Taking a year off within the framework of Luminato itself, Unsound is back with two special seated weekend events around Halloween at The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts. The landmark Toronto theatre will host innovative film and TV scores, ambient soundscapes, dance - and even haunting Slavic sounds. All are Canadian exclusives for 2017.
These Toronto shows are part of a series of autumn Unsound events around the world that will follow Unsound’s flagship festival in Krakow. They include Unsound Adelaide in Australia and a one-day event in London at the Barbican.
Halloween High on October 27th is an unexpected combination of shows involving music, dance and film.
JLIN has followed up her acclaimed 2017 sophomore album by creating the music for Autobiography, the new work by UK choreographer WAYNE McGREGOR, inspired by the sequencing of McGregor’s entire genome. Autobiography Edits has been custom-made to fit to a music lineup rather than a conventional stand-alone theatre setting. This compact performance brings dancers from COMPANY WAYNE McGREGOR to the Unsound Toronto stage, and underlines Unsound’s role in bringing Jlin and Wayne McGregor together.
Billed alongside is a screening of the cult film UNDER THE SKIN with a live orchestral performance of the acclaimed score by Academy Award nominated MICA LEVI. Featuring strings, percussion and synths, the Unsound Toronto Ensemble will perform the work, especially created for the occasion by bringing together some of Toronto’s best players. Conducting is Evan Mitchell.
Halloween Hangover on November 3rd sees Emmy-winning composers of the score for the hit Netflix TV show STRANGER THINGS presenting sections of their evocative synth score live – hot on the heels of the release of the second season. KYLE DIXON and MICHAEL STEIN – of the band S U R V I V E - first presented the music live at Unsound Krakow in 2016, with a specially commissioned lighting installation by German visual artist MFO that will also be part of the Toronto show, with performance by Theresa Baumgartner.
The November 3rd bill also features the Toronto debut of GAS, the legendary project of Kompakt Records head WOLFGANG VOIGT. Inspired by dark forests of Germany, the unsettling and symphonic music of GAS has become an ambient touchstone. This A/V show follows the acclaimed release of the first record by GAS in 17 years, Narkopop.
Last but not least, Polish band KSIĘŻYC open on November 3, highlighting Unsound’s geographical roots. With five members playing an array of instruments, Księżyc draws on ancient Slavic songs, minimalism and experimentation to create mysterious, haunting music.
Both events are presented by Unsound, Civic Theatres Toronto and Luminato, in partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Ticket information on the Toronto events can be found on Sony Centre website.