The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is pleased to present the eighth annual edition of this innovative workshop series. Led by VICO Artistic Director Mark Armanini and Composer-in-Residence Farshid Samandari, the series offers composers unique opportunities to learn about and write for traditional instruments from all over the world. Registered participants are encouraged to bring sketches of works in progress for the instruments listed, to be workshopped by VICO musicians over the course of 3 sessions. All workshop sessions will take place online. All pieces will receive a private final performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, as long as provincial health restrictions allow.

 

Instrumentation

Option 1: Plucked Instrument Quartet

Dai-lin Hsieh, zheng |John Oliver, guitar | Ali Razmi, tar & setar | Joy Yeh, harp

*UPDATE (April 29, 2021): we are currently at capacity for registrants who wish to write for this quartet. We encourage other interested composers to consider Option 2 below. You may also audit the Option 1 sessions (free of charge), but you will not be able to have a piece developed at this time.

Option 2: Solo instruments

Zhong Xi Wu, suona & sheng
Milan Milosevic, clarinet & tarogato
Sina Ettehad, kamanche
Song Yun, erhu & gaohu

 

Schedule – Option 1

Session #1: Introduction to individual players & instruments. May 8, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Session #2: Workshop on individual parts of each composer. May 29, 2021 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Session #3: Composition masterclass with VICO composers. June 5, 2021 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Session #4: Workshop of each composer’s piece with full ensemble. June 26, 2021 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Concert: July 17, 2021 – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time) at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver.

 

Schedule – Option 2

Session #1: Introduction to individual players & instruments. May 9, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Session #2: Workshop on individual parts of each composer. May 30, 2021 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Session #3: Composition masterclass with VICO composers. June 6, 2021 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Session #4: Workshop of each composer’s piece with performer. June 27, 2021 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Concert: July 17, 2021 – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time) at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver.

 

Application Procedure

Participating composers must register online by May 5, 2021. Priority will be given to the first 8 applicants.

 

Registration fee

The fee of $100 includes all workshop sessions on the dates listed above, and a professional demo recording of the composer’s piece performed by VICO musicians. If the composers choose to submit two pieces (one for each category), a fee of $160 is applicable.

  1. Please submit payment via PayPal below. NOTE: you do not need to have (or create) a PayPal account; you can pay with a credit card as you would for any other online purchase. 
  2. **IMPORTANT: once you have submitted payment via PayPal, please e-mail info@vi-co.org with the following details:
    • Your full name (if it is different than the one associated with the credit card you used for payment, please also provide the name on the credit card so that we can connect you with your payment)
    • Which workshop option you wish to pursue: writing for the quartet of plucked instruments, or writing for one of the solo instruments listed above.



NOTE: Composers who do not wish to workshop a piece are welcome to audit any of the above sessions free of charge.

Additional Information

The compositions brought to the workshop sessions may be works in progress, but must not exceed 8 minutes in length. Composers are required to provide an electronic copy of the final score and parts ONE WEEK in advance of the workshop session at which they are to be performed. Hard copies of all parts and a minimum of two copies of the full score must be provided by the composer at the session. The score and parts need to be legible; the use of digital notation software is recommended but not required (in other words, the electronic copy could be a photograph or a scan of a handwritten score).

For background information about traditional instruments presented in this program, please visit http://vi-co.org/resources-study/instrument-corner/.

CONTACT: info@vi-co.org