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germaine liu . percussion
joe sorbara . percussion
mark zurawinski . percussion
other friends . percussion

germaine liu . percussion    joe sorbara . percussion    mark zurawinski . percussion

The Imaginary Percussion Ensemble is a chameleon-like entity that grows and sheds limbs; changes colouration, shape and configuration; and otherwise adapts to the creative possibilities dreamed up by three creative percussionists—Germaine Liu, Joe Sorbara, and Mark Zurawinski—who come together to share in one another’s dedicated, joyous, and seriously playful curiosity around sound-making and performance.

Instigated by Liu, the ensemble’s music is rooted in a deep concern for gesture, for physicality, for tactility. They are invested in performance as visceral exploration and co-creation, performance as an ongoing process of (re)discovering ideas and vocabulary; always in the hope of creating an inviting and inclusive space for audience and participants.

The Imaginary Percussion Ensemble has performed at Dancemakers Flowchart, Soundstreams Salon XXI, the Music Gallery's X Avant festival, and the Something Else! Festival. In 2019/20 they will perform at Contact Contemporary Music's Intersection and for the Ottawa New Music Creators’ concert series.

New possibilities are in the dreaming. Please stay tuned...

"Over the course of their set, [they] repeatedly challenged any academy-set definitions of just what constitutes an instrument or a musical practice, reaching into the tubs of water at their feet for whatever sounds they required... The ensemble set to work circling the rims of fishbowls with wet fingertips, hammering disorienting gong sounds out of water-set pot lids, simulating rain on tin roofs with foil and tin cans and simply dropping bowls and cups into the water. The set straddled a line between creative new music and performance art, frequently earning satisfied laughter and excited applause from the audience."
-- Tom Beedham, Exclaim!




imaginary percussionists performing Germaine Liu's "Za"
at the Music Gallery's XAvant XI
918 Bathurst, Toronto . 11 x 2017
photo by Terry Lim

Imaginary Percussion Ensemble . Za . photo by ?    

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imaginary percussionists performing Germaine Liu's "Wring"
the Music Gallery's XAvant XI
918 Bathurst, Toronto . 11 x 2017
photo by Terry Lim

Imaginary Percussion Ensemble . Wring . photo by Terry Lim    

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imaginary percussionists performing Water Music
the Music Gallery's XAvant XI
918 Bathurst, Toronto . 11 x 2017
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imaginary percussionists performing Germaine Liu's "Water We Doing"
the Music Gallery's XAvant XI
918 Bathurst, Toronto . 11 x 2017
photo by Terry Lim

Imaginary Percussion Ensemble . Water We Doing . photo by Terry Lim

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imaginary percussionists performing at Soundstreams' Salon 21: CeramiX
Gardener Museum, Toronto . 21 iv 2017
music by Germaine Liu . ceramic pieces by Chiho Tokita
photo by Joe Strutt

ceramiX . photo by Joe Strutt

h o m e


[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects


the imperative  

my misshapen ear  

reliable parts  

alien radio
(houle/ meger/ sorbara)
  

abakos  

imaginary percussion ensemble  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  

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other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  


[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact






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