Sonic Boom Festival 2019: March 21-24

Time: 7:30pm
Date: 2019 Mar 24
Location: Orpheum Annex and Pyatt Hall

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Sonic Boom 2019

March 21-24, 2019

Pyatt Hall and the Orpheum Annex

A four day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians!

Composer in Residence: Rodney Sharman

Featured Artists: Aaron Graham and Julia Chien (percussion)

Ensemble in Residence: Turning Point Ensemble

Tickets: $15 Students, $20 General, $50 Festival Pass

Buy Tickets in Advance  on Brown Paper Tickets

Mixed Ensemble concerts 

Concert No. 1: March 21 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm (concert order)

Mohammad Motevaselan, Roch  

Ken Lin, Xiaoxue (Sunny She) violin; Thomas Beckman, viola; Laine Longton, cello

Matthieu Foresi, Menuetto and Fuga to the Phantom of the Castle

Nicole Linaksita, piano

Iván Flores, Oxygen

Ken Lin, violin; Michael Park, piano

Roan Shankaruk, Flowers on the Train

Julie Begg, clarinet; Ken Lin, violin; Michael Park, piano

Leslie Opatril, Rondette

Ken Lin, violin; Laine Longton, cello; Nicole Linaksita, piano

Alex Jang, momentary encounters (6)

Julie Begg, clarinet; Ken Lin, violin; Laine Longton, cello; Nicole Linaksita, piano

Goushi H.K. Yonekura, Kronos Gareki no Alias

Laine Longton, cello; Nicole Linaksita, piano

Lucas O’Brien, Quartet

Julie Begg, bass clarinet; Ken Lin, violin; Nicole Linaksita, piano; Katie Rife, vibraphone

Maggie Lu, Impromptu for Cello

Laine Longton, cello

Mark Armanini, Crossing the River

Song Run, erhu; Katie Rife, marimba

Francis Sadleir, Skyward

Julie Begg, clarinet

Diane Berry, Gaslight 1904

Julie Begg, clarinet; Laine Longton, cello

Zhimin Yu, Conversations

Zhongxi Wu, hulusi; Tim Chan, sheng; Song Yun, erhu; Zhimin Yu, ruan


Concert No. 2: March 22 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm (concert order)

Stefan Hintersteininger, Two Pieces for Woodwind Trio

Jeff Pelletier, flute; Julie Begg, clarinet; Danielle Marcinek, piano

Jonathan Weng, The Cold Winter Days

Jonathan Weng, piano

Will George, Songs of Experience

Will George, baritone; Michael Park, piano

Gary Sill, Orpheus Rising

Michael Park, piano

Adam Junk, Equale 🙂

Mark McGregor, flute; Jeff Pelletier, flute; Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Heather Beaty, flute

Danny Choi, Fantasia for Clarinet and Piano

Julie Begg, clarinet; Nicole Linaksita, piano

Jennifer Butler, Four Horses

Mark McGregor, flute; Dory Hayley, soprano; Adrian Verdejo, electric guitar

Michael R Trew, Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay Ferry

Justin Chiang, trombone

Nimus Dilasso, Quatuor for flute, clarinet, cello, guitar and double bass

Mark McGregor, flute; Julie Begg, clarinet; Laine Longton, cello; Adrian Verdejo, electric guitar; Meaghan Williams, double bass

Jeffrey Ryan, Shamhat, Unheard

Heather Pawsey, soprano

Featured Artists (Aaron Graham and Julia Chien)

Plus: Mixed Ensemble pieces

Concert: March 23 at Pyatt Hall at 7:30pm 

Kara Gibbs, Terra Nullius

Kamran Shahrokhi, A Midnight Mystery

Iván Salazar González, Humano Es for Marimba and Percussion Set

Jaelem Bhate, Lock and Key

Rodney Sharman, Everything is Vanishing

Leonard Gao, Passage

Duncan Maunders, Heptadecagon

Plus Mixed Ensemble pieces: (concert order)

Cheryl Olvera, into the mist (movements I & II)

Mark McGregor, flute; Fleur Sweetman, oboe; Julie Begg, bass clarinet; Thomas Beckman, viola; Aaron Graham, percussion

Mattheus Brown, Radiate

Mark McGregor, flute; Fleur Sweetman, oboe; Julie Begg, clarinet; Thomas Beckman, viola; Aaron Graham, percussion

Craig Day, Duo for Trumpet and Bassoon

Katherine Evans, trumpet; Carrie To, bassoon

About the 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. Aaron Graham’s Website

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.


Ensemble in Residence (Turning Point Ensemble)

Concert: March 24 at the Orpheum Annex at 7:30pm (Not in concert order)

Kelly Yixuan Wang, Bhava

John L Baker, Variations on an Original Theme

Aryan B. Boruah, The Parade of One Hundred Rats

Mark Marinic, Convergence

Nicholas Ryan Kelly, The Legend of Okanagan Lake

Qinglin Bruce Bai, 逐心Chasing Heart

Ali Nader Esfahani, The Life of a Star

Henry From, Cat Think

Réjean Marois, El reflejo del agua

Ron Lake, Nostalgie

Erica Regehr, blank ache

Ramsey Sadaka, 날개 (Nalgae)

About the Artists: 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.

Ensemble Members: 

Violins: Marc Destrubé and Mary Sokol Brown
Viola: Tawnya Popoff
Cello: Stefan Hintersteininger
Double Bass: David Brown
Flute and Personnel Manager: Brenda Fedoruk
Oboe and English Horn: Emma Ringrose
Clarinet and Bass Clarinet:  AK Coope
Bassoon: Ingrid Chiang
Horn: Steve Denroche
Trumpet: Katherine Evans
Trombone and Director of Education: Jeremy Berkman
Piano: Noel McRobbie
Percussion: Julia Chien
Harp:  Janelle Nadeau
Conductor and Artistic Director:  Owen Underhill

Student Composers masterclass 

Featuring:  Composer in Residence: Rodney Sharman and pianist Nicole Linaksita

 Martha Lou Henley classroom (VSO School of Music) March 24 at 10am

Pieces by Composers: Nannerl Hu, Nathelie Sam, Gabrielle Haslett, Benjamin Sigerson, Ramsey Sadaka

(Free Admission)