Arkora is a new music collective dedicated to contemporary vocal chamber music in its many forms. The concept for the group was born in 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the premiere of Songs from the Rainshadow's Edge, a production involving co-founders Kathleen Allan and Benton Roark that came to symbolize the collective's multi-faceted vision. At once hybrid and interdisciplinary, this vision was refined thereafter into a mission of collaboration, commissioning, recording, and innovation in concert production that led to the group's official debut at Newfoundland's Sound Symposium XVII in 2014.
The past two seasons have continued with performances at Roulette in Brooklyn (presented by Ear Heart Music), Studio 16 in Vancouver (in collaboration with Fugue Theatre), and the Salvage Vanguard in Austin (presented by Church of the Friendly Ghost), as well as with cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists such as film-maker Jeanne Stern. Arkora’s debut CD, Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge, was released on the Vancouver label Redshift Records in 2015 and nominated for a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Composition of the Year.
The 2017-2018 season includes the continuation of Transfigured Light, a project which explores microtonal vocal music of both the Renaissance and the present day. Featuring collaborations with performers, composers, theorists, instrument builders, and visual artists from across North America, this project, as with all Arkora’s initiatives, aptly reflects a commitment to working with artists from diverse backgrounds and practices. The collective is spearheaded by co-directors Kathleen Allan (www.kathleenallan.com) and Benton Roark (www.bentonroark.com).