Hard Rubber Orchestra - Variety Show

HRO – Variety Show – Sat, May 27

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

John Korsrud’s 18-piece jazz powerhouse



plus special guests: Waxwing; saxophonist John Gross; and the 12-piece Riot Ensemble with visuals by Brian Johnson and others

Saturday, May 27, 2017 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

Hard Rubber New Music presents Variety Show, an eclectic evening of music on Saturday, May 27 featuring the 18-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, the 12-piece Riot Ensemble performing selections from Riot with visuals by Brian Johnson, Aram Coen and Sammy Chien; plus special guests – saxophonist John Gross and the trio Waxwing among others.

The high-energy 18-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, one of Canada’s most unpredictable ensembles, will perform works by John Korsrud and Ron Samworth, and by emerging composer Karl Wallace-Deering.

The 12-piece Riot Ensemble will play excerpts from Riot, a work-in-progress that merges video footage of the 2011 melee with high-energy music inspired by the chaos of that night. Driven by an investigation into mob mentality, privilege, culpability, and sports riots in North America, Riot seeks to immerse one in the incomprehensible. Riot is a multi-media work in progress featuring 12-musicians, composition by John Korsrud, and work by filmmaker Brian Johnson.

Waxwing is an original project of cellist Peggy Lee, saxophonist Jon Bentley and guitarist Tony Wilson. John Gross is an internationally renowned saxophonist recently moved to Vancouver from Portland.

Formed in 1990, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, one of Canada’s most active and unpredictable ensembles of new music and recipient of the 2005 Alcan Arts Award, has released 3 CDs, toured across Canada and to Europe, and produced large scale productions including Cantata for a King, and The Ice Age, a new music ice show. Riot is a work in progress to be presented as a full 60-minute production in 2019.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grant and the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services.