The Music Gallery and Canadian Music Centre present Music Gallery History Series: Jeremy Strachan

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Event Title: The Music Gallery and Canadian Music Centre present Music Gallery History Series: Jeremy Strachan
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Price: $FREE
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Saturday, September 17
5:00 pm

The Music Gallery and Canadian Music Centre present:
Music Gallery History Series: Jeremy Strachan

New this year, the Music Gallery History Series explores the many streams of musical theory, activity and recordings which have shaped the personality of this big, complex city. The first installment features Jeremy Strachan, known to Music Gallery audiences over the years for his work with Canaille, Feuermusik and many other bands. Strachan is now a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University pursuing postdoctoral research on the history of experimental music in Canada. He completed his doctorate in musicology at the University of Toronto in 2015 with a dissertation on Udo Kasemets (1919–2014) and the beginnings of experimentalism in 1960s Toronto.

Strachan’s talk “Improvisation and ‘Vernacular’ Experimentalism in Toronto” looks at the expansion of improvised musics in the city since the 1970s. In the past four decades, the experimentalist impulse has become an almost ubiquitous presence in Toronto’s variegated music scenes. As one of the main vectors through which this activity has continued to take shape and thrive, improvisation has played important roles in the continuity of a wide array of creative musics. This talk asks: how has improvisation—an act at once ephemeral and rooted in tradition—come to bear on Toronto’s musical histories, identities, and communities? And, can we think of improvisation as a kind of vernacular dialect in the many languages of experimental music?

Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

FREE