Celebrating intercultural percussion music

June 6-11, 2017
Vancouver, BC


The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s annual GLOBAL SOUNDSCAPES FESTIVAL explores and celebrates the intersection of Canada’s resident cultures with musical traditions and instruments from all over the world, through the creation and performance of intercultural music. The festival presents international guest artists and ensembles alongside Canadian musicians in a series of concerts, workshops and public educational presentations.

The 2017 edition (subtitled “Hands On”) will focus on percussion instruments from China, Indonesia, Korea, Iran and India. Percussion instruments from many cultures provide composers with a rich source of sounds and rhythms, and offer unique opportunities for connection across cultures. The beat of a drum is primal and in many ways universal, but the range of distinctive instruments and techniques that have developed all over the world offers fertile ground for innovation and cross-cultural learning in the VICO context.

Join us for some music without borders!


Festival Preview Events *FREE!*


Music of the Whole World: Hands On!
The beat of the drum is primal & universal, but different cultures have developed fascinating variations on the theme. Learn about how VICO composers & musicians combine & intertwine them to create new intercultural music! With Curtis Andrews (mrdangam), Hamin Honari (tombak) & Navid Goldrick (oud).
Saturday May 27, 2017 at 2 pm
North Vancouver City Library
120 14th St.
North Vancouver
Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7 pm
Vancouver Public Library
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
350 West Georgia St., Vancouver





Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
 Festival Opening Concert:
Kurdish Memoir – Jamal Kurdistani & Friends
Feat. Jamal Kurdistani (voice), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Hamin Honari (tombak & tabla), & Alborz Rahmani (tar) with visiting artist Ziya Tabassian (tombak, daf)
Special guests: Bob Baker & Eagle Song Dancers
Tickets $25 General / $15 Students & Seniors  
Reception to follow
Wednesday June 7, 2017  
Percussion Double Bill #1

7:30 pm: Komagata Maru
Performed by composer Neelamjit Dhillon (saxophone, bansuri, tabla) with Chris Gestrin (piano), Steve Holy (bass) & Dan Gaucher (drums)
 9:30 pm: Curtis Andrews & Friends
Tickets: $25 for both concerts, or $15 for a single concert
Thursday June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm
 Homecoming: 100 Years of Lou Harrison
 Feat. Mark McGregor (flutes) & Brian Nesselroad (assorted percussion) with visiting artist Shawn Mativetsky (tabla)
 Tickets $25 General / $15 Students & Seniors
Friday June 9, 2017
 Percussion Double Bill #2
 7:30 pm – Walk the Wallace Line with the Turtle Bliss

Feat. Michael O’Neill & Turtle Bliss Gamelan
with guests Cameron Wilson (violin) & Finn Manniche (cello)
*Canada Council Commission by Michael O’Neill
9:30 pm All Hands On!
Feat. visiting artists Chen Zuohui (Chinese percussion), Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Ziya Tabassian (tombak & daf)
 Tickets: $25 for both concerts, or $15 for a single concert
Saturday June 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm
 Festival Gala Concert :
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra & Friends

1155 East Broadway, Vancouver
Feat. the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra with conductor John Zoltek, visiting artists Chen Zuohui (Chinese percussion), Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Ziya Tabassian (tombak & daf), Niel Golden (tabla) & more
*Canada Council Commission by Lan Tung
**World premieres by Niel Golden and Farshid Samandari
 Tickets $30 General / $20 Students & Seniors
Sunday June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm
 Matinee Concert :
The Sound of Drum with Voice
 Feat. Chen Zuohui and the Huyi Choir of the Canada Chinese Performing Arts Society
with Han Music Ensemble and Jin Zhang (conductor)
 Tickets $25 (General) or $15 (Student & Senior): 
Sunday June 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm
 Closing Concert:
Then Came the Fringe
Fringe Percussion
 with visiting guest artist Shawn Mativetsky (tabla)
 Tickets $25 (General) or $15 (Student & Senior):


Workshops for Composers & Musicians *FREE!*

Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm: Curtis Andrews – African percussion
Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm: Shawn Mativetsky – tabla
Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm: Ziya Tabassian – tombak & daf
Thursday June 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm: Chen Zuohui – Chinese percussion


Chen Zuohui (Chinese percussion) – China
Shawn Mativetsky (tabla) – Montreal, QC
Ziya Tabassian (tombak, daf) – Montreal, QC
John Zoltek (guest conductor) – United States
Fringe Percussion – Vancouver, BC
Huyi Choir of the Canada Chinese Performing Arts Society – Vancouver, BC
Han Music Ensemble – Vancouver, BC
Neelamjit Dhillon (bansuri, saxophone, tabla) – Vancouver, BC
Niel Golden (tabla, composer) – Victoria, BC
Jamal Kurdistani (voice) – North Vancouver, BC
Brian Nesselroad (percussion) – Vancouver, BC
Michael O’Neill & Turtle Bliss Gamelan – Vancouver BC
Mark Takeshi McGregor (flutes) – Vancouver, BC


The VICO extends heartfelt thanks to the following funders, without whom the Festival would not be possible: