Music & Sound Festival 2019
Showcase of SCA Student Works
April 3 & April 9 – 12, 2019
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Please join us for a festival of adventurous, eclectic, and experimental new works, performances, and sound installations by SCA students.
Wednesday April 3 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
Works for Mixed Ensemble
Tuesday April 9 | 8:00 pm | Studio D
Premiered by the SCA Ensemble in Residence: Stephanie Bell (flute), Liam Hockley (clarinet), Kristen Cooke (oboe), Aaron Graham (percussion), and Sarah Kwok (viola)
Works for Instrument & Electronics
Wednesday April 10 | 8:00 pm | Studio D
Featuring Vancouver flute virtuoso, Mark Takeshi McGregor
Works for Hybrid Performance
Thursday April 11 | 8:00 pm | Studio D
Incorporating instruments, objects, and electronics
Friday April 12 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | GCA Building
A raucous collection of pop-up performances and sound works throughout the building
Friday April 12 | 8:00 pm | Studio T
New 8-channel soundscape compositions by SFU students and Barry Truax in an immersive surround sound environment
FESTIVAL PASS: Students $14 | SFU Faculty / Staff / Alumni $20 | General / Adult $30
A minimal number of festival passes will be available to purchase in advance online. We will also have festival passes available for purchase in person at the box office up, to the start of the show on night two (April 10).
- Pass-holders will need to book their individual show tickets in person at the box office.
- Pass-holders are only guaranteed a seat at any single performance if they show up by 7:30pm in person at the box office on the day of the performance.
- Pass holders will not need to present a pass to redeem an individual performance ticket, we will have a list of pass-holder names at the box office.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Students $7 | Seniors $10 | SFU Faculty / Staff / Alumni $10 | General $15
A limited number of individual show "pre-sale" tickets will be available for purchase online in advance. Please note: if well "sell out" of advance tickets online for individual performances, there may still be tickets available at the door for those events.
Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
Stephanie Bell is a versatile and experienced flautist, and has played 2nd flute-piccolo in the Victoria Symphony since being offered the position in 2017. She is also an active performer of contemporary and classical music on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Stephanie has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony, the Lions Gate Sinfonia, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as with the New York-based Poulenc Trio on their 2016 West Coast tour. Before beginning her professional career in Victoria, Stephanie was a member of many professional training orchestras, including the National Academy Orchestra under Boris Brott (2011, 2013), Orchestre de la Francophonie (2012, 2016), the Orford Academy Orchestra (2014), and the Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles (2014-2016). Over the years, she has performed under the batons of Bramwell Tovey, Carl St Clair, H. Robert Reynolds, Boris Brott, Alain Trudel, Fabio Mastrangelo, and Dwight Bennett. Her strong interest in orchestral performance began in the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, under the baton of John Gomez.
Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician whose creative practice bridges the traditional repertoire of his instrument with the creation and promotion of new and experimental music. As an artist for whom “alternative or avant-garde approaches to his instrument are only part of the everyday tool kit” (Georgia Straight), Liam’s repertoire encompasses not only the major works for his instrument, but also the results of numerous collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works across a broad spectrum of aesthetics. Recent performances include premieres of new works by Ray Evanoff, Kimberley Manerkirar, Eva-Maria Houben, Stefan Maier, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michelle Lou, Horatiu Radulescu, and Jürg Frey. Liam has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.
Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. His extensive and diverse background in the world of percussion has given him the privilege of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Kamloops Symphony, Vancouver Island and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, The Sound/Vision Chamber Ensemble, NuBc Collective, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, for which he served as principal percussionist, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has travelled across North and South America playing percussion and singing with critically acclaimed group Fifth On The Floor, whose 2013 LP 'Ashes and Angels' received worldwide recognition and reached #63 on the 'Billboard Top 100' charts. He has performed at numerous festivals including multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, ISCM World Music Days, Boomslang, College Band Directors National Conference, Vancouver New Music, West Coast Composers Symposium, Moonrunners, Outlaw Showdown, and has been chosen as one of two featured artists at the 2019 Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver. Aaron has recordings on Centredisc, Black Country Rock, Long Island Recordings, Sneak Attack, and Wartime Studios record labels.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Sarah Kwok began her musical training at an early age and most recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UBC. An active freelancer, she performs with the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony and the Okanagan Symphony, and has played in concerts presented by the Chutzpah Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, and Music on Main. Sarah has also appeared with Turning Point Ensemble, Erato Ensemble, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and participated in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar and Tango for Musicians at Reed College. She is a member of the Elysian trio (viola, flute, and harp) as well as Dúo Mala Yunta, an Argentine tango ensemble.
Canadian oboist Kristen Cooke is a versatile performer currently based in Vancouver. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in Oboe Performance at the University of British Columbia. Kristen is in demand as an orchestral musician, including frequent concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, and Vancouver Island Symphony. Her orchestral training has included summers with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the National Academy Orchestra, the Orford Orchestra, and the Atlantic Music Festival. In 2017, she performed a solo tour of England and Scotland as the Royal Over-Seas League 'British Columbia Emerging Musician' including recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and St-Martin-in-the-Fields. In 2018, she performed the Canadian premiere of Dorothy Chang's solo oboe work, 'Still', at the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music. She is an advocate of creative programming, comfortable with both classical standards and the contemporary music of today.
Mark Takeshi McGregor is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading interpreters of classical and contemporary music. As a soloist, chamber musician, improvisor, interdisciplinary artist, and as flutist of the internationally lauded Aventa Ensemble, McGregor has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Israel, and Australasia, including appearances at Festival Montréal-Nouvelles Musique, Music Gallery (Toronto), Vancouver New Music Festival, Modulus Festival (Music on Main, Vancouver), New Works Calgary, Athelas New Music Festival (Copenhagen), the Internationale A•DEvantgarde-Festival (Munich), the Melos-Ethos International Festival of Contemporary Music (Bratislava), and Núcleo Música Nova’s 2016 International Symposium of New Music in Curitiba, Brazil.
Barry Truax is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication and (formerly) the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he taught courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic composition, specializing in soundscape composition. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics. A selection of these pieces may be heard on the recording Sequence of Earlier Heaven, and the Compact Discs Digital Soundscapes, Pacific Rim, Song of Songs, Inside, Islands, and Twin Souls, all on the Cambridge Street Records label, as well as the double CD of the opera Powers of Two and the most recent CDs, Spirit Journies and The Elements and Beyond. In 1991 his work, Riverrun, was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France, a category open only to electroacoustic composers of 20 or more years experience. He is also the recipient of one of the 1999 Awards for Teaching Excellence at Simon Fraser University. Following his retirement from SFU (Sept. 2015), he became the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technical University in Berlin (2015-16), and Guest Composer at the 2016 BEAST Festival in Birmingham, where his multi-channel soundscape compositions have been performed, as well as at several other European festivals and ISCM 2017 in Vancouver, plus the 2018 ICMC in Korea where he was a keynote speaker.