The Royal Conservatory of Music is doing something awesome this weekend. They do a lot of awesome things, but their #21C music festival promises to be something much more profound. In a world where Classical Music is straining to stay relevant, the RCM is shaking things up by embracing contemporary music and the idea of mixing media to create something new.
Performances include new works for piano, interpretations of poems and diaries, and live video. The works are new and range from a piece for a piano quintet commissioned by the Banff Centre to a musical interpretation of Walt Whitman’s poem in response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Composers and performers like provocateur Chilly Gonzales, Uri Caine, and Eve Egoyan will all be presenting new works that will surely stretch people’s ears and expectations. You may recognize the name Gonzales as Feist’s long-time collaborator and for his Grammy-award-winning work with Daft Punk.
We sat down with Eve Egoyan and David Rokeby to talk about their piano/live video piece Surface Tension. Surface Tension premiers Friday night as part of Chilly Eve of Lemon Cane.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a video from Gonzales‘ “Solo Piano II”
Click here for full details and tickets and check out the schedule below.
Faster Still Anaïs Nin: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 8 pm | KH; tickets start at: $30
Chilly Eve of Lemon Cane: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8 pm | KH; tickets start at: $30
Festival After Hours #1: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10 pm | CT; tickets: $25
Night Blooms: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8 pm | KH; tickets start at: $30
Festival After Hours #2: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10 pm | CT; tickets: $25
Hush!: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 3 pm | MCH; tickets: $32
Esprit Orchestra Presents: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8 pm | KH; tickets start at: $30
Venue Legend: KH Koerner Hall; MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall; CT Conservatory Theatre