ALMOST UNPLUGGED to Feature Andrea Tyniec and Jesse Zubot

Almost Unplugged is Soundstreams first Ear Candy presentation of 2018. Trailblazing Canadian violinists, Andréa Tyniec, from the contemporary music world and Jesse Zubot, a genre-crossing composer-improviser; will showcase the range of this timeless instrument, performing an eclectic repertoire, with and without electronics, on February 1st at The Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Ear Candy is all about big ideas in small spaces and that's an accurate description of the collaboration between these two virtuoso violinists from different ends of the musical spectrum. Each will perform a solo segment, then come together in the finale for a spirited duet of an original piece created specifically for the Almost Unplugged performance.

Jesse Zubots' unique practise spans multiple genres. Primarily a violinist, he is also a multi-instrumentalist and incorporates electronic manipulation and studio gadgetry within his work. Zubot is a multiple Juno Award-winning musician and an in-demand record producer, for both the Polaris Music Prize winning album Animism and the recent acclaimed album Retribution, by Tanya Tagaq, with whom he also tours and records extensively. In the world of improvised and creative new music Zubot has worked with the likes of Steve Reich, Francois Houle, Fred Firth, Peggy Lee, Mats Gustafsson and many others. He has also composed for multiple orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg (Potsdam, Germany).

In the world of popular and independent music he has worked with artists such as Dan Mangan, Destroyer, Mira Calix, Hawksley Workman, Mother Mother, Amy Millan and many others. He runs the critically acclaimed creative music label Drip Audio. Zubot has also been nominated twice for a Canadian Screen Award in the 'Original Score for Feature Film' category. For further information visit:

Andréa Tyniec has created a versatile performance career as a soloist and as a collaborator with dance and theatre; and is recognized as a promoter of contemporary music - particularly of new Canadian works. She has performed as a soloist internationally and across Canada with orchestras such as l'Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Niagara Symphony led by Bradley Thachuk, the Calgary Philharmonic led by Eric Paetkau, the Münchener Kammerorchester (Germany), I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy), and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra led by Cem Mansur (Turkey).

Her latest performances include the premiere of her show Forgiveness is Freedom, a performance and healing ritual for brave audiences, in collaboration with Siminovitch Prize-winner Dany Lyne. Among the many awards and honors she has received, Andréa is the 1st prize winner of Italy's Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition 2008 and has performed internationally in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, and in the USA. She is also a graduate Fellow of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Andréa Tyniec plays on the Baumgartner Stradivari (1689), on loan from the Musical Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. For further information visit:

Almost Unplugged - February 1, 2018, 8:00 pm at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available at:


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About Soundstreams

A world leader among contemporary music companies, Soundstreams is the foremost global presenter of new Canadian music. Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director and Ben Dietschi, Executive Director are committed to showcasing the work of living and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming. Soundstreams also serves a broad community of music lovers through free outreach and education programs.

They include Encounters, a free discovery series featuring performances, discussions, and audience participation; the Emerging Composer Workshop, helping talented contemporary composers worldwide launch their careers; SoundWave provides accessible tickets to young adults; and SoundMakers provides interactive learning experiences online, in the classroom, and in the community.

Ear Candy is graciously supported by Neil & Carolyn Turnbull.

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Soundstreams acknowledges the support of: Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, TD Bank, BMO Financial Group, The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation, The Koerner Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, The RBC Emerging Artists Project, The Hal Jackman Foundation, The MacLean Foundation, The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, Ontario Arts Foundation, Classical 96 FM, Harbord Bakery and Steam Whistle Brewery.

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