CJB Header Looking AheadWednesday, April 24, 2013

 

TD International Jazz Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows. Don’t miss stars like Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Nikki Yanofsky, Bettye LaVette, David Murray Infinity Quartet featuring Macy Gray and Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. Tickets can be purchased at www.northerntickets.com. Visit our website for full lineup details. www.vanjazzfest.ca

Jazz Around Town

 

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
plus special guest Colin Stetson

June 23 Venue @ 9pm $25 + SC

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan"Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are one of the most exciting bands on the planet.” – NOW Magazine.
Leaders of the new Canadian vanguard, Polaris Prize shortlisters YT//ST are next-level art-rockers who negotiate cultural dynamics (founders Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood share Asian-Canadian heritage) through hypnotic soundscapes, noise, heavy psyche-rock, performance art, and elaborate staging in giant monochrome paper sets. Focused, yet thrillingly transcendent, theirs is a dazzling hybrid art they call “Noh-wave” that blends appropriated styles of Noh, Chinese Opera, Japanese and First Nations mythology, psychedelia, and rock operatics into a sensory feast of sights and sounds.

Colin Stetson Colin Stetson
A must-see! Saxophonist and Polaris Prize runner-up Colin Stetson’s exhilarating approach to performance simultaneously blends extended technique and circular breathing to create layered, polyphonic sonic wonders. A sought-after side player for Arcade Fire and Tom Waits, Colin Stetson’s fierce dedication to pushing the boundaries of his craft has seen his unique compositional voice rise above traditional roles of reed players and command centre stage. His first-time duo collaboration with fellow sax player Mats Gustafsson at last year’s festival was one for the ages.

JUNE 22 Innovation Series - Ironworks Late Night (Gordon Grdina Trio with Colin Stetson) @ 11:30pm $12


Nosaj Thing
with special guests Sabota

June 27 Venue Doors 8pm Show 9pm $20 + SC

Nosaj ThingNosaj Thing
An exciting night of cinematic soundscapes and head bobbing beats. Los Angeles-based producer Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) started carving out his unique electronic identity in the underground rock scene, and now synthesizes influences as diverse as DJ Shadow, Danny Elfman, and Erik Satie into a sublime, nuanced sound that Pitchfork calls “gorgeously haunted...sonic Easter Eggs for a thousand listens.” One of Spin Magazine’s Top 5 must-hear LA electronic acts, Nosaj Thing has lent his masterful sense of groove and flow to remixes of Flying Lotus, Beck, Radiohead, and The xx, and collaborations with Toro Y Moi and Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead). Co-presented with New Forms Festival.

Innovation Series

 

Choose any three shows from Innovation Series – Ironworks & Ironworks Late Night $36 + SC. Available online at www.northerntickets.ca exclusively, search for Ironworks Innovation, select the three shows you want to see.


French American Peace Ensemble featuring François Tusques

June 21 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

The Parisian art scene of the late 60’s was a welcoming time for international music collaborations. Fast forward to 2013 - three renowned improvisers from the States will join the godfather of French free jazz, pianist François Tusques, to celebrate the cultural connections between France and America. Tusques recorded one of the first albums of wholly European improvised music – 1965’s “Free Jazz” – and played with a Who’s-Who of American jazz (Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry). He’ll be joined by New Orleans saxophone giant Kidd Jordan (Ray Charles, World Saxophone Quartet) and the almost psychic duo of William Parker "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time" (Village Voice) and Hamid Drake (Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark) “one of the best percussionists in improvised music” (All Music).


Phronesis

June 22 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Phronesis “One of the most exciting bands on the planet today!” - Jazzwise. Dizzying odd meter grooves, breakneck time changes, and breathtaking, top-of-the-rollercoaster group interplay are in abundance as Danish bassist Jasper Høiby’s fierce and muscular playing leads this UK-based trio—which has been dubbed “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST”—through fiendishly complex but accessible modern jazz. Høiby writes his intricate and athletic music without specific chords indicated allowing Ivo Neame’s lyrical piano to colour the agile polyrhythmic ventures of the bandleader and drummer Anton Eger. This daring trio holds audiences captive in the exhilarating now.


Didier Petit’s East-West Ensemble

June 23 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Didier Petit’s East-West Ensemble Masterful musicians combine free jazz with Eastern traditions. French cellist Didier Petit “shoots forth intense spirals of overwhelming emotion” (Allmusic.com) while often vocalizing over his full, polyphonic bowing. Rova Saxophone Quartet co-founder Larry Ochs has a voracious appetite for cutting-edge 20th Century music, from Cage to Coltrane. Savvy Festival-goers will remember Xu Fengxia voice/guzheng from her compelling 2012 performance with Black Lotos (Lucas Niggli). Miya Masaoka koto is a multi-disciplinary artist who investigates the natural world through idiosyncratic perspectives on sound. A leader in the French improv scene since the Seventies, clarinetist Sylvain Kassap has played with Barre Phillips, Evan Parker, and more.


Alan Jones Canadian All Star Sextet

June 25 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm + SC

Didier Petit’s East-West Ensemble Drummer Alan Jones (Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler) leads a band of all-star players that will have you screaming for...more! Saxophonists Phil Dwyer (Hugh Fraser, Randy Brecker) and Seamus Blake (John Scofield, Dave Douglas) are two of the most prodigiously talented players on the continent. Jon Ballantyne (Joe Lovano, Billy Hart) is a Juno award-winning pianist with a modern sensibility. Ingrid Jensen “plays trumpet with all the brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso” (Marian McPartland). Tom Wakeling (Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz) anchors the band on bass. Get set for dynamic post-bop with sophisticated melodies and a wonderful sense of buoyant excitement and infectious swing!

JUNE 24 Tom Lee Music Hall (Seamus Blake, Phil Dwyer, Alan Jones Workshop) @ 1pm Free

JUNE 25 Tom Lee Music Hall (Ingrid Jensen, Jon Ballantyne, Tom Wakeling Workshop) @ 1pm Free


Christian Wallumrød Ensemble

June 26 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble A beguiling treat for the ears! This astounding chamber group creates an expansive, almost mystical music through the compositions of Norwegian keyboardist and ECM artist Christian Wallumrød. One of the leading young Norwegian creative musicians, Wallumrød’s “hymnal, luminously beautiful music” (The Guardian) evokes contemporary classical composers such as Morton Feldman and John Cage, Norwegian folk traditions, and cinematic sound sculpture. “The various traditions are all treated with respect, even when they’re deliciously subverted.” - Downbeat. With Gjermund Larsen violin/viola/hardanger, Eivind Lønning trumpet, Tove Törngren cello, Espen Reinertsen tenor sax, Per Oddvar Johansen drums/vibes.


Julian Arguelles Quartet

June 27 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Julian Arguelles Quartet “One is left almost speechless with admiration” - The Independent.
Award-winning British saxophonist Julian Arguelles is one of Europe’s finest musicians. A master of many idioms within the jazz sphere, Arguelles has a sound and style all his own. He’s lent his burnished tone to the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and collaborated with an impressive array of artists like Tim Berne, Dave Holland, and Carla Bley. This is a rare chance for Vancouverites to hear what the Georgia Straight called “the refined roar of one of the young lions of British jazz.” With Kit Downes piano, Sam Lasserson bass, James Maddren drums.

JUNE 27 Tom Lee Music Hall (Julian Arguelles workshop) 1pm Free


Silke Eberhard Trio

June 28 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Silke Eberhard Trio “Her mastery of both instruments is impressive, but so is her take on music: it is fun, it is light-footed, rhythmically and structurally complex, emotional and technically superb.” - Freejazz.
German saxophonist/clarinetist Silke Eberhard has an inclusive, far-reaching take on jazz performance that includes Ornette-influenced avant-bop and interdisciplinary work with theatre and dance artists. She has performed and/or recorded with Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Aki Takase, and Scotland’s NeWt Trio, among many others. This sharp trio featuring bassist Jan Roder and Kay Lübke drums is uncommonly committed to celebrating and developing the traditions of free jazz.


Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up

June 29 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up This sleek ensemble led by the textural, orchestral swing drumming of Tomas Fujiwara (Taylor Ho Bynum) crafts “an updated take on the Miles Davis 1960’s quintet idea” – All About Jazz. Made up of leading lights in the new generation of New York creative musicians, it is certainly one of the most out-and-out entertaining modern jazz groups working today. Episodic compositions morph as they progress through enigmatic but evocative logic, always allowing for invigorating group improvisation. With Mary Halvorson (“the most impressive guitarist of her generation” – All About Jazz. Brian Settles tenor saxophone, Michael Formanek (Tim Berne) bass, Jonathan Finlayson (“an incisive and often surprising trumpeter” - New York Times).


Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

June 30 Innovation Series - Ironworks @ 9pm $25 + SC

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil Alto saxophonist Tim Berne’s gritty, tough sound and next-level compositions that are featured on his current ECM recording Snakeoil had many critics placing the disc on their best of the year lists. Snakeoil signals a return to Berne’s rare ability to channel rigorous structure while still breathing the rarified air of freedom in his playing. Joined by drummer Ches Smith (Mr. Bungle, Marc Ribot), clarinetist Oscar Noriega (Jim Black), and pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck), these meticulous craftsmen and artful improvisers take music far beyond the written page and into an expressive, magical sonic territory of exhilarating textural shifts, modular grooves, and serpentine, brain-twisting melodies.

Innovation Series - Ironworks Late Night

 

Distant Relatives featuring Alfred 23 Harth and Dylan van der Schyff

Friday, June 21 @ 11:30pm $12

Gordon Grdina Trio with Colin Stetson

Saturday, June 22 @ 11:30pm $12

Sylvain Kassap/Viviane Houle/
Stefan Smulovitz/Didier Petit

Sunday, June 23 @ 11:30pm $12

V. Vecker Ensemble

Friday, June 28 @ 11:30pm $12

Destroy Vancouver

Saturday, June 29 @ 11:30pm (co-presented with VIVO Media Arts) $12

Jason Adasiewicz Sun Rooms with François Houle

Sunday, June 30 @ 11:30pm $12

Innovation Series
Roundhouse Performance Centre

 

The Roundhouse Performance Centre Pass allows access to all seven shows Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 for $25 + SC. Available online at www.northerntickets.com or at Northern Tickets Box Office, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver.

Individual show tickets will only be available the day of show at the door for $5/$12 as indicated below.


Lina Nyberg Band

Saturday June 29 @ 1:30pm $5

Robots on Fire

Saturday June 29 @ 3:15pm $5

Peter Van Huffel’s GORILLA MASK

Saturday, June 29 @ 5pm $5

John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra: 100 years of Jazz Orchestra featuring Jeffrey Zeigler

Saturday, June 29 @ 8pm $12

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb & Anat Fort

Sunday, June 30 @ 1:30pm $5

Alberto Braida & François Houle

Sunday, June 30 @ 3:15pm $5

Lisa Cay Miller Quartet – SOS Songs

Sunday, June 30 @ 5pm $5

 
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A big congratulations to Vancouver band Pugs and Crows for winning a Juno Award on the weekend. The busy quintet led by guitarist Cole Schmidt has made an impact on the local scene since releasing its debut album Slum Tower back in 2009 and we’re delighted for their achievements.

At Coastal Jazz we take pride in nurturing, developing and promoting our emerging BC based artists like P&C with strategic performance opportunities. At the 2010 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival the group captured the prestigious Galaxie Rising Stars Award. Last year, they played before a huge audience when opening for legendary guitarist Bill Frisell at the Vogue Theatre. This year, a special collaboration with the brilliant guitarist Tony Wilson will take place at Performance Works on Granville Island on opening day. Here’s to continued recognition and success in the future. Go Pugs!

Speaking of the Jazz Festival, today we announce the artists that will perform at the Venue Series and the Innovation Series. It’s a killer lineup with some musicians that really stand out for me.

Saxophonist Colin Stetson is an absolute must-see! He has the most thrilling approach to performance, simultaneously blending various extended techniques and circular breathing to create layered and textured sonic excitement. He goes way beyond the traditional idea of how the saxophone should be played. People who saw his unforgettable duo concert with fellow saxophonist Mats Gustafsson at last year’s Festival will know what I’m talking about. Its fun to watch and even more exhilarating to listen to.

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The Alan Jones Canadian All Star Sextet is another of those do-not-miss concerts. If high energy swinging post-bop melodic jazz is up your alley then this is the one. Just look at the lineup! Phil Dwyer and Seamus Blake on saxophones. Juno award winning Jon Ballantyne on piano. Tom Wakeling on bass and the scintillating Alan Jones on drums. You’ll be talking about this one for months to come. And don’t miss the free workshops the band members will be offering.

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I’ve always had a very strong attachment to Ornette Coleman’s music. It’s less concerned with harmonic development and more focused on melody and rhythm. German saxophonist/clarinetist Silke Eberhard’s has a broad and adventurous take on jazz that includes Ornette-influenced avant bop Her hip trio is nimble and tight as a drum.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Jazz Festival for the first time last year and caught lots of great bands but one of the locals I was told to check out - vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz - remained elusive. Now to my good fortune and yours, Jason is performing at the Jazz Festival with his driving band Sun Rooms. An added bonus - the group will be joined by Vancouver clarinetist François Houle.

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The Jazz Festival has presented many great bands from Scandinavia over the past two decades. The Christian Wallumrød Ensemble from Norway is one that has been long overdue. This is an astounding chamber group that creates gorgeous cinematic music that is almost mystical. There are hints of jazz, contemporary classical currents, folk traditions and more. Its luminous. Its beautiful.

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I’m just scratching the surface. Both the Venue and Innovation Series are deep in musical surprises. Dig in and enjoy!

That’s a wrap.

John Orysik,
Co-Founder/Media Director

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The 28th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is produced by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society.



The 28th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from June 21 - July 1, 2013. Tickets at www.northerntickets.com or by calling 604.569.1144 or at Northern Tickets Box Office, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver.


Contact: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, 2nd Floor, 295 West 7th Ave,
Vancouver, BC. Canada V5Y 1L9 Tel: 604 872 5200 Fax: 604 872 5250

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