By Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight 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 composers worldwide. And it’s not like the two are offering lavish commissioning fees, either. “We wish we could!” Hamm […]
Congratulations to UBC Music’s Corey Hamm for his Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year for The People United Will Never Be Defeated! available on RedShift records. The WCMA awards were given out, Sunday, October 5 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Links: Western Canadian Music Awards
Congratulations to UBC DMA candidate Bogdan Dulu. Bogdan is the newest pianist added to Debut Atlantic’s roster and will be touring Atlantic Canada during the 2015/2016 concert season. Debut Atlantic is a dynamic classical music touring organizations with such distinguished alumni as Dang Thai Son, John Kimura Parker, Angela Hewitt, Louis Lortie, as well as UBC […]
For Robyn McCorquodale, a journey of 22 years began in Borneo. At the time, January 1992, McCorquodale was a lounge pianist/singer who had just left UBC and was being booked all over the world. Her agent had her booked to play a month in Brunei, a tiny country within Borneo, the third-largest island in the […]
By Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, Georgia Straight Nicole Ge Li claims that she didn’t choose the erhu. Instead, the erhu chose her. “My mom’s a singer, so she was the first one to introduce me to music,” the 28-year-old virtuoso explains in a telephone interview from her Richmond home. “But not particularly Chinese music until I got […]
UBC Professor Sara Davis Buechner’s concert with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax (November 6) is listed as a piano performance to see this season according to CBC Music’s Classical blog. Links: For more information on Professor Buecher’s concert in Halifax, visit www.symphonynovascotia.ca.
Performances offer sneak peak at future Operas and Arias Monday (again Sept. 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) | Bard on the Beach Tickets: $35 – $47 ($27 students) at bardonthebeach.org The University of British Columbia opera program, directed by Nancy Hermiston, is a magnet for young singers, a professional training ground based in real, […]
With the premiere a few weeks ago of the Stokes/Atwood collaboration Pauline and the building hype about Weisensel and Koyczan’s forthcoming Stickboy, the Vancouver opera scene is on a roll. Although we will have to wait for it until next year, another new work is underway: the comic opera Choir Practice by the team — […]
Triple Forte is a piano trio consisting of pianist David Jalbert, violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Yegor Dyachkov. Each is well known to and esteemed by Ottawa chamber music audiences, so it was interesting to hear how well they play together. Their first offering was Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, one of the glories of the repertoire. […]
UBC Music alumnus Iman Habibi (MMus’10 composition) wins 2nd Prize (Fiction category) at the SOCAN Foundation Awards for A-V Composers for his soundtrack for ZYRA – A Short Dance Film! This is Iman’s third win at the SOCAN foundation awards. Albertina Chan, and Janna Sailor (Cordei) performed of his piece. The SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers recognize Canadian […]
The UBC Opera Ensemble is more relevant than ever, thanks largely to a strong vision Anyone who thinks opera is a dusty anachronism needs to listen up: the UBC Opera Ensemble is thriving, with students performing on stages around the world. Much of that success stems from UBC Opera Director Nancy Hermiston’s belief that stars […]
The UBC Laptop Orchestra, led by Professor Robert Pritchard, code their own computer instruments or audio/video processes. Those systems are then controlled through gesture tracking of traditional instruments, dance, piano or string performance, or by using webcams, Kinects, Wiis, accelerometers, game controls, custom circuits, Arduinos, iPhones, iPads, or other tablets.
At the University of British Columbia, Music Professor Robert Pritchard is part of a team, led by Professor Sidney Fels, that have designed motion-sensing gloves that recognize their position in three-dimensional space and modulate an associated audible frequency. The right hand controls the basic sounds—an open hand creates vowels, closing it creates consonants while the pitch of […]
Composer Matthew Emery an early riser Matthew Emery pulls a stack of sheet music out of a leather case and unfolds it over the keyboard. “Last week, I came in with this mess of paper,” he says, his fingers wandering over the keys as he scans the page. On it are lines of music staffs, […]
Choral Music: The Road to Harmony and Peace. Hussein Janmohamed is a dynamic choral conductor, composer and community music educator. He has performed with some of Canada’s finest choirs including Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Laudate Singers, and the National Youth Choir of Canada. Hussein is recognized as a leader in choral music for community building, […]
From heroes and villains to laughter and heartache, opera offers timeless tales. For soprano Simone Osborne (DMPS ‘09), the universal stories that connect artists and audiences motivate her to perform, night after night. “Seeing and hearing these stories about real people and real emotions remind us that we’re all equal,” says Simone, who recently debuted […]