Vancouver's NOW orchestra celebrates 20 years of challenging musical orthodoxy this Friday with a concert of newly commissioned music.
The ensemble, which is committed to the creation and performance of new improvisational-based music, gave its first performance in 1988 with New York pianist Marilyn Chrispell.
Sax player Coat Cooke, director of the five-piece NOW orchestra, says Vancouver audiences have adapted to the new music concept.
"I'm just looking to open my ears — it's a opportunity for me to learn more about myself and share this with people," he told CBC News.
"I think that people coming to hear the orchestra, they're always knocked out. There are going to be people who find it a bit of a stretch. I find that's really the exception."