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New music editions for Drum Kit

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This month sees the release of two versions of Vincent Ho’s virtuosic chamber work Kickin’ It.

First we have the original version, for drum kit and piano, whose four movements traverse the spectrum between precariousness frenzy and resonant spaciousness. The second version, Kickin’ It 2.0 for drum kit and piano trio, was written by Ho after a request from elite percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and expands the timbral palette of the original with violin and cello. A number of elements inspired Ho while writing these works, in particular the art of improvisation, the music electronic artist Squarepusher, jazz, gamelan music, Chinese folk music, and the crime novels of James Ellroy.

Both versions demand not only virtuosic technique but creativity in interpreting more improvisatory performance realms. The first movement, Twister, is unrelenting, with crunching semiquavers from the piano and subversive tuplets and dotted rhythms from the drum kit. The second and third movements, Filigree and Cadenza, open the work up by incorporating spacious, resonant percussion techniques and senza misura material that allows the performers to improvise, responding to one another’s gestures and using whatever playing techniques they desire. The final movement, Burn, features streams of clustered pitches with tumbling rhythms that slide between simple and compound meters.

Vincent Ho Features in Toronto's New Creations Festival

Vincent Ho features in Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’ with a performance of his cello concerto City Suite at Roy Thomson Concert Hall, Toronto, Canada on Friday 7 March 2014. Soloist Shauna Rolston leads the performance with the orchestra under the direction of conductor Gary Kulesha. Also on the programme is the world premiere [...]

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Dame Evelyn Glennie, Vincent Ho and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for New Recording

Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and composer Vincent Ho have teamed up to launch a crowdfunding campaign (Indiegogo) for a new recording of Ho’s critically-acclaimed percussion concerto, The Shaman. The campaign was launched on Tuesday 3 December and will end on 3 February 2014 (60 days). Since its world premiere in 2011 with Glennie [...]

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World Premiere at Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

A new work by Vincent Ho will receive its world premiere performance this week, at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival in Canada. The new work, Maples and the Stream, was written especially for Duo Concertante and narrator Evelyn Hart who will be presenting the first performance on 3 August. The new 30-minute work features poetry [...]

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Dame Evelyn Glennie to Premiere New Concerto by Vincent Ho

Dame Evelyn Glennie will be performing the world premiere of Vincent Ho’s new percussion concerto From Darkness to Light: A Spiritual Journey with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at their New Music Festival in 2013. The new work will feature in a programme with The Desert Music by Steve Reich, the festival’s Distinguished Guest Composer. Also featuring in the festival [...]

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Competition Winner Tours with Work by Vincent Ho

Cellist Brian Yoon of Victoria, Canada is performing a 10-concert Canadian tour from November 4-25 as first-prize winner of the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. Yoon is featuring Stigmata for solo cello by Vincent Ho as part of his programme, alongside newly commissioned work, String Theory by John Burge, and others by Elizabeth Raum, Francis Poulenc and Gary Kulesha. Twenty-five [...]

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Windsor Symphony Presents Their Debut of City Suite by Vincent Ho

This week Windsor Symphony presents their debut of Vincent Ho’s cello concerto City Suite with soloist Shauna Rolston on Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October at Capitol Theatre. Windsor Symphony co-commissioned the new work with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with funding support from the Winnipeg Arts Council. Conductor Kevin Rhodes leads the orchestra for this programme, which [...]

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World Premieres & Portrait Concert of Vincent Ho in Brazil

Vincent Ho was the featured composer of a portrait programme presented by the University of Manitoba at the 18th Rio International Cello Encounter festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday 11 August. The programme of chamber works by Ho featured two world premiere performances, including a recent commission Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds for [...]

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