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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.
What Audiences Are Saying:
"...beautiful music and performed so exquisitely..."
"...a remarkable display of cultural diversity and unity (...). What an important resource and example for our community and beyond."
"...innovative and interesting music, not quite what I was expecting but challenging and exciting!"
"...hugely inspiring and a wonderful testament to the glorious places humans can grow toward."
Composers' Worskhop: VICO in the Schools at CapU
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, in partnership with the Music Department at Capilano University, is pleased to present the second edition of the VICO in the Schools: Sounds Global workshop series, which is designed to create an opportunity for composers to work with non-western traditional instruments. Open to the general public, the workshop series begins with a 3-hour lecture/recital on intercultural composition, with a specific focus on the Chinese erhu (2 string fiddle), Persian santur (hammered dulcimer), Vietnamese danbau (1 string zither), and hand percussion. The following two sessions are dedicated to workshopping compositions-in-progress for any combination of these instruments by 8 participating composers .
Media Release: VICO at Sound of Dragon Music Festival
Vancouver, BC - This spring, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is proud to be one of several organizations co-presenting the inaugural Sound of Dragon Music Festival, celebrating Chinese music in all its diverse forms. The VICO will perform two major concerts in connection with the festival, appearing on May 5 in Burnaby and on May 9 in Vancouver, in addition to participating in several other events.