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An eclectic collection of new music compositions by John Korsrud. Works: Girl on the Grass (2001): Ron Samworth, guitar; John Korsrud, trumpet. Glurp (1997): Combustion Chamber (Amsterdam). Xs & Os (2001): John Korsrud, programming. VAP DIST for orchestra (2000) including Francois Houle, Peggy Lee, Dylan van der Schyff. Swing Theory Mvt IV (1998): Tony Wilson, Ron Samworth, guitars; Adrienne Park, piano; David Carlysle, percussion. Hastings (2001): Ron Samworth, guitar. Zippy Pinhead (1995): Squeezeplay Ensemble. You Look Like an Angel (1996): Hard Rubber Orchestra and Joe Keithley. John Korsrud is a composer, trumpet player, and bandleader. In 1990 he formed The Hard Rubber Orchestra. Their debut CD, Cruel Yet Fair (Victo 059), was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz recording. Living in Vancouver, John is a composer, producer, trumpet player, and educator. As a composer, John has been commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The CBC Radio Orchestra, the Albany Symphony's New Music Festival, Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble, The Standing Wave Ensemble, and several Dutch ensembles such as LOOS, Combustion Chamber, Tetzepi Bigtet, and De Ereprijs. John has created numerous evening long dance scores for choreographers such as Lola McLaughlin, Kokoro Dance, Chick Snipper, Battery Opera, Joe Laughlin, and Karen Jamieson. John has recently started scoring for documentaries. His score for the 2002 documentary Heroines earned him a Leo and Golden Sheaf Awards and a Juno Nomination. His 2005 score for Prisoners of Age won a Leo Award. John also scored Drawing Out the Demos: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs, nominated for a 2005 Leo. 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 two CDs, and was the recipient of Canada's largest arts prize, The 2004 Alcan Arts Award. 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 to1997. In 2001, he was awarded the Canada Council's Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for music, literature and visual arts. In 2003, was awarded a fellowship to the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy. As a trumpet player John has performed with international artists such as George Lewis, Butch Morris, Barry Guy, Kenny Wheeler, Han Bennink, the NOW Orchestra, the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has performed in the festivals of Berlin, Chicago, Lisbon, Amsterdam, and Montreal.