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Hoops and Loops Kids Workshop and Concert
Sunday Aug 22 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
A Kid-Friendly Event
Ever heard of electronic looping? Come and learn how it is done! It’s kind of like a multi-layered cake – record one pattern, loop it (repeat it over and over) and then record another pattern on top…as many times as you want!
Together with violist Ryan Davis, you will be invited to create a brand-new song. You will also get to hear some awesome songs Ryan has composed using this fun electronic technology. Plus, everyone will have a spot to sit on the grass, inside a hula hoop, so any fidgety listeners are welcome to use them!
Check out Ryan utilizing electronic looping:
Ryan Davis, viola
(Concert duration: 60 minutes)
Hailed as a “lovely violist” (The WholeNote magazine), Ryan Davis is swiftly emerging as a sought-after artist in orchestral, chamber music and solo performances. Born in Canberra, Australia, but raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Mr. Davis is currently based in Toronto. Some recent performance highlights include an appearance on Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka’s Instagram show How Talented Are You?, and a featured performance of Christos Hatzis’s The Mega4 Meta4 as part of 21C Music Festival at The Royal Conservatory of Music. He had a solo concerto debut with Prairie Virtuosi in January 2016, and was chosen as the principal violist of the Colburn Orchestra’s 2018 tour to Scotland and Ireland. Mr. Davis was also selected by the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra as their principal violist for the 2017 summer festival. He has performed as the principal violist of the Colburn Orchestra, and has concertized with the Colburn Chamber Music Society on multiple occasions. Mr. Davis has been fortunate to collaborate in chamber music performances with many world-renowned musicians, including Martin Beaver, Jonathan Crow, Steven Dann, Roberto Diaz, Mark Fewer, Matt Haimovitz, Joel Link, Anthony Marwood, Johannes Moser, Eric Nowlin, Erika Raum, Wolfgang Redik, Lara St. John, and Axel Strauss. He has performed in master classes and at summer academies for Atar Arad, Roberto Diaz, James Dunham, Eric Nowlin, Jean Sulem, Mate Szucs, Antoine Tamestit, and Roger Tapping. Festivals include the Banff Center for the Arts, Orford Arts Center, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Ryan is an innovative performer under the moniker Radia, fusing elements of classical, folk, electronic, and hip-hop music with a loop pedal. His passion for community engagement has led to working closely with Street Symphony, focused within the Skid Row neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Along with trombonist Jared Dickerson and violinist Simone Porter, he created the media co-op The Upnote (www.theupnote.com), a platform and podcast focused on exploration for artists in an ever-changing music industry. Ryan graduated as an Artist Diploma candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Paul Coletti in 2019. He completed a Master of Music degree in 2016 at the Yale School of Music as a student of Ettore Causa, and in 2014 completed a Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University, graduating with “Outstanding Achievement in Viola” as a scholarship student of Andre Roy. Under the guidance of Steven Dann and Barry Shiffman, Ryan is the first violist to be selected as a Rebanks Fellow, in the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program in Toronto.