Past Programs

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016, The Roundhouse

Standing Wave with special guest percussionist Ben Reimer, presents 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.

 

 

 

 


 

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Sunday October 18, 2015, Pyatt Hall

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.

 

 


 

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Toward Chaos

Sunday May 17, 2015, Pyatt Hall

A concert of contemporary chamber music infused by thrash metal, horror movies, and obsessive behaviour, Toward Chaos will feature Nicole Lizée’s shocking Hitchcock ÉtudesGordon 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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Time, Distance, Memory

Sunday November 23, 2014 at Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSOSchool of Music), Vancouver

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.

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STANDING WAVE – 1000 TIMES THIS

Sunday April 13, 2014, 8pm at Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSOSchool of Music), Vancouver

Is music rational? Is music intrinsically spiritual?

It’s Fact vs. Faith, Science vs. Sacredness, Sophistry vs. Sacristy, in Standing Wave’s upcoming concert, 1000 Times This, at Pyatt Hall on April 13, 2014.

In one corner, music of the rational Michael Oesterle, the science-fictional Nicole Lizée, and the nihilisticalIannis Xenakis; in the other corner, music of the heavenly Arvo Pärt, the transcendental John Coltrane, and the upward-gazing Joel Balzun.

Come and experience the knock-down, debate-provoking contemporary chamber music event of the season! Featuring world premieres of Emmy Noether, by internationally acclaimed Canadian composer Michael Oesterle, and On Tablets of Human Hearts, by up-and-coming Canadian composer Joel Balzun; as well as a new arrangement of John Coltrane’s music entitled Feuilles de Son, by Vancouver’s own master-improviser, clarinettist, and composer, and Standing Wave founding member, François Houle. Also featured will be Iannis Xenakis’ Plektó, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, and Nicole Lizée’s Sculptress.

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Standing-Wave-SRT-Postersong room tribute

a concert dedicated to the late great Tom Cone

Sunday October 27, 2013, 8pm at Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSOSchool of Music), Vancouver

On October 27 at Pyatt Hall in downtown Vancouver, join Standing Wave for our tribute to one of Vancouver’s hippest ongoing underground events, song room.  Created by Karen Matthews, Dave Pay, and the late, great writer, impresario, and philanthropist Tom Cone, song room evenings have been a collaborative testing ground for composers, writers, and musicians since 2005 – a salon for new song collaborations.  Our concert will feature song room suite, comprised of new works by four composer/writer teams, as well as the world premiere of Kati AgócsCrystallography, based on poetry by Christian Bök.  The 1972 Minimalist classic Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski with texts by Sam Melville, and Bradshaw Pack’s dreamy 2001 opus palladia, will round out the program.

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music by Kati Agócs, AK Coope, Peggy Lee, Bradshaw Pack, Frederic Rzewski and Leslie Uyeda

words by Peter Anderson, Christian Bök, Camille Gingras, Sam Melville and Rachel Rose

performed by Standing Wave with special guests John Arsenault, Andrew Braun, Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Veda Hille and Richard Newman, with a cameo appearance by Ron Samworth

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Vansterdam

Sunday April 21, 2013, 8pm at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Standing-Wave-Vansterdam-Poster-180From week-long rains to Bixi bikes to pot café culture, residents of Vancouver are often made aware of parallels between our city and the Dutch capital, Amsterdam.  These connections are especially evident in Vancouver’s musical community.  Vansterdam will explore the musical kinship that exists between Vancouver and the Netherlands.  This concert also celebrates the release of Liquid States, Standing Wave’s third CD of captivating contemporary Canadian chamber music featuring works by Jeffrey Ryan, Jocelyn Morlock, Rodney Sharman and Linda Bouchard.

The program will feature brand new works from two upstart BC composers who have been greatly influenced by the music and culture of the Netherlands.  Dutch – born Vancouver composer Edward Top‘s new piece, an Acoustic Panel commission, will touch on themes of violence and lost innocence , while Ladner native and graduate of the Netherlands’ Koninklijk Conservatorium, Justin Christensen‘s new work draws its inspiration from the films of French New Wave director and enfant terrible Jean-Luc Godard.  Putting these two new works in relief, the ensemble will put their stamp on Workers Union, Louis Andriessen’s 1975 classic work for ‘any loud sounding group of instruments’.   Internationally celebrated Dutch composer Robin de Raaff will be represented by his gorgeous and popular work Un Visage D’Emprunt, as will Vancouver’s own enfant terrible John Korsrud, who will contribute a new arrangement of his own piece Two Tastes of Den Haag, a tribute to his former teacher Louis Andriessen.

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 NORTHERN VISIONS 

Tuesday November 6, 2012, 8pm at the Cultch

Christie Reside, flute A-K Coope, clarinet Rebecca Whitling, violin • Peggy Lee, celloAllen Stiles, piano Vern Griffiths, percussionwith Isabelle Roland, viola

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The North, “that incredible tapestry of tundra and taiga country,” as Glenn Gould called it, holds a special fascination for many artists, composers, and musicians. On November 6, 2012, join Standing Wave, Vancouver’s intrepid new music sextet, on a circumpolar expedition through a vast, echoing landscape of music inspired by the physical and metaphorical aspects of the North.

The centerpiece of Northern Visions will be a new work by the Yukon’s Daniel Janke, who found a visual template for a beautifully acrobatic piece in the aerial display provided by flocks of small indigenous northern birds against the backdrop of a bleak northern landscape.

The ensemble will also perform renowned Alaskan composer John Luther Adams’ The Light Within, called a “shimmering spectrum of massive, merging harmonies” (Thomas May, Seattle Weekly), Swedish composer Fabian Svensson’s relentless, combative Two Sides, as well as The Age of Wire and String, by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin.  Standing Wave’s newest member, the spectacular flutist Christie Reside, will be featured in Kalais, by Icelandic composer Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson.  Standing Wave will also premiere a new arrangement by Marcus Goddard of Terry Riley’s minimalist classic Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight.

  “…fresh sounds that twist and surprise… Standing Wave is a vital contemporary voice with drop-dead ingenious musicians.”   Vancouver Sun

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Raven Tales

Sunday May 27, 2012, 8pm at The Cultch

Join Standing Wave, Vancouver’s cutting edge chamber ensemble and special guests The Git Hayetsk Dancers for an evening of music borne of myth, legend, and nature featuring the premiere of award-winning Vancouver composer Marcus Goddard’s Raven Tales, inspired by the work of renowned Nisga’a artist Mike Dangeli, and George Crumb’s classic Vox Balaenae, with visual design and masks by Dangeli. Also including works of Steven Mackey, Michael Colgrass and Paul Frehner, along with Olivier Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir, newly arranged by Jennifer Butler.

Standing Wave, in collaboration with Vancouver composer Marcus Goddard and First Nations artist Mike Dangeli, have created an evocative program combining dance, visual installations and new music. In First Nations culture, the raven holds a significant place, described alternately as a powerful creative force, a trickster, or a reflection of oneself. Goddard’s new work, Raven Tales draws on this history, musically exploring how the complexities of the raven’s character are echoed in the human world.

“…FRESH SOUNDS THAT TWIST AND SURPRISE… STANDING WAVE IS A VITAL CONTEMPORARY
VOICE WITH DROP-DEAD INGENIOUS MUSICIANS.”
Vancouver Sun

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Standing Wave & Barking Sphinx in collaboration with Random Elements: A Celebration of Iannis Xenakis present

XENAKINESIS!

Sunday, October 23, 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre

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Christie Reside, flute ♦ A-K Coope, clarinet ♦ Rebecca Whitling, violin
Peggy Lee, cello ♦ Allen Stiles, piano ♦ Vern Griffiths, percussion
Ron Samworth, guitar ♦ Dylan van der Schyff, drums
Special Guests: Reg Quiring, viola and John Korsrud, trumpet

On Sunday, October 23, Standing Wave, Vancouver’s leading contemporary chamber ensemble, and Talking Pictures, Vancouver’s cutting edge improvising ensemble, join forces for an evening of extreme music creation. The program will feature Iannis Xenakis’ classic chamber works Ikhoor, and Plekto, bookended by improvisatory explorations as well as premieres of new works by John Korsrud and Peggy Lee for the combined Talking Pictures and Standing Wave ensemble.

Ten years have passed since the death of Iannis Xenakis, (1922-2001) the Romanian-born, Greek composer who was arguably the most influential iconoclast of 20th Century Western music. During his lifetime Xenakis was an architect, a mathematician, a scholar of philosophy, Greek Classicism, atomic physics, and computer science, and a political exile, all of which informed his work as a composer.

Xenakinesis! is Standing Wave’s tribute to this musical revolutionary. Three works of Xenakis on the program, the unremittingly intense Ikhoor (1978), the gamelan-inspired Oophaa, and Plekto (1993), with its gestures jabbing out from a dense core of sound, exemplify what the Czech writer Milan Kundera wrote about Xenakis’ music in his 1981 essay “The Prophet of Insensibility”: “…a mass of sound which does not rise from the human heart, but which approaches us from the outside, like raindrops or the voice of wind.”

Taking Xenakis’ music and ideas as a point of departure, internationally acclaimed Vancouverites John Korsrud and Peggy Lee will compose works for the combined forces of Standing Wave and Talking Pictures which we will premiere on this concert. Improvised creations of members of both ensembles will round out the concert.

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The Standing Wave Society in collaboration with CBC Radio 2 presents

STANDING WAVE  LIVE AT CBC STUDIO ONE

Tuesday, May 31, 8pm at CBC Studio One

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A-K Coope, clarinet ♦ Rebecca Whitling, violin
Peggy Lee, cello ♦ Allen Stiles, piano ♦ Vern Griffiths, percussion

On May 31, at CBC Studio One, Standing Wave, Vancouver’s premiere contemporary chamber ensemble, presents a concert of 21st Century classics. Avant-garde chamber music inspired by Pop culture, industrial noise, Renaissance dance, and magical realist literature from five leading Canadian composers will comprise this riveting program. The programme will feature music by Canadian composers Rodney Sharman, Jeffrey Ryan, Jocelyn Morlock, Linda Bouchard, and Cameron Wilson, along with John Kastelic’s From the Crazy Place Outbroken, the Audience Choice from Standing Wave’s concert at the 2011 Sonic Boom Festival.

Revel in the intimacy of live, conductorless chamber music; thrill at the kineticism and immediacy of cutting edge contemporary sounds.

This special concert is being recorded by CBC Radio 2 for broadcast on The Signal with host Laurie Brown.

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SONIC BOOM FESTIVAL of new music

March 24 – 27, 2011

THE WESTERN FRONT

303 E 8TH AVE, VANCOUVER

Composer in Residence: R. Murray Schafer

Ensemble in Residence: Standing Wave

Featured Ensemble: Nu:Bc Collective

Guest Artist: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

Plenary Lecturer: Dr. Andrew Schloss

Tickets: $25 regular / $15 students, seniors and artists

Festival Pass: $60, Available at the door, cash only

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 24, 7:30PM – Lafayette String Quartet, other artists

Friday, March 25, 7:30PM – Standing Wave Ensemble

Saturday, March 26, 3:00PM-4:00PM – Dr. Andrew Schloss Plenary Lecture (Free)

Saturday, March 26, 7:30PM – Nu:BC Collective, Dr. Andrew Schloss, other artists

Sunday, March 27, 10AM-1PM – Student Composers’ Master Class (Free)

Sunday, March 27, 7:30PM – Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa


Terminal City Soundscape

Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Music on Main and CABINET Interdisciplinary Collaborations

January 23-25, 2011, 8pm

Heritage Hall, Main Street at East 15th

Discover the essential aesthetics that have come to define Vancouver musically. Through intercultural music and free improv, through the World Soundscape Project and a musical fascination with beauty, Vancouver’s leading composers, performers and musical thinkers have shown us how the local is universal.

Curated by Music on Main’s David Pay, Terminal City Soundscape focuses our ears–and eyes–on this idea. You’ll experience ALL, an immersive, interdisciplinary collaboration between award-winning filmmaker Mina Shum and Vancouver’s Standing Wave Ensemble, and hear Jocelyn Morlock’s transcendent Exaudi with musica intima and cellist Ariel Barnes. Other works include Hildegard Westerkamp’s Kits Beach Soundwalk and Barry Truax’s Riverrun alongside music by Veda Hille, Bramwell Tovey, Rodney Sharman, and many others.

“Music on Main … provides western Canada with one of the finest windows onto the post-classical scene” Gramophone Magazine

More info: musiconmain.capushfestival.ca


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Monday November 29, 2010, 8pm at The Cultch

On November 29, 2010 at The Cultch, experience the rush at the intersection of electronic and acoustic music. Standing Wave presents an intrepid programme of cutting edge chamber music by Canadian and International composers. Montreal’s Nicole Lizée will join the ensemble on vintage electronic instruments for the premiere of her new piece Sculptress, an homage to electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Lizée’s piece will be preceded by a screening of Kara Blake’s Genie Award-winning documentary portrait of Delia Derbyshire, The Delian Mode. The programme will also feature far-out sounds by Missy Mazzoli and Sean Varah, including the Canadian premiere of Mazzoli’s Still Life With Avalanche, as well as Structural Integrity, a new work by the Wave’s own Vern Griffiths. Join Standing Wave for this evening of bold new music exploration.

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Vancouver Special

Monday May 10, 2010 at The Cultch

Take 6 Vancouver composers from different backgrounds and disciplines. Ask each of them to write 2 minutes of music inspired by the city we all call home. Weave this raw material into one musical tapestry. Turn it over to award-winning Vancouver filmmaker Mina Shum. The result is ALL, Standing Wave’s musical and visual tribute to Vancouver, featuring music by Bramwell Tovey, Veda Hille, Ron Samworth, Alfredo Santa Ana, Brent Belke, and Martin Ritter.

The program also featured the premieres of a Renaissance-inspired work by Rodney Sharman and Giorgio Magnanensi’s electronica-inspired piece, aBK. Flutist Christie Reside joined the ensemble for a performance of Dorothy Chang’s Wind/Unwind, while guest percussionist Aaron McDonald and Standing Wave’s Vern Griffiths rocked the house with the Canadian premiere of Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Sex in the Kitchen.

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Too Strange…

Sunday October 11, 2009 at The Cultch

On Oct 11, 2009 at the Cultch, Standing Wave presented Too Strange….

Time is distorted, perspectives challenged; the familiar becomes foreign and the foreign familiar in this evening of musical magical realism. The group premiered new works by visionary Vancouver composer Jocelyn Morlock and Amsterdam’s famed improvisor/pianist/composer Achim Kaufmann. George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lo Spazio Inverso, Greg Newsome’s in medias res (commissioned and premiered by Standing Wave in 2005), and Jeffrey Cotton’s Meditation, Rhapsody, and Bacchanale were also featured in this concert programme.

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Dance : Music

Sunday May 31, 2009 at The Norman Rothstein Theatre

Dance_Music_posterOn Sunday May 31, 2009, Standing Wave presented the third installment of their Curator / Creator Series. Dance : Music, curated by accomplished composer Arne Eigenfeldt, celebrated Eigenfeldt’s role as one of the major compositional forces in both the Canadian electroacoustic and dance scenes.

This diverse programme of music for dance, featured Eigenfeldt’s Les Yeux Fermes with a remount of Serge Bennathan’s choreography for dancer Katherine Labelle and Flying Time/Armande, a collaboration while Bennathan was with Toronto’s Dancemakers, where Standing Wave performed with new synthesized accompaniment to the video projection of the original 1994 piece. Also featured were John Cage’s Bacchanale, with new choreography and performance by Rob Kitsos, a re-orchestration/ arrangement of dance music of the 1950’s by composer Cam Wilson, as well as that of the Renaissance by composer Rodney Sharman. The programme culminated with the premiere of Eigenfeldt’s new work, The Title of Your Book for Standing Wave and 2 dancers.


Shapeshifters

Tuesday March 31, 2009 at The Western Front

StandingWave_shapeshifters_e-flyerShapeshifters, 21st Century music that morphs through time, space, and genre.  In this programme, Standing Wave, Vancouver’s cutting edge chamber ensemble, presented Tristan Murail’s sparse and ethereal Feuilles à Travers les Cloches and Linda Bouchard’s densely mechanical Liquid States. Also featured were the Canadian premieres of Kati AgócsImmutable Dreams and Kaija Saariaho’s Serenatas; Jocelyn Morlock’s marginalia, her tribute to Vancouver’s legendary artistic shapeshifter Roy Kiyooka; as well a new work by Vancouver guitar hero Ford Pier.

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One Tree, Many Branches

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Thursday May 15, 2008 at The Roundhouse Performance Centre

On May 15 2008, Standing Wave presented the second in their Creator/Curator Series, One Tree, Many Branches, the brainchild of local composer Jeffrey Ryan. Ryan curated a diverse programme that features the Canadian premieres of Sprint by American composer Rob Smith, Timelessly This by Irish composer Ian Wilson, and pieces by two Canadian composers, Alexina Louie (Cadenzas) and Kelly-Marie Murphy (Memory, distance and no time for dances). The concert also included Ryan’s own Bellatrix, Timepieces, Chemistry and the world premiere of Burn.

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teatro dell’udito (theatre for the ears)

Sunday December 9, 2007 at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre

standing wave_teatro_ecardOn December 9, 2007, Standing Wave and guest artists Giorgio Magnanensi (conductor/live electronics), Veda Hille (piano/vocals), Steve Wright (guitar) and Kedrick James (sound poetry) presented teatro dell’udito, the first installment in their Creator/Curator Series. Not simply a concert, but an event in itself, this was indeed “theatre for the ears.” teatro dell’udito featured works curated and composed by Giorgio Magnanensi. The focal point of the evening was the premiere of his piece ethuiá VII, which explored concepts of gesture and figure in a musical context structured to enhance the virtuosity of the performers. Magnanensi worked in collaboration with the members of Standing Wave to allow each musician’s personal reaction to his music a chance to shine forth. The concert programme included compositions by a wide variety of composers, each of which embody and reinforce a sense of movement and space and enhance cultural and poetic links among diverse styles of contemporary idioms.  The evening featured excerpts and sonic collages, performed in seamless continuity, of works by a multitude of 20th century icons from Gustav Mahler to Neil Young, to contemporary composers such as Monaural and Aki Tsuyuko.

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STANDING WAVE in Concert

Sunday February 18, 2007 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre

SW_in concert_Feb18_eposterOn February 18, 2007, Standing Wave presented a program of dynamic, dramatic and virtuosic works. Hornby Island-based Tony Wilson is known as the “king of Canadian avant-garde guitar.” John Cage is generally regarded as one of the most important composers of his era. Thomas Adès is an innovative young British composer who has become a “hit” on the European contemporary music scene. Zack Browning’s Impact Addiction has received worldwide recognition. Luciernagas (Fireflies) by Mexican-born Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has been described as “a hard-driving quintet … practically burst with energy, its quick, darting melodies punctuated by tense, breath-holding solo trills [and] a brilliant marimba solo.”

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STANDING WAVE in Concert

Sunday June 4, 2006 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre

SW_Jun4_e-posterIn this concert on June 4, 2006 the ensemble performed works commissioned by the group in recent seasons. The program included works by three talented and acclaimed Canadian composers — Bradshaw Pack, Howard Bashaw, and Chris Paul Harman – and by French composer Thierry Pécou.

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PALIMPSEST

Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3, 2005 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre

In Palimpsest, Bradshaw Pack composed, arranged, and curated a program inspired by Orpheus, a mythological figure of terrific wanderlust who represents timeless themes of love and death. Central to the myth and to the concert was music’s affective power, intensified to literal enchantment. Based on a transfigured version of Dal mio Permesso from Monteverdi’s opera LOrfeo, Palimpsest included selections and arrangements from Bach’s Musical Offering, Webern’s Bagatelles for String Quartet, and selections from Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. Inspired by the paintings of Rembrandt and Vermeer, Palimpsest recontextualized these works in a visual performance. The music is continuous and oratorio-like. The audience experiences in one sitting a great breadth of musical travel from period to period and style to style. Each piece was chosen because of its sheer enigmatic and transcendent beauty. The Standing Wave Ensemble was joined by soprano Phoebe MacRae, mezzo-soprano Viviane Houle, violinist Cameron Wilson, violist David Harding, bassist Eric Lee, and Ray Nurse on chitarone. Scenography by Andreas Kahre.


Standing Wave in Concert

Sunday March 20, 2005 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre

For Standing Wave’s second concert of their 2004-2005 season, the Ensemble premiered new commissioned work by Canadian composers Howard Bashaw (10M-5P-17M) and Greg Newsome (in medias res). The program also included Trio for clarinet, violin and piano by Paul Schoenfield, Adawura by Keith Hamel, an improv duo for cello and percussion and a piece from the ensembles’ extensive repertoire of Canadian and International works.


Standing Wave in Concert

Sunday October 17, 2004 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre

For Standing Wave’s first concert of their 2004-2005 season, the Ensemble premiered two new commissioned works, Liquid States by French Canadian Linda Bouchard and reflectere by Vancouverite James Maxwell. Also included in the program was Bradshaw Pack’s palladia, Jeffrey Ryan’s Elemental (Sonata for Violin and Percussion) and Thierry Pécou’s Quelqu’un parle au Tango.