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Stefan Prins wins 2014 ISCM Young Composers Award, supported by Music on Main
posted October 14, 2014
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.”
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
posted October 14, 2014
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
posted September 26, 2014
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
posted September 23, 2014
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!
Update: new cultural hub in dowtown Vancouver
posted June 10, 2014
Together with PuSh Festival, Touchstone Theatre, and DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Music on Main is developing a new cultural hub for performing and media arts in downtown Vancouver. Located at 110-750 Hamilton Street, the new space will be part of the CBC’s downtown campus. Simcic Uhrich Architects are designing administrative and rehearsal space that will last for years to come. The design maquettes have been presented, building permits are in hand, and soon we’ll break ground and begin a busy summer of construction. Expected occupancy is October 1, 2014. The four organizations were awarded the space by the City of Vancouver. You can read more about the progress on the PuSh Festival blog.