After a very successful first season, dérangé returns in 2016 with much more up its sleeve.
dérangé – which derives from the French word for “taken out of line,” but is also associated with insanity! – is a two-concert mini-series at the intersection of Canadian Contemporary, Classical, Jazz and Folk Music, celebrating a more “out of line,” interdisciplinary and creative approach to performing this repertoire.
In keeping with Off Centre’s tradition of creating a dialogue between artist and concert-goer, each dérangé concert features an element of discussion facilitated by Torontonian artists and experts in their fields. The mini-series is curated by soprano Ilana Zarankin and drummer Nico Dann, and is co-produced by The Music Gallery.
TEA FOR TWO
“If Art Tatum took up classical music seriously, I’d quit my job the next day.”
February 25, 2016 @8pm
The Music Gallery, 197 John Street, Toronto
Tickets: $25 Regular | $12 Members | $15 Students, Arts Workers | $20 Advance at musicgallery.org
TEA FOR TWO is inspired by the fabled friendship of classical piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz and jazz piano monster Art Tatum. The two shared a deep mutual admiration for one another, but after a round of musical show-and-tell in which they each played their own arrangements of “Tea for Two” (one improvised on the spot, the other toiled over for weeks), Horowitz vowed never to play it in public again.
Exploring this idea of “Mastery” that knows no bounds of genre or context, we will pit classical wizards against their popular/jazz/improvised-music counterparts. Featuring Jazz Pianist Chris Donnely (Myriad3) vs. Classical pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough (who will both tip their hats to that now-infamous jazz standard) as well as improvising vocalist Christine Duncan vs. indie-folk artist Alex Lukashevsky vs. classical soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon performing their takes on a handful of standard folk songs.
IN HARMONY is a celebration of the human voice and of its extraordinary versatility. From Monteverdi duets and traditional Georgian trios, to untraditional vocal ensembles (think looping and distortion pedals), improvisers and songsters with the most enviable ears. Moreover, IN HARMONY gives us the rare opportunity to present one of our favourite vocal artists working today, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE yArDs fame), as the many-faceted wonder that she is! Also featuring Toronto-based vocalists Alex Samaras, Robin Dann, Felicity Williams, Ilana Zarankin and the Zari Trio.
That’s all we can tell you for now. our lips are sealed in secrecy.
dérangé concerts begin on June 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and take place at The Music Gallery (with informal pre-concert receptions beginning at 6:30 p.m.). There will be no intermission. Purchase tickets online or at the door.