HRO – Brad Turner, John Korsrud & Bill Runge

 Hard Rubber New Music Society & Coastal Jazz & Blues Society present


Performing work by

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 8pm
Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables
Tickets: $16/12 through Ticketmaster (604 280 3311/


The 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, comprises Vancouver’s finest jazz, classical and improvising musicians. This concert on May 11 takes a break from the spectacular multi-media shows that Hard Rubber New Music Society has presented in recent months and focuses on the amazing jazz music on which their solid reputation is based. The Orchestra will perform tunes by local jazz greats Brad Turner, Bill Runge, and John Korsrud.

Brad Turner, considered to be one of Canada’s greatest jazz stars, is a virtuoso trumpet player and pianist who has released CDs featuring him on both instruments, and is also an excellent drummer and a prolific and original composer. He has won The National Jazz Award’s “Composer of the Year” twice, as well as landing The National Jazz Award’s “Jazz Trumpeter of the Year” award. Brad was named “Musician of the Year” at the 2005 National Jazz Awards.

John Korsrud has composed for film, dance, theatre and even for Mario Bros. video games. Korsrud’s commissions include works for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony’s New Music Festival and the CBC Radio Orchestra, and Amsterdam ensembles such as Loos and Combustion Chamber. Korsrud’s score for television, Heroines (2002), won him a Leo Award, a Golden Sheaf Award and a Gemini Nomination.

Bill Runge has been a successful performer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator for over 30 years. A multi-instrumentalist, he has performed and recorded on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, electric and string bass, piano and other keyboards, guitar, pennywhistle, and accordion.

The Hard Rubber Orchestra, formed by composer and trumpet player John Korsrud, performs music influenced by jazz, pop, world, contemporary classical, and improvised music. Since its debut in 1990 the Hard Rubber Orchestra has toured to Europe and across Canada including concerts at the BIMhuis in Amsterdam and the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec.
Described by the Georgia Straight as the “Godzilla of the Vancouver jazz scene, a big, goofy monster that stomps through complex charts with the swagger of big swing band and the heat of a thermonuclear explosion,” the Hard Rubber Orchestra has commissioned many of the finest composers from Vancouver and across Canada, including Brad Turner, Fred Stride, Hugh Fraser, Peter Hannan, Paul Dolden, Tony Wilson, Bill Clark and Montreal’s Jean Derome and René Lussier. In March 2008 Hard Rubber presented the two-night multi-media extravaganza Drum & Light Festival, with a groove orchestra, dancers and eye-popping visuals.

“Hard Rubber is, no question, consistently the best Vancouver band event you can see.”
Discorder Magazine