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TorQ presents Xenakis' Pleiades

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918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education

918 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

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TorQ partners with superstar percussionists Aiyun Huang and Ryan Scott to present a rare complete performance of Iannis Xenakis' percussion masterwork "Pleiades". This percussion sextet is a tour-de-force, written in Xenakis' signature style: architecturally influenced, and technically and musically demanding. The title of this work is intentionally ambiguous: on one hand, the term comes from a word meaning "many", and which alludes to all of the instruments used by the six percussionists along the four movements; on the other hand, it refers to a myth in Greek mythology: the Pleiades are the seven daughters of Pleione and Atlas. The greatest part of his inspiration may come from the astronomy, as the Pleiades were thought to be the stars from Taurus.

Pleiades consists of four movements, each named for the instrument group it uses: "Metaux" uses a specially constructed microtonal 19-bar instrument called sixxen; this performance will feature the debut of TorQ's own custom-made set. "Claviers" ("keyboards") uses a variety of mallet percussion instruments, "Peaux" ("skins") uses all drums, and "Melanges" combines all the instruments in a single movement. We are grateful to Yamaha Canada for help in providing some of the instruments used in this performance.

Tickets are offered at four price levels. Inspired by the Toronto-based Why Not Theatre, we're letting audience members choose which price they'd like to pay. It's important to us that our concerts are accessible to all, regardless of financial situation. At the same time, ticket revenues for an event like this only cover a fraction of production costs, so we wanted to give those who are able a way to help support our projects. Please purchase a ticket at a price level with which you feel comfortable.

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