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Boris Sichon

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Mission
Languages: English, Russian, French Bilingual

Boris Sichon was born in the Ukraine, where in he finished Musical High School, in the study of percussion instruments. He left his home town for St.Petersburg to continue his musical education in the Academy of Music. During his studies he started working in the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with well known Russian conductors such as Yevgeny Mravinsky, Shostakovich, Badchan, Karapetian and many others. When Boris came to Canada in 2004 he began performing right away, leading workshops, participating in Festivals (Vancouver Folk, Comox Music Fest, Vancouver Island Folk, Edmonton Folk Fest and etc..), playing solo as well as with Yungchen Lhamo, Jerry Douglas, Pavlo, Uzume Taiko, and others, writing music for theatre (was nominated by the JESSIES for outstanding sound design/original composition in small theatre category with “Helen`s Necklace”, Pi Theatre.


Sichon is the quintessential artist... He is magnetic. His enthusiasm for the moment is contagious. Janos Mate, The Western Jewish Bulletin

Performances & Workshops

Around the World with Boris

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins. + Q&A
Capacity: 500+ students
Tech Requirements: 2 tables, 4 mics, electrical outlet
Fee Range: $645 - $745 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

Boris takes students on a musical journey to different cultures and countries. Students learn about and listen to approximately 25 instruments from Boris' unique collection of over 200 ethnic musical instruments, including the Russian bagpipe, Eastern European flutes, the Middle East dumbek, the Australian didgeridoo, the Indian tabla, the Turkish Gong, Irish Bones and the Russian Xylophone.

Full Day Workshop + Grand Finale Concert

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 30 - 50 students per session
Tech Requirements: 2-3 tables; 2-3 mics, need a Gym for final concert
Fee Range: $1,345 - $1,745 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

The program involves an entire world of rhythm and gives students a broad knowledge of ethnic, classical and modern music. Students learn various disciplines of rhythm and in the process develop coordination of movement using body drumming, verbal notation, clapping, snapping fingers and playing a variety of musical instruments, including Irish bones, didgeridoo and drum-table, to name a few. Students will also create and play musical instruments using recycled materials such as plastic bottles and cans, as well as natural elements like stone and wood. The program culminates in a grand finale concert where the children perform for their school accompanied by Boris.

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