The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is a group of musicians who are internationally known for their mastery of traditional Chinese music. They are dedicated to making connections with other cultures and art forms by performing pieces written for Chinese instruments by featured composers.
Sammy Chien (Chimerik) is a Taipei born, Vancouver based interdisciplinary media artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor who works with film, sound art, new media and dance/theatre performance. He has studied film (BFA Honours) at Simon Fraser University and developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After learning real-time performance softwares from Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin) he continues his deep interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and forges deep connections between image, sound, and movement.
Sammy has also been involved in research or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science, technology and spirituality as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, low-income residents, mental health, spiritual healing, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+, indigenous, multicultural background and youths. Sammy is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective.
Denis Plante grew up in an artistic family in Montreal, surrounded by early music instruments, costumes and theatre set pieces. After a stint in Argentina he settled in Quebec, where he founded the ensemble Tango Boréal. A consummate bandoneon player and charismatic soloist, he is prominent in the national and international tango community and is a frequent guest artist with orchestras and chamber ensembles.
He has received multiple awards for his impressionistic creations and compositions, including the Prix Opus for Recording of the Year (World Music) for his albums Tango Boréal (2010–11) and Pampa Blues (2014–15).
Conductor + Composer
Remy Siu 蕭逸南 (b.1990) is a composer and new media artist based in Vancouver, BC. Recently, his work has involved the construction of automated and variable performance apparatuses that employ light, sound, software, and the body. He is interested in creating friction and stakes between the performer, the interface, and the system through the use of game mechanics and failure. His output spans chamber music, dance, theatre, installations, and audio-visual work.
Remy is currently the Artist-in-Residence for the Push International Performing Arts Festival with Hong Kong Exile, the Co-Artistic Director of Hong Kong Exile, and the Co-Director and Manager at the Gold Saucer Studio. During 2017-2019, he will be one of two Composers-in-Residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada).
Nai Chung Kuan
Nai Chung Kuan's symphonic suite, Journey to Lhasa, Festive Lanterns, Bumper Harvest and Hilly Country Image have won the CASH Golden Sail Most Performed Works Awards – Local Serious Work category . His symphonic poem The Peacock was rated a ‘20th Century Chinese Music Classic’.
Janet Danielson is a composer and music educator working in Vancouver, B. C. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and teaches sessionally at Simon Fraser University.
Danielson’s scholarly work has gained international recognition as well. The Asian Composers’ League invited her to their Festival/Conference to deliver a musicological paper, “Euclid’s Tunes: Melody and Perspective”, exploring the impact of musical geometry in the history of western art, science and technology.
Adam Hill is a musician who dislikes boundaries, qualifiers, limitations, or absolutes.
He has been commissioned by symphony orchestras, produced and engineered recording projects, and written music for the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. For more, visit his website
Symon Henry works on a variety of creative projects – composition, performance, improvisation – exploring the boundaries between music and other art forms.
For more art check out Henry's website.
For compositions by Lucas Oickle check out his SoundCloud collection of works.
Conductor + Composer
Rui Shi Zhuo
Rui Shi Zhuo is a four-time winner of the compositional commission grants from Canada Council and BC Arts Council.
He has also been commissioned to compose for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music Society, and Vancouver Pro-Musica Society and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.
Chris came to Vancouver to complete his Bachelor of Music in Performance Percussion at UBC, where he studied under Salvador Ferreras. In Vancouver, Chris played with Okanagan Symphony, the Burnaby Symphony and the Vancouver Island Symphony. He continues to accompany modern dance at Arts Umbrella, Harbour Dance and the Dance Centre.
He has also become an integral part of Vancouver’s African drum community where he has performed with Fana Soro’s “Massabo Culture Club” and plays the djembe solo in Fana’s African dance classes. Chris was also invited to play djembe at the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle with Pepe Danza and the Rhythm Fools. Chris also plays percussion for Pepe Danza’s Latin Jazz Band, El Sur. Currently Chris is a key performer at the Drum Café.
Jin (Jack ) Zhang was born in Beijing, China. He received his musical education at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He then traveled to Japan and studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan. Jin Zhang is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and has received several commissioning grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Many of his compositions and arrangements have been played by professional and community groups, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Tony K.T. Leung
Tony K.T. Leung is a Toronto based composer whose music has been performed and broadcast in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Luxembourg, Ukraine, the USA and Canada by leading contemporary music ensembles. Recordings of works by the composer include CD releases from Luxembourg Sin fonietta, ERMMedia, and Canadian Electroacoustic Community. Born in Hong Kong, Tony discovered music through his first instrument, the erhu, and later the cello. As a youth, he arranged music for a Chinese orchestra, which sparked an early interest in western music and composition.
With an extensive catalogue of over 60 works, Mark is building on his Vancouver roots. Many of his works celebrate his musical association with intercultural ensembles, among them the Orchid Ensemble. Their Heartland, the title track of the Orchid’s debut CD is an Armanini composition. Mark is presently the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra (VICO) and Producer of the BC Chinese Music Ensemble. He is on Faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver.
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