June 24 RICH HALLEY QUARTET
Rich Halley (Tenor Saxophone), Michael Vlatkovich (Trombone),
Clyde Reed (Bass), Carson Halley (Drums).
No saxophonist out there is playing with more fire,
muscle, sheer guts or wild abandon than Halley. But as out
there as he can get, theres always a boppish discipline,
a thread of containment.All About Jazz
Not as well known as horn players like Joe Lovano and Evan
Parker, Oregon-based Halley nonetheless brings the same
level of excitement to the stage. He works with open structures
that emphasize melody and rhythm and frequently the music
is based around a groove. His band features inventive Vancouver
bassist Clyde Reed, extraordinary improvising trombonist
Michael Vlatkovich and his son Carson Halley drums.
June 25 Tommy Babin's Benzene
Chad Makela (Saxophone), Chad MacQuarrie (Guitar), Tommy
Babin (Bass), Skye Brooks (Drums).
A crafty exercise in maddening juxtaposition
full-bore free-improv against stratospheric out-rock.Exclaim
One of Vancouvers busiest bass players and composers,
Tommy Babin excels in both straight-ahead and improv settings.
He can be heard with a wide array of artists such as Gordon
Grdina, Jorane, Paul Plimley, Les Projectionnistes, Hamid
Drake and The NOW Orchestra. On his debut album with Benzene
Your Body is Your Prison theres no shortage
of hypnotic energy and excitement. The compositions
benefit from a focused narrative thats cinematic in
its sweep, states Now magazine. With baritone saxophonist
Chad Makela, guitarist Chad MacQuarrie and drummer Skye
July 1 Tony Wilson 4TET
Tony Wilson (Guitar), Dan Gaucher (Drums), Jesse Zubot
(Violin), Skye Brooks (Drums).
A talismanic West Coast figure. Down
A major force in Vancouvers creative music community,
guitarist and composer Tony Wilson is one of the most original
guitar stylists on the Canadian scene. His compositions
tap into the whole history of jazz and blues, shifting from
Leadbellys moaning sound to Albert Ayler-like combustion,
and theyve been performed by a wide range of artists
such as Hard Rubber Orchestra, Myra Melford and Zubot and
Dawson. Wilson will be writing new material for this group
(Jesse Zubot violin, Dan Gaucher and Skye Brooks drums)
that he describes as roots music meets Ornette [Coleman].
July 2 Wilson/Lee/Bentley
Tony Wilson (Guitar), Peggy Lee (Cello), Jon Bentley (Tenor
This is an adventurous, fully integrated co-op band formed
by three champions of Vancouvers creative music scene.
With Tony Wilson guitar, Peggy Lee cello, and Jon Bentley
saxophones, each musician contributes compositions while
performing a variety of functions within the group from
soloing to accompaniment, melodic development to harmonic
exploration. The trio runs the gamut from spacious and reflective
episodes to driving rhythms, soaring melodies and fierce
improvisation in which they pack the punch of a large ensemble.
La Scena Musicale calls the bands album Escondido
Dreams (Drip Audio) a refreshing dose of exciting
July 3 JP Carter/ Peggy Lee/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshon Sorey
This is the kind of international collaboration that has
brought the Festival acclaim. We love to match Vancouver
artists with prominent outsiders to create exciting new
synergies. Trumpeter JP Carter is best known for his stellar
work with Vancouvers genre-defying Inhabitants. Extraordinary
cellist/composer Peggy Lee plays an expansive role in the
local scene as a bandleader and relentlessly riveting improviser.
London-based saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock has wide musical
interests having worked with Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker,
the Brazilian quartet Nois4, and the contemporary classical
quartet The Continuum Ensemble. American Tyshawn Sorey has
been called the most brilliant composer/percussionist
of his generation.