Harpsichord Series: Non-Linear

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Event Title: Harpsichord Series: Non-Linear
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Price: $(PWYC)
  • Genre: Keyboard
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non-linear  

  • Date: Thursday, August 17
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Tickets; PWYC
  • 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.

In binary coding, programmers are, with simple strings of 0s and 1s, able to create complex systems of operations that map infinite fields of choices. Depending on where we start and what route we take, we can follow relatively straight and stable lines or we can plummet into chaotic unpredictability. We can trace the endless number of paths with every twist and turn in the road, revealing the vast and rich network created.

These works by Alyssa Aska and Tristan Perich, have been created with or inspired by math, coding, and bit music. Consisting itself of binary on-off key operations, the harpsichord is confronted with digital media and “bit”-melodies, which expand and layer into complex and rich kaleidoscopes of sound. 

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.