In the Key of the World (2020) is the VICO’s first full-length studio album. It features an ensemble of 28 musicians playing instruments from a wide range of musical traditions, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Persian, East Indian and European. Like the VICO itself, In the Key of the World exists in several musical genres at once: world, classical, traditional. It transcends borders and breaks down barriers, throwing open the doors of contemporary classical music and forging a new path towards a truly diverse 21st-century Canadian music scene. In the Key of the World was nominated for Global Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year at the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards.
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In the Key of the World is available for digital download via Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and more. You can also stream it on Spotify and Soundcloud.
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In May 2015, the VICO and Laudate Singers celebrated more than a decade of artistic partnership with a concert of choral intercultural music titled MYSTICS & LOVERS. The next day, those same 50+ musicians gathered again to record two of the featured works on the programme, Ani Ma-amin (I Believe) by Moshe Denburg and Asheghaneh by Farshid Samandari.
“This orchestra (…) delivers the goods with such ferocity, even a metal head would stop and give pause to digest the extravaganza on parade here. This is the sitting down listening experience of the year (…) A shining example of the passion it takes to keep classical music fresh”. –– MidWest Record
This is the VICO’s first ever studio recording, an EP produced in 2011. It features three new Canadian works for intercultural orchestra, all commissioned and premiered by the VICO:
1. Green Winds by Jin Zhang
2. Camel Hop at the Caravanserai by Moshe Denburg
3. Shimmering Leaves by Mark Armanini