Toca Loca featuring guest artists The Walter Haul
Friday, July 25
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Toca Loca has its own delightful, quirky style. It would also be tough to find a new-music group with more integrity than this Toronto-based trio, whose members are pianists Gregory Oh and Simon Docking, and percussionist Aiyun Huang. Toca Loca's mixture of electrifying performances, free-spirited curiosity, discerning musical taste and a whimsical sense of humour has made it an irresistible presence on the new-music scene since its birth in 2001. ( quote from Tamara Bernstein, Globe and Mail, March 25, 2008)
Toca Loca has been furiously branding the cattle of the new music world, and has long been held up as the best argument against intelligent design, they have introduced North American audiences to new works of Chris Paul Harman, Andrew Staniland, Hywel Davies, Inouk Demers, Heinz Holliger, Sofia Gubaidulina, Philippe Leroux, Toshio Hosokawa, Georges Aperghis and Valerio Sannicandro.
Frequent contributors to the CBC and former ensemble-in-residence at Toronto’s Music Gallery, they have been spotted at the Sound Symposium in St. John’s, in Los Angeles as Provost Distinguished Visitors at USC and at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur in Montreal. They recently appeared on the CBC’s OnStage series at the Glenn Gould Studio, toured Canada presenting The P*P Project, and played at the Cool Drummings festival and Brampton Indie Arts Festival.
Their shadowy doppelgangers have also played the underground in Toronto via the Wavelength Indie Music Series and the X-Avant Festival, and in NYC on the Wordless Music Series at the Lincoln Centre