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NOW Orchestra & Orkestra Futura: Music — The Invisible Art


April 13, 2012 @ 8:00pm
The Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vanocuver, BC
$20 general; $15 NOW members; $5 students
Available via the NOW Orchestra website

A full-length evening concert for Voices/Electronics/Strings/Horns/Percussion. Focused on developing a personal improvisational vocabulary and process, this unique program features several exciting new works. The voice is the first human instrument and electronics the most recent and in this program Orkestra Futura explores the terrain between them.

The ensemble continues with its focus that includes emerging artists like Lee Hutzulak/electronics and Soressa Gardner/electronics and five highly trained vocalists veterans (DB Boyko, Christine Duncan, Viviane Houle and Peter Hurst).

Mix in the strings (Jesse Zubot/violin, Chad MacQuarrie/guitar, Tommy Babin/bass), horns (JP Carter, Coat Cooke/reeds), and percussion (Skye Brooks) for support and you have a truly modern ensemble with the capability to build from a strong foundation of tradition and set course for a blueprint of the future using modern composed forms at the beck and call of a world class improvising ensemble.

April 13, 2012
8:00 pm

Vox Novus: 60×60 Call for Works

60x60Deadline: May 31, 2012 (12:00 midnight)

Vox Novus is inviting composers/sound artists to submit recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in its tenth annual 60×60 project. 60 compositions will be selected to be played continuously in a one-hour concert.

60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60×60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today ( http://www.60× ). 60×60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries, produced radio shows, created multimedia and multidisciplinary events, and released several albums.

During the concert each of the 60 pieces selected will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another. There will be no pause between the pieces. Works may be less than 60 seconds in length, but may not exceed 60 seconds. Works selected that are less than 60 seconds long will be “padded” with silence either before, after, or surrounding the composition. Please note that the total duration of the work including silence may NOT exceed sixty seconds. The 60×60 project’s definition of a record work is as follows: any work created as a musical composition which is captured on recorded media, which does not require live performers for its production in broadcast at concert halls, radio, multi-media, etc. Its creation can include but not limited to acoustic instruments, voice, environmental sources, and computer (Sampling, MAX MSP, MIDI, C Sound, ProTools, etc.)

All works submitted should be with the understanding that it is their recording that is of prime importance and is what will be used to determine its selection. 60×60 is a project of “signature works” and short works created specifically for the 60×60 project. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works generated from procedures (i.e. mathematical matrices, organizational systems, or computer programs,) remixed works, or themes and motives recomposed from other of the composer’s own work are acceptable.

In addition to the 60×60 International Mix, Vox Novus is planning to create at least 10 mixes to celebrate 60×60′s tenth call for works. Planned mixes include the Canada Mix, Athena Mix, UnTwelve Mix, Northeast Mix, Europe Mix, Presenters Mix, and more. The call is open to composers of any nationality, age, or career stage.

There is no admission fee. All submissions must be uploaded online at:  http://www.60× Audio submissions must be in either FLAC, AIFF or WAV file format.

Multiple submissions are accepted from a single composer/sound artist; however, only one submission will be allowed per email address submitted.

Works selected for the 2012 60×60 project will be announced on September 15th, 2012.

Composer will be notified of the results by email or they can visit: http://www.60×

Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to:

May 31, 2012
12:00 am

VSO: Jean Coulthard Readings


March 28, 2102 @ 10:00am (until 1:00 pm)
Orpheum Theater – Smithe Street Entrance
884 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: FREE!

Named in honour of one of BC’s most beloved composers, the Jean Coulthard Readings give emerging BC composers an invaluable opportunity to have their work read by a professional orchestra.


  • Unheard Futures of the Past, Michael Park
  • In Media Res, Remy Sui
  • After the Dawn Out Comes the Sun, Adam Hill
  • Megaptera, Nicholas Kelly
  • When I Was, Glenn James
  • Symphonic Narrative: Ballade for Orchestra, Trevor Hoffmann
March 28, 2012
10:00 amto1:00 pm