Past Concerts & Performances
Tower of Song is a creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen, presented by two celebrated BC singers and songwriters: Juno award-nominee Oliver Swain and GlennaGarramone. A night of rare and classic selections from the Cohen cannon fearlessly interpreted by these artists, with a few original compositions, round out an evening that celebrates Canada's greatest bard and his influence on modern songwriting. Hear Cohen’s timeless songs arranged for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar. The duo have crafted vocal arrangements of the great works of Cohen that will resonate with both longtime Cohen fans and newer audiences. CBC News BC named the Tower of Song live show as #1 of the top 5 things to check out over the weekend when they played at Centennial Theatre (capacity 660) in North Vancouver.
QUASAR SAXOPHONE QUARTET (Montreal) Sat Aug 26/7:30pm
Tickets $15 adv $20 door
Fascinated by the music of our times, the Quasar saxophone quartet is dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music. The group's ventures include instrumental music, improvisation, and electronics. Alone or accompanied by a symphony orchestra, acoustic or plugged, Quasar offers its audience a unique and deeply original programming. Since its founding in 1994, Quasar has premiered over 100 works, spanning multiple areas of musical creation.A driving force of creative music, Quasar has contributed to the development of Quebec's music landscape while being a driving force on the international music scene by premiering the works of foreign composers.They perform works by such notable composers as Frank Zappa, Louis Andriessen, John Adams, Berio, Ellington, Debussy, Steve Reich, Vivier, Gilles Tremblay to name a few.The quartet has performed across Canada, from Victoria to St. John's, the US, France, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden, and United Kingdom. Quasar concerts are regularly broadcast by Radio-Canada, CBC and European radio stations. Quasar have been featured soloists with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Parc X is a trio Montreal-based contemporary jazz trio featuring Gabriel Vinuela (keys), Alex Lefaivre (bass) and Alain Bourgeois (drums). Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, Parc X trio has released its 7th recording - Dream. Pursuing the electric trio format, the group’s latest musical explorations showcase their typical original blend of contemporary jazz harmonies, staggering dynamics, break-beat grooves over odd time signatures and classical music structures. As complex as the music might seem on paper, the trio navigates through the material effortlessly with grace and power. New to the table is the groupforay into studio production. A subtleapproach to electronic music production spices up the album sonically over the 9 original compositions from all 3 members. One of the album’s highlights is a reworking of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake where Parc X
transforms the classic into the 21st century.
Sunday October 23rd/7:30 pm
2016 VIMA VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Saturday November 26th - 7:30pm
MARIN PATENAUDE & COLE SCHMIDT Tickets $15/10
Marin Patenaude, originally from the golden fields of Horsefly BC, grew up singing and playing music with her family and is now an active player in the BC music community. Most aptly defined as 'Confessional Folk' and heavily poetic, her music explores jazz and country with hints of blue. Her voice is strong, soft, and utterly captivating. She's the younger sister of Juno-winning Pharis Romero and opened for Sarah McLachlan as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2016.
Cole Schmidt is a Juno-winning guitarist and composer from Vancouver best known for his experimental and progressive jazz group Pugs and Crows. He's spent many years working alongside west coast composer/guitarist Tony Wilson. His timing and taste have an impeccable balance of conviction and subtlety. Together they navigate and refine music that inspires welcomed emotional discomfort. Marin writes from a place of honesty and vulnerability and sings with an earthy core while Cole throws colours you've never heard before and tastes you've never seen. They're not afraid to jump in cold water.
Cari Burdett, stirs the heart with her rich alto voice, as she takes the audience around the world through song. She delivers a vibrant, genre-defying, fusion of jazz, folk, opera and world music; seamlessly blending multiple European languages with timeless, theatrical air. Burdett’s style,‘Dramatic Gypsy Cabaret’ is the culmination of years of study and performance. If you enjoy Ute Lemper, Edith Piaf and Nina Simone, you’ll love Cari’s unique interpretations of these classics. Like her ancestors, she is a troubadour, performing and teaching across Canada, Europe, USA and China. Her multifaceted education includes classical voice, new music, opera, vocal improvisation, art song, dance, acting and musical theatre. She holds a BA degree in Music from McGill University, Montreal and a Master’s degree in Opera from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Brodie Dawson/Christy Vanden September 11, 7:30
Named 'Vocalist of the Year' at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards and nominated for 'Best Live Act' at both 2013 and 2014 VIMA's, Brodie Dawson’s soulful voice combined with a mix of folk blues, a tinge of pop and a twang of old school country has engaged listeners throughout the country. Brodie is joined by fellow Vancouver Island singer Christy Vanden.
Brodie has shared the stage with many other amazing musicians such as WiL, Tracy Riley, Rick Fines, The Sojourners, George Canyon, Jake Owen, and Serena Ryder! She has had the pleasure of being a musical guest on CBC’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean. Finishing a full summer of festivals Brodie's been turning heads and creating a buzz wherever she goes, leaving her audiences enchanted and full-hearted.
Enter into the world Hildegard’s Ghost through the musical mind of Roisin Adams as it is slowly unveiled by she and her daring bandmates - Elisa Thorn on harp and Justin Devries on drums accompany Adams on piano to marry composition with improvisation - drawing from the worlds of jazz, contemporary classical, world music, to name a few.
Adams’s compositions are an ethereal world, featuring collections of extended techniques and electro-acoustic blending. The merging of these elements evokes unique sonic landscapes, as the band has a cinematic approach to group improvisation. Their explorations of narrative structure bend the imagination and the limits of
their instruments - but never lose connection with the song’s beating heart. You’ll catch glimpses of
ts pulse in each return to melody and timbre.
Perch Hen Brock Rain
Tues June 27- 7:30 pm Tickets $20
Ab Baars (NL) - tenor sax - clarinet - shakuhachi
Ig Henneman (NL) - viola
Ingrid Laubrock (DE/USA) - tenor- soprano sax
Tom Rainey (USA) - drums
Perch Hen Brock & Rain is an improvising quartet drawing on myriad experiences and backgrounds; a unique combination of two long-time duos; Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey represent the best of the New York scene while Ab Baars and Ig Henneman are key members of the idiosyncratic Dutch improvised music community. In this ensemble four improvisational artists form a musical collaboration that seems to take on an almost telepathic quality, pulsing with passion, dedication, and versatility.
CD Perch Hen Brock & Rain Live @ The Tampere Jazz Happening RPR 1051, Relative Pitch Records
release July 2016 in collaboration with Wig label