Intercultural Music-Making

Event Details

Capilano University

Seeking visionary student composers for a workshop in Intercultural Music-Making in Contemporary Society! The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) is pleased to be offering a workshop series at Capilano University in February 2013, offering participants a rare hands-on opportunity to learn about the art of composing intercultural music.

Working with VICO musicians who are practitioners of a variety of world music traditions, this innovative educational program was launched by the VICO in 2009 and has since been offered yearly at various institutions including Seycove Secondary School and the University of British Columbia.

VICO IN THE SCHOOLS: Capilano University Edition 2013 Intercultural Music Making in Contemporary Society

Session #1:
Introductions Feb 2, 2013 at 2pm, Room 113, Capilano University

Workshop leaders Mark Armanini and Farshid Samandari and the VICO musicians listed below will introduce students to a selection of non-Western instruments (pipa, erhu, tar and kamanche), providing an overview of the musical traditions with which they are associated. Artists and students will discuss the specific challenges and techniques associated with composing intercultural music that truly reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, on the North Shore and throughout the Lower Mainland. The workshop leaders will present some of the practical strategies and solutions that the VICO has tried and tested in creating this type of music. Students will be encouraged to go away and compose small ensemble pieces for the instruments in question.

Session #2:
Workshop with composers Mark Armanini and Farshid Samandari

Session #3:
Rehearsal/reading of new works-in-progress with VICO musicians & composers. These sessions will take place in February and March 2013, and will not be open to the public. Participants’ new compositions will be read/performed in a workshop format by the VICO musicians, who will provide constructive critique. Students will learn from hearing critiques of others’ work in addition to their own, and from the ensuing discussion of how to address the feedback effectively.

Session #4:
Public performance March 30, 2013 – time & venue TBA Capilano University. The revised student compositions will receive their public premiere, performed by the VICO musicians. Note to potential participants: previous experience with intercultural music or non-Western instruments is not required; the program is designed to be accessible to students who are new to this type of composition, and/or to the instruments involved.

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