October 16, 2015

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.


Saina Khaledi, santur
Milan Milosevic, tárogató
Farshid Samandari, VICO Composer-in-Residence
Mark Armanini, VICO Artistic Director


Monday January 25 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, UBC School of Music Rm 113:
Introductory lecture/recital providing an overview of the instruments and basic approaches for problem-solving
Monday February 29 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm, UBC School of Music Rm 113
Reading Session: each composer will have approximately 20-30 minutes with the ensemble to workshop a sketch.



Composers interested in having a piece read must register prior to **January 15, 2016** (deadline extended from Dec. 14, 2015) and be able to provide their score/parts/sketch by January 22, 2016. Priority is given to the first 8 registrants. To register, please download and complete a registration form and submit via e-mail or in person to:
Farshid Samandari
778.928.4929 | 250.383.8833 | farshid@vi-co.org

Registration fee: $20 payable (cash or cheque) to VICO at the reading session.

NOTE: This program is offered free of charge to University of BC music students.


For additional background on the featured instruments and others:

Visit VICO Resources page, or contact Farshid Samandari at farshid@vi-co.org.

We would like to acknowledge the following supporters for this project: UBC School of Music, Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN Foundation, British Columbia Arts Council and the City of Vancouver.