During its 2016-17 season the VICO was proud to participate in “Welcome to the Arts”, an initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts (co-funded by Sun Life Financial), thanks to which arts organizations across Canada can offer free access to their 2016/17 programming for recent Syrian refugees.
The Canada 150 / VICO Summer Academy Concert
A musical celebration of our country’s multicultural identity, showcasing Canadian artists (present and future) who embody true Canadian inclusiveness and active, authentic diversity. Featuring VICO Chamber Ensembles, with international guests Erica Roozendaal (accordion), Charbel Rouhana (oud) and Xiaofen Min, performing new works by participants in the inaugural VICO Summer Academy.
Music of the Whole World: Summer Academy Edition
Meet two of the featured international guest artists who will be teaching and performing at our inaugural Summer Academy (June 24 – July 1 at Capilano University): Erica Roozendaal (accordion) from the Netherlands and Charbel Rouhana (oud) from Lebanon. Erica and Charbel will play together with VICO colleagues, and talk about their approaches to intercultural music in this informal presentation.
GLOBAL SOUNDSCAPES FESTIVAL: Hands On!
Celebrating intercultural percussion music
June 6-11, 2017
Music of the Whole World: Hands On!
Join musicians from the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra for a sneak preview of the ensemble’s upcoming Global Soundscapes Festival, showcasing percussion sounds and rhythms from all over the world. The beat of the drum is primal and universal, but different cultures have developed fascinating variations on the theme. Learn about how VICO composers and musicians combine and intertwine them to create new intercultural music! Featuring Hamin Honari (tombak), Navid Goldrick (oud), and Curtis Andrews (mrdangam – May 30 only).
“Glowing Hearts” with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in grand style, with a full program of Canadian works and guests, including composers Bramwell Tovey, Frederick Schipizky, Christopher Nickel, Mark Haney, Mark Armanini, and violinist Trent Freeman, along with the 285 talented young musicians of the VYSO. Seven VICO musicians (erhu/gaohu, dizi, pipa, yangqin, sanxian and Chinese percussion) will join the orchestra for a special performance of Mark Armanini’s piece From the Pure Land, which will be specially arranged for this configuration of classical youth orchestra and intercultural septet.
VICO Small Ensemble at Vancouver International Children’s Festival
We are so pleased and excited to be building on past successful VICO Small Ensemble performances at the Children’s Festival with this new mentorship project: an intercultural ensemble of five VICO musicians and eight student musicians will rehearse and perform a 1-hour set throughout the Festival (9 performances in total). This will be a unique opportunity for the young musicians to work with seasoned professionals in Vancouver’s world music scene, to learn from them not only musical techniques and performance skills, but also be mentored in their career development.
The Hope of Spring: Mediterranean Brunch & Intercultural Music
Pasta Polo Restaurant
Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food while you listen to the evocative sounds of Silk Road Music, featuring long-time VICO friends Qiu Xia He (pipa) and multi-instrumentalist André Thibault with special guests Liam MacDonald (percussion), Yun Song (erhu), Zhimin Yu (ruan), Jill Russell (flute), and Laurence Mollerup (bass).
Brunch will be served from 11:00 am; the music begins at 1:00 pm! Your $30 ticket includes your meal, the musical performance and a complimentary copy of VICO’s Imagined Worlds CD.
Sounds Global in Concert: North Vancouver Edition
This is chamber music with a colourful fusion twist: a sextet composed of Persian kamanche and tombak, Chinese erhu, Hungarian tárogató, cello and voice, performing repertoire that weaves together many different world music traditions. Featuring: Jun Rong (erhu), Milan Milosevic (tárogató), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Finn Manniche (cello), Hamin Honari (tombak) and Willy Miles-Grenzberg (voice).
A Musical Fusion Feast: Mediterranean Brunch & Intercultural Music
Pasta Polo Restaurant
2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam (Google map)
Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food while you listen to the evocative sounds of the VICO Small Ensemble, featuring Lan Tung (erhu), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Navid Goldrick (oud), Naeim NC (percussion) and Farshid Samandari (piano). Brunch will be served from 11:00 am; the music begins at 1:00 pm!
Your $30 ticket includes your meal, the musical performance and a complimentary copy of VICO’s Imagined Worlds CD.
Sounds Global in Concert: Surrey Edition
Sunday February 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm (**NOTE corrected start time; was originally listed as 2:30 pm in error)
The Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88th Ave., Surrey
Tickets $25 / $15
This is chamber music with a colourful fusion twist: a quintet composed of Persian kamanche and tombak, Chinese erhu, cello and voice, performing repertoire that weaves together many different world music traditions. Featuring: Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Jun Rong (erhu), Hamin Honari (tombak), Finn Manniche (cello), Willy Miles-Grenzberg (voice), and the world premieres of several works by up-and-coming Canadian composers. Join us for some music without borders!