TorQ Percussion Quartet
From Far And Wide: Percussionists’ Journey Through Listening and Sound – Performance
In this “show-and-tell” performance, TorQ Percussion Quartet uses a vast collection of unusual instruments sourced from unexpected places and materials to bring together sounds from the human and natural world. Watch as the artists draw inspiration from the traditional instruments of different cultures as well as modern objects meant to mimic nature (like squeaky toys) to create TorQ’s unique style of music. Students have the opportunity to choose some of the instruments the artists play and sing along using vocal percussion. By teaching key listening skills and improvisation techniques, TorQ demonstrates the endless possibilities of percussion!
Everything AND the Kitchen Sink! – Performance
This performance is an exploration of how music can be made anytime, anyplace, anywhere, with anything and everything. TorQ’s master percussionists take seemingly ordinary, everyday objects (kitchen utensils, wooden planks, old car parts, even the keys in their pockets!) and transform them into an orchestra of musical instruments. With a focus on improvisation and audience participation, this performance encourages students to explore a world of sounds without limits.
Paving Your Own Path – Performance
Figuring out a path in life can be daunting, especially when it comes to finding a fulfilling career. Specifically aimed at secondary students trying to determine their next step, this presentation offers an opportunity to get firsthand accounts and performances from four master musicians. The percussionists discuss their experiences in pursuing their passions to build successful careers as arts educators and professional touring musicians.
Ensemble and Creative Music Percussion – Workshop
TorQ workshops focus on ensemble playing and creative music making, and everyone in attendance leaves feeling a sense of accomplishment. Must be booked with a performance.
- Career education and guidance
- Professions in the performing arts
School Performance Fee: $915 + HST
School Workshop Fee: $480 + HST
Audience Size: 350
Workshop Size: 30 students
Grades: All shows: K-8;
Paving Your Path: 9-12
Availability: Limited Availability
About TorQ Percussion Quartet
Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet is renowned for their engaging performances and advocacy work in music education. Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake, and Daniel Morphy are faculty members of the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, frequent educational collaborators with Soundstreams Canada, and present master classes in high schools and universities across the country.
“What an amazing show! You are so talented and so much fun to watch. I have never seen our students react so positively to a concert here before. Your standing ovation was definitely deserved.”
“…This was hands-down the best performance we’ve ever booked through Prologue. The performers were engaging, funny, age-appropriate in their comments and explanations, and provided a dynamite show! Kids of all grade levels were equally engaged.”