Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Carol Gimbel, Music in the Barns is rewriting the rule book for classical music in the 21st century. Specializing in multimedia, site-specific "installation concerts", Music in the Barns transforms spaces into uniquely immersive, live concert experiences. From multi-room, multimedia events to spectacular 400,000 sq. ft site transformations, Music in the Barns takes audiences on thought-provoking journeys that engage new perspectives on art, music and the world around us.
Major productions include the world premiere of Song of Extinction, a newly commissioned electroacoustic cantata and presented in “the world’s largest cultural performance space inside an abandoned power plant.”(NYTimes); #1000Strings, a reworking of notorious composer John Oswald’s “Spectre for 1001 String Quartet Reflections” and performed by one thousand string players in Canada’s major commercial intersection and tourist attraction, Yonge-Dundas Square; and a seven-concert residency and storefront educational studio at the 60,000 sq. ft. Artscape Wychwood Barns.
Music in the Barns has worked with artists from around the world, including director Jörn Weisbrodt, composers Osvaldo Golijov, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Nicole Lizée, John Oswald, Michael Oesterle, Pulitzer Prize-winning multi-instrumentalist David Amram, drummer Kid Millions, percussion ensemble Sō Percussion, members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), New Orford String Quartet, Order of Canada dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis, Order of Canada poet Don McKay, experimental band Tasseomancy, filmmakers Joseph Johnson Cami and Ayelen Liberona, Tafelmusik Baroque Choir, to name a few.