“They’ve come from all over the globe—China, Pakistan, Mexico, Greece—to make music in a new world,” writes Trish Crawford in Thursday’s (6/1) Toronto Star. “Twelve musicians, many of them playing ancient instruments from their home countries, show off their talents Friday night as the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra…. They’ll play original compositions by each of the band members, created in collaboration with each other and band leader David Buchbinder. Mervon Mehta, the executive director of performing arts for Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, conceived of the project as a celebration of the diversity of Canada as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary…. Mehta thought of creating a new super-group that would look ‘just like the subway … like Toronto.’ … Friday night’s concert [will be] followed by a summer tour of Ontario and a fall residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity…. Matias Recharte, who plays a variety of percussion instruments including congas, timbales, cajon and drums, is from Peru…. His composition doesn’t have singing but rather ‘vocalizations’ by the band and is called ‘Spirit of Rushing Water.’ ”

Posted June 6, 2017