JUN 07, 2024 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Borderland & Mativetsky, Amiri & Pagé

Presented by: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

JUN 07, 2024 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Double bill:
Borderland (Vancouver)
Mativetsky, Amiri & Pagé (Montreal)

The Festival’s second concert features another exciting double bill: Borderland is a new cross-cultural musical collaboration originally developed by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO). Five virtuoso performers on traditional Indian and Persian instruments have worked together since the spring of 2023 to learn from each other, share musical ideas, and develop into a cohesive and exciting new intercultural ensemble.

Then, Montréal’s Mativetsky, Amiri & Pagé take the stage. This new trio is made up of musical adventurers, explorers, innovators, and virtuosi whose collective creations combine tradition and modernity, emotion and spontaneity; a dynamic coming together of santur, harp, and tabla unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Borderland
Borderland is a new cross-cultural musical collaboration originally developed by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO). Five virtuoso performers on traditional Indian and Persian instruments have worked together since the spring of 2023 to learn from each other, share musical ideas, and develop into a cohesive and exciting new intercultural ensemble.

Ensemble members:
Sharanjeet Singh Mand, sitar
Sunny Matharu, tabla
Saina Khaledi, santour
Sina Ettehad, 5amancheh
Ali Razmi, tar

Mativetsky, Amiri & Pagé
Amir Amiri on santur, Sarah Pagé on harp, and Shawn Mativetsky on tabla form the trio MATIVETSKY, AMIRI & PAGÉ, tasked with developing a new form of chamber music that is reflective of today’s global society, uniting a myriad of traditions and practices. Musical adventurers, explorers, innovators, virtuosi, their collective creations combine tradition and modernity, emotion and spontaneity; a dynamic coming together of santur, harp, and tabla unlike anything you’ve heard before. https://mativetskyamiripage.com/home 

Ensemble members:
Shawn Mativetsky – Tabla
Sarah Pagé – Harp
Amir Amiri – Santur

Amir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammered dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music. Classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of his music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought. Amiri has worked extensively as a performer, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies, orchestras, concert series, and has considerable experience in film and television. While continuously exploring the limits of his music, Amir keeps coming back to the conclusion that there are none. 

To encapsulate the career of Montreal-based harpist Sarah Pagé, one would have to draw long, constellation-like shapes across genres, borders and histories. While perhaps best known as a founding and longtime member of roots rockers The Barr Brothers, a brief consideration of her resume reveals the fact that she’s equally at home within traditions as without them. Her first solo LP, Dose Curves, affirms this versatility and reveals Pagé as one of Canada’s most accomplished experimentalists. 

Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada’s leading ambassadors of the tabla, pushing the boundaries of tradition. Acclaimed as an exceptional soloist and a leading disciple of the renowned Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn 

Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and has performed at venues around the world. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His most recent work involves explorations with tabla, effects pedals, and synthesizers, along with the use of magnetic tape recording and manipulation.

Showtimes & Dates

June 7th, 2024 at 7:30pm

Ticket Info

Reserved seating.

General: $40
Student: $30
Senior: $30

About the Festival

About the Festival:
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s Global Soundscapes Festival presents four days of adventurous classical and world music – a rich feast of sounds & rhythms from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Canada. Festival concerts will showcase outstanding local musicians alongside acclaimed national and international guest ensembles.

Featured acts include Vancouver’s own Zeellia (Slavic soul music), Borderland (Indian + Persian traditional instruments), the BC Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra; Montreal’s Mativetsky, Amiri & Pagé (tabla, santur & harp), and Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Chih-Sheng Chen).

In the intimate atmosphere of the Historic Theatre at the Cultch, audiences can expect to see and hear many virtuoso performers playing instruments from different cultures, rarely seen together on the same stage. The Festival offers a beautifully diverse sound palette and a range of innovative, inspiring approaches to making music that transcends borders.

With gratitude to our funders & partners:
The Canada Council for the Arts
Department of Canadian Heritage
City of Vancouver Cultural Services
Hamber Foundation
SOCAN Foundation
Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra
Taiwan National Culture & Arts Foundation
Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government
The Sylvia Hotel

Venue Location

HISTORIC THEATRE
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver BC

Box Office Hours

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Tuesday through Saturday 12–4pm

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