REConnected

REConnected is the most significant project driving Daniel’s creative work. It introduces international audiences to contemporary Canadian music featuring percussion as its prominent voice, and showcases the composers who wrote this music. REConnected provides an intimate, authoritative portrait of Canadian music supported by context and commentary. Atop this foundation Tones’s programs feature masterworks for solo percussion by international composers to situate the Canadian works, and to bring to widespread audiences a broader cross-section of the percussion world’s most exhilarating music.

Friends and colleagues, Owen Underhill and Russell Hartenberger, joined Tones for REConnected’s first international tour in 2015, and Underhill has continued as Tones’s collaborative partner. In addition to “Cloud over Water,” written for Tones in 2009, Underhill has composed two “Songs without Words” for REConnected in 2015 and 2017, and a 20-minute, multi-movement, theatrical work for percussion, ocarina, and melodica called “A/Symmetry Ritual” (2018).

Chris Brannick, Daniel Tones, Owen Underhill, and Russell Hartenberger at the entrance to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

REConnected’s largest projects have included international tours to the UK in 2015 and 2017. During these trips, Tones and Underhill performed recitals and evening concerts, gave masterclasses, seminars, and private coachings, and adjudicated a competition. Collaborative performances with post-secondary students in London and York were also highlights of these overseas visits. REConnected has been hosted by the University of Birmingham, the BEaST FEAST, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Leeds College of Music (two visits), Newcastle University, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of York (two visits).

Closer to home, REConnected has performed at Douglas College (winter 2020); the University of British Columbia (spring 2019); as part of the Orion Series in Fine Arts at the University of Victoria and in celebration of the School of Music’s 50th anniversary (winter 2018); at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Music@Midweek series (fall 2014); and at a special concert celebrating Underhill’s 60th birthday organized by the Novo Ensemble (winter 2014). A collaboration with Wen Wei Wang has been a beautiful outgrowth of REConnected’s work. Together Wang and REConnected have twice performed “A Song without Sound” (2015 and 2016) featuring the music of Underhill and choreography by Wang.