PAO & Veda Hille
Presented by Plastic Acid Orchestra and Vancouver New Music
The Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir
Join Veda Hille in this rare concert as she performs with a full symphony orchestra a visionary programme of reimagined Buffy Sainte Marie songs and original pieces inspired by Emily Carr. Conduction by the extraordinary Giorgio Magnanensi and featuring a premiere new work by Martin Reisle and Elliot Vaughan.
With the work and inspiration of three iconoclastic Canadian artists (Emily Carr, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Veda Hille), the wonderful and passionate Plastic Acid Orchestra performing visionary orchestrations by Giorgio Magnanensi and Ford Pier and a new work by Martin Reisle with Elliot Vaughan, this concert is unfolding in an ever changing and kaleidoscopic sonic and poetic world. A prelude to the upcoming celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this is also a resounding reminder that the power of imagination is a real force and that creativity, poetry and music can be real agents of change.
The orchestrations of Buffy Remix and of Veda Hille’s Here is a Picture present various sonic and formal qualities emerging from both a visceral and poetic response to all these beautiful songs. Like in the colors and gestures of Emily Carr’s paintings, my work aspires to be speechless, not eloquent, without the urgency of communicating anything. If it expresses anything at all, that is pure character – essence more than intentionality. It manifests potential energy more than activity, relying on its own bare existence.
The orchestrations are dedicated to Veda Hille who shares with Buffy Saint-Marie and Emily Carr wonderful creative energy, love for poetry, sound and imagination. Tonight’s concert is also an homage to this spirit, homage to great artists never given enough credit, whose art and activism will be always inspiring. Thank you to Bryan Deans for vision, passion and love and to all the fantastic musicians of the Plastic Acid Orchestra and to everyone who supported us and worked hard to make all this happen again. (Giorgio Magnanensi)