Moogfest – Syrinx and Mallarme
May 20, 2017 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
The musicians behind Syrinx were composer and keyboardist John Mills-Cockell, saxophonist Doug Pringle, and percussionist Alan Wells. All three were young veterans of the Toronto creative scene by the beginning of 1970. LSD played a supporting role in their artistic pursuits, but equal guidance also came from Mills-Cockell’s studies at the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music, where he established an ad-hoc, DIY electronic music course in the school’s basement.
Syrinx’s self-titled debut arrived in 1970, followed in 1971 by Long Lost Relatives, which is highlighted as the first album on Tumblers From The Vault. Between the two albums, Syrinx became a vital part of the Toronto music scene, with Pringle’s loft serving as the central node for impromptu performances and the group’s collaborative activities. Syrinx also started receiving high profile work, first for television, film, and dance, and then for orchestra.
The work for orchestra, called String Space orginally performed with the Toronto Repertory Ensemble will be revived for this performance. Musicians from Mallarme are teaming up with John Mills-Cockell and Doug Pringle to present this work for the present day.
See a video excerpt from the original collaboration in 1972 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LKDcvkZJkQ
Elizabeth Phelps and Leah Peroutka, violin
Suzanne Rousso, viola
Nathan Leyland, cello
Peter Kimosh, bass
Cameron Britt, percussion