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Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presents Global Soundscapes Festival

Waterfront Theatre & other venues31 May '19 to 13 Jun '19 @ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s (VICO) presents the 2019 Global Soundscapes Festival celebrating the intersection of Canadian cultures with musical traditions from all over the world through the creation and performance of intercultural music. This year’s edition features the instruments and traditions of Japan as well as other world cultures.

    VICO is excited to welcome international guests Naomi Sato (sho), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Miyama Tokita-McQueen (koto), and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi). They will perform alongside a who’s who of musicians, composers, and guest ensembles from BC’s vibrant contemporary classical and world music scenes.

    At eleven concerts primarily held at the Waterfront Theatre as well as other Vancouver venues, with a special concert performance in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, the festival presents a rich diversity of intercultural works, unique collaborations and world premieres.

    FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: brief descriptions of the Global Soundscapes Festival concerts

    Open Rehearsal
    Wednesday May 29| 3pm
    Vancouver Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander Street, Vancouver
    Co-presented by Powell Street Festival
    A chance to meet the Festival’s featured musicians and get an up-close look at their instruments, and an inside ‘sneak peek’ at the process of creating and performing intercultural music.
    FREE

    Debris: An evening of traditional Japanese and contemporary Canadian intercultural music
    Saturday June 1| 8 pm
    Ucluelet Community Centre
    Co-presented by Pacific Rim Arts Society
    A perfect location for the performance of a new mini-opera by Rita Ueda inspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America. The evening also includes historical works by pioneering Canadian intercultural composer Elliot Weisgarber as well as traditional Japanese music for sho and koto.

    Music of the Whole World: Pacific Rim
    Tuesday June 4 | 7 pm
    Native Education College, 237 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver
    Co-presented by Powell Street Festival
    Meet some of the Festival’s featured musicians and get an up close look at their instruments, as well as an inside sneak peek at the process of creating and performing intercultural music.
    FREE

    Festival Opening Concert
    Wednesday June 5 | 8 pm
    Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver
    The Festival’s official opening night featuring a presentation of Debris: a new mini-opera by Rita Ueda,inspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America. Also on the bill: historical works by pioneering Canadian intercultural composer Elliot Weisgarber, as well as traditional Japanese music for sho and koto.
    Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

    Borealis String Quartet and McGregor/Verdejo Duo
    Thursday June 6|8 pm
    Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
    Vancouver’s beloved Borealis String Quartet takes the stage with flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor, guitarist Adrian Verdejo and soprano Sarah Albu in this chamber recital that features world premieres by BC composers Jennifer Butler and Kara Gibbs, as well as music by Toru Takemitsu, Yuriko Kojima, Anthony Genge, and intercultural pioneer Elliot Weisgarber.
    Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

    KOCA: A Japan-Canada Exchange
    Friday June 7 |8 pm
    Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
    Vancouver’s Yaletown String Quartet and visiting artists perform the world premieres of new intercultural works by members of the Kyushu-Okinawa Composers’ Association: Taishi Saitoh, Goushi Yonekura, Takeshi Sato, Yuko Kondo, Keiko Eto, and Airi Yoshioka
    Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

    Festival Gala Concert: Zen and Now
    Saturday June 8 |8 pm
    Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
    The full Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra takes the stage with guest conductor John Zoltek and visiting artists to perform the world premiere of new works by Leslie Uyeda and Tomoko Fukui, the Canadian premieres of “Kokoro” by Rita Ueda, and “Phoenix Rising” by Farshid Samandari, and “Chidori No Kyoku (Song of the Plovers)” by Yoshizawa Kengyo in an intercultural arrangement by Mark Armanini.
    Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

    KOCA presents: Music for Piano & Violin
    Sunday June 9 | 3:00 pm
    Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St., Vancouver
    Festival guests from the Kyushu-Okinawa Composers’ Association (KOCA) present visiting artists Saki Kono (piano) and Taishi Harada (violin) in an intimate programme of solos and duets. More details coming soon!
    Admission by donation (suggested: $20)

    Powell Street Festival Showcase
    Sunday June 9 | 8 pm
    Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
    Co-presented by Powell Street Festival
    Festival community partner, the Powell Street Festival, hosts this vibrant showcase of local Japanese musical acts, featuring Banana Bread, a quartet of multi-instrumentalists with a fondness for the ukulele and a light-hearted pop/R&B/choral flavor, and Kotojiro, a koto and guitar duo
    Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

    Raga-tala-Malika! A Garland of Ragas and Talas
    with VICO and Friends
    Wednesday June 12| 8 pm
    The Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver
    The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra performs the world premiere of a new work for bansuri and strings by Neelamjit Dhillon alongside “The Longing Sky”, Moshe Denburg’s ground-breaking double concerto for shakuhachi and sarangi. Featured soloists include Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi) and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi), under the baton of guest conductor John Zoltek.
    Also on the bill: “Nesting Cranes” for shakuhachi and strings (traditional, arranged by Farshid Samandari), and an intercultural orchestral arrangement of George Harrison’s “Within You and Without You” by Mark Armanini. Also featured: Vidyasagar Vankayala (vocalist)
    Tickets $35 / $25 / $20

    Special House Concert
    Thursday June 13| 8 pm
    The Annex, 5590 Blenheim, Vancouver
    The Festival closes with this intimate performance featuring Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi) and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi). It offers a unique opportunity to witness two virtuosi play both separately and together, on their traditional instruments from Japan and India.

    May 31 ̶ June 13, 2019
    Waterfront Theatre w/ concerts at other Vancouver venues
    and the Ucluelet Community Centre
    Tickets $20 – $35, plus free and pay-what-you-can performances
    Festival Flex Passes available
    Tickets and information at: www.vi-co.org

     

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