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!

Caroline Shaw appointed Music on Main’s Composer In Residence

Music on Main is thrilled to announce the appointment of Caroline Shaw as Composer In Residence.  From September 2014 through August 2016, this multifaceted musician will lead salons, share ideas, create music, publish essays, and perform on Music on Main’s stages.

Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York-based musician appearing in many different guises. Trained primarily as a violinist from an early age in North Carolina, she is also a Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth and in 2013 became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices (also nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Composition).


Changes ahead for Alfredo Santa Ana

Alfredo Santa Ana, Music on Main’s General Manager, will step down from his position on October 31, 2014. His energy, commitment, and ideas have helped Music on Main develop and implement new programmes, increase contributions from foundations, and create rock-solid systems in the office. His departure will allow him to focus on his composing career.


Jocelyn Morlock appointed Composer-in-Residence at Vancouver Symphony

When Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock steps down from her two-year term at the end of August 31, 2014, she won’t be taking a break.  Instead, she’ll walk into her new role at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Bramwell Tovey has announced that Jocelyn will become the VSO’s Composer-in-Residence on September 1st, 2014. +

Update: new cultural hub in dowtown Vancouver

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.

Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock nominated for album, composition of the year

Congratulations to Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock!  She has been nominated in two categories at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: Classical Composition of the Year for her Oiseaux bleus et sauvages, and Classical Recording of the Year for her new disc Cobalt, released on Centrediscs.