What is HONK!?


“An irresistible spectacle of creative movement and sonic self-expression directed at making the world a better place.”

Originating in Somerville (near Boston), USA in 2006, HONK! is a musical and social movement featuring street brass bands and other collaborators. Various versions of so-inspired annual festivals have cropped up around the world…

[See honkfest.org for more details.]

…and the movement has finally reached Toronto: HONK! ON debuts in July 2019.


unQuartet (improvising strings)

An ancient art form here imbued with fresh and vibrant expression.

So much of free improvisation – of which I’m, generally, an advocate and avid practitioner – comes off as self-indulgent, wearisome noise. (I can tolerate a little noise, particularly when used sparsely, tastefully and creatively).

Absolutely NOT THE CASE with the music of Toronto’s unQuartet!

(see www.unQuartet.com)

These musicians are interested in creating a cogent, original statement that is meaningful to listeners. In other words, they appear to desire transmitting “spontaneous composition”, cultivating a craft that is as accessible as it is artistic.

The samples on their website immediately grabbed me AND, unlike so much recorded improvisation I’ve encountered, inspired repeated listenings – go figure!

Check out, for example, the gorgeous “Slow Water Improvisation”¬†on SoundCloud.