New Music Series 1997/98 Concert 1 – Standing Wave

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. IX, no. 1, p. 9, September/October 1997:

One of the most dynamic voices in Vancouver’s new music scene, Standing Wave is a chamber ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing works by composers from Canada and abroad. The group’s five members infuse an energetic and progressive repertoire with their uncommon vitality – informed by their various other musical activities, including free improvisation, opera, and R & B. As an ensemble, they are equally comfortable playing detailed chamber compositions, venturing into the world of musique actuelle, and performing with electroacoustics.

Since its formation in 1991, Standing Wave has presented 21 concerts, including appearances at Time Flies and the first Vancouver International New Music Festival; premiered 17 works by Canadian composers; toured central Canada with acoustic and electroacoustic programs; performed with Kokoro Dance; and recorded programs for Two New Hours and Westcoast Performance at CBC Studios.

Originally a quartet, this year Standing Wave adds violin to its original instrumentation of clarinet, cello, piano and percussion. The three original members – clarinetist François Houle, cellist Peggy Lee, and percussionist Lauri Lyster – are joined by pianist Marguerite Witvoet and violinist Sheila MacDonald.

For this, the first concert of the New Music Series 1997/98, Standing Wave will be joined by flautist Chenoa Anderson. The program includes a fresh take on three mid-century heavyweights: Edison Denisov, Pierre Boulez and Elliot Carter; a work by composer, new music guitarist, and genre-border provocateur Tim Brady and a work by Peter Hannan, whose opera The Gang received its premiere presentation at the Cultch last June.