Friday, September 20, 2019
Event Title: ONGAKU

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 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 (’alive painting’) as well as Toronto-based Urbanvessel featuring Germaine Liu (percussion), Aki Takahashi (shamisen/voice) and Sonja Rainey (projections/installation). ONGAKU showcases world premieres by Canadian composers Hiroki Tsurumoto, Juliet Palmer, and Daryl Jamieson, alongside new works by Yuka Shibuya, Takeo Hoshiya, Toshiya Watanabe, and the Canadian premiere of compositions by Yoshiaki Onishi, Jo Kondo, Malika 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).


Concert 1: Sept 20th, 2019, Doors 7:30/ Concert 8:00pm • 918 Bathurst

An evening of chamber works by Tōru Takemitsu, Miya Masaoka, and the Canadian premiere of Malika Kishino's 'Qualia' for bass koto and 10 channel electronics. World premieres by Hiroki Tsurumoto, Takeo Hoshiya and Yuka Shibuya. Featuring guest artists Ko Ishikawa (shō), Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto) + Akiko Nakayama ('alive painting'/projections).

Workshop: Sept 21st, 2019 11-1pm • Canadian Music Centre Chalmers Performance Space • FREE

Join us at the CMC for a free workshop with guest artists Ko Ishikawa and Miyama McQueen-Tokita. Learn about the intricacies of writing for traditional Japanese instruments (shō and bass koto) in a contemporary music setting. Includes a panel discussion with composers Daryl Jamieson, Hiroki Tsurumoto, Yuka Shibuya, and Takeo Hoshiya.

Concert 2:Sept 21st, 2019, Doors 7:30/ Concert 8:00pm • 918 Bathurst

TENMC performs works by Jo Kondo and Yoshiaki Onishi with improvisatons by Miyama McQueen-Tokita, followed by a set of creative music by guest artists Ko Ishikawa (shō), Ami Yamasaki (voice) and Akiko Nakayama (‘alive painting’) combining traditional Japanese instruments, extended vocal techniques and stunning visuals.

Concert 3: Sept 22nd, 2019 Doors 7:30/Concert 8:00pm • 918 Bathurst

Works by Yuka Shibuya and Toshiya Watanabe (Canadian premiere) alongside the world premiere of large-scale multimedia works Utamakura 5: Mount Kamakura by Daryl Jamieson and "Ukiyo, floating World" by Juliet Palmer of Urbanvessel. Featuring guest artist Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto), and Urbanvessel performers Germaine Liu (percussion), ​Aki Takahashi (shamisen/vocalist) with Sonja Rainey (projections/installation).

Guest Artists:
Ko Ishikawa - shō
Ami Yamasaki - voice
Akiko Nakayma - ‘alive painting’/live projections
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - bass koto

TENMC Performers:
Amahl Arulanandam - cello
Suhashini Arulanandam - violin
Cheryl Duvall - piano/co-artistic director
Terry Lim - flutes
Nathan Petitpas - percussion
Anthony Thompson - clarinet
Aysel Taghi-Zada - viola
Ilana Waniuk - violin/co-artistic director

Juliet Palmer - composer/artistic director
Germaine Liu - percussion
Aki Takahashi - shamisen/voice
Sonja Rainey - projections/installation

Lighting Design/Technical Director - Kai Masaoka
Sound Director - Paul Hodge
Graphic Design - Kristin Messina
Marketing-Terry Lim

Accessibility note*
ONGAKU's venue, 918 Bathurst, is not currently wheelchair accessible due to stairs (two half-flights to enter the performance space, and one flight to access the washrooms).

ONGAKU is made possible with generous support from: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Japan Foundation, Arraymusic, Dream Cymbals, Urbanvessel and the Canadian Music Centre.