Category Archives: Press

September 18, 2017 – Guelph Today Not for the faint of heart, Canadian film composer Mark Korven played one of his newer instruments, the apprehension engine, for the first time as part of an ensemble. Created by renowned guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith and commissioned by Korven, the apprehension engine is part bass and six-string guitar, hurdy-gurdy, percussive instrument and much more. It was designed to create sounds that would help score horror films and has since been used in the film The Witch.Read the full article here.

August 16, 2017 – Venture Guelph “What happens when you combine a Canadian composer who specializes in horror film soundtracks with a guitar maker who is respected around the world for his innovative approach to acoustic instruments? The resulting collaboration is an unprecedented, fear-inducing instrument called The Apprehension Engine.”Read the full article here.

July 25, 2017 – The Wellington Advertiser “Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque, two classically-trained guitarists, not only have the cultural history that grants them an open-minded perspective, but also the musical credentials to transform cross-cultural music genres into a whole.”Read the full article here.

May 2, 2017 – The Waterloo Region Record A cozy little cinder block music venue in Guelph has come up with some interesting programming in its five years, but this week the musicians collective is trying something new. Silence on Essex Street will present a concert, “When You Were Gone: A Journey through Sound and Word.” The new work will feature the previously unpublished poetry of celebrated Canadian author Thomas King, set to music and performed by the house band, Silence Collective.”Read the full article here.

Interview by Barb Minett with Daniel Fischlin and Martha Nandorfy “Silence is not just a concept but a physical space dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse and challenging through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Founded in 2012, it has presented over 350 performances, workshops, screenings and installations. No you are not in New York City but Guelph Ontario!”Read the full article here.

April 7, 2016 – The Culture Trip Silence makes Danielle Subject’s list of the best live music venues in Guelph! “From buzzing bistros and venues to tucked away local secrets, these ten live music spots cultivate Guelph’s prominent and thriving music scene. In a tight-knit city known for its passion and support for local artists, there are a variety of options available for even the most particular music fan.”

Juno-award winning guitarist Kevin Breit performs a solo concert on February 27, 2016 as a fundraiser for Silence. Breit, who has performed with the likes of Norah Jones, Céline Dion, Cassandra Wilson, and Harry Manx, appreciates the intimacy and community focus of Silence’s programming and performance space. “I think Silence is an amazing community space where art, dance, music, and spoken word come together and are appreciated,” said Breit. Attendees will also participate in an auction of a unique musical instrument and several pieces of art. Breit has donated his ‘banjola’, a one-of-a-kind eight-string banjo. “I am truly honoured to offer an instrument I have owned for 13 years as an auction piece,” said Breit. Several celebrated artists have also contributed beautiful artworks. Attendees have an opportunity to bid on works by Colin Carney, Alison Judd, John Kissick, Stu Oxley, Gina Rorai, Don Russell, Ron Shuebrook, and David Urban. Silence…

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On January 29, 2016, Georgia Simms led an IICSI “Thinking Spaces” reading session with dance improvisation at Silence. Listen to a brief interview and see some of the dance improv in action!Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simmsfrom Improvisation Institute onVimeo.

January, 2016 Guelph, ON—Silence presents SHIFT, an exciting series of concerts until June to spotlight some of the most innovative, groundbreaking, and risk-taking musicians across four streams: new music, world music, singer-songwriter, and classical music. The artists in the SHIFT series demonstrate diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age. “We are excited to present such diverse artists who exhibit the highest levels of innovative artistry,” said Daniel Fischlin, Chair of Silence’s Board of Directors. “SHIFT includes many local musicians, but also those from the GTA, St. Catharines, and Ottawa. There is music for everyone.” Some highlights of the SHIFT series include highly-praised vocalist Maryem Tollar who sings both traditional Arabic music and her own songs at Silence on February 13, 2016. Singer-songwriter David Sereda combines his skills as a musician and actor with humour and candour at Silence on February 28, 2016. Jerzy Kaplanek, member of the Penderecki String Quartet and…

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January 2016 – The Guelph Mercury Learn more about the instrument collection of Gary Diggins, Silence board member and musician. Read here.