explorASIAN Festival Blog

Monday, June 2, 2008

NEW: Western New Music and Chinese Sensibilities - June 4 - 7pm

The Vancouver Public Library - 350 West Georgia
Alice Mackay room (lower level)
Free admission

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, join us for the fifth program in a six-part series produced by The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), that aims to shed new light on the art of intercultural music-making. John Oliver, a composer of tremendous experience and much renown in the 'new music' world, has been exploring inter-cultural music making for some years now. He will present a program, together with several of his Chinese musical ollaborators, delving into the ways of creating inter-cultural music with a modern compositional sensibility.

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra in collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library presents Music of the Whole World Explorations of World Music Cultures by Canadian Composers

A series highlighting the emerging art of intercultural music - Come enjoy an educational evening of music listening, appreciation, and live performance. Music of the Whole World is a free presentation of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) in collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library.

The aim of this six part series is to provide access to educational materials that deal with the art of intercultural music making. Whether you are a veteran composer, a beginning student of music, or simply a music lover wishing to learn more about the many musics of world and the bridges between them, this series is one you will not want to miss.

NEW: Delhi To Dublin - June 5 - 8pm

Asian Heritage Month comes to a stunning end in Richmond with internationally renowned local fusion band 'Delhi To Dublin' playing at the Richmond Cultural Centre. "Richmond is very lucky to be able to attract cutting edge intercultural music of this caliber," says Alan Hill, Cultural Diversity Coordinator.

Delhi To Dublin blends east and west, electronic and acoustic, mainstream and underground. The five member D2D crew takes listeners on a borderless trip through global sounds and synchronicities. The band fuses the traditional sounds of tabla, dhol, fiddle, and sitar with cutting edge DJ aesthetics, to create a highly charged multi-cultural dance celebration.

Originally formed for a one-shot performance during Vancouver's Celtic Fest in March of 2006, word of their foot stomping, high energy live set started to spread, and the project soon took a life of its own. Recently, D2D were invited to open the massive Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa where they collaborated with Irish and Indian dancers and the National Circus School. They have since played many of the West Coast Canadian festivals and are poised to take the act to a global level.

With the able help of global fusion pioneer Adamh Shakh, they've just finished production of their first full length CD. It's getting steady airplay nationwide on the CBC and RJ1200 and has been played recently on BBC's Bobby Friction and Nihal and on Pathaan's Musical Rickshaw.

Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Phone: 604-247-8300

For more information or to book tickets call 604- 247-8300.
Tickets are $15 each.