HRO Concert – Howard Bashaw and Cameron Wilson

Hard Rubber New Music Society presents


In Concert with guest violinist Cameron Wilson

Performing new works by
Howard Bashaw and Cameron Wilson

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8pm
The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street
Tickets: $16/12 through Tickets Tonight (604 684 2787 /


The Hard Rubber Orchestra is one of Canada’s leading ensembles to commission new compositions from Canadian composers. On Saturday March 14, 2009 the 17-piece orchestra will premiere compositions by two of Canada’s most distinctive composers, Howard Bashaw and Cameron Wilson. Each has been commissioned to write a Concerto for violin and jazz orchestra. Uber-violinist and Vancouver string icon Wilson will perform as the violin soloist for both premieres.

These are two contrasting composers. Howard Bashaw is considered one of Canada’s top composers of concert music and is notorious for his energetic brash style. His concerto for Piano and Hard Rubber Orchestra was one of Hard Rubber’s most successful commissions to date and the group is excited to premiere another work by this composer.

Cameron Wilson is a talented composer who writes in a playful, highly entertaining style, often parodying pop songs performed in the styles of famous classical composers such as Strauss and Vivaldi. Wilson is a virtuoso violinist, a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Joe Trio among others. He’s been a member of the Hard Rubber Orchestra since 1992. This will be a fantastic evening of music featuring Wilson’s violin talents in what promises to be two brilliant new compositions.

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.”
Discorder Magazine