A new series of intercultural chamber music performances

Videos will be released on December 20, 21 & 22, 2020, and will remain available online indefinitely. You are welcome back any time to listen at your leisure!

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


December 20  |  December 21  |   December 22  |  About the Project 


Day 1 – December 20, 2020

Day 2 – December 21, 2020

Day 3 – December 22, 2020

About the Project

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 is proud to announce the release of a new series of filmed performances in celebration of the Winter Solstice. The videos, filmed at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre in early December 2020, feature small ensembles and soloists playing repertoire that spans cultures, centuries and continents.

In signature VICO fashion, ancient musical cultures are woven together with contemporary classical forms; the programme includes traditional Persian and Chinese music alongside new compositions by participants in the VICO’s annual Sounds Global Composers’ Workshop (held earlier this year).

We share these performances in the hope that this colourful, innovative music, created and performed in a spirit of cross-cultural collaboration, will help to combat the darkness of winter, and the unsettled feeling of this unusual holiday season.


  • Diba Ensemble with tenor Jamal Kurdistani
  • An intercultural chamber quartet composed of John Oliver (guitar), Ali Razmi (tar), Dai-Lin Hsieh (zheng), and Joy Yeh (harp)
  • Cloud Bell Ensemble: Yun Song (erhu) & Geling Jiang (sanxian)
  • Liam Hockley (clarinet)
  • Singer/songwriter Willy Miles-Grenzberg
  • …with guest appearances by Amir Eslami (ney) and Milan Milosevic (clarinet), Zarko Perisic (bassoon), and Dejan Sinadinovic (piano)



Producer – Mark Armanini

Project Manager – Farshid Samandari

Videography – Alistair Eagle, assisted by Don Xaliman & Camillia Frey

Sound – Sheldon Zaharko

Communications – Melanie Thompson

Marketing & Production Assistant – Gina Hernandez Sanchez

Operations Manager – Devni De Silva

All videos (unless otherwise noted) were filmed at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre in North Vancouver, BC on December 2-3, 2020.


The VICO gratefully acknowledges the support of the following funders and partners: