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Vancouver Pro Musica: The MacKenzie Jones Big Band Call for Scores

Deadline: June 15, 2012.
Vancouver Pro Musica invites any and all BC composers to submit new works for presentation by the MacKenzie Jones Big Band for a concert in mid‐July, 2012 (exact date TBA).

Artist Profile

Led by Adam R. Jones, the MacKenzie Jones Big Band is a power‐packed 20‐piece jazz orchestra dedicated to the performance of new, creative works spanning multiple genres. This rare event presents composers with an invaluable opportunity to write for and learn from this dynamic group of musicians.

Workshop/Information Session

The MacKenzie Jones Big Band will hold a free workshop/information session in early May 2012 (tentatively scheduled for May 5th) to guide composers in how to write effectively for the ensemble. The workshop will focus on instrumental demos, scoring, improvisation, techniques of jazz composition, and other important issues related to large jazz ensemble composition.

For further details and entry form, please visit the Vancouver Pro Musica website.

June 15, 2012
9:00 pm

SFU: I flux BFA Graduating Exhibition

I flux

Opening Reception: April 13, 2012 at 7-10pm
Exhibition: April 14-28th
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Admission: Free!

Featuring work by artists Meredith Carr, Katie Chow, Sairom Kwon, Stacey Leung, Zoe Liu, Corrie Neyrinck, Tamara Robson, Jacquelyn Ross, Sarah Stilwell, Yi Xin Tong, Shelley Wang, and Natasha Zimich

The Visual Arts students at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts present I flux, an exhibition that showcases the work of the undergraduate class of 2012.

To flux is to transfer energy, to change, to flow, and to respond. As a group we flux and are in flux, each individual always with a unique and shifting motivation and direction. We act and react to reflect our times, and adapt to changing circumstances and ideals. Positions become transitory and fleeting in the extended formation of what is slowly coming into being. The insight and understanding we have gleaned from the past four odd years of pedagogy and self-discovery unites the work in this exhibition in the small way that it can.

Claiming the act with the possessive “I”, we denote both a pragmatism and a choice – for now, we choose to flux rather than remain in stasis.

April 14, 2012 8:00 pmtoApril 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Pre concert chat for Ed Henderson’s birdsong @ CMC


Ed Henderson’s birdsong: pre-concert talk at the CMC!

 Tuesday, April 10th, 5-7pm

Canadian Music Centre
837 Davie Street, Vancouver

Free admission

Wine and snacks provided


Join Vancouver composer Ed Henderson, Persian tar soloist Ali Razmi, and musica intima ensemble members for an exploration of Henderson’s work birdsong, based on the poetry of the 13th century Persian poet Rumi. Henderson, Razmi, and musica intima will speak to their experience with the score, the inspiration behind it, and answer questions from the audience. Come learn more about this stunning piece of Canadian music before seeing it performed in its entirety by musica intima on April 13th and 15th at St. Philip’s Anglican Church!

 Join musica intima for birdsong

Award-winning vocal ensemble musica intima’s spring concerts investigate how birds and their songs have deeply influenced music, myth and poetry over the ages. In a program featuring settings of avian-inspired texts from Rumi to the Beatles, musica intima uses birdsong to explore the themes of love, flight, and freedom, with Vancouver composer Ed Henderson’s glorious Birdsong as the centerpiece. Based on the poetry of Rumi, the work features special guest Ali Razmi, Vancouver-based Persian tar player and member of the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, who joins the ensemble as a soloist. musica intima is also excited to welcome Vancouver Whirling Dervish Tanya Evanson, adding an element of Sufi ceremony to this stunning presentation of the 13th century Persian poet Rumi’s texts. “By the time we reach the end of the piece,” says Henderson, “it is my hope that the audience will be entranced.”


Friday, April 13, 2012                                                                                          7:30pm
St. Philip’s Anglican Church                            
3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver

 Sunday, April 15, 2012                                                                                          7:30 pm
St. Philip’s Anglican Church                                   
3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver

Tickets available at  or 604.731.6618

Adults $33 / Seniors $28 / Students $10 / Groups of 10 or more get 20% off
Additional special offers are also available at

“One of Canada’s most astonishing musical exports”

Raymond Tuttle | Fanfare Magazine

Internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship, and unique perspective on ensemble singing, musica intima has earned a reputation as Canada’s most exciting vocal ensemble. Twelve professional singers make up the personnel of musica intima. Lloyd Dykk of the Vancouver Sun says “the flexibility and agility that are a function of their small size is partly what makes them so exciting.” But what makes musica intima truly unique is that they rehearse and perform without a conductor. In rehearsal, they exchange ideas freely while exploring their own musical creativity. In performance, they engage the audience with a spontaneity and freshness all their own. musica intima’s latest cd into light (2010) won Classical Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, was nominated for two Juno awards, and received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine.

Ed Henderson, composer

Ed Henderson is a composer, arranger-orchestrator, guitarist, musical director and music producer for theatre, film and the concert stage. Ed has had his works performed by Elektra Women’s Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir & Amir Koushkani, musica intima, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with many of Canada’s finest performers including Brent Carver, Ann Mortifee, Jeff Hyslop, Leon Bibb and Sharon, Lois and Bram. Ed also plays guitar in bands Chilliwack and Tangissimo, and released his first solo guitar CD Intimate in 2009.

Ali Razmi, Persian tar

A gifted tar and setar player and composer from Iran, Ali started playing when he was a child. At age 20, he performed as a setar soloist with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. Ali has performed extensively in Iran and Canada, as well as Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, and the USA. He received his M.A. degree in Music from the Art University of Tehran in 2006, and has been a member of the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra (VICO) since 2008.




April 10, 2012
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Call for Proposals: Pentland Centennial Festival of Music in Canada

Pentland Centennial Festival of Music in Canada

Click here for the official PDF press release.

Cliquez ici pour la version française. (coming soon)

The Canadian Music Centre, BC Region announces a Call for Proposals to participate in a national festival celebrating the centennial of Canadian composer Barbara Pentland (1912-2000), composer, teacher, university professor and musical nationalist. 

Barbara Pentland, a Vancouverite, was a dedicated supporter of the CMC and special friend of the CMC BC Regional office. Upon her death a bequest to the CMC was made to support Canadian composers, her own music and the ongoing work of the CMC. The Canadian Music Centre is proud to celebrate and recognize throughout 2012 this outstanding Canadian composer and her music contribution during this her 100th anniversary year.

Pentlandʼs musical life spanned most of the 20th century and included piano performance, post-secondary education, and teaching in Europe, the United States, and her native Canada. From Winnipeg to Montreal, Darmstadt to Munich to Vancouver, Pentland acquired a musical voice of her own. Her public statements on music, culture, and politics were important and influential in the pivotal 1960s and 1970s.

The festival celebrates Canadaʼs record of musical performance and creation, and Pentlandʼs contribution and legacy. Throughout 2012, the festival will facilitate performances, broadcasts, and new music.

In addition to potentially releasing recordings of Pentlandʼs works on the CMC’S own CENTREDISCS LABEL, the festival calls for proposals for events in these two categories:

A. Chamber/Instrumental/Choral Events

B. Education and Outreach

A single proposal may apply to both A and B, but this is not necessary. The festival will consider subsidies of up to $5,000 for a single proposal, expecting that applicants may seek supplementary or matching funds to increase the total amount available for a festival project. Non-financial participation by educational and cultural institutions would be considered a “matching” contribution.

A. Chamber/Instrumental/Choral Events

Canadian chamber groups, instrumentalists, choral groups, and vocal artists are invited to submit proposals to create and produce works combining music by Pentland with choral/vocal and/or chamber music of the period 1930 to the present day, mainly, but not exclusively, by Canadian composers.

A proposal may include new or existing commissioned works.

B. Education and Outreach

The Festival invites Canadian universities, music schools, composers and teachers to submit proposals for (i) lectures, (ii) exhibitions, (iii) multi-media and social media events, and (iv) public-school events.


Proposals must include a background description, project timeline and complete budget, as well as support materials that should include two example recordings of the applicant’s work for category A,  or work in other media for those proposing in category B.

Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2012

Announcement of results: April 10, 2012

The subsidies made available to successful applications, through this call, are being awarded from the Barbara Pentland Fund, a generous bequest made to the Canadian Music Centre BC Region by Barbara Pentland, in order to support the promotion of performing, recording, and publishing Pentland’s works and promotion of other Canadian contemporary music.

Additional information for potential applicants to the Pentland Festival

When does the festival take place?

The festival begins immediately after competition results have been announced,
and thus on timelines proposed by the successful applicants. Events must take place during calendar year 2012.

Where does the festival take place?

The festival takes place wherever a successful applicant has proposed to present their project. All successful applicants’ projects will be promoted through Canadian Music Centre regional offices and online. Events may occur outside Canada.

Is it nessesary to include matching funds in the application?

No, it is not necessary to include evidence of confirmed supplementary or
matching funds in the application. Applicants are encouraged to seek financial
partners whenever possible.

How do I submit my application & materials?

There is no form to complete for the competition. As stated in APPLICATION PROCESS section of the CALL FOR PROPOSALS, please provide a one-page background description, a project timeline, and complete budget, along with two audio examples on CD for category A, and work in other media (including CD, essays, books, etc.) for category B.

All applications should be mailed by regular post to:

Bob Baker
BC Regional Director
Canadian Music Centre
837 Davie Street,
Vancouver BC V6Z 1B7

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by an independent jury of music professionals. Note that
Canadian Music Centre staff cannot answer questions about the details of your
project proposal. Your proposal should be practicable; that is, it should include
costing to show how your idea can be realized on time and on budget.

About Dr. Barbara Pentland

Born in Winnipeg, Dr. Barbara Pentland studied composition in Paris, at the Juilliard Graduate School in New York, and at the Berkshire Music Centre.  She became an instructor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto during the Second World War and would go on to receive honourary doctorates from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba and be named a member of the Order of Canada. To learn more about Barbara Pentland and her music, please visit

About the Canadian Music Centre

The Canadian Music Centre holds Canada’s largest collection of Canadian concert music. The CMC exists to promote the works of its Associate Composers in Canada and around the world. The Centre makes available on loan over 22,000 scores and works of Canadian contemporary composers through its lending library. The CMC sells more than 1300 CD titles featuring music of its Associate Composers and other Canadian independent recording producers. The Centre also offers an on-demand publishing service, music repertoire consultations, and is easily accessible through five regional centres across Canada, as well as through its website at


For more detail and to submit proposals, please contact:

Bob Baker
BC Regional Director
Canadian Music Centre
837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 1B7
(604) 734-4622

March 31, 2012
4:00 pm
April 10, 2012
4:00 pm