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Flight 182 Meditations premiere and CD launch with poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar

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Join award winning poet Renée Saklikar and renowned composer John Oliver for the Vancouver premiere of Flight 182 Meditationsan immersive experience of soundscapes interwoven with poems from Saklikar's long poem children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections. about the bombing of Air India Flight 182. The raw voice of the poet is the instrument for a new sonic journey.

These performances and CD launch mark the 30th anniversary of the Air India bombing, which is June 23, 2015.

CD Launch and 2 performances

June 3, 2015 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Shiloh Sixth Avenue United Church,
1111 Sixth Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 2B7

June 13, 2015 - 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
350 West Georgia St.
Vancouver V6B 6B1
Phone: (604) 331-3603

Available in the soundshop.
Poetry available at Harbour Publishing.

Learn about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 by watching this documentary Read More...

UNSEEN RAIN now available with guitar accompaniment

I have completed an arrangement for guitar and mezzo of my work originally commissioned for Judith Forst with the CBC Radio Orchestra, UNSEEN RAIN on poetry by Rumi. It was a mammoth undertaking to arrange textural orchestral music for guitar!

You can get a copy of the score at my store.

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BC poet Renée Saklikar and Oliver collaborate - World Premiere at New West LitFest

Poet Renée Saklikar has teamed up with John Oliver to create new soundscape performances in real time. World premiere performances at New Westminster LitFest on Saturday April 13, 2013, 7 pm at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster, BC. Read More...