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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.

Taktus: Mirrored Glass


Everyone: FREE
Sunday, July 22
Toronto Music Garden
479 Queens Quay West

Taktus marimba duo performs new arrangements of music by Ann Southam and Philip Glass that showcase the light and dark moods of these two iconic minimalists. Greg Harrison and Jonny Smith (marimbas).

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