VICO small ensemble web Repertoire:
Crossover – Persian/Canadian
Wild Horses – Persian/Canadian
Laila Laila – Jewish Lullaby
Moishe’s Freylakh -Klezmer/Canadian
Dance of the Amis – Taiwanese aboriginal 
Autumn Cicadas – Taiwanese
Bengalila – Bengali folk song
Northwest Love Song – Vietnamese 
Cham Dance – Vietnamese 
Beaming with Joy – Chinese 
Because – Beatles
Norwegian Wood – Beatles
Got to Get You In My Life – Beatles

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun – Pink Floyd

An ensemble that sounds like how Vancouver looks, Sounds Global Ensemble’s diverse repertoire is drawn from Jewish, Persian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Indian and Chinese music. This band is comprised of some of Vancouver’s most active musicians in the world music scene: Moshe Denburg on guitar, Ali Razmi on tar (Persian lute), Jonathan Bernard on percussion, Lan Tung on erhu (Chinese 2-string violin), Dailin Hsieh on zheng (Chinese zither), Amy Stephan on accordion and Irish whistles, and Bic Hoang on danbau (Vietnamese 1-string zither). In addition to the diverse instruments, they bring an unusual mix of ethnic vocal styles. (The ensemble may perform with 5 to 7 musicians, and therefore not always require everyone).

The Sounds Global Ensemble is formed to represent the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) at festivals and events when it’s not feasible to have the full orchestra on stage. The musicians of the Sounds Global are also members of the orchestra. They represent the different cultural backgrounds where VICO musicians have come from.

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世界之聲樂團 (Sounds Global Ensemble)

一個樂團的聲音能反應出溫哥華這個城市的多元風貌,這就是世界之聲樂團。她的成員,是溫哥華世界音樂領域中的佼佼者:來自臺灣的董籃演奏二胡及謝岱霖演奏古箏、來自伊朗的阿里.瑞茲米(Ali Rezmi)演奏波斯塔爾琴(tar)、來自越南的王瑙碧(Hoàng, Ngọc Bích)演奏越南獨弦琴、加拿大音樂家艾米.史蒂芬(Amy Stephen)演奏愛爾蘭笛與手風琴,猶太裔的強納生.伯那德(Jonathan Bernard)演奏打擊樂及莫諧.丹伯格(Moshe Denburg)演奏吉他。除了演奏樂器,團員們的原創作品及使用民間音樂素材的編曲,涵蓋猶太、波斯、臺灣、中國、愛爾蘭、越南、印度等風格特色,並以自已民族傳統的獨特唱腔演唱。



Bic Ngoc Hoang (pronounced: bic ngoc wong) – danbau & vocal
Bic is a multi-instrumentalist, exceptional vocalist and arranger. She specializes on the danbau (one string zither) and a number of very rare instruments from Vietnam’s rural and mountainous regions including the t’rung (bamboo xylophone), k’longput (percussion tubes), and koni. Bic began studying music at age 8, and for the next 14 years, she was trained under a number of Vietnam’s top masters. In 1987, Bic graduated with honors from the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music and was invited to join the faculty at the Hanoi Music and Arts College. Bic moved to Canada in 1992, and she has continued her career as a performer, arranger and instructor. She has been expanding her musical repertoire by collaborating with a number of World Music and New Music artists, and performing with chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras. Bic has toured 24 countries both as a solo artist and with the Khac Chi Bamboo Music.

Lan Tung – erhu & vocal
Lan’s music often experiments with contradictions by taking culturally specific materials outside their context. Her works embody the rhythmic intricacy from Indian influence, the sense of breath from Chinese tradition, and years of experiences interpreting contemporary compositions. Incorporating improvisation and graphic notations, Lan’s compositions are released on numerous CDs, winning multiple nominations. She has composed for theatre and dance, and produced numerous inter-disciplinary projects, fusing music with multimedia and different dance forms. Lan is the artistic director of Sound of Dragon SocietyOrchid Ensemble, and Proliferasian; co-leader of Nadaaleela and Sounds Global; member of Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and BC Chinese Music Ensemble. Originally from Taiwan, she has studied graphic score with Barry Guy, improvisation with Mary Oliver, Hindustani music with Kala Ramnath, Uyghur music with Abdukerim Osman, and Mongolian horsehead fiddle with Bayar, in addition to her studies of Chinese music since a young age. Lan has appeared as a soloist with Orchestre Metropolitain (Montreal), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Turning Point Ensemble (Vancouver), Upstream Ensemble (Halifax), Atlas Ensemble (Amsterdam & Helsinki), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taipei). Past collaborators include Fengxia Xu, Huun Huur Tu, Xiaofen Min, Beka Beyond, and khac Chi Ensemble. Lan has toured in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands), Asia (China, Taiwan, Singapore), and North America (US, Canada, Mexico)

Ali Razmi – tar & vocal
Ali Razmi is an innovative Tar and Setar player who has performed in  wide variety of genres, from traditional Persian music, popular music, to fusion and various world traditions. Ali received his M.A. from The Art University of Tehran in 2006. He has performed both as a soloist and in chamber and large ensembles in Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, US and Canada. The highlights of past performances: as a soloist with the Iranian Philharmonic Orchestra, improvisation with Master Shajarian (Iran’s leading singer in traditional Iranian music), and performances with Mehran Modiri and Mohamad Esfahani. In 2002, Ali performed at the Jahane Khusrau Music Festival in New Delhi as a member of the Rumi Group. Ali is a member of the Vancouver ensemble Navaz, which fuses Persian music with a variety of Western genres, such as jazz, Latin and blues.

Dailin Hsieh – zheng/Chinese zither
Graduated from the National Tainan University of the Arts and with a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Taiwan’s National Normal University, Dailin has toured in China, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, United States, Canada, Germany, Swiss, Luxembourg and Belgium. Her achievements include a nomination by Taiwan’s 22nd Golden Records Awards and winning such titles as the Star of Traditional Taiwanese Music & Culture Ambassador of Tainan and the National Concert Hall’s Traditional Music Star, as well as winning the Second Prize and Best Performance in Taipei Chinese Orchestra’s 2007 Zheng Competition. Dailin has premiered numerous groundbreaking works. Some are released on her solo CD Zheng Image (2014) with critical acclaim. Dailin is the founder of Augmented Sixth Ensemble, a soloist with the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, and she performs regularly with the Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra and Wei Yi New Chinese Music.

Moshe Denburg – guitar & vocal
Moshe Denburg (b. 1949) grew up in Montreal, Canada, in a religious Jewish family. His musical career has spanned 4 decades and his accomplishments encompass a wide range of musical activities, including Composition, Performance, Jewish Music Education, and Piano Tuning. He has travelled worldwide, living and studying music in Canada, the USA, Israel, India, and Japan.  Since 1987 his compositions have reflected an ongoing commitment to the principle of inter-cultural music making – works that bring together the instruments and ideas of many cultures. To this end, in 2001 Mr. Denburg established the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), a vehicle for the realization of his, and other Canadian composers’ inter-cultural work.  He is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Jonathan Bernard – percussion
Jonathan combines his background in western percussion with a fascination for Asian traditions to create a unique sound palette incorporating a myriad of instruments, techniques and styles. Jonathan’s interests span genres from orchestral music, to new music, and intercultural music. Having premiered over 100 chamber works, Jonathan regularly performs with Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, the Vancouver, Victoria, CBC Radio Orchestras, and is principal percussionist with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Jonathan performed as soloist in Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Jin Zhang’s No Rush at Taipei’s National Concert Hall. Jonathan’s interest in non-western musics has led him to perform in diverse settings and ensembles. Jonathan studied percussion at the University of Ottawa and the University of British Columbia. He has studied traditional and contemporary Chinese percussion in Beijing, China; Arabic percussion in Cairo, Egypt; Flamenco Compas in Spain; and Carnatic rhythm in South India, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council.  Jonathan has toured throughout North America, Europe, Taiwan, and Japan.