Vancouver New Music 2016-17 Concert Series and Festival



VNM 2016 Festival • Mechanical Music
13 – 15 October 2016; 8PM each night
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM each night
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor)

The 2016 Festival will present a varied selection of musicians and sound artists who have been focusing their efforts on developing both mechanical and algorithmic systems to generate sound works, compositions and installations. Featured performers include Canadian artists Adam Basanta, Peter Hannan and Camille Hesketh, Anne-Françoise Jacques, George Rahi, Jocelyn Robert, Kelly Ruth, and international artists Lucas Abela (Australia), Tristan Perich (NYC), Sabrina Schroeder (Canada/UK) and Koka Nikoladze (Norway).


Andrea Young: EXO/ENDO (Canada/US)
19 November 2016; 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor)

Andrea Young’s current work focuses on the dynamic relationship between voice and technology, where the act of utterance is the modulation between responding, self-monitoring and listening. With her ensemble EXO/ENDO, she will performs work by Ulrich Krieger, Erin Gee and John Mutter.

Nordic Voices (Norway)
18 February 2017; 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor)

Nordic Voices is a six-member a cappella group from Norway, who are steadily gaining international recognition and acclaim. This ethereal sounding ensemble returns to Vancouver with a new program of contemporary vocal works by leading Norwegian composers.

Talea Ensemble (NY)
11 March 2017; 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor)

Making its Vancouver debut, Talea Ensemble will present mainstay composers from its repertoire: Pierluigi Billone, Clemens Gadenstätter, and Olga Neuwirth, alongside a world premiere by young Canadian composer, Stefan Meyer. The centerpiece of the program is Billone’s Ebe und Anders, scored for solo trumpet and trombone with ensemble.

Mantra Percussion (NY)
8 April 2017; 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor)

After wowing Vancouver audiences with their performance of Michael Gordan’s Timber in 2013, VNM is thrilled to welcome Mantra Percussion back to Vancouver. Mantra will premiere new works by Canadian Paul Dolden (commissioned by VNM) and Tristan Perich, that were written especially for the ensemble.


25 September + 2 October 2016; 2–3:30PM
2 + 9 April, 2017; 2–3:30PM
Various outdoor locations TBA

VNM will again offer four Soundwalks in collaboration with the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective. On September 25, 2016 join Roxanne Nesbitt for Automation: Trains and Blades, a soundwalk inspired by this year’s festival theme, Mechanical Music. On October 2, 2016 join us for a special Culture Days soundwalk.

Terri Hron and Hildegard Westerkamp (Montreal/Vancouver)
New Work – world premiere
30 September 2016
Vancouver Community College Atrium (1155 East Broadway)

Recorder virtuoso Terri Hron returns to Vancouver to premiere a new work created in collaboration with Vancouver-based composer Hildegard Westerkamp.

Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (VEE)
Various dates and venues TBA

VEE will offer up free performances throughout the year, including a concert event at VCC in conjunction with VNM’s 2016 Festival, Mechanical Music.

One-Page Score Project with the Plastic Acid Orchestra (PAO) and VEE
Date and Venue TBA

Last year’s workshop was so much fun, we’re doing it again! Giorgio Magnanensi and PAO will work with a small group of participants from a range of musical, and non-musical backgrounds who will create their own one-page graphic scores. These will be workshopped and performed live by the orchestra. Registration info coming soon.


Presented by Plastic Acid Orchestra in association with VNM
Plastic Acid Orchestra with Veda Hille
10 September 2016; time TBA
Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street)

Vancouver’s most exciting new music orchestra, Plastic Acid Orchestra teams up with the inimitable Veda Hille for a special collaboration.


• Save 20% off of single ticket prices with a Concert Series Subscription ($112, includes one ticket to each of EXO/ENDO, Nordic Voices, Talea Ensemble, and Mantra Percussion) and Festival Pass ($60, includes admission for one to all three festival concerts, October 13 – 15, 2016)
• Single tickets for each concert range from $15 – $35 and are on sale September 1, 2016
• Concert Series Subscriptions, Festival Passes, and single tickets include taxes and venue surcharges.

Purchase Concert Series Subscriptions and Festival Passes at or 1.800.838.3006