Myriam is the first of four children born into a musical family. She started the piano with her parents and the violin at the local conservatory in France at four years old. She began learning the harp at the age of six. Myriam is now pursuing a Performance Bachelor’s degree as a double Major student on full scholarship at the University of Toronto, with Judy Loman for the harp and Marietta Orlov for the piano.
In June of 2013, she completed her conservatory degrees in France: DEM (Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales) in harp, piano and chamber music, and also a CEM (Certificat d’Etudes Musicales) in violin, voice and theory.
Myriam has been a recipient of many scholarships and has been a laureate in various competitions. In 2011, she won the first prize on the piano in the Concours Musical de France. At the age of 12, she received the first prize at the Jakez Francois International Harp Competition. In 2012, Myriam won the third prize and was qualified as the most promising young harpist in the Martine Geliot International Harp Competition. In June 2015, she received the first prize in the harp eighteen-year-old category of the CMC (Canadian Music Competition). In June 2016, she also received the first prize of the CMC but in the nineteen-year-old piano category.
Myriam Blardone - Harp
Robert Taylor - Composer
Robert Taylor is a Canadian composer, guitarist and performance artist whose works have been performed internationally. Since moving to Toronto in 2011, Robert has won the Canadian Brass competition for best new brass quintet (Chünk- for Brass Quintet), received a commission from The Toy Piano Composers Ensemble (Portraits of Childhood), was selected by Trio 7090 to workshop and record his performance-art piece, Ellipses (Piano, Violin, Trombone, Vocalist and Automatiste Poet) and most recently, his performance-art piece, The Synesthetic Conjurer (Percussion, Oscillator-canvas and Multimedia) received a main-stage performance in the 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In addition to these accomplishments, Robert’s music has also been read and performed by very notable musicians, including: Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (Fifth Stone - for Chamber Ensemble and Electronics), The Cecilia String Quartet (Kzspygv- for String Quartet) and Canadian accordion champion Michael Bridge with soprano, Maeve Palmer (Opticks- for Soprano and Accordion).
As a guitarist, Robert Taylor won the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in 2004, which led to a recording contract with CandyRat Records in 2005. Between 2005 and 2011, Robert toured and performed with many guitarists at the apex of the fingerstyle genre including Don Ross, Adrian Legg and Grammy nominee, Tommy Emmanuel. In addition to this performance mileage, Robert’s guitar music was also heard on CBC Radio 2, and was featured as the soundtrack to an acclaimed documentary, Tatanka (Carleton University, 2006).
Michael Murphy - Percussion
Canadian percussionist Michael Murphy is known for his dynamic approach to chamber music and for his commitment to new music. He premiered LarysaKuzmenko’sDance Macabre for marimba and tuba in 2015, and Alice Ping Yee Ho’s concerto Evolving Elements for marimba and string orchestra in 2016. He appeared with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, and will appear with Orchestra Toronto as the winner of the Marta Hidy Percussion Concerto Competition. As a collaborator, Murphy has been a regular guest with the Toronto-based percussion quartet Spectrum, and with accordionist Michael Bridge is a member ofM2, a duet established for the purpose of premiering works for accordion and percussion.
Domenic Jarlkaganova is a Kazakh-Canadian composer, who's music ranges from the expanse of the Electroacoustic medium, to Soloistic, Chamber and Orchestral works.
Her current interest is in examining the depths in the human psyche, reaching the underlying contradictions and tensions in human relationships and social power dynamics.
Her recent works have been featured in the Toronto Fringe Festival and the University of Toronto New Music festival.
Domenic Jarlkaganova - Composer
Marc Blouin - Clarinet
Clarinetist Marc Blouin has appeared as a soloist with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia. He has also performed chamber works with players from the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, and faculty members at the University of Toronto, Eastman, and the New England Conservatory.
Marc earned his Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University and also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto. A Toronto native, he left a large piece of his heart in Nova Scotia.
Patrick McGraw was born in the United States but has made Canada his home since 2001. A lifelong interest in the sciences led him to a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology, but the pull of his other great love, music, proved irresistible. He returned to school to study composition, with David Mott at York University and then with Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto. His works have been performed in the U.S. and Canada by TorQ Percussion, Reverb Brass, the University of Toronto Wind Symphony, the Cecilia String Quartet and the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble among others. He was awarded the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music for his string quartet Glass in 2014. Although music is now his primary focus, he remains active in the sciences as a teacher and is credited with almost as many publications in Physical Review as major works performed.
Patrick McGraw - Composer
Sammy Bayefsky received his B. Mus in Composition from U of T while studying under Christos Hatzis and Norbert Palej. During that time, some of Bayefsky’s music was premiered by the Gryphon Trio, read by the UTSO, and performed right here at Array Space. After graduation, Bayefsky received a scholarship to spend a month writing music in Banff under guidance from members of the Art of Time Ensemble. But, embarking on a new path, Bayefsky now studies Law at U of T. In his spare time, Bayefsky continues to score friends’ films and theatre productions, and create theme songs for podcasts. As well, Bayefsky enjoys arranging songs for the law school’s a cappella choir, The Supreme Chords.
Sammy Bayefsky - Composer
Branko Džinović is a Toronto-based accordionist focused on the contemporary repertoire for the accordion. He holds a Master’s degree from the Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance in Linz (Austria) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in performance at the University of Toronto, where he is the teaching assistant to Prof. Joseph Macerollo, O.C.
He took part in numerous accordion competitions and has been the grand-prize winner at the “Accordion World Cup” held in London (UK) in 2001, “Das Podium” competition held in Linz in 2004, and the DMA Recital Competition held at the University of Toronto in 2013.
Being an avid proponent of avant-garde music, he has shared the stage with some of the finest improvisers of today, including Pavel Fajt, Mia Zabelka, Robert Piotrowicz, Johannes Frisch, Tomáš Žižka, Luka Toyboy, Zahra Mani, Sainkho Namtchylak, Karen Ng, Tomasz Krakowiak, Allison Cameron, and Rick Sacks. He has collaborated on many projects with the members of The Array Ensemble, Thin Edge Music Collective, Essential Opera, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, and many more. He has performed an on-stage role for the accordion in the North American premiere of the National Ballet of Canada’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.”
As an artist with a strong interest in contemporary music, Branko regularly collaborates with Canadian composers on the creation of new solo and chamber music works for the accordion. He has premiered works by John Mark Sherlock, Elisha Denburg, August Murphy-King, Bekah Simms, Sophie Dupuis, and many others. He was also part of creative interactions with some of the most prominent contemporary composers of today such as Per Nørgård and Phillipe Leroux.
Branko has performed in such reputable Canadian art festivals as 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Nuit Blanche and Luminato Festival, where he performed with Svetlana Spajić, a Serbian traditional artist known for her collaboration with Marina Abramović and Robert Wilson. He regularly performs with Payadora Tango Ensemble, Toronto’s premier tango ensemble.
Branko Džinović frequently co-produces and composes for various genres of the media; he has composed the soundtracks for two award-winning short films “Tata Morgana” and “Daddy’s Pride.” In 2010, he worked on “Phonart,” a cross-cultural project supported by the European Union, aiming to connect traditional and contemporary artists from Central and Eastern European countries.
Džinović has recorded for Radio Belgrade, Radio Austria 1, and the BBC. As a soloist and a chamber musician, he has toured in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and the Czech Republic.
Branko Džinović - Accordion
Sara Constant - Flute
Sara Constant is a flutist and musicologist working with a special interest in contemporary music.
Active as a soloist and ensemble musician, Sara has performed most recently with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) and Contemporary Music Ensemble (gamUT), Silverthorn Symphonic Winds, Flute Street, and Oplenac Ensemble. Sara holds an Honours BMus from the University of Toronto and an Honours MA in Musicology from the University of Amsterdam. She has presented her research with the Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM), Bake Society, and Sonic Acts Academy, and has studied flute under the direction of Camille Watts, Philippe Racine, Eliška Horehleďová and Jeannette Landré.
Currently, Sara works as an editor at The WholeNote magazine and as an organizer of the Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML). She is based in Toronto.
Sze-Yang Ade-Lam is a queer Taiwanese/Chinese dancer, martial artist, storyteller & community developer. Sze-Yang shares stories through movement for self love, empowerment, and liberation as an independent artist and as part of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. Sze-Yang has showcased works and performed internationally. Sze-Yang is committed to helping LGBTQ people share their stories by creating more accessible dance education and performance opportunities. A graduate of school of TDT, Sze-Yang continues to study Ballet with Xing Bang Fu and Christine Wright, Wing Chun with Ryan Kennedy, Hip Hop and Street Styles.