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Brahms for Three! 
Jelena Cingara, piano 
Emily Hiemstra, viola, 
Erika Nielsen, cello

Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
$20/$10  Students


Dr. Jelena Cingara is an experienced pedagogue and performer with over twenty years experience in USA and Canada. She has taught piano minors at The University level at The University of Utah School of Music, and served as the main accompanist for the String Division for The University of Utah Preparatory Division.

Jelena is currently a piano instructor at York University. She is also a winner of festivals, competitions, and teaching assistantships in both USA and Canada, such as: Kiwanis Peel and Davenport, as well as a third prize winner in both the piano concerto and small ensemble competition at The University of Toledo, Ohio.

As a performer, Jelena has recently performed solo recitals for: The Davis Arts Council, Mundi Project, and has completed a chamber music recital at The World Piano Teacher’s Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, amongst many others. She has also attended music festivals across Europe such as: Interharmony, and Prague Piano Institute, and will attend La Balie Summer workshop in France. Recently her and Zoltan Csikos have won second place at the American Protege Competition, and will make their debut in Carnegie Hall in May, 2018. Her CD: Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances and Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4 can be found on amazon, spotify, and itunes. Jelena has a DMA in piano performance from The University of Utah, where she studied with Dr. Vedrana Subotic.

Emily Hiemstra (nee Walker) holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance with Christine Vlajk and composition with Peter Hatch from Wilfrid Laurier University and an artist diploma in viola performance with Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.

She has participated in festivals around the world including the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany and the Canada India Youth Orchestra Project in Bangalore, India. She is also an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2012, 2013) on violin and viola respectively. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with orchestras such as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton) and the London Symphonia.

In 2017 Ms Hiemstra performed the Stamitz Viola Concerto with the Charis Collective ensemble in Toronto, ON. She has also played in masterclasses for such world renowned violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad and has performed in venues such as the Canadian Music Centre and Koerner Hall.

As a composer, Ms Hiemstra has had her works heard on Chorale Concert (CBC Radio), and performed by ensembles such as the Maureen Forrester Singers, Laurier Concert Choir, Laurier Wind Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Schola Magdalena, the Renaissance Singers, the Canadian Chamber Choir, Amabile Youth Singers(London), Halifax Camerata Singers, Podium 2014(Halifax), Corriolis Brass and the NYOC’s brass quintet. She is a featured Canadian composer on the Canadian Chamber Choir’s JUNO nominated album A Canadian Mass: Sacred Reflections of Canada. Works can be found through Cypress Choral Music Publishing.

Cellist Erika Nielsen enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid, and was recently on tour with The Musical Stage Company’s Onegin: The Musical on tour at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Recent international performances include Charlotte at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, 2017.

Erika was principal cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and on faculty of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in 2016. She has performed frequently with Westwood Concerts chamber series, and New Music series’ such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, The Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Bicycle Opera Project.

Erika holds an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Glenn Gould School, where she studied with David Hetherington, and a B.Mus (hon.) from Queen’s University, with Wolf Tormann. Erika recently joined the 2018 cello faculty at National Music Camp, and performs on a JB Collin-Mézin cello from 1885.

Payadora Tango Ensemble presents
The Death/Rebirth of Tango

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8 pm
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Payadora Tango Ensemble 
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Robert Horvath, piano 
Chris Gao, accordion
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon
Joseph Phillips, double bass

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. 

Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre. 

“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!” 
— Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine

The coup in 1955 that ousted General Perón had profound consequences for Argentina as a whole, and for the Tango in particular, launching the country into a kind of modern Dark Age. The new military government was made up of members of the upper classes, for whom the culture of the mass of the population was alien and dangerous. They did not understand the Tango. They did not dance it.

Also they had a knee-jerk reaction that anything Perón had said was good must be bad. Perón was a nationalist and a populist, and Tango was both national and popular. Perón had used Tango and Tango artists for his political purposes, and many famous Tango artists were involved with the Peronist movement. As a consequence many artists were either imprisoned or blacklisted by the new regime.
from The Dark Age of Tango
Christine Denniston is author of The Meaning of Tango, Dancing Tango - Unlocking the Mysteries and Secrets of the Tango - 1914


The Art of the Piano: Cathy Yang & Benyamin Nuss
FABLES: piano music from Debussy to Uematsu

Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 8 pm 
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"Fables" combines the diverse colours an​​d dream worlds of classical French piano music and video game scores. Come and explore the worlds full  of fantasy and imagination found in piano works of the French Impressionism and in the gaming and virtual worlds of Final Fantasy and Saga Frontier.  Hear the pictures created by the sounds and the sounds inspired by the imagination. 


At the age of 7 Cathy Yang  started her musical career with Prof. Zhaoyi Dan in China. Soon after she immigrated to Canada and continued her musical journey with Vladimir Niurenberg in Toronto. Her professional musical studies were completed with Prof. Ilja Scheps at the Universityof Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) with a Masters degree in piano performance. While in Canada, she participated and received prizes in many regional piano festivals and also in the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition. In 2006, she won two first prizes at the solo and concerto competition at Ithaca College in New York, USA.

In May 2006, she was invited by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation as one of two representatives from Canada to participate in their music festival Moscow Meets Friends. Performing in the Central Music School in Moscow, Russia, she shared the stage with some of the most talented young musicians from around the world.

In 2010, Cathy won the third prize in her age category at the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera in Spain.

While in Aachen, Germany she was invited multiple times by the Collegium Musicum orchestra of the RWTH Aachen to perform as the soloist in the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven  and Chopin. She also performed in Poland  with various orchestras. As a member of Aix Alma Trio she toured several times  in Germany.

Cathy lives in Toronto, Canada and is currently working on some innovative piano projects.

Benyamin Nuss was born in Bergisch-Gladbach on the twentieth of June 1989. At the age of six he began piano lessons. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, the trombonist Ludwig Nuss, an internationally renowned jazz musicians. Not only did Benyamin grow up with music from different genres, he really made classical music and jazz his passion. Inspired by “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children’s Corner,” he began at the age of ten to study the composer Claude Debussy, and soon after the works of Maurice Ravel.

How elegantly and emotionally he internalizes the music is demonstrated by his first prizes at the 2005 national Steinway Competition “Young Musicians”, and the 2006 international competition “Prix d’Amadeo de Piano” as well as his grant from the Hochbegabtenstiftung (Foundation for the Gifted) ”Best of NRW”. Benyamin Nuss has been studying at the Cologne/Aachen conservatoire with Prof. Ilya Scheps since 2008. Besides his love for classical music and jazz, he had always a passion for Videogames and Videogame music. He was the featured soloist in the award winning “Symphonic Fantasies” recording and his first CD released by “Deutsche Grammophon” is a tribute to the legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who scored the music for the most famous Role Play Game of all times, “Final Fantasy”. In 2010 Benyamin did a well-received tour through Germany, where he played in most of the major concert halls, like Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt “Alte Oper”, Hamburg “Laeiz Halle”, Stuttgart “Liederhalle” and many more. Besides he appeared as a major soloist of the “Symphonic Fantasies” and “Distand World” concerts in Tokio, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm. Since then Nuss has played Solo performances on TV, like in “Stars von Morgen” with Rolando Villazon and performed in front of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. In 2012, he recorded his second CD for “Deutsche Grammophon” -”Exotica”, which was equally successful and was followed by celebrated concerts in Tokyo and Singapore. Recently, he did recordings and concerts for radio, performing Gershwins “Concert For Piano in F” with the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie – Saarbrücken” and Gershwins “Rhapsody In Blue” and Ravels “Piano Concert Nr.2″ with the “WDR Rundfunk Orchester”.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a classical performer, Benyamin is a gifted composer, two of his composition can be heard in “Exotica”. Apart from classical concerts, he also performs his music with his own Jazz Quartet or in a Trio together with his father Ludwig Nuss and the great bass player, John Goldsby.

Marilyn Lerner - piano
Andrew Downing - bass
Patricia O’Callaghan - voice

Friday April 6, 2018 at 8 pm
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An evening combining classical songs and jazz improvisation, with music spanning over 250 years, featuring the songs of Rameau, Fauré, Poulenc, Debussy, Satie, Messaien, Barbara, Serge Gainsbourg, and Artur H, featuring three world-renowned Canadian artists.

Patricia O'Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel, with six solo albums and many interesting collaborations along the way. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, but one of Patricia's most unique talents is the ability to blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment. “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don't need a translation to know that someone's about to get his throat cut or get laid or both." (The National Post) "O'Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it's easy to believe her." (Chart Attack)

Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music. In 2016, Lerner/Filiano/Grassi- Live at Edgefest, was released on vinyl by NoBusiness Records, and in 2017 her trio, Ugly Beauties (Matt Brubeck, cello and Nick Fraser, drums) released its second CD, Strange Attractors.

Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and bandleader. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. His projects include MELODEON, a 7-piece chamber ensemble that performs live music to silent films and ANAHTAR, a Turkish-Canadian project inspired by his yearly visits to İstanbul, Turkey and OTTERVILLE, a quiet jazz ensemble. He has composed music for The Vancouver Bach Choir, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London, and he has arranged music for The Gryphon Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble and Patricia O’Callaghan. He has won two Juno awards for work with his group The Great Uncles of the Revolution and Zubot and Dawson and performs regularly with David Occhipinti, The Lina Allemano Four, Jayme Stone and Patricia O’Callaghan.

Chamber Opera for Clarinet and Piano

Saturday April 14, 2018 at 2 pm
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Mitchell Yolevsky, clarinet
Madison Ryley Arsenault, vocals
Deena Nicklefork, vocals 
Hye Won Lee, piano


1st Act:

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    "Parto! ma tu ben mio." (from La Clemenza di Tito)
    Vocal-Madison Ryley Arsenault 
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky
  2. Luigi Bassi (1833-1871)
    "Fantasia Da Concerto (based off of Verdi's Rigoletto)
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky
  3. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    "Theme and Variations"
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky


2nd Act:

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 
    "Non Piu Di Fiori (from La Clemenza di Tito)
    Vocal-Deena Nicklefork
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky
  2. Carl Maria Von Weber (1786-1826)  
    Grand Duo Concertant
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky

Madison Arsenault obtained a Master’s of Music in Voice Performance and Literature at Western University under the tutelage of Anita Krause-Wiebe. She made her operatic debut in 2012 as Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ with SOLT. Madison was featured as a soloist for Orchestra London with The Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. She was also featured as The Secretary in Menotti’s “The Consul” with UWOpera that year. In 2013, Madison made her international debut as “Giulietta” in Offenbach’s “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” with FIO Americas in São Paulo, Brazil. She was also seen as the title role in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” with UWOpera that same year. During the summer of 2014, Madison was in England performing the title role in "Iolanthe" with Yorkshire Opera Workshop, and back in Canada to sing Ježibaba in Dvorjak’s “Rusalka” with Halifax Summer Opera Festival. In 2015, she traveled to Lucca, Italy to perform the title role in Handel’s “Rinaldo” with AEDO. This past year, Madison performed the roles of Sesto in Mozart’s “Clemenza di Tito” with Opera By Request, and Hansel in Humperdinks classic tale “Hansel & Gretel” with Grande Prairie Opera.

In 2016 Madison became a certified yoga instructor.  Confident in the benefits a regular yoga practice has for singers, she plans to specialize her teachings in yoga for singers. She has been teaching music full time and hopes to combine her two passions and share the incredible practice that is yoga with her peers in the music industry.

H.W. Cecilia Lee is a diverse freelancer musician based in Toronto, Canada. She collaborates on all three major keyboard forms, from full – orchestral and graphic score readings to figured/unfigured continuo parts and traditional classical piano writing.
Dr. Lee received her DMA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2008) with Paul Barnes and Nicole Narboni, with generous support from Hixon – Lied Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant. Her teachers include Lynda Metelsky, University of Toronto (BME, 2004), Jack Winerock and Robert Koenig, University of Kansas (MMus, 2006). In addition, she studied organ/harpsichord (Douglas Bodle, Eugene Gates), clavichord (Gerhard Erber, Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig), fortepiano (Bart van Oort, Netherland).
Dr. Lee have attended numerous international festivals with scholarships: Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College (USA), Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy (USA- Germany), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Pablo Casals Music Festival (France), Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses, 2009 Winter and Fall residency (Canada). In addition to performing, Ms. Lee is an active recording engineer, working with Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and various freelance projects in the city, and recently started writing for Ludwig-Van-Toronto.
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Deena Nicklefork is thrilled to be performing with Mitch once again! Deena has had the privilege of singing across Europe, but her favourite stage will always be in Toronto. Past performances include: Cio-Cio San "MADAMA BUTTERFLY", S.O.L.T.; Donna Elvira "DON GIOVANNI", F.A.V.A.; Judit "BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE", OBR; Santuzza "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA", OBR; Rusalka "RUSALKA", OBR; Marschallin "DER ROSENKAVALIER", OBR. Upcoming performances include: Musette "LA BOHEME", OBR; Cio-Cio San "MADAMA BUTTERFLY", OBR; Donna Elvira "DON GIOVANNI", PSOW. Thank you always to my family and friends for their continuous love and support. Phil 4:13. 

Mitchell Yolevsky is a unique performing clarinettist musician based in Toronto Canada.  Mitchell enjoys performing both composed and improvised music and is open to various forms of musical collaboration.  Mitchell obtained a bachelor of performance in clarinet from the University of Toronto and will continue performing indefinitely.

“Mortals, Myths, Lovers, Victims and the Survivors”
A Music Anthology
Vanessa Lanch, soprano
William Shookhoff, piano

Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 8 pm
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Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Zweite Braut Nacht (from Die ägyptische Helena)
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Ellens zweiter Gesang, D.838 Der Zwerg, D.771 Nachtstück, D.672
Klärchens Lied, D.210
Olivier Messiaen ( 1908 – 1992)
Trois Mélodies
ii. Le sourire
Henri Duparc (1848 – 1933)
Chanson Triste
Erik Korngold (1897 – 1957)
Drei Lieder, Opus 22
iii. Welt ist stille Eingeschlafen
Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963)
Trois Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin
i. Le Garçon de Liège
ii. Au-Delà
iii. Aux Officiers de la Garde Blanche
Alban Berg (1885 – 1935)
Bibelszene (from Wozzeck) Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
The Trees They Grow So High
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Poèmes pour Mi
iv. Épouvante
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911 – 2007)
To This We ́ve Come (from The Consul)
Jocelyn Morlock (1969 - ) Involuntary Love Songs
iii. Script 

Hailed as having a voice that is “far reaching, expressive and beautiful”, Vanessa Lanch is quickly becoming a name to look out for in young dramatic soprano repertory. Vanessa was born in Toronto, Canada and is of German heritage. She studied music and theatre at York University, where she worked with soprano Norma Burrowes and mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin. Vanessa went on to complete her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and in opera at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria where she graduated both programs with distinction. Vanessa was also a member of the Flanders Opera Studio in Belgium and the Bayreuth Festival Chorus in Germany.

Operatic roles to her credit include Mélisande in the Constant / Debussy / Brook's Impressions de Pelléas, Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw). Vanessa has now expanded into roles of the young dramatic soprano repertoire, including Agathe (Der Freischütz) and Elsa (Lohengrin).

Ms. Lanch has also been recognized for her excellence in interpreting modern music. She was the third place winner in the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition in Canada (2011) and the winner of the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recently, Vanessa was also a semi-finalist in the international Elizabeth Connell Competition for dramatic sopranos. As a scholarship recipient, she has been a member of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (Aldeburgh, England, sponsored by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation), and the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona Italy.

William Shookhoff is a noted conductor, pianist and vocal coach throughout Canada and abroad. He has conducted Canadian orchestras from coast to coast, as well as in the Netherlands and China. He has served on the music faculties of the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Wilfrid Laurier, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Johannesen Summer Institute of Music. He has been on the Music Staff of the Canadian, Netherlands, Edmonton, and Portland (Oregon) Opera Companies.

Equally at home in Music Theatre, Mr Shookhoff was the Associate Conductor of the inaugural Canadian production of Les Miserables, and of the Canadian Tour and Toronto productions of Phantom of the Opera. He has been a guest Music Director with Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and Citadel Theatre (Edmonton).

Frequently in demand as coach and conductor, Mr. Shookhoff makes frequent appearances in those capacities throughout Western Europe and China, as well as maintaining an active coaching studio in Toronto. He is a regular guest conductor with the Bluebridge Festival and with Opera Kitchener. He has also devoted his efforts to the development and presentation of the Massed Piano or Monster Concert, and has conducted such events at Carnegie Hall, New York; Massey Hall and Nathan Philips Square, Toronto; the White House, Washington, DC; and the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Mr. Shookhoff is Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions.

Made in Trio Ensemble

Friday April 20, 2018 at 8 pm
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C. Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 

C.P.E. Bach Trio for flute, clarinet and piano D major Wq 94
 I. Allegretto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro di molto 

Nino Rota Trio for flute violin (clarinet) and piano 
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace con spirito 


F.K. Abigaña Four Dances
 I. Round Dance
II. Pavane
III. Shanty 
IV. Charleston

B. Mantovani L’ère de rien 

Sophie Dupuis  From One’s Bed  (1st performance, dedicated to Made in Trio) 

G. Connesson Techno Parade

Made in Trio Ensemble was created in 2013 during study at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, the Haute École de Musique de Genève and the Hochschule für Musik Luzern (Switzerland), with the professors François Benda, Michel Bellavance, Sarah Rumer, Heinrich Mätzener, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Anton Kernjak.

The repertoire is based on music from the XX and XXI century, with composers like Bruno Mantovani, Guillaume Connesson, and others. There is also repertoire from the classic period as C. P. Emmanuel Bach (originally for quartet with flute, pianoforte, viola and basso continuo), and romantic style, especially from French composers, like Maurice Emmanuel, Camille Saint-Saens, and others.

In 2015 they were awarded with a special prize at the "Orpheus Chamber Music Competition" in Switzerland and the 1st prize at the "Marianne und Curt Dienemann-Stiftung" Competition in Luzern, Switzerland. They were finalist in the prestigious "Concert Artists Guild Competition" in New York 2016 and at the 20th International Chamber Music Competition of Illzach in France.

They performed at the Swiss Chamber Music Festival 2015 in Adelboden, at the Swiss Foundation of Young Musicians, at the Mimiko (Mittwoch Mittag Konzerte), at the Altstadt Serenaden concert series in Basel. They are regular artists at the association "Amici della Musica" of Trapani and Alcamo, Italy. They were invited also at the KlangBasel Festival 2016, Zeiträume Festival 2017 both in Switzerland and at the “Festival da Primavera” 2017 in Viseu, Portugal. Above all, "Made in Trio" intend to extend the repertoire of this rare formation and aim to create a new sonority, capable of providing real moments of music.

Rute Fernandes began her musical studies at age of eight in her hometown. Later on she gets in the Artistic and Professional School of Music Vale do Ave, Portugal (2004-2010, high school level) with Joaquina Mota and Elisa Trigo. She made her Bachelor degree at Haute École de Musique de Genève with Michel Bellavance (2010-2013) and she finalized her Master Specialized in Orchestra in 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik - Luzern with Sarah Rumer (flute) and Nicola Mazzanti (piccolo). All of that was supported by the scholarship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

She played with the European Union Youth Orchestra (Summer School), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Schweizer-Jugend-Sinfonie Orchester, Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

She won the 1st prize at the I, II and III National Competitions "Terras de la Salette” (Portugal), at the Concours National d’Exécution Musicale (Riddes, Switzerland), at the Internacional Flute Competition Jastrzébie-Zdrój 2012 (Poland), the David Russel Honorific Prize for Young Talents, 4th Edition (Vigo, Spain), and the Edwin-Fischer Preis Wettbewerb (Luzern, Switzerland), among many others.

She is the Co-Principal flute in the Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich.

Born in Montreal, Canada, David Dias da Silva was raised by a Portuguese family, before they moved back to Portugal, where he started his musical education. He studied at the Professional School of Music of Viana do Castelo and at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto, with Professors Iva Barbosa, Nuno Pinto and Antonio Saiote. David holds a Master of Music in Performance and a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland), under the tutelage of Francois Benda, in addition to an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal, in the clarinet classes of Jean-François Normand and Alain Desgagné. He has also been a member of the “Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester” and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

A recent grand-prize winner of both the “Prix d’Europe” and Canadian Music Competition’s “Stepping Stone” competitions, he has earned many other distinctions, including 1st prizes at the “Kiefer Hablitzel” Competition, Bern (Switzerland), the "Fernando Raínho Valente" Competition, Aveiro (Portugal), International Young Artist Competition, Vancouver (Canada), “Terras de La Salette” Competition, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), 2nd prize at the “Concours National d’Exécution Musicale,” Riddes (Switzerland), among others.

David is regularly invited to perform orchestrally with several orchestras, most notably the Hyogo Performing Center Orchestra (Japan), Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Zurich and Basler Festival Orchester (Switzerland). He is a member of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon, and since 2015, he has held a contract position as principal clarinet with the Sinfonieorchester Basel.

Sinforosa Petralia started to play the piano at the age of five with her grandmother, Sinforosa Pastorino. She continued her studies with Prof. Giuseppe Visconti, Professor at the Conservatory “A.Scontrino” of Trapani (Italy). In 2006 she graduate "cum laude" at the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo (Italy) with Prof. Aurelia Spagnolo. From 2007 to 2011 she studied with Prof. Pietro De Maria in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence, Italy). In 2014 she obtained the Master Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, Switzerland, under the tutelage of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner; during the same year she earned a bachelor’s degree in DAMS at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis focused on the figure of the “Wanderer” in Franz Schubert. In 2016 she obtained the Pedagogic Master in the same Basel School.

In 1998 she won the 2nd prize at “Tonino Pardo” Piano Competition; the year after she won the 1st prize at “Città di Balestrate” Piano Competition, Italy. In 2009 she won the 1st prize at “Nuovi Orizzonti” Piano Competition in Arezzo and the year after she won the 2nd prize at “G. Rospigliosi” Piano Competition in Lamporecchio, Italy. In 2014 she won the “Talent Factory” Competition, organized by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana Foundation, in Palermo, Italy.

As well as her chamber music experience with Made in Trio she is also the pianist of the Ensemble Container, based in Spain, and focused on contemporary music repertoire. At the moment she is the piano accompanist of the Bassoon class of Sergio Azzolini, in the Musik Akademie Basel.

The Art of the Piano:
Robert Silverman plays Chopin

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8 pm
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"One could only marvel at a performance of such thorough conviction. Surely he is one of the country's finest pianists." (Toronto Star)


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Prelude in C# minor, Op. 45
Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)
Ballade No.1, Op. 23


Polonaise Fantaisie Op. 61
3 Waltzes Op. 64
Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as every major orchestra in Canada.

Robert Silverman's comprehensive discography is one of the largest of any Canadian pianist. His recent album of late Chopin works (on Isomike) was named the Best Recording of the Month by Stereophile Magazine in February of this year. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an integral recording of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010, again on the Isomike label.

In 2013 Silverman was appointed to the Order of Canada, an honour accorded to about 150 Canadians annually. Earlier, Robert Silverman was the first winner of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.

Robert Silverman was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. A long-standing Steinway artist, he is frequently heard on the CBC and has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters and Isomike.

Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where a generous selection of his recordings has been heard by well over 50,000 listeners. Many of his recordings are available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Audio High. Visit him online at

Joel Frahm, sax   Adrean Farrugia, piano

Friday April 27, 2018 at 7 PM
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TD Discovery Series Special Projects

Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia and American saxophonist Joel Frahm celebrate the release of BLUED DHARMA, an album of duets recorded in New York City in August of 2017. The album features new and previously unrecorded works by Farrugia, as well as explorations of standard songs from the Great American Songbook.

Adrean Farrugia
Juno Award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been an active member of the Canadian jazz music scene since the late 1990’s. He has appeared on more than 40 recordings and performs locally with the Bob Brough Quartet, The Worst Pop Band Ever, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Marito Marques, Jane Bunnett, Sophia Perlman, Kevin Turcotte, Heather Bambrick and Molly Johnson. He also tours internationally with vocalist Matt Dusk, American trumpeter Brad Goode, and recently, with saxophone legend Ernie Watts. Adrean also leads his own bands Ricochet (whose debut album was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz recording in 2011) and the Adrean Farrugia Trio. Adrean is on the faculties of Mohawk College and York University.

Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1970. He attended the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School, where he began playing the tenor saxophone. At the age of 15 he and his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended William H. Hall High School. He met pianist Brad Mehldau at school, and the two had weekly gigs locally. After leaving high school in 1988, Frahm attended Rutgers University for a year before transferring to The Manhattan School of Music, and following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance he entered Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop. His debut recording as a leader was Sorry, No Decaf, for Palmetto Records, in 1998. A 2001 recording, Don't Explain, was a series of duets with Mehldau. A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound - fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star.


Magisterra Soloists
String Chamber Works

Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 8 pm
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Magisterra Soloists
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Mikela Witjes, violin
Jordan Clayton, violin
Matt Antal, viola
Ethan Filner, viola
Joel Tangjerd, cello

GIUSEPPE VERDI  (1813 –1901)
Quartet e minor (1873) for two violins, viola and cello

  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino
  3. Prestissimo
  4. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro assai mosso


Quintet F major 
for two violins, two violas and cello

  1. Gemäßigt
  2. Scherzo: Schnell - Trio: Langsamer
  3. Adagio
  4. Finale: Lebhaft bewegt

Magisterra Soloists is a vibrant Canadian classical music ensemble dedicated to programming innovative and venturesome chamber works in juxtaposition with traditional classical staples. Their repertoire not only seeks to rediscover historically important works, but also to support the exciting new output of this generation’s living composers. The ensemble brings together established professional musicians and young emerging artists from across the globe – with the
inclusion of guest vocalists and instrumentalists – to create something fresh, engaging and gutsy. Magisterra is also proud to oer a mentorship program for outstanding young artists who are invited to perform as “Magisterra Fellows” in select concerts. In 2016, Magisterra launched its “Salon Series,” a series designed to provide music to more intimate audiences by way of in-home concerts and in 2017 launched its inaugural “Magisterra at the Museum” series. Additionally, the ensemble presents interactive concerts in schools throughout the province through its curriculum-based educational outreach program, “Magisterra in Schools.” In March 2018, Magisterra will hold its first “Young Performer’s Award” auditions, an initiative to encourage high quality musical training at an early age provided by private music teachers in London.

Founded in the fall of 2015 by internationally-acclaimed German violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Magisterra Soloists is currently based in London, Ontario. Within its first year of concertizing, the ensemble has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen venues across Ontario, including Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The ensemble has also succeeded in crafting an educational outreach program designed to provide young children with an interactive experience of classical music and which has been presented to over a dozen
school groups. In May of 2016, Magisterra gave the Canadian premiere of the ensemble’s first commissioned arrangement, Sapling, by award-winning Canadian composer, Emily Doolittle. It subsequently premiered this work internationally in August during its inaugural international six-city tour to Brazil which included performances in São Paolo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Florianopolis, and in Rio de Janeiro, where they enjoyed the support of the Canadian Embassy. While concertizing in Brazil, the ensemble had the privilege of playing for the students of the Baccarelli Institute in São Paolo, a not-for-profit organization that enjoys the endorsement and regular visits of musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

Magisterra Soloists embarked on its first Ontario-Quebec tour in May 2017. Today’s concert kicks of Magisterra’s second Ontario-Quebec tour! The ensemble is proud to have been nominated the Jack Richardson award, with Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel nominated as a soloist in the community.

 Salon Tokyo a Toronto I
Art of the Piano: Satoko Inoue

Friday May 4, 2018 at 8 pm
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Takeo Hoshiya : Piano StudyVIII versionα (2011)
Yuka Shibuya : Clouds merging into the sea, Islands floating in the sky 2
Daryl Jamieson : new piece ~world premiere 
Toshiya Watanabe : On A Winter Day (2018)
Jo Kondo
     In Nomine (Berceuse a la Lesniewski) (2006)
     Ritornello (2005)
     Sight Rhythmics (1975) 
     Caccia Soave (2016) 
     Interlude (2017)

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series "Satoko Plays Japan" at major venues in that country. She has performed around two hundred contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University. Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example,  MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival" l'Art pour l'Aar" in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she had a lot of solo concerts in US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland)and has also the CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos(Spain), and ALM Records (Japan). She was awarded “Keizo Saji Prize” for 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts with “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

Salon Tokyo a Toronto II
Satoko Inoue, piano    
Clemens Merkel, violin

Saturday May 5, 2018 at 8 pm
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John Cage - Thirteen Harmonies - 1985
John Cage - Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard - 1950 
John Cage - Two6 - 1992 

Clemens Merkel’s unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language,  and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage,  and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal’s Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging  experimentalists to today’s most revered composers.

For over a decade, Merkel’s unusual sound has fused with that of the Quatuor Bozzini, considered one  f the world’s leading string quartets. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through  the Composer’s Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertake multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintain a profound impact  on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montréal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.

Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent’s leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montréal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Québec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. His presence is felt in academia as well, through articles written for the Revue Circuit, and through his teaching at Concordia University. He’s a passionate chef and lives in Montréal’s Portuguese neighborhood together with his wife Isabelle Bozzini and children Félix and Béatrice.

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series "Satoko Plays Japan" at major venues in that country. She has performed around two hundred contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University. Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example,  MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival" l'Art pour l'Aar" in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she had a lot of solo concerts in US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland)and has also the CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos(Spain), and ALM Records (Japan). She was awarded “Keizo Saji Prize” for 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts with “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

The Art of Improvisation

Saturday May  12, 2018 at 8pm 
Tickets: $20/$10 (st) (Cash only at the door)  

Six innovative musicians immersed in Toronto's improvising community, dedicated to the art of improvisation will perform in different setups exploring musical boundaries and potentialities of spontaneous composition and combustion!

Bill Gilliam, piano
Rick Sacks, percussion
Bill McBirnie, flute
Eugene Martynec, laptop
Glen Hall, reeds 
Brian Abbot, guitar

Demeter from Rick Sacks on Vimeo.

An improvisation performance with Bill McBernie (flute) evoking stark beauty while the ensemble, Bill Gilliam (piano), Eugene Martynec (laptop) and Rick Sacks (percussion) portrays the power of Winter. (recorded at Array Space, Toronto, Jan 2018).

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James’ official website. Bill was also chosen Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards, nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. Bill has produced several award-winning Extreme Flute projects including his recent organ trio project, FIND YOUR PLACE (featuring Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 and Anthony Michelli on drums). Bill also performs with the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. You can learn more about Bill at his website:

Rick Sacks has a Masters in Music from SUNY Stony Brook. While in NY he performed at venues including Carnegie Recital Hall, NY Shakespeare Theatre and Alice Tully and taught at Bennington College, Vermont. He performs worldwide (Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, Shanghai Expo, Mongolia, Europe, Africa, US and Canada). His symphony “Water Music” for the Victoria Symphony utilized remote controlled flying fish and a deep-sea diver costume. From 2011 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of Arraymusic. Rick likes to improvise on drum kit and percussion both electronic and acoustic and continues to freelance as a percussionist, sound designer and composer.

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film, dance and theatre and recorded his CDs and performed with artists such as Charlie Ringas, Ernie Tollar, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano, Dave Young, Howard Gaul, Lori Freedman. His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill's recent music projects include the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio's new CD Entangled Pathways and ongoing collaborations and performances with the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Cheryl O, David Story, Kayla Milmine, Ambrose Pottie, Eugene Martynec, Rick Sacks, Bill McBirnie and other artists.

Brian Abbott is a guitarist/improvisor/composer who hails from New Jersey, the armpit of America. Escaping to Toronto a few years ago to escape the rabid human zoo the US had become, he settled into the Toronto creative music scene improvising with piles of great musicians, composing for many different instrumentations, and organizing shows, such as a 14 hour performance of Erik Satie’s “Vexations” just to name one. His duo with soprano saxophonist, Kayla Milmine, Faster, has a new album called “Nuclear Fishin’” coming out March 2018, featuring mostly through composed music with some improv. Anything else? Probably, but I forget. Writing a bio is a boring activity. I’m gonna go wander around the AGO now cause it’s free Wednesdays nights!

Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album (“The Book of the Heart” with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans (“The Mother of the Book”). His “Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs” featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He’s studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.

Eugene Martynec is known for his versatility, composing and recording with pop groups, orchestras, and in visual and live theatre settings. He is trained in electronic music, composition, and orchestration from The Royal Conservatory of Music (1970–1975) and has been awarded Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council grants for music composition. His most recent interests are around improvised music, composing live electro- acoustic music, as well as with adding visual components to his improvisation performances. Martynec is well traveled and has lived and performed abroad, notably living in Beijing for two years where he performed in Yunnan Province with Yan Jun (a sound artist, critic, poet and organizer) and in Beijing at several music and art festivals. From 2007-2010 he was based in London, England where he performed with the London Improvisers Orchestra and with various other small ensembles throughout Europe. Upon returning to Toronto in 2010, he organized and formed the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra. Martynec remains a key player in the Toronto improvising community.

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