2019 Sonic Boom Composer-in-Residence: Rodney Sharman
Rodney Sharman is Composer-in-Residence of Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments”. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s New Music Festival, “Hear and Now”. In addition to concert music, Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He also sings, conducts, plays recorders and flutes. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Citadel & Compagnie (Toronto). He is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Website: www.rodneysharman.com
Photo credit: Belle Ancell
2019 Sonic Boom Featured Artists: Aaron Graham and Julia Chien
Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. His extensive and diverse background in the world of percussion has given him the privilege of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Vancouver Island and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, The Sound/Vision Chamber Ensemble, NuBc Collective, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, for which he served as principal percussionist, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has travelled across North and South America playing percussion and singing with critically acclaimed group Fifth On The Floor, whose 2013 LP ‘Ashes and Angels’ received worldwide recognition and reached #63 on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ charts. An active educator, his research and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and presented at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the BC Music Educator’s Conference, and the New Music Gathering. Aaron is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia, where he also teaches percussion courses.
Julia Chien Julia Chien is a percussionist from Burnaby, British Columbia. She currently holds the Principal Timpani position with the Kamloops Symphony. Julia performs extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra along with various ensembles within Vancouver, including Turning Point Ensemble and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
An advocate of new music, Julia has participated in the premieres of works including the Four Lands project with Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, as well as the Vancouver premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians as part of the Modulus Festival with Music on Main’s All Star Band. This Fall, Julia has the privilege of being featured as one of the musicians for Music on Main’s Emerge on Main 2019: Spotlight on Rising Musicians series.
As a member of NYO Canada for two years, Julia was able to work with esteemed conductors such as Michael Francis and Emmanuel Villaume. She can also be heard on recordings with the orchestra, performing major works such as Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Julia earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After spending some time in Toronto studying with Nexus Percussion member, Russell Hartenberger and principal percussionist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, John Rudolph, she continued her master’s degree in percussion performance at UBC under the tutelage of Aaron McDonald and Vern Griffiths.
2019 Sonic Boom Ensemble-in-Residence: Turning Point Ensemble
Founded in 2002 by its musician members, Turning Point Ensemble (TPE) is a large chamber ensemble (16 instrumentalists and conductor) with a mandate to increase the understanding and appreciation of music composed during the past hundred years. The mission and mandate of the Turning Point Ensemble is to present music across genres and time periods for large ensemble in innovative contexts: intersecting with multiple art forms, engaging diverse listening communities and enlivening local, national and international audiences. TPE presentations offer a symphonic palette with a chamber music sensibility. In addition to its concerts, tours and recordings, the ensemble has regularly mounted innovative interdisciplinary productions including operas, and collaborations with dance, theatre, visual art and moving image.
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