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Workshops: CO-LAB

Workshops: CO-LAB

Presented by Centre A and Vancouver New Music

Saturday, May 14, 2011: “Noise/De-noise” with Giorgio Magnanensi
Saturday, June 11, 2011: “Sound Experiment” with Daniel Tones
Saturday, June 25, 2011: “Map Sense” with Germaine Koh & Gilliam Jerome
Saturday, July 9, 2011: “Vertical City” with Andrew Lee & Jennifer Schine
All workshops held at Centre A
 (2 West Hastings)

Exhibition: July 16 – August 20, 2011 at Centre A (2 West Hastings)
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 2011; 8PM

A cross-disciplinary project that marks the first collaboration between Centre A and Vancouver New Music, CO-LAB brings together a group of artists from diverse backgrounds to produce four exciting workshops and an exhibition. Through facilitating a portal of exchange between visual art and new music, CO-LAB is designed to develop experimental models of cross-disciplinary collaboration among the artists/workshop leaders and participants.

Workshops are free, however there is a limited enrollment of 20 participants for each workshop. Advanced Registration is required. Please call 604-683-8326 or email Debra Zhou at
Refreshments will be provided for all workshops.


NOISE/DE-NOISE with Giorgio Magnanensi
1 – 5:30PM, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Centre A

This workshop led by Giorgio Magnanensi will focus on the use of denoising-techniques in a creative and compositional manner. Instead of utilizing noise-reduction-algorithms to restore damaged audio signals, these processes will be applied to various field recordings of Chinatown in Vancouver. After the introduction and a few field-recording trips in the area, the participants will investigate the results of audio-erasement-processes of the recorded material to reveal inner sounds and the multiple ghostly presences of the recorded soundscapes. Through listening and analyzing, the workshop leader wishes to foster a better understanding of the multiple and diverse auditory quality of a soundscape. This inquisitive approach will also help to interrogate what counts as sound when it can be used to explore the dynamic relationships between its complex structures and the original environment.


SOUND EXPERIMENT with Daniel Tones
1 – 5:30PM, Saturday, June 11, 2011

This workshop offers an opportunity to work with musician Daniel Tones to explore a rich array of metal instruments, including a set of large custom made steel drums engineered by Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato. The workshop will begin with an ensemble of “global percussionists” in the manner of Brazilian samba, which allows participants to explore idiomatic aspects of music-making focusing on pulse, rhythm, call-and-response format, and ensemble-playing. The second activity challenges participants’ conception of sound as they work as an ensemble while experimenting with conduction and controlled improvisation. Following a basic demonstration, the participants would take turns leading the ensemble while experimenting with the group of steel drums as a unified, multi-faceted instrument. After establishing a new vocabulary for non-idiomatic sound production on these instruments, workshop participants will be given text-based and graphic representations from which to structure free-form compositions. Material includes Cornelius Cardew’s Schooltime Compositions, Scratch Music, and Christian Wolff’s Prose Collection. After the compositions are developed, participants will perform their work for a final presentation.


MAP SENSE with Germaine Koh and Gillian Jerome
11AM – 5PM, Saturday, June 25, 2011

Artist Germaine Koh and Gillian Jerome bring together their mutual interests in community work, urban space, and the sound of words to create an interactive field map. They will develop a system for geotagging images, recorded text fragments and audio field recordings onto an interactive map of  Chinatown/DTES. Participants will be able to contribute to the content of such map, and “play” a path through the map by tracing a route, which the system “reads” back by replaying the audio and image fragments found along the path. This project is guided by the principle of crowd-sourcing: putting knowledge-making in the hands of the general public. This mapping also makes room for sensual, poetic and politicized content within reference material, and possibilities for alternative stories to emerge. Using existing systems for public contributions to digital maps, this project involves working with participants to write and record texts, record sounds, and add pictures to the system database.


VERTICAL CITY with Andrew Lee and Jennifer Schine
11AM – 5:30PM, Saturday, July 9, 2011

Led by Andrew Lee + Jennifer Schine, Vertical City is a workshop that uses soundwalking as a way to navigate concepts of place and imaginability through the political and economic climate of Vancouver, with a specfic emphasis on the site of SFU’s Woodward’s building. The idea of “vertical city” will be explored by extending Michel deCerteau’s noting of “Walking in the City” – to experience Vancouver as both walkers and listeners, and to explore the power dynamics of being above, below and on the ground. Who walks the streets? And who has access to different points of view and hearing? As part of this project, Jennifer and Andrew will utilize the adapted concept of soundwalking in the workshop to develop a sound installation to be mounted at Centre A’s exhibition. The notion of verticality will be extended into the construction of a sound chamber where our visitor will be able to experience recorded sounds from various physical levels and acoustic dimensions of the Woodward’s building. These recorded sounds will be taken from both the workshop soundwalk and the artists’ own recordings of the site to be transformed into a soundscape composition.


The concept of the workshops is based on Jaques Attali’s notion on sound culture:

“sound/music is more than an object of study: it’s a way of perceiving the world; a tool of understanding… [it is] thus necessary to imagine radically new theoretical forms, in order to speak to new realities. Sound, the organization of noise, is one such form. It reflects the manufacture of society; it constitutes the audible waveband of the vibrations and signs that make up society.” – Jacques Attali from Noise: The Political Economy of Music.

Each workshop will offer an introduction of the project and background research, followed by hands on practice and a collective art making process. Workshop participants will not only share the innovative learning experience but also have a major role in the creation of new art installations. The resulting new art installations will be subsequently showcased in the exhibition from July 16 to August 20 at Centre A.


May 14, 2011
1:00 pmto5:30 pm
June 11, 2011
1:00 pmto5:30 pm
June 25, 2011
11:00 amto5:00 pm
July 9, 2011
11:00 amto5:30 pm

Fabulously, Elegantly, Simply Elektra

Fabulously, Elegantly, Simply Elektra

When: June 5, 2011 @ 6pm
Where: Terminal City Club (837 W Hastings St, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Tickets $130 each (with a $50 tax receipt)
Available now through the Elektra office 604.739.1255

Simply Elektra header

There is less than a week to go before our annual fundraising event Simply Elektra held in the elegant Terminal City Club. If you have not done so already, be sure to call the Elektra office to get your tickets today!

June 5th promises to be an amazing evening filled with good friends, great food and beautiful music. The evening will also include a wine raffle where the lucky winner will take home 25 bottles of wine and a silent auction which will include weekend getaways, spa packages and a beautiful painting by artist Robert Genn.

We welcome you to join Morna, our celebrity emcees Lana Penner-Tovey and Maestro Bramwell Tovey as well as the Elektra members in a magical evening to support your favourite women’s choir.


June 5, 2011
6:00 pm

Art Song Lab 2011

The Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) and the Canadian Music Centre present

Art Song Lab 2011

June 14 – 19

“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.”

The Vancouver International Song Institute and the Canadian Music Centre announce Art Song Lab 2011. Twenty-five poets and composers in Canada, the United States, and Germany have collaborated to create 13 new fusions of poetry and music. They are meeting next month in Vancouver for intensive workshops and performances during VISI’s 5th annual convergence for creative and performing artists and scholars.

Since 2007 VISI has hosted forums, workshops, and concerts profiling Canadian composers, poets, and new song. In 2010 CMC’s Regional Director Bob Baker, poet Tara Wohlberg, and VISI’s Artistic Director Rena Sharon teamed with award-winning collaborative writing partners Ray Hsu, poet, and Michael Park, composer, to create a pilot Art Song Lab. Works submitted by Vancouver composers were presented in an interactive workshop featuring a groups of renowned VISI concert artists. Discussion topics included techniques for vocal writing, poets’ reactions to musical settings, boundaries of creative entitlement, notation issues for interpreters. Response to the workshop was profound – the frank congenial conversation generated real-time shifts by the performers and sparked mutual creative revelations.

Hsu and Park, have now joined forces with Alison d’Amato, pianist and co-director of the Boston-based Florestan Recital Project, (, to coordinate and expand the VISI 2011 Art Song Lab. D’Amato’s ensemble was recently cited by National Public Radio for its CD among “5 Best American Contemporary Classical Albums of 2010.” and celebrated American song composer Tom Cipullo has said of the ensemble “Every composer should be so fortunate as to have works performed by the Florestan Recital Project.

The team is joined by pianists Laura Loewen of Winnipeg’s highly acclaimed Contemporary Opera Lab, ( and New York-based Erika Switzer, with contemporary song experts Phoebe MacRae, Gayle Shay, Lynne McMurtry, Drake Dantzler, and Michael Robert-Broder. They will be collaborating on in-depth study of the new works in partnership with the 13 creative teams, leading to a public performance on June 19th at the SFU Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre.

(Bios of the team of VISI artists Bios of ASL participants

We invite you to join us at the ASL convergence: There are two open rehearsals at CMC, and 3 SongSparks events – interactive dialogue and performance sessions in the style of Boston’s dynamic new WordSong project, of which d’Amato is an affiliate. Works will be presented in workshop style providing opportunity for auditor feedback, discussion with the writers and performers, and interpretive re-framing.

Check out the list of events and venues below for Art Song Lab, visit the VISI website for more program info, and join the Art Song revolution! (,


June 15, 2011
10:00 amto1:00 pm
7:30 pm
June 16, 2011
7:30 pm
June 17, 2011
10:00 amto1:00 pm
7:30 pm
June 19, 2011
8:00 pm

Double Header at the Canadian Music Centre

Double Header at the Canadian Music Centre

When: June 3rd, 2011 @ 2-6:15pm
Where: The Canadian Music Centre BC Region (837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)

2:00-4:00 – Inside the score: Composer Scott Good will be presenting several on his own works, discussing their construction and how technique relates to the meaning of the music.

4:30-6:15 – Graphic Notation: an open master class/performance with the young students of composition and creativity from the studio of Rita Ueda. Dr. Good will premiere 6 new graphic score works by these young artists, along with Earl Brown’s December, 1952, and will discuss the healthy ways in which this kind of notation can help spur on creative thoughts for both composers and performers.

Amy ChangMobile
Ryan Chang: Cube Flight
Natalie Cheung: Death Star in G
Nicole FuWhy Beethoven?
Matthew NguyenVeni Creator Spiritus
Jennifer ShiDisco = Good

June 3, 2011
2:00 pm

Japan Relief Benefit Concert

Japan Relief Benefit Concert

When: June 7, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (2881 Main Street at 12th Ave, Vancouver BC)
Cost: by donation
Suggested Donation:  $15.00/adults;  $5.00/students.  All funds go to Japan via the Japanese Consulate.

Ensemble Etoile along with St. Patrick Regional Secondary Senior Choirs, The Richmond Singers and Orpheus will be doing a Benefit Concert to raise funds for Japan. Program includes a few Canadian choral pieces:  Da Pacem by Jeff Enns, Canadian Folk Medley, Daley‘s works.



June 7, 2011
7:30 pm

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

When: May 29, 2011 @ 3pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC) view map
Cost: $8 and $12 available in advance, at the door, or from Sikora’s Classical Records.
For tickets or information phone 604-879-9959 or visit or drop into Sikora’s Classical Records.

Come to this West Coast Chamber Music premier concert for the whole family. Multi-instrumentalist Ross Curran, pianist Alan Crane and narrator Holly Duff recreate the score of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. They’re joined by artist Angela Brown, who uses dance, mime and pantomime to animate all the characters of the story with colourful body puppets, bringing to life this classic story. A Piano Duet performance completes this program. We’ll hear excerpts from Saint Sean’s well loved Carnival of the Animals with new poems by Canadian children’s author Barbara Nickel.


In collaboration with performing artist Angela Brown, West Coast Chamber Music is touring its interdisciplinary children’s programs this year to elementary schools of the lower mainland. The company presents French Canadian folktales, in English and French, as well as Renaissance Italian Comedy theatre characters, Harlequin & Pantalone. The performance blends classical music with theatre, dance, mime and puppetry.

Click here to visit Alngela Brown’s site

Click here to view the printable brochure

May 29, 2011
3:00 pm

Contemporary Showcase 2011

Contemporary Showcase

November 18—20, 2011
Location: Alberta College
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2011

Contemporary Showcase is a non-competitive music festival where we learn, teach, and hear music that combines the pride of our Canadian composers with the wonderful sounds of contemporary music. In 1967 our parent organization was founded and has since become incorporated as the Alliance for New Music Projects (ACNMP), the “champion of Canadian music.”

Gala Concert: (participants recommended by clinician)
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Location: Muttart Hall, Alberta College

Young Composers’ Program 2011
venue: TBA
Session 1: September 25, 2:00 PM (all participants)
Sessions 2, 3, 4: Oct. 2, 16, 23 (Sundays)
Individual sessions, times tba
Final Concert: Sunday, Nov. TBA at 2 pm
location TBA.

For more information, please visit


Japan 2011, the contemporary music project

Japan 2011, the contemporary music project

Deadline: August 31th 2011

With the intent of remembering the victims of the calamity that hit Japan, TEM – Taukay Edizioni Musicali inviting Japan composers to submit electroacoustic recorded works 10 minutes or less in length (works may be less than 10 minutes in length, but may not exceed 10 minutes).
The most interesting compositions (6 or 7 works) will be selected to be performed in a concert during the “Contemporanea” festival in October 2011 in Udine (Italy) and broadcasted from Taukay Web radio, the first Italian web radio station entirely dedicated to contemporary music. (

The recorded work can be any sound created which can be recorded on file, CD, data CD. Live performers are not allowed. The recording can include acoustic instruments, samples, voice, every kind of sound synthesis.
Scores of works are allowed but not required.
It is possible to submit more than one composition.

The call is open to Japan composers of any age.
Previously performed compositions will be accepted.
Works will not be returned.
Entry is free.

The following documentation is required:

- entry form with name, surname, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, citizenship, title of composition.
- composer biography.

- a recent photograph of the composer.
- photocopy of identification document of the composer
- a statement agreeing to permit the performance of the composition to be performed during “Contemporanea 2011” festival, broadcast or telecast and archived without compensation.
- a statement agreeing to the treatment of personal information in accordance with Italian privacy laws.

Printable application form to participate is available from the web site:

All the requested documentation listed above can be sent by internet at the following e-mail address:
It is possible to send also the audio file of the participating work (in uncompressed format) by internet using file hosting system (please contact us if you need more info about this kind of delivery).

Please submit your work and submission no later than August 31th 2011.

It is possible to send the participating work by ordinary mail to:

TEM – Taukay Edizioni Musicali
via del Torre 57/5
33047 Remanzacco (Udine) Italy

The postmark will be deemed to be the date of submission
Selected works will be announced on September 20th, 2011.

For further information please visit Edizioni Musicali Taukay’s web site: or contact us by e-mail at:

August 31, 2011

Pro Arte Gala

Pro Arte Gala

When: Sunday, May 29, 2011 @ 6:30pm
Where: The Kay Meek Centre (1700 Mathers Avenue West Vancouver, B.C.)
Cost: $15

A Gala Performance of Pro Arte Pre-Professional senior students with compositions by composer in residence, Michael Conway Baker, and live musicians; Paquita staged by Stephana Arnold; collaboration with guest performers Pandora’s Vox Vocal Ensemble and the last performances by Pro Arte’s graduating 2011 students accepted to Juilliard, Ailey, Lines, Ryerson and SfU Dance Programs.

Also showcasing some of the highlighted award winning performances from the 2010-111 season.


May 29, 2011
6:30 pm

Call for Submissions: +15 SOUNDSCAPE

Call for Submissions: +15 SOUNDSCAPE

Submission is open to local and national sound artists.

Deadline: Submissions must arrive by 4:00 on Monday, June 20 2011.

+15 Soundscape: Sound artists from across Canada are invited to submit multichannel sound art proposals for the +15 pedway system located in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts (specific location overlooks the woodshop and is located between Calgary City Hall and the Glenbow Museum). The selected piece must be a minimum of 60 minutes in length; the artwork will loop continuously for a period of one year. This project reaches a diverse population of all ages; content must be suitable for public spaces. The selected artist will receive an artist fee of $3000.00 plus necessary travel (within Canada – maximum $500.00) and accommodations in Calgary for three nights. The artist must be available to travel to Calgary at the end of August 2011 or early September 2011 and participate in installing their work to ensure that their vision of the piece is being met.

To view information regarding the current +15 Soundscape created by artist Charlie Fox please view the EPCOR CENTRE website link at: Scrolldown the page to “Wildurban”.


June 20, 2011
4:00 pm