In 2010, Greg Harrison and Jonny Smith created the percussion duo Taktus while pursuing Masters Degrees at the University of Toronto. With a wide range of musical influences – from classical to electronic – Taktus seeks to create music that crosses borders between genres and is relevant to contemporary audiences. Their premiere project is a set of marimba duet arrangements of Glass Houses- a seminal work of Canadian minimalism by composer Ann Southam. Their performances have been described as "virtuosic" (Gapplegate Music), "impeccable and articulate" (The WholeNote Magazine), and "daring" (I Care If you Listen). 2015 was a breakout year for Taktus with the launch of their critically acclaimed debut album, Glass Houses for Marimba (Centrediscs). The album gained national recognition by earning spot on CBC's "Top 10 Classical Albums of 2015" and a nomination for "Classical Recording of the Year" at the 2017 ECMA's. In the fall of 2016, Taktus embarked on a 17-show tour in eastern Canada, performing arrangements of Aphex Twin, Philip Glass and Southam. Greg and Jonny made their Toronto Music Garden debut in 2016, and are excited to return this summer.
Sunday, July 22
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8