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That the blogosphere doesn’t quite know what to make of Battle Trance is obvious: the New York City saxophone quartet’s debut, Palace of Wind, has already garnered comparisons to...
Sonic Topographies A Vancouver New Music presentation. At the Orpheum Annex on Thursday, October 16. No remaining performances I’m not ashamed to say that I almost fell asleep...
That Corey Hamm and Nicole Ge Li are onto something is evident from the fact that their fledgling Piano and Erhu Project, aka PEP, has already attracted 43 tailor-made scores from...
Completed in 1924, Saint Joan is set during the time of the Hundred Years’ War, but it can easily be read as George Bernard Shaw’s response to the First World War. Carnage rules...
As protests go, it was a small one, but it saved lives—and now it’s inspiring art. Back in 1971, the trek from East Vancouver’s Raymur Place housing project to Seymour Elementary...
Saxophonist Joe Lovano and his wife, singer Judy Silvano, live in what he describes as “a little house in the trees”, an hour’s drive up the Hudson River from the jazz capital of...
Guitarist Aram Bajakian could have taken Vancouver by storm. Having moved to town at the tail end of a Diana Krall tour that found him playing soft-seaters around the globe, he...
Although classical virtuosos are generally well behaved, they’re not necessarily the most modest of souls. Still, it would take an unthinkable amount of chutzpah to call one’s...
They’re life partners as well as creative collaborators, but it’s not often that composer and media artist John Oswald and dancer-choreographer Holly Small get to work together....
Sonic Topographies, this year’s edition of Vancouver New Music’s annual festival, covers a lot of ground—yet it stays resolutely local at the same time, with vast aural vistas...

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