Sonic Boom 2020: About the Artists

Time: 11:59pm
Date: 2019 Dec 06
Location: online

Ensemble-in-Residence: Pacific Baroque Orchestra

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO), led by Music Director Alexander Weimann, is recognized as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative ensembles performing “early music for modern ears.” PBO brings the music of the past up to date by performing with cutting edge style and enthusiasm. As only one example, in the last two years, this chamber orchestra has performed in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual New Music Festival.

Formed in 1990, the orchestra quickly established itself as a force in Vancouver’s burgeoning music scene with the ongoing support of Early Music Vancouver (EMV). PBO is excited to work with Vancouver Pro Musica this year to continue to explore the adventurous combination of baroque instruments and baroque playing techniques with new 21st century acoustic compositions.

For this concert PBO will have available the following 6 instruments:

baroque oboe (1), doubling recorder (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor)
baroque violins (2)
baroque viola (1)
viola da gamba (1)
harpsichord (1)

No scores that include electronics will be considered for this Call.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra/EMV Website


Featured Artist: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano)

Hailed in the press as a “keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse” (Georgia Straight) and for her ability to take a piece “from notes on a page to a stunning work of art” (Victoria Times Colonist), pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States and Germany. Known for bold and innovative concerts, Rachel combines her warmth and curiosity to touch the hearts and minds of audiences, whether she is playing Beethoven and Schumann or Ligeti and Saariaho.


Composer-in-Residence: Jocelyn Morlock

JUNO® Award-winning composer Jocelyn Morlock’s music is hailed as “airy but rhythmic, tuneful but complex” with “uncanny yet toothsome beauty” (Georgia Straight.) Her music is recorded on 24CDs including Halcyon, and Cobalt, whose title track won the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Best Classical Composition. Morlock was the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Composer in Residence from 2014-2019. She had an unusually successful 2018, winning a JUNO, a Western Canadian Music Award, the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award (SOCAN), and the Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Music (CMC).

Jocelyn Morlock’s Website