There is an undeniable thrill in discovering a new artist who speaks to you, and then finding out you can see them in an intimate space with fellow converts in the know. We’ve put together a few details on some artists performing at the Festival who are sure to be the stars of tomorrow.
Mario Rom’s Interzone
Saturday, June 24, 3:45pm, FREE
Downtown Jazz - Georgia Stage
“I have yet to hear a group of musicians – anywhere – with a more serious sense of play. Mario Rom’ Interzone, easily one of the most entertaining and scintillating acts at this year’s festival” - Rochester City Newspaper
Considered one of the most promising trios in Europe’s current jazz scene, Mario Rom’s Interzone has received a great deal of attention from critics and media all over the world in a very short time. Fronted by trumpeter Mario Rom, with Lukas Kranzelbinder on bass, and Herbert Pirker on drums, the Austrian group has just put out its third release Truth Is Simple to Consume that continues to break new ground in jazz experimentation. While Mario Rom’s Interzone might not be for everyone, if your musical tastes run to swinging adventure this is sure to be an amazing show to seek out as we open our first day of Downtown Jazz, right outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. MORE INFO
Sunday, June 25, 7:30 & 9pm
“Kandace has a voice that could melt snow” - Prince
Singer, songwriter and pianist, Kandace Spings effortlessly blends soul, jazz, and pop with a set list that combines eclectic covers and original material. Her musical heroes are superb stylists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Norah Jones, but Springs is no mere imitator. This Nashville-based singer brings a super fresh vibe that is distinctly her own. She has toured with Gregory Porter and performed at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain with Price. If you like your jazz with a heaping of soul, and a dash of R&B check out one of Springs’ shows at the intimate Pyatt Hall. MORE INFO
Tuesday, June 27, 9pm
“… playful, geekily ingenious… Collier’s exuberance is very infectious, and his virtuosity often stunning”–The Guardian
Distinctive, inventive and prodigious, Londoner Jacob Collier has a knack for fusing a dizzying array of genres–jazz, a cappella, groove, folk, trip hop, classical, Brazilian, gospel, and soul. Racking up over 10 million views, he broke on the scene as a YouTube star back in 2011—he is just as well known for his music referencing pop tunes from the 70s and 80s as he is for his media rich videos. Reinventing tunes from the likes of The Carpenters, Steve Wonder, and Michael Jackson, Collier has a voice that is versatile and seems much more mature than this young age. Undeniably an incredible talent who plays all his own instrumentation, sings all the parts, and has developed a sophisticated visual projection montage to accompany his shows, one can’t help to think of him as a perfect example of a generation who has grown up immersed in social media. A wunderkind to watch. MORE INFO
Sunday, July 2, 7pm, FREE
David Lam Park
“Even though on the surface she seems quite playful there’s a real powerful streak running through her just by the very culture she’s alluding to.”–The Guardian
The Festival is excited to present Horsepowar for the first time on our stage on the our last day to rock out David Lam Park with her Bollywood meets joke rap songs. Horsepowar, AKA Jasleen Powar is a Vancouver hip hop artist who has garnered world wide attention for her music that while rooted in her South Asian heritage has diverse musical inspiration – she is a self-professed fan of Nelly Furtado, MIA, and System of a Down. She’s played SXSW, been profiled in GQ, and her third release OUT2LUNCH last year created a stir for her smart and politically potent message. She exudes confidence, with intelligent and witty lyrics, she is outspoken, and not shy to shake things up. This is an incredible chance to finish your Festival experience on a high. MORE INFO
Did we mention, two of these shows are outdoors and free?
So, why not increase your music cred and bank some future bragging rights by checking out these artists, safe in the knowledge that you can say you saw them play live before they got big—really big.