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Concert Fishbach

It had been a while since we’d witnessed so astounding a take off for an artist: Fishbach, age 25, has her name on everyone’s lips, fascinating and troubling all who come across her. Revealed in France only just a year ago, the young singer’s voice is one of surprise and sensuality which instantly sets itself apart from the norm.

Fishbach is from Charleville-Mézières (a small town in East of France, home of poète noir Arthur Rimbaud) and her voice goes from a soft and almost gentle whisper to a rugged and loud chant, deep and incantatory.

Concert Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

In the time since 2014’s Piano Ombre, Frànçois Marry rediscovered his adolescent passion for the power of grunge. This energy he “lost on the way”, in his own words, resurfaced on two occasions. A collaboration with Hedi Slimane, who allowed him to immerse himself in the punk and grunge scene of L.A. - with bands like Wand and Sunflower Bean in particular - revived his passion for this electricity.

Soundstreams Presents: The Music of Unsuk Chin

Sounds from the dream world – virtuosic, ironic, mischievous, and dramatic. Soundstreams, closes the Festival with The Music of Unsuk Chin, one of contemporary music’s most sought-after creators, who renders in sound the “visions of immense light” she sees in her dreams. The concert includes Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica, a playful exploration of the act of singing for two sopranos, countertenor, and ensemble featuring singer Carla Huhtanen, and “Advice From a Caterpillar,” an excerpt from her dazzling opera Alice in Wonderland.

Claudia Chan with Benjamin Bowman

Pianist Claudia Chan, alumna of The Royal Conservatory and rising star in the contemporary piano world, teams up with violinist Benjamin Bowman, member of the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) and Concertmaster of the American Ballet Orchestra in New York,, to perform works by John Corigliano, Isang Yun, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, as well as the world premiere of a piece by Christopher Goddard, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall.

Cinq à Sept

The annual 21C Music Festival Cinq à Sept features a world premiere by Japanese-Canadian Kotoka Suzuki along with the Canadian premiere of her Shimmer, Tree for piano and electronics; pianist Morgan-Paige Melbourne performing “Warrior” and “Memories In An Ancient Garden” from Scenes From a Jade Terrace by Toronto-based composer Alexina Louie; pianist Geoffrey Conquer, Rebanks Fellow at The Royal Conservatory, playing Piano Etudes by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, one of contemporary music’s most sought-after creators; the Canadian premiere of Aaron Parker’s fun minimalist work warehouse for en

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