Lo­cal com­pos­ing stars Mor­lock and Miller weigh in with ISCM picks

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It’s not the ISCM World New Mu­sic Days’ push for gen­der par­ity that makes Jo­ce­lyn Mor­lock and Lisa Cay Miller two of the busiest peo­ple in Van­cou­ver: it’s that each is an ex­cep­tional com­poser (and, in Miller’s case, pi­anist). As com­poser in res­i­dence with the Van­cou­ver Sym­phony Orches­tra, Mor­lock will present That­tin­glingsen­sa­tion at the Or­pheum on Sun­day (Novem­ber 5) and has a piece on the bill for the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre Orches­tra’s open­ing-night gala (see page 14). Miller will help present some of the fes­ti­val’s most provoca­tive sounds when the NOW So­ci­ety En­sem­ble blurs the line be­tween com­po­si­tion and im­pro­vi­sa­tion at the Or­pheum An­nex on Satur­day (Novem­ber 4). She’ll also con­trib­ute a score to Red­shift Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s pre­sen­ta­tion of spa­tial mu­sic for 18 gui­tars, at the Van­cou­ver Pub­lic Li­brary cen­tral branch atrium at 1 p.m. on Tues­day (Novem­ber 7). Busy as they are, the two cre­ators found time to list their first-choice pick for fes­ti­val­go­ers.

Tops, for Mor­lock, is the dou­ble bill—at the Round­house Com­mu­nity Arts and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre on Friday (Novem­ber 3)—of the Hard Rub­ber Riot En­sem­ble and oth­er­worldly clar­inetist Lori Freed­man. Mor­lock ad­mits some bias in the mat­ter: Hard Rub­ber leader John Korsrud is her boyfriend. “But our re­la­tion­ship sprung from me try­ing to get to know him be­cause I loved his mu­sic so much,” she ex­plains, adding that Korsrud and crew will be pre­view­ing Riot, a mul­ti­me­dia in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the 2011 Stan­ley Cup ram­page. As for Freed­man, Mor­lock de­scribes her as “an in­cred­i­ble, fe­ro­cious com­poser and clar­inetist” and “a force of na­ture”.

Miller, in turn, is look­ing for­ward to the 16 new works “from com­posers all around the world” that will be heard in A Kind of Magic at the Van­cou­ver Play­house on clos­ing night, Wed­nes­day (Novem­ber

8). Per­form­ing will be “four of the best pi­anists on the planet (who hap­pen to be Cana­dian)”: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, Eve Egoyan, Megumi Masaki, and Bang on a Can’s Vicky Chow.

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