Hard Rubber Orchestra
The 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra is a jazz/new music ensemble formed by composer John Korsrud in 1990. They have performed over 100 concerts, released 3 CDs, toured across Canada several times, and to Europe, and are the recipients of The Alcan Arts Award, the largest arts prize in Canada for creation. They have created several multi-media shows including Enter/ Exit (2005) at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, The Ice Age: The World’s First New Music Ice Show (2000), at Kerrisdale Arena, and The Elvis Cantatas (1994, 1996), at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church. In 2005 CBC Television produced Cantata for the King, a nationally broadcast commercial-free special for CBC Television.
The Hard Rubber Orchestra has commissioned over 50 Canadian composers from both classical and jazz backgrounds including Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, René Lussier, Brad Turner, Scott Good, Linda Bouchard, Giorgio Magnanensi, Paul Dolden, Keith Hamel, Peter Hannan, Howard Bashaw, Fred Stride and Phil Dwyer. Their next large project will be Riot, an immersive theatre project and collaboration with Electric Company Theatre and filmmaker Brian Johnson, about the Vancouver 2011 riot, performed at SFU/ Woodwards in May 2017, all music by John Korsrud. (JK)