Music of the Endless Sky
October 30, 2004
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) together with the Laudate Singers presented a concert of original intercultural works on October 30, 2004. Entitled Music of the Endless Sky, the concert featured the production of Moshe Denburg’s work ‘Rapprochements (Reconciliations)’, a 40 minute work for inter-cultural orchestra and choir. The concert program also included ‘Kusumamaya – a Tabla Concerto’ by Niel Golden, ‘Dragon Dogs’ for 2 Zhengs and western instruments by Randy Raine-Reusch and Mei Han, and breathtaking a capella songs of diverse cultures by Laudate. This collaboration between Laudate and the VICO represents their ongoing commitment to the exciting new art of intercultural composition and performance. More Details
What Colour is Music?
October 12, 2004
Cultural Appropriation or Artistic Expression?
– Issues in World Music and Intercultural Composition
The emerging art of intercultural composition and performance has both adherents and detractors. There are those who feel that the art dilutes the traditions it borrows from, and even worse – misrepresents them. On the other hand there are those who feel that the artistic endeavour is valuable in and of itself, and so should be encouraged on all levels. The program presented was geared to allow for ideas and experiences to be shared, and took the form of an open forum with audience participation. As a pre-amble, members of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) gave musical illustrations on a variety of instruments from around the world, and discussed their own experiences making intercultural music. Moshe Denburg, VICO Program Director, acted as moderator. VICO presenters included: Randy Raine-Reusch, Joseph Pepe Danza, Qiu Xia He, Amir Haghighi, and James Hamilton. The program took place at the Vancouver Public Library (Alice Mackay Room) and was offered free of charge to the public.
Celebration for Peace
April 19, 2004
Celebration for Peace was given in honour of the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; at the Orpheum Theatre; presented by the Westcoast Sacred Arts Society in collaboration with the Vancouver Symphony Society; the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, together with the VSO presented a program of works, including Ani Ma-amin (I Believe) by Moshe Denburg, Nomad’s Rustic Song (arranged by VICO composer affiliate Mark Armanini), and Song for the Dalai Lama, a song by children’s troubadour Raffi, arranged by Moshe Denburg for children’s choir and the combined forces of the VSO and the VICO. Attendance was sold out and the Dalai Lama addressed the audience. Other dignitaries in attendance included: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. More Details