Standing Wave at the VSO New Music Festival

Don’t miss two very special concerts at this year’s VSO New Music Festival!

On Thursday, January 17, at Christ Church Cathedral (7:30pm) Standing Wave presents Deep Grooves:
From the playful to the profound, Deep Groove showcases the Standing Wave Ensemble in cutting edge music by six of today’s most forward-thinking composers: Indigenous Instruments by Steven Mackey (lauded by Gramophone for his “explosive and ethereal imagination”); Jared Miller’s Leviathan, evoking the oceanic depths inhabited by humpback whales; Stone’s Throw by VSO Composer-In-Residence Jocelyn Morlock, inspired by Ann Southam’s Glass Houses; Christopher Mayo’s Oh Come Now! There is a Beautiful Place!, an arrangement of Reinhold Glière’s Symphony 3 in B minor; Icelandic composer and electric guitarist Hafdís Bjarnadóttir’s Woodstock Revisited; and the world première of Marcus Goddard’s Pool of Lost Grooves. More info and tickets at

On Friday, January 18 at the Orpheum (7:30pm) Standing Wave’s percussionist Vern Griffiths will take centre stage with the VSO for the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s Perxploitation, a concerto written for Vern!

“Perxploitation is an imagined film genre where characters and scenes in cinema become percussion instruments and timekeepers whose sole purpose is to engage with a live percussion soloist. Some of these ghosts and icons are actual percussionists and drummers portrayed in film – but many are moments and beings that unexpectedly transform into instruments and interact with the soloist. Dedicated to soloist Vern Griffiths, percussionist extraordinaire and friend.” – Nicole Lizée

Don’t miss this virtuoso, multi-media concerto! Info and tickets at

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