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PROGRESSIVE AND OUTSTANDING SONIC ART

FOUNDED BY A COLLECTIVE OF VANCOUVER MUSICIANS, 1973

Each year, Vancouver New Music lives up to their name by bringing a mix of outstanding local, national, and international new music artists to Vancouver. The 2016–17 season o ers a concert series, festival, and free community events spanning sonic territories that range from quirky to sublime.

This year’s festival, Mechanical Music, showcases artists from Vancouver and beyond who harness the sound-making potential of machines: pinball games, circuit-bent and invented instruments, custom-built audio hardware, and even a weaving loom! Featuring performances by Lucas Abela, Adam Basanta, Anne-F Jacques, Koka Nikoladze, Tristan Perich, George Rahi, Jocelyn Robert, Kelly Ruth, Sabrina Schroeder, and the premiere of a new work by Peter Hannan and Camille Hesketh, this festival promises to be a fun feast for the ears and eyes!

In November, VNM welcomes Andrea Young’s EXO/ENDO. The Los Angeles-based trio explores the dynamic relationship between voice and technology, focusing on the release and absorption of energy through sound with sound as the furnace and the fuel for expressions of internal desire or external wrath. In February, exquisite Norwegian sextet Nordic Voices brings us a completely new program of choral works by Gavin Bryars, Thoresen, Maja Ratkje, and Cecilie Ore. Making its Vancouver debut, New York’s celebrated Talea Ensemble will premiere a new work by Canadian composer Stefan Meyer. Mantra Percussion returns to Vancouver to close the 2016–17 season. Lauded by The New York Times for their “hypnotic intensity,” Mantra will premiere a brand-new piece by Montreal-based composer Paul Dolden.

 

MECHANICAL MUSIC
October 13–15, 2016
VENUE: The Annex
TIME: Th–Sat 8:00pm; pre-show talk at 7:15pm

ANDREA YOUNG: EXO/ENDO
November 19, 2016
VENUE: The Annex
TIME: 8:00pm; pre-show talk at 7:15pm

NORDIC VOICES
February 18, 2017
VENUE: The Annex
TIME: 8:00pm; pre-show talk at 7:15pm

TALEA ENSEMBLE
March 11, 2017
VENUE: The Annex
TIME: 8:00pm; pre-show talk at 7:15pm

MANTRA PERCUSSION
April 8, 2017
VENUE: The Annex
TIME: 8:00pm; pre-show talk at 7:15pm

SOUNDWALKS
September 25, October 2, 2016, April 2 & 9, 2017
VENUE: Various outdoor locations TBA
TIME: 2:00pm

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