SONIC BOOM FESTIVAL

SONIC BOOM FESTIVAL

of new music

March 24 – 27, 2011
THE WESTERN FRONT
303 E 8TH AVE, VANCOUVER

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE: R. MURRAY SCHAFER
ENSEMBLE IN RESIDENCE: STANDING WAVE
FEATURED ENSEMBLE: NU:BC COLLECTIVE
GUEST ARTIST: RACHEL KIYO IWAASA
PLENARY LECTURER: DR. ANDREW SCHLOSS
Tickets: $25 regular / $15 students, seniors and artists
Festival Pass: $60
Available at the door, cash only

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 24, 7:30PM
Lafayette String Quartet, other artists

Mark Armanini Two Songs / Same Lyric
Annette Brosin Impacts
Craig Day
* Musaic
Moshe Denburg
* Bright Red Ruby
Elizabeth Knudson
P’tits chansons d’amour
James O’Callaghan
ACT! A setting of the USA Patriot Act
R Murray Schafer
* String Quartet No. 11
Chris Sivak
Jazz Surgery
Joël Tibbits
* A Membrane of Flight


Friday, March 25, 7:30PM
Standing Wave Ensemble

Keon Birney * Affection 1
Jennifer Butler * Unravel
Brian Garbet
* Anti-Matter Manifesto
Livia Gho
Tango
Iman Habibi
* Solar Seethe
John Kastelic
* From the Crazy Place Outbroken
John Mutter
* Chopin and Debussy kissed …
Ryan Noakes
Interludes
Dubravko Pajalic
Three Portraits
Benton Roark
* Prelude and Pavane
from Microtona
l Suite No. 1
Edward Top
* Kwart
Mark Whitmore
* Sturm und Drang 2010
Saturday, March 26, 3:00PM-4:00PM
Dr. Andrew Schloss Plenary Lecture (Free)


Saturday, March 26, 7:30PM
Nu:BC Collective, Dr. Andrew Schloss, other artists

Sebastian Laskowski * Tachycardia
Martin Ritter Trans(fixion)
Jared Schimnosky
* Ankoku
Andrew Schloss
* Notomoton Variations
Remy Siu
* Machina
Julio Torres
Kaleidoscope
Clinton Ackerman
* A Revelation
Cameron Catalano
Door Rude
Michael Lau
* Silent Thought (Shakespeare)
John Oliver
* Birds of Paradise Lost
Russell P Unfreed
Requiem brevis


Sunday, March 27, 10AM-1PM
Student Composers’ Master Class (Free)


Sunday, March 27, 7:30PM
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

John L. Baker Five Preludes
Taylor Brook It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
Duncan Maunders
* Nocturne
Jocelyn Morlock
* The Jack Pine
Marci Rabe
* Scolecite
Teresa Richert
Selections from “Petals” and “Bugs”
Jeffrey Ryan
* Fornax Chemica
Rita Ueda
Still Shaking from the Latté

 

About the Festival

Held every spring, the Sonic Boom Festival is a four-day celebration of music by B.C. composers. Every year we feature a composer in residence, talented musical ensembles, and dozens of new works by emerging and established B.C. composers. The 2011 Sonic Boom Festival will feature works by 40 composers, showcasing a dazzling array of diverse and compelling new compositions.

About the Artists

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE: R. MURRAY SCHAFER
Renowned Canadian composer and educator R. Murray Schafer joins Sonic Boom 2011 as Composer in Residence. Mr. Schafer will lead a Student Composers’ Masterclass, attend performances of some of his works, and engage in other activities in cooperation with local Arts organizations.
For further biographical information of Mr. Schafer, visit www.musiccentre.ca/apps/index.cfm?fuseaction=composer.FA_dsp_biography&authpeopleid=1916&by=

ENSEMBLE IN RESIDENCE: STANDING WAVE
Standing Wave is a chamber ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing works by Canadian and International composers. Made up of six of Vancouver’s most plugged-in musical multitaskers, Standing Wave is equally comfortable playing complex chamber compositions, venturing into the world of Musique Actuelle and performing with electroacoustics and multimedia. Since its formation in 1991, Standing Wave has presented an annual season of contemporary music concerts in Vancouver and has also toured across Canada. The Ensemble has commissioned and premiered a great number of compositions by Canadian and International composers, collaborated with stellar guest artists from various genres and disciplines and recorded many times for CBC Radio. Standing Wave has released two CDs, a self-titled recording released in 1991 and Redline in 2006.
www.standingwave.ca

FEATURED ENSEMBLE: NU:BC COLLECTIVE
Described in the Vancouver Sun as “a dream gift… One of the best additions to local new music circles”, The Nu:BC Collective brings together the spectacular talents of flutist Paolo Bortolussi, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist Corey Hamm, joined frequently by such eminent artists as violinists Jasper Wood and Eugenia Choi, violist David Harding, and clarinetists François Houle and Cris Inguanti. Now in its fourth season as an ensemble-in-residence at the University of British Columbia, Nu:BC’s critically acclaimed concerts have featured repertoire from exciting and influential contemporary composers from Canada and abroad.

Incorporating technology and interdisciplinary collaboration has been a focus of the Collective, resulting in works pairing music with dance, interactive video and computer, as well as theatrical elements. Collaborations have included Vancouver dancer Emily Molnar choreographing and dancing alongside a performance of Ligeti piano etudes, as well as works for interactive electronics and live performer with electronic music gurus Keith Hamel and Robert Pritchard. Nu:BC has also commissioned three live interactive video projects by media artist jamie griffiths exploring themes of faith, race, and global connectivity, and using interactive technology to create a powerful connection between her vision, the music, and the audience.

GUEST ARTIST: RACHEL KIYO IWAASA
Hailed in the press as a “keyboard virtuoso” (Georgia Straight) with the “emotional intensity” to take a piece “from notes on a page to a stunning work of art” (Victoria Times Colonist), pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States and Germany. Known for bold and innovative concerts, Rachel combines her warmth and curiosity to touch the hearts and minds of audiences, whether she is playing Beethoven and Schumann or Ligeti and Saariaho.

Rachel has appeared for Vancouver New Music, CONTACT contemporary music (Toronto), New Works Calgary, Groundswell New Music (Winnipeg), the Victoria Symphony, the Aventa Ensemble (Victoria), Music on Main, Redshift, the Western Front, the Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Vancouver Pro Musica and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Rachel has a shameless passion for contemporary music, and has performed numerous premières, including pieces written especially for her by Rodney Sharman, Jeffrey Ryan, Jocelyn Morlock, Emily Doolittle, Alexander Pechenyuk, and many other Canadian composers.

PLENARY LECTURER: DR. ANDREW SCHLOSS
Dr. Andrew Schloss will present a plenary lecture on his groundbreaking work in computers and music on Saturday, March 26 from 3:00 – 4:00PM. For further biographical information of Dr. Schloss, visit http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/faculty/Bios/aschloss.shtml

Sonic Boom Extra Events
Vancouver Pro Musica will be collaborating with a number of local organizations to enhance this year’s festival experience. The following is a list of extra events related to Composer in Residence R. Murray Schafer.

What: Exhibit of R. Murray Schafer’s works, books and media
When: Friday, March 18 until Sunday, March 27
Where: Vancouver Public Library
Cost: Free
This event is presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library

What: UBC Young Composers’ Workshop – based on works by R. Murray Schafer
When: Friday, March 18, 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: UBC – Exact location TBA
Cost: Free
Link: http://www.calendar.events.ubc.ca/cal/main/showMain.rdo
This event is presented in collaboration with the University of British Columbia

What: Soundscape Landscape – with R. Murray Schafer, Jon Washburn and Heather Pawsey
When: Tuesday, March 22, 7:30PM – 10:00PM
Where: Woodward’s World Art Centre
Cost: Free
This event is presented in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre and Simon Fraser University.

What: UBC Contemporary Players – concerts of works by R. Murray Schafer
When: Friday, March 25, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Where: UBC – Exact Location TBA
Cost: TBA
Link: http://www.calendar.events.ubc.ca/cal/main/showMain.rdo
This event is presented in collaboration with the University of British Columbia

About Vancouver Pro Musica
Vancouver Pro Musica is a non-profit volunteer-run society dedicated to the presentation and promotion of new works by BC composers. Our concerts, workshops, educational initiatives and multicultural partnerships help create a strong, vibrant musical community in British Columbia. Since its inception in 1986, Vancouver Pro Musica has proudly presented hundreds of premieres by talented emerging and established local composers.

Contact Us
Website: www.vancouverpromusica.ca
Email: info@vancouverpromusica.ca
Mailing Address:
Vancouver Pro Musica Society
P.O. Box 78077, RPO Grandview
Vancouver, BC, Canada V5N 5W1

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