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This month at Ironworks Gallery Art on display by Mr Fire-Man and Sophie Charalambides
Date: June Medium: Paintings and Mixed Media

Fire-Man: Mr. Fire-Man is an internationally celebrated painter, performer and instrument maker living and working out of Japantown in Vancouver, BC. Aside from creating portraits and landscapes in his signature style, he is the conductor and composer for the Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra, an interactive performance project commonly seen at the Super Robertson Supper Show at the Railway Club on Wednesday nights.

Here is his blog:

Sophie Charalambides is a Greek Artist who although being orn and raised in BC spend many formative years living in Greece. Much of this time was spend on the Island of Aegina, and also in the city of Thessaloniki which is noted as one of the prominant cultural centres of Greece. The intense colours of Greece and the beauty and uniqueness of the Greek architecture play dominant roles in Ms Charlambides work today. "I have always been drawn to the beauty and power of the ancient ruins ad architecture of the time.

In addition to her travels and the inspiration they have provided for her. Sophie has studied interdisiplinary design, art history and colour theory and currently teaches colour theory here in Vancouver, BC

Sophie Charalambides "Havanna Series" will be on display at The Ironworks during the Jazz Festival.

R.C.E.A and The Ironworks Presents The Taylor Cook Quintet

Date: June 21

Medium: Concert




Time: doors

Show 7:30


Tickets: $10 at the door


The Taylor Cook Quintet is a Toronto based jazz group comprised of Taylor Cook on saxophone, Ben McChonchie on trumpet, Brandon Wall on guitar, Mark Godfrey on bass and Dan Gaucher on drums. This newly formed group focuses on original material from members of the band bringing everyone's personal experiences to a group dynamic. The Quintet will also be rounding out its performances with material from classic quintet recordings such as 'Cannonball and Coltrane' and 'The Adderley Brothers Quintet'

Ranging from bebop up to modern jazz the Taylor Cook Quintet provides a well rounded performance appropriate for every type of music fan.





JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011 Ironworks Series

Date: June 24, 25,

July 1, 2 and 3

Medium : music

info: www.coastaljazz.ca/concerts/browse/venue/i



Time: Doors: 9:30

2 shows each night

First show at 10:30pm

last show starting at midnight!


Tickets: $15 at door only

Or Hopper Pass!



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, there’s 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…pits full-bore free-improv against stratospheric out-rock.”—Exclaim
One of Vancouver’s 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 —there’s no shortage of hypnotic energy and excitement. “The compositions benefit from a focused narrative that’s cinematic in its sweep,” states Now magazine. With baritone saxophonist Chad Makela, guitarist Chad MacQuarrie and drummer Skye Brooks.


July 1 Tony Wilson 4TET

Tony Wilson (Guitar), Dan Gaucher (Drums), Jesse Zubot (Violin), Skye Brooks (Drums).

“A talismanic West Coast figure.” – Down Beat
A major force in Vancouver’s 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 Leadbelly’s moaning sound to Albert Ayler-like combustion, and they’ve 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 Saxophone).

This is an adventurous, fully integrated co-op band formed by three champions of Vancouver’s 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 band’s album Escondido Dreams (Drip Audio) “a refreshing dose of exciting risk-taking.”

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 Vancouver’s 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.”