Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
Performer (ensemble)

The Tsilumos Ensemble is a new music ensemble based in Victoria, BC, Canada. Formed in 2011, the Ensemble is co-directed by members Joanna Hood, Dániel Péter Biró, Ajtony Csaba and Kris Covlin. The Ensemble performs chamber music ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its main objective is to give new and little-known Canadian and international works an optimal performance, regardless of technical and intellectual demands or compositional style. The word Tsilumos combines the words Tsil (Hebrew for “ring”) and Lumos (Latin for “light”). Since its inception the ensemble has brought high quality, challenging new music to the larger community of British Columbia. In 2011 and 2012 Tsilumos cooperated with Open Space, an artist-run cultural center in Victoria, to create the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium. The festival integrates Canadian and international performers to present performances of groundbreaking new music to Victoria audiences and present masterclasses for an international body of students of contemporary music. Bringing experts in the field of contemporary music to Victoria, BC, the ensemble sets out to create a new framework for the study, research and performance of contemporary and electronic music in Canada and the world.