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Watch ECM and Turning Point Ensemble's joint concert from Vancouver

Robert Rowat

Vancouver's contemporary music scene is lit this week, with the International Society for Contemporary Music's World New Music Days in full swing. Participants from nearly 50 countries have converged on the city for seminars, soundwalks and concerts showcasing some of Canada's finest contemporary music ensembles.

A highlight of the festival is a Nov. 6 concert bringing together Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble and Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. Each ensemble will play four new works from around the globe — a tour of the contemporary music scenes in Norway, Poland, Spain, Croatia, Chile, Serbia and of course, Canada. It includes the world premiere of Ana Sokolovic's new violin concerto, Evta, and a work the ISCM describes as a "surrealistic fairy tale" by Isidora Žebeljan called Needle Soup.

The concert has been sold out for weeks, but you can watch the webcast below starting at 7:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. ET). Scroll down for a detailed program.


Part 1

Ensemble contemporain de Montreal
Veronique Lacroix, conductor

- Grzegorz Pieniek (Poland/Austria): Jede Nacht besucht uns ein Traum

- Martin Rane Bauck (Norway): wie tau von dem frühgras

- Iñaki Estrada Torío (Spain-Basque Country): Astiro

- Ana Sokolović (Canada): Evta

Part 2

Turning Point Ensemble
Owen Underhill, conductor

- Sanda Majurec (Croatia): Contrattempo – in three movements

- Alejandro Guarello (Chile): Mufa

- Farangis Nurulla-Khoja (Tajikstan/Sweden/Canada): Ni d’ici ni d’ailleurs

- Isidora Žebeljan (Serbia): Needle Soup, A Surrealistic Fairy Tale for Octet

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