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SICK BOSS & Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise

Winter Jazz on Granville Island

Saturday, February 22, 2020Performance Works8:00PM

*RSVPs are now closed for this performance. But don’t despair! We anticipate having capacity for a limited number of walk-up tickets. If you’d like to attend, we recommend arriving by 7:30pm and planning for a short time in an outdoor line-up.

In its sinuous melodies and complex rhythms, SICK BOSS immediately calls to mind composer Cole Schmidt’s work in award-winning outfit Pugs & Crows. Drawing from creative improvisation, folk, and Jimi Hendrix, SICK BOSS’ sweeping, cerebral originals are taken to unexpected places by Vancouver sonic all-stars Peggy Lee cello, Josh Zubot violin, James Meger bass, Dan Gaucher drums, and Cole Schmidt guitar.

FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise is the much-anticipated follow-up to composer, trumpeter, and (now) singer Jaimie Branch’s debut Fly or Die, which was dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2017” by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, WIRE, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, and more. bird dogs of paradise is the result of a never-satisfied Branch pushing her distinct style of progressive composition to new heights — while also stepping forward as a vocalist for the first time. Her unflinching, unhinged mix of anger and humour, plus searing trumpet piled atop massive down-tuned blues creates a a sound that’s unequivocally her own. Conjuring up moments of real reckoning—hopefulness, hopelessness, danger, and joy—Branch dares you to feel again, or as she says, “now sound the trumpets and get ready to roll.”

With Jason Ajemian acoustic bass/electronics, Lester St Louis cello, and Chad Taylor drums.

RSVP for this free show and guarantee admittance!
Walk-ups welcome if capacity allows. Tickets not picked up by 7:45pm will be released.

All RSVPs entered to win a pair of tickets to Hiromi at the Vancouver Playhouse, June 23 (during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival).

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