A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City invites Torontonians to share their sounds of the city
June 11, 2012 – What does our city sound like? That is the question that composer Tod Machover and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will answer with the help of city residents, in A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City. The piece is set to début at the TSO’s New Creations Festival taking place at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, March 9.
Machover, called "America's most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times and curator for the TSO's 2013 New Creations Festival, is known for his musical and technological innovations. In partnership with TSO music director Peter Oundjian, the orchestra itself - recognized for creating unique ways to interpret and listen to music, and the celebrated MIT Media Lab, Machover is asking Torontonians to collaborate with him in writing a work for, by and about our city.
The official launch for submissions to A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City is on Thursday, June 14 at tso.ca/composerandcity. Public contributions, which can include everything from streetcar sounds to steel drums to soulful melodies, will be accepted via YouTube, Facebook and SoundCloud - as well as by using special composing tools created by Machover's MIT team.
“This type of project has never been done before. It’s quite a unique approach to large-scale composition,” said Oundjian. “We'll be working with millions of Toronto composers – as every Torontonian can contribute. I’m really looking forward to hearing how our great city inspires Tod.”
Machover will discuss the project at Ideacity during his talk taking place Thursday, June 14 from 12:27 to 12:44 p.m. Joined by TSO musicians, he will outline the concept of the project, showcase examples of the music to be created with this innovative musical approach, and explain how everyone can take part.
“The TSO is such an open-minded orchestra, so when I was commissioned to write a piece, I started to dream up this project,” said Machover. “We want to go beyond crowd-sourcing to a rich, new level of creative exchange. My goal is to produce something together with the city of Toronto that - literally - none of us could have done without each other, music that is sustaining, surprising, enriching...and beautiful.”
About Tod Machover:
Tod Machover is recognized as one of the world's most imaginative and influential composers, and is also known for his music technology inventions, from a "hypercello" for Yo-Yo Ma to the innovations behind Guitar Hero. In addition to composing boundary-breaking works for instruments and electronics, Machover seeks ways to actively involve the public in music-making, through projects like his interactive Brain Opera or the Hyperscore composing software system. He is also celebrated for his innovative operas, including the "robotic" Death and the Powers which was Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. www.todmachover.com and http://opera.media.mit.edu
About the TSO:
Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming.
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