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The New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society proudly presents the finest improvisers from Vancouver and abroad. The members of the NOW ensembles perform improvised and composed music that will astound and challenge you!

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February 24 8PM! NOW Insphere Session #8

chance improvisation series at Merge Vancovuer

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details here

Anne La Berge, Lisa Cay Miller, Jeff Younger




NOW Society presents

The NOW 40th Anniversary Presentation:

George Lewis’ Shadowgraph 5 Marathon

at the Western Front – April 29, 7 pm 303 8 AVE E

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The NOW Society is pleased to begin to celebrate their 40th year by presenting performance of Dr. George E. Lewis’ composition Shadowgraph 5. The piece will be presented in marathon form, a continuous four-hour stream of music performed by eleven ensembles with connections to the NOW Society’s past and present including Talking Pictures, the Freedman/Muller/Reed/Van der Schyff, Merge Ensemble, Unity, the Nikki Carter Trio, the NOW ensemble, MuseArt, Sandbox, Paul Plimley trio and the Sawdust Collectors ensemble and the NOW improv workshop group.

more details here


Shadowgraph 5 workshop Series

at Merge Vancouver

April 1, 8 and 15

details here


Western Front Workshops 2017

Mondays, September 11 – November 6,

3:30 – 5:30 and 6:00 – 8:00


40th Anniversary Installation and Performances

November 15 - 18 at the Roundhouse Community Centre

NOW Commemorates their 40th year with performances of new works in a four-day interactive archival and performative installation, plcing the Society as one of Canada's most signifigant improvisatory creative music collectives. Events will include archival displayes, performances, panel discussion and a new publication.

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Past events:

madMethod at the Orpheum Annex



December 2 and 3 at the Orphuem Annex

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The NOW Society presents madMethod, featuring Stefan Smulovitz’s Mad Scientist Machine, visuals by Sammy Chien and performances by MASOM and the NOW ensemble (Lisa Cay Miller - piano, Jon Bentley - saxophone, JP Carter - trumpet, James Meger - bass and Skye Brooks - drums). Layers of memory and experience combine light, images and sound, remembered, manipulated and instantly created. Audience members will look down upon the stage a story below and see images on the floor, the Mad Scientist Machine LED lights and listen to the sounds of the musicians as they respond to and inspire imagery.

more details here

To pay tribute to Pualine Oliveros, the NOW ensemble will perform Pauline's graffiti scores December 2 and 3




NOW Society 2016 Assembly1 Festival

November 19 - 21 at the Western Front and Merge


Concerts: (click for details)  Workshops: (click for details)


Nous Perçons les Oreilles - Joanne Hétu and Jean Derome (Montréal)

PLANT - Jim Denley (Australia) and Éric Normand (Rimouski, Quebec),

the NOW Society ensembles: Peggy Lee (cello),  Tony Wilson (guitar), James Meger (bass), Skye Brooks (drums), JP Carter (trumpet), Mike Brown (bass clarinet), Dylan van der Schyff (drums), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), Chad MacQuarrie (guitar), Nikki Carter (saxophone), DB Boyko (voice), Tom Wherrett (guitar) and Meredith Bates, and the release of the recording and publication of Gary Wildeman’s 48- page comic book graphic score Onomatopoeia. The Assembly1 Festival is co-presented by the NOW Society, the Western Front and Merge Vancouver.





Past events:

NOW on the Shore

April 16, 1pm & 2:30pm
Ceperley Second Beach Picnic Site, Stanley Park FREE

NOW Society partners with the Wild About Vancouver Festival to bring people outside! The Burnaby Mountain Senior High School Concert Choir and NOW musicians (featuring vocalists Carol Sawyer and Dory Hayley) perform Lisa Cay Miller's new work, Echoes, inspired by natural and enveloping participation. Interspersed between NOW performances are family activities and keynote speaker Peter Robinson, Executive Director for the David Suzuki Foundation, in the all day Tidal WAV event (11am-5pm).


light shadow fire      tapei, london, vancouver

April 21 @ 8pm at the Western Front

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NOW Insphere Sessions

chance improvisation series at the Post at 750

details here 

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Session #4 February 18, 8pm

Lisa Cay Miller, James Meger and Skye Brooks


Session #5 April 14, 8pm

Brad Muirhead,

Lisa Cay Miller and Clyde Reed


Session #6 May 5, 8pm

Lan Tung, Brad Turner and Lisa Cay Miller


Past Programs


The NOW Society and Trunk Puppet NOW!

details here

Dec 4 and 5, 2015 @ 8pm, Matinee Dec 5 @ 2pm 





Sweetbird Sept. 11 2015

PAL Studio Theatre and Patio

8pm. 8th floor, 581 Cardero St 


details here


20% of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to the BC Cancer Society with opportunities for additional donations.


That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang

Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,

Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

From Shakespeare’s Sonnet #73




NOW in the Trees

Sunday, April 19, 2015 2:00 and 3:30
Music @ 4 locations on the South Side
of Lost Lagoon, Stanely Park


As a part of Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Festival 2015, the NOW Society takes to the trees with the help of eight workshop participants from the New Westminster Secondary School, under the direction of Steve Clements. Acoustics of the landscape interact with the NOW Society's acoustic instrumentalists as they emerge from the trees playing a new work by Lisa Cay Miller, inspired by 
Lori Sokoluk's stunning landscape paintings. 

Volunteers are needed! If you are interested, please email

David Say, Saul Berson, John Paton, Graham Ord, Bruce Freedman and Karen Graves on saxophones; Rod Murray on trombones; John Korsrud on trumpet; students from New Westminster Secondary School; paintings by Lori Sokoluk and a new composition by Lisa Cay Miller.



How Many Years? Acrylic on canvas by Lori Sokoluk.

"In a world inundated by information, self-declared expertise,
and the dangerously selective focus of mass media, we
need to re-learn trust in inner sources of knowledge.

Intuition, spirituality, our surroundings, our body, our ethical compass can all provide knowledge, direction, and affirmation."

-A Way of Knowing, Lori Sokoluk.

The NOW Society gratefully acknowledges the support of
the British Columbia Arts Council, Telus Community Grants,
the Canada Council of the Arts and the City of Vancouver.



NOW 2015 Spring Show

leftcoast/eastcoast improv  February 19-21, 2015

all events at the Western Front


50 years have passed since the legendary saxophonist/composer/creative pioneer John Coltrane released A Love Supreme. Very possibly the greatest album of all time, a "legendary album-long hymn of praise" (Rolling Stone Magazine, 2003), the spirit of A Love Supreme inspires the leftcoast/eastcoast improv series.


In leftcoast/eastcoast improv, the NOW Society presents improvisers with histories from the Atelier de Musique Experimentale in Montréal and the New Orchestra Workshop Society in Vancouver. The series includes the NJLQ Trio, musicians from NOW ensembles and early improvisers who will come together to pay homage to the spirituality, creation and beauty of the music of John Coltrane. 


Feb 19 Improvisation Workshop 8pm 

Lisa Cay Miller and the members of the NJLQ Trio share their approaches to improvisation and strategies for interpretation of the Love Supreme poetry.

Free! limited registration:

details here


Feb 20 The Nouveau Jazz Libre de Québec (NJLQ) CD release 8pm 

Guy Thouin (drums), Bryan Highbloom (tenor sax) and Raymon Torchinsky (alto sax).

Tickets $20/10 
($5 member discount)

details here



Feb 21 A Supreme celebration 4-10 pm 

Montréal guests and Vancouver’s vibrant improvisation community present a (Love) Supreme marathon with music, poetry, food, drink, and companionship.

Tickets $20/10 
($5 member discount)

details here



Now Society presents A Love Supreme :: 50th anniversary

featuring: Onomatopoeia by Orkestra Futura 

December 11th, at Merge

Details here and here


Now Society presents Rippled Modality

November 21, at Pyatt Hall

Details here                                                                                           



NOW Fall Workshops

For over 22 years, the NOW Society has been presenting incredible improv workshops to the public with world class facilitators. This year is no execption. 



NOW Welcomes Lisa Cay Miller as Managing Artistic Director

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photo Laura Krutz


NOW Celebrated 36 Year Legacy of Coat Cooke

details here


Mentor and Telemachus: Wisdom Stories

October 17, 2014

Featuring guests Tony Wilson, Ig Henneman and new works by Cat Toren, Cole Schmidt, Ig Henneman and NOW AD Lisa Cay Miller.




details here

Read a Georgia Straight article about the October 17th event here


NOW Membership 2016
Bronze: $5+ donation
- 5$ off ticket prices to concerts
- advance registration in all workshops
Silver: $20+ donation
- 5$ off ticket prices to concerts
- advance registration in all workshops
- t shirt 
Gold: $50+ donation
- 5$ off ticket prices to concerts
- advance registration in all workshops
- t shirt
- CD package
- reserved seats at concerts (when you message ahead of time)
memberships valid until 12/31/16