Global Cities Ensemble was formed in 2010 by four respected musicians on the Toronto scene, each from a different musical background. GCE makes music with an intercultural flavour, at once international and local. Asian world music added to a bubbling cauldron of local hip-hop — this is new territory yet little explored. This new musical hybrid language and aesthetic is driven by instruments, intonation, tonal and rhythmic modes from Iran, Indonesia, India and Western classical music. GCE merges that with popular music, urban poetry and contemporary live electronic performance soundscapes.