Sonic Boom is a four day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians!
Date/Time: Mar 23 2019, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pmVancouver, Pyatt Hall
Plus: Mixed Ensemble pieces
Duncan Maunders, Heptadecagon
Iván Salazar González, Humano Es for Marimba and Percussion Set
Jaelem Bhate, Lock and Key
Kamran Shahrokhi, A Midnight Mystery
Kara Gibbs, Terra Nullius
Leonard Gao, Passage
Rodney Sharman, Everything is Vanishing
Plus Mixed Ensemble pieces: (concert order)
Cheryl Olvera, into the mist (movements I & II)
Mark McGregor, flute; Fleur Sweetman, oboe; Julie Begg, bass clarinet; Thomas Beckman, viola; Aaron Graham, percussion
Mattheus Brown, Radiate
Mark McGregor, flute; Fleur Sweetman, oboe; Julie Begg, clarinet; Thomas Beckman, viola; Aaron Graham, percussion
Craig Day, Duo for Trumpet and Bassoon
Katherine Evans, trumpet; Carrie To, bassoon
About the Artists: Aaron Graham and Julia Chien
Aaron Graham is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and educator residing in Vancouver, BC. His extensive and diverse background in the world of percussion has given him the privilege of performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Vancouver Island and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, The Sound/Vision Chamber Ensemble, NuBc Collective, Paragon Musical Theatre Co, for which he served as principal percussionist, and alongside Shooter Jennings, and Rachel Brooke. As a touring musician, Aaron has travelled across North and South America playing percussion and singing with critically acclaimed group Fifth On The Floor, whose 2013 LP ‘Ashes and Angels’ received worldwide recognition and reached #63 on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ charts. An active educator, his research and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and presented at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the BC Music Educator’s Conference, and the New Music Gathering. Aaron is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia, where he also teaches percussion courses. Aaron Graham’s Website
Julia Chien Julia Chien is a percussionist from Burnaby, British Columbia. She currently holds the Principal Timpani position with the Kamloops Symphony. Julia performs extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra along with various ensembles within Vancouver, including Turning Point Ensemble and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
An advocate of new music, Julia has participated in the premieres of works including the Four Lands project with Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, as well as the Vancouver premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians as part of the Modulus Festival with Music on Main’s All Star Band. This Fall, Julia has the privilege of being featured as one of the musicians for Music on Main’s Emerge on Main 2019: Spotlight on Rising Musicians series.
As a member of NYO Canada for two years, Julia was able to work with esteemed conductors such as Michael Francis and Emmanuel Villaume. She can also be heard on recordings with the orchestra, performing major works such as Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Julia earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After spending some time in Toronto studying with Nexus Percussion member, Russell Hartenberger and principal percussionist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, John Rudolph, she continued her master’s degree in percussion performance at UBC under the tutelage of Aaron McDonald and Vern Griffiths.