The third concert of 2018 Sonic Boom will begin with a performance by the festival’s Featured Artist, Michael Park. He is a pianist and composer with a keen interest in speech, humour, and improvisation. His aim is to give audiences an experience beyond the realm of traditional concert going.
For more than a decade, Michael has collaborated with dancers, choreographers, and companies including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Ballet BC. Taking inspiration from the movement style at hand, Michael has developed a fluency in improvisation that has been praised by dancers and teachers alike.
Michael is a passionate champion of new music. He’s performed dozens a of B.C. premieres as resident pianist with Vancouver’s Erato Ensemble, and supported the creation of more than 70 world premieres as founder and co-director of Art Song Lab, an innovative program that teams composers, poets, and world-class performers.
Michael’s own compositions have been performed in Vancouver at the Queer Arts Festival, Music on Main, Songfire Festival of Song, the VSO’s Jean Coulthard Reading Session, and Sonic Boom Music Festival. His music has also been performed across North America, with notable premieres in Winnipeg, Boston, and New York.
Róisín Adams: MavericKing
Angelique Po: Maligne Lake
Kristy Farkas: The continuum of something-nothing
Nolan Krell: Some of them were superstitious
Goushi H.K. Yonekura: Seasons
After an Intermission, this concert will continue with a programme of mixed ensembles featuring a wide variety of music written for one to four players featuring some of BC’s finest composers as they combine instruments in beautiful and interesting ways, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians.
Ben Wylie: Acousmonium II
Ben Wylie – melodica and (hacked) electronics
Walker Williams: Appalachian Sketchbook
I. Black Mountain
II. The Moon
Martina Govednik – voice; Michael Park – piano
Aaron Graham: The Comfort in Being Sad
Aaron Graham – percussion
Carolyn Quick: Not I Alone
I. The Song Maker – Sara Teasdale (1911)
II. I Took my Power in my Hand – Emily Dickinson (1891)
III. Into the Night – Carolyn Quick (2016)
IV. Sympathy – Emma Lazarus (1889)
Katie Rife – percussion; Albertina Chan – harp; Dory Hayley –voice; Michael Park – piano
Mark Armanini: Shan Ju Qiu Ming Gu Xiang Ji Si
I. San Ju iu Ming: An Autumn Evening in the Mountains
II. Gu Xiang Ji Si: Passing the Incense Temple
Willy Miles-Grenzberg – voice; Song Yun- erhu; Qiu Xia He –pipa; Jenny Lu-narration
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St., Vancouver BC)
$20 General, $15 for Students/Seniors/Artists
Festival Pass (entrance to all 4 concerts) is $50
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