Since their inception in 2001, 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. Toca GothicSworn enemies of actuaries and slow-growth fund managers the world over, percussionist Aiyun Huang and pianists Simon Docking and Gregory Oh 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’s Two New Hours and ensemble-in-residence at Toronto’s Music Gallery, they have recently 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 Montréal. 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. During the last SoundaXis festival, they were offered twenty dollars by a merchant’s personal assistant to stop playing on the trendy corner of Queen and John in Toronto. They accepted.
Traduction: Safia Djerroud