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A Vancouver Premieres Concert

A Vancouver Premieres Concert


Andrea Yu, actor

Andrew Dawes, violinist

Alice Ho, composer/pianist

and special guest David Chow

Classical & Contemporary

Program high lights: Vancouver premiere of

“Late In A Slow Time” by poet Carole Langille  with music by Chan Ka Nin

(“most immediately striking-work” Terry Robbins, The Whole Note)

Excerpt from award winning film “Garage”

by Writer/Producer/Director Edmond Chan with original music by Alice Ho

and Classics: Méditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet

Excerpts from Butterfly Lovers Concerto by Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang

Time: 6 pm

Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Place: The Vancouver Academy of Music

1270 Chestnut Street,
Vancouver, BC
V6J 4R9

Phone: 604-763-1021   Admission: Free

December 29, 2010
6:00 pm

CMC Score Reading Club Celebrates Canadian Music!

CMC Score Reading Club

Celebrates Canadian Music!

Featuring works by Canadian composers.  The Score Reading Club that was scheduled during Canada Music Week was postponed.  Fortunately we have the opportunity to hear these works, including a live performance Chris Morano in January.  Join us on January 26th from 2:00PM – 4:30PM @ the CMC-BC Regional location (837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC).

FREE to attend.
Join us as we listen and discuss 3 Canadian compositions!

3 composers, 3 presenters, 1 live performance by Chris Morano

Liz Hamel (a member of Vancouver’s esteemed a capella ensemble, musica intima) will presentExaudi by Jocelyn Morlock.  Exaudi is on musica intima’s new CD, into light (recent winner in the category of Classical Music Recordings at the Western Canadian Music Awards).

Lloyd Burritt will present Iman Habibi‘s choral work The Colour of Freedom, based on poetry by Marina Nemat (the author of the international best-seller Prisoner of Tehran), and features a Persian soloist singing in classical Persian style.

Chris Morano, pianist gives a special performance for this score reading club.  He has chosen three movements from Howard Bashaw‘s Preludes, Book I.

January 26, 2011
2:00 pmto4:30 pm

Canadian University Music Society Composition Prize

Canadian League of Composers/Canadian University Music Society Composition Prize

The Canadian University Music Society is pleased to announce a call for scores for potential inclusion in the contemporary music concert to be performed at its 2011 conference, which is to be held at
Mount Allison University, Department of Music, Sackville, NB, June 2–5, 2011. Included in this Call for Scores is announcement of the Canadian League of Composers/Canadian University Music Society Composition Prize for 2011: together, the CLC, CUMS-SMUC and Mount Allison University, will provide a prize totaling $2500 for the best composition by a student composer in 2011. The jury reserves the right not to award the cash prize if no worthy score is submitted by a student. Students whose compositions are selected for performance may be eligible for partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, in accordance with CUMS guidelines (receipts are required).

All submissions should be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
The score or scores chosen will be performed at a concert on the evening of Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:00 p.m. in Sackville by Motion Ensemble.

Scores submitted must conform to the following specifications:
1. a five- to eight-minute instrumental work, in a single movement or multiple movements;
2. scored for at least three members of the following four-member chamber ensemble: flute (including piccolo/alto flute/bass flute), clarinet (including alto/bass clarinet), double bass, percussion; electronics also available.
Guidelines for submitting scores:
1. Submission of a score to the competition denotes willingness and ability to attend the 2011 CUMS conference.
2. Each composer may submit up to two scores.
3. Scores should not give any indication of the composer’s name or affiliation(s). A cover letter should accompany the score, indicating the composer’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone number(s), postal and email addresses, the title of the work submitted, the instrumentation, and the duration of the work.
4. Four (4) copies of each score should be submitted, along with four copies of an audio (or MIDI) recording on CD, if available. PDF files of scores and MP3 audio files may also be included.
5. Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, January 21, 2011. Late submissions and/or illegible scores/parts will not be considered.
6. Composers whose scores are selected for performance must be members in good standing of the Canadian University Music Society, and must register for the conference. Membership applications are available on the CUMS website ( or by contacting CUMS, c/o Becker Associates, 10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2J1; 416 538-1650 (phone), 489-1713 (fax), or (e-mail). Annual dues, beginning 2011, are $70 for regular members, and $35 for part-time faculty, students, independent scholars, and retired persons.
7. Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines cannot be considered.
8. Winners whose pieces are selected for performance must submit elgible parts by Friday, April 15, 2011 at the latest.
9. Composers who wish their materials to be returned: please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Please send all materials to:

Dr. Alasdair MacLean
Department of Music
Mount Allison University
134 Main Street
Sackville, NB, Canada E4L 1A6
Office: (506) 364-2378 / Fax: (506) 364-2376
January 21, 2011

The Intimacy of Creativity

The Intimacy of Creativity

The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong

April 25th – May 8th, 2011 Hong Kong (Inaugural season)

The Partnership
Hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), The Intimacy of Creativity is an annual two-week Partnership devoted to promoting an intimate dialogue between composers and performers. Selected composers will present and, if necessary, revise their chamber music compositions after in-depth discussions between composers and performers during on-campus rehearsals sessions. The revised compositions will be formally presented in concerts at the Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall on the campus of HKUST (Clear Water Bay) and at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (downtown Hong Kong).

The theme of the Partnership this season is Arts and Science,celebrating the life and scientific achievements of Albert Einstein, coinciding with the exhibit of Einstein in Hong Kong April August 2011 presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, swissnex China, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Education Bureau of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and HKUST. The Partnership will also highlight the twentieth anniversary of the founding of HKUST and will be presented in collaboration with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

April 25th May 8th 2011 (inaugural season)
Most of the Partnership discussions will take place at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a world-class university set on a beautiful hillside campus facing the Pacific Ocean.

Partnership Artistic Director Bright Sheng
Distinguished Guest Composer
Yehudi Wyner (winner, Pulitzer Prize)
Distinguished Guest Artist
John Bruce Yeh (acting principal clarinet, Chicago Symphony)
Daedalus Quartet (Grand Prize winner, Banff International String Quartet Competition)
Guest Artists
Professional musicians from leading music ensembles in Hong Kong.

Emerging Composers Up to six emerging composers between the age of 25 and 35 will be selected. Round-trip airfare, accommodations and a per diem will be provided to the composers by the Partnership. Composers applying for the Partnership MUST be comfortable having their compositions discussed and be willing to make necessary revisions before the final public concert  presentations.

Composers-in-Residence One or two composers may be invited to serve as Composer-in-Residence at HKUST for the 20112012 academic year.

The Compositions A chamber music composition, 1015 minutes in duration, for up to five performers from the following list of instruments: 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano.

Application Deadline February 1, 2011 is the deadline for receipt of applications. Each composer may submit up to three chamber music compositions for consideration, but only one work from each composer will be selected and presented. Each submission should include:

1) a copy of the score;
2) a set of professionally prepared parts for each work submitted;
3) a short CV, including date of birth and names and contact information for two professional references.
Though not necessary, the composer may also send accompanying performance recordings of the works submitted,
If available. CD format is preferred. Selected composers will be informed by March 1, 2011.

The 2011 Partnership
In collaboration with the Swiss government’s celebration of the life and scientific achievements of Albert Einstein, the theme of the 2011 Partnership is Arts and Science, exploring the link between artistic creativity and scientific discovery, coinciding with the exhibit of Einstein in Hong Kong AprilAugust 2011. This event will include lectures on the subject of Einstein delivered by pre-eminent scientists at the time of the Partnership. Although it is not a requirement, we encourage composers to submit compositions inspired by the theme of the 2011 Partnership.

Application Address
The Bright Sheng Partnership:

Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong

c/o Clara So
Room 3331
School of Humanities and Social Science
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
+852 2358 8350

The Intimacy of Creativity is supported by Dr. and Mrs. Helmut
Sohmen in Memory of Sir Yue-Kong Pao 包玉剛 CBE JP.
(Bright Sheng is the Y. K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor
of HKUST, as well as the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished
University Professor of Music at University of Michigan, U.S.A

February 1, 2011

Meet & Greet for Poets and Composers

“A tremendous event–the wide-ranging events were fantastic and provided a unique perspective. Some of the best performances of Canadian Song I have heard.”

Art Song Lab: Meet & Greet for Poets and Composers at the Canadian Music Centre

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2010 4-6pm, Info Session starting at 4:30pm
Where: Canadian Music Centre – BC Creative Hub (837 Davie St., Vancouver BC)

Come meet other poets and composers so we can join forces for future projects! Learn about the Art Song Lab and discuss what you’d like to do.

In partnership with the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) hosts a workshop for poets, composers, and performers interested in creating new Art Song by fusing poetry, music, text, musical interpretation, and performance.  This year’s Art Song Lab will take place between June 14-19, 2011.  Events will include panel discussions, workshops, and  performances of new works by participating poets, composers, and performers.  The lab is open to participants as well as auditors.  This year’s VISI performance artists will include:  Mezzo-sopranos Lynne McMurtry and Gayle Shay, pianists Alison d’Amato and Laura Loewen, baritone Michael Robert-Broder, and more.

This meet-and-greet is not only a chance to articulate a vision of a Vancouver International Song Institute/Canadian Music Centre project; it’s also a chance for us to learn about each other and what talents we have as a group.

Let’s talk shop with composers, poets, translators, and performers about the challenges of interpretative practice and new song performance. Grab this rare chance to transform the written word into airborne performance at a world premiere concert!

VISI is an internationally-acclaimed training program and interdisciplinary experimental nexus for new multi-media, multi-genre performance practices in Art Song. VISI also produces SONGFIRE Festival of Song, a month-long series of events focussing on the art of Song. Check out the full range of VISI programs at

January 12, 2011
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

The Music11 Festival

The Music11 Festival

The Music11 Festival is now accepting applications.

Music11 is continuing for the third year at the beautiful Hindemith Music Centre in Blonay,

Principal composers:  David Lang, Matthias Pintscher, Joel Hoffman
Ensemble-in-Residence:  eighth blackbird (
Festival Director:  Joel Hoffman
dates:  20 June through 1 July, 2011
Application deadline (for instrumentalists and composers):  1 February, 2011.
NOTE:  this is a receipt deadline!

Music11 is a unique and intensive new music festival which will take place at the prestigious Hindemith Foundation Music Centre in Blonay, Switzerland.  The premiere American ensemble “eighth blackbird” will be joined by principal composers David Lang, Matthias Pintscher and Joel Hoffman, all of whom will be working with an invited group of young composers and instrumentalists, both advanced students and young professionals. Upon acceptance, composers will be assigned specific ensembles and will write pieces for the festival which will be rehearsed, performed and recorded in Blonay by a variety of ensembles.  Each ensemble will consist of a member of eighth blackbird along with a carefully selected group of young instrumentalists.  Concurrently, the instrumentalists will prepare and perform works by the three principal composers.  This repertoire, along with selected major 20th/21st century chamber works, will be performed in a series of concerts throughout the festival in Blonay.

Blonay is a beautiful village, located between Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and the Swiss Alps.  Nearby cities are Montreux and Lausanne.  The Hindemith Foundation is a fully-equipped music residence center, whose purpose is to present short-term international festivals and workshops on the highest artistic level.

NOTE:  there are limited scholarship funds available.  IN ADDITION, there will be a special, work-study position which offers full room/board, tuition, a travel allowance and a stipend in exchange for web maintenance, recording of concerts/other events and technical support on-site.  Please inquire if you are interested in this position.

For more information and all application materials, please go to the Music11 website:
Hindemith Foundation website:

February 1, 2011

Happening Festival of New Music and Media 2011

The University of Calgary Happening Festival of New Music and Media 2011

Wed Jan 26 – Sat Jan 29, 2011
Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre

The Happening Festival of New Music and Media 2011, will be held from January 26 to 29, 2011 at the Rosza Centre University of Calgary. Happening 2011 is four days of sonic discovery highlighting  established and emerging practices in sound and music. This year’s festival will focus on musical collaborations between Alberta and British Columbia.

The festival will offer five concerts featuring new and recent works for soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestra along with improvising ensembles and telemedia performances linking musicians from around the world. Visiting artists will present lectures and demonstrations on their work. The featured guest composer will be Keith Hamel from the University of British Columbia who will participate in concerts featuring his innovative interactive compositions.

The Land’s End Chamber Ensemble will open the festival with guest clarinetist François Houle and the UCalgary String Quartet, presenting a concert of interactive music together with musicians in Vancouver. Pianist Colleen Athparia, and soloists Jeremy Brown and Edmond Agopian from the University of Calgary will present a concert with the University Orchestra and the New Music Ensemble. New Works Calgary will present Vancouver’s Nu:BC Collective in a pan-Canadian concert of new music for flute, cello and piano featuring the première of a new work by Montréal composer Brian Cherney. Canada Research Chair in Telemedia Arts, Kenneth Fields, will guide collaborators and the public in a special telemedia concert event in the Doolittle Studio. The festival will close with pianist Luciane Cardassi, presenting a program of new and recent work for solo piano with film and electronics by Canadian and Brazilian composers. A series of lectures and workshops in new music, media practices and improvisation will round out the activities at Happening 2011.

Happening 2011 will also present the world première performances of new works by Allan Bell, Laurie Radford, Michalis Andronikou, Cavan Carson and ‘Wild Card’ compositions announced in each concert. And this year’s interactive installation will be Art/Music/Science: Tangents Through Common Ground by Jerry Hushlak, David Eagle & Jeff Boyd.

Guest composer:             Keith Hamel, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Guest ensemble:             Nu:BC Collective, presented by New Works Calgary
Daytime events:
Keith Hamel two lectures/workshops on Keith Hamel’s music and software
Brian Cherney presentation on the music of Brian Cherney
François Houle presentation on the contemporary clarinet
Nu:BC Collective workshop/reading session for composers



Kathy Race <>
Tickets & Passes available at the door
Festival Passes: $50 Student/Senior & $60 Adult
Single Tickets: $15-$18 Senior/Student & $20-$25 Adult

All events in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall unless otherwise indicated
* denotes world première

For further information, please visit or download a PDF file Happening_Festival_2011


January 26, 2011toJanuary 29, 2011

Executor & Estate Planning Workshop

Executor & Estate Planning Workshop

When: January 20th, 2011 @7 – 9PM
Where: Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver BC
It is promised that the evening should be informative and interesting;  last time, the workshop got the comments like “excellent”, “very beneficial”, “most informative & entertaining” from all of the participants on the guest speaker, Kevin Holte.

The workshop will be especially useful to anyone who is an executor, is organizing an estate, or anyone who wants to ensure that as much as possible of their estate will actually get passed on to their intended beneficiaries.

To register, call Dunbar Community Centre directly at 604-222-6060. Feel free to invite your friends. (If you do attend yourself, a “heads-up” to us by phone or email would be most appreciated).

January 20, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

“Mountain High, River Flow…without end”

Mountain High River Flow …without end

music | animation | multimedia

Co-presented by the Orchid Ensemble, Flicker Art Collaboratory,
and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Where: Roundhouse’s Performance Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC)
When: 8pm on January 15, 2011

Tickets $20/$15 at the door, $18/$13 in advance, or 1-888-222-6606
The audience is invited to meet the artists at the post-concert reception for refreshment
and an early celebration of Chinese New Year.

free lecture at the Vancouver Public Library at 7-8:30pm on January 6, 2011
featuring media artists Aleksandra Dulic &Kenneth Newby, and composers Dorothy Chang & Lan Tung

Rich Asian traditions meet contemporary music and modern video technology, giving a panoramic view of the famous Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) of China. Come to enjoy original live music rooted in Chinese traditions and performed on a cross-cultural instrumentation, against a backdrop of interactive animated landscape painting.

The JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble will give the world premiere of music by Rui Shi Zhuo (Canada/China), and the Canadian premiere of music by Dorothy Chang (Canada/US) and Lan Tung (Canada/Taiwan), on its cross-cultural instrumentation of the erhu/Chinese violin, zheng/Chinese zither, marimba, percussion and voices. Flicker Art Collaboratory’s Dr. Aleksandra Dulic leads a group of UBC students to create stunning animation, while Kenneth Newby develops the software to control video images with musical signals, visualizing the melodic and rhythmic contours. As a result, the scroll acts as an instrument that allows the artists and musicians to interact, improvise and co-create the media image, giving a whole new range of expression, transforming the ancient art forms.

The sense of breath flows through different forms of Asian arts, in music, dance, painting, and calligraphy. This is the unifying element between the music composers, the musicians and the media artists in this project. Much of the music and the visuals are inspired by the ever-changing climates on top of the Yellow Mountain. The fast moving sea of clouds, the unusually shaped stones and pine trees, the white waterfalls and green ponds, and the singing birds and playful monkeys are the characters in this well balanced eco-system.

Drawing inspiration from the landscape to express humanity and emotions, this is an ancient Chinese tradition to seek representations of human characters in nature to mirror our souls. As in Chinese philosophy, mountain and water constitute all aspects of Nature in two poles – yin and yang. This project incorporates ancient traditions with modern expression, creating an interdisciplinary production that is creative, distinct and culturally reflective.

Musicians: Lan Tung – erhu/Chinese violin & vocals, Yu-chen Wang – zheng/Chinese zither,
Jonathan Bernard – percussion
Music compositions – Dorothy Chang, Lan Tung, and Rui Shi Zhuo
Media composition & performance – Aleksandra Dulic & Kenneth Newby
Animation – Rabkine Suen & Oliver Szeleczky (UBC Students)
Animation Assistants – Nadine Bradshaw, Laura Gourley, Michelle Wilmot (UBC Students)
Producer: Lan Tung
Sponsors: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, and
Creative Studies, UBC Okanagan

Orchid Ensemble

Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-chen Wang (Taiwan/US) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Acclaimed as ‘One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene’ (Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

The Orchid Ensemble regularly collaborates with artists from various backgrounds. At the same time, it commissions new works from Canadian and US composers to create a contemporary repertoire. Its annual productions have evolved to integrate music with multimedia, dance and scenographic installation.

The ensemble tours regularly across North America, giving over seventy performances every year at concert halls, educational institutes and prominent World, Jazz and Folk Music festivals. Recent appearances include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa, Festival Miami, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the National Arts Centre, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. As BC’s spokesperson for the UNESCO ASPnet in Canada, the Orchid Ensemble gives educational presentations to various age groups. The ensemble’s CD Road to Kashgar won a 2005 JUNO nomination, and is featured regularly on CBC TV, Radio and Radio Canada. A new CD Life Death Tears Dream will be released in spring 2011.

Lan Tung – music composition & producer

Playing a dynamic role in the Canadian music scene, Lan Tung is an erhu performer, composer, producer, and administrator. Originally from Taiwan, she incorporates Chinese music with contemporary expressions in her works. At the same time, an intensive interest in music outside her tradition has been a major drive in her artistic explorations.

As a composer, Lan Tung creates a new voice that draws inspiration from her background in Chinese music. However, her influences include western contemporary music, creative improvisation, and various ethnic styles, such as Indian, Indonesian, Flamenco and Central Asian. She uses elements of traditional music as bridges to connect between Asian and western ears, while experimenting with contradictions by taking culturally specific materials outside their context and fusing them with other genres. Incorporating improvisation and graphic notations with Asian traditions, she explores a new territory to discover fresh sounds.

Lan is the artistic director of the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble, and the vice president of the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra. Lan has produced a number of projects by Orchid Ensemble and Flicker Art Collaboratory.

604-255-2357, <>, cel: 778-881-7123,

Jonathan Bernard – musician (percussion)

Jonathan combines his background in Western percussion with a fascination for Asian traditions to create a unique sound palette incorporating a myriad of instruments, techniques and styles. Jonathan’s interests span genres from orchestral music to New Music, and World Music. Having premiered over seventy chamber works, Jonathan performs with Orchid Ensemble, Tandava, Vancouver New Music, Fringe Group, and numerous orchestras including Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, National Ballet and CBC Radio Orchestras.  He is currently the principal percussionist with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Jonathan’s interest in world music has led him to perform Chinese, Javanese, Balinese and Korean music and study traditional and contemporary Chinese percussion in Beijing, China, Arabic percussion in Cairo, Egypt, and Carnatic rhythm in South India with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council. Jonathan has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.

Flicker Art Collaboratory
Aleksandra Dulic
– media composition & performance

Aleksandra Dulic is media artist and theorist working at the intersections of interactive multimedia installation and live performance with research foci in cross-cultural media performance, interactive animation and computational poetics. She is active as an artist, writer, educator and curator with an active international teaching, presentation and publishing practice. Her artistic work is widely presented internationally in exhibitions, festivals, and television broadcasts. These works include animated media performances, films, interactive computer installations, software tools for interactive animation, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with composers and artists in various disciplines, such as music, dance, theatre, poetry, and shadow play. Aleksandra has received a number of awards for her short animated films and interactive media artworks.

In addition to four major productions with the Orchid Ensemble, Dulic and Newby’s past works included software development for sport simulation games in Electronic Arts (Newby 1997/98), interactive installation work at New Forms Festival, Surrey Art Gallery and Beal Centre for Art and Technology in Irvine (Dulic and Newby). Their electronic shadow play Out of the Labyrinth is an improvised puppet animation presented at the 2006 Elektra Festival in Montréal and Interactive Futures in Victoria. Dulic and Newby recently developed the new media aspect of Semar’s Journey, an electronic shadow play that integrates gamelan music, dance, traditional puppetry and new media with Gamelan Madu Sari in Vancouver and Indonesia in 2007; as well as Pasiphae’s Desire, a live animated cinema and multimedia performance at the Academy of Electronic Arts & International Centre, New Dehli, India and Emily Carr Institute for Art, Design and Media in 2007. All of these projects relate directly to various aspects of what is proposed here, and the experiences will be carried into this new project.

Kenneth Newby – media composition & performance

Kenneth Newby is an accomplished composer-performer and media artist whose creative practice explores the use of computational technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich with aural and visual nuances.  With research interests in the areas of computational poetics, interdisciplinary media performance, cultural encoding and interaction design, his practice includes the creation of interactive computer systems for live media performance, as well as software tools for composition and design. He has worked as an audio software designer for Electronic Arts, interaction design consultant for Pixar Animation Studios and producer for City of Tribes records. Having studied and taught in Central Javs, he has a long-standing relationship with the Javanese performing arts. His music is released on a number of CDs, and his writings on new media theory and practice are published in several journals and book chapters. Kenneth taught in the Film, Video & Integrated Media; Digital Visual Arts; and Foundation areas at Emily Carr Institute of Art, Design and Media. His current work is focused on the integration of media diffusion techniques and skilled performers with the objective of creating new forms of situated open media.

Community connection: lives in East Vancouver, used to live close to UBC. Teaches in Abbotsford, taught at Emily Carr, SFU.

Dorothy Chang –
music composition

Described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic”, the music of Dorothy Chang is characterized by an emphasis on dramatic intensity and expressive lyricism, with a more recent interest in interdisciplinary works involving video, imagery and movement.  Her music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, and performed by the Albany, Chicago Civic, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Queens, Seattle, Saint Paul Chamber and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, as well as by chamber ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Smith Quartet, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, Collage New Music and Music from China, among others. From 2005-2008, Dorothy served as a Music Alive composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Born in 1970 in Winfield, Illinois, Dorothy received degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and the Indiana University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia.

Rui Shi Zhuo
music composition

Rui Shi Zhuo was born in China in 1956. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Shanghai Conservatory in 1986 and moved to Canada in 1991 to study composition at the University of British Columbia with Keith Hamel and Stephen Chatman. He received a Master of Music degree from UBC in 1995. Zhuo has composed music for Chinese and Western ensembles, a sacred cantata and a concert opera, and several works for solo and chamber groups. As well, he writes music for film and other media and is the composer of the soundtrack for the National Film Board animated film The Chinese Violin and for the CDRom game Lotus Spring. He was the Music Adjudicator for Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival during 2004-2007 seasons, and was teaching composition/conducting at the Prairie Bible Institute in 2003-2005. Rui is currently the artistic director and conductor at the BC Chinese Orchestra.

January 15, 2011
8:00 pm


datamatics [ver.2.0]

Ryoji Ikeda (Paris)

February 3, 2011, 9pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
(Please note venue change. The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema is at SFU Woodward’s, on the third floor)


Presented with SFU Woodward’s and Centre A

Conversation with the artist and reception, introduced by Makiko Hara
Centre A

Running Time 65m

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Fully eligible for PuSh Pass access

Performance contains extreme volume and strobe effects

Direction, Concept, Composition Ryoji Ikeda | Computer graphics and programming Shohei Matsukawa, Daisuke Tsunoda, Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa | Produced by Forma


Renowned visual artist/composer Ryoji Ikeda presents datamatics [ver.2.0], a live audio-visual concert experience that immerses the audience in the invisible web of data that permeates our world. Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics [ver.2.0] combines abstract presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work.

A panorama of computer-generated imagery pulses in perfect synchronization with a multi-layered electronic soundscape, challenging the thresholds of our perception and creating a live experience unlike any other. Come see why Ikeda has been hailed by critics as one of the most radical and innovative artists of the contemporary electronic music scene.

“Through crafty, thoughtful manipulation of the raw binary data and noise that course unnoticed through modern life, Mr. Ikeda and his collaborators evoke a world profoundly moving in its intricacy and elegance.”- New York Times

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda, focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. Driven by a fascination with data, light and sound, Ikeda has been active in sound art through concerts, installations, and recordings since 1995. The versatile range of his research is demonstrated by collaborations with choreographer William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballett, contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, architect Toyo Ito and artist collective Dumb Type, among others. Ryoji Ikeda received the Golden Nica prize at Prix Ars Electronica 2001 in the Digital Music category.

Co–produced by les Spectacles Vivants, Centre Pompidou, and YCAM. Supported by Recombinant Media Labs. Co–commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006.

PuShing it:
datamatics [ver.2.0] – Curatorial Statement

February 3, 2011
9:00 pm