Harpsichord Series: Vines and Shadows

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Event Title: Harpsichord Series: Vines and Shadows
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
  • Genre: Keyboard
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vines and shadows  

  • Date: Wednesday, August 16
  • Time: 7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm show
  • Tickets; $10 in advance, $15 at the door
  • Venue: Canadian Music Centre*, 20 St. Joseph Street
*The Canadian Music Centre is an accessible venue through a street level entrance to the right of the main entrance. The CMC has gender neutral washrooms.

Recent works by Anna HostmanAnna PidgornaLinda Catlin Smith, and Tyler Versluis, inspired by nature, memory and mythology, explore music in which light and shadow play across our minds, bringing to the fore certain recollections, while shading over others, leaving only an imprint. The intimacy of the harpsichord can provide a window through which we can meditate on our own histories; what we recall as well as what has been eroded away by time. Wisps of melodies and rich harmonies creep forth from the instrument and twist about, casting their impression on the ears. A simple melody can project a single shadow, or the air can vibrate with sound, creating endless shifting and dancing patterns. 

Wesley Shen Profile PictureAbout Wesley Shen: Wesley Shen is a Toronto-born pianist and harpsichordist specializing in contemporary and new music. Having completed studies at the University of Toronto, he continued to work as a freelance artist in Toronto, in various solo chamber and orchestral settings, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, New Music Concerts and Soundstreams. He is a steadfast supporter and promoter of new music, working alongside many composers to bring new works to life. He is a regular member of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, as well as the Bicycle Opera Project, and has appeared often with various other contemporary ensembles in Toronto. He is currently studying a Masters of Music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Goska Isphording, specializing in contemporary harpsichord. He hopes to continue to promote this instrument in a contemporary setting, commissioning and performing new and innovative works, and establishing the harpsichord as a relevant contemporary medium.

About the Harpsichord series: The image of the harpsichord harkens back to an era of traditional sounds and old sensibilities, yet it has the potential to gain a greater relevancy and wider use as a contemporary music instrument. Its ancient design of wood and iron can blend with our mechanized and digitized world yet also provide a well-needed humanity through intimacy, warmth and flexibility. These concerts, featuring new and recent works by Canadian composers, reveal some of the new sounds and possibilities that the harpsichord can bring to our time, invite us to interact with its rich wealth of capabilities, and redefine its contemporary identity.