HRO’s Tribute to the Great Kenny Wheeler

Hard Rubber New Music, Coastal Jazz & Blues and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs present

Tribute to the Great Kenny Wheeler

 John Korsrud’s 18-piece orchestra performs music of the great Kenny Wheeler
with the exciting world premiere of a commissioned work by Wheeler
Special guest soloists: Phil Dwyer, Mike Herriott

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8:30pm

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

149 W. Hastings Street, Tickets $25 General, $15 Students/Seniors

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On October 19, 2013 The Hard Rubber Orchestra will play an entire evening of music – including the premiere of a new commissioned work – by Jazz Legend Kenny Wheeler. Wheeler (b. Toronto, 1930) is one of the world’s best known jazz musicians and undeniably one of the greatest master composers for the jazz orchestra.

His compositions are hugely influential, often imitated, and unique to the world of jazz and large ensemble composition. At 83, Wheeler, who is presently a resident of London England, is no longer able to travel or perform but is still highly active as a composer. It is an unprecedented honour for us to play a commissioned work by one of history’s great composers for the jazz orchestra, especially from this period of his life and career.

Our special guest soloists for this tribute concert will be celebrated saxophonist Phil Dwyer and Toronto’s Mike Herriott on trumpet.  Guest conductor will be trombonist/ pianist Hugh Fraser, musical director for Wheeler’s jazz orchestra on the 2000 European tour marking the composer’s 70th birthday.

Formed by artistic director John Korsrud twenty-three 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

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