GLOBAL SOUNDSCAPES FESTIVAL: Notes From the Araxes Basin
Traditional, contemporary & intercultural music of the Middle East & Canada
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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: Santur & Tárogató Reading Session
Composers' Reading Session: Santur & Tárogató
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, in partnership with UBC School of Music, is pleased to present the following 2-part educational event in association with its upcoming Global Soundscapes Festival: Notes From the Araxes Basin.
This hands-on workshop is designed to familiarize composers with two traditional instruments, santur and tárogató, 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 santur and tárogató, 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.