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  • Korsrud at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust Theatre

    Watch footage of the performance!

    January 29, 2016
  • John Korsrud interviewed by CBC

    answers questions about "Riot"

    January 28, 2016
  • Press Opinions at Point of Departure

    Moments Notice Review of 'Crush'

    October 30, 2015
  • Jeffrey Zeigler presents John Korsrud and the Eco-Music Big Band

    Performing live in New York at The National Sawdust

    October 30, 2015
  • Release of Crush

    "A powerful and tempestuous piece of work that stimulates both the brain and the booty while always sounding fresh, exciting and somewhat dangerous."

    July 11, 2015
  • Korsrud Awarded ’15 Canada Council Prize

    Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Music

    July 9, 2015
  • Some Kind of Love

    John Korsrud writes film score for Some Kind of Love. Tickets available at the Vancouver Film Festival.

    June 19, 2015
  • 2015 CBC Article Profile

    The Hard Rubber Orchestra is Canada's coolest, nuttiest ensemble - Matthew Parsons, CBC

    June 18, 2015
  • John Korsrud’s Favorite Things

    The Georgia Straight gets interesting folks from around town to list off their favourite things.

    May 12, 2015
  • Korsrud Wins Mayors Art Award

    2012

    May 21, 2014

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    Crush

    Most recent CD. High-energy avant-funk. Guest soloists Phil Dwyer and Brad Turner. Plus "Come to the Dark Side" for orchestra and trumpet soloist.

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    Cruel Yet Fair

    Juno-nominated debut CD. All compositions, John Korsrud

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    Odd Jobs

    An assortment of works for orchestra, chamber, electroacoustic and jazz orchestra. Guest vocalist Joe "Shithead" Keithley.

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Biography

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Honored with the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Music for 2012, and the 2015 Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, John is a composer, producer and trumpet player based in Vancouver. He is the leader and principle composer of the 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, a highly active jazz/ new music ensemble that has toured to Europe and across Canada, released three CDs, and is the recipient of Canada’s largest arts prize, The Alcan Arts Award.

As a composer John performed on his own trumpet concerto, Come to the Dark Side, at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2010, commissioned and performed by The American Composers Orchestra. John has also been commissioned by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The CBC Radio Orchestra, the Albany Symphony New Music Festival, Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble, The Standing Wave Ensemble, and several Dutch ensembles such as LOOS, Combustion Chamber, Tetzepi Ensemble, Zapp String Quartet and De Ereprijs.

His score for the documentary Heroines (2002) earned him Leo and Golden Sheaf Awards and a Gemini Nomination. His score for Prisoners of Age (2005 ) a Leo Award. Other documentaries include Drawing Out the Demos: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs (2005), Dark Pines (2006) and Miss Landmine (2009). John has also produced many large multi-media extravaganzas such as Enter/ Exit (2005) at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, The Ice Age: The World’s First New Music Ice Show (2000), at Kerrisdale Arena, and The Elvis Cantatas (1994, 1996), at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church. CBC Television recently produced a 60-minute version of the Elvis Cantata entitled Cantata for the King for their program, “Opening Night”. John graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990, was a frequent participant at The Banff Centre between 1984 and 1994, and studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997. In 2001, he was awarded the Canada Council’s Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for music, literature and visual arts. In 2003 John was the second Canadian to be awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy.

As a trumpet player, John’s wide range of experiences include everything from performing with international improvisors such as George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Han Bennink, Barry Guy and Kenny Wheeler to punk legends DOA to playing lead trumpet with The Vancouver Symphony. John has performed in the jazz festivals of Berlin, Havana, Chicago, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Montreal. John also leads the very popular 20-piece salsa/ latin-jazz orchestra, Orquesta Goma Dura, which has released a live CD on CBC’s Mothercorp records and the 14-piece Drum & Light Orchestra. John is on faculty at The Banff Centre’s Jazz Composition Residency and teaches at Vancouver Community College and Capilano University.

 


“Every scene has its overlooked figure whose importance is not fully grasped by the media. Given his sheer talent and the scope of his music, however, it is nothing short of amazing that composer-trumpeter John Korsrud remains pretty much in the background in discussions about the Vancouver creative music scene, or the Canadian national scene for that matter.”  – Jazz Times

“If it feels a little easier to pin a label on John Korsrud, he’d probably understand. Just go ahead and try.

The Vancouver composer, trumpeter and bandleader has spent more than a dozen years zapping musical stereotypes, clearing away a spot on the city’s arts scene that hadn’t really been there before. He’s best known, perhaps, for his Hard Rubber Orchestra, a 17-piece group that’s become a kind of calling card nationwide. Yet the question remains: Is it a contemporary music ensemble, or a jazz big band? The Canada Council calls it new music, although the Hard Rubber Orchestra’s two CDs are on a Quebec label (Victo) specializing in musique actuelle, a French-Canadian strand of the avant-garde. But then how do you characterize their projects with local singer-songwriter Veda Hille or punk legend Joey Keithley? On his own, Korsrud’s commissions are equally eclectic. He’s written for documentaries, dance companies, and groups as diverse as Loos, a Dutch ensemble specializing in 20th-century classical music and rock, and the CBC Radio Orchestra. Yet on Tuesdays, you can still hear him at the Cellar playing trumpet with the local Afro-Latin band Shango Ashe….” – Vancouver Sun

 

“John Korsrud is a composer in the truest sense.” – Globe and Mail

 

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