Kuné means “together” in Esperanto. The Royal Conservatory of Music created KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra as a celebration of our country’s cultural diversity and pluralism. We auditioned 150 newcomers to Canada and were overwhelmed with the talent that we heard. We chose 13 virtuoso musicians - 12 from abroad who had each chosen to start a new life here, and one Métis Canadian whose ancestors have been here for centuries. The ensemble came together in December 2016 and, under the artistic direction of David Buchbinder, began the journey to create a band that looks and sounds like Canada today. Through writing, rehearsals, cultural exploration, and touring together, the members of KUNÉ have formed a sound that is, at once, global and uniquely local. They illustrate what is possible when we listen to each other and play together.
– Mervon Mehta, Executive Director, Performing Arts, The Royal Conservatory
Ensemble members include:
KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra debut album out now!
KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra
Release date: 4.6.2018
CD | Album
Label: Universal Music Canada
KUNÉ - Canada's Global Orchestra is presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music in partnership with:
Aga Khan Museum
Batuki Music Society
Lula Music and Arts Centre
Small World Music
York University Department of Music
918 Bathurst Centre
Generously supported by Diana and Phillip Weinstein
Proud to be part of Global Toronto
Global Toronto is an exciting new initiative that Toronto’s world music community is undertaking. Through a partnership with several established music presenters and venues, Global Toronto will showcase the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that makes Toronto so vibrant. Taking place from April 4-7, 2018, the four-day event will feature a series of concerts at Lula Lounge, Hugh’s Room Live, Small World Music, The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Aga Khan Museum and more. Global Toronto's aim is to showcase the incredible, diverse artists who call Toronto home.
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