Nov 27, 2020

Q&A with Raha Javanfar

Raha Javanfar is a multi-faceted artist, born in Iran and raised in Toronto. A classically trained violinist with a passion for roots music, she has toured extensively with Tafelmusik as a projections designer and production assistant. She plays fiddle in the Western swing band The Double Cuts, participates regularly in Soulpepper Theatre’s concert series, and teaches music privately and lighting design at Ryerson University. We are thrilled that she will be moderating our online Tafel Talks: Music as Resistance panel discussion, on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7pm EST.

In advance of next week's event, we asked Raha a few questions about what she's looking forward to about this panel, and how she's been navigating the pandemic as an artist.

Tafelmusik: What makes you excited about your role as moderator for Music as Resistance? 

Raha: I'm really looking forward to this event. I think it's such a vast topic with so many avenues that can be explored.

The panelists have such diverse backgrounds and different areas of expertise, and I'm excited to hear from them as I'm expecting to learn a lot about this fascinating topic. As I've been thinking about it recently, I've realized that there are the 'obvious' ways that music comes up as resistance—teenagers gravitating towards new sounds as a means of rebellion, and protest songs becoming anthems for revolutions—but there's so much more to explore beyond all that, and I'm excited to go there on December 

Tafelmusik: What has it been like to be an artist during the pandemic? Would you say being an artist during COVID could be called its own form of resistance? 

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Nov 23, 2020

Passions of the Soul: Curator's Notes

An introduction to Passions of the Soul by Music Director Elisa Citterio

Elisa Citterio. Photo by Daniel Banko, Banko Media

Nov 11, 2020

In Memory of Anne-Marie Applin

Anne-Marie Applin (centre) with her daughters at Tafelmusik's 2016 Gala event
Anne-Marie Applin (centre) with her daugthers, Stephanie (left) and Kate (right).

By Carol Kehoe, Executive Director

Tafelmusik lost a wonderful and gifted friend.

With great sadness, we said goodbye to Board Director Anne-Marie Applin on November 3, after a sudden and quick illness.

Nov 11, 2020

Re-Tuned: Q&A with Geneviève Gilardeau

Violinist Geneviève Gilardeau performing in Jeanne Lamon Hall
Violinist Geneviève Gilardeau

Tafelmusik violinist Geneviève Gilardeau talks alternate tunings and shares insight as the program curator ahead of our upcoming chamber concert, Close Encounters: Re-Tuned.

Nov 10, 2020

Re-Tuned: Curator's Notes

An introduction to Close Encounters: Re-Tuned by program curator and violinist, Geneviève Gilardeau

Meeting on the lea rig

“lea rig (Scottish): a grassy ridge or piece of land: a ridge left unplowed in a cultivated field” (Merriam-Webster)