Hard Rubber Plays Mahavishnu


John Korsrud’s 18-piece jazz powerhouse, plays the music of the famed Mahavishnu Orchestra

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8pm
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
SFU Woodward’s ● 149 W.Hastings Street

Tickets $25 General, $15 Students/Seniors

Buy tickets at  www.brownpapertickets.ca

For more info phone 604.683.8240

On April 14, 2012 Hard Rubber Orchestra, John Korsrud’s 18-piece jazz powerhouse, plays the music of the famed Mahavishnu Orchestra. In the early 70’s, this five-piece unit, lead by guitarist John McLaughlin, blew minds and drew a cult following with their ground-breaking fusion of jazz, Indian ragas and high volume rock n roll. Hard Rubber will perform original arrangements by John Korsrud, Fred Stride, Bill Runge and others, with guests; drummer Randall Stoll, and Chris Gestrin on keyboards, along with the 18-piece orchestra. Come and see the Mahavishnu Orchestra re-visited and re-imagined by Vancouver’s one and only Hard Rubber Orchestra.

Formed by artistic director John Korsrud twenty years ago, the Hard Rubber Orchestra has consistently been Canada’s most active and unpredictable ensembles of creative music, presenting concerts of original music by some of Canada’s most exciting composers, performed by Vancouver’s finest musicians. They have toured across Canada several times and to Europe, released 2 CDs, and have produced operas, TV specials, ice shows and raves. They are the recipients of the 2005 Alcan Arts Award, the largest arts award for creation in Canada.

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 Scott Good, Linda Bouchard, Ian McDougall, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Michael Blake, Fred Stride, Hugh Fraser, Peter Hannan, Howard Bashaw and Montreal’s Jean Derome and René Lussier.

The performance was one of the most exhilarating I’ve been to in ages. I’ve rarely encountered such a magical combination of terrific musicians exploring well-crafted new repertoire with wit and intelligence. The sheer energy and commitment that went into the event was staggering . . . it was one of the most impressive musical events I’ve experienced in Vancouver in several years.”

– Denise Ball, Producer, CBC Radio

Media contact: Koralee at Diane Kadota Arts Management
604.683.8240 / koralee@dkam.ca

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of BC through Direct Access to Charitable Gaming, and the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services.