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Eve Egoyan plays Simple Lines of Enquiry

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Eve Egoyan Photo: David Rokeby

Music on Main (Vancouver, Canada)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Music on Main

January 23-24, 2012, 8:00pm
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.
Bar opens at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm, Bar stays open afterward.


When pianist Eve Egoyan performs composer Ann Southam’s “Simple Lines of Enquiry,” you’ll discover why The New Yorker’s Alex Ross wrote that he couldn’t stop listening to this “immense, mysterious piano piece.” Written especially for Egoyan, “Simple Lines of Enquiry” has captured the imagination of audiences around the world.  Now the celebrated pianist brings this mesmerizing and meditative piece to the intimate Heritage Hall for its Vancouver premiere.

Egoyan is hailed as “a performer whose powers of listening cast a hypnotic spell over her audiences, opening their ears and hearts.” (National Post)  If you’ve heard her live or on recording, you’ve been held spellbound by that power.

Composer Ann Southam (1937 – 2010) takes seemingly simple musical material and spools and unspools it into hypnotic—and seemingly living—aural tapestry.  Listening to “Simple Lines of Enquiry,” it’s as if we can hear Southam following and observing her ideas like a scientist watching the behaviour of an unknown organism.

Eve Egoyan’s performance of “Simple Lines of Enquiry” is a must-hear event for everyone with an ear for quiet adventure.

Music on Main has become a mainstay in the artistic fabric of Vancouver, hailed by the UK’s Gramophone Magazine for programming that “provides western Canada with one of the finest windows onto the post-classical scene.”  With their commitment to top-flight musicians and innovative concert formats, Music on Main has collaborated with the PuSh Festival on sold–out hits like Steve Reich’s Drumming (2009), So Percussion (2010), and Terminal City Soundscape (2011).


Tickets $29/$15
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Piano Eve Egoyan

Running Time 60min

Sponsored by The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation.
Fazioli concert grand piano provided by Showcase Pianos.