VICO and Open Space present Erica Roozendaal: New Music for Accordion

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:00 pm

On Saturday June 24, Open Space, in collaboration with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), welcomes accordionist Erica Roozendaal. Joining us here from the Netherlands, Erica will perform a concert featuring music written by composers from Canada and Scandinavia. Vancouverite Mark McGregor will be accompanying Erica on flute. The concerts will feature compositions by Juliet Kiri Palmer, Erkki Jokinen and Bent Sørensen and include a world premiere by Farshid Samandari.
“It is always fantastic collaborating with VICO. They bring world class artists to the West Coast who work to find intersections between music from their country and Canadian music. Erica’s concert will be no exception,” says Christopher Reiche Boucher, Open Space’s New Music Curator. “She will perform music from Canada and Scandinavia as well as showcasing what the accordion is capable of in a contemporary context.”

Friday, November 25, 2016, 8:00 pm

Suzanne Snizek

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:00 pm

Flutist and University of Victoria Assistant Professor of Music, Suzanne Snizek, will present a concert featuring diverse solo flute works, written by composers (Flothuis, Gál, Rozsa) who had been suppressed by the Third Reich for ideological reasons. Also included in this concert is a newly commissioned solo by Canadian composer Farshid Samandari. Samandari's new solo work is inspired by poetry by Primo Levi as well as Samandari’s life experiences. These works will be the focus of Snizek's artist residency at the Banff Centre (AB)during September and October 2016.

Gamelan Alligator Joy: New Works for Gamelan. June 6, 7p.m.

Friday, June 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

Genre: New music
Admission: $15 general, $10 students/seniors/members
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Victoria — On Friday, June 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., Gamelan Alligator Joy will present a concert of new works for gamelan at Open Space.
Gamelan Alligator Joy, the chamber ensemble incarnation of Gamelan Madu Sari, returns after a one-year hiatus with a varied new program of works, “Branching Out, Branching In,” composed by four members of the group and well-known guest composers John Oliver and Jon Siddall.

Kafka Fragments: Stacie Dunlop and Andrea Neumann

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:15 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 7:15 p.m.
Soprano Stacie Dunlop and violinist Andrea Neumann will present a concert of György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments. This work consists of forty miniatures with text drawn from the diaries, letters, and notebooks of Franz Kafka. Ranging in length from a few seconds to several minutes, these fragments give us a glimpse of Kafka’s many faces. This cycle aims to show the connection Kurtág felt with the existential alienation that Kafka expressed about his own life. Come hear this sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous masterpiece of contemporary music.
“What happened in last [. . .] night’s performance was extraordinary and Ms. Dunlop and Ms. Neumann achieved the highest artistic success with these works.” – Calgary Herald, about a recent performance of Kafka Fragments

Allison Cameron In Concert

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

Victoria — On Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., musician and composer Allison Cameron will present a solo concert of improvised and composed works. Drawing from a mixed bag of instruments, Cameron’s music is both eclectic and innovative. Her concerts have been known to include (but are not limited to) keyboards, Honeytone mini amplifiers, ukulele, banjo, radios, a desktop theremin, drums, drum machines, crackle box-synth, cassette tapes, miscellaneous objects, and toys amplified with a variety of contact mics and a variety of guitar pedals. Come see what Cameron has in store for Victoria. This is a concert not to miss.

Mark McGregor: The Flute

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:30 pm

Mark McGregor will present the range of possibilities of that magnificent instrument we call the flute. Along with standard playing techniques, McGregor will demonstrate some of the more exotic capabilities of the instrument. Using excerpts from the repertoire, McGregor will demonstrate a number of the flute’s extended performance techniques, resulting in sounds that you may have never thought possible from such a humble instrument. This demonstration will include such evocative techniques as the “tongue ram” and “jet whistle,” as well as “key slaps” and “multiphonics.”
This presentation will benefit composers who want to explore some of the alternative uses of flute in contemporary music, flute players who want to expand their understanding of the possibility of their instrument, and members of the general public who have an interest and curiosity about music and the flute.

Andrea Young Performs "Through the Window and the Wood"

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 1:00 pm

New music concert followed by Q&A with Andrea Young, Daniel Brandes, Benjamin Brandes
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, starting at 1:00 p.m, composer/performer Andrea Young will premiere Through the Window and the Wood by Victoria composer Daniel Brandes with text by poet Benjamin Brandes. Throughout this hyper-minimal and transparent work for voice and live electronics, audience members will be invited to sit or lie down, quietly wander about the gallery, coming and going as they please. The entire performance will last 2hr40min, after which there will be a short Q&A with Andrea Young, Daniel Brandes, and Benjamin Brandes.
To celebrate the premiere of Through the Window and the Wood, a limited edition volume of Benjamin’s poetry (which includes a digital download of Through the Window and the Wood) will be available. 

Victoria Score Reading Club and Vocal Works of Odeya Nini

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, starting at 7:00 p.m., Open Space will host the first Victoria Score Reading Club of 2014 with composer Mitch Renaud, who will be presenting Gradients of Detail (2005–6) for string quartet by Chiyoko Szlavnics. Following Renaud’s presentation, we will be breaking with Score Reading Club tradition and Los Angeles composer/vocalist Odeya Nini will present some of her own works and insights to her compositional and improvisational practice.

Ethos Collective

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

Artists: Samantha Fu, Stefan Hintersteininger, Kathryn Emiko Lee, Chris Morano, Katie Rife, Timothy Van Cleave
On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Vancouver’s Ethos Collective returns to Open Space for a concert of music primarily notated as graphic scores. In conjunction with the exhibition Concrete Scores, the works performed will often look more like drawings than traditional musical notation. This concert will include Canadian composers who have been exploring this form of notation as well as improvisations by the Ethos Collective.
Concrete Scores is an exhibit exploring the interactions between media. This concert will include a reading of the visual art as a musical score.
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