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The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is a professional concert orchestra devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. Founded in 2001, it was one of the first such ensembles in the world, and is currently the only one of its kind in Canada. The VICO’s core roster consists of 24 musicians, some of whom are trained in the Western (European) classical tradition, while others are performers in the musical traditions of cultures from all over the world (Asian, African, East Indian and Middle Eastern, among others). The VICO’s composers and musicians are on the cutting edge, writing and performing the Canadian music of the future. VICO’s mission is to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our country...a creative force for innovation, diversity and understanding.
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Call for Composers: Sho & Shakuhachi Workshop
Composers' Reading Session: Sho & Shakuhachi
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, in partnership with UBC School of Music, is pleased to present the following 3-part educational event in association with the Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves Festival in Vancouver.
This hands-on workshop is designed to familiarize composers with two traditional Japanese instruments, sho and shakuhachi, by providing opportunities for participants to meet and learn from master performers of these instruments. Experienced VICO composers and educators will also offer expertise on reducing communication barriers between different musical languages. Participating composers will be encouraged to write short (under 5 minutes) sketches/pieces for sho and shakuhachi, which will then be workshopped with the musicians. Sketches may be scored for solo instruments or duos. Participating composers will be provided with a recording of the reading.
Media Release: Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves 2014
A Joyous Synthesis of Sound & Creativity:
CHRYSANTHEMUMS & MAPLE LEAVES FESTIVAL 2014
October 22 - November 3, 2014
Various venues in Vancouver, Burnaby & Victoria, BC
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra proudly launches its 14th season with Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves 2014. This innovative festival celebrates the music of Japan, and explores interactions between Japanese and Canadian cultures through educational events, workshops, chamber recitals and orchestral concerts in Vancouver, Victoria and Burnaby.