Press Play

Sit back, relax and press play – Continuum’s series of 30 minute videos featuring exciting Canadian musicians, composers, and artists in interview and performance. Check our events for upcoming episodes, and watch all our previous episodes below.

Episode 4: Amy Brandon

November 26, 2020 8pm

Based in Truro, Nova Scotia, Amy Brandon is an incredible composer who specializes in new technologies in music. Amy first worked with Continuum at PIVOT 2019 and she has recently made a splash on the international scene featured at the famed Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht and received a new commission from the JACK Quartet in NYC. In a co-curated concert soon-to-come, Continuum will explore wearable, augmented reality and generative composition technologies with Amy. For this episode of Press Play, we discuss this exciting programming with many examples of the very newest ideas in technology and music, and explore her new app Boundary; an interactive augmented reality sound sculpture created as part of Screen Dive for the Gaudeamus Festival 2020.

Download the app HERE and play along with us at home!

Episode 3: Bongani Ndodana-Breen

November 12, 2020 8pm

Little Imbila, the rock dassie, lays in the sun all day while his friends go to fetch their tails from Mamlambo, the river spirit:

The warmth of the African sun felt so good to Imbila as he stood up to stretch and yawn. “Ah, they don’t know how fine it feels to relax in the sun, rather than march all day”, he thought…

Join the family together for this clever warning about procrastination with an introduction from South African composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen; many of whom you’ll recall as the progenitor of the groundbreaking Ensemble Noir in the early 2000s in Toronto along with current members of Continuum – we look forward to working with him again in new programming to come!

Performance from Press Play Episode 3

Episode 2: HATCH Extras

October 28, 2020

If you saw our HATCH watch parties at the end of August, you already know you’re in for a treat. Some of our participants this year went above and beyond the call and recorded secondary works for your enjoyment after months of mentorship with our core ensemble members. We catch up with these extraordinary up-and-coming artists in conversation and listen to their incredible performances for the first time.

1) Roxanne Sicard, violin, performs Soliloque No. 2 (1994) by Serge Arcuri (CA)

2) Madison Freed, clarinet, performs Vocalise #1 (1989) by Murray Adaskin (CA)

3) Jackie Leung, piano, performs Improvisation: Reflecting on the poem ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou

Performances from Press Play Episode 2

Episode 1: Rodney Sharman & Atom Egoyan

October 16, 2020

Last June 5th, we were to premiere SHOW ROOM an opera by composer Rodney Sharman and librettist Atom Egoyan that was 5 years in the making and now postponed until the 2021/22 season. Join us for a conversation with Rodney and Atom alongside a world premiere piano reduction of an aria from the opera featuring mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig and pianist Gregory Oh – and some fun!

SHOW ROOM excerpt: for Madeline* (2020)

The Pronoun Symphony (2018)

*world premiere

Performances from Press Play Episode 1