Spring 2015

issue # 121

Sound notes

The Passion and Curiosity of Barbara Hannigan

“An absolute stroke of luck for opera” is just one of the countless accolades Canadian-born, Amsterdam-based soprano Barbara Hannigan has received for her performances of both [...]

Read more » René van Peer »

James O’Callaghan’s Bodies-Soundings

First-place winner, Musicworks’ 2014 Electronic Music Composition contest

James O’Callaghan’s Bodies-Soundings, winner of Musicworks’ 2014 Electronic Music Composition contest, is a highly suspenseful acousmatic piece in which sounds are partially [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »

Shannon McKee's "The Copy Room"

First-place winner, Musicworks’ 2014 “Sonic Geography” Writing contest

As I step into the undersized side room of the middle-school office, I want to remove my high heels. I want to kneel on the thin, brown carpet and touch my forehead to the ugly floor. I want [...]

Read more » Shannon McKee »

Myk Freedman Makes Room for an Ensemble of One

Myk Freedman is best known as the lap-steel-wielding leader of the nonet St. Dirt Elementary School, whose idiosyncratically tuneful music (released on Rat Drifting and on Barnyard Records) is [...]

Read more » Nick Storring »


Jean Derome’s Reflections of Joy


Over the past four decades, Jean Derome’s musical interests have spanned everything from standards to skronk. He has composed graphic scores for large ensembles, created multimedia works for[...]

Read more » Lawrence Joseph »

The Mystical Instruments of Walter Smetak

In March 2014, I found myself facing the late Walter Smetak’s Pindorama, a seven-foot-two-inch-tall instrument installation comprising seven calabash gourds arranged in a diamond-like[...]

Read more » Neil Leonard »

Vancouver's Intercultural Music Scene


Intercultural music-making in British Columbia is nothing new. Gold seekers brought the violin to the province’s north in the 1890s, and their jigs and reels were quickly adapted by the region’s[...]

Read more » Alexander Varty »

Cris Derksen enhances her sonic adventure


Some musicians fall in love with an instrument at a very young age and never look back; others experiment with many different ones before they find the ideal match for their talents.[...]

Read more » Mary Dickie »