with Arraymusic for their 2017/2018 season and is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.


Thin Edge New Music Collective Travels to Japan:


Atelier-Jaku Presents:

August 30th, 2018, 7-9pm- Koen-Dori Classics 公園通りクラシックス , Tokyo 

September 4th, 2018 7:30-9:30 Ftarri, Tokyo

September 6th, -7-9pm Super-Deluxe 公園通りクラシックス, Tokyo



September 2nd, 2018 4-6pm Studio Take Who, Fukui, 



August 30th- TENMC’s co-artistic directors Cheryl Duvall (piano) and Ilana Waniuk (violin) present solo and duo works with electronics, highlights from their cutting-edge repertoire from 8 years on the Toronto scene. The concert will include Japanese premieres of works by grand dame of new music Kaija Saariaho, Canadian new music superstar Linda Catlin Smith, Tokyo-born Canadian Kotoka Suzuki, and Toronto-based rising star Brian Harman. They are also jumping head-first into exploring the music of young Tokyo composers, performing Yuka Shibuya’s View from the round window and Takahiro Kuroda’s Two Bows. 


September 2nd-TENMC performs works by Linda Catlin Smith, Takeo Hoshiya, Yuka Shibuya and Mozart. TENMC will be joined by Japanese clarinetist extraordinaire Hideo Kikuchi, for Aram Khachaturian's dynamic trio and also by students from Fukui University for a performance of John Cage's 'Five'. 


Sept 5th -Partnering with Tokyo improv veterans Ko Ishikawa on shō and Miyama McQueen-Tokita on 17-string koto for the first time, the TENMC duo will bring years of improv experience to a dynamic quartet of eastern and western sounds created in the moment.


Sept 6th-TENMC will give the Japanese premiere of Maria de Alvear’s 'Thinking', a monumental, powerful hour-long multimedia work for violin, piano, and live video. The live video is interwoven with images of the sea off Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province.  Just a few hundred kilometres over the frigid North Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland is Iceland, the setting of Daryl Jamieson’s 'utamakura 2: Arnardalur'. It is based on around a saga and features video and audio recordings Jamieson made in northwest Iceland. The piece was written for TENMC for this Japan tour.  The concert will begin with Takeo Hoshiya's 'Ancestral Song' 2. 







TENMC's concerts in Tokyo were presented by Atelier Jaku and Office-Deku in Fukui.

TENMC's tour to Japan has been made possible with generous support by the Canada Council for the Arts.



Thin Edge New Music Collective Travels to Poland:


June 14th, 2018-Bielsko-Baila (Stanislaw Moniuszko State Music School in Bielsko-Biała )

June 15th, 2018-Katowice (Academy of Music in Katowice)




TENMC would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.


Thin Edge New Music Collective is deeply honoured to have been chosen to continue our role as an Ensemble-In-Residence at Arraymusic for our 2018/2019 season. Arraymusic has not only been at the vanguard of contemporary music making in Toronto for over four decades but has also been a staunch supporter of established and emerging Canadian performers and composers as well as fostering a rich variety of art and music making through innovative programming and the existence of Array Space. Array Space provides an invaluable resource as a venue for performance and rehearsal to a diverse array of artists in the GTA. As an emerging ensemble/concert presenter TENMC has looked to Arraymusic, one of Canada's premiere contemporary music organizations, as a role model in terms of innovation, quality of production and their incredible work fostering community within the arts in Toronto. We're thrilled to accept this wonderful opportunity and look forward to continuing to share the fruits of our residency with you over the course of our 7th season!



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