2019 Global Soundscapes Festival opens May 31st.

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s (VICO) presents the 2019 Global Soundscapes Festival from May 31st to June 13th. A celebration of the intersection of Canadian cultures with musical traditions from all over the world through the creation and performance of intercultural music. 

VICO Orchestra

This year’s Festival, themed Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves – celebrates Japanese & Canadian intercultural music.  VICO welcomes international guests Naomi Sato (sho), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Miyama Tokita-McQueen(koto), and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi). The guests will perform alongside other esteemed musicians, composers, and guest ensembles from BC’s vibrant contemporary classical and world music scenes.

Naomi Sato photo: Robin Wong

The Global Soundscapes Festival features eleven concerts, many free, taking place at the Waterfront Theatre, plus other Vancouver venues, with a special concert performance in Ucluelet, BC.  The festival presents a rich diversity of intercultural works, unique collaborations and world premieres. Featured concerts include “Debris”, a new mini-opera by Rita Uedainspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America, a special evening where the sounds and instruments of Japan mingle with those of India, a musical showcase co-presented with the Powell Street Festival Society, a gala evening featuring both world and Canadian premieres – and so much more!

Miyama McQueen-Tokita photo: Masanori Yoshie

From tradition to cutting edge innovation, the 2019 festival promises a stunning smorgasbord of sounds and rhythms with inspired connections across continents, cultures and centuries. 

 The Global Soundscapes Festival runs May 31 to June 13, 2019 at venue around Vancouver, plus Ucluelet. For full festival line-up and ticket details visit vi-co.org

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