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WHAT WE SING

musica intima exists to explore the boundaries of vocal music. From the rich harmonies of contemporary choral writing to the daring sound exploration of new music with ink still wet on the page, from the swing of vocal jazz to the clarity of baroque counterpoint, musica intima handles all vocal music with style and finesse.

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EXPLORE OUR REPERTOIRE

TRADITIONAL CHORAL

From musica intima’s founding in 1992, the core of our artistic output has been ‘traditional’ choral music—but perhaps not performed like you’d expect, and we’ve certainly made our own additions to the canon! From the seminal renaissance polyphony of Palestrina and Tallis to the contemporary American classics by Lauridsen and Whitacre, musica intima’s performance of choral music soothes the soul and warms the heart. For us, choral music is about tension and release. You’ll hear moments of beauty and moments of anguish, each depicted with the colours only the human voice can reveal. 

"musica intima sings, moves and breathes as one astounding, clear and magnificent voice. They truly ignite a transcendent experience taking us all into the wonder and the beauty of the music and the world."  — VANESSA 

To us, traditional doesn’t mean stale. Both in our performance practice and our repertoire selection, we’re constantly seeking new ways of fostering connection through vocal music.  We continue to explore choral music from across the ages and the world, such as the luminary vocal music of Tormis and other Baltic composers or the engaging music of MacMillan, Dove, and the British Isles.  Alongside this, we champion the masterworks of Canadian Composers such as Imant Raminsh and Rupert Lang, and are constantly seeking to give voice to the next generation of Canadian artists.

 

COMMISSIONS

GAUDI MADRIGALI (2020) | Owen Underhill

ON MONSIEUR'S DEPARTURE (2008) | Jeffrey Ryan

CORIOLIS (2006) | Jordan Nobles

UPCOMING SHOWS FEATURING TRADITIONAL CHORAL CLASSICS

A musica intima concert isn’t your typical choir concert! Our vocalists breathe new life into these masterworks through our collaborative and self-directed model; each singer has their own individual expression, and we all join together in performance to connect directly with our audience. You’ll hear some choral classics, you’ll hear some music you’ve never heard before, and you might even walk away with a new favourite composer!

the spirit's dwelling

OCTOBER 30, 2020

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ceremony of carols

DECEMBER 19 2020

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the beginning of the song

APRIL 30 2021

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CONTEMPORARY/NEW MUSIC

Never a group to stay still, musica intima has been constantly pushing the boundaries and looking for the most cutting edge vocal music to perform. While the focus of the ensemble has consistently been to support Canadian composers, we’re no strangers to the music of avant-garde choral composers from around the world, including holy minimalists Tavener, Pärt, and Gorécki, seminal Americans David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Caroline Shaw, and choral mavericks Rautavaara, Sisask and Nystedt.

"What a daring, beautiful program! There’s nothing like being surrounded and held by the voices of musica intima."  — CHLOË 

Our championing of Canadian composers has led us to commission new works annually—each one from a Canadian composer, and many even closer to our Vancouver home. With each piece, we expand the choral canon - adding music from diverse voices and new perspectives; both on life and on vocal writing. We seek to perform music which challenges and engages, excites and surprises. By performing these works largely in the context of our LUSH programming, we seek to encourage new listeners to take BOLD new risks.

 

COMMISSIONS

THE RIVER OF HELLOS AND GOODBYES (2019) | Alfredo Santa Ana

EXAUDI (2004) | Jocelyn Morlock

DRING DRING (2006) | Ana Sokolovic

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DISCOGRAPHY

UPCOMING SHOWS FEATURING
BOLD NEW MUSIC

Our bold and adventurous programming often features exciting new music alongside more traditional works. Join us at these concerts to experience groundbreaking new music by cutting-edge composers from around the world.

the spirit's dwelling

OCTOBER 30, 2020 

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the beginning of the song

APRIL 30 2021 

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JAZZ/CROSSOVER

musica intima exists to explore the boundaries of vocal music. One journey we’ve taken is to adventure with a more jazz-based sound, through arrangements of group members, and through collaborations with local musicians, such as arranger Réjean Marois, pianists Sharon Minimoto and Miles Black, and leading Vancouver jazz vocalists have found themselves passing through the ranks of musica intima, such as Carman J. Price and Steve Maddock. Through boundary-crossing and genre-defying concerts such as the popular ‘Ding Dong’—musica intima continues to redefine what contemporary vocal music is.

"As a former church musician, having done many, many Christmases, your Ding Dong concert gives me fresh and musically satisfying alternatives to the usual Christmas fare. 
I love it!!"  
— SAM 

 

IN-HOUSE ARRANGEMENTS

In addition to our annual commissions of new choral compositions, musica intima regularly commissions and premieres new arrangements from group and community members! 

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DERRICK CHRISTIAN

Derrick Christian has a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia where he studied composition, voice, and conducting.  He is a familiar face to Vancouver choral audiences, having sung in many of the city’s professional and amateur choirs, including the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Vancouver Chamber choir, musica intima, and Phoenix.  He was artistic director of the Gallery Singers from 2003 to 2007, and has conducted other ensembles including Stellaria Voices & Players and the Vancouver Cantata Singers.  


Derrick’s Published arrangements

ARRANGEMENTS

  • I Can't Get Started (Duke/Gershwin)

  • Embraceable You (Gershwin)

  • Un Flambeau! Jeanette, Isabelle 

  • Fogarty's Cove (Stan Rogers)

  • A Man You Don't Meet Everyday (The Pogues)

  • I Wonder as I Wander

  • ABBA Medley

  • Carol of the Bells 

UPCOMING SHOWS FEATURING
JAZZ / CROSSOVER SPARK

Far from a traditional choral concert, join us at these shows to cross the boundaries of genre in vocal music. Joined by local jazz musicians, these concerts are a masterclass in collaboration, as we bring musica intima’s unique sound and process to repertoire outside the typical choral canon!

ding dong!

DECEMBER 22, 2020 

DIGITAL BROADCAST
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morning walks

MAY 28 2021 

DIGITAL BROADCAST
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YOUR SUPPORT IS OUR LIFEBLOOD

musica intima exists to create incredible moments—to share the power of music with our audiences, and invite them into our circle of sound. Your financial support of the ensemble’s professional performance, touring, recording, and community outreach initiatives remains invaluable. 

As with most not-for-profit arts organizations, ticket revenue only accounts for a small portion of our total budget. If you have been touched by musica intima’s performances, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the musica intima society. Your continued support of one of Canada’s musical gems is vital, allowing us to continue presenting world-class performances at home and abroad, and supporting generations of professional musicians. 

Thank you!

musica intima is a registered charitable organizaion #872525530RR0001

© 2020 musica intima  |  204 - 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC  V5T 2Y9  |  604.731.6618

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