The NOW Orchestra
Released April, 2009
Recorded November 2006 and 2008
The NOW Orchestra traces its roots to Vancouvers C.O.R.D. Orchestra (Community Orchestra for Research and Development) of the late 1970s. Inspired by the exploration of improvisation in a large ensemble context, the NOW Orchestra has picked up where C.O.R.D. left off and continues to explore how the composed form and improvisation can best enhance each other. The NOW Orchestra features some of the most important voices in improvised music in Canada today and is highly representative of the West Coast improvised music scene.
Boasting a 20-year history, the NOW Orchestra is rightly renowned for its longevity and creative output of improvised music. Under the umbrella of the New Orchestra Workshop Society (in its 30th year), the NOW Orchestra is a 15-piece improvising ensemble that has gained local, national and international acclaim for its past work. It is the only ensemble of its kind in Canada an improvisational group with a unique West Coast music style. Deriving from both big band jazz and contemporary new music, the NOW Orchestra has a sound all its own.
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