On June 24, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra will release a new series of filmed performances featuring music and musicians associated with In the Key of the World, the orchestra’s extraordinary album released in 2020. The recording has been nominated for two 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards: Global Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year.

The new video series, titled Performances In the Key of the World, features filmed performances of three tracks from the album:

  • “The King is Dancing” by VICO’s founding Artistic Director, Moshe Denburg
  • “Gypsy Chronicles” by John Oliver
  • “Suite concertante: à cette époque-là” by Farshid Samandari

They will be free to watch on the VICO website (http://www.vi-co.org).

Also available will be videos of a range of smaller intercultural ensembles comprised of VICO roster members and special guests:

  • Niel Golden (hang drum), Douglas Hensley (lute), Mark Ferris (violin), and Sungyoung Lim (cello)
  • Geronimo Mendoza (oboe) and Nicole Linaksita (piano)
  • Sina Ettehad (kamanche) and Eva Hodge (piano)
  • Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi)

This video celebration of the VICO’s latest album follows the ensemble’s acclaimed virtual performance at Festival Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques, presented by Societé de la musique contemporaine du Québec (available to watch online at: https://youtu.be/uKvZVmxK08M) in February 2021.

“With live album release events rendered impossible by the pandemic, VICO is finding new ways to get our music out into the world,” says Artistic Director Mark Armanini. “We are lucky to have gathered together a stellar production team, including videographer Alistair Eagle (assisted by Don Xaliman and Camillia Frey) and sound engineer Sheldon Zaharko, to help us capture and share these performances in digital form.”