HORNS SET TO RETURN TO ATRIUM
Last summer, John Korsrud and the Hard Rubber New Music Society took advantage of the spaciousness and echo of the Atrium at Woodward’s (conveniently located next to the society’s office) with Spacious Music in the Atrium, four (free) concerts. This year, Korsrud is returning with a one-off, Horns at the Atrium, again featuring some of the city’s top musicians (four sax players, two trumpet players, two trombonists, and two keyboardists) and a centuries-spanning range of compositions. We talked to Korsrud, who is the leader of Vancouver’s esteemed Hard Rubber Orchestra, about the upcoming show.
Q Is this a followup to last summer’s four performances?
A Yes, they were so successful. They’re free, it’s a great beautiful space, the horns really fill up the space. I like the fact that people can walk through there unex- pectedly, without knowing this event will be there. I wish we had money to do more.
Q Are you disrupting any basketball games?
A Absolutely. We turn off the fountain and we take over the space.
Q What’s the concept behind this particular show?
A We had been doing commissions for every show last year. But this show is a repeat of the horns show from last year. I am trying to write some new material.
Q What do you like about acoustics of the space?
A There’s probably about a sixor seven-second delay, which is the equivalent to a giant church. The ceilings are probably about 40 feet (12 metres), it’s all glass and brick, so it has this really beautiful reverberant echo. It’s gorgeous. Quite often they have a community piano in there, and you have people walking by playing the piano, so there’s always music in that space anyway. We close all the doors and just take advantage of this very rich, reverberant atmosphere.
Q And people are welcome to watch the rehearsal, is that right?
A Yeah. We have to rehearse the show, so we set up some chairs and let people watch the rehearsal. We want to rehearse in the space, so we might as well let people watch the process, and see how professional musicians work through the material. We get a decent crowd out for that, then take an hour break and do the show.
Q If the money were available, would you like to make it an annual tradition?
A Our funding varies from year to year. If we have enough money to do something like this, we’ll do it. For me it’s a relatively easy show to do, but the payout is quite high as far as the amount of musical satisfaction and energy I can put out there. Usually with other shows there’s a lot more rehearsing, technical setup in the theatre, a lot more work. These shows are relatively simple to put on and they’re really quite enjoyable. I get a really good feeling from doing these shows.