"They also show off the wide range of mood, melody and counterpoint possible in a carefully laid out and layered programme....effort that can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world."
- THE TORONTO STAR
"What made the evening special was the tight connection between these four players, which gave everything they did a sense of unbreakable continuity and energy."
“They also show off the wide range of mood, melody and counterpoint possible in a carefully laid out and layered programme....effort that can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world."
- THE TORONTO STAR
"TorQ percussion, was outstanding. No, make that astonishing.”
- THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
"TorQ is an exhilarating ensemble that leaves audiences amazed with their showmanship and musicianship. Their commitment to excellence, and the ability to meaningfully connect with any level of audience, makes them a unique musical ensemble."
- Dr. Darrin Oehlerking,
Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands
at the University of Saskatchewan
"I was just knocked out, by their nuanced music-making; their sense of line and phrase; and their deep, deep understanding of the underlying structure of the piece. Really blew my mind."
- Eric Whitacre,
renowned American choral composer and conductor
“It is no surprise that they continue, undaunted by the path less travelled, to be pioneers of sorts in the world of modern percussion.... Manitouwadge joined the long list of Canadian venues to end the musical journey on which TorQ had taken them by [giving the ensemble] a standing ovation.”
- ONTARIO NEWS NORTH
"I'm sure that we can all look forward to the next magical multi-dimensional presentation from TorQ - highly musical percussive artistry without artifice or gimmicks."
TorQ Percussion Quartet is one of Canada's premiere percussion ensembles and consistently brings new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations and as The Toronto Star states "[TorQ] can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world."
Since coming together in 2004, their activities continue to flourish. These past two season have seen major inroads for the quartet into the United States with extensive tours in Alaska, Washington, and Idaho. Two major milestones last season: a mainstage performance at PASIC2015- Percussive Arts Society International Conference and also, their first American symphonic collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2016. This season will see them performing throughout Ohio, and in November, they will be showcasing at the International Artist Managers' Association Conference. Some other international highlights include the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis) and with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir.
At home, TorQ has made appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, PEI's Indian River Festival, MusicFest Canada (Vancouver), Toronto's Soundstreams, and Kitchener's Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival. Selected by the three major Canadian touring organisations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic, TorQ has performed throughout every province. In 2012, they launched their first annual 4-concert series in Toronto where they collaborated with invited guest artists, composers, and dancers. As collaborative artists, the quartet has performed with the Larkin Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, and the Hamilton Children's Choir. They have been guest artists with the TSO, UofS Wind Ensemble and MUN Wind Ensemble among others.
Committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet, TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres including a new percussion quartet concerto written by Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne called Invisible Cities which premiered in 2014. Their discography consists of three recordings on Bedoint Records, the first of which titled TorQ, was awarded 3.5/4 stars by the Toronto Star. Their newest album, Without A Map, was released in 2015 and features compositions and improvisations by the members of TorQ.
TorQ is actively involved in music education initiatives and performs approximately 70 school shows per year. They are also frequent educational collaborators with Soundstreams Canada and present master classes and workshops. This past summer, TorQ hosted their fifth annual TorQ Percussion Seminar, a five day percussion event taking place this year in collaboration with Ontario's Stratford Summer Music.
Deja vu (4perc & orch)
Corpus (4perc & ch)
Concerto No. 1 (4perc & wind ens)
Promethean Concertino No. 1 (4perc & orch)
Concertino for Four Percussion (4perc, wind ens)
Charon's Dance (4perc & wind ens)
Misericordia (4perc & ch)
Carmina Burana (2pn, 4perc & ch)
R. Murray Shafer*
Avon River (4perc, sop & ch)
Soul of God (4perc & ch)
Invisible Cities (4perc & wind ens)
Valdrada (4perc & orch)
*Denotes Canadian composer
Recital repertoire available upon request
Master classes and workshops available
Other concerti available upon request