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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

International Music Village in Bamfield, BC, July 11 - 19

The organizers of the 4thd Annual Music-by-the-Sea are delighted to announce the 2009 Performance Residency taking place in Bamfield, BC, from July 11 to 19, 2009.

Music-by-the-Sea (MBTS), welcomes some of the world's best musicians to Bamfield, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, for a performance-residency and series of public concerts. The 11-day performance residency creates a musical community in which local, national and international artists form new collaborations and share their talents with the public and with each other. Additional activities include workshops and rehearsals free to the public as well as dinners prior to each concert.

The picturesque village of Bamfield is located in a protected inlet on the south shore of Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island. It is surrounded by portions of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and by the traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, part of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations (formerly known as Nootka) who have flourished for thousands of years on this segment of the Pacific coastline.

The summer festival features a wide range of music genres -performances of classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, through to sophisticated jazz and alternative music. The international line-up of artists includes:

Adrian Anantawan, violin (Toronto, ON)
Aidan Pendleton, viola (Canadian living in Netherlands)
True North Brass Quintet (Ontario):
Joan Watson, horn
Al Kay, trombone
Brendan Cassin, trumpet
Richard Sandals, trumpet
Scott Irvine, tuba
Borealis String Quartet (Vancouver, BC):
Patricia Shih, violin
Yuel Yawney, violin
Nikita Pogrebnoy, viola
Shih-Lin Chen, cello
John Stetch, jazz pianist (Canadian living in Ithaca NY)
Sarah Hagen, piano (Courtenay BC)
Marc Destrubé violin (Vancouver, BC)
Marcus Thompson, viola (Boston)
Hannah Addario-Berry,cello (Canadian in San Francisco)
Cris Dirksen cellist/singer-songwriter (Vancouver, BC)
Keith MacLeod, clarinet (Victoria, BC)
Nan Hughes, soprano (Banff, AB)
Marc Ryser, piano (Boston)
Joe Poole , jazz drums (Vancouver, BC)
Adam Thomas, jazz bass (Vancouver, BC)
Phil Dwyer, saxophones (Quallicum, BC)
Christopher Donison, piano (Victoria, BC)
Keith Allison, piano technician (Victoria)
Lynne Huras, Artist Coordinator (Banff, AB)
Nicholas Jacques, percussion / stage manager', (Vancouver)

Music performend is by Bach, Biber, Beethoven, Grieg, Brahms, Mozart, Schnittke, Schubert, Berio, Bartók, Britten, Falla, Enescu, Fauré, Janacek, Debussy, Gershwin, Venables, Poulenc, Leclair, Schumann, Händel-Halvorsen, Gardel, MacLeod, Dwyer, Derksen, Stetch, Donison, Sir Earnest MacMillan and Scott Irving. Jazz standards fill out the ten concerts, mixing classical and jazz programming together seamlessly. Concerts are variety programming-including as much diversity as possible in every concert. A full program is available on line at

True North Brass is featured in a presentation/workshop for the Community of Bamfield on Wednesday evening, July 15th in the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries.

The Opening Day on July 11th features the christening of a new vessel, MBTSS Soundwaves by The Honourable Iona V. Campagnolo. PC, CM, OBC. The rowboat which has been newly restored by Pamela Day of Port Alberni has been donated to MBTS by Ms. Day and her husband, David Whitworth. The christening will be accompanied by a Ceremonial Fanfare performed by True North Brass (new commissioned work) Location: Dock of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. 6:00PM

Though small in size, Bamfield offers a remarkable variety of lodgings, galleries, guided tours and eco-adventures for Festival attendees. Individual concert tickets are priced between $55 and $80. Festival passes and festival packages including air transportation and accommodation are available. Concert dates, package prices, and additional information are available at Concert tickets, festival passes and vacation packages are on sale now at 1-250-888-7772.

Music by the Sea (MBTS) began in 2005 in cooperation with Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC). It is a vision for the creation in BC of a permanent think-tank / retreat / mentoring and performance centre for the arts which will have the capacity to grow into a world-class institution -drawing on the unique and inspiring setting of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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