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Kaija Saariaho’s Lohn – an appreciation

by Jocelyn Morlock I first encountered the luminous music of Kaija Saariaho as a student in the late 1990s. Having come to composition from a background as a pianist, (and being decidedly underwhelmed by integral serialism) I was fascinated by +

Listening to our city

by David Pay What are the sounds, the sights, the tastes and smells that make Vancouver Vancouver? As the city enters its 125th year, I’ve been reflecting especially on the music that makes Vancouver tick. Terminal City Soundscape doesn’t set +

Don’t get too comfortable

by David Pay At a time in our history when the all-encompassing individual pursuit of private riches has delivered society to the brink of economic ruin, the music and ideas of Louis Andriessen offer a profound alternative to limitless capitalism. +
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