VR meets art

Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee will be presenting Telepresence, an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience on Dec.14 and 15 at Western Front. The creators of the project bring together their mutual experience in music and visual and multimedia art in a piece which seeks to subvert the hierarchy of aural and visual artistic elements. “The medium…

Good Tidings! A Christmas gospel special

This December, for the 15th consecutive year, the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will light up the holiday season with their annual Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas concert. Joined once again by award-winning jazz singer and B.C. native Maureen Washington, Good Noise will ring in the holiday season with several vibrant, nearly sold out…

Nylez K – pushing the music envelope

This year has been a busy and memorable one for R&B and hip hop artist Nylez K, taking the plunge to pursue music full-time, doing multiple live performances in and out of the city, all while releasing his new hit single Remind Me recently with an EP on the way for next year. Nylez K will be…

Kin Balam: a multidimensional musical project

Balam S. Antonio is a multi-stylistic music artist of group Kin Balam. At the age of 22, Antonio searched to find a musical style that truly spoke to him. After struggling to find his corner in the music scene, he decided to incorporate all the styles that spoke to him into a new combined, revolutionary…

Band draws inspiration from ghosts of the past

The Vancouver-based band Only A Visitor pays homage to ghost Chinatowns through their songs. The art collective Publik Secrets presents some of their songs in a concert of new music, featuring the art pop quintet Only A Visitor in collaboration with the Kingsgate Chorus, Nov. 16 at Yaletown Roundhouse. Family ghost stories Robyn Jacob, the…

Nine Doors: A journey through language and expression

On Oct. 19 at Western Front, composer, multi-instrumentalist performer and multilingual vocalist Jen Shyu presents her musical and visual narrative Nine Doors. Shyu’s dynamic performance, which centres around the story of loss through the eyes of a six-year-old girl, is communicated through both a multitude of instruments – Taiwanese moon lute, Japanese biwa, piano and several…

Psychedelic sounds of a Japanese rock collaboration

Psychedelic rockers Kikagaku Moyo bring their wavy, kaleidoscopic sound to The Imperial on Oct. 6. Since forming in 2012, the Tokyo-based five-piece band led by drummer and vocalist Go Kurosawa has released three full-length albums, with their 4th upcoming record, Masana Temples, set to release on Oct. 5. Kurosawa became involved in music at a young…

Afrobar: setting the bar high

Hailing from Uganda, Afrobar, a young singer-songwriter with a soulful voice, came to Canada just three years ago. He has already made a splash in the local music scene and made it to one of the top five finalists in the Cumberland Music Festival Artist Challenge this summer and was recently on the radio with…

All about that immigrant bass

Desi Sub Culture performs immigrant bass music. Their South Asian fusion sound mixes Punjabi folk songs with global beats. The name Desi Sub Culture is an homage to the Asian Underground in 1990s UK. It is also related to the fact that they are “Desi’s doing stuff off the beaten path” as Sanjay Seran, the vocalist of the…

The Sakura choir sings the essence of Japanese culture

The Sakura Singers Society will be performing at the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival on Aug. 5. The Sakura Singers’ repertoire covers more than 250 Japanese songs, focusing on folk songs and choral suites, and the choir is always looking for new members to join, seeking to share Japanese culture with those who wish to…

Romani music with an international flair

A group of musicians, with various cultural backgrounds, share their distinct and unique music to a perhaps less aware North American audience. Parno Drom, a band influenced by the Eastern European Romani style of music will be performing at the Heritage Grill in New Westminster on June 19. A musical smorgasbord Parno Drom was formed in…

Justice and equality: sound and song

The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will be performing Jazz Meets Gospel on June 2 at the Christ Church Cathedral. The choir will explore connections between the two inextricably linked genres in their many forms, with songs made popular by Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. For former lawyer, social justice advocate, active community…

Music with a message

“We’re kind of like a family band at this point. These people have been in my life musically and personally for a long time,” says Malcolm Aiken, trumpeter and co-founder of Mazacote. Mazacote is performing at the Vancouver World Music Festival on April 26, 2018 at Guilt & Co, GroundUp at 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Who…