Local harp star Heidi Krutzen puts strings to the Solstice

The Georgia Straight: December 9, 2015
Heidi Krutzen’s big Christmas present came early: a contract naming the Vancouver musician as the new principal harpist of London, England’s Philharmonia Orchestra. But what initially looks like a loss for local music might soon prove a boon, as Krutzen explains in a telephone interview from her Kitsilano digs.  Read more…

Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw featured in Pitchfork

Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw is featured in Pitchfork this week. They write: “she treats the human voice like something to be trapped, pulled at its edges, broken apart, and set free—it’s a pliable instrument that she seems determined to ply as far as possible.” Check out the profile, where you can listen to Caroline’s music and get to know her better.

ISCM World Music Days 2016 selects work by Vancouver composer Rita Ueda as official work

ISCM World Music Days 2016 at the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Tongyeong, South Korea has selected Vancouver composer Rita Ueda‘s  “as the snowflakes return to the sky” as an official work at their festival to be performed between 27 March and 03 April, 2016. First performed at Sonic Boom  (April, 2010) and read at the Victoria Symphony Orchestra Reading Session (March, 2010), this piece was awarded 2nd prize in the orchestra category of the prestigious 2010 International Mahler Composition Competition.

Nuno Costa wins 2015 ISCM Young Composers Award, supported by Music on Main

The winner of the 2015 ISCM Young Composer Award (supported by Music on Main) has been announced. The winner, who will receive a commission for a new work to be performed at a future International Society for Contemporary Music festival, was Nuno Costa (Portugal) for his work “Pater noster.” The jury, composed of Alejandro Guarello (Chile), Gudny Gudmundsdottir (Iceland), and Glenda Keam (New Zealand), with Stephen Lias (USA) as the jury coordinator, praised the work’s “internal logic and individual musical language.”

Music on Main has supported the ISCM Young Composer Award since 2013 when it was won by Yasunoshin Morita (Japan).

Music on Main submits six great pieces for the ISCM World Music Days 2016 in Tongyeong, South Korea

Music on Main is proud to submit six great Canadian pieces of music for official consideration for the ISCM World Music Days 2016 in Tongyeong, South Korea.  The pieces chosen are:

Dorothy Chang‘s Strange Air (for orchestra)
Jocelyn Morlock‘s Vermilion (for string quartet)
Michael Oesterle‘s Delilah (for solo flute)
Anna Pidgorna‘s The Child, Bringer of Light (for solo cello)
Alfredo Santa Ana‘s On Fairness (for flute, violin, and cello)
Rita Ueda‘s as the snowflakes return to the sky (for string orchestra)

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an international network of members from nearly fifty countries and is devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music – the music of our time.  Since 1923, its annual festival has been organized each year by a different host. The festival presents music from each of our members, showcasing the incredible diversity of musical practice in our time.  From March 29, 2016 to April 3, 2016 the festival will take place in Tongyeong, South Korea, organized by the Tongyeong International Music Foundation.

As a member of the ISCM, Music on Main submits works for consideration to each ISCM festival.  Cassandra Miller’s Orfeo Nemico, premiered as part of Music on Main’s The Orpheus Project, was selected as part of the ISCM World Music Days 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by the Society of Slovene Composers.

In November 2017, Music on Main and the Canadian League of Composers will host the ISCM World New Music Days 2017 in Vancouver and Victoria, welcoming the ISCM back to Canada for the first time since 1984.

Wild Dogs libretto taking shape at The Post at 750

From July 7-9, 2015, Music on Main and black bachx will host a Wild Dogs libretto workshop at The Post at 750.  A new contemporary one-act chamber opera based on author Helen Humphreys‘ novel of the same name, with music by Anna Pidgorna, libretto by Val Brandt, and dramaturgy by Ann Hodges, Wild Dogs explores our innate wildness and the tug we experience between love’s wild power and our desire to domesticate it.  Six strangers gather each evening at the edge of a field to call their dogs that have joined a feral pack living in the wood. Frustrated by the groups unwillingness to chase after the dogs, Lily, a child-like young woman dares to enter the wood alone. This workshop is not open to the public.

Music on Main is moving!

On December 16, 2014, Music on Main is moving to our new co-location with DOXA Documentary Film Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and Touchstone Theatre.  Our offices will be located at 110-750 Hamilton Street at the CBC Building in downtown Vancouver.  The new space includes rehearsal studios for Vancouver’s music, theatre, dance, and film communities, offices for the four organizations, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces.  Operated by the 110 Arts Cooperative, the new space will be opened officially in late March 2015.

And while Music on Main’s offices will move to downtown Vancouver, our hearts will always be on Main Street, as will our concerts at Heritage Hall and The Fox Cabaret.

Music on Main welcomes Melody Jacobson, General Manager

Music on Main is thrilled to welcome Melody Jacobson as our new General Manager. Recently relocated to Vancouver from Calgary, Melody is a photographer, writer, arts administrator, and programmer whose career in visual, media arts and multidisciplinary art centres spans over 20 years. She is committed to supporting the community as a whole through her organisational work, as well as board service with many different organizations on provincial and national levels.

In 2009, she received the AMAAS Spirit of Helen Award for her dedication to advocating and enriching Alberta’s Arts & Culture. While working at The New Gallery, she obtained a Communications degree at the University of Calgary, with a particular focus on photography, cinema and local artist-run culture. Melody worked for many years as the Operations Coordinator at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), involved in many other organizations including the Independent Media Arts Alliance des arts médiatiques indépendents, Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society, Fairytales Presentation Society, Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Society and the Calgary Cinematheque Society, to name a few.  Melody has been an invited jury member for national, provincial and municipal arts funding and media arts programming competitions.

In her own art practice, Melody is part of the UCFK photo collective, was part of GROUP: A Performance Art Collective, and has created two short films. She is a proud great-aunt to two toddlers, and has been busy happily exploring Vancouver’s dog parks with her two American bulldogs. She says, “”I am happy to be joining David Pay and the Music on Main team, and am excited to take part in developing the organization further as we move into our new space.  I’m looking forward to meeting more of Music on Main’s community, so please say hello at our upcoming concerts and events.” Welcome, Melody!

2014 John Lad Prize awarded to Trio Cleonice

The St. Lawrence String Quartet has awarded the  2014 John Lad Prize to the Boston-based Trio Cleonice.

Presented in collaboration with Stanford University’s Stanford Live and Vancouver’s Music on Main, the John Lad Prize includes invitations from both organizations to appear on their respective concert series during the 2015-16 season. Upon learning the news, cellist Gwen Krosnick wrote, “Receiving the John Lad Prize is an incredible honor for Trio Cleonice, and it is especially touching coming from the amazing St. Lawrence String Quartet, whom we love and admire so much. We are deeply grateful, and also very excited to return to the west coast and play for the wonderful community at Stanford again.”

Now in its fourth year of honoring emerging chamber ensembles, the Lad prize is named after the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s dear friend John Lad (Stanford ’74), a violist and ardent chamber music lover who passed away in 2007. He was a decades-long practitioner of Tai Chi and a regular lecturer in Philosophy. At the time of his death, Lad was teaching Tai Chi in the physical education department at Columbia/Barnard University.

Previous winners include the Arneis Quartet (2011), the Aeolus Quartet (2012), and the Cecilia String Quartet (2013).