VISI and the Thin Edge, Somewhere Along the Line…

Photo by Carol Carson

ASL 2013 – Photo by Carol Carson

Mania! Everything is happening right now, today, this weekend…! VISI, the Vancouver International Song Institute, has had an incredibly exciting week – twelve new songs were hatched in the Art Song Laboooooorrrrrratory this week. I was part of ASL’s mentoring program and must say that the collaborations between the composers, the writers, and the performers this week created some pretty amazing new work!

Kevin McNeilly, one of the writers involved in this year’s ASL, has written three blog posts about the process – the first being an intro to the whole event, the second about writer Betsy Warland’s workshop, and the third about my (composition as collaboration) workshop.

Tonight, June 8 at 8pm, Living Song celebrates new art song from various North American composers, including world premiere of music by Lloyd Burritt and the Vancouver premiere of Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus, directed by Gayle Shay and performed by Robyn Drieger-Klassen and Terry Dawson. I heard the first half of Venus on Thursday and would love to hear the rest…

VISI continues its innovative programing Sunday June 9, with Antiphons, and Monday June 10, as the Contemporary Performance Studies artists make their VISI debuts at Songfire Festival – Songs of Our Time and Place. All three of these VISI concerts take place at the Roy Barnett Hall, UBC School of Music, 8pm.

Meanwhile, Toronto (my temporary habitat) is having a very exciting weekend for brand new music: I heard world premieres by Jason Doell, Saman Shahi and Fiona Ryan last night at the concert celebrating the culmination of CLC/CMC’s 2013 Emerging Composer Mentorship Project. Performers from Contact Contemporary Music presented this refreshing concert…

Tonight (June 8) at 8pm, the Thin Edge New Music Collective will present five world premieres at the Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity St. in Toronto’s Distillery District. Music by Molly Fishman, Sally Norris, Chris Thornborrow, Ryan Trew, and Huw Webb. And with that, I must run off to the concert!

Photo by Carol Carson

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