FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th @ TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2

Spectrum Percussion will be providing music for a screening of the silent film “A Man with a Movie Camera” (1929). This Soviet-era film by Dziga Vertov is well suited to percussion accompaniment because of its focus on the fast-paced and industrial aspects of urban life in the first half of the 20th Century. The interaction between humans and the machinery of modern life depicted in the film will be amplified by a resounding chorus of percussion sounds and rhythms. More information on this event will be available soon through the TIFF website under Year-Round programming.



Toronto-based percussionist Jonny Smith is an avid performer of new and contemporary music. His solo concerts have been described as “phenomenal and surprising, even from a performer who is already known for eclectic and diverse performances” (M. Wightman, The Argosy). In 2012, Jonny was awarded the Launch Pad for Emerging Talent in the Arts grant from the U of T Arts Council. He used the grant to commission new works for solo percussion by up-and-coming Canadian composers, Riho Maimets and Caleb Chan, and to present these works in a series of concerts around Toronto. Since then, Jonny has continued to pursue more commissioning projects with composers in Canada and abroad. In addition to his work with SPECTRUM, Jonny is also a founding member of the marimba duo Taktus with percussionist Greg Harrison. In July, 2015, Taktus released its debut album Glass Houses for Marimba through the Canadian Music Centre’s record label Centrediscs. The album has received critical acclaim with reviewers describing it as “impeccable and articulate” (Wholenote Magazine) and “an absolutely brilliant recording” (Scene Magazine). Jonny is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance at the University of Toronto.

Andrew Rasmus is currently working as a freelance percussionist/timpanist in and around the Toronto area. Along with classical percussion, Andrew has also performed in various styles from jazz to traditional Turkish classical musc. Mr. Rasmus has performed with ensembles such as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and served as Principal Timpanist for both the Strauss Symphony of Canada and the Opera Canada Orchestra.  On various occasions, Andrew has performed as percussionist and timpanist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Gianandrea Noseda, and Krzysztof Urbanski. Andrew also performed in the premiere performance and recording of Jaques Hetu’s Symphony No. 5 for CBC radio, under the direction of Maestro Peter Oundjian in 2010, and can also be heard on the Juno Award nominated TSO Live recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. In addition to orchestral playing Andrew works as a studio musician, performs with the Toronto Brass Quintet, and has also performed with the Metis Fiddle Quartet.

Dave Burns is active as a percussion soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician and has collaborated with some of the world's strongest artists including Jörg Widmann, Leon Fleischer, and Thomas Dausgaard. Dave has been resident percussion player at The Banff Centre where he recorded and performed world premiers and other works with Jens Lindemann and “All-Star” Brass, Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, Gabriela Ortiz, and Eugene Astapov. Burns became the first Canadian timpani player to record Mahler's Ninth Symphony in 2013 with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, a group which he has recorded with (Russian Masters, Canadian Creations, 2012, Mahler – Symphony No. 9, 2013, and several live broadcasts on the CBC) as well as toured with internationally. He has also recorded with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO: Celebrating 50 Years). Dave is a regular guest with the Toronto and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra London where he has been seen as guest principal timpani. Born in Thunder Bay, Dave lives in Toronto as a student of David Kent, Trichy Sankaran, and Luis Orbegoso. He is the proud uncle of Adrienne, Melissa, Jude, and Liam.

Known for his energetic, charismatic, and passionate performances, Jacob Mannion works as an active freelance percussionist and timpanist in the city of Toronto. He has worked with many notable musicians such as Alain Trudel, Peter Oundjian, Michael Burritt, and Alan Abel to name a few. He has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards. In 2011, he was awarded the University of Toronto Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship and in 2012 was the recipient of the University of Toronto Glen Gould Memorial Scholarship. More recently in 2013, Jacob was the recipient of the Sabian Pasic Scholarship which provided him the opportunity to attend the world-wide percussion convention PASIC in Indianapolis. Jacob has had the privilege to play with notable ensembles such as: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Toronto Festival Orchestra, The Kingston Symphony Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, The National Youth Band of Canada, The Ceremonial Guard Military Band in Ottawa, and the Governor General Horse Guard Military Band in Toronto. Jacob also performed Carmina Burana as part of the “Festival of Sound” in Parry Sound this past August.









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