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Steve Reich and Michael Snow

Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm 13 months ago
Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
World renowned American composer Steve Reich and Canadian artist Michael Snow, in conversation with CBC Radio's Sook-Yin Lee.

Presented in partnership with Soundstreams: showcasing the work of Canadian and international composers through innovative musical experiences.

Steve Reich
Called "America's greatest living composer" by the Village Voice and "among the great composers of the century" by The New York Times, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich pioneered the introduction of minimalist music beginning with It's Gonna Rain in 1965 and drawing on everything from African drumming to concept art. His work has been performed by major orchestras and ensembles around the world and widely influenced generations of pop, jazz and classical musicians over the last half-century.

Michael Snow
Toronto born artist Michael Snow is known internationally as a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, musician, author and pioneer of conceptualist and ground breaking multimedia art forms. As a filmmaker, he is widely acclaimed for two avant-garde-cinema works: 1967's Wavelength and 1971's La Région Centrale. Twelve of his masterworks were screened in a one year retrospective at TIFF in 2015.

Sook-Yin Lee
Sook-Yin Lee is a Canadian broadcaster, musician, filmmaker and actor. She is a former MuchMusic VJ, and, since 2002, has been the host of CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera.

Led by Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams showcases the work of living Canadian and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming. In collaboration with the finest Canadian and international artists, Soundstreams presents an annual concert series in Toronto as well as national and international tours. Soundstreams also serves the larger community through our free Salon 21 series at The Gardiner Museum, composer training activities, SoundWave program for music lovers under age 35, and digital performance space, including concert livestreams, SoundMakers website, and video content.


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Room Capacity: Based on fire code regulations the Appel Salon can accommodate seating for 458 in the main room. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Additional overflow seating as well as standing room is available in the adjoining room.

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