Global Soundscapes - Notes from the Araxes Basin

Global Soundscapes - Notes from the Araxes Basin
Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:30 pm to Sunday, February 21, 2016, 5:00 pm

Event: Global Soundscapes: Notes from the Araxes Basin 
Genre: New Music 
Demonstration: February 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Concert: February 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. 
Workshop: February 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. 
Venue: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Admission: Concert: $16/$11 in advance, $20/$15 at the door; all other events are by donation 
Tickets: or by calling 1-800-838-3006 
Open Space and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra have come together to present Global Soundscapes: Notes from the Araxes Basin a festival featuring presentations of traditional, contemporary and inter-cultural music of the Middle East and Canada. Notes From the Araxes Basin promises to be a great musical adventure, guaranteed to expand horizons and transcend borders. This festival has events in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Victoria. Victoria events include an instrument demonstration, a concert, and a workshop for composers. 
On February 19 at 7:30 p.m. special guests Gevorg Dabaghyan (duduk), Niel Golden (tabla), and Navid Goldrick (oud) will lead a conversation on inter-cultural music with live musical demonstrations.
Concert: On February 20 at 8 p.m., Victoria’s Emily Carr String Quartet will join Gevorg Dabaghyan (duduk), Neva Özgen (kemence) and Navid Goldrick (oud) to present a concert with music by contemporary Middle Eastern and Canadian composers. Featured composers: Ahmed Adnan Saygun (Turkey), Mohammad Taghi Massoudieh (Iran) and Vartapet Komitas (Armenia), as well as Mark Armanini, Rodney Sharman and Farshid Samandari. 
To close the Victoria events, on February 21 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a workshop for composers to write for tabla, duduk, and oud. Everyone is welcome to come hear this workshop. Composers interested in participating should visit 
About the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra 
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s mission is to act as a forum for the creation of a new musical art form, one in which all of Canada’s resident cultures can take part. Through composition, performance and educational outreach to both music professionals and the general public, the VICO serves as a voice for Canadian composers and musicians of diverse backgrounds, and fosters the creation of musical works that fuse and transcend cultural traditions. 
Since its formation, the VICO has commissioned and performed over 45 new intercultural pieces by respected, ground-breaking Canadian composers such as Elliot Weisgarber, Jin Zhang, Stephen Chatman, Mark Armanini, Rita Ueda, Farshid Samandari, Edward Henderson, Trichy Sankaran, Coat Cooke, Michael O’Neill, John Oliver, Grace Lee, Neil Weisensel, Joseph “Pepe” Danza, Moshe Denburg and Niel Golden. The ensemble performs major concerts (each featuring 15-25 musicians playing instruments from all over the world), in addition to presenting a free public educational series (Music of the Whole World), programs for elementary and high school students, professional development workshops for musicians and composers, and a variety of other events. We are proud to have had our work described as “music that sounds like Vancouver looks” (Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight) and “the United Nations of music” (CBC Radio), and to have received the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award in 2012.
SEEKING Sketches Short pieces fragments and Ideas for Workshop: Oud Duduk Tabla
Composers are encouraged to write short (under 5 minutes) sketches/pieces for traditional Middle Eastern instruments: Oud, improvised Duduk* (see notes below) and Tabla. Sketches may be scored for solo instruments, duets, or for the entire trio. The main goal of this workshop is to familiarize composers with these instruments and reduce communication barriers across different musical languages. During the reading session, sketches/pieces will be workshopped and read. Participating composers will be provided with a recording of the reading.
WRITING FOR Duduk: please write straightforward melodic lines for Duduk that can be improvised around and be willing to explor different ways of improvisation.
Register by emailing Christopher Reiche at with your name and intruments you intent to make sketches for.
This event is produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra.
Navid Goldrick, oud
Gevorg Dabaghyan, duduk (improvised, either guided or free)
Farshid Samandari, Composer in Residence (VICO)
Mark Armanini, Artistic Director (VICO)
Sunday February 21, 1:30 p.m. Location: Open Space. Each composer will have approximately 30 minutes with the ensemble.
Additional Information for Reading Session
Composers interested in having a piece read, must register prior to the event. Priority is given to the to registrants on a first come/first serve basis.
To register or for additional information please email