Rezonance Baroque Ensemble will perform an unconventional historical program featuring both the music of the Ottoman Empire as well as European compositions influenced by eastern sounds. Expect exciting contributions from James Freeman on percussion, and Nicolas Royer-Artuso on oud.
James Freeman was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. On his third birthday, he received his first drum set. At the age of 7, he began to study trumpet, and played both trumpet and drums in concerts, jazz, and marching bands. James continued his musical studies at Montreals McGill University, completing both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music. Since discovering a passion for Arabic music, he has studied with Dr. Ali Jihad Racy, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Bishara, Suleiman Warwar, and legendary Fairuz percussionist Michel Merhej. In addition to performing Arabic music with the Arabesque Dance Company Orchestra, he has performed with the New York Arabic Orchestra featuring Marcel Khalife.
Nicolas Royer-Artuso is a oud player, violinist, linguist, musicologist, and music teacher from Montreal. After studies in classical western music, jazz and electro-acoustic composition, he soon after devoted himself to maqam music, studying in Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, and Turkey. A key aspect of his musical work is the theoretical and practical use of heterophony. He has published 3 articles on the subject and has released one practical aspect (a CD) of it. He is a founding member of nü.kolektif, where he composes, co-directs, plays and acts in the theater-oriented political collective. In Istanbul, he is an active part of the citys traditional music and free improvisational scene. He is the organizer of Dogaçlafest, a festival devoted to improvised music.
All regular season concerts: 2pm, St Barnabas Anglican Church (361 Danforth Ave)
Sprezzatura! Music of the Forgotten Galant
Presented by Music at Metropolitan
Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:30 - 9:30 pm
56 Queen Street East
The courtiers of the 18th century wanted their music to reflect a world of ease and nonchalance, with poise and elegance barely concealing the craft and passion of the Galant composers. Music By Galuppi, Scarlatti, Leo, Handel and other masters of the Neapolitan tradition.
Featuring the Rezonance Baroque Ensemble and Musicians on the Edge, with Emily Klassen, soprano
Tickets and more information: https://www.metunited.org/events/sprezzatura-music-of-the-forgotten-galant