Sonic Boom 2016: Standing Wave Workshop

Time: 10am - 2pm
Date: 2015 Nov 01
Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents:


with Composer-in-Residence Edward Top

Sunday November 1, 10am – 2pm
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music Teaching Studio, Room 4350
Participation fee, $20 (cash only, paid at the door)

Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to invite all BC composers to attend our workshop featuring Standing Wave, Ensemble-in-Residence for Sonic Boom 2016. It is the second in a series that we are presenting this season to help prepare composers for writing new works for the Sonic Boom Festival. Edward Top, our Composer-in-Residence, will be present to offer advice and lead the event.

Workshop Description

This workshop will serve as an opportunity for all BC composers to learn more about writing for Standing Wave Ensemble, which is comprised of six performers (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.) Participants will have the opportunity to interact freely with the presenters on any number of topics regarding their instruments and aspects of performance. Edward Top will compliment the performers’ perspectives by providing his insight as a composer.

There will be an opportunity to have brief sketches–up to 3 minutes of music–read by the performers. Standing Wave and Edward Top will also provide valuable feedback for sketches. If you are bringing a sketch, be sure to make copies for yourself and Edward Top, and have parts for each performer.

Note that there are a limited number of sketches that can be read during this event. To reserve a spot in this workshop and to indicate that you are planning to bring a sketch for performers to read, please fill in the form below. For more information on submitting pieces to Sonic Boom 2016, please visit our call for scores:

Please remember to bring your $20 participation fee to pay at the door.

Performer Biographies

Ensemble-in-Residence: Standing Wave

Made up of six of Vancouver’s most sought-after musical multi-taskers, Standing Wave is dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary chamber music by Canadian and International composers. The group’s six members—flutist Christie Reside, clarinettist Anne-Katherine Coope, violinist Rebecca Whitling, cellist Peggy Lee, pianist Allen Stiles, and percussionist Vern Griffiths—venture into a wide array of musical worlds with passion and assurance. From the intricate complexities of the music of Howard Bashaw and Chris Paul Harman, to the bold avant-garde jazz of Tony Wilson, and the anarchic electroacoustic imaginings of Giorgio Magnanensi, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 75 works in its 24 year history.

Since its formation in 1991, Standing Wave has presented an annual season of concerts in Vancouver, has toured across Canada, and been featured as part of the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Victoria Symphony’s New Currents Festival, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In 2014 & 2015, Standing Wave performed the opening concerts of the first & second VSO New Music Festivals. In 2011, Standing Wave was the ensemble in residence at Vancouver Pro Musica’s Sonic Boom Festival, and was featured over three nights at Vancouver’s International PuSh Festival, performing ALL, the ensemble’s multimedia collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Mina Shum. Standing Wave has released three CDs: Liquid States (2013), Redline (2007), and a self-titled recording (1991). The ensemble has been recorded many times for CBC Radio; the ensemble’s November 29, 2010 and May 31, 2011 concerts were each broadcast on CBC’s The Signal. Since 2003, Standing Wave has been an Ensemble in Residence at the UBC School of Music.

Edward Top

Acknowledged by Dutch newspaper NRC as “The Horror Composer” twenty years ago, Edward Top’s music since is finding a way out-of the pluralism of the postmodernist maze where he has replaced an ironic and contemptuous response to the grand narratives of modernism by a simpler tone of honesty and an economical use of material. Recurring motifs include the grotesque, sentimentality and the sublime. Top’s music is inspired by the symphonic tradition, Baroque forms, postminimalism, film noir, postrock, thrash metal, and the paintings of Hyronymus Bosch, James Ensor and Francisco Goya. His work often oscillates between different concepts using rich textures in detailed orchestrations.

Born in The Netherlands in 1972 Edward Top has lived and worked in London, Bangkok, and Rotterdam. With his wife and baby boy he now lives in Vancouver after recently completing a three-year term as Composer-in-Residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He studied composition with Peter-Jan Wagemans at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in The Netherlands where he also majored in violin. He later studied musicology at King’s College London. He has also worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Peter Eötvös and George Benjamin.

Besides his responsibilities as Head of Composition at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Top has received commissions from several ensembles including the Schoenberg Ensemble, Holland Symfonia, Calefax, Vocaal LAB, Doelen Ensemble, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, The Tempest Flute Ensemble and Standing Wave. His works have been performed by the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra and Peter Rundel, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble NOISE at San Diego New Music and the Formalist String Quartet in Los Angeles. The Doelen String Quartet has recorded his two quartets on CD.

Sonic Boom 2016 Timeline of Events for Standing Wave submissions

  • November 1 2015, 10am – 2pm: Workshop at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350.
  • December 11, 2015: Score submission deadline.
  • Mid-December 2015: Submitters notified of preliminary selection results.
  • January 9, 2016: Parts due.
  • January 17, 2016, 10am – 2pm: Reading session at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Music teaching studio, room 4350.
  • February 12, 2016: Revisions due.
  • Late February to Early March: Submitters notified of final selection results.
  • Sonic Boom 2016: March 17 – 20 at The Pyatt Hall, The Orpheum Annex and The Western Front