The TEDxToronto conference isn’t complete without our incredible, one-of-a-kind performances. Along with Cirque du Soleil, we are excited to announce three more amazing performances that will grace the TEDxToronto stage. Learn more about them below.
Hang PerformanceGurpreet Chana
Born in Etobicoke and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Gurpreet Chana is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Waterloo and now lives in and creates out of Toronto. His musical explorations stem from the diversity of culture he experienced growing up as a Tabla student while immersed in contemporary Canada. Embracing various traditions and styles of play, Gurpreet draws upon this open minded creativity to bring out vivid emotions that light the senses of his audience. One of his key projects, TABLIX, is the result of seven years of meticulous research and development that explores technology’s impact on the untapped melodic potential of the Tabla. This ground-breaking digital technique, known now as Tablixing, has enabled Gurpreet to collaborate internationally with artists such as the Bombay Dub Orchestra, legendary UK DJ / producer, Bally Sagoo, Nelly Furtado and Tanya Tagaq. Over the course of his career, Chana has also become one of the leading proponents of the Hang (pronounced Hung) a percussive and melodic instrument that blends Steelpan acoustics with the hollow bass of the South Indian Ghatam and African Udu drums. He is on a mission to test boundaries with his discoveries and collaborations, contributing to the culture at large while leaving behind a living legacy for many others to take part in.
Toronto Mass Choir continues to be on the cutting edge of Canadian gospel music, bringing their distinct sound to the world stage. Since 1988, the choir has been bringing their energy and amazing sounds to the masses, including their Juno award-winning album, Instrument of Praise. Their music incorporates contemporary and traditional gospel, with influences from Caribbean music. A favourite in Toronto as well as abroad, Toronto Mass Choir has performed in England, Poland, Romania, Italy and beyond.
kLoXGurpreet Chana & Robert Mason
Gurpreet Chana, “The Tabla Guy”, and Violinist, Robert Mason, unite to create a sound which blends naturally together and departs from their respective traditions to create new electronic compositions. The Tabla is a North Indian percussion instrument which Gurpreet has adapted into a digital interface for music named TABLIX, utilizing algorithms that trigger polyphonic soundscapes from his finger tips. For Mason, the classical tradition of the violin gets uprooted and enhanced in this electronic ensemble, driving their works with high flown phrases and expansive themes. Together, kLoX engineers unique rhythmic patterns to create a sonically explosive experience that resonates with global audiences.