Events

Jan
23
Thu
World @ Midday: Amir Koushkani and Friends
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

AmirKoushkani is an ethnomusicologist, composer, performer, and instructor of traditional Persian stringed instruments Tar and Setar. Dr. Koushkani’s training in Persian music began in Iran, where he was introduced to traditional Persian themes, under the tutelage of Master Dariush Pirniakan.

Amir Koushkani holds a Master’s Degree in Western Musical Composition and he also received a PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University, with a dissertation on the history and theory of the Iranian musical transcription. With specializing in on a different aspect of Persian music, over the last three decades he composed widely for theatre, orchestra, and various musical ensembles. He has recently published a two-volume study on the “Persian Avaz” in collaboration with Master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Professor Rob Simms at York University.


Admission is free.

 

Feb
3
Mon
Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Feb 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions

Feb
6
Thu
Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Feb 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions 

 

Concerto Competition Winners in Concert with the York University Symphony Orchestra
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Professor Mark Chambers conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring  2017 Concerto Competition winners.

2020 Winners
Christian Masucci-Facchini: Countertenor
Daniel Pasoff:  Tenor Saxophone
Xingzhi Wang: Tenor

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors. 

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

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Improv Soirée
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Steve Koven.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

 

Feb
27
Thu
Faculty Jazz Performance with Jazz Artist-in-Residence Dave Douglas
Feb 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

DAVE DOUGLAS : 2020 OSCAR PETERSON JAZZ ARTIST- IN-RESIDENCE

Award winning trumpeter and composer, Dave Douglas, is the Department of Music’s 2020 Oscar Peterson Jazz Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, he will deliver masterclasses for instrumentalists as well as coach small jazz ensembles.

This jam session offers a unique opportunity to hear Douglas in performance with faculty members in the Department of Music’s jazz program. Admission is free.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
DAVE DOUGLAS 
Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two Grammy Award nominations. Douglas’ career spans more than 50 unique original recordings as a leader and more than 500 published works. His current ensembles include: Dave Douglas Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; UPLIFT, a sextet including bassist Bill Laswell; Present Joys, a longstanding duo with pianist Uri Caine which recently added Andrew Cyrille as third member for a 2019 recording; High Risk, an electronic ensemble with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron, and Ian Chang; and the latest project, ENGAGE, a sextet with Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid, Anna Webber, Nick Dunston, and Kate Gentile. Douglas is often engaged in special projects which include big bands, tributes, and multi-trumpet ensembles, such as Dizzy Atmosphere.

As a composer, Douglas has received commissions from a variety of organizations including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Essen Philharmonie, The Library of Congress, Stanford University and most recently, Monash Art Ensemble, which premiered his chamber orchestra piece Fabliaux in March 2014. He is currently completing a new work for the chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, which will premiere in May 2019.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and programmer. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and president of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2017. He is currently on the faculty at the Mannes School of Music and is a Guest Coach for the Juilliard Jazz Composer’s Ensemble. In 2016, he accepted a three-year appointment as the Artistic Director of the Bergamo Jazz Festival.

In 2005 Douglas founded Greenleaf Music, an umbrella company for his recordings, sheet music, podcast, as well as the music of other artists in the modern jazz idiom. Greenleaf Music has produced over 70 releases and will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2020.

Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.
– Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Down Beat

Mar
2
Mon
Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Mar 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions

 

Mar
5
Thu
Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Mar 5 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions 

 

Improv Soirée
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Brian Katz.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

 

Mar
6
Fri
Music @ Midday: Singing our Songs
Mar 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Young artists from York University’s classical vocal performance program share the stage in a series of concerts featuring arias, art songs and ensemble pieces.

Admission is free.

Mar
11
Wed
York University Chamber Choir
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The York University Chamber Choir
John Holland, Interim Conductor

Join the York University Chamber Choirsas they perform works by Mozart, Dvořák, Loomer and Zelenka.

Ticket Admission:$15 adults | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

 

 

 

Mar
13
Fri
York University World Music Festival
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 14 @ 4:00 am

York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson this global sonic tour presents a sampling of several international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs six free concerts into two days: March 12-13

The March 13 performance features The Balkan Music Ensemble in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Free admission.

Maps and Directions

Mar
16
Mon
York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running March 16-19, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

 

 

Monday, March 16

7:30 pm – Small ensembles directed by Roy Patterson, Anthony Michelli, Artie Roth and Mark Eisenman.
Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
Mar
17
Tue
York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running from March 16-19, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Tuesday, March 17

7:30 pm – Small ensembles directed by Lorne Lofsky and Kelly Jefferson
Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
Mar
18
Wed
York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running March 16-19, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Wednesday, March 18
7:30-10:00pm
Small ensembles directed by Kevin Turcotte and Frank Falco

Admission is free  |  Maps & Directions