In Esperanto, kuné means together. Now, the Royal Conservatory of Music has created Kuné, Canada’s Global Orchestra, as a celebration of our country’s cultural diversity and pluralism.
One hundred and fifty newcomers to Canada auditioned and 13 virtuoso musicians were chosen, 12 from abroad who had each chosen to start a new life here and one Métis Canadian whose ancestors have been here for centuries. The ensemble came together in December 2016 and, under the artistic direction of David Buchbinder, began the journey to create a band that looks and sounds like Canada today. Through writing, rehearsals, cultural exploration and touring together, the members of Kuné have formed a sound that is, at once, global and uniquely local. They illustrate what is possible when we listen to each other and play together.
Kuné, Canada’s Global Orchestra, play Flato Markham Theatre on Feb. 8.