MUSIC IN THE BARNS @ Symphony in the Barn - August 5, 2017, 8:00 pm (Doors Open: 7:00 pm)


Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble with Special Guest Alexander Sevastian, accordion
featuring works by Astor Piazzolla, JS Bach, Philip Glass and Iannis Xenakis



"Unveiling The Sound Tower Experience"

Featuring Music in the Barns' David Schotzko, percussion
Selections from Canadian composer Michael Oesterle’s “Spanning Tree"

Becoming Sensor installation by Ayelen Liberona & Natasha Myers 
Allison Cameron (sound design & field recordist)



Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble featuring works by John Cage, Philip Glass and Michael Oesterle
Becoming Sensor - A Multi-Sensory Installation by Natasha Myers and Ayelen Liberona
The Great Arc - by guest artists, New York City duo Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna


Fresh from their premiere production at the Luminato Festival's monumental 400,000 square foot Hearn Generating Station, Music in the Barns brought their latest edition of acclaimed installation concerts to downtown Toronto with an imaginative multi-room transformation of the landmark Great Hall. Drawing participants through a series of provocative reflections around human life on earth, the Barns’ latest expansive, multi-media spectacle addresses urgent social and environmental issues with interactive installation, live chamber music, and politically-charged performance. Re-writing the rulebook for classical music presentation, Music in the Barns continues to defy expectations, exploring timely topics through installation art and performance for unique, immersive concert experiences.

Created for the CART/ACRT 2017 Conference Performing the Anthropocene: Setting the Stage for the End of the World (May 27-30 2017), the evening's public event is part of a larger conversation between performers, creators, and researchers.

Sponsored by:

Pocket Concerts  |  University of Toronto's School of the Environment  |  The Social Collective

SONG OF EXTINCTION - June 22, 2016
at the Hearn Generating Station
in partnership with LUMINATO FESTIVAL 10th ANNIVERSARY


Song of Extinction was the world premiere of a fully immersive visual and sonic exploration of the anthropocene: the rapidly accelerating calamity that homo sapiens have unleashed on the planet and their fellow creatures. Featuring stunning large-scale projections and a tightly enmeshed score for chamber orchestra, chamber choir, live electronics and youth chorus, Song of Extinction interweaves breathtaking moving images with live surround sound for a uniquely massive, multimedia event.

The 50-minute work is a collaboration between composer Rose Bolton and filmmaker Marc de Guerre, from an original text by Order of Canada-appointed poet Don McKay and a live concert experience produced and performed by Music in the Barns, curated by founder and director Carol Gimbel (creator of 1000 Strings).

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"The square resonated with hundreds of instruments in unison. A transcendent aural spectacle." - Living Toronto Magazine


Music in the Barns transformed Yonge-Dundas Square for one time only participatory performance of composer John Oswald's renowned composition Spectre for the 2015 INTERsections Festival. 



“ticking off a lot of boxes- avant garde,
nu-classical, electronica and horror-movie” - Toronto Star


Music in the Barns transformed the 7500 sq ft Artscape Wychwood Barns MainSpace for a magnificent four screen, in-the-round concert experience featuring a portrait concert of internationally acclaimed, Jules Léger Prize composition winner, Nicole Lizée. 



“...bewitching...let’s just say there’s enough talent and ideas here to make it a happening thing.” - Toronto Star

Transforming the legendary Drake Underground, this unique 360º experiential happening was an intricate choreography of four films on four screens with live musical performances curated by Music in the Barns including the Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble,  LAL’s shape-shifting electronic music and Guinness Book of World Records beat-boxer Balu Ballistic. Co-produced with The Wandering Eye, the highly anticipated films by award-winning directors Joseph Johnson-Camí and Ayelen Liberona featured celebrated dance artist Margie Gillis. Exploring both documentary and fiction, the work poses th question “Is another world possible?”


"...a vivid, sensual experience." - Living Toronto Magazine


Music in the Barns sculpted an unparalleled, up-close chamber music experience setting its sold-out audience in-the-round in the spectacular Artscape Wychwood Barns Mainspace. The premiere exhibition of New York City artist Lana Jean Israel’s Series of Progressive Designs were the “requisite roving element” (Toronto Star) topping off the evening’s performance with an imaginative and reflective post-concert reception.



"...this is the sort of thing I like: a concert that mixes weird electronics, composed 'new music' and an avant-garde percussion group." - Mechanical Forest Sound 


A slam dunk lineup at Toronto's hippest new art house, Music in the Barns in collaboration with Burn Down the Capital (Tad Michalak) curated a pulse-pounding percussion and electronic concert event transforming the Jam Factory for an up-close performance of Man Forever and So Percussion's album Ryonen.