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Taktus, Toronto’s groove-based marimba duo, was founded by percussionists Greg Harrison and Jonny Smith. Taktus seeks to create music that crosses borders between genres and is relevant to contemporary audiences. In their original arrangements, the duo has re-envisioned works of minimalism and electroacoustic music on the marimba.
In the summer of 2015, Taktus released their debut album, Glass Houses for Marimba, on the Canadian Music Centre’s record label, Centrediscs. It has received critical acclaim by reviewers from Wholenote Magazine, Scene Magazine, and I Care If You Listen. The album also made CBC’s list of Top 10 Canadian Classical Music Albums of 2015 and has been nominated for the ECMA’s “Classical Recording of the Year.”
In 2016, Taktus premiered a number of new arrangements of works by Philip Glass and Aphex Twin. Last September they embarked on a two-week, 17-concert tour of the maritime provinces. Greg and Jonny made their Toronto Music Garden debut in 2016, and are excited to return this summer.