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. Hes
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 citys 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 musicfrom
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, hes 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 Guys New Orchestra, Peter
Brotzmanns Tentet, Ken Vandermarks Territory
Band, and Fredrik Ljungkvists 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 Vancouvers 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 worlds best players such
as Louis Sclavis, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, and Barry
Big Time Pass $40 (all 3 nights)** $20/15 Students,
Seniors, Jazz Friends*
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**Big Time Pass available at the CJBS office or at the show
on February 5
*Jazz Friends receive REDUCED service charges. Jazz friends
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