Private support from their audiences and collaborators will not simply elevate that platform to new heights; it will be the ultimate vote of confidence that will drive them to reach even higher.
Thin Edge New Music Collective has been making a splash in Toronto’s contemporary music scene with their unusual ensemble of instrumentalists and active collaborations with composers across Canada and overseas.
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The group has just announced their 2014-2015 season, starting with a private fundraiser concert on Sunday, September 21. The event is hosted by a benefactor, but everyone is welcome to come celebrate TENMC’s fourth season, and help the hard work already put into the season go even further.
TENMC might have started with the love of performing contemporary music as the primary motivator, but in the last few years, they’ve matured into an organization with a mission to create opportunities for the incredibly talented and passionate performers and composers they have gotten to know.
A number of performing arts companies on BeMused Network consists of artistic directors who are also performers: Erin Bardua and Maureen Batt of Essential Opera consistently performs soprano roles in their productions; Ben Dietschi of Spectrum Music is an active saxophone player; Rory McLeod and Emily Rho of Pocket Concerts regularly appears in house concerts. The list goes on, but the point is that this is now the norm for emerging performing artists, rather than the exception.
What is common across all these ensembles is that they are performers driven by a sincere love of their art form, and the extra effort placed on developing an institution around which more art can be performed and experienced means confronting new challenges of generating revenue to pay the performers’ fees and composers’ commissions.
TENMC is suggesting a donation of $100, and $25 for supporters who are students and arts workers. The group’s goal is to raise between $2,000 and $5,000, which will increase what they currently pay the 13 composers and 22 musicians taking part in the season, and the quantity as well as quality of their rehearsals.
Another area that has been starved of funds is promotion. TENMC’s marketing materials are a standout success, using the simple concept of abstract paint splashes and digitally manipulated colours. What is missing is a set of publicity images representing the group that can help them raise their profile in Canada as well as internationally, though they’ve been doing this quite well already, on a shoestring budget.
Support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN foundation created a platform upon which co-founder Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall reached as high as they could, but a top-up of private support from their audiences and collaborators will not simply elevate that platform to new heights; it will be the ultimate vote of confidence that will drive them to reach even higher.
The evening will feature a remount of TENMC’s “Through Closed Doors” concert from February, with performances by Ilana (violin) and Cheryl (piano), who will be joined by Suhashini Arulanandam (violin) and Dobrochna Zubek (cello). Video projections by Danilo Ursini will also be in the mix.
If you have been touched by the work of TENMC and are available to help them celebrate, contact TENMC directly to book your spot. If you can’t make it but would like to support their ambitious endeavour, please consider reaching out to make a donation.
Click here for the full program, and check out the music by the featured composers throughout this post.