The 12th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season with a noon-hour concert in the downtown core featuring local talent and memorable performances. Come soak in the festive atmosphere with performances of Vancouver Sings One Song directed by Kathryn Nicholson with our host choir, Sound Eclectic, a spectacular Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble collaboration with Chinese er-hu paired with tap dance, Tetsu Taiko and shamisen collaboration with Alcvin Ramos, VPD Lion Dance Team, and readings of the 2017 Haiku Invitational winning poems, under Burrard Station’s famed cherry blossom canopy.
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2018 Artist Bios
 

Alcvin Ramos

Alcvin Ryūzen Ramos

Internationally renowned shakuhachi player, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, and pursues an active solo as well as collaborative career, sharing the stage with many distinguished artists throughout his career. Also an avid shamisen player, Alcvin enjoys playing at various Japanese cultural events throughout Canada. Alcvin lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of BC where he makes shakuhachi flutes and teaches at his home at the Bamboo-In Shakuhachi Retreat Centre.

For more information about shakuhachi, shamisen, retreats, and trips to Japan, visit Alcvin’s website at: www.alcvin.ca.

Cain Li

Cain Li is an artist specializing in both electronic dance and eastern traditional music production. Born in Shantou, China, he moved to Vancouver in 2006 and has done extensive work in Canada and abroad as a professional musician, composer, producer, and audio engineer. His unique style lies within a blend of traditional instrumentation with modern electronic musical structure and soundscape.

 

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.

Alexandra Clancy

Alexandra Clancy is an emerging performer and choreographer in Vancouver with a love of dance and passion for tap. Growing up, she trained and developed her skills in all genres of dance. She was an apprentice/understudy for the prestigious Tapestry Dance Company’s 25th season performing and touring across North America.

She has attended and performed at multiple tap festivals such as DC, LA, NY, Chicago, and Vancouver. Alexandra was privileged to train extensively, learning from tap masters such as Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold and many more.

VPD Lion Dance Team

Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Lion Dance Team

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Lion Dance Team was founded in October of 2005. Sifu Raymond Cheung is a founding Co-Chief Instructor of the team. He is responsible for teaching the team Lion Dancing as well as how to play the Drum, Cymbals and Gong. The VPD Lion Dance Team has participated in numerous Lion Dancing Performances for functions and events for the Vancouver Police Department, City of Vancouver and various communities; such events include the Annual Chinese New Year and St. Patrick’s Day Parades.