Nick Sorring, Dover Quartet, and the music of Eva Cassidy
Nick Sorring, Dover Quartet, and the music of Eva Cassidy

This week’s picks are trio of musical offerings. From the classical Dover Quartet, to an exploration of ambient music, and the songs of Eva Cassidy, this is definitely the week for Vancouver music fans.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Following a sweep at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet (Oct 20) hasn’t looked back. Playing concerts all around the world, the four young members – Joel Link, Bryan Lee, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and Camden Shaw – now make an appearance in Vancouver as the Friends of Chamber Music welcome them as part of their current North American tour.

Dover Quartet
The Dover Quartet catapulted to stardom after sweeping the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013, making them one of the most in-demand classical ensembles in the world.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Vancouver New Music presents Nomadic Streams (Oct 22-24), an exploration of the wide range of sounds encompassed by ambient music, a genre that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. Featuring performances by artists from around the world, the three-day festival pushes the boundaries of what we might usually think of as music.

Nick Sorring
Toronto’s Nick Sorring presents a set of all-new material, incorporating electric cello, voice, and live computer processing, as well other small instruments and sound tampering approaches as part of Nomadic Streams. Photo by Ragmyn Photography.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]In How Can I Keep From Singing (Oct 23) Cayla Brooke and Tom Pickett tell the story of American vocalist Eva Cassidy, from her humble beginnings in Washington, DC to her untimely death at the age 33. Accompanied by a four-piece band led by BC Hall of Fame inductee Bill Sample, the evening features twenty-five of Cassidy’s songs.

Known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country, rock and pop classics Eva Cassidy’s posthumously released recordings have sold millions around the world.