Virtuoso filmed performances of intercultural chamber music

New videos will be released every Thursday of the festival, starting November 5, 2020.  Check back each week to enjoy a new set of performances!

Browse the thumbnails below, and click through to watch and listen!

Artist bios and programme notes will also be available on each video page starting November 5.


Week 1  |  Week 2  |   Week 3  |  Week |  About the Festival 


Festival Trailer:

Week 1 – Available on November 5, 2020

Week 2 – Available on November 12, 2020

Week 3 – Available on November 19, 2020

Week 4 – Available on November 26, 2020

About the Festival

The VICO gratefully acknowledges that this work takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nations, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh Nations.

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s annual Global Soundscapes Festival is a rich feast of sound and rhythm, celebrating the intersection of Canadian cultures with musical traditions from all over the world. The 2020 edition has been re-imagined as a series of 16 brand new virtuoso filmed performances by VICO musicians and some of Vancouver’s finest chamber ensembles (Orchid Ensemble, Silk Road Music, Vashaan Ensemble, and others), to be released online throughout the month of November.

The videos, live performances filmed on multiple cameras in an intimate chamber setting, offer rare, close-up views of instruments that VICO audiences normally only see from a distance on the concert stage: Chinese erhu, pipa, zheng, dizi, dadi, guanzi; Persian santur, oud, kamanche, ney; violin, cello, guitar, piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; kiskosi (Native American flute); and percussion from around the globe. The sound, recorded on vintage analogue audio equipment by audio engineer Sheldon Zaharko, ensures that the unique colours of each instrument are clear and present, offering a compelling visual and aural concert experience for every viewer. Videographer Kerry Phillips has interspersed footage of gorgeous Vancouver and BC landscapes, rooting the music in the vibrant city and province that produced it. “The overarching statement we hope to make is: We are here…and we are here together!” says VICO Artistic Director Mark Armanini.

The featured repertoire will juxtapose traditional music from world cultures with contemporary intercultural compositions by Canadian composers, including Mark Armanini, Qinglin Bruce Bai, Moshe Denburg, Saina Khaledi, Qiu Xia He & André Thibault, Anthony McNab, John Oliver, Parmela Attariwala, Ali Razmi, Lan Tung, and Jin Zhang.

Click through to individual video pages for artist bios and programme notes.



Producer – Mark Armanini
Project Manager – Farshid Samandari

Director of Photography – Kerry Phillips
Gaffer / B Camera – Yong Jin Kim

Audio Engineer & Mix – Sheldon Zaharko

All Additional Photography – Kerry Phillips

Graphic Design – John Endo Greenaway

Communications – Melanie Thompson

Marketing/production assistant – Gina Hernandez Sanchez

Publicity – Gwen Kallio

Digital Marketing – Murray Paterson Marketing Group

Operations Manager – Devni De Silva

All videos filmed at Pyatt Hall (VSO School of Music) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



The VICO extends heartfelt thanks to the following funders, without whose generous support this project would not have come to fruition: