Sunday April 5, 2009, 8pm
Roundhouse Performance Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific)
Tickets: $20/15 through Tickets Tonight (604 684 2787 / www.ticketstonight.ca)
“the hippest, sassiest, most savvy composer we have” – The Los Angeles Times
Hard Rubber Orchestra is celebrating the 70th birthday of iconic Dutch composer Louis Andriessen with this exciting multi-media concert. Andriessen is one of today’s most influential composers, a central figure in the international new music scene. Andriessen @ 70, a Vancouver festival celebrating the music and ideas of Louis Andriessen takes place April 3-8, 2009 (for complete festival info see www.musiconmain.ca).
As its contribution to the celebration, Hard Rubber Orchestra will present a lively multi-media program featuring Passeggiata in tram America e ritorno (with a film by Marijke van Warmerdam) and Andriessen’s score for the Peter Greenaway film, M is for Man, Music and Mozart. The Orchestra will perform the scores live to the two films. The program will feature Andriessen’s Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata as well as work by Hard Rubber New Music’s artistic director, John Korsrud. Korsrud studied with Andriessen at the Royal Dutch Institute from 1995-1997. Guest artists and leading performers of Andriessen’s repertoire, vocalist Cristina Zavalloni (Italy) and violinist Monica Germino (Netherlands), will perform with the Orchestra.
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 and February 2009 Hard Rubber presented sold out performances of the three-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.”