Standing Retro-Waves: The Sound of Mixed Media

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VI, no. 4, p. 7, March/April 1995:

Friday, March 10
Friday, April 14

The contemporary chamber quartet Standing Wave presents the second and third instalments of its Home Concert Series at the Western Front.

The first concert is titled Standing Retro-Waves and represents not only a retrospective of the ensembles past repertoire, but an update of what two of the composers in their repertoire are doing today. A new work for solo clarinet by Vancouver composer Jacqueline Leggatt will be premiered by Standing Wave clarinettist François Houle. The quartet will give its Vancouver audience a sneak preview of a new work written by the celebrated Québec composer Bruce Mather. In addition, the ensemble perform older pieces of Leggatt and Mather, and François Houle’s 1993 work Vex.

Following a concert tour to eastern Canada in March, Standing Wave will return to the Western Front on April 14 with a program of works by some of Canada’s finest Electro-Acoustic composers. Featured in the concert is the West Coast premiere of two new electro-acoustic works written for Standing Wave by Michael Maguire and Serge Arcuri. The remainder of the program will feature the members of Standing Wave as soloists in three works for instrument and tape by British Columbian composers. François Houle will give the Vancouver premiere of a Work for Soprano Saxophone and Tape by Sergio Barroso; Peggy Lee will perform Paul Dolden’s challenging 1992 Work for Cello and Tape; and Lauri Lyster will set the Marimba flying with a well known work by John Celona.