Hard Rubber Orchestra with Rene Lussier

HRO with René Lussier, Sun, Oct 1

Hard Rubber New Music and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs present

John Korsrud’s 18-piece jazz powerhouse


with special guest René Lussier (Québec)

plus opening ensemble featuring Lussier with JP Carter (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Paul Plimley (piano) & Dylan van der Schyff (drums)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8pm

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts)

149 West Hastings Street

Tickets $22 General, $12 Students/Seniors

Online tickets at sfuwoodwards.ca/events


René Lussier is back in Vancouver for the premiere of his new work We Will See and an exclusive performance with Hard Rubber Orchestra! The prime mover on Quebec’s creative music scene will join John Korsrud’s 18-piece jazz powerhouse at the SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Hard Rubber Orchestra will premiere Lussier’s new work as well as excerpts from “Le Vaisseau d’Or”, a piece the composer wrote for the Orchestra almost 20 years ago. The program will include an opening group of Vancouver’s world-class improvisers: cellist Peggy Lee, pianist Paul Plimley, drummer Dylan van der Schyff and JP Carter on trumpet and electronics.

Known for his quirky and humorous “Zappa-esque” style of composing, the Montreal-born Lussier is one of the leading figures of musique actuelle, a term that derives from a fusion of jazz, rock, classical and improvisation. The inventive musician has collaborated extensively with Fred Frith, Jean Derome, and is a co-founder of Ambiances Magnétiques, one of the largest and most active experimental music labels in Canada.

Formed by artistic director Korsrud in 1990, the Hard Rubber Orchestra has consistently been one of Canada’s most active and unpredictable ensembles of creative music. Over the past 25 years, the Society has produced both concerts and larger theatrical works including operas, avant ice shows, arts raves and commissioned more than 50 new works by composers Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Scott Good, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Michael Blake, Fred Stride, Hugh Fraser, Linda Bouchard, Howard Bashaw, Jean Derome and René Lussier among others. In 2017, Hard Rubber New Music Society will present RIOT in partnership with Electric Company Theatre and SFUW.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grants, the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ).