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Time Continued to Pass by Artist Chris Blades
Date: ongoing 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. www.cblades.com
Castal jazz and Blues Society presents: Time Flies l
Date: Feb 5-7 Medium: 21st Annual Improvised Music Festival
Time: Doors 7:30 Tickets:$Big Time Pass $40 (all 3 nights)** $20/15 Students, Seniors, Jazz Friends

Curated by Ken Pickering and Torsten Müller, this three-night collaborative project has eight brilliant Canadian and Swedish musicians exploring improvisational practices in a warm, intimate setting. Each evening the octet pushes the music into daring and invigorating terrain using different combinations of players throughout.


Swedish free improviser Christian Munthe concentrates on the sonic possibilities offered by the acoustic guitar in solo as well as various ensemble settings. He’s released recordings under his own name as well as with Mats Gustafsson (Two Slices of Acoustic Car), Günter Christmann, Anders Dahl, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, and Roger Turner.

Vancouver drummer Dylan van der Schyff is a heavyweight in the city’s acclaimed jazz and improvised music community. AllAboutJazz.com notes that his “ability to extract an infinite variety of textures from a simple drum kit is unparalleled.” Besides working with local groups like Talking Pictures, NOW Orchestra, and the Brad Turner Quartet, Dylan collaborates with international names like Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Achim Kauffman, and Fredrik Ljungkvist.

Vancouver-based clarinetist François Houle is a spectacular musician whose performances and recordings transcend stylistic borders. Also a composer and bandleader, Houle explores the many facets of modern music—from electronic manipulation to acoustic contemporary chamber music. He has worked alongside Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, and Evan Parker, and with ensembles under the direction of Mauricio Kagel and Iannis Xenakis.

Swedish saxophone whiz Mats Gustafsson is a mainstay on the Scandinavian free jazz scene. Brandishing an intense, robust sound, he’s worked with bands like The Thing and Barry Guy New Orchestra as well as improvisers such as Misha Mengelberg, Marilyn Crispell, and Otomo Yoshihide. Thanks to Rikskonserter/Concerts Sweden

Per-Åke Holmander is arguably the most important tuba player in European new and improvised music. The talented Swede is a member of Barry Guy’s New Orchestra, Peter Brotzmann’s Tentet, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, and Fredrik Ljungkvist’s Yun Kan 5.

Swedish percussionist Raymond Strid is an important member of the international improvising community, working with Barry Guy, Sten Sandell, Evan Parker, and Joëlle Léandre. Strid has the ability to clarify the essence of the music as it develops, creating a sense of space with great subtlety within the most complex of settings, and often holds back where another might blur the details.

Renowned German bassist Torsten Müller continues to be a valued collaborator on Vancouver’s creative music scene since making the city his home almost a decade ago. A great improviser who expands the sonic possibilities of his instrument through extended techniques, Müller has worked with a diverse cast of international improvisers including Günter Christmann and Ken Vandermark.

The acclaimed Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee is a consistently inventive improviser with a riveting presence. Her outstanding ensemble, the Peggy Lee Band, performs her finely crafted, sonorous, and beautiful compositions. As an improviser Lee has worked with many of the world’s best players such as Louis Sclavis, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, and Barry Guy.

Big Time Pass $40 (all 3 nights)** $20/15 Students, Seniors, Jazz Friends*
Jazz Hotline: 604.872.5200
Toll Free: 1.888.438.5200

All ticket prices are subject to service charges.
**Big Time Pass available at the CJBS office or at the show on February 5

*Jazz Friends receive REDUCED service charges. Jazz friends tickets available in person or over the phone through CJBS office only!

Coastal Jazz and Blues Society Presents: ICEHOCKEY

Canada vs Sweden (An Exhibition Game)

Date: Feb 12 Medium: Jazz
Time: doors 7:30 Tix: $20/15 Students, Seniors, Jazz Friends*

Canada and Sweden share a mutual longstanding passion for improvised music and hockey. Not surprisingly, each country has produced some of the most gifted artists/athletes in both respective pursuits. Yet it’s unusual to witness the intriguing link between sport and musical expression, particularly in the way both athletes and musicians use improvisation when they perform. This provocative international collaboration heightens perspective on the fascinating connection between the two.


For Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden, Coastal Jazz has commissioned internationally acclaimed composer/clarinetist/improviser François Houle (Vancouver/Canada) and composer/saxophonist/improviser Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) to compose pieces based on the systems and culture of ice hockey for fourteen musicians (6 per team plus two referees). The compositions will be realized in a workshop setting for 5 days in February culminating in a full-scale performance (exhibition game) at The Ironworks. The world premiere performance (championship game) will take place at the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival in June 2009.


TEAM ROSTERS
TEAM CANADA
François Houle clarinet (right wing, captain)
Torsten Müller bass (defense)
Jesse Zubot violin/electronics (centre)
John Korsrud trumpet (left wing)
Tony Wilson guitar (defense)
Dylan van der Schyff drums (goalie)


SWEDEN – TRE KRONOR
Mats Gustafsson sax/electronics (left wing, captain)
Per-Åke Holmlander tuba (defense)
Magnus Broo trumpet (right wing)
Christian Munthe guitars (centre)
Kjell Nordeson vibes (defense)
Raymond Strid drums (goalie)

REFEREES
Jakob Riis laptop/electronics (Denmark)
Wayne Horvitz keyboards/electronics (USA)

 

 

$20/15 Students, Seniors, Jazz Friends*
Jazz Hotline: 604.872.5200
Toll Free: 1.888.438.5200

All ticket prices are subject to service charges.

*Jazz Friends receive REDUCED service charges. Jazz friends tickets available in person or over the phone through CJBS office only!
Tickets available at Highlife Records in person only at 1317 Commercial D
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www.coastaljazz.ca

 

TAlking Sticks Festival

 

Date: Feb 13/14 Medium:
Time: :

Tickets:

 

To be announced

 

Big Time Pass $40 (all 3 nights)** $20/15 Students, Seniors, Jazz Friends*
Jazz Hotline: 604.872.5200
Toll Free: 1.888.438.5200

All ticket prices are subject to service charges.
**Big Time Pass available at the CJBS office or at the show on February 5

*Jazz Friends receive REDUCED service charges. Jazz friends tickets available in person or over the phone through CJBS office only!