Last season, Rezonance was fortunate to receive an Artist Development grant from The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), which gave us additional resources and the momentum to make a short professional-quality recording. We were originally planning to record in June, however the pandemic forced us to reschedule. After another attempt to record in August was again rescheduled (out of an abundance of caution), it finally all came together in September!
Improvisation was a regular part of musical performance in the Baroque and Renaissance eras. Unlike today, performers were almost always also composers as well, and someone performing someone else's composition would often take liberties - even adding whole sections to the work. Today it is highly unusual that a performer would depart from the score, even a tiny bit! In our program Flights of Fancy, we will be finding different ways to present how improvisation is a part of p
What is a toccata? And what does it have to do with our Flights of Fancy concert? According to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the term comes from the Italian toccare: ‘to touch’. It is a piece intended primarily as a display of manual dexterity, often free in form and almost always for a solo keyboard instrument. It's the "free in form" part that interests us the most for the purposes of this concert. That means the piece, unlike so much other music of its t
Something that has always attracted me to making music is that there is always more to learn, and ways to grow. At times this can feel frustrating, when you feel you'll never be able to know everything, or do everything you can imagine. But most of the time I choose to see it as liberating. This past year I challenged myself to get more comfortable on my instrument in a few different ways, including learning about Arabic violin playing, and learning more about Baroque improvi
This season Rezonance Baroque Ensemble is taking over the Danforth and we encourage you to enjoy good food from local Danforth restaurants after hearing our lovely baroque music – so we thought we would recommend some restaurants in the area that we know are delicious. Before or after you take in our next show, Liftoff, (Oct 29, 2pm, 361 Danforth Ave) why not treat yourself to good food and drinks? Danforth restaurants we have heard good things about: Athens Pastries and Café