Many years ago I bought a Deutsche Grammophon box set of the complete, recorded cycle of Bartok’s string quartets. The musicians were none other than the great New York-based Emerson Quartet, who I’ve subsequently enjoyed in concert countless times. Through my association with Friends of Chamber Music I’ve had the privilege of meeting, interviewing and occasionally dining with some of the greatest chamber players in the world, the Emersons among them. I’m also a fan of music packaging and posters so it has been a great deal of fun doing a series of posters for this august organization which has entailed coming up with a new look for the organization and a new marketing strategy for the 2016/17 season.
Postering has enjoyed a huge comeback in Vancouver so it was decided to get Friends of Chamber Music into the fray alongside DJ events, Rocky Horror revivals and everything else out there using the classic 11 by 17 poster to entice people through the doors. My first exposure to this street advertising format was during Vancouver’s punk heyday when I’d scan hoardings and lampposts for announcements of concerts by the Young Canadians or Subhumans. Since those days I’ve mostly worked with ambient, pop or jazz musicians on projects like this so it’s nice to finally come around and work with some old school, truly class(ic) acts!