NEW Video produced by Keith Blackmore
Inspired by this Festival Haiku Invitational poem:
each tree is a choir
singing to the sun
Oz Hershfield, Vancouver
View our press release here: VSOS Press Release
Do you aspire to be part of a massed choir? Receive direction from our well-known and wonderfully inspiring choral director, Kathryn Nicholson? Join us and you will sing with her dynamic vocal ensemble and our Host Choir, Sound Eclectic for a very special experience to remember. The 12th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival invites individuals, professional, amateur, children, church and youth choirs, as well as everyone who loves to sing, to add their voice to Vancouver Sings One Song (VSOS), co-presented with the Canadian Music Centre.
The Festival Songbook launches our new original song, Cherry Blossoms For You & Me composed by JUNO award-winning Tom Landa and Robin Layne, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the haunting Navajo chant Now I Walk in Beauty, and Japanese folk song Sakura Sakura in honour of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to our city in celebration of international friendship. Choir conductors are encouraged to incorporate rehearsals of this repertoire into their schedules and then come together for the one massed choir rehearsal/performance.
|2018 Artist Bios|
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.
If you have any musical questions please email Kathryn Nicholson, our conductor, at [email protected]
|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.
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 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.