The Standing Wave Society in partnership with Music on Main and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents  


Monday, January 30 & Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 8pm

The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver

$25 regular / $10 student

Tickets via Music on Main at or call 604.879.9888

PuSh Passes available at or call 604.449.6000

Tickets at the door. Box office opens at 7:00pm

Featuring Standing Wave: 

 Christie Reside, flute

A-K Coope, clarinet

Rebecca Whitling, violin

Peggy Lee, cello

Allen Stiles, piano

Vern Griffiths, percussion

With Special Guest: Nicole Lizée

 On January 30 & 31, 2017, Vancouver’s premiere new music ensemble, Standing Wave, will present Sculptress: The Music of Nicole Lizée, a program of cutting-edge electro-acoustic chamber music and video as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Expect to be shaken up by a stunning play of glitchy images, the melding of forms and styles, and musical innovation at the nostalgic and slightly tainted atmosphere of the Fox Cabaret.

Called a ‘brilliant musical scientist’ and lauded for ‘creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation’, Nicole Lizée’s music encompasses eclectic influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and modernism. Recently appointed Music on Main’s Composer In Residence, Lizée has found the perfect co-conspirators in Standing Wave; together they’re here to unsettle us with their invention. 

The program will open with Lizée’s Ouijist, a jangly, ghostly conjuring of a piece which will feature projected visuals created by the composer followed by Hitchcock Études, Lizée’s Jules Leger Award – winning piece, specially arranged for Standing Wave. This work, which includes images from four great Hitchcock films, is creepy and funny. Two works inspired by the pioneering BBC sound artist Delia Derbyshire will comprise the second set:  Kara Blake’s experimental documentary The Delian Mode, followed by Lizée’s Sculptress, for which the composer will join the ensemble on live electronics and which is featured on Standing Wave’s fourth CD, New Wave to be released at the show.


The presenters gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grants, and the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services.

Standing Wave - Doublespeak

DOUBLESPEAK – Nov 8, The Roundhouse (Modulus Festival)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8pm

The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver 

$25 general / $10 students

Tickets online at or call Music on Main Box Office at 604.879.9888

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Standing Wave with special guest percussionist Ben Reimer, will present Doublespeak, a concert of very new music at the Roundhouse as part of the Modulus Festival.  Works by 5 hot-ticket composers, 3 from Canada and 2 from the USA, will comprise this thrilling program that cuts a wide swath across the diverse landscape of contemporary chamber music.

The program will open with a special performance of Music on Main’s new Composer-in-Residence Nicole Lizée’s intense, operatic-themed La Callas Fantasiee. Referencing the life of Maria Callas, Lizée’s multimedia work takes video recordings of the diva fused with live performance by Carla Huhtanen and Ben Reimer.

The program that follows will include Standing Wave’s world premiere of Vincent Ho’s Sandman’s Realm. This piece, which draws inspiration from the intricate tactility of Chinese calligraphy, will feature percussionist Vern Griffiths in a central role The ensemble will also present premieres of two new works by Nicole Lizée: Epiphora and The Spins, pop mash-ups that are based loosely on Justin Timberlake’s Cry me a River and Dead or Alive’s You Spin me Round.   Rounding out the Canadian side of the program will be Jocelyn Morlock’s moodily undulating 2015 work Undark

Cutting edge American music will comprise the rest of the program, in Nico Muhly’s vibrant 2012 work Doublespeak, and Andy Aikiho’s urban, angst-filled to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem.

This program will bring together Standing Wave’s virtuosity and interpretive prowess with powerful new compositions and the excitement of being part of the outstanding Modulus Festival.  

*** Standing Wave and Music on Main host Composers and Cocktails at The Post at 750 at 6 pm also on Nov 8. Composers Vincent Ho, Jocelyn Morlock, and Nicole Lizée will discuss their work and take questions from the audience. Free. 


Standing Wave - Doublespeak

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grants, and the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services. The Modulus Festival is generously sponsored by Christine Choi and Bryan Price.

Standing Wave - Acousmatic

ACOUSMATIC – Apr 17 at The Annex

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 7:30pm

The Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver

$25 general / $20 students & seniors

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Standing Wave presents Acousmatic, a concert of electro-acoustic music that will challenge, thrill, mesmerize, and surprise!  The mysterious territory that lies between pre-organized sound and music…the common ground shared by acoustic and electronic music…these will be explored.

The concert will feature the world premieres of Vancouver native James O’Callaghan’s subject / object, and Giorgio Magnanensi’s TDU XXI. Standing Wave will also perform Laurie Anderson’s seminal electro-pop classic O Superman, arranged by Alfredo Santa Ana, Gordon Fitzell`s Evanescence, as well as the Canadian premiere of Four Thousand Holes by John Luther Adams. The ensemble will be joined by special guests Giorgio Magnanensi, Stefan Smulovitz and the legendary Veda Hille!

Standing Wave - Acousmatic

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Book of Love – November 25-28 and December 2-4

Kokoro Dance presents Standing Wave in Book of Love

November 25-28 and December 2-4, 8 pm

Roundhouse Performance Centre, 181Roundhouse Mews


Special 30th Anniversary Performance, Sat, December 5, 5 pm, $100 per ticket. See details below.

Kokoro Box Office: 604-662-4966 or online Kokoro Box Office

Ample parking is available at the Roundhouse and the Canada Line Yaletown Station is just across the street at Davie and Pacific.



Two years of preparation have gone into the creation of this exciting new work that celebrates our 30th anniversary of creating viscerally evocative and provocative dance. We are grateful for funding support for this new work from the City of Vancouver, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, Hamber Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Society.

Book of Love features choreography by Barbara Bourget and myself and we perform this work with two outstanding dancers, Molly McDermott and Billy Marchenski in a wonderous environment that includes costumes and set by British artist Jonathan Baldock, lighting by Gerald King, and beautiful music composed by Jeffrey Ryan that will be performed live by the superlative Standing Wave music ensemble. Standing Wave’s musicians are Olivia Blander, cello, AK Coope, clarinet and bass clarinet, Vern Griffiths, percussion, Christie Reside, flute, Allen Stiles, piano, and Rebecca Whitling, violin.

Barbara initially was inspired by the lyrics to a song entitled The Book of Love written by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Here’s some of the lyrics:

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures
and instructions for dancing
but I, I love it when you read to me
and you, you can read me anything

The creation of a new dance work is a magical process. We began by choreographing about 90 minutes of material to music that we were listening to including Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Nana Del Caballo Grande by Camarón De La Isla, The Book of Love versions by The Magnetic Fields and Peter Gabriel, Tony Wilson’s The Long Walk, Swan’s album, To Be Kind, and the soundtrack to Sankai Juku’s Tobari. Jeff Ryan came to our work-in-progress rehearsals and performances, erased the music as best he could from his consciousness, but kept the tempo’s and time signatures. He then wrote his own response to our theme of creating a Book of Love and distilled the score to sixty-one minutes in length. Jonathan Baldock flew in from an artist residency in Germany to take part in our creation process. Jonathan is inspired by Dada, the art movement in the early 20th century that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality. Dada challenged the status quo including the presumptions of prevailing artistic trends. Jonathan challenged us to do our choreography in vibrant costumes of saturated primary colours with floor length sleeves. He created large head pieces of sculpted wicker to exaggerate and confuse our personalities. Jeff’s music and Jonathan’s costumes transformed our choreography into something we could not imagine ourselves. We are blessed to be able to work with such talented artists. Still waiting to surprise us is Gerald King’s evocative lighting. Gerald has worked with us for thirty-one years. We met while performing with Touchstone Theatre a year before we formed Kokoro Dance. We have relied on him ever since to bathe our work in his own inspired emotive lighting textures. Molly McDermott and Billy Marchenski have been invaluable to us in this creative process. Their discipline, energy, intelligence, physical agility, and dedication have played a profound part in the building of this piece. Standing Wave’s interpretation of Jeff’s music is simply glorious. It is such a pleasure to dance to live music played by outstanding musicians.

We would love to perform Book of Love for you. If you want to help us continue for another 30 years, please consider coming to our closing night performance that takes place December 5th at 5pm followed by a 30th anniversary celebration event with food and drink and a silent auction of desirable goods and services. Tickets are $100 with at $65 tax receipt provided upon purchase. If you don’t want to wait that long to see the show, take advantage of our opening night two for one offer by using the code BOL25 when you purchase tickets for the November 25th performance. Simply purchase 2 tickets, enter the code, and you will be charged for only one ticket at the online Kokoro Box Office or by calling us at 604.662.4966.

– Jay Hirabayashi, Kokoro Dance

Standing Wave - Ink on Silk

INK ON SILK – Oct 18 at Pyatt Hall

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7:30pm

Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSO School of Music), Vancouver

$25 general / $20 students & seniors

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Standing Wave presents Ink on Silk, a concert of music that embraces the traditions, timbres, colours, and textures of Eastern music, as expressed through the classic modern contemporary chamber ensemble.

New music by two hot-ticket Canadian composers will be featured: the internationally renowned Vincent Ho, as well as Victoria-based rising star Jared Miller. The program will also include brain-teasing, spine-tingling music by Lei Liang, Wei-Chieh Lin, Stephen Hartke and Bright Sheng.


Standing Wave - Ink on Silk


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TOWARD CHAOS – May 17 at Pyatt Hall

Sunday May 17, 2015 at 8pm

Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSO School of Music), Vancouver

$25 general / $20 students & seniors

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Join Standing Wave as we tread the knife’s edge between musical chaos and order.

A concert of contemporary chamber music infused by thrash metal, horror movies, and obsessive behaviour, Toward Chaos will feature Nicole Lizée’s shocking Hitchcock Études, Gordon Fitzell’s arresting violence, and Edward Top‘s arrangement of Jeff Hanneman’s staggering Angel of Death. We’ll also play Philip Glass’s seminal work Music in Similar Motion, as well as the world premiere of Seven for Six by Vancouver’s own Alfredo Santa Ana.

It’s chamber music at its least precious and most thrilling!

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VSO New Music Festival & Spring concert announcement!

well hello! and Happy New Year from Standing Wave

We have some news for you. This Thursday January 15 we’ll be kicking off the second annual VSO New Music Festival. This is an exciting celebration of New Music and we are thrilled to be part of the festival again this year. The programme features Nicole Lizée‘s Sculptress, an ode to the 1960’s BBC Radiophonic Workshop and nocturnal soundscape pioneer Delia Derbyshire; and Jocelyn Morlock‘s Theft (Water Clocks, Insomnia) – music loosely based on the feeling of panic and fascination that ensues when you hear the birds start to sing loudly in the morning after you’ve been up all night. There will also be pieces by Claude Vivier, John Luther Adams and Steve Reich’s DOUBLE SEXTET!

See? It’s big. We hope you can join us – visit the VSO site for info on purchasing festival passes and tickets. Click here.

This is a good time to announce our Spring concert too. Mark your calendars!

Toward Chaos – Sunday May 17, 2015 at Pyatt Hall
Viral videos, identical glass and metal condo towers, genetically engineered food…are we being dully indoctrinated into a meaningless and sterile eternity? All that anxiety melts away when there’s life-affirming, fascinating music to experience! Standing Wave’s spring concert Toward Chaos will feature Nicole Lizée’s award-winning Hitchcock Études, Edward Top’s arrangement of the thrash metal classic Angel of Death, along with seminal works by Phillip Glass and Bent Sorensen. We’ll also premiere a new work that will straddle the border of chaos and order by Alfredo Santa Ana!

VSO New Music Fest 2015


Composer Spotlight – Jennifer Butler

At Sunday’s concert, Standing Wave will be playing the premiere of a piece they commissioned from Vancouver’s Jennifer Butler. Jennifer has this to say about her new work, entitled Stolen Materials/Stolen Time.

The process for writing Stolen Materials/Stolen Time began with the deconstruction of children’s songs, and a desire to capture the dramatic emotional life of a young child.

As I worked with these ideas, I began to think about childhood more through the lens of the mother. Not surprising, as I most often sat composing with my new baby sleeping (however briefly) on my chest. By stealing materials from children’s songs and merging them with my own musical language, and the complex wave of emotions and thoughts that come with motherhood, I am placing familiar elements in new landscapes, borrowing memories from childhood and blending these memories into a more adult musical language.

The writer Elizabeth Gilbert recently tweeted, “Traditionally, women have always made their art out of stolen materials and stolen time.” This statement immediately resonated with me, and tied me to the timeless legacy of female artists who must steal moments of time in order to create, but do it anyways.

SW & JB hard at work

Composer Jennifer Butler joins Standing Wave as they rehearse her new work.


Time, Distance, Memory – Nov. 23 at Pyatt Hall

Sunday November 23, 2014 at 8pm

Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSOSchool of Music), Vancouver

$22.00 general / $17.00 students & seniors

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Christie Reside, flute • A-K Coope, clarinet  Rebecca Whitling, violin

Peggy Lee, cello  Allen Stiles, piano  Vern Griffiths, percussion


Time, Distance, Memory is a programme of music inspired by the far corners of the Earth and the farthest reaches of imagination and memory. Hot on the heels of their most successful season yet, Standing Wave will perform three iconic pieces of 20th Century chamber music, George Crumb’s Eleven Echoes of AutumnClaude Vivier’s Pulau Dewata, and Thomas Adès’ Catch.

The evening will feature the premiere of Stolen Materials/Stolen Time, by Vancouver’s Jennifer Butler, a composer whose music is known for its rich and resonant lyricism. Walking in Claude’s FootprintsJordan Nobles’ arrangement of Debussy’s Des pas sur la neige, will round out this programme of haunting, evocative chamber music.

Standing Wave is an ensemble of six exceptional musicians who perform contemporary music with virtuosity and style, cutting across musical landscapes with sharpness, wit and intelligence. The ensemble is equally comfortable performing complex chamber compositions, new music and works with electro-acoustics. Their adventurous programming and dynamic performances combine to capture listeners’ hearts and imaginations, placing Standing Wave at the forefront of Canada’s new music scene.

Since its formation in 1991, Standing Wave has presented an annual season of concerts in Vancouver, has toured across Canada, collaborated with Kokoro Dance, BalletBC, Redshift Society, Rumble Theatre, and Vancouver New Music Society. They’ve been featured as part of the PuSh Festival, Vancouver New Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, the Victoria Symphony’s New Currents Festival, Vancouver Pro Musica’s Sonic Boom Festival, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  In January, 2014, Standing Wave performed at the inaugural Vancouver Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival. Released in 2013, Standing Wave’s third album, Liquid States, was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards.


“It’s no cinch to accurately reproduce this dizzying beauty, but Vancouver’s most accomplished contemporary chamber music group did that, without even breaking a sweat.”

– Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through Direct Access to Charitable Gaming,  and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs.