standing wave ensemble
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8pm at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street
$22.00 general / $17.00 students & seniors
Tickets through The Cultch box office • tickets.thecultch.com • 604.251.1363
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.
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.
“…fresh sounds that twist and surprise… Standing Wave is a vital contemporary voice with drop-dead ingenious musicians.”
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through Direct Access to Charitable Gaming, The Hamber Foundation and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs.