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COASTALJAZZ and Blues Society Presents a double bill

Tony Wilson Sextet plus,
Ken Vandermark/ Paul Rutherford /Torsten Muller /Dylan van der Schyff (group)

Date: Dec 10 Medium: Concert
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: Jazz Friends at Ticketmaster, Highlife Records or through the Jazz Hotline at 604-872-5200.
Description:Saxophonist/clarinetist Ken Vandermark is the one of the key figures in Chicago's improvisational community, thanks to his energetic involvement in a series of local projects. In the late '90s Vandermark decided to focus his attention on three bands-the Vandermark 5 (founded in 1996 with Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, and Tim Mulvenna), the DVK Trio (with Hamid Drake and Kessler), and Steam (with Kessler, Mulvenna and Jim Baker). Recognized for his remarkable sound that synthesizes bop, free improv, and blues elements, Vandermark has worked with an international array of musicians including German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann, French bassist Joelle Leandre, and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.
A trailblazer, as well as a major figure on the European improvising scene, virtuoso British trombonist Paul Rutherford has played with the Globe Unity Orchestra, London Jazz Composer's Orchestra (LJCO), Mike Westbrook Orchestra, and a myriad of small groups including his duo with Paul Lovens and recently, a trio with Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker. Rutherford's major contribution to the art form is the new trombone language he developed in the mid-70s that mixes electronics, vocal effects, traditional jazz devices, and intriguing sounds and voicings. He issued a number of compelling solo sessions in that era including Gentle Harm of the Bourgeoisie, a recording many consider to be the finest documentation of solo trombone improvisations ever.
An accomplished improviser who expands the sonic possibilities of his instrument through extended techniques, renowned German bassist Torsten Müller has become a stalwart on the local creative improvising scene since moving to Vancouver four years ago.
Able to excel in both traditional and free improv situations, drummer Dylan van der Schyff works with many resident ensembles, tours and records with many international artists.

Tony Wilson Sextet

"Wilson is one of the more eclectic band leaders on the improvised music scene in North America, adept at taking the conceptions of the masters and twisting them out of shape to form new compositions without deleting the necessary constituents." - Coda Magazine

Guitarist/composer Tony Wilson is a major force in Vancouver's vibrant creative music community. Since arriving in the city almost twenty years ago, Wilson has worked with many leading bandleaders. François Houle, Peggy Lee, and Saul Berson are just some of the local names he's joined forces with, along with a host of international collaborators including Myra Melford, Vinny Golia and William Parker. He's also led groups like Flowers for Albert, Bugs Inside, and Monkaholic, and regularly receives commissions from ensembles such as Standing Wave, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Joe Trio, and Kokoro Dance.
Wilson is unquestionably one of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene. His compositions tap into the whole history of jazz and blues, shifting from Leadbelly's moaning songs to Metheny-like combustion. He's an intuitive and passionate player once described by jazz journalist Art Lange as a guitarist who can alternate between the "Sclean swing lines and chording of a Tal Farlow and the hyperburn and feedback of Jimi Hendrix."
The Tony Wilson Sextet plays boisterous and joyful music. The band's blend of acoustic and electronic sounds brings fresh insight into older Wilson originals and clever nuance to the interpretation of tunes by Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, The Beatles, and Curlew. It's all heard to great advantage on the band's latest self-produced CD, Horseplay. Wilson is joined by J.P. Carter trumpet/electronics, Masa J. Anzai alto saxophone, Jesse Zubot violin, Russell Sholberg bass, Skye Brooks drums. With the recent addition of violinist Jesse Zubot, the group has not only begun to explore new compositions, but to cultivate its own distinctive voice.
Producers of the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 24-July 3, 2005
NEW WORKS by Resident Artist Chris Blades
Date: Nov 1 to Jan 30 Medium: Paintings and Mixed Media
Description: Christopher Blades has been active in the Vancouver area for the last 30 years. Blades' eclectic energies have touched upon video art, music video, sound, lighting, printmaking, painting and three dimensional work. The work has appeared in books, cd covers, television and film. His paintings are in corporate and private collections worldwide. Chris' limited edition prints have been collected by several Canadian Art museums including, the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Permanent Collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Maltwood Museum at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, Camosun College in Naniamo, and the Touro College in New York City. For almost a year now Chris has had a studio space in the Ironworks and many of his pieces are on view there on an ongoing basis. www.cblades.com