Illuminating Sounds #3: Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schafer

In June 2015, R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis was performed in full, for the first time since its world premiere in 1980, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, under the direction of Lemi Ponifasio and the baton of David Fallis.

Feb 26, 2019 | BY: Jorge Ayala-Isaza

On February 26, 2016, Analekta, one of the largest independent music production companies in Canada, released R. Murray Schafer: Apocalypsis, an album recording of Schafer's work that saw its world premiere in 1980. In one of the largest performance events Toronto has ever seen, Luminato 2015 presented the first full performance of Apocalypsis since its premiere. It featured performances from multi-disciplinary artist Nina Arsenault, Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, dancer Denise Fujiwara, Polaris Prize-winner Tanya Tagaq, rising New Zealand opera star Kawiti Waetford, and the voice of renowned performance artist Laurie Anderson, blending professional and amateur talents in a cast of 1,000 local singers, musicians, conductors, actors and dancers that created an unprecedented feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul.

Schafer’s epic musical voyage is written in two parts: John’s Vision, a meditation on the world ending in chaos; and Credo, a revolutionary ascension to order.


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