Quiet Concerts

A concert series at the Toronto Public Library, fall 2017

Quiet Concerts was a series of experimental music performances at Toronto Public Library Scarborough Civic Centre branch, organized by Artist-In-Residence Christopher Willes throughout the fall of 2017.

Occurring covertly through the building, each artist featured in the series sought to create an unusual concert scenario in the library, reflecting on the social, political, and perceptual notions of quiet. With each event audience members we're invited into a new proposition for listening that highlighted the library as a shared space, often with the general public not aware of the event even happening. For example, audiences where invited to follow a score for walking throughout the building to listen to the music at a distance, perhaps loosing track of the sound all together; or to experience an intimate concert enacted privately through headphones. A quiet sound is like a friendly hello.

Photography by Claire Harvie and Ishan Davé.
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.


Invisible Out (Xuan Ye and Jason Doell): Guided by a mission to invigorate the politics and epistemology of invisibility, Invisible Out is a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist and performer Xuan Ye & composer and experimental improviser Jason Doell whose works have been performed and exhibited around the world. 
invisibleout.tumblr.com // a.pureapparat.us // jasondoell.com

Allison Cameron is a celebrated Canadian composer, performer and improvising musician. She loves working with her colleagues; skating on ice; and, learning how plants think.

Anne Bourne is a composer/ improviser on cello and voice, who carries the text scores of Pauline Oliveros. She lives with her daughter on an island in Lake Ontario and commutes to New York. 

Phillipe Melanson is a percussionist living in toronto. He works with the band bernice, makes dance music, and is interested in music that is vibe'y.

Debashis Sinha is a percussionist and composer living in Toronto, and who works with sound in theatre, dance, music. He is happiest, though, when he’s working with it in strange places or better yet, invited into your ears.


Christopher Willes is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto and Montreal. He is an associate artist with Toronto based performance collective Public Recordings.