November 12, 2001
At Sacred Music Festival 2001, the VICO performed The King is Dancing, as part of the presentation Rumi and Lalla with Nur-Jehan, Latif Bolat, and Joseph “Pepe” Danza.
November 11, 2001
As part of Sacred Music Festival 2001, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presented three new works, by Vancouver composers, Sacred Flowers by Mark Armanini, Kayagum Concerto by Grace Lee, and The Hermit and the Princess by Joseph “Pepe” Danza. At Temple Shalom.
Kayagum Concerto (Dance of Sunrise) (1998) by Grace Lee
For Kayagum (Korean Zither), Trumpet, and String Quintet, this work is an example of pictorial Kayagum music which imitates the seagull at sunrise.
The Hermit and the Princess (1986, 2001) by Joseph “Pepe” Danza
An adaptation of an original improvisational piece which the composer recorded in Japan in 1986, the present work is fleshed out for Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) solo with inter-cultural orchestral forces. World Premiere
Sacred Flowers (1997, 2001) by Mark Armanini
Originally written for a trio of Erhu (Chinese Fiddle), Yangqin (Chinese Hammered Dulcimer), and Harp, the composer has created a completely new setting for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. World Premiere
Instrumentation and Roster of Musicians
Joseph “Pepe” Danza – Shakuhachi; Grace Lee – Kayagum
Flute – Saul Berson; Oboe – Lauris McKenzie; Clarinet – Francois Houle; Bass Clarinet – Johanna Hauser; Violin 1 – Margaret Taylor; Violin 2 – Sandy Fiddes; Viola – Rhonda Henshaw; Cello – Finn Manniche; Double Bass – Tim Stacey; Harp – Heidi Kreutzen; Trumpet – Henry Christian; Percussion 1 – Phil Belanger; Marimba/Percussion 2 – Robin Reid; Vibraphone/Percussion 3 – Jason Overy; Koto – Wendy Bross Stuart; Pipa – Panda Liu; Erhu – Ji Rong Huang; Ruan – Zhi Min Yu; Yang Qin – Vivian Xia
March 4, 2001
The World Music of Moshe Denburg an Inter-Cultural Odyssey; a concert of inter-cultural chamber works by Moshe Denburg, presented at the Rothstein Theatre in the context of the Chutzpah Festival. At the Norman Rothstein Theatre.
The World Music of Moshe Denburg
An Inter-Cultural Odyssey
Roster of Musicians
Jonathan Bernard – Percussion, Tambura; Gordon Cherry – Trombone; Joyce Cherry – Piano; Neelamjit Singh Dhillon – Alto Sax, Flute; Niel Golden – Tabla; Karen Graves – Flute, Soprano Sax; James Hamilton – Sitar; Edward Henderson – Guitar; Finn Manniche – Cello; Margaret Taylor – Violin; Lan Tung – Erhu (Chinese Fiddle); Vivian Xia – Yang Qin (Chinese Hammered Dulcimer)
For the Peace of My People (1996)
[Violoncello & Piano]
A work utilizing Jewish, Arabic, and Western musical ideas, an appeal for peace between Jew and Arab.
The King is Dancing (1988)
[Flute, Violin, Trombone, Guitar, Yang Qin, Tabla, Percussion, Tambura]
An ensemble work of a cross-cultural nature (India/West), based on the phrygian mode.
Can You Hear My Prayer (1998)
[Sitar, Erhu, Yang Qin, Tabla]
A composition for an Inter-Cultural quartet, it is essentially a prayer for understanding in both the human and divine spheres.
Jericho (1992 & 2001)
[Violoncello, Alto Saxophone, Piano]
Utilizing Jewish and Near-Eastern modes, this is programmatically based on the narrative in the Book of Joshua, chapter VI., where the miraculous breaking down of walls by dint of musical sounds can be seen as a metaphor for the overcoming of obstacles by peaceful means.
The 3 movements are: I. The Imprisoned City II. The Walls III. The Future Jericho
Masala (1990 & 2001)
[Flute 1, Flute 2, Violin, Sitar, Guitar, Tabla, Cello, Tambura]
A cross-cultural work (India/West), in which two modes are used: Diatonic major and Mixolydian. A mood of joy, of frolic, and of friendship.
Reconciliation (2000 & 2001)
A new version, for chamber ensemble, of the final movement of Denburg’s large work for Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Rapprochements (Reconciliations).