Thin Edge New Music Collective, Tiff and Riparian Acoustics present
dir. Sarah Hennies | USA 2017 | 50 min. Video
Sarah Hennies' Contralto has generated a wave of critical praise since its debut at the Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room last year. An experimental documentary designed to be performed with live musical accompaniment, Contralto — which takes its title from the term for the lowest female singing voice — is based on a common practice among transgender women, whereby they learn to change their voices in order to be perceived as “female.” Unlike transgender men, whose voices deepen due to the testosterone prescribed during hormonal therapy, the voices of transgender women remain unchanged by estrogen therapy, and require conscious practice to achieve a higher pitch.
In Contralto, onscreen interviews with and vocal exercises performed by seven transgender women are accompanied by a live score that emphasizes timbre, pitch and tone — qualities of sound that, when found in voices, often signify culturally determined gender cues. Conceived in part as a “protest piece” that challenges the audience to “change their definition of what they think a woman sounds like,” Contralto is a visceral and beautiful exploration of identity through sound.
Contralto is brought to Toronto in conjunction with Tiff and Riparian Acoustics. TENMC will be performing the piece along with a brand new composition commissioned especially for the collective. TENMC performers for the evening include Ilana Waniuk (violin), Nelson Moneo (viola), Amahl Arulanandam (cello), Adam Scime (double bass), Cheryl Duvall (keyboard/percussion), Nathan Petitpas (percussion) and Germaine Liu (percussion).
General admission- $14
Contralto is presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Tiff, Riparian Acoustics, and Arraymusic
March 23, 2019
Doors 7:30/ Show 8pm
Arrayspace, 155 Walnut Ave, Toronto
Tickets:General - $20, Students/Seniors/Arts Workers - $15
TENMC's annual premieres series returns with 5 brand new compositions by some of Canada's most intriguing compositional voices. This year, TENMC's intrepid performers are featured as soloists with electroacoustic or visual elements created by:
Roxanne Nesbitt, Lieke van der Voort, Afarin Mansouri, James O'Callaghan and Émilie Girard-Charest
Presented with Generous Support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Dream Cymbals, Toronto Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation and Arraymusic.
FUSING: Premieres VII
Thin Edge New Music Collective and The Music Gallery Present:
Fusing: Premieres VII
June 22nd, 2018
918 Bathurst- Toronto
Doors 7:30pm Concert: 8:00pm
Tickets: $22 Advanced, $25 At the Door, $20 Music Gallery Members/Seniors/Arts Workers, $15 Students
Travel outside the new musical box with a twist on TENMC's annual premieres series. Fusing will include 6 new interdisciplinary premieres fusing new music with dance, circus, literary, visual, theatrical and media arts by emerging artists for near and far, including: Kaie Kellough + Jason Sharp, Rebecca Leonard, Juro Kim Feliz, Amy Hull, Dan Tapper, Viola Yip, Patrick McGraw, Janet Sit and Sonja Rainey.
Fusing is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, The Music Gallery, Dream Cymbals and Arraymusic.
February 2, 2018
Doors: 7:30pm ~ Show: 8:00pm
Tickets available at the door: $20 General, $15 arts worker
In an age of instantaneous communication, Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear’s music requires listeners to transcend the pace of modern living. TENMC’s third concert, ‘Thinking’ is named after Alvear’s hour-long work for piano, violin, pre-recorded video and live video, paired with the world premiere of a new work by Stratford-based composer Marci Rabe.
Co-presented by Thin Edge New Music Collective and the Canadian Music Centre
November 11th, 2017
Shows at: 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm (doors open 30 min prior to each set)
Tickets available online: $25 regular, $20 st/sr/arts
TENMC invites you to become chamber music partners for an intimate evening of music making. Visual artist Sonja Rainey transforms Toronto’s CMC Chalmers Performance Space into an immersive canvas where audiences can experience one of three intimate performances (3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm). Each show will provide performers, composers and audience members with the chance to share and engage as part of a post concert talk back and reception. Our program includes the world premiere of Anna Höstman’s Harbour (2016) for solo piano, This Carefully Chosen Stillness (2017) by Adam Scime for violin and electronics, and Morton Feldman’s masterpiece of silent resistance, The King of Denmark for solo percussion.
October 10th, 2017
Doors: 7:30pm ~ Show: 8:00pm
Featuring special guest: Shi-An Costello (世 安)
Tickets: General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15
Welcome to TENMC's 7th season! For our season opener, we're thrilled to be joined by Chicago-based pianist, composer, writer, actor, and activist Shi-An Costello (世 安) who will be performing works for speaking pianist alongside members of TENMC. Come out to Arrayspace for an evening of works by Morgan Krauss, Jessie Marino, Elena Rykova, Keith Kusterer and a rare Toronto performance of Brian Ferneyhough's 'Opus Contra Naturam'.
TENMC's 2017/2018 season is presented with generous support from: