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).

Stefan Prins wins 2014 ISCM Young Composers Award, supported by Music on Main

The winner of the 2014 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 Stefan Prins (Flanders) for his work “Piano Hero #1.” The jury, composed of Tomoko Fukui (Japan), Javier Hagen (Switzerland), and Eva Lopszyc (Argentina), with Stephen Lias (USA) as the jury coordinator, found the piece for midi-keyboard, live-electronics & video to be “both eloquent and unpredictable.”

Honourable mentions (in alphabetical order) go to:
Hannes Dufek
Yair Klartag
Dmitry Timofeev

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

ISCM World New Music Days 2017 coming to Vancouver

Music on Main is thrilled to announce that Vancouver will host the ISCM World New Music Days in November 2017!

The ISCM World New Music Days 2017 will be presented by Canadian League of Composers with Music on Main. Our own David Pay will act as Artistic Director, with conductor Morna Edmundson as Administrative Director, and composer Jim Hiscott chairing the Advisory Committee.  Jim Hiscott and David Pay presented the successful bid in Wrocław, Poland.

The International Society for Contemporary Music 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.

In its 91-year history, ISCM World New Music Days has only once before been held in Canada in 1984 (Toronto & Montreal). The Festival was last held in North America in 1993 (Mexico City).

We’re looking forward to working with this incredible team to strengthen contemporary music communities around the world.

Music on Main welcomes Genevieve MacKay, Communications & Audience Service Co-ordinator

Genevieve MacKay is a familiar face to Music on Main audiences from her time working with our co-productions with Early Music Vancouver. As Music on Main’s new Communications & Audience Service Co-ordinator, Genevieve will help audience members with ticketing and other needs, and she will lead our communications.  As a musician, Genevieve has played in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from OperaFeHk and the Plastic Acid Rock Orchestra to the baroque-oriented Baranduin Ensemble to the indie band Sorry Buttons. We’re delighted to have her on board!

Tanya Tagaq wins Polaris Music Prize

Congratulations to Tanya Tagaq, winner of the ninth annual Polaris Music Prize! Tanya’s fourth studio album Animism was chosen by a jury of music journalists.

Animism is a protest album, produced by BC violinist Jesse Zubot. CBC Music says the album “combines elemental growls, howls and grunts over electronic beats to create her own genre — part throat singing, part EDM, part animal.”

Tanya Tagaq has a long-standing relationship with Music on Main, having appeared with Jesse Zubot and drummer Jean Martin in our very first Modulus Festival in October 2010. Before that, she performed a sold-out show for Music on Main at Heritage Hall in October 2008 with cellist Cris Derksen and DJ Michael Red, and a mesmerizing concert with the Kronos Quartet as part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad in a co-production with the Chan Centre. We’re thrilled to see her win this well-deserved prize (especially after losing — perhaps intentionally — an epic throat singing competition with our Artistic Director David Pay…) Congratulations Tanya!

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