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Ottawa Chamberfest | Parting Wild Horse’s Mane: Ironwood Quartet with Tai Chi forms
July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm$35
Chamberfest is excited to present this unique, multi-disciplined, all-Canadian event. Combining martial arts with music, prize-winning Tai Chi Chuan players Jonathan Krehm, David Robert, and Evonne Tan join Ottawa’s Ironwood Quartet in an ode to both the Chinese martial art, and to Canadian artistry. The Ottawa premiere of works by Evan Mitchell, Kevin Lau, and Alexina Louie, alongside a performance of Parting Wild Horse’s Mane by one of Canada’s most widely-known composers, R. Murray Schafer, frames Tai Chi Chuan demonstrations of forms and weapons in this mesmerizing performance.
“Having performed this Schafer quartet as a Tai Chi Chuan player,” Jonathan Krehm writes, “I was inspired to commission the other music in this program. Combining the two arts that are the main inspirations in my life was a unique opportunity. I wanted to showcase the energy and elegance of the powerful martial art I have studied for 45 years with the drama it inspired in these composers. Accompanying these forms with art music written by Canadians is a multicultural exercise that is what I like best about what Canada has become: a place that welcomes and honours different cultures, a place where they thrive.”
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