Quotes

"No one can put together music and musicians in a more dazzling, brilliant, and moving way than Andrew Burashko and the Art of Time Ensemble. Every concert is thrilling, inspiring, and leaves you longing for the next one. Surprise and accomplishment only begin to describe Art of Time Ensemble’s achievements."

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

"Near-perfect."

Michael Vincent, Toronto Star

"Art of Time creates opportunities of a lifetime for musicians."

John Mann, musician

"If happiness is being surrounded by a warm, exciting group and being accepted as one of their peers, then I have known true happiness with Art of Time Ensemble. They are the cream of the crop. Why do the best always come from Canada?"

Madeleine Peyroux, singer

Art of Time Ensemble is as soulful as it is innovative. It’s rare and it’s precious to find such a blend of daring and subtlety. Performing with them was one of the most creatively nourishing moments of my career.

Alejandra Ribera, singer

"[Best of 2013]: Every concert by Art of Time Ensemble."

David Macfarlane,
Toronto Star

“Art of Time Ensemble compellingly disregards the borders, the sign posts, dares the ropebridges in new, untested gravities.”

John Southworth, singer-songwriter

"A never-failing ride on music's wild side."

Martha Burns and Paul Gross, actors

"I haven’t enjoyed a concert so much in a long time – a reaction that, judging from the standing ovation, was shared by my fellow audience members. But as I stood and clapped and whooped along with everyone else, it did cross my mind that we hadn’t had half as much fun as the people onstage”We’re lucky to have them; good musicians, that is. The Art Of Time Ensemble, that is. And we shouldn’t miss the opportunity to listen to them having so much fun."

David Macfarlane, Toronto Star

"Dancetheatre David Earle’s Miserere with Choir 21 at the close of Art of Time’s What is Sacred? program was one of the highlights of our history. The artists with whom we shared the concert inspired an unforgettable performance. The echo remains."

David Earle, choreographer

"Art of Time has mixed jazz and classical, worked circus acts into concerts, reached out to other performance disciplines. It’s broken the serious music mold and won rave reviews – even a Dora Award along the way. Tonight, Art of Time does it again with a ravishing program of music and dance."

Michael Crabb, CBC Radio 1

"I have always welcomed the chance to reinvent songs for Art of Time, knowing that their musicianship is of the highest calibre, their dedication to excellence is pure and they grant a wide creative license for composers and arrangers to explore new musical territory. Art of Time plays an important role in our musical community; it not only breaks down barriers between idioms, it builds bridges between them."

Aaron Davis, Musician

"Andrew Burashko has become such an inventive programmer, we forget he made his reputation as something of a piano prodigy. With Burashko on piano, Benjamin Bowman on violin and Rachel Mercer on cello, we heard a Schubert Trio of immense power, drama and style... A stunning performance."

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

"Art of Time's production manages to tell the story not just of an alien invasion, but also of a bid for notoriety that was both an artistic and professional gamble, and in doing so, the ensemble adds a second cast of heroes to the original play without changing a word... riveting storytelling... If you get the chance to see this play, do. This is exactly what the reinterpretation of a classic piece of theatre should look like."

Jen Handley, mondomagazine.net

"Pianist Andrew Burashko has been fusing the arts in beautifully crafted, themed programs under the banner of his Art of Time Ensemble since 1998. It's hard to overstate the stylishness of this program. The Art of Time Ensemble is a class act that attracts top talent."

Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

"Burashko and the Art of Time Ensemble continue their pathfinding tradition of making art without borders, art that globalizes the mind, is tasteful and rich for the senses, and that nourishes the spirit."

Stanley Fefferman, showtimemagazine.ca

"I never know what I'm going to hear at an Art of Time concert, but I always come away feeling invigorated, challenged, surprised and delighted. Exactly what I want in a night out."

Laurie Brown, CBC radio

"I love that I am still thinking about it."

Carolyn Woods, Concertgoer

"The Art of Time seems like a game of artistic hopscotch, in which everyone is invited to jump over the notional barriers between music, dance and visual art, and between high and low. It's a game worth playing."

Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

"Artistic Director, pianist Andrew Burashko, creates ravishing, brilliantly concieved music concerts performed by peerless artists from across a spectrum of disciplines. In the posession of a fierce intellect, he is a master at sharing his passion for great music, the people who create it, and the times and circumstances that frame it, through his articulate opening remarks. Every Art of Time concert leaves me inspired, moved, and keenly aware of the creative act as a fundamental force in human history and experience."

Peggy Baker, Choreographer

"Now, my memory of the evening is that of the whole, moving from the guitarists' prelude in the balcony to the lone dancer's physical expression of the music played by the piano trio against the video backdrop. Even the performance space, the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, was integral to the experience. It's a small and warm space in which the audience does not feel distanced from the stage. Hats off to Artistic Director Andrew Burashko for the conception and orchestration of this program and to all of the performers who brought his vision to fruition. I feel that I was drawn closer to Shostakovich the man, his music and experiences through Andrew's multi-media composition."

Joyce Corbett, The Live Music Report

"Art of Time is a vibrant, classy addition to Toronto's new music scene."

Tamara Bernstein, National Post

"There's no greater shock than having something abstract made concrete in front of your eyes in a way you didn't expect. So seeing Variete successfully match music of a master abstractionist with elements of old-fashioned vaudeville - in a cross-disciplinary effort between the musically experimental Art of Time Ensemble and the dramatically forward Volcano performance company - was particularly shocking and particularly enjoyable."

John Terauds, The Toronto Star

"(I Send you This Cadmium Red) is a contemplation of colour via words, music, and projected animation. And I can’t remember the last time I saw a play or a film in which the inevitable apartheid between form and content, style and substance, was so elegantly obliterated. It’s what you always wanted from your liberal arts education, distilled into a sublime 40-minute elixir of revelation."

Brian D. Johnson, Macleans

"DJing in the lobby of the Enwave afterwards, and even later on in the night at Nocturne, the classical heir would fully reveal his undeniable strength. In repurposing vibrations of a grand, storied heritage, [Gabriel] Prokofiev nurtures generational semblance and essential innovation. Toronto is lucky to have Burashko, and happy to host his visitors."

Dan Warry-Smith, Society Vernacular

"Art of Time makes me love music."

Morris Panych, Playwright & Actor

"An Art of Time performance is a chance to make precious contact with what music truly is - a source of revelation and wonder."

Sarah Slean, Singer

"Art of Time's brilliance lies in presenting expertly performed classical music, but stripped of the many conventions which can make more traditional performances feel like you're being kept at arm's length. By blowing out the fourth wall and talking to the audience directly, explaining why this particular movement was chosen or why that song has come in for critical controversy, the music becomes a more vividly personal thing - it gets deeper under your skin, and the performance stays with you longer."

Hamutal Dotan, torontoist.com

"Andrew Burashko is a cultural treasure in this city. Besides being an accomplished musician, he is the gifted driving force behind the Art of Time Ensemble. [War of the Worlds features] wonderful, dramatic, stirring music, and Burashko brings it to vibrant life. This is an evening rich in music, drama, suspending disbelief, and art. Bravo to Andrew Burashko and the company."

Lynn Slotkin, slotkinletter.com

"Where words, notes and steps meet. Call is a bicycle-wheel model of artistic programming that's gaining momentum - as it should."

James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail

"I thoroughly enjoy the Art of Time evenings. I like the surprises, the contextual shifts, the unusual repertoire. I like that I'm expected to bring my brains along."

Ronald Weihs, Artword.net

"Art of Time is simply one of the most interesting, innovative, original and eclectic arts companies in North America. Andrew Burashko is a brilliant artist whose curiosity knows no bounds. A season ticket to Art of Time is the best buy in town."

David Ferry, Actor/Director

"The magic of the Art of Time Ensemble is that Andrew Burashko manages to shape new and fascinating collaborations between artists of various disciplines which produce exciting and innovative evenings that are always delightfully surprising."

Karen Kain, Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada

"These are the only shows that will drag me out of hiding these years... and I enjoy hiding. Burashko's Art of Time is just that good. The chance to explore territories I'd never have thought of and play with the most remarkable musicians anywhere."

Martin Tielli, musician

"What I felt last night is very well expressed in something T.S. Eliot said once, that my uncle - who is a dancer - quoted to me: 'When things become more intense, prose moves into poetry, speaking moves into singing, walking moves into dancing.' I felt like I had a direct experience of this last night during the performances."

Sarah Hunter, Concertgoer & Supporter

"Chamber's Engaging New Hope... Burashko has assembled a high-power group of fellow instrumentalists with a taste for chamber music. The group varies depending on the needs of the music at hand, but includes some of the finest musicians in the country. Equally important, there is a programming philosophy that champions musical coherence and innovation. The appropriate shout has to be 'Encore!'"

William Littler, Toronto Star

"Seven of the best instrumental musicians around, pooling their skills under the off but apt title of the Art of Time Ensemble - apt because what else is music but the art of time?"

Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail

"Art of Time re-visits music in an utterly new-minted way that is electrifying for the ears and soul. I can't remember when I've felt so elated by a musical experience. Any performance is guaranteed to be inspired, imaginative, and full of such tremendous talent, it'll make you giddy."

Fiona Reid, Actress