Modulus Festival has returned for a 5th grand year of exciting, mind-stretching, soul-searching music. Tonight I heard pianist Corey Hamm and Erhu player Nicole Li present a most fascinating concert. I like to call these evenings stretching “my musical muscle,” and sometimes that can be a slightly painful experience. But not this evening Hamm and Li presented a provocative, inspiring and fully explained evening of music for Piano and Erhu — which the Modulus Festival calls PEP — Piano Erhu Project. I heard new music by Edward Topp, composer in residence for the VSO last year; Jocelyn Morlock who holds the same post as Topp for this year with the VSO; Jared Miller, Keith Hamel and Dorothy Chang. All five composers were in the audience and recognized at the end of their respective compositions. It was like old home week, I am sure, for a lot of the audience. I had a great time and look forward to tomorrow evening (Tuesday, October 28th) for the Modulus Festival presentation of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” featuring the Cecilia String Quartet. It’s at the Heritage Hall, Main at 15th Avenue at 9:00 p.m. Earlier in the evening there’s a show called “Machines Think Love” with compositions by Rodney Sharman and Michael Oesterle. That starts at 7:00 p.m. More “Modulus” Magic, to be sure.
Until October 29, 2014, the Modulus Festival lets you connect with leading musicians and composers in fun, intimate settings filled with great music. This year’s festival is their biggest yet, at Heritage Hall, The Roundhouse and the Ukrainian Centre.
Featured artists include the Cecilia String Quartet, soprano Carla Huhtanen, flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor, Nu:BC Collective, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) with pianist Corey Hamm and erhu player Nicole Li, pianists Vicky Chow and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, violist Tawnya Popoff, cellist Rebecca Wenham, composers Dorothy Chang, George Crumb, Gabriel Dharmoo, Scott Godin, Keith Hamel, Toshio Hosokawa, Felix Mendelssohn, Jared Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, Michael Oesterle, John Oswald, Tristan Perich, Franz Schubert, Rodney Sharman, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Edward Top, and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as a new collaboration with Dances for a Small Stage.
Grab a beer, sit back, and take a musical adventure that the Georgia Straight calls “a fantastic gift to the city.”
October 23-29, 2014
3102 Main Street at East 15th (in East Van) | google map
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver| google map
154 East 10th Avenue at Main Street (in East Van) | google map