World Music Artists-in-Residence

Between 2007 and 2016 we were fortunate to be able to invite many superb artists of international repute to teach our students by leading ensembles, giving workshops, participating in our classes, giving talks, helping with our research, and performing for the university and wider Toronto communities.

Each year, a different World Music Artist-in-Residence spent one term with us, to the very great benefit of our students and our program. A list of these musicians appears below.

Currently, however, this program is unfunded. We therefore welcome any expressions of interest in funding this initiative, and we encourage direct contact with the office of the Dean of Music and our Office of Advancement at the Faculty of Music.

Pedram Khavarzamini (2015-16) is an accomplished performer and keeper of traditional Iranian tombak technique and repertoire, Khavarzamini is also an innovator who has pursued cross-cultural collaboration and musical experimentation.

Raigelee Alorut (2014-15) grew up learning tradition Inuit throat singing. She is a frequent performer around Toronto for First Nations House and community events. Raigelee is a Language Assistant in Inuktitut at the University of Toronto.

Vaughan Hatch & Putu Evie Suyadnyani (2013-14), founded the Mekar Bhuana Conservatory for the preservation and reconstruction of Balinese gamelan music and dance endangered by mass tourism and the selective promotion of certain genres and styles by government institutions.

Henrique Cazes (2012-13), Brazilian cavaquinho virtuoso, is a skilled multi-stylist, he is especially well-regarded as a performer of choro, an urban music practice related to samba, but featuring more elaborated song forms and instrumental improvisation.

Pura Fé (2011-12), founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, Ulali, and recognized for bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the mainstream music industry.

Dong Won-Kim (2010-11), master Korean percussionist, vocalist, and composer, and member of the Silk Road Ensemble, known for his mastery of shaman ritual music and farmers’ music.

I Wayan Sinti (2008-09), the Balinese master musician and composer, and a tireless advocate of old and endangered repertoires. Sadly, Sinti passed away in 2020.

Ilmas Husain Khan (2007-08), doyen of the Lucknow gharana, one of the oldest and most prestigious traditions of tabla drumming in India.