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The Star — Bria Skonberg

THE STAR: BRIA SKONBERG “I decided to try New York. I wanted to get uncomfortable.” Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg is a star by any measure: The New York Times dubbed her “the shining hope of hot jazz,” and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her first release on Sony Masterworks, Bria, the Juno Award for ... Read More »

The Playwright — Marcus Youssef

THE PLAYWRIGHT: MARCUS YOUSSEF “At the centre of all my plays is a question about difference.” Montreal-born Marcus Youssef wears multiple hats: playwright, actor, artistic director, educator, and political activist. He’s a frequent performer in the plays he authors, many co-produced by Neworld Theatre, which he’s run since 2005. Given his belief that “The minute politics are absent, you aren’t living ... Read More »

The Composer — Jocelyn Morlock

THE COMPOSER: JOCELYN MORLOCK “I’m not taking away the cellos for electric guitars.” “I wanted to be a scuba diver, an astronaut, some- thing adventurous,” says Jocelyn Morlock of her childhood in Winnipeg. She might have dreamed of becoming a renowned, award-winning composer had she realized the career path was available to her, centuries after powdered wigs were in vogue. ... Read More »

ISCM World New Music Days Come to Vancouver

As far as contemporary music is concerned, it’s the Olympics and the World Cup rolled into one. The International Society for Contemporary Music’s annual “World New Music Days” comes to Vancouver for a hectic week November 2-8, with monumental implications for Vancouver performers, ensembles, and fans of new music. The ISCM goes back to 1922 when a multi-national group devoted ... Read More »

Past Performances #Throwback: Borodin Quartet

Prior to May of 1948, Vancouver’s chamber music scene was a smattering of visits by a few established quartets and occasional performances by locals. A band of enthusiasts great and small changed that when they formed Friends of Chamber Music and presented their first concert. Critics and audiences alike were very pleased. With concert expenses of $327.58 and $249 in ticket ... Read More »