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2018 Artist Bios

Tom Landa

Tom Landa

In his relatively short time on the planet, Tom has been a musician, an actor, a radio host, a festival organizer and artistic director, an emcee (not the hip-hop type), a composer, a Canada Council recipient, a JUNO award winner, a photographer, a major label recording artists, a reluctant booking agent, a manager, a music producer, a record label owner, a music journalist, a waiter, a father, and even a lawyer. He also cooks a mean chile relleno.Tom was born in Mexico, although his mother is Canadian of Irish ancestry. He is a San Patricio through and through. Like him, his music is a mixture of genres and cultures. Tom has spent the last 19 years touring the world with his JUNO Award (the Canadian Grammy) winning group, The Paperboys.

Robin Layne

Robin Layne

Robin grew up in Victoria and had the good fortune of being mentored by renowned percussionist and educator Sal Ferreras at UVic as a teenager, studying classical percussion with a major focus on marimba. Robin soon fell in love with the rhythms of salsa and Latin percussion and followed this passion to the LA Music Academy where he studied jazz, latin and pop percussion.

Since 2008 Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists.  He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Mazacote, Tambura Rasa, and The Robin Layne Band. Recent highlights include working with Juno Award-winning artists Quique Escamilla, The Paperboys, Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Alpha Yaya Diallo, Celso Machado and Silk Road Music. Equally, at home on a festival stage or in a classroom, Robin strongly believes that the gift of music should be accessible to everyone. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society.

 

Alcvin Ramos

Alcvin Ramos

Alcvin was born in Japan, attended school in the States, and now lives in the rainforests of BC, Canada. In high school, Alcvin first heard the sound of the horizontal Japanese bamboo flute (yokobue) in the Akira Kurosawa film, RAN, played by master Hiroyuki Koinuma and was deeply inspired to study shakuhachi. After studying Eastern Religions and Philosophy in University Alcvin returned to Japan to study shakuhachi for several years. Through his work with the shakuhachi, Alcvin has had the opportunity to travel through Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada and America learning about various cultures and arts. The shakuhachi continues to lead him to more adventures to fascinating and beautiful places and people through the playing and creation of music.

 

Tetsu Taiko

Tetsu Taiko

Founded originally as the Steveston Tera Taiko, Tetsu Taiko is the first organized taiko group in Richmond, BC and only the second youth taiko group in the Vancouver area. They formed in December of 2000 from the Dharma School (Sunday School) of the Steveston Buddhist Temple in Richmond. Their instructors for the first two and a half years were Mr. Shinobu Homma and Ms. Naomi Shikaze, from Chibi Taiko. Highlights of their performances include: Western Washington University “Culture Shock”, UBC Festival concerts, Aldergrove Canada Day Celebration, North American Sumo Championships, school shows, and collaborative performances with Chibi Taiko, Megumi Taiko, and Yamabiko Taiko.

 

Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson, Music Director, Sound Eclectic Vocal Ensemble

Kathryn Nicholson is a dynamic conductor and an irrepressible spirit who inspires choir and audience members alike with her joy and enthusiasm.  As an accredited music therapist, she has often witnessed and experienced the extraordinary power of singing to promote health, healing and happiness!

Kathryn has sung with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, National Arts Centre Cantata Singers and Pandora’s Vox women’s ensemble.  She now sings with EnChor. She was Musical Director of the Vancouver Universal Gospel Choir for many years.

 

Sound Eclectic

Sound Eclectic is a small, talented and spirited vocal ensemble of men and women of all ages. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, our group is led by accomplished musical director, Kathryn Nicholson.

Sound Eclectic came together in the fall of 2012 for all the right reasons: to indulge our love of music and singing in harmony, to give back to our community, and to enrich the lives of those who listen. Our name comes from our desire to sing a variety of genres – from classical to jazz, from pop to world music.

Ken Cormier

Ken Cormier

Ken Cormier is a pianist equally at home in the classical, pop, and jazz genres. Upon completion of his classical studies at the UBC School of Music, his professional career began with 3 seasons as répétiteur with Vancouver Opera. He then moved into the world of professional music theatre, first with the Livent Company, and more recently with Vancouver’s Arts Club, in whose productions he continues to work regularly as musical director and keyboardist. Ken has been with Chor Leoni since 1998. He makes his home in Burnaby with his wife Lisa and their two wonderful children.

Ji Rong Huang

Ji Rong Huang

Formed in 1989, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the very first professional Chinese music ensemble established in Canada.  Ji Rong Huang, the artistic director of the ensemble as well as the erhu (Chinese violin) player in the group, graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China with a degree in performance. He won an award for traditional music instrumental performance in a national competition in China and continued to perform throughout China. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1988, Ji Rong has given hundreds of performances across Canada and the U.S., including appearances on Rogers TV and CBC radio programs, and has performed for the Canadian Governor General Concert as an erhu soloist. He is highly skilled in playing different Chinese bowstrings instruments. He merges Western classical and contemporary music culture into Chinese music and continues to receive praise and acclaim from audiences and critics.