UNIQUE IN THE WORLD AND UNIQUELY CANADIAN
FOUNDED BY MOSHE DENBURG, 2001
What’s “intercultural music,” you ask? It’s music that transcends boundaries: cultural, social, political, and geographical. The VICO proudly describes itself as the Canadian cultural mosaic in musical form. Violin, viola, cello, bass, ute, and clarinet share the stage with the Chinese erhu, sanxian, pipa, zheng, sheng, and dizi; the Persian santur and kamanche; the Arabic oud; the Vietnamese dan bau and dan tranh; the Japanese sho, shakuhachi, and koto; and more. The VICO commissions groundbreaking composers to write for unique con gurations of these instruments. Since its inception, the ensemble has developed and presented over 50 new works.
The VICO brings together a truly diverse group of artists and administrators who are not only talented in their practice but also creative, exible, and willing to work unusually hard at communicating across cultural and stylistic di erences.
In 2016–17, the VICO celebrates its 15th season with a smorgasbord of concerts, chamber recitals, workshops for musicians and composers, free educational presentations, acclaimed guest soloists from Vietnam, China, Iran, and more. Audiences will experience Canadian music that is both rooted in ancient traditions and excitingly fresh to the ear—music that draws on the poetic best of many cultures, and builds bridges of imagination and communication between them.
BAMBOO: VIETNAMESE & INTERCULTURAL FUSIONS
November 12, 2016
VENUE: The Annex
SOUND GLOBAL IN SURREY
February 26, 2016
VENUE: Surrey Arts Centre
GLOBAL SOUNDSCAPES FESTIVAL: HANDS ON
June 5–12, 2017
VICO SUMMER ACADEMY
June 19–30, 2017
VENUE: Capitano University
CANADA 150 CONCERT
June 1, 2017
VENUE: BlueShore Centre for the Performing Arts
“Music that sounds like Vancouver looks.” –THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
“…hugely inspiring, and a wonderful testament to the glorious places humans can grow toward.” –AUDIENCE MEMBER