2006.07 –> July 2006 at Rime

TIME TO RING SOME CHANGES… Nothing is permanent, nothing is real… After the end of July, Zula Productions and Rime will be parting ways to pursue different visions. It’s been a fun, bumpy ride! For future Zula events elsewhere, keep checking zulapresents.org . Feel free to get on email lists on both websites. Big hugs & thanks to the artists, who continue to create magic and beauty in face of adversity! Many thanks to you, a most faithful & adventurous audience, for your continued support of live music in your community!

ZULA Presents

JULY 2006 at RIME (1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC)

 

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Artist In Residence at Rime – Tuesdays in July 2006: STEVE SMITH

 

 

Steve Smith

Bassist/Composer/Bandleader Steve Smith is an active member of our jazz community and a prolific composer. Before moving to Vancouver in 2000, Smith resided in San Francisco. A native of California, Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California. After studying privately with Bertram Turetzky and Bob Magnusson, he was contracted for a series of performances in Western Canada where he met jazz pianist and contemporary classical composer, Lisa Miller. The two moved to New York City where they participated in Greenwich Village sessions with artists such as Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Jacky Terrasson, David Sanchez, and Roy Hargrove. His debut recording as a leader, Chantal’s Way on Double Time Records (www.doubletimejazz.com), features ECM recording artist Richie Beirach and Miles Davis’ sideman Billy Hart. Smith has been busy writing, performing and recording with his quintet Five, called “one of the most vibrant bands on the burgeoning Vancouver jazz scene,” and now his latest project, Steps, featuring some of the finest players in our city. Steve Smith & Lisa Miller now reside in East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive Community with their son Caden.

Monday, July 3/ CHRIS DAVIS QUINTET (9 pm, $5) Chris Davis Quintet‘s performance will be focused on the sounds of the Blue Note Era with concentration on the lesser known compositions of Cedar Walton, Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, and Wayne Shorter. This ensemble is led by recent US import/Vancouver resident, a most welcome addition to the city’s music community, trumpeter Chris Davis and features Terry Deane on sax, Paul Keeling on piano, Tommy Babin on bass, and New York City drummer, John Davis.

Tuesday, July 4/ Artist In Residence: STEVE SMITH – HOME (9 pm, $5-10) After recently recording for the CBC’s Hot Air and Jazz Beat programs, this trio (Miller/Smith/Foster), joined by special guest guitarist Bill Coon, will perform music from Steve Smith‘s debut cd Chantal’s Way released on Double-Time Records ( www.doubletimejazz.com ) featuring Richie Beirach and Billy Hart. Lisa Miller piano; Steve Smith bass; Tom Foster drums; with guest Bill Coon guitar

Wednesday, July 5/ AUDIO-LAVA & BLIND GOD (9 pm, $5-10) Moody, groove-based, jazz influenced trip-hop, results in the lush Audio-Lava sound out of Brent Crossprogrammed drum loops, keyboard samples, spaghetti western guitar and vocals with the sultry, emotive vocals (& Roly sound module) of Lisa Butel plus Lorri Dar on bass, vocals & Jenny Beech on drums, vocals. www.audio-lava.com

A raw & powerful urban roots unit with a huge New York sound a la Morphine… Vampire-Delta blues… music you already know deep down…best band you may never have heard before! Dave Olajide steel guitar, banjo, vocals; Ray Garroway drums

Thursday, July 6/ TZIMMES (9 pm, $5-10) Original in concept and sound, Tzimmes occupies a niche of its own in Jewish Music. Over the 14 years of its existence, they have played in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and England, at Folk Festivals and community events, for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences alike, committed to presenting Jewish Music in its many facets – everything from Middle Eastern (Mizrahi/Hebrew) to Eastern European (Klezmer/Yiddish) to Mediterranean (Sephardi/Ladino), and contemporary musical vernaculars. New settings of traditional repertoire alternate with completely original creations. To date Tzimmes has recorded 3 albums of music – Sweet and Hot, A Lid for Every Pot, and KlezMyriad. Moshe Denburg lead vocal, guitar, band leader; Yona Bar-Sever electric bass, guitar, vocals, hand percussion; Amy Stephen accordion; Saul Berson saxophone, clarinet, flute; Phil Belanger drums, percussion; Myrna Rabinowitz lead vocal www.tzimmes.net

 

Friday, July 7/ BEATS WITHOUT BORDERS with Guests (9:30 pm, $5-10) The Beats Without Borders Collective is made up of 4 established world beat djs, who spin the best dance music on the planet… from funked out afrobeat to sexy Middle-Eastern bellydance to bangin’ bhangra, they’ll rock the party, guaranteed. Tarun is a tabla player, dj, and producer from Montreal. Adrian is a producer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, electric guitar, laptop & the melodica) & dj. Tarun & Adrian spend much of their time organizing events with the Beats Without Borders Collective. www.beatswithoutborders.com

Saturday, July 8/ THE BREAKMEN & SLOW DRAG (9:30 pm, $10) Providing a refreshing take on traditional bluegrass, The Breakmen slide from smoky 1920’s Delta blues to swinging originals with ease. Archie Pateman banjo, guitar, vocals; Lee Watson guitar, vocals; Ben Rogalsky mandolin, vocals; Matt Lawson bass, vocals; Ivan Rosenberg dobro www.thebreakmen.com

“Not only have they listened carefully to their elders, they sound like they could have been there when the original 78s were recorded … (they) seem to have a magical affinity for times past. Slowdrag can make the older songs (and seven of the 13 pieces have dust on them) feel utterly alive and contemporary, with searing high harmonies, some heart-stopping picking, and the kind of raw, sparkling edge that’s there in the best music.” – Chris Nickson, fRoots Magazine, UK

Singer-songwriter, guitarists Koralee Tonack and Craig McKerron explore the roots of early country and bluegrass music. Their voices combine in a seamless and unique blend to recreate the powerful harmonies of a bygone era. Joining Koralee and Craig is Paul Bergman on upright bass, laying down a solid anchor for Slowdrag’s rural southern sound, plus special guest Ivan Rosenberg on dobro.

www.slowdragmusic.com

Sunday, July 9/ CASABLANCA COWBOYS (9 pm, $5-10) Three quarters of East-Van’s well-loved Gypsy-jazz unit, Stringfever manages to play very well even without violinist Stefan Thordarson’s incredible contributions…a pleasantly nostalgic journey of old swing standards, including some great vocal action. Violin & viola master Doug Thordarson and local swing greats Ron Thompson on guitar & Brent Gubbles on bass. www.stringfever.ca

Monday, July 10/ RUFUS CAPPADOCIA plus IAN FERRIER (9 pm, $5-10) Rufus Cappadocia is one of the leading voices of the modern cello. He lives in New York and plays a self-designed 5-string electric cello that extends the bass range of the cello and through amplification expands the tonal possibilities of the instrument. His rhythmic and sonic approach has led to collaborations with musicians from the Balkans, Ireland, West Africa, Greece and the Caribbean. His expertise in Near/Middle Eastern, African and American music forms informs his solo show creating a new and arresting voice that moves from deep polyrhythmic groove, into prayer, building to ecstatic peaks and back into soulful melody and blues. Cappadocia’s music has a timeless quality to it that reaches across boundaries. He has backed the great singers Aretha Franklin and Kasse Mady amongst others. Rufus’ cello was at the core rhythm section of Urban Tap, a company he toured with extensively. He can be heard on CD recordings with The Paradox Trio, Labyrinth w/ Ross Daly and Kif. www.rufusmusic.com

Montreal’s Ian Ferrier is one of the core writer/performers in the North American literature-in-performance scene. His work is a haunting mix of poetry and music, which he presents in Canada, Europe and the United States. His current focus is creating works for voice, acoustic guitar and choir. In 2000 Plan rebelle press released his CD & book Exploding Head Man. The CD & book present a collection of ballads for voice, live recordings with music, sound poems and solo studio collage. Rooted in the spellbound winters of his childhood, the pieces are a passionate look at love, sex and death against a background of the falling snow. They represent the best of three years of his collaborations with top musicians from Montreal and New York. Said the Montreal Gazette: “…heady, impassioned, sometimes hallucinogenic stuff that regularly makes nods to the Beat work he grew up with… Dreamy words soothe, lusty sentences steam, and with a delivery that’s often more gentle that the imagery it yields (even at its most volatile, Ferrier’s vocalizations, with their warm, cushiony and almost child-like diction, scream pseudo-innocence) his spoken word is a complex song in and of itself.” www.voices.e-poets.net/FerrierI

Tuesday, July 11/ Artist In Residence: STEVE SMITH – CIRCLE (9 pm, $5-10) Combine influences Mark Turner and Kurt Rosenwinkel with a pinch of James Brown’s Famous Flames circa 1960-1973, and you have this quartet formed specifically for Zula’s Artist In Residence Series at Rime. Jon Bentley saxophone; Daryl Jahnke guitar; Steve Smith bass; Bernie Arai drums

Wednesday, July 12/ FOLKFEST SAMPLER BASH (Night One) (8 & 11 pm shows, $10 each)

 

Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Zula Productions present at Rime on July 12th & 13th a mad mix of sounds, a generous sampler of the upcoming buffet of music and spoken word to be feasted on at Folkfest between July 14th and 16th at Jericho Beach Park. (Much of the copy below comes from the mighty pens of Folkfest’s “central scrutinizers” Dugg Simpson and Sarah Kim) www.thefestival.bc.ca

 

RHYMIN’ RIME (8 pm, $10) Toronto poet and journalist Clifton Joseph has authored a book of poetry, “Metropolitan Blues”; produced “Oral Trans/missions”, an album of poetry with music by the Livestock Band; a cd-single of the poem “Shots on Eglinton”; the video-poem “Pimps”; his work has been included in a number of spoken and written anthologies including Vehicule Press’ “Poetry Nation” and “Word Up”, Virgin Records’ compilation of North American spoken word poets. His video-poem “(survival) in the city” was aired by Muchmusic as part of their Video-poems series. Joseph has performed widely around Toronto, across Canada, in the US, the UK and the Caribbean. Clifton is also a founding member of the Dub Poets Collective. www.dubpoetscollective.com/cliftonjoseph.html

When Ari Up and her friends formed The Slits, the first all-woman punk band in the UK, few were ready for them. Their first road trip was the White Riot tour, opening for The Clash (Joe Strummer had taught her some guitar). They continued to tour, and released two albums that are still fresher and freer than any major music today. Their music was more tribal and yes, more dub-inflected, than their peers. Unsurprisingly, when The Slits called it quits, Ari moved on to the pioneer posse that became OnU Sound. Ari sang on the first single OnU released, and was part of a grouping known as The New Age Steppers. OnU poured punk and industrial music into the dub stew. Currently living in both Kingston and Brooklyn, her rhymes and her songs continue to reflect the world she lives in: motherhood, children, calling out politicians, ism-schisms, and guys acting like jerks. She is still a warrior for the right to simply be. www.ari-up.com

 

Originally from Jamaica, Lillian Allen is a writer (as well as a playwright, filmmaker & teacher) who moves easily from one artistic discipline to another, emerging with new work transformed and transforming. She is a leading exponent of dub poetry, a highly politicized form of poetry that has been set to music, including jazz, reggae, rock, and more. She has spent over a decade writing, publishing, and performing her work in Canada, the U.S. and England. www.dubpoetscollective.com/collective.html

AFRODIZZ (11 pm, $10) Guitarist and composer Gabriel Aldama, started this exciting project in 2002 leading this Montréal band to rapidly become a big sensation throughout Canada imposing itself as one of the best in its style. The eight piece band creates a festive and hypnotic ambiance, inviting everyone to dance, at times almost reaching a state of trance. Heavily influenced by Fela Kuti, they don’t just reproduce the sound of Nigerian Afro-beat music; they enrich the experience with contagious grooves and some heavy funk! Up to now, Afrodizz has realesed 2 CDs, including KIF KIF, the album which came out under the label DoRight for North America and FreeStyle for Europe. www.afrodizz.com

Thursday, July 13/ FOLKFEST SAMPLER BASH (Night Two) (8 & 11 pm shows, $10 each)

DUOS (8 pm, $10) While minimal in instrumentation – they use only cello and vocals Bethany and Rufus are on the up and up in many musical circles for their deeply soulful and luscious groove sound. Hamilton native, New York City resident Rufus Cappadocia is becoming one of cello’s leading voices. Playing his self-designed five-string electric cello, Rufus has toured the world with various ensembles, musicians and vocalists, perhaps most notably Aretha Franklin and Odetta. The diversity of these experiences gives him an intimate familiarity with many different rhythms, genres, modalities and styles. Bethany Yarrow follows in the footsteps of her activist elders, she sings with passion and fervour, and brings a new generation of audiences to ‘listen up!’ Meeting seven years ago through a mutual friend, this duo is transforming American folk music with their captivating, haunting vocals and serene, addictive accompaniment. Their latest self-titled album is a gorgeous, modern incarnation of the folk classics. Peter, Paul & Mary approve, and so do we. www.bethanyandrufus.com

Ndidi Onukwulu & Madagascar Slim: Influenced by John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton, Ndidi Onukwulu is the newest generation of roots and blues artists, writing and singing about modern-day trials and tribulations, a similar struggle to her predecessors singing for a better world. Of Nigerian heritage, now living in Toronto, she’s written blues songs since she was 13, and her struggles and pain shaped some of the most beautiful, heartfelt music coming out of this country. Playing alongside Ndidi, and no stranger to this ground, is blues guitarist Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Jean Longin, aka Madagascar Slim. Mr. Longin grew up in the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo, took up the guitar in his teenage years and was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and BB King. He came to Canada in the late ’70s, and after college, immersed himself in the music scene and has been a tour de force ever since. They are a multi-talented group, with bassist Tom Sertsis and percussionist Rakesh Tewari rounding out the band. www.ndidi.ca www.madagascarslim.ca

Salt is two voices, four hands, ten instruments, and ears wide open. Still in their twenties, Vancouver based Awna Teixeira (former founding member of Barley Wik) and Allison Russell (founding member of Po’Girl) are already veterans of the international roots music community. With years of stories and collected wisdom from the road, and a long streak of dark theatrical humour, they hold honours degrees from the hobo college. Between them they play banjo, guitar, clarinet, accordion, gutbucket and electric bass, pennywhistle, bodhran, harmonica, washboard and kazoo. They play pretty much anything they can get their hands on, and everything they touch sounds distinctively like Salt. www.saltmakesmusic.com

NIGHT OF THE LIVING IMPROVISERS (11 pm, $10) GaGi, comprised of musicians Ganesh Anandan and Gibrán Cervantes, were already accomplished musicians on a wide variety of instruments, but none were capable of playing the music they could hear in their minds. There were always notes between the notes that couldn’t be played, and so the two began to build instruments that could. Gibrán created the urukonglo. Its departure point is the berimbau (mouth bow, as in arrow), one of the world’s oldest instruments. Ganesh works in a world of percussion instruments, many of which he built or modified: polytimbral frame drums such as the bodhran, bendir and daff; a metallophone (Indian mallet keyboard); kanjira and kanriqq tambourines; the cheng (Loation mouth organ); bansuri and kural bamboo flutes from north and south India respectively; the moorching mouth harp; and a Chinese reed instrument called the baou. His voice reflects the harmonic approaches and traditions he has studied around the world. Their music is a magic combination of composition and improvisation. They can scratch it up like a DJ or give a shape to the silence, take it down to a drone and then to a primal high.

“Fiery, joyous, highly improvisational music that is also quite mad.” “Loco techno… freaky mambo… Sorta folk-jazz-world-bluegrass-Brazilian-old-timey-blues-cowboy.” “…enchanted music for disenchanted times.” These are some of the attempts to describe the music Canadian guitarist Kevin Breit and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista create as Supergenerous. Kevin also plays in The Sisters Euclid and Cyro leads a performance/percussion ensemble known as Beat the Donkey. Their musical lives also include serious road time and session work with Paul Simon, Cassandra Wilson, kd lang, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Holly Cole, Trey Anastasio, Bill Frisell and Norah Jones, to name a few. Supergenerous is what you might call serious fun. In their own words: “In trying to make it big and full, we play totally different than we would if we were just adding a splash of colour. We’re more like a bucket of paint as opposed to a paintbrush. It is pretty intense.” www.kevinbreit.com www.cyrobaptista.com

Rufus Cappadocia is the master of a self-designed five-string cello that incorporates the bass and cello into one instrument. Please see July 10th for more info. www.rufusmusic.com

 

Friday, July 14/ FLATBACK & THE LUSCIOUS (9:30 pm, $5-10) Flatback is a new acoustic band inspired by David Grisman and Ry Cooder. Utilizing elements of rural blues, world music and jazz to forge their sound, they improvise over tunes that range from quiet lullabies to groovin’ sambas. This tight unit has been playing together for the last ten years in bands like Loose Acoustic, Bottleneck and Terminal Station. Jeremy Holmes mandolin; Scott Smith dobro; Gord Grdina oud; Liam Macdonald pandeiro

 

Angelic-voiced East Vancouver country diva Robyn Carrigan and brilliant new music composer/ guitarist Ron Samworth are The Luscious. Their programme will include original songs, music and interpretations. Hearts will be broken. Reviving refreshments served. “Hitch your wagon to a falling star”

Saturday, July 15/ GOLDEN WEDDING BAND (9:30 pm, $5-10) Infectious kitchen sink music from the 20’s through to the present by this swinging party band … covered styles include: country-swing, rumba, tango, calypso, Dixieland, jazz & blues with “Perfesser” Chris Dean tenor banjo, guitar, vocals; Andrew Burden trombone, baritone sax, sousaphone, vocals; Colin Maskell soprano sax; Clive “Pops” Jackson bass; Matt Belbin drums, percussion

Sunday, July 16/ KAREN FOSTER plus ORPHANS & DOGS (9 pm, $5-10) Karen Foster is a semi-pro, post-punk trio spaced in Vancouver. A polite external façade of caring and fostering, while within beats a maniac volatile heart ready to burst from skin and bone. Karen Foster is that Dionysian Shiva trapped in the bowels of Apollo. Chad MacQuarrie voice, guitar; Bryan McCallum bass, voice; Jason Dana drums www.myspace.com/fosterkare

Wherein Elizabeth Fischer, with much encouragement from band mates Paul Blaney on bass, Kevin Eluschuk on trumpet, Andre Lachance on guitar and Joel Lower on percussion, dares to sing the tunes of Billie, Bessie, Bob and Jesse and other societal misfits, these tunes being tunes that she’d never before dared sing but hey, Orphans and Dogs, Orphans and Dogs forever.

Monday, July 17/ CHRISTINE FELLOWS plus DAWN PEMBERTON TRIO (9 pm, $10) Christine Fellows lives in Winnipeg and writes stories, punches them full of holes, fashions them into songs using anything she finds lying around, scrapes them clean, and delivers them to us in a voice that is at once immediate and utterly original. Her work has often been described as filmic and sparse, carefully crafted “handmade folk” that would be as fitting performed in an orchestral setting as it would be on a rickety back porch. Christine Fellows piano, vocal; Leanne Zacharias cello, vocal; Greg Smith bass; Barry Mirochnick drums,vocal www.christinefellows.com

 

The Dawn Pemberton Trio will prove that Monday evening groove can get deep and nasty. James Brown, Janis Joplin and hits of the 80’s in a sweet soul marinade. Dawn Pemberton vocals; Jeff Younger guitar; David Marion bass www.myspace.com/dawnpemberton

Tuesday, July 18/ Artist In Residence: STEVE SMITH – ORBITS (9 pm, $5-10) Inspired by the lineage of the great ECM piano trios (Richie Beirach’s ELM, Keith Jarrett’s Standards, and Bobo Stenson’s Serenity), this trio of Chris Gestrin on piano, Steve Smith on bass, Dylan van der Schyff on drums will be joined by special guest trombonist Rod Murray.

Wednesday, July 19/ LEHERA (9 pm, $5-10) Internationally touring Indian musicians get together for a rare concert of classical and contemporary music – a genre defying sound at once virtuosic, energetic and contemplative. Soaring classical Indian vocalese intertwine with exquisite Hindustani slide guitar, violin, bamboo flutes, guitar and vocals driven by exciting Kannakol (Carnatic drum language) and Ghatam (Clay pot drum)…add to this mix a gifted guest tabla player, you have a very special evening with Lehera. Prakash Sontakke Hindustani slide guitar, violin, vocals; Karthik Subramanya ghatam, mridangam, percussion; Prashant John guitar, flutes, vocals; Sunny Matharu tabla

Thursday, July 20/ PETUNIA (9 pm, $5-10) “When Petunia yodels, the crowd just about levitateson a cloud of barely disguised hysteria. ” – Grand Forks Gazette “foot-tapping country and western laced with rock and jazz” – The New York Post Described variably as mesmerizing, haunting & dazzling, Petunia‘s voice is a big factor in the great sound of Petunia & the Hound Dogs‘ rock-a-hillbilly, yodeling, country-blues. Top notch band that Petunia put together has a distinctly modern and current air about it….at once transporting, strange, comforting and surreal. Petunia acoustic guitar, vocals; Steve Nikleva electric guitar; Jimmy Roy lapsteel guitar; Sam Shoichet double-bass www.petuniamusic.com

Friday, July 21/ TIPPY AGOGO, GILLES ZOLTY & WAYNE ADAMS (9:30 pm, $5-10) With organic sounds of mouth music (vocal percussion, jaw harps, bottles, and a many-octave voice), and with found objects and traditional instruments, the once Vancouver native, Tippy Agogo (Edmonton) is a “one-man orchestra”. Tippy plays everything absolutely live (no pre-samples) using natural abilities and minor sound effects to make the many-layered sound that he is known for. World-traveled to over 20 countries, he has compiled recordings globally for the fall release of his next album, recorded and compiled with the legendary Darryl Neudorf. Gilles Zolty (Saskatoon), known as the originator of Music Waste as a tonic to Music West and singer, songwriter and guitarist for Zolty Cracker from 1991 to 97. The band included core member Wayne Adams on percussion and vocals (as well as Annie Wilkinson on bass and vocals & others). Gilles & Wayne will join Tippy for the night’s happening, reuniting the 3 from their collaborations in Europe. www.tippyagogo.com www.myspace.com/gilleszolty

Saturday, July 22/ SARAH MACDOUGALL & HEADWATER (9:30 pm, $5-10) Guitarist, singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall‘s music is best described as alt-country with a hint of noir. Her unique voice and lyrics carry the framework of her songs, recalling the music of Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, and Leonard Cohen. She proclaims that her music is about “goose bumps, closeness, realness, excitement and distress”… with Joanna Chapman-Smith clarinet, vocals; Tim Tweedale dobro, Weissenborn, pedalsteel; Pierre Lumoncel violin; Shawn Killaly drums; Rob Leishman bass www.sarahmac.net

 

Headwater consists of songwriters, string players Jonas Shandel and Matt Bryant from North Vancouver, and features a powerful rhythm section of Patrick Metzger on double bass and Dan Gaucher on drums. The typical Headwater set contains over half original material, and cover material including Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana. Headwater focuses their live energy on keeping the crowd moving with infectious rhythms, improvisational experimentation and their very apparent love of performing. www.headwaterband.com

Sunday, July 23/ SKANK CITY SHREDDERS & BERNARD BELANGER TRIO (9 pm, $5-10) Guitarist Ron Samworth is full of brilliant ideas. Here’s one of them: Music that filters the early jazz and blues repertoire through a blurry post-punk aesthetic. Employing a pseudo-Dixieland format, Skank City features a horny frontline, jumped up rhythm section, fuzz-tone banjo, and kamikaze drumbeats. Irreverent, groovy, skronky, swinging, non-toxic fun for the whole family, especially dysfunctional ones… Ron Samworth fuzz-tone banjo, guitar; Bill Clark trumpet, alpha male choreography; Rod Murray big bone; Graham Ord saxophone, effects/defects; Paul Blaney buzz-tone bass; Kenton Loewen drums, primal scream

Bernard Belanger Trio plays original acoustic music evocative of 60’s British Folk (Nick Drake) and 50’s bossa nova (Joao Gilberto) in the singer/songwriter style. Sparkling finger-style guitar, melodically & rhythmically rich acoustic bass, Chet Baker-esque vocals and soaring harmonies combined with strong and varied original songs produces a soft bittersweet nostalgia, innocent, yet cynical. Bernard Belanger on guitar and vocals, featuring Bernie Addington on acoustic bass and Kate Hennesey on vocals and percussion

Monday, July 24/ SHE WAS THE LAW (9 pm, $5-10) She Was the Law‘s music is a fine blend of Big Star-infused, country-tinged, popular-fashioned music. The Vancouver Province said our music is “full of subtle pleasures” and they gave the CD a “B”, which has to be the highest mark singer/songwriter Eric Cottrell has ever achieved. Always a crowd-pleaser, SWTL has performed hither and yon since forming in 2004 and they are currently working on their second full-length album due for release later in 2006. Eric Lowe and Vern Beamish fill out the musical stylings with drums and bass respectively. Both Erics share a long musical history having been in Victoria’s beloved and Monday Magazine’s “Victoria’s best band” 64 Funnycars with umpteen gazillion shows, cross-Canada tours and Much Music appearances under their belts. Vern, himself, has been in about every third band in Vancouver it seems. Their recordings, and most live shows, feature the mellifluous vocal vibes of Kim Stewart of Vinaigrettes, Parlour Steps, Magic Ass, July 4th Toilet, etc. fame. www.shewasthelaw.com

Tuesday, July 25/ Artist In Residence: STEVE SMITH – STEPS (9 pm, $5-10) This quintet is the answer to the question first posed by Steve Smith‘s Five, called “one of the most vibrant bands on the burgeoning Vancouver jazz scene”. Steps‘ music is “moody, swinging, and altogether modern.” Dave Say saxophone; Steve Fisk guitar; Lisa Miller piano; Steve Smith bass; Dave Robbins drums

Wednesday, July 26/ GRRRLS WITH GUITARS: THE FATES (9 pm, $5-10) Hosted by singer/songwriter Nadine Davenport, Grrrls with Guitars has been around for over 10 years, presenting over 500 women songwriters, including Kinnie Starr, Po’ Girl, Linda McRae. After Nadine’s solo set, The Fates will take the stage. Blending their individual styles, Lori Reid, Lin Elder and Jenny Allen have united as The Fates to create something magical – a veritable “super-group” of some of the best female singer/songwriters in Canada. Their debut CD, “’til We Have Faces”, explores a myriad of feelings and moods and is supported by signature harmonies and poetic sensibilities. www.thefates.ca www.grrrlswithguitars.com

Thursday & Friday, July 27 & 28/ THE CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET with CLAIRE JENKINS (Thursday, 9 pm, $5-10) & TWILIGHT HOTEL (Friday, 9:30 pm, $5-10) “… as tight and polished as it is improvisational and exuberant. The music crackles with imaginative and sometimes manic instrumental interplay.” –Acoustic Guitar Magazine The Creaking Tree String Quartet performs acoustic roots music that combines intricate phrasing with imaginative rhythms. They made their Vancouver debut at 2004 Vancouver Folk Music Festival and followed it up with an unforgettable visit to Rime last summer with violinist John Showman, guitarist Brad Keller, mandolinist Andrew Collins, bassist Brian Kobayakawa. www.creakingtree.com

Claire Jenkins’ music sits comfortably in the roots with subtle flavours that surround her thoughtful and often left of centre version of the roots meets twang meets folk meets pop genre… Combining soft spoken odes and cowboy drinking songs, Jenkins is bringing the cool back to solo guitar and voice. www.clairejenkins.com

“Not since the heyday of Ian and Silvia 40 years ago has there been such a dynamic male/female duo on the Canadian Roots scene.” – Mike Youds, Kamloops Daily News Winnipeg’s Twilight Hotel leaves your average folk/roots music in the dust with Dave Quanbury & Brandy Zdan‘s powerful, duelling electric guitars, soaring vocal harmonies and the unexpected sound of the accordion. The songs are heavy set with passion and fuelled by guts; they tell the stories of life’s odds, sometimes harsh, sometimes sweet. Growing up in Winnipeg leaves its mark, Twilight Hotel give you the feeling of being behind the wheel and staring out at that endless horizon, but this isn’t the kind of wheel you fall asleep at… www.twilighthotel.ca

Saturday, July 29/ DOUNDOUNBA & SWANVISTA (9:30 pm, $5-10) Doundounba is a six piece band led by singer, dancer and instrumentalist Aboubacar Camara playing traditional West African Amasumba, as well as Afro-beat styles music. Featured in this band are Sekou Sylla on djembe and vocals, Craig McCaul and Chad MacQuarrie on electric guitars and vocals, Pete Schmitt on bass and Craig White on drums. Come join this band celebrate the release of their second CD. www.doundounba.ca

Swanvista is an exciting and eclectic trio that explores many different styles of music with equal conviction. Compositions, improvisation, instrumentals and singing with Chad MacQuarrie on guitar and vocals, Skye Brooks on drums and Tommy Babin on bass.

Sunday, July 30/ HEARTWARMONGERING & LSB 21 STRING TRIO (9 pm, $5-10) Heartwarmongering‘s compositions are interwoven with improvised passages into an almost narrative form, blending aspects of new music, jazz, and soundscape into a diffuse, impressionist whole. The acoustic/electronic instrumentation of the group allows for sounds and textures which range from diaphanous subtlety to complex, driving rhythmic structures. Stephen Lyons guitar, banjo; Meredith Bates violin; Katie Dey cello; Shane Krause clarinets; Todd Mason electronics, saw; Russell Sholberg double-bass, saw; Ben Wilson drums www.myspace.com/heartwarmongering

 

Finally, a string trio for the 21st century! LSB 21 compose most of their own material and improvise the rest. Free-bop fugues, folky atonal swing, abstract funk, and the harmonic series are just some of the places this trio of Joel Lower violin, Russel Sholberg bass and Shanto Bhattacharya cello, get to in their music.

Monday, July 31/ NADA & THE PIVOT (9 pm, $5-10) Nada plays improvised music influenced by (free) jazz and (post-) minimalist composition, blending the legacies of Erik Satie, Morton Feldman, Miles Davis, and the AACM with sensitivity and sardonic wit. Alfons Fear trumpet; Rachael Wadham piano, saw, percussion; Dave Chokroun bass

www.members.shaw.ca/nadamusic

As a quartet, The Pivot attempts to mask the boundary between intent and accident. From chamberesque interplay to rampant and frenzied free improvisation, The Pivot maintains a rigorous collaborative and cooperative approach to their music. Stephe Flach vibraphone; Fabienne Lacroix clarinet; Dave Chokroun bass; Ben Wilson drums, electronics

2006.06 –> June 2006 at Rime

ZULA Presents

JUNE 2006 At RIME

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Artist In Residence at Rime – Tuesdays in June 2006: PEGGY LEE

Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee

Cellist Peggy Lee is known to Vancouver audiences as an improviser, composer and interpreter of new music in groups such as Standing Wave, the Turning Point Ensemble, Talking Pictures and the Tony Wilson Septet. Her own group, the Peggy Lee Band, has released three cd’s on Spool. Peggy also records and tours internationally with Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Larry Ochs and Miya Masaoka.

Thu, June 1/ PLAN 9 plus FIELD (9 pm, $5-10)

Plan 9 is made up of Gord Grdina on guitar, Jeremy Holmes on bass and Alex McKechnie on drums. The trio plays original music composed by Alex McKechnie with jazz, world music and fusion influences. Their debut cd Unification was released in early 2006.

Field is a talented group of local artists playing original compositions often characterized by catchy, angular, melodic passages, crafty odd-meter grooves, and creative extended irregular forms. The intimate trio format allows them to manifest the raw intensity of hard-hitting improvisations, fiery solos, and cohesive ensemble playing. Member influences include Tim Berne, AALY Trio, and Thomas Chapin. Chris Kelly tenor & baritone saxophones; Jesse Zubot violin; Shanto Bhattacharya bass, effects; Ben Wilson drums

Fri, June 2/ BOTTLENECK (9:30 pm, $5-10)

Bottleneck slides Americana & blues up from across the border and summons folk & bluegrass from over the Rockies to form their own brand of classic, laid-back roots music. Robyn Carrigan vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo; Scott Smith pedal steel, other strings, vocals; Jeremy Holmes bass; Liam MacDonald drums… with guest Gord Grdina guitar www.bottleneckband.com

Sat, June 3/ (aft) MASCALL DANCE COMPANY: NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB (3 pm, by donation)

The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club is an improvisation research ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director/Choreographer Jennifer Mascall. The ensemble performs in improvised sets not necessarily set in time but framed by specific structures. Part of the improviser’s sophistication is in knowing when an impulse, a movement, a whole piece is complete. The dancers are accompanied by live DJs, musicians, or spoken word. Each time they return to the material, the environment they make is different – order, spacing, rhythm, tone is varied. The dancing becomes an expressionistic landscape and the choreography provides the world and the country. The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club thrives in unusual venues-bars, churches, streets, and other unexpected places. Sometimes it is the mood that can’t be shaken, sometimes it is the rhythm pattern, other times it is the relationship between dancers. Each new score, each new venue, each new dance is a form of public research where change thrives. These dancers will perform in various permutations on the first 3 Saturdays in June: Jojo Zolina, Ziyian Kwan, Susan Kania, Alisoun Payne, Ron Stewart www.mascalldance.ca

Sat, June 3/ (eve) GEOFF BERNER plus WAX MANNEQUIN (9:30 pm, $10)

“I want to make original klezmer music that’s drunk, dirty, political and passionate. As a Jew of Eastern European descent, I feel I have a calling to make this music live, not just preserve it under glass like something in a museum.” Geoff Berner

Folk, punk & klezmer have never sounded so vital & fresh melded together, as evident in the amazing singer, accordionist, songwriter Geoff Berner‘s peculiar, wry, witty & original expressive style. www.geoffberner.com

Wax Mannequin was bred in the Hamilton rock scene. Driven to preach his troubled imaginings, Wax melded curious electronic twitterings, spidery, finger-picked classical guitar airs and careful, impassioned vocals. Like a lost collaboration between Nick Drake and Edward Gorey, or the ghost of Freddie Mercury channelled by Crispin Glover, Wax’s music soon grew in scope to combine grandiose, pop-melodic sensibilities with things abstract and experimental. For the past two years Wax Mannequin has had little rest, hardening himself on the Canadian and Australian rock circuits. Wax showcases his evolving brand of performance art-punk — steeped in suffering and revelling in epic absurdity. In the tradition of Zappa, Tom Waits, Arthur Lee and other such road-wizened outsiders, Wax Mannequin pushes forward – restless – preparing for some elusive future trial. www.waxmannequin.com

Sun, June 4/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation)

First 3 Sunday afternoons in June at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, June 4/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

First 3 Sunday afternoons in June at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babin on bass.

Sun, June 4/ (eve) MUSIC WASTE ACOUSTIC (8 pm, $5)

As part of Music Waste celebrations, 4 great singer/songwriter talents fill Rime with the sounds of mellow, acoustic mayhem. www.musicwaste.ca

Kenton Loewen‘s music is lucid, delicate, intense and fiery. The Crackling features a strong focus on melody, vocals and guitar work… making for a transporting experience … a dynamic band and communication that is truly captivating. Kenton Loewen guitar, vocals; Gord Grdina guitar; Debra-Jean Creelman vocals; Jeremy Page bass, vocals; Dan Gaucher drums www.myspace.com/thecrackling

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Mikah Sykes specializes in ambient/nature-core sounds not to be missed. www.myspace.com/mikahsykesmusic

Influenced by Elliott Smith, Mance Lipscomb, Syd Barrett, Hank Williams and others songster Sean Wesley Wood‘s work is quite striking and personal. www.myspace.com/seanwesleywood

A second-generation musician, Ora Cogan started performing with her mother as a child and began to write her own songs at age 12. Along the way, she’s played festivals, bars and street corners from the Middle East to Mexico and collaborated with many breeds of musician and noise practitioner. www.myspace.com/oracogan

Mon, June 5/ MARK BERUBE & BEN ROGALSKY with THE BROTHERS MCLEOD (9 pm, $5-10)

Berube and Rogalsky: Mark Berube (accordion, piano, guitar, vocals) and Ben Rogalsky of Breakmen-fame (mandolin, guitar, vocals) join efforts to produce a dynamic duo of original music in the world of rootsy folk. Both have toured extensively throughout Canada and internationally, released numerous albums, and receive frequent radio play on college radio and the CBC. Playing a range of originals from each other’s personal repertoire, they use their vocal harmonies and instruments to remind of us killer kitchen parties. www.markberube.com

The Brothers McLeod: Brendan McLeod has been Vancouver’s poetry SLAM champ (2005), the Canadian SLAM champion (2004), and finished second in the world at the world SLAM championships in Holland (2005). He is currently performing spoken word along with a slew of surreal drinking songs, hip hop campfire stories, and aggressive folk. Mike McLeod, of the Calgary punk groups Chixdiggit and Madcowboys, is doing a solo tour of punk folk-rock. Always positive and never shy of politics, check out their audio at Brendan’s page: www.brendanmcleod.ca

Tue, June 6/ Artist In Residence: PEGGY LEE – PEGGY LEE BAND (9 pm, $5-10)

A Vancouver tradition made up of some of the city’s finest jazz & improvised music players, this band leaves audiences in awe with their collective execution of their leader’s beautiful compositions -layers of abstract colour mix with soaring melodic writing and always exciting improv. A perfect example of the whole being even greater than the sum of its parts! Peggy Lee cello; Ron Samworth guitar; Brad Turner trumpet; Jeremy Berkman trombone; Andre Lachance bass; Dylan van der Schyff drums

Wed, June 7/ UNITY plus MARIANNE TRUDEL (9 pm, $5-10)

If you heard Unity in the late eighties you already know you’re in for a treat. These musicians play music for the mind to dance to. Unity plays with the power of a thunderstorm and the sensitivity of a falling leaf; with beauty, authority, passion, energy, spontaneity and incredible rapport. Paul Blaney bass, Saul Berson saxophone (sitting in for Graham Ord) and Roger Baird drums
Montréal based pianist / composer Marianne Trudel blends jazz, improvised music, French song and Latin music with freshness, openness and a deep commitment to lyricism. www.mariannetrudel.com

Thu, June 8/ SPACE 9 plus GORD GRDINA TRIO (9 pm, $5-10)

As an urban-groove quintet, Space 9 combines jazz, electronica, drum n’ bass, hip-hop and dub with intense improvisation and ambient textures grounded in funky, earthy rhythms drive their spaced-out, yet down to earth contemporary sound. A deep dub-reggae-house-groove-funk buffet – all you can dig. Jeff Younger guitar, effects; Laurence Santos keyboards; Michael Lowe turntables; Mark Campbell bass, effects; Nathan Wylie drums

Gord Grdina Trio offers up textural soundscapes, polyrhythmic grooves, soulful ballads with unexpected harmonic twists and turns. Gord Grdina guitar; Karlis Silins bass; Kenton Loewen drums

Fri, June 9 & Sat, June 10/ RONLEY TEPER plus BLUE ISLAND TRIO (9:30 pm, $5-10)

“The Ronley is quite a peculiar creature”… says her bio. We love The Ronley around here! A brilliant mish-mash of roots, folk cabaret, world, jazz, blues & electronica… like an old pair of silk slippers, Vancouverites will slip into this sweet-voiced, inventive Torontonian artist’s creative work, … of this, we’re certain… what exactly will happen on stage that night, we’re not so sure, as every night she creates a thing of one-off beauty! Ronley Teper voice, guitar; Christine Bougie lapsteel, toys, guitars, drums; Russell Sholberg bass www.ronleyteper.com

Foot-stomping Hawaiian/bluegrass fusion tunes, haunting, blues-inflected melodies and a twisted harmonic sensibility characterize the Blue Island Trio‘s music. With compelling original compositions, Tim Tweedale sees just how far he can take the lapsteel guitar, while remaining true to the instrument’s roots in Hawaiian, bluegrass, and blues music. Featuring David Spidel on double-bass and Brendan McLean on drums www.blueislandtrio.com

Sat, June 10/ (eve) (aft) MASCALL DANCE COMPANY: NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB (3 pm, by donation)

Please see June 3rd for more details.

Sat, June 10/ (eve) RONLEY TEPER plus BLUE ISLAND TRIO (9:30 pm, $5-10)

Please see June 9th for more details.

Sun, June 11/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation)

Please see June 4th for more details.

Sun, June 11/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

Please see June 4th for more details.

Sun, June 11/ (eve) KHAC CHI ENSEMBLE (9 pm, $5-10)

The Khac Chi – Sounds of Vietnam features two of Vietnam’s premiere musicians, performing exquisite music on rare and unique instruments native to Vietnam. These virtuoso artists offer an intriguing glimpse into the rich musical tradition of Vietnam and its 4000-year history.
Famous for their musical skills innovation throughout Vietnam, the Khac Chi takes you on an adventure in sound. Extremely versatile, their concerts may include a combination of styles or feature any one style of Vietnamese traditional music, Vietnamese folk music or contemporary music to world music. They are as equally comfortable performing solo chamber concerts, as they are on folk festival stages, or as guest soloists for symphony orchestras.

Ho, Chi Khac is the world’s premiere virtuoso on the Dan Bau (one string zither), as well as a composer and a music researcher. Chi’s innovative developments on the dan bau have been heard in concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Hoang, Ngoc Bic is an exceptional vocalist, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. She specializes on the dan bau and a number of very rare instruments from Vietnam’s rural and mountainous regions including the t’rung (bamboo xylophone), k’longput (percussion tubles), and ko ni. Bic has toured internationally both as a solo artist and with the Khac Chi Ensemble.
Their rare talents and superb musicianship have won them numerous awards for excellence, as well as many invitations for international appearances. www.khacchi.com

Mon, June 12/HEIDI MCCURDY & URBAN TRIBE CD RELEASE plus MIRIAM JONES (9 pm, $5-10)

Heidi McCurdy draws on an eclectic array of influences-jazz, world, gospel, soul, Stevie Wonder, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, The Police-and mixes them up with a modern pop sensibility. Her new CD, a collection of songs recorded with several producers in a variety of styles, is fittingly entitled “Fickle Mind.” Cath Bensley backing vocals; Gord Grdina guitar; James Forrest bass; Nino Di Pasquale drums www.heidimccurdy.com

Miriam Jones is a bold writer with a restorative, liberating, and whimsical voice. There is a story to this voice, distinct, but sharing character with the likes of Beth Gordon, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, and Delores O’ Riordan of the Cranberries. Jones shows herself at home in an acoustic and harmonic geography akin to David Gray, Iron & Wine, and Simon & Garfunkel. She recently turned in Canada’s East Coast for its West, returning to the city where she was born, and is quickly establishing herself in the Vancouver music world. Her song ‘Squander’ from her debut album ‘Sign & Semblance’ was recently aired on the new hit Canadian TV series ‘Falcon Beach’. Her work is arresting in its artistry, but also possesses a lyrical depth intent on engaging the thoughtful listener. www.miriamj.ca

Tue, June 13/ Artist In Residence: PEGGY LEE with JESSE ZUBOT & CHRIS KELLY plus MACHiNOiSY (9 pm, $5-10)
Two of the city’s more intense string players, Jesse Zubot violin & Peggy Lee cello in a set of improvisation.

MACHiNOiSY Dancers Delia Brett and Daelik are co-artistic directors of this new Vancouver based dance company. Two bodies, one mind. Fluid innovative contact… with Chris Kelly on tenor sax & synth module, Jesse Zubot violin and Peggy Lee cello.

Wed, June 14/ IVAN COYOTE & RAE SPOON (9 pm, $10)

Singer/songwriter Rae Spoon, filmmaker Amy Lynn Kazymerchuk and storyteller Ivan Coyote will be heading out of Vancouver to Dawson City, Yukon on June 15th in the newly christened Whitehearse on their first exploratory adventure to research, shoot and document material for “You Are Here”, a project that blends songs, stories and film/video into a grand live multi-media experiment. Rae and Ivan will be performing together along the way, launching “You Are Here” tour here with Rae’s tunes and Ivan’s tales that mix together so well. The hearse needs a whole lot of gas money to get them to the Yukon, so join us at Rime for a long evening of rambling debauchery, bottomless pints of ale, and trading tales about the strange things done in the midnight sun. www.youarehere.typepad.com

Thu, June 15/ ORQUESTA GOMA DURA (9 pm, $15-20)

The 20-piece Orquesta Goma Dura is one of this continent’s largest salsa orchestras and one of the most exciting ensembles anywhere. OGD featuring an all-star collection of Vancouver’s salsa and latin-jazz communities with multiple singers, four percussionists, eleven horns transform any room into party central… it will be impossible to sit still!

Susana Abreu, Danay Sinclair vocals; Jack Duncan congas; Martin Romero, Phil Belanger timbales; Edgar Romero bongos/coro; Allan Johnston bass/coro; Lou Mastroianni piano; Ross Gregory, Derry Byrne, Kent Wallace trumpet; Dennis Esson, Rod Murray, Jeremy Berkman, Brad Muirhead trombone; Bill Runge, Mike Braverman, Graham Ord, Daniel Miles Kane saxophones; John Korsrud director www.johnkorsrud.com

Fri, June 16/ SWEET PAPA LOWDOWN (9:30 pm, $5-10)

Post-modern, retro-fusion, Afro-American, hokum jazz & blues…Sweet Papa Lowdown is a unique ensemble of hot, syncopated musicians, dedicated to bringing a contemporary vitality to classic vocal jazz & blues tunes of the 1920s & 30s. The group combines the raw intensity of country blues with the sophisticated horns of New Orleans style jazz. Jeff Shucard guitar, vocals; Dan Smith slide guitar, mandolin; Lloyd Arntzen soprano sax, clarinet; Kris Bowerman trombone www.edjackson.ca/sweetpapalowdown

Sat, June 17/ (eve) (aft) MASCALL DANCE COMPANY: NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB (3 pm, by donation)

Please see June 3rd for more details.

Sat, June 17/ (eve) THE COLORIFICS & BERNICE (9:30 pm, $5-10)

Formed in 1995 as a quartet, The Colorifics fuse hipster pop with slinky Latin-jazz, the way only they can, with strong harmonies and musical virtuosity. Patsy Klein vocals; Bernard Belanger guitar, vocals; Eric Napier bass, vocals; John Rule drums, vocals

Guitarist Bernie Belanger & bassist Bernie Addington make up Bernice, a juicy, original folk-Latin number.

Sun, June 18/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation)

Please see June 4th for more details.

Sun, June 18/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

Please see June 4th for more details.

Sun, June 18/ (eve) PEPE DANZA’S DRUM PRAYERS (9 pm, $5-10)

Unique, intense & tirelessly creative percussionist, composer, leader Pepe Danza‘s organic rhythmic excursions with his friends playing percussion, string & wind instruments from Africa & Latin America. CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF COMMERCIAL DRIVE! www.pepe-music.com

Mon, June 19/ MASCALL DANCE COMPANY: NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB (9 pm, $5-10)

The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club is an improvisation research ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director / Choreographer Jennifer Mascall. The ensemble performs in improvised sets not necessarily set in time but framed by specific structures. Part of the improviser’s sophistication is in knowing when an impulse, a movement, a whole piece is complete. The dancers are accompanied by live DJs, musicians, or spoken word. Each time they return to the material, the environment they make is different – order, spacing, rhythm, tone is varied. The dancing becomes an expressionistic landscape and the choreography provides the world and the country.

The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club thrives in unusual venues-bars, churches, streets, and other unexpected places. Sometimes it is the mood that can’t be shaken, sometimes it is the rhythm pattern, other times it is the relationship between dancers. Each new score, each new venue, each new dance is a form of public research where change thrives.

Dancers: Jojo Zolina, Ziyian Kwan, Susan Kania, Alisoun Payne, Ron Stewart

Costumes: Monika Strelkhe
Musical Director: Doug Macaulay
Videographer: Chris Randle

www.mascalldance.ca

Tue, June 20/ Artist In Residence: PEGGY LEE – PLAYTIME plus NELS CLINE & DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF (9 pm, $5-10)

Playtime is a new configuration exploring cellist Peggy Lee‘s music in new ways, with JP Carter (Inhabitants, Aeroplane Trio) on trumpet & electronics and Christian Thorvaldson (Slow, Copyright, Matthew Good) on electric guitar, the trio will be joined for this set by Nels Cline (The Nels Cline Singers, Wilco) on guitar and Dylan van der Schyff on drums.

For the second set, Nels Cline and Dylan van der Schyff, two master improvisers let loose… www.nelscline.com

Wed, June 21/ ANCIENT SUNLIGHT (9 pm, $5-10)

Had Nana Vasconcelos & Keith Jarrett taken in some Vancouver air & culture, they might’ve put together a project as beautiful and poignant as Ancient Sunlight. Miles Black piano; Dave Say saxophones; Laurence Mollerup bass; Pepe Danza percussion www.milesblack.com

Thu, June 22/ KENOSHA KID AT THE MOVIES (9 pm, $10)

On the other end of North America in Athens, Georgia, Dan Nettles and his wayfaring band of jazzers, Kenosha Kid, have been carving their unique niche into the music world. Although heavily influenced by the writing styles of Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, the musical result remains a fermented blend of new jazz and indie-rock. “The music flows and never stands still.. giving the listener something new and unexpected every other moment,” says Budd Kopman of All About Jazz about their first release, Projector. Based in the college-rock haven of Athens, Nettles leads several incarnations of the band and has performed his music in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
Dan Nettles guitar; Susi Folk alto sax; Roland Fidezius bass; Fred Kennedy drums www.kenoshakid.com

9pm First Set: Music and Slide Show! “MIDNIGHT TIL NOON”

Hear and see a beautiful small college rock haven! View over 300 slides taken within 12 hours in Athens, Georgia, as Kenosha Kid twists local rock flavours into its own unique blend of new jazz. Music of the Glands, REM, Dave Barbe, Ceiling Fan, the Drive By Truckers, and other favourites you’ve never heard of from a town far away…

10pm Second Set: Live Movie Score! “HAMMOCK AND SLING”
~ video by Cindy Mochizuki
~ music written by Dan Nettles and performed by Kenosha Kid

“A woman tries to recollect a passage from a dream to save the destiny of her life. One day on an unrelated trip to visit her grandfather’s grave, she begins to remember bits of a story. Familiar and yet strange characters meet her in various rooms and crevices of memory. Like palm stories, each puzzle plays over and over again in her mind.”

hammock and sling is the collaborative result of two gifted creators working together across the North American continent. Cindy Mochizuki is a Vancouver based interdisciplinary artist working in video, installation, performance, audio, text and drawing. She has collaborated with numerous artists from a range of artistic disciplines. hammock and sling weaves together some of these collaborative projects with artists Randall Finnerty, Scott Malin, and Aretha Aoki.

hammock and sling is based around a series of short filmic vignettes that will be played alongside the music of Dan Nettles. Taking the form of a palm story, a literary form coined by Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata, each short is predominantly be character driven, having no plot, and leaving the audience with a feeling of longing or desire. Each poetic narration weaves in and out of various rooms of a house that contains many mysterious characters and creatures.

11pm Third Set: Live Movie Score! “AUDIENCE CHOICE”

Selections will be made from a handful of fine silent films for the third set. Kenosha Kid’s music for Ladislaw Starewicz’s puppet film “The Mascot”, Chaplin’s classic “The Kid” as described by All About Jazz: “The arrangements provide a seamless mix of the written and the improvised, and Nettles can easily be regarded as a very good jazz composer within his self-constructed genre. The music flows and never stands still, both within and between tracks, giving the listener something new and unexpected every other moment. Even after multiple listens, the music still surprises and maintains a strong pull on one’s attention.”

21st Annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International JAZZ FESTIVAL Events at RIME

Zula Productions is pleased to present 4 shows (7 sets of music!!) per night during the 21st Annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival running from Friday, June 23rd to Sunday, July 2nd, 2006 at Rime, a club venue for this year’s festival. All performances consist of 2 sets of approximately 45 minutes each, except for the 1 AM JAM, which will be one long set running till about 2:30 am. The styles of creative music presented by Zula at Rime, as usual, range from jazz & improvised music to world & ethnic music to various styles of popular music and many stops in between — all performed at a high level, as you’ve come to expect. Thank you for supporting live music in your community! www.zula.ca www.coastaljazz.ca

Friday, June 23

TAXIDERMISTS (5:30 pm, by donation)

A Cocktail Hour Band of killer repute, aka Bruno Hubert Trio, Taxidermists provide their audience with fresh, swinging, multi-layered & sublime modern jazz, book-ending the Jazz Festival’s Cocktail Hour shows at Rime. Bruno Hubert piano; Sean Cronin bass; Sam Cartwright drums

KENOSHA KID (8:30 pm, $7)

Two sets of music from this eclectic international jazz collective that features the music of guitarist Dan Nettles from Athens, Georgia. Known for their creative collaborations with film, poetry, and dance, tonight is a unique opportunity to hear the ensemble stretch out on their own. Expect an equal blend of improvised material, new music for a project entitled “I, Marlena”, unusual arrangements of obscure Athens bands, and songs from their first release, Projector. Dan Nettles guitar; Susi Folk alto sax; Roland Fidezius bass; Fred Kennedy drums www.kenoshakid.com

PISSED OFF WILD (11 pm, $7)

The P.O.W started off as a beer, went around like a reefer and ended up passed out in the back yard under a picnic table as an empty quart of whiskey clutched in its hand and a huge smile on its face. It’s punk-rock/hip-hop at its best. With sold-out shows from Texas’ SXSW festival to Hawaii to Vancouver this quartet is absolutely tearing the roof off of every place they play. Josh Martinez vocals; Jesse Waldman guitar; Pete Schmitt bass; Kenton Loewen drums www.joshmartinez.ca

1 AM JAM (by donation)

From Athens, Georgia, guitarist Dan Nettles hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Saturday, June 24

TAXIDERMISTS (5:30 pm, by donation)

Please see June 23 for details.

DOUG COX & SAM HURRIE (8:30 pm, $7)

Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie take their audience on a ride, regaling them with tales of larger-than-life characters who’ve shaped the blues. Visiting us from the Island, two wildly talented and celebrated veteran roots multi-instrumenstalists join forces on a stage cluttered with vintage National Steel guitars, mandolins, handmade brass guitars, dobros, Weissenborns and more, while sharing fascinating stories behind the instruments & the songs. www.dougcoxandsamhurrie.com

INHABITANTS (11 pm, $7)

“Blissful, yet dissonant ambience” – The Stranger

From melodic to minimalist, from deep groove to all out noise, this quartet inhabits Vancouver’s music underground… Dave Sikula guitar; JP Carter trumpet; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums www.dripaudio.com

1 AM JAM (by donation)

Drummer Skye Brooks hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Sunday, June 25

IAN COX TRIO (5:30 pm, by donation)

Drawing inspiration from the great piano trios and rhythm sections of the ’60’s as well as their modern counterparts, these three bright young players put a contemporary spin on a classic sound… with drummer Dan Gaucher and bassist Mike Kennedy (both of Doppler Defect and Rabnett 5 and many other places) and Ian Cox on piano.

MARIAM MATOSSIAN (8:30, $7)

This singer, whose music is informed by her Armenian heritage and her travels, expresses her ties to her roots beautifully through song with the aid of some great players. Mariam Matossian vocals; Adam Popowitz guitar, mandolin; Nick Apivor vibes, percussion; Elliot Polsky drums, percussion www.garycristall.com/matossian.shtml

AEROPLANE TRIO & KEVIN HOUSE BAND (11 pm, $7)

Aeroplane Trio is a tight, home-grown, vital, fresh jazz & avant-jazz unit that leaves no stone unturned in its search for the secret… JP Carter trumpet; Russell Sholberg bass; Skye Brooks drums

Songster, guitarist, Rime favourite, Kevin House brings his highly skilled band – which happens to be the great Aeroplane Trio – to cause some emotional & cerebral mayhem, as only he can… www.kevinhouse.ca

1 AM JAM (by donation)

Trumpeter JP Carter hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Monday, June 26

JESSE CAHILL TRIO (5:30 pm, by donation)

Steeped in the tradition of the hard-bop drummers of the ’50s and ’60s, Jesse Cahill is one of Canada’s leading jazz drummers. His trio plays straight-ahead, hard-swingin’ music with a fresh and energetic approach. With Tommy Babin bass and Terry Deane tenor sax

MAQAM (8:30 pm, $7)

Authentic sounds & textures of Arabic music from a modern improvisational perspective with Gord Grdina oud; Jesse Zubot violin; Jeremy Holmes bass; Liam MacDonald drums

FOND OF TIGERS (11 pm, $7)

“In these heady 21st Century days, there exists an exciting musical melting-pot where elements of both post-rock and modern jazz cross paths in a sonic wonderland-one foot firmly planted in Don Caballero /Cap’n Jazz territory, and the other in Miles Davis / John McLaughlin country, with all stops in between. One of Vancouver’s best examples of this not-so-new but oh-so-fresh sound is the quirky yet compelling septet-collective known as Fond of Tigers.” Terminal City

Fond of Tigers is an eclectic post-rock band…angular, minimalist music by “maximalist” renegades. Stephen Lyons guitar; JP Carter trumpet; Morgan McDonald keyboards; Shanto Battacharya bass; Skye Brooks drums; Dan Gaucher drums; Jesse Zubot violin www.fondoftigers.com

1 AM JAM (by donation)

Violinist Jesse Zubot hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Tuesday, June 27

SHIFT (5:30 pm, by donation)

Three constants of the Vancouver jazz & creative music scene, playing music that they would want to listen to. One talented jazz outfit! Dave Sikula guitar; Sean Cronin bass; Dan Gaucher drums

Artist In Residence: PEGGY LEE — VEDA HILLE (8:30 pm, $7)

Our good neighbour and earthy, charming songstress of great gems, Veda Hille is back at Rime for a magical night on piano and vocals! Veda writes about the natural world, the constant threat of tragedy, the trickiness of love, and anything else that amazes her.

“Hille is one of the most acclaimed artists in the country – visceral, luminescent, fierce, haunting, and with talent to burn . . . seeing her live is like discovering that the giant talking wizard’s head actually is a giant talking wizard’s head.” Anna Lemond, The Coast, Halifax, November 2000

“She’s a gift from God, or at least from Canada.” The Independent, Santa Barbara, CA, December 1998

Veda Hille piano, guitar, vocals; Peggy Lee cello; Patsy Klein vocals

www.vedahille.com

Artist In Residence: PEGGY LEE with JON BENTLEY & TONY WILSON TRIO (11 pm, $7)

A collective featuring music by all three members, this trio of Vancouver heavies spanning ambience, noise and beautiful lyricism. Peggy Lee cello; Jon Bentley saxophones; Tony Wilson guitar

1 AM JAM (by donation)

Guitarist Tony Wilson hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Wednesday, June 28

THE OCTOBER TRIO (5:30 pm, by donation)

Young lions perform beautiful, driving jazz, exploring the history, freedom & boundaries of the sax-trio tradition. Check them out! Evan Arntzen tenor saxophone; Josh Cole bass; Dan Gaucher drums

“These guys are the cat’s ass!” – Cem

www.theoctobertrio.com

TONY WILSON’S ANCIENT SEXTET (8:30 pm, $7)

Ancient only in collective wisdom & armed with chops, heart & smarts to burn one down, guitarist Tony Wilson’s older sextet project will cover some old classics as well as works by composer Benjamin Britten… Peggy Lee cello; Kevin Elaschuk trumpet; Dave Say sax; Paul Blaney bass; Dylan van der Schyff drums

DENNIS GONZALEZ YELLS AT EELS & ALMOST TRANSPARENT BLUE DOUBLE TRIO (11 pm, $7)

Texas-based trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez creates robust, driving music based on his highly rhythmic compositions. His band Yells At Eels includes his two sons, Aaron on bass and Stefan on drums, and they supplement their concerts with invited artists. Gonzalez wants to move beyond the idea of what “jazz” is today, and Yells at Eels suggests an entire map’s worth of new directions. Soulful, joyful, free-spirited music! Gonzalez’s group will also collaborate in double trios with local greats Almost Transparent Blue and the Bruce Freedman Trio (June 30) on these nights. Almost Transparent Blue, the burning avant-jazz/improv phenomenon featuring Masa Anzai on saxophone, Kelly Churko on guitar, and Skye Brooks on drums will blow the roof off of Rime. Don’t miss this special young band that’s been playing together for over 5 years! www.dennisgonzalez.com

1 AM JAM (by donation)

Guitarist Ron Samworth hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Thursday, June 29

MORGAN CHILDS QUARTET (5:30 pm, by donation)

Four of Vancouver’s finest young musicians meet in this quartet. Drummer Morgan Childs powers it up with a swing feel that just won’t quit. Alvin Cornista (also with Sekoya) is one of Canada’s most talented young saxophonists. Pianist Amanda Tosoff and bassist Sean Cronin are rapidly becoming A-list players on our local scene.

GEOFF BERNER (8:30 pm, $7)

Folk, punk & klezmer have never sounded so vital & fresh once melded together, as evident in this amazing singer, accordionist, songwriter’s peculiar, wry, witty, original, expressive style.

“I want to make original klezmer music that’s drunk, dirty, political and passionate. As a Jew of Eastern European descent, I feel I have a calling to make this music live, not just preserve it under glass like something in a museum.” Geoff Berner

www.geoffberner.com

SOMETHING ABOUT REPTILES (11 pm, $7)

Turkish pop & folk songs a la Marlena Dietrich by lusciously eccentric diva Burcu & her trusty band with Burcu Özdemir vocals; Alison Jenkins accordion; Noah Walker guitar; Sam Shoichet bass; Adel Awad darbuka

1 AM JAM (by donation)

From Dallas, Texas, bassist Aaron Gonzalez hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Friday, June 30

PAUL RUSHKA TRIO (5:30 pm, by donation)

Formed in 1997, Paul Rushka Trio has its roots firmly in the jazz tradition, but draws on its members’ numerous experiences in other genres to form a thoroughly modern jazz sound. Original songs, transformed pop tunes, free improvisation and modern tunes are the building blocks of this band’s material. Dave Sikula guitar; Paul Rushka bass; Bernie Arai drums

DENNIS GONZALEZ YELLS AT EELS & BRUCE FREEDMAN DOUBLE TRIO (8:30 pm, $7)

Texas-based trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez creates robust, driving music based on his highly rhythmic compositions. His band Yells At Eels includes his two sons, Aaron on bass and Stefan on drums, and they supplement their concerts with invited artists. Gonzalez wants to move beyond the idea of what “jazz” is today, and Yells at Eels suggests an entire map’s worth of new directions. Soulful, joyful, free-spirited music! Gonzalez’s group will also collaborate in double trios with local greats Almost Transparent Blue (June 28) and the Bruce Freedman Trio on these nights. A veteran jazz unit of great skill & killer instincts, Bruce Freedman Trio plays creative fire music with Bruce Freedman saxophones; Clyde Reed bass; Stan Taylor drums www.dennisgonzalez.com

TERMINAL STATION (11 pm, $7)

This monster blues-rock band tore the roof off of Rime in September during Steel-Fest, then again in December! Terminal Station takes the traditional blues sound and kicks it into high gear with a raw and exciting sound – full of fat bass lines, propulsive drumming, sleazy harmonica, and risk taking guitar solos. Scott Smith vocals, guitar, pedal steel; Jeremy Holmes bass; Liam MacDonald drums have been key players in Vancouver’s blues and roots scene for the better part of a decade, having played with such Vancouver artists as Bughouse 5, Bottleneck, Michael Kaeshammer, Bocephus King, Jim Byrnes, Pete Turland, Jack Lavin, Luke Doucet and Cousin Harley. Guitarist supreme Gord Grdina will also join them.

1 AM JAM (by donation)

From Dallas, Texas, drummer Stefan Gonzalez hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Saturday, July 1

TAXIDERMISTS (5:30 pm, by donation)

Please see June 23 for details.

UNCONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE (8:30 pm, $7)

Unconscious Collective is a Dallas-based harmolodic improvisational jazz quartet with a mission to create pure spontaneous music. Special guests in the recent past have included singer Leena Conquest, Lisbon-based saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, and legendary drummer Alvin Fielder… with Stefan Gonzalez drums; Aaron Gonzalez bass, Devon Wells flute/piccolo, Greg Prickett guitar.

CHAD MAKELA QUARTET (11 pm, $7)

Vancouver baritone saxophonist Chad Makela heads up this high-energy, swinging modern jazz quartet. Makela’s original compositions, created with his band mates in mind, reflect the influence of Scofield, Lovano, and Trane. And although it’s something of a cliché to compare any sax/trumpet/bass/drums quartet to the classic Ornette Coleman group, it’s a fitting comparison here. The harmonic freedom and melodic contours, intricate and elastic rhythms, and oblique connection to the blues in both Makela’s and trumpeter Brad Turner’s compositions beg the analogy. With bassist Paul Rushka and drummer Jesse Cahill

1 AM JAM (by donation)

From Dallas, Texas, trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez hosts a jam session full of possibilities & special guests.

Sunday, July 2

TAXIDERMISTS (5:30 pm, by donation)

Please see June 23 for details.

DARKBLUEWORLD (8:30 pm, $7)

“Her songs are profoundly melancholic, steeped in loss and the impossibility of love. Paradoxically, listening to them tends to produce a lightening of the spirit-which may be because Fischer is only too happy to bear the burden of gloom, at least while she’s on-stage. That, too, is an art-and a rare one.” –Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

Original, relevant, culturally engaged & emotionally, intellectually uncompromising songs by Elizabeth Fischer vocals; Ron Samworth guitar; Tony Wilson guitar; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums www.darkblueworld.ca

PE-DE-CANA (11 pm, $7)

These wickedly talented instrumentalists have performed numerous times as part of Brejera & won over crowds at Rime. Tonight they will play some beautifully home-spun, heart-warming Brazilian music, including choro, samba, bossa-nova and a little jazz. They will be joined by guest instrumentalists on various wind, string, percussion instruments and vocals. Mario Silva guitar; Trevor Murray cavaquinho; Paul Bray percussion

FINAL 1 AM JAM & FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY (by donation)

A sweet finale & wrap party for a joyous 10 day festival, celebrating an embarrassment of riches!

2006.05 –> May 2006 at Rime

ZULA Presents

MAY 2006 at Rime

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Artist in Residence – Tuesdays in May: NEELAMJIT DHILLON

Neelamjit Dhillon
Neelamjit Dhillon

Tabla player, saxophonist and composer Neelamjit Dhillon is a professional musician equally versed in both Eastern and Western traditions. He has obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies (majoring in saxophone performance) from Capilano College and has also completed a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of British Columbia. Upon graduation he received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to further his tabla studies at the Ustad Alla Rakha Institute of Music in Mumbai. The tabla is Neelamjit’s first instrument and he studies under the tutelage of world-renowned maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.

MAY 2006

Mon, May 1/ KARMA SOHN BAND & AEROPLANE TRIO (9 pm, $5-10)

Delicate, soulful, melodic songs featuring vocals and writing by Karma and Skye. Karma Sohn vocals, piano; Skye Brooks vocals, acoustic guitar; Russell Sholberg upright bass; Dylan Smith drums

A tight, home-grown, vital, fresh jazz & avant-jazz unit, Aeroplane Trio use a conventional acoustic jazz setting as a platform for their eclectic compositions and improvisations, leaving no stone unturned in their search for the secret… JP Carter trumpet; Russell Sholberg double-bass; Skye Brooks drums.

Tue, May 2/ AIR: NEELAMJIT DHILLON – CHIN INJETI & MICROSCOPIC (9 pm, $5-10)

Chin Injeti: This Juno Award winning multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter has worked with some of the most popular names is music such as the Fugees, the Roots, Ziggy Marley, Jamiroquai, and A Tribe Called Quest. Blending R&B, Soul, Reggae, Chin has a style all his own and will be singing original tunes as well as a few choice favourites. Chin Injeti vocals, guitar, Becky Rique vocals, Suzka violin, Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, flute.

www.chinonline.com

Microscopic: Formed in the spring of 2005, Microscopic seamlessly blends elements of jazz, bluegrass and world music into a captivating musical tapestry. Melodic lines, interwoven with luxurious harmonies and challenging time signatures, result in a creative alchemy that is undeniably luscious. Aaron Joyce Weissenborn guitar; Alvaro Rojas electric guitar; Meredith Bates violin; Diederik van Dijk cello; Neelamjit Dhillon tabla

Wed, May 3/ ABDULLAH CHHADEH ENSEMBLE (9 pm, $15)

Syrian qanun (81-string zither) virtuoso Abdullah Chhadeh began his musical education in a camp for refugees in the Golan, later convincing legendary qanun player Selim Serweh to teach him for two years. Five years at the Conservatoire of Damascus followed – a time in which Chhadeh honed his considerable skill as a composer, and secured himself a scholarship at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music.

“Spellbinding”, “innovative”, “gifted” are words that are time and again used to describe the performances and compositions on which Chhadeh’s blossoming international reputation is built. His recordings and collaborations have included both solo performances and featured soloist work with Sinead O’Connor, Jocelyn Pook, Natacha Atlas and David Arnold among others. Chhadeh is joined for this night by three Vancouver artists who are renowned players on their respective instruments: François Houle clarinet; Tommy Babin double-bass; Stefan Cihelka tabla

www.abdullahchhadeh.com

Thu, May 4/ THEO BLECKMANN & BEN MONDER with DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF & CHRIS GESTRIN (9 PM, $10)

Two of the brightest lights on New York’s jazz/new music scene, vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder last year celebrated their 10th anniversary to a sold-out house at The Jazz Standard in Manhattan, but this is their first Vancouver appearance. They will be in town to mix their new record for Songlines, to be released in late 2006 or early 2007. Drummer Dylan van der Schyff and pianist / keyboardist Chris Gestrin, whose trio project with Ben (“The Distance”) was released this January on Songlines, will join them in the second set. Together, expect from them an evening of highly individualistic music, including interpretations of jazz standards and pop songs (Joni Mitchell, the Beatles), original settings of Rumi poetry, wordless vocals, and some amazing freeform sonic interplay.

www.theobleckmann.com
www.benmonder.com

Fri, May 5/ BEATS WITHOUT BORDERS (9:30 pm, $5-10)

The Beats Without Borders Collective is made up of 4 established world beat DJs, who spin the best dance music on the planet… from funked out afrobeat to sexy middle-eastern bellydance to bangin’ bhangra, they’ll rock the party, guaranteed.

www.beatswithoutborders.com

Sat, May 6/ (eve) DARKBLUEWORLD with DAVID ROUNDELL (9:30 pm, $5-10)

“Imagine a kind of distaff Tom Waits: utterly individualistic singing framed by some of the most creative musicians around…Her songs are profoundly melancholic, steeped in loss and the impossibility of love. Paradoxically, listening to them tends to produce a lightening of the spirit-which may be because Fischer is only too happy to bear the burden of gloom, at least while she’s on-stage. That, too, is an art-and a rare one.” – Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

DarkBlueWorld: Original, relevant, culturally engaged & emotionally, intellectually uncompromising songs by Elizabeth Fischer vocals; Ron Samworth guitar; Dave Roundell accordion; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums

www.darkblueworld.ca

David Roundell‘s music teachers kept chastising him for embellishing on his weekly lessons until they realized he had a talent for arranging and improvisation. Roundell has been involved in a wide range of music from country & western through to free-improv. He has scored for theatre and spoken word and is a founding member and impresario/host of Talent Hut, a performance art troupe. He has recently been playing with DarkBlueWorld and with new found inspiration he continues to explore ensemble and solo accordion music.

Sun, May 7/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, May 7/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babin on bass.

Sun, May 7/ (eve) BILL RUNGE’S ACID TEST CD RELEASE (9 pm, $5-10)

His project “A Tribute To The South American”, grew from saxophonist Bill Runge‘s love for the music of several giants of Latin Music, specifically from South America. Each piece on the CD is a specific genre i.e., Tango, Samba, Bossa Nova, Salsa, and some North Americanized hybrid fusions of these forms each is dedicated to a favourite composer. The core band from the recording will perform to celebrate the release of this exciting cd: Bill Runge saxophone, accordion; Brad Turner keyboards; Rebecca Shoichet vocals; Rob Hamilton guitar; Joseph Pepe Danza percussion; André Lachance bass; Randall Stoll drums… with special guest appearances by Vince Mai trumpet & Steve Dawson guitar.

www.billrunge.com

Mon, May 8/ ANDREW BURDEN plus TUCK (9 pm, $5-10)

Trombonist & vocalist for such awesome outfits as Ronny Artur’s Orkestrio & the Golden Wedding Band, when multi-instrumentalist Andrew Burden wants to perform solo one’s curiosity ought to be piqued. Rest assured it will be a performance full of piss & vinegar with some tenderness thrown in for good measure.

Tuck utilizes an intuitive and spontaneous approach to song writing, revealing a variety of influences ranging from Tom Waits to The Pixies, from The Beatles to Guns and Roses. The diverse musical backgrounds of the band members results in an eclectic blend of folk, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, punk and classical. Amos Ashurst guitar, vocals; Jaime Ashurst vocals; Jessica Werb cello; Kim Stewart bass, vocals; Rob Linton drums

www.tucktheband.com

Tue, May 9/ AIR: NEELAMJIT DHILLON – SHAKTI DANCE COLLECTIVE & VASAK/SILINS/DHILLON (9 pm, $5-10)

Shakti Dance Collective: Bringing together the different disciplines of South Indian dance, North Indian music and contemporary story telling, to give a new voice to the stories from Indian mythology, the performance will consist of individual pieces by the collective members as well as an excerpt from a full-length drama. Anusha Fernando dance; Adrienne Wong narration, acting; David Tsabar vocal; Neelamjit Dhillon tabla

New Trio Series #1 — Vasak/Silins/Dhillon: A new project put together specifically for this event that takes a look at the improvisatory possibilities of timeless melodies from the jazz tradition as well as songs from contemporary sources. Mark Vasak guitar; Karlis Silins bass; Neelamjit Dhillon saxophone

Wed, May 10 & Thu May 11/ KEN ALDCROFT’S CONVERGENCE ENSEMBLE (9 pm, $5-10)

“…(Aldcroft is) a master of eclecticism, able to speak in the language of nuanced free improvisation one minute, followed by Stan Getz inflected Bop the next, followed by a touch of atmospheric puffed clouds.” – Steven Loewy, Cadence Magazine

Guitarist / improviser / composer / producer Ken Aldcroft has been a part of the Toronto jazz and improvised music community since 2001 and with several tours and recordings under his belt since 1997 he has become an integral part of the national creative music scene. His latest projects include Four in One, a duo project with drummer Dave Clark performing the Thelonious Monk songbook and performing in ad hoc improvised music meetings whenever the opportunity presents itself, as well the Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble, an improvising quintet that also incorporates composed material into their performances. The Vancouver version of the group includes some of the city’s finest players exploring through Aldcroft’s leadership his superb compositions and communicating on a high level…with J.P. Carter trumpet; Graham Ord tenor saxophone; Brad Muirhead trombone; Paul Blaney bass; Skye Brooks drums

www.mypage.direct.ca/a/aldcroft

Fri, May 12/ SHONA LE MOTTÉE (9:30 pm, $10)

Juno Award winner, dynamic Celtic/pop fiddler and vocalist; Shona Le Mottée was a member of Canadian Celtic-pop group The Paperboys for over 2 years. She has performed with Micheal Flatley’s Lord of the Dance as well as Canadian artists such as Fear of Drinking, Tim Readman, Alpha YaYa Dialo, The Town Pants, and Mad Pudding… with Tim Readman guitar, vocals; Boris Favre bass; Allan Dionne drums/percussion

Advance tickets are available at Highlife & Zulu Records.

“On stage she has a wonderful presence. Her fiddling is exuberant with the kind of locked-in quality and strength of the seasoned player.” – Master of Appalachian fiddling, Bruce Molsky

“a great CD it is too, …great fiddle playing equal to Natalie MacMaster any day, the arrangements are great.” – Gene McDonnell – CFBX Radio – Kamloops, B.C.

www.shona.ca

Sat, May 13/ (aft) MASCALL DANCE COMPANY: NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB (3 pm, by donation)

The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club is an improvisation research ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director/Choreographer Jennifer Mascall. The ensemble performs in improvised sets not necessarily set in time but framed by specific structures. Part of the improviser’s sophistication is in knowing when an impulse, a movement, a whole piece is complete. The dancers are accompanied by live DJs, musicians, or spoken word. Each time they return to the material, the environment they make is different – order, spacing, rhythm, tone is varied. The dancing becomes an expressionistic landscape and the choreography provides the world and the country. The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club thrives in unusual venues-bars, churches, streets, and other unexpected places. Sometimes it is the mood that can’t be shaken, sometimes it is the rhythm pattern, other times it is the relationship between dancers. Each new score, each new venue, each new dance is a form of public research where change thrives.

Dancers: Jojo Zolina, Ziyian Kwan, Susan Kania, Alisoun Payne

www.mascalldance.ca

Saturday, May 13/ (eve) SHANTISAGARAM & QWERTYKUS (9:30 pm, $10)

Shantisagaram: The unique rhythms melodies and phrasing of Carnatic music was a frontier that John Coltrane eagerly began investigating around the time of his demise. All India Radio vocalist Vidyasagar Vankayala is joined by South Indian concert mridangam (Carnatic double-sided drum –precursor to the North Indian tabla) player Prabhakar Sharma for a rare and authentic Carnatic concert. They will be joined by Prashant John on guitar, vocals and fabulous jazz bassist Tommy Babin for a collaborative set.

Qwertykus: Overtone singing, vocalese and piano by member of Juno nominated Wyrd Sisters and ex-Crash Test Dummies World Tour member, Kiva comes together with virtuosic South Indian percussionist, Kannakol (south Indian drum language) player Prabhakar Sharma and Bangladeshi multi-instrumentalist (bamboo flutes, guitar, vocals, percussion) Prashant John, founder of Vancouver’s Tandava (recently winning inclusion in Global Rhythms’ April 2006 music sampler) to create an exotic and hypnotic harmonics-laden experience.

Sun, May 14/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation)

See May 7th for more details.

Sun, May 14/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

See May 7th for more details.

Sun, May 14/ (eve) SUDAN’DA & RANDY RAINE-REUSCH with PEPE DANZA (9 pm, $5-10)

Sudan’da is built around the music of Aladeen Abdalla, a singer and oud player from Sudan, who performs his own songs, along with traditional songs & other works by Sudanese composers with Earl Peach guitar; Jane Kalmakoff accordion; Andreas Kahre percussion.

Two Vancouver wunderkinder meet at Rime to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience for those present and listening. Improvisationally based composer / concert-artist specializing in new and experimental music for world instruments, Randy Raine-Reusch is known for his mastery of many exotic instruments from around the globe, particularly Asian ones.

www.asza.com

Joseph ‘Pepe’ Danza, is a composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and one of Vancouver’s top percussionists. Pepe is the leader of the El Sur, a Latin-African ensemble, and a member of the world music band Jou-Tou.

www.pepe-music.com

Mon, May 15/ THE UNSUPERVISED (9 pm, $5-10)

As an adventurous, committed, expressive local quintet, The Unsupervised unapologetically dissolve all musical borders and joyfully explore everything from modern jazz and free improvisation, to bautifully quirky country music and greasy funk grooves. Jeff Younger guitar; Kristian Naso trumpet; Dan Pigott saxes; Russell Sholberg bass; Mike Magnusson drums

Tue, May 16/ AIR: NEELAMJIT DHILLON – IVAN TUCAKOV & DUMARU (9 pm, $5-10)

Ivan Tucakov: Growing up in Turkey and Serbia, Ivan has also travelled to Spain, Portugal, France and Mexico in order to explore the techniques of Eastern European, Afro-Latin, Flamenco, and Gipsy music. He is also responsible for bringing together and leading the Vancouver based world-fusion ensemble Tambura Rasa. Ivan Tucakov nylon-string guitar; Suzka violin; Neelamjit Dhillon tabla

www.tamburarasa.com

Dumaru: First brought together for the 2005 Vancouver Folk Festival, Dumaru fuses Indian classical music and electronica to create a unique blend of traditional and urban sounds. The night will be highlighted with collaboration with Bharata Natyam (Indian classical) dancer Mita Naidu with DJ Tarun electronics, tabla; Neelamjit Dhillon sitar, tabla

Wed, May 17 & Thu, May 18/ KK NULL/PLIAKAS/WERTMÜLLER TRIO (9 pm, $12-15)

“Aside from the extremity of his work with Japanese grind/death/noise rockers Zeni Geva, K.K. Null reserved his solo projects for music just as intense but with more diversity. That range is simply astonishing considering that virtually all of his recordings consist of a patch cord or two (plus occasional treated vocals) fed in to Null’s assortment of guitar and effects pedals. Null creates intense wall-of-noise machine music as well as droning isolationist material, which provides a surprisingly effective update of Southeast Asia’s atonal gong music.” John Bush, All Music Guide

Japanese composer, guitarist, singer, electronicist and drummer KK.Null (Kazuyuki Kishino) gained worldwide recognition for his solo works as well as his progressive hardcore trio Zeni Geva. He has collaborated with many other musical innovators such as Steve Albini, Merzbow, John Zorn, Fred Frith, James Plotkin, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Otomo Yoshihide, Jon Rose, Masonna and more. Null has supported bands on tour such as Sonic Youth and Mike Patton, while releasing more than 100 titles of the recordings (including solo projects and collaborations) in his 20 year music career.

In this new trio his associates are none other than the very exciting “rhythm section” of bassist Marino Pliakas (Switzerland/Greece) and drummer Michael Wertmüller (Switzerland/Germany). This trio just toured Russia to enthusiastic response and is ready to blow our collective minds. Pliakas & Wertmüller may be best known to music fans for their work with John Cale, Caspar Brötzmann & Peter Brötzmann.

This is an unpredictable trio, quite powerful, as these three musicians are known for their weighty music… and yet this project bypasses the musical horizons of its members, as it pushes improvisation beyond such convenient categories as rock, jazz, electronics or even noise. It’s a kind of heavy noise’n’roll, soundful electronica with a slippery rhythm section. Music of the here and now! Get ready to experience an extraordinary, intense, high energy improv trio, in their first Vancouver performances!

www.kknull.com

www.marinopliakas.com

www.wittwer.mu/w2/werther.html

Fri, May 19/ BRAD TURNER QUARTET plus PAUL RUSHKA TRIO (9:30 pm, $5-10)

The Brad Turner Quartet‘s recent live album “What Is” exemplifies the deep rapport that the three time Juno winner’s quartet has developed over the past 12 years. Original compositions influenced by a number of sources including the great Miles Davis quintet of the mid to late 60’s. Brad Turner trumpet & flugelhorn; Bruno Hubert piano; André Lachance bass; Dylan van der Schyff drums

Formed in 1997, Paul Rushka Trio has its roots firmly in the jazz tradition, but draws on its members numerous experiences in other genres to form a thoroughly modern jazz sound. Original songs, tranformed pop tunes, free improvisation and modern tunes are the building blocks of this band’s material. Dave Sikula guitar; Paul Rushka bass; Bernie Arai drums

Sat, May 20/ (aft) MODERN DANCE (3 pm, by donation)

Details to be announced.

Sat, May 20/ (eve) HOT CLUB OF MARS (9:30 pm, $5-10)

Classic gypsy-swing-jazz exploring “…an imaginary terrain between Waikiki in the 1920’s and the Left Bank (Paris) in the 1930’s…” – Alex Varty

Deanna Knight vocals; Michael Dunn Maccaferri-style lead & National steel guitars; Steve “Bugzy” Szabo rhythm guitar; Tom Neville violin; Charlie Knowles bass

www.hotclubofmars.com

Sun, May 21/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation)

See May 7th for more details.

Sun, May 21/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

See May 7th for more details.

Sun, May 21/ (eve) SARA MARREIROS (9 pm, $5-10)

Rumours about a remarkable young woman in Victoria singing fado (fate) drifted across the Strait of Georgia to the Big City. Fado is to Portugal what flamenco is to Spain and what the blues are to the American South: songs clearly from the folk and their experiences of life’s crueller moments. What begins as poetry and music about loneliness and broken hearts becomes an expression of saudade (the yearning). Sara Marreiros could always hear the siren song of fado, but it wasn’t until her heart had its own cruel experiences with life that she felt ready to sing the music she had heard since she was a girl. Now her jazz has a little fado in it, and her fado has the grace note of jazz and her love for bossa nova. Sara Marreiros vocals; Galen Hartley guitar; Dan Weisenburger Portuguese guitarra; Nathan Gage upright bass; Kelby MacNayr drums
www.saramarreiros.com

Mon, May 22/ KARIN PLATO ENSEMBLE (9 pm, $5-10)

“There’s a sense of danger about her work that’s enthralling.” – Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

Jazz vocalist and composer, Karin Plato graces the Rime stage with her trusty band with pianist Lou Mastroianni, trombonist Dennis Esson, bassist Paul Rushka and drummer Nino DiPasquale. A National Jazz Award and Juno Award nominee, Karin’s own compositions sit comfortably next to her arrangements of jazz, blues and Latin standards.

“…an underrated Vancouver singer whose real strength is in her original composition.” – Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

www.karinplato.com

Tue, May 23/ AIR: NEELAMJIT DHILLON – SKETCHES & PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP (9 pm, $5-10)

New Trio Series #2 — Sketches: – A new project put together specifically for this event that explores free collective improvisation interspersed with short compositional interludes Neelamjit Dhillon saxophone; Gord Grdina guitar; Dan Gaucher drums

Prince Albert Composition Workshop Inspired by the workshops of Charles Mingus, this group brings together various influences which are melded into original compositions written specifically for and by its members. Neelamjit Dhillon saxophone, flute, kanjeera; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Cat Toren piano; Shanto Bhattacharya cello; Sean Cronin bass; Dan Gaucher drums

Wed, May 24/ ROBYN CARRIGAN, LINDSAY MAC & THE FITS (9 pm, $5-10)

New England cellist, singer, songwriter Lindsay Mac offers a fresh look at acoustic music by combining folk/pop structure with plucked and bowed cello. Wonderfully diverse, catchy and memorable, her music has roots in jazz, folk, Americana, funk and rock while not tasting like any specific genre. Classically trained for over 15 years, Lindsay Mac is taking the cello to where it’s never been before: to the spotlight as the lead chordal and rhythmic instrument – and to where it’s rarely seen: popular music’s folk/jazz stage. Mac’s approach to her instrument varies from strumming to slapping to carefully coaxing beautiful and intriguing lines from the large wooden instrument all while making it seem, in former producer for The Pointer Sisters, Henry Gaffney’s words, “as natural as rain.”

www.lindsaymac.com

Robyn Carrigan performs her own achingly beautiful, heart-breaking blend of original folk-country pop songs dipped in bluesy soul, with banjo, accordion and guitar. A consummate singer, Carrigan has performed and recorded with artists from Carolyn Mark to No Means No to Sarah McLachlan. Her songs are heard on television shows like the L Word and CBC Radio. With her band Bottleneck she has toured Canada five times over the past couple of years and released two albums.

“Carrigan has a lovely voice … reminiscent of Joan Baez, Natalie Merchant, and Patsy Cline.” – The Georgia Straight, Alex Varty

“Robyn Carrigan’s vocal is elegant and somehow sounds like it has emotional wisdom to impart- you want to listen, because somehow your heart may be better off- protected- for noticing what she has to say.” – Americana UK

The Fits, with P. Kleinenstein (Patsy Klein) and V. Hilleovich (Veda Hille). You don’t want to miss this rediculous atrostophy. With their splendiforous tempobularies and smooth harmonicizing, you’ll want to shout! Break on through with the Fits, May 24th at Rime. They will need all the drinks you can buy them!

www.vedahille.com

Thu, May 25/ ORQUESTA GOMA DURA (9 pm, $15-20)

The 20-piece Orquesta Goma Dura is one of this continent’s largest salsa orchestras and one of the most exciting ensembles anywhere. OGD featuring an all-star collection of Vancouver’s salsa and latin-jazz communities with multiple singers, four percussionists, eleven horns transform any room into party central… it will be impossible to sit still!

Susana Abreu, Danay Sinclair vocals; Jack Duncan congas; Martin Romero, Phil Belanger timbales; Edgar Romero bongos/coro; Allan Johnston bass/coro; Lou Mastroianni piano; Ross Gregory, Derry Byrne, Kent Wallace trumpet; Dennis Esson, Rod Murray, Jeremy Berkman, Brad Muirhead trombone; Bill Runge, Mike Braverman, Graham Ord, Daniel Miles Kane saxophones; John Korsrud director

www.johnkorsrud.com

Fri, May 26/ COPILOTS / PETUNIA & THE HOUND DOGS / SWANVISTA (9:30 pm, $10)

3 sets of amazing, eclectic music!

Copilots perform rhythmic, energetic songs with captivating melodies sung from the heart. Skye Brooks vocals, guitar; Chad MacQuarrie guitar, vocals; Pete Schmitt bass, vocals; Dylan Smith drum

Described variably as mesmerizing, haunting & dazzling, Petunia‘s voice is a big factor in the great sound of Petunia & the Hound Dogs‘ rock-a-hillbilly, yodeling, country-blues. Top notch band that Petunia put together has a distinctly modern and current air about it….at once transporting, strange, comforting and surreal. Petunia acoustic guitar, vocals; Steve Nikleva electric guitar; Jimmy Roy lapsteel guitar; Sam Shoichet double-bass

“When Petunia yodels, the crowd just about levitates on a cloud of barely disguised hysteria.” – Grand Forks Gazette

“foot tapping country and western laced with rock and jazz” – The New York Post

Swanvista is an exciting and eclectic trio that explores many different styles of music with equal conviction. Composition, improvisation, instrumentals and singing with Chad MacQuarrie on guitar and vocals, Skye Brooks on drums and Tommy Babin on bass.

www.petuniamusic.com

Sat, May 27/ (aft) MASCALL DANCE COMPANY: NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB (3 pm, by donation)

The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club is an improvisation research ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director/Choreographer Jennifer Mascall. The ensemble performs in improvised sets not necessarily set in time but framed by specific structures. Part of the improviser’s sophistication is in knowing when an impulse, a movement, a whole piece is complete. The dancers are accompanied by live DJs, musicians, or spoken word. Each time they return to the material, the environment they make is different – order, spacing, rhythm, tone is varied. The dancing becomes an expressionistic landscape and the choreography provides the world and the country. The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club thrives in unusual venues-bars, churches, streets, and other unexpected places. Sometimes it is the mood that can’t be shaken, sometimes it is the rhythm pattern, other times it is the relationship between dancers. Each new score, each new venue, each new dance is a form of public research where change thrives.

Dancers: Jojo Zolina, Ziyian Kwan, Susan Kania, Alisoun Payne

www.mascalldance.ca

Sat, May 27/ (eve) WANDA NOWICKI GROUP (9:30 pm, $5-10)

After performing for 20 years in Los Angeles, vocalist Wanda Nowicki has returned to her Vancouver area roots and has quickly built a steady following. With a vocal style that has been compared to June Christie, her choice of off-beat jazz standards and reworked pop songs has been a winning combination. She has been performing steadily with Christopher Pitt piano, Mark Bender bass and Steve Bagnell saxophones. They have recently recorded a cd entitled “Who’s Counting Us In?”

Sun, May 28/ (aft) PRINCE ALBERT COMPOSITION WORKSHOP BAND (1 pm, by donation)

See May 7th for more details.

Sun, May 28/ (aft) SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (3 pm, by donation)

See May 7th for more details.

Sun, May 28/ (eve) AMANDA TOSOFF BAND (9 pm, $5-10)

At only 22 years of age, jazz pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff is already emerging as one of Vancouver’s top new talents. She leads a quartet made up of the young talents Evan Arntzen on saxophone, Sean Cronin on bass and Morgan Childs on drums. With only an average age of 23, the quartet has already been featured on CBC’s radio show Hotair and in the Vancouver International Jazz festival for two years in a row. They play a variety of music ranging from modern original compositions inspired by greats such as Wayne Shorter and jazz standards composed by greats such as Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, and many more.

“They prove that jazz is in very good hands indeed.” – Paul Grant of CBC’s Hotair

Mon, May 29/ GORD GRDINA’S BOXCUTTER featuring FRANÇOIS HOULE (9 pm, $5-10)

Cutting through stylistic boundaries, this quartet moves in and out of free form improvisation, grooves and lyrical melodies, taking the listener to surprising yet not totally unfamiliar places. Space, texture and rest allow the band to seamlessly embrace mainstream sensibilities as well as aspects of the avant-garde. Gord Grdina guitar; François Houle clarinet; Karlis Silins bass; Kenton Loewen drums

Tue, May 30/ AIR: NEELAMJIT DHILLON – THIMAR & SANGHA (9 pm, $5-10)

New Trio Series #3 — Thimar: A new project put together specifically for this event that was inspired by the music of Anouar Brahem and his collaborations with Dave Holland and John Surman. This group brings together Middle-Eastern sounds and jazz improvisation to create a rich and vibrant tapestry of sound. Gord Grdina oud; Jen Hodge bass; Neelamjit Dhillon saxophone

Sangha: Rooted in the traditions of Arabic, Persian and Indian music, this ensemble forges a new path by combining these elements in original compositions. With traditions this varied a mixture of styles is inevitable, so the musicians focus on creating music in the moment, allowing for the varied influences to blend together naturally without being forced or diluted. Gordon Grdina – oud, Ali Sajjadi – sehtar, Hamin Honari – tombak, Neelamjit Dhillon – tabla.

www.sanghamusic.com

Wed, May 31/ GRRRLS WITH GUITARS – JENNY ALLEN (9 pm, $5-10)

A folk festival favourite, with fans stretching all across the country and far into the States, Calgary’s Jenny Allen, as a solo artist, has opened for remarkable artists including Taj Mahal and Shawn Colvin. This singer, songwriter has released two independent cds, “Something to Say,” and “If I Fall,” Both have received rave reviews. She is also 1/3 of ‘The Fates’ along with Lin Elder & Lori Reid who together have been coined a ‘groovin’ female version of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

…plus special guest

Curated by singer, songwriter Nadine Davenport, Grrrls with Guitars has been around for over 10 years, presenting over 500 women songwriters, including Kinnie Starr, Po’ Girl, Linda McRae. Nadine also has the craft of songwriting down to a complete art form. Her stage performance is captivating. Nadine has a full-bodied voice which demands attention & her singing comes with such ease that it seems almost unnatural.

www.grrrlswithguitars.com

2006.04 –> April 2006 at Rime

ZULA Presents

APRIL 2006 at RIME

(Click here to download calendar in PDF)

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Andre Lachance

Artist in Residence – Tuesdays in April: ANDRE LACHANCE

Born in Québec City, André Lachance moved to Vancouver in 1990. He quickly established himself on the music scene as a much sought after double-bass player. Over the years,he has been a member of the Brad Turner Quartet, the Peggy Lee Band, the Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet, the Ian McDougall Quartet/Sextet, the Hard Rubber Orchestra , Stillpoint and many more with whom he has done extensive national and international touring and recording, for various labels such as Songlines,Cellar Live, Justin Time, Spool and for the CBC. He has collaborated on a wide variety of projects in jazz, improvised music, new music, funk (notably with Soulstream), pop and with dance and theatre companies, playing electric bass, double-bass and guitar. His latest project is the André Lachance Trio with Chris Gestrin on organ and Brad Turner on drums. He has shared the stage with, among others, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Morgan, Clark Terry, Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Gary Bartz, Claude Ranger, PJ Perry, Seamus Blake, Michael Blake and the Now Orchestra with George Lewis.

Sat, Apr 1/ (aft) Jeff Younger (3 pm, by donation)

Grinning Strings Duo w/guests

Guitarists Jeff Younger and Alvaro Rojas pack their bizarrely similar and similarly bizzare musical histories and influences into the blender, serving up a genre jumping smoothie of unquestionable musical nourishment… original tunes blend with hints of Frank Zappa, King Crimson, modern jazz and free improv.

Third Rail Music and Zula Present The 4th Annual FREEDOM FESTIVAL

April 1-3, 2006 at Rime

The Freedom Festival is a celebration of free improvisation and its potential to bring together musicians and listeners from diverse musical traditions. Now in its 4th year, we hope the process of free and open musical collaboration and exchange will serve as a powerful example for greater trust and free and open interaction in a troubled world. The festival will showcase the huge range and variety possible in improvised music from delicate and intimate duos to roaring large ensembles and musicians from the jazz, classical, pop, and improv worlds. The Freedom Festival also serves as a forum for players from outside our region to meet and perform with some of the great musicians that make up Vancouver’s amazing musical community. This year we welcome three special guests:

Daniel Heila flute (Oregon)

Rob Kohler bass (Oregon)

Dr. Sonya Lawson viola (Massachusetts)

Sat, Apr 1/ (eve) Freedom Fest (9 pm, $5-10)

Freedom Festival Septet

Our opening night will feature new compositions and tunes by Brad Muirhead and Jared Burrows written or adapted to showcase our amazing guest artists and local geniuses. Jazz and classical musicians explore freedom in the groove.

Daniel Heila flute; Stephen Robb clarinet; Brad Muirhead trombone; Sonya Lawson viola; Jared Burrows guitar; Rob Kohler bass; Stan Taylor drums

Sun, Apr 2/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Apr 2/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Apr 2/ (eve) Freedom Fest (9 pm, $5-10)

Free Trade

In the tradition of Derek Bailey’s Company Week, the second night of the festival will feature small ad hoc ensembles drawn from the pool of improvisers in residence. Experience the sound of surprise and the musical magic of improvised first meetings, long standing partnerships, and all points between.

Karen Graves saxophone;Bruce Freedman saxophones; Steve Bagnell saxophone, winds;Daniel Heila flute; Stephen Robb clarinet; Amari Barash oboe; Joe Rzemieniak trumpet; Bill Clark trumpet; Brad Muirhead trombone; Sonya Lawson viola; Jared Burrows guitar; Clyde Reed bass; Tommy Babin bass;Stan Taylor drums

Mon, Apr 3/ Freedom Fest (9 pm, $5-10)

Freedom Festival Orchestra

For our final night, a free-improv behemoth takes the stage. Musical relationships explored over the previous two nights will be pushed to their limits in the challenging large ensemble format. Nirvana and catharsis, chaos and exaltation are all possibilities for this exciting event.

Karen Graves saxophone;Bruce Freedman saxophones; Steve Bagnell saxophone, winds;Daniel Heila flute; Stephen Robb clarinet; Joe Rzemieniak trumpet; Bill Clark trumpet; Brad Muirhead trombone; Sonya Lawson viola; Stefan Smulovitz viola, laptop; Ross Bliss guitar; Jared Burrows guitar; Clyde Reed bass; Tommy Babin bass;Stan Taylor drums …plus guests….

Tue, Apr 4/ AIR: André Lachance (9 pm, $5-10)

Brad Turner Quartet
Informed by the tradition but always looking to the future, this acoustic jazz ensemble has been together for 14 years. Playing mostly original compositions and inprovisations, they have developed a deep level of communication and friendship that has earned them respect and rave reviews across Canada. Brad Turner trumpet, flugelhorn; Bruno Hubert piano; André Lachance double-bass; Dylan van der Schyff drums
www.bradturnermusic.com

Wed, Apr 5/ Boris Sichon & DJ Tarun (9 pm, $5-10)

On this night, two percussive and creative powers with great imagination will merge to create some beauty with a heavy Asian undercurrent. Russian percussionist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Boris Sichon has worked with the likes of Leningrad Symphony Orchestra, the Jewish Chamber Musical Theatre in Moscow, the Russian National Folklore Band, France’s Footsbarn Company and Cirque de Soleil. Boris has played in 40 different countries on five continents, performing on over 200 ethnic musical instruments in his unique collection. Originally from Montreal, Tarun is a tabla player, dj, and producer. Though he now spends much of his time working with fusion projects and organizing stupendously delightful events as a member of the Beats Without Borders collective, he remains committed to performing and teaching Indian classical music. Guitarist Tim Gerwing will add some gorgeous, ambient soundscapes to the mix.

www.sichon.com

www.beatswithoutborders.com

Thu, Apr 6/ Copacabana Night with Watermelon & Marmalade (9 pm, $10)

A very special evening, a real night out hosted by Watermelon and Sandra Sanders, attended by Bonnie Kilroe, spiced up by Sweet Soul Burlesque, lubed up by Marmalade! Copacabana Nights take you back to debonair evenings of dinner, dancing and a show stage show with choreographed dancing girls and comics of questionable taste. Argentina’s famous ballet and tango instructor Carlos Loyolas will be giving a free dance lesson. Dress code is in effect (within reason).

www.melongirl.com

With influences ranging from jazz, funk, hip-hop, drum’n’bass and world music, Marmalade specializes in dishing out the sweetjams… Jiggy saxophones; Colin Maskell keys; Paul Bray percussion; James Forrest bass; Mike Magnusson drums

www.sweetjams.com

Fri, Apr 7/ Rodney Decroo & The Killers with The Knotty Pines (9 pm, $5-10)

Vancouver poet, actor and singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo channels the storytelling tradition of Dylan, Van Zandt and Parsons into his own commanding country-rock performed by ace band. Rodney and his crack band of killers have just returned from the road promoting Rodney’s critically acclaimed new album War Torn Man dedicated to his father a veteran of the Vietnam War. Rodney DeCroo acoustic guitar, vocals; Jon Wood electric guitar (Flophouse jr, producer Herald Nix); Linda McRae bass (Spirit of the West); Ed Goodine drums (Ray Condo, Ronnie Artur and his Orkestrio)

www.whirldrecords.com/rodney

The Knotty Pines, formerly Uncle Ray took its original name from the spirit of the late great Ray Condo. Both Jimmy Roy (vocals/steel guitar) and Stephen Nikleva (guitar) worked with Ray for his last ten years spreading the gospel of Rockabilly and Western Swing around the globe. Linda McRae (vocals/bass) is familiar to audiences for her brand of heart-wrenching country-twang and her work with Spirit of the West. Local guitar maestro & vocalist Paul Pigat (Cousin Harley) lays down the beat on his acoustic. Together they provide a modern adaptation of 30’s Western Swing. Toe-tapping songs with scintillating solos. As Ray used to say ‘Swing Brother Swing’…

Sat, Apr 8/ (aft) Jeff Younger (3 pm, by donation)

Afternoon of Song

The Dawn Pemberton Trio (Dawn Pemberton vocals; Jeff Younger guitar; David Marion bass) prove the afternoon groove can get deep and nasty. James Brown, Janis Joplin and hits of the 80’s in a sweet soul marinade.

The Viviane Houle Trio (Viviane Houle vocals; Jeff Younger guitar; Russell Sholberg bass) cook up some serious adventure in the frying pans of fearless improv, improvised song and gentle balladry of the heart.

Sat, Apr 8/ (eve) Ghettoblaster (9 pm, $5-10)

Awesome guitar connected to a strong rhythm and catchy melodies create the foundation of the Ghettoblaster sound. Ambient keyboards mixed with vocal harmonies complete the picture. The music is diverse enough to be difficult to describe but comparisons can be made to The Pixies, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deathcab for Cutie, Wilco and The Talking Heads. Ghettoblaster’s set will be preceded by a special solo acoustic set by Jesse Waldman, followed by a set of fine songs from the remarkable writer/singer/musician Monica Lee. Jesse Waldman vocals, guitar; Jacquie Stanford vocals; Chris Bizzochi keys, guitar, vocals; Mike Wuetherick bass; Marc L’Esperance drums, vocals

www.ghettoblaster.ca

Sun, Apr 9/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Apr 9/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Apr 9/ (eve) Sarah MacDougall (9 pm, $5-10)

Guitarist, singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall‘s music is best described as alt-country with a hint of noir. Her unique voice and lyrics carry the framework of her songs, recalling the music of Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, and Leonard Cohen. She proclaims that her music is about “goose bumps, closeness, realness, excitement and distress”… with Joanna Chapman-Smith clarinet, vocals; Tim Tweedale dobro, Weissenborn, pedalsteel; Pierre Lumoncel violin; Shawn Killaly drums; Rob Leishman bass

www.sarahmac.net

Mon, Apr 10/ Flatback (9 pm, $5-10)

Flatback is a new acoustic band inspired by David Grisman and Ry Cooder. Utilizing elements of rural blues, world music and jazz to forge their sound, they improvise over tunes that range from quiet lullabies to groovin’ sambas. This tight unit has been playing together for the last ten years in bands like Loose Acoustic, Bottleneck and Terminal Station. Jeremy Holmes mandolin; Scott Smith dobro; Gord Grdina oud; Liam Macdonald pandeiro

Tue, Apr 11/ AIR: André Lachance (9 pm, $5-10)
Set 1: André Lachance / Bruno Hubert Duo
Brotherhood runs deep with these two. They will continue the musical conversation they started 16 years ago that has been documented mostly through the Brad Turner Quartet and Bruno’s own trio. Some topics discussed in this more intimate duo setting include Latin music, original compositions and the French waltz. André Lachance guitar, Bruno Hubert piano

Set 2: Sikula / Bentley / Lachance / Brooks: The first gathering of this very tribe of super-sensitive players to create unique and significant sounds & soundscapes already appreciated by the animal kingdom… Dave Sikula guitar; Jon Bentley saxophones, electronics; André Lachance bass; Skye Brooks drums

Wed, Apr 12/ Anna B. & Her Heartbones (9 pm, $5-10)

Anna B. writes and performs deeply personal material, amplifying her take on the impermanence of life, shaded by her experiences of heartaches and joys…from a ballsy, barroom torch song, to a boney hoedown, to the most simple ode to love, to a haunting bluegrass ballad… Stephen Nikleva guitars; Mark Berube piano, accordion; Sam Shoichet bass; Michael Simpson drums

www.annabmusic.com

Thu, Apr 13/ Orquesta Goma Dura (9 pm, $10-20)

The 20-piece Orquesta Goma Dura is one of this continent’s largest salsa orchestras and one of the most exciting ensembles anywhere. OGD featuring an all-star collection of Vancouver’s salsa and latin-jazz communities with multiple singers, four percussionists, eleven horns transform any room into party central… it will be impossible to sit still!

Susana Abreu, Danay Sinclair vocals; Jack Duncan congas; Martin Romero, Phil Belanger timbales; Edgar Romero bongos/coro; Allan Johnston bass/coro; Lou Mastroianni piano; Ross Gregory, Derry Byrne, Kent Wallace trumpet; Dennis Esson, Rod Murray, Jeremy Berkman, Brad Muirhead trombone; Bill Runge, Mike Braverman, Graham Ord, Daniel Miles Kane saxophones; John Korsrud director

www.johnkorsrud.com

Fri, Apr 14/ Adios (9 pm, $5)

Led by guitarist, electronicist Randall Schmid and sampler/electronic artist Chris Kelly, Adios specializes in live-beats, dubby-bass, loops, electronics, improvisation creating music that is beautiful, haunting, crushing, atmospheric & funny. Randall Schmid guitar, electronics; Chris Kelly sampler, turntable, electronics; Masa Anzai sax, electronics; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums, cymbals

Sat, Apr 15/ (eve) Something About Reptiles (10 pm, $5-10)

Turkish pop & folk songs a la Marlena Dietrich by lusciously eccentric diva Burcu & her trusty band bring back to Rime more of that Eastern-European/Middle-Eastern trademarked joyous melancholy of high order. Burcu Özdemir vocals; Alison Jenkins accordion; Noah Walker guitar; Sam Shoichet bass; Adel Awad darbuka

Sun, Apr 16/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Apr 16/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Apr 16/ (eve) Yaletown String Quartet (9 pm, $5-10)

Yaletown String Quartet specializes in jazz for strings, plus tango, pop, rock and then some. They treat material with utter respect, ranging from Steely Dan to Gershwin, Dave Brubeck to Björk. Mark Ferris violin (Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Sinfonia of the North Shore, CBC Radio Orchestra); Tony Bernal violin (VSO, Tango Paradiso, Armadillo String Quartet, Mariachi del Sol); Henry Lee viola (Metamorphoses Chamber Ensemble); Finn Manniche cello (Armadillo String Quartet, Ensemble Symposium, the Jazzmanian Devils, Soul Crib, the Paperboys, Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, Murray McLauglin, Mae Moore, Cam Wilson)

www.yaletownstringquartet.com

Mon, Apr 17/ Bruce Freedman & Tyson Naylor Double Trio (9 pm, $5-10)

A veteran jazz unit of great skill & killer instincts, this quartet plays creative fire music… Bruce Freedman saxophones; Clyde Reed bass; Stan Taylor drums.

www.zisman.ca/freedmanjazz

Pianist Tyson Naylor‘s dynamic trio with avant-jazz leanings plays original tunes inspired by the likes of Monk, Dollar Brand and McCoy Tyner… with Russell Sholberg bass; Skye Brooks drums.

www.tysonnaylor.com

Tue, Apr 18/ AIR: André Lachance (9 pm, $5-10)
André Lachance Trio
Set 1: A fresh take on the funky guitar/organ sound. These guys have been involved in each other’s bands for at least a decade on many different instruments, covering a very wide scope of music fron funk to new music to jazz to sonic improvs and beyond… Soul music between friends basically…
André Lachance guitar; Chris Gestrin organ; Brad Turner drums

André Lachance Quintet

Set 2: Dylan van der Schyff takes over the drums, while Brad Turner moves to the trumpet and Terry Deane joins them on tenor-saxophone for a good swinging blowout.

Wed, Apr 19/ Jesse Cahill Trio (9 pm, $5-10)

Steeped in the tradition of the hard-bop drummers of the fifties and sixties, Jesse Cahill is one of Canada’s leading jazz drummers. His trio, Sunday Afternoon Sessions House Band, plays straight-ahead, hard-swingin’ music, with a fresh and energetic approach. The band includes Tommy Babin on bass and Terry Deane on tenor-saxophone

Thu, Apr 20/ Wayne Horvitz & Sweeter Than The Day (9 pm, $12-15)

Fri, Apr 21/ Wayne Horvitz & Sweeter Than The Day (10 pm, $12-15)

“Impressionistic ballads that might recall Paul Bley, Ellington / Strayhorn, Debussy, or the wistful and piquant irony of Satie, blend with mid-tempo songs likewise steeped in the history of jazz, r&b / r&r, soul, funk, blues, gospel, & the avant-garde. A chamber-jazz homage to musical roots…open-hearted yet serenely beautiful…” – Songlines Recordings press release

Ex-Naked City keyboardist, composer, pianist Wayne Horvitz‘s exciting project, Sweeter Than The Day is, in terms of personnel, the acoustic version of Zony Mash, that zany Seattle jazz-groove-jam outfit Vancouverites have grown to love over the years. Stylistically, this band has more in common with Horvitz’s 4 Plus One Ensemble than the original Zony Mash. Melancholy and serenity are the order of the day, yet sentimentality is not even within earshot. Subtle group interplay and gorgeous melodies make for a lush soundtrack keenly observing and celebrating life. His piano style is economical yet lyrical, never venturing far from the strong melodic hooks which characterize his compositions, but constantly working small surprises. Two discs on the Vancouver-based Songlines label, “American Bandstand” in 2000 and “Sweeter than the Day” in 2002 exemplify the new direction, providing a great showcase for Horvitz’s beautiful material and angular chord progressions. Wayne Horvitz piano, keyboards; Timothy Young guitars; Keith Lowe double-bass; Andy Roth drums

www.waynehorvitz.net

Sat, Apr 22/ (aft) Jeff Younger (3 pm, by donation)

Audiocentricities Workshop Ensemble

Guitarist/Composer Ron Samworth workshops a 9-piece ensemble and presents an afternoon performance of his piece Audiocentricites, utilizing free and directed improv with composed material. Ron Samworth – composer/director, Ryan Naso – trumpet, Meredith Bates – violin, Fabienne Lacroix – clarinet, Dan Pigott – tenor sax, Jeff Younger and Alvaro Rojas – guitar, Lisa Miller – piano, Russell Sholberg – bass, Benji Bohannon – drums.

Sat, Apr 22/ (eve) Daniel Janke plus Tony Wilson Sextet (9 pm, $5-10)

Composer/writer Daniel Janke has composed music for many groups including the Penderecki Sting Quartet, Nouvel Ensemble Modern du Quebec, Toronto’s Montuno Police, and Continuum Contemporary Music. Daniel has recorded with Bruce Cockburn, Kim Barlow, The Longest Night Ensemble, and Jerry Alfred. He is currently working on the TV series Northern Town for the CBC, and the short film How People Got Fire for the NFB. Daniel Janke will perform solo on the West African kora, which he first studied with the late Jali Nyama Suso. He later returned to Gambia, West Africa and studied with Yankuba Saho, with whom he then toured in Canada and the US.

www.danieljanke.com

Brad Muirhead (bass trombone) leads veteran Vancouver players in a great new “inside-out” avant-jazz quartet that explores a wide swath of the musical landscape, with textures ranging from cerebral minimalism to sonorous melodies to warped straight-ahead fun to boistrous mayhem… with Jared Burrows guitar, accordion, clarinet; Russell Sholberg bass; Skye Brooks drums

Sun, Apr 23/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Apr 23/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Apr 23/ (eve) Daniel Janke plus push3 (9 pm, $5-10)

Another mesmerizing solo kora performance by Daniel Janke… for more details, please see April 22 (eve) info.

push3 gives its unsuspecting audience an evocative, innovative blend of contemporary pop, European cabaret, exotic world beats, folk and soundscapes. Kathryn Sutherland vocals; Melanie Sereda electric cello; Albert Klassen bass; Jason Overy percussion

www.push3.com

Mon, Apr 24/ Jimmy Bennington Trio (9 pm, $5-10)

Mainly a self taught musician, whose experience has come partly from private study with giants like Elvin Jones, Seattle’s Jimmy Bennington is a true, uncompromising artist, playing music ranging from the Great American Songbook to creative music; improvised and otherwise. Jimmy has worked with many great artists including saxophonists John Gross, Bert Wilson, trombonists Julian Priester and Michael Vlatkovich, pianist David Haney, guitarist John Stowell, and bassist Michael Bisio. He will be joined on stage by two local greats, Paul Blaney on bass and Graham Ord on saxophones.

Tue, Apr 25/ AIR: André Lachance (9 pm, $5-10)

Anfield/ Arai/ Dhillon/ Lachance/ Samworth
Renowned painter / visual artist Thomas Anfield is no stranger to collaborating with musicians, dancers and performance artists in an improvised setting. His stunning work has been shown around the world and never ceases to evolve.The musical setting will be electric, eclectic and spontaneous. A night of exploration with probable hints of drum’n’bass, sonic improvs, Indian rhythms… Thomas Anfield painting; Ron Samworth guitar; André Lachance electric bass; Neelamjit Dhillon tabla; Bernie Arai drums, electronics.

www.thomasanfield.com

Wed, Apr 26/ Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst Project (9 pm, $5-10)

Bassist Rene Worst and vocalist, pianist Jennifer Scott with percussionist Bernie Arai, all renowned, local jazz artists, perform in solo, duo and trio combinations, covering a variety of jazz styles. Their repertoire will include originals, original arrangements, and material from Jennifer’s upcoming CD release.

www.reneworst.com

www.jenniferscott.ca

Thu, Apr 27/Lynn Miles with Wyckham Porteous (9 pm, $10)

“Lynn Miles makes being forlorn sound like a state of grace.” – New York Times

Never afraid to explore the darker, more melancholic sides of life, True North recording artist, Juno-nominee, singer-songwriter Lynn Miles continues to produce powerful and truthful music. Her beautiful voice and sweet melodies make her one of pop music’s truly captivating artists, as her recent release Unravel is a commanding testament to this.

Revered singer-songwriter, guitarist & recording artist with a tasty country bent, Wyckham Porteous will start off the evening.

Fri, Apr 28/ Gordie Tentrees Band with Indio Saravanja (9 pm, $5-10)

Gordie Tentrees Band takes you on a driving boogie train fuelled by their own brand of electric roots music. Their country-rockabilly-folk-blues sound mixed with no-nonsense lyrics, harmonies and multi-instrumentation has taken this popular Yukon act all over the Festival circuit.

www.tentrees.ca

Equal parts rock’n’roll troubadour and Greenwich Village folk singer, Indio Saravanja is a prolific singer-songwriter and impressive multi-instrumentalist. His music has drawn many comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Lou Reed, Peter Case, and Bob Dylan.

Sat, Apr 29/ (aft) Jeff Younger (3 pm, by donation)

Afternoon of Composition

A bountiful afternoon feast of modern composition for solo instruments, small ensembles and electronics. Nourishing performances of works by Vancouver composers John Korsrud, Lisa Miller, Stefan Smulovitz, Jeff Younger, Carl Anderson and Leif Miltenberger.

Sat, Apr 29/ (eve) Pe-de-cana (9 pm, $10)

These wickedly talented instrumentalists, who have performed numerous times as part of Brejera & Pe-de-cana, winning over crowds at Rime, will play some beautifully home-spun, heart-warming Brazilian music, including choro, samba, bossa-nova and a little jazz. Mario Silva guitar; Rodolfo de Souza 7-string-guitar; Trevor Murray cavaquinho; Paul Bray percussion

Sun, Apr 30/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Apr 30/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Apr 30/ (eve) Roger Dean Young’s Sunday Evening Coming Down (9 pm, $5-10)

Revered alt-roots musician, Copperspine recording artist Roger Dean Young -with his band The Tin Cup & other friends- curates one Sunday (usually monthly) of lusciously quiet, beautifully sparse mood music, just right for the occasion.

www.copperspine.com

“The universe is beige” – Vancouver Sun

Understated, atmospheric, jazzy with off-kilter pop leanings, the beige complement most interiors. Some beige pieces have words, others don’t. Their wry, soulful stories travel different roads, from quiet tragedies to the everyday lives of people born with tails (a quiet tragedy in itself). Rick Maddocks guitar, vocals; Jon Wood lap steel and tenor guitar; Andrew Arida keyboards; Mark Haney double bass; Geoff Gilliard drums

www.thebeige.ca

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING LIVE MUSIC IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

2006.03 –> March 2006 at Rime

ZULA Presents

MARCH 2006 at RIME

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Skye Brooks
Skye Brooks

Artist in Residence in March: SKYE BROOKS

Since finishing his music studies at VCC in 1998, drummer (as well as guitarist & vocalist) Skye Brooks has become an active figure in Vancouver’s creative music community. From 2000-2005 he co-curated the weekly improvised music series parallelatuesdays, which featured local and out town musicians. He loves the diversity and challenge of playing in a wide variety of settings. Some bands he performs with regularly are: Inhabitants, Copilots, DarkBlueWorld, Aeroplane Trio, Fond of Tigers, Tony Wilson Sextet and The Kevin House Band. he has also performed with The NOW Orchestra, Peggy Lee, Dylan van der Schyff, Wolfgang Fuchs, Ches Smith, The Be Good Tanyas, Bob Wiseman, Rob Wright and Submission Hold.

Wed, Mar 1/ Queso Blanco & Field (9 pm, $5-10)

Vancouver’s answer to Los Cubanos Postizos, quirky take on Cuban & Latin music smothered generously with premium cheese with tasty chops from Noah Walker guitar; Michael Paterson bass; Michael Simpson drums.

This talented group of local artists plays original compositions often characterized by catchy angular melodic passages, crafty odd-meter grooves, and creative extended irregular forms. The intimate trio format allows them to manifest the raw intensity of hard-hitting improvisations, fiery solos, and cohesive ensemble playing. Chris Kelly tenor & baritone saxophones; Shanto Bhattacharya bass, effects; Ben Wilson drums

Thu, Mar 2/ Barrie Davis & ShinyBuckleBand (9 pm, $5-10)

After a successful autumn tour of Ontario and whirlwind promo trip to the UK, singer, songwriter, storyteller Barrie Davis brings his Australian cabaret to Rime.

“Affectingly retro in style, Barrie Davis is a compelling entertainer with a powerful baritone, a penchant for grand sentimental ballads and the songs of Eric Bogle, and a grab-bag of humorous yarns, poems and commentaries that he has woven into a sort of Down Under cabaret entitled “Australia in Song and Story.” Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

www.barriedavismusic.com

ShinyBuckleBand brings together singer-songwriters Kat Wahamaa (Mad Cowgirls, Angela Harris, Grrrls With Guitars) & Tony Rees (Shirley U Jest, The Caboose) & Steve Vickery (Siyaka, Billy Bryans, Ken and Chris Whiteley, Lillian Allen) — with steel guitar, fiddle and vocal harmonies to create its own brand of Western Swing, blending standards, some early rock and roll, blues, country, Hawaiian and fiddle tunes, along with originals to produce their unique sound.

www.shinybuckle.com

Fri, Mar 3/ Sangha (10 pm, $5-10)

Drawing from a melting pot of, predominantly Arabic, Persian and Indian musical/improvisational traditions, yet forging a new path, Sangha plays anything from Indian classical rhythms mixed with Persian improvisation in one piece, Arabic melodic modulation set in a Persian mode in another, to African melody set inside a Westernized improvisational structure in the next. Gord Grdina oud; Hidayat Honari tar; Hamin Honari tombak, daf; Neelamjit Dhillon tabla

www.sanghamusic.com

Sat, Mar 4/ (eve) DJs Tarun & Adrian from Beats without Borders (9 pm, $5)

The Beats Without Borders Collective is made up of 4 established world beat DJs, who spin the best dance music on the planet… from funked out afrobeat to sexy middle-eastern bellydance to bangin’ bhangra, they’ll rock the party, guaranteed.

Tarun is a tabla player, dj, and producer from Montreal. Adrian is a producer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, electric guitar, laptop & the melodica) & dj. Tarun & Adrian spend much of their time organizing events with the Beats Without Borders Collective.

www.beatswithoutborders.com

Sun, Mar 5/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neelamjit Dhillon tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Mar 5/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Mar 5/ (eve) Hot Club of Mars (9 pm, $5-10)

Classic gypsy-swing-jazz exploring “…an imaginary terrain between Waikiki in the 1920’s and the Left Bank (Paris) in the 1930’s…” – Alex Varty

Deanna Knight vocals; Michael Dunn Maccaferri-style lead & National steel guitars; Steve “Bugzy” Szabo rhythm guitar; Mark Dowding saxophone, flute, harmonica; Charlie Knowles bass

www.hotclubofmars.com

Mon, Mar 6/ The October Trio (9 pm, $5-10)

Young lions perform beautiful, driving jazz, exploring the history, freedom & boundaries of the sax trio tradition. Check them out! These guys are the cat’s ass! Evan Arntzen tenor saxophone; Josh Cole bass; Dan Gaucher drums

www.theoctobertrio.com

Tue, Mar 7/ AIR: Skye Brooks (9 pm, $5-10)

Set 1 – Karma Sohn Band: Delicate, soulful, melodic songs featuring vocals and writing by Karma and Skye. Karma Sohn vocals, piano; Skye Brooks vocals, acoustic guitar; Russell Sholberg upright bass; Dylan Smith drums
Set 2 – Three unique voices come together to share their love for spontaneous music making. Ron Samworth guitar; Jesse Zubot violin; Skye Brooks drums.
www.dripaudio.com

Wed, Mar 8/ Rich Hope plus Mikey Manville (9 pm, $10)

In Rich Hope‘s musical universe, foot stompin’ free-for-alls and country laments meet right where Bob Dylan, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, R.L. Burnside and Hank Williams sit down together to eat BBQ and drink whiskey.

www.umusic.ca/richhope

Mikey Manville of the Manvilles treats us to a unique blues-heavy sound that is offset by subdued, alt-country flirtations.

www.mikeymanville.com

Thu, Mar 9/ The Skedaddlers (9 pm, $5-10)

The Skedaddlers were born out of Barkerville where they roamed the streets and saloons playing music for whoever would listen and even those that wouldn’t. Irreverent and reverential in their not so classic renditions of old time favourites, John Bottomley, Wyckham Porteous and Steven Drake have been nominated for Juno Awards, Socan Awards and Western Canada Music Awards. Don’t miss this show promising to be full of warmth and humour, with a musical feel reminiscent of O Brother, Where Art Thou?

www.wyckhamporteous.org

Fri, Mar 10/ SqueezeFest Night #1 (8 pm, $15/20)

Zula presents the four set opening night of SqueezeFest; a 13 set accordion extravaganza featuring a madly eclectic line-up of music & musicians to honour the rich heritage & contemporary powers of this beautiful, tricky, often overlooked, magical instrument.

Set 1 – Minor Swing is made up of some of the city’s finest younger musicians. They play Parisian café music, resembling Hot Club of France’s Gypsy-jazz, with much passion, respect, sensitivity and gusto. Tyler Carson violin; Dave Taylor guitar; Tyson Naylor accordion; Michael Patterson bass

www.tysonnaylor.com

Set 2 – Explorer of minutia-Canadiana, Mark Berube‘s music is grounded in the shared styles of Hawksley Workman, Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and Bob Dylan. At 9 years old, he was among a dancing crowd of 10,000 watching the late South African pop star Brenda Fassie at Somhlolo Soccer Stadium in Swaziland. With apartheid still strong next door in South Africa, this concert reverberated on many levels: musically, socially, and politically. Mix this life-defining experience with Manitoban-Quebecois roots, a stylistically diverse musical repertoire, the piano, accordion, guitar and a voice that disarms his audiences, and you have the multi-faceted sound of Mark Berube.

www.markberube.com

Set 3 – Internationally renowned accordionist, New York City Downtown scene’s innovative squeezebox guru Guy Klucevsek has created a unique repertoire for accordion through his own composing and by commissioning over 50 works from composers including John Zorn, Lois V Vierk, Fred Frith, Alvin Lucier & William Duckworth. He has also performed and/or recorded with Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Robin Holcomb, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte & John Zorn. He was an original member of Dave Douglas’s band, Charms of the Night Sky, with whom he recorded two albums and toured throughout North America and Europe.

In 1987, Klucevsek commissioned Polka From the Fringe, a collection of 32 post-modern two-steps by such composers as Carl Finch, Fred Frith, Christian Marclay and Elliott Sharp, which he presented at the 1988 Next Wave Festival, and has performed around the world with his group, Ain’t Nothin’ But A Polka Band. In 1996, Klucevsek formed The Accordion Tribe, an international line-up of composer/accordionists Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia), Otto Lechner (Austria), and himself. They have released two recordings on the Intuition label, and are the subjects of the Stefan Schwietert documentary film, Accordion Tribe: Music Travels.

Klucevsek has released 16 recordings as soloist/leader, including the highly acclaimed releases Polka Dots & Laser Beams, Who Stole the Polka?, Transylvanian Softwear.. You can also hear him on John Williams’s score for Steven Spielberg’s movie The Terminal. He has even played on Broadway with the shows Piaf, Victor/Victoria, and Fiddler on the Roof.

For his first solo Vancouver performances in decades, Mr. Klucevsek will grace the Rime stage for each of the three nights of SqueezeFest!

www.guyklucevsek.com

Set 4 – Saul Berson Quartet: The focus of this great quartet is to create an eclectic mix of music incorporating Middle-Eastern overtones with a pinch of Piazzolla thrown in for good measure.

“…creates an intense set of Arabian rhythms and…is a delirious mess of tango and klezmer” – Cadence

“Fine stuff! What a treat, I love this disc; I am going to put it in my big bin for my end of the year ‘Hit List’ roundup… The music just makes me smile…Well done, may it sell millions!” – Jurgen Gothe, CBC Discdrive

Saul Berson alto saxophone; Tony Wilson guitar; Kim Darwin accordion; Paul Blaney bass

Sat, Mar 11/ (eve) SqueezeFest Night #2 (8 pm, $15/20)

Zula presents the second night -sets 5 through 9- of SqueezeFest; a 13 set accordion extravaganza featuring a madly eclectic line-up of music & musicians to honour the rich heritage & contemporary powers of this beautiful, tricky, often overlooked, magical instrument.

Set 5 – One of the city’s finest accordionist-singer-performers and funniest beings anywhere, Ana Bon-Bon‘s burlesque/wandering minstrels show is a must see/hear event! Ms. Bon-Bon will feature some of her new originals in the cabaret style with a large dose of humour, sensual and suggestive lyrics, as well as songs from her repertoire of gospel, swing/blues, and show tunes.

“Nodding to old blues, gospel, and Tin Pan Alley tunesmithing, Vancouver’s Ana Bon-Bon and her full-bodied voice and accordion playing bring a vintage bawdy-house bon-temps vibe to life.” – Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror

www.teaseorama.com/performers/ana_bon_bon.html

Set 6 – The eccentric and eclectic eight-piece Toot-a-Lute takes a combination of unusual songs and old world dance tunes and puts them into unique arrangements that showcase the band’s diverse talents. Oliver Sutton (button accordion), Isabella Trebond (vocals, mandolin), James Trebond (alto sax), The Troll (vocals, euphonium), Matthew Savage (clarinet), Paula Maylin (clarinet), Liam Helmer (vocals, percussion), and guest Bryan Siver (percussion) (star fiddler Annie Brown sadly not available tonight) combine their instruments and voices to provide a high energy show that is a visual treat as well, thanks to the members’ dancing talents and those of Isabella, who doubles as Band costumer!

www.tootalute.org

Set 7 – David Roundell‘s music teachers kept chastising him for embellishing on his weekly lessons until they realized he had a talent for arranging and improvisation. Roundell has been involved in a wide range of music from country & western through to free-improv. He has scored for theatre and spoken word and is a founding member and impresario/host of Talent Hut, a performance art troupe. He has recently been playing with DarkBlueWorld and with new found inspiration he continues to explore ensemble and solo accordion music.

Set 8 – Guy Klucevsek (New York City) performs another mesmerising solo set. See March 10th for more info.

Set 9 – Jessica Lurie Ensemble: Originally from Seattle, now based in New York, Jessica Lurie covers diverse ground and is involved in many musical scenes as singer, composer, reeds and woodwind player, with quickly emerging accordion talents. She will be performing songs and improvisations from her recent recordings with a killer ensemble that includes long time collaborator accordionist/singer Amy Denio (from the Tiptons Sax Quartet) and drummer Andrew Drury, with whom she has a duo project, plus Vancouver favourites François Houle on clarinets and Tommy Babin on bass.

www.jessicalurie.com

Sun, Mar 12/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See March 5th for more info.

Sun, Mar 12/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See March 5th for more info.

Sun, Mar 12/ (eve) SqueezeFest Night #3 (8 pm, $15/20)

Zula presents the third and final night -sets 10 through 13 – of SqueezeFest; a 13 set accordion extravaganza featuring a madly eclectic line-up of music & musicians to honour the rich heritage & contemporary powers of this beautiful, tricky, often overlooked, magical instrument.

Set 10 – What does David P. Smith, one of Victoria’s finest, have for us? 21st Century Hillbilly Rhythm ‘n’ Booze…The raw energy and emotion of old-time country & western and rhythm ‘n’ blues, articulate, visceral lyrics, the majesty of the accordion, noise, and your drunken uncle’s dinner table humour…talent gone waaay below the radar & deserving wide recognition … go figger … with his irreverent band Dad’s Juice, which includes the great Scott Henderson on guitar & banjo.

www.inflatableeye.com

Set 11 – Contemporary music duo, The Slide Show Secret, was established in 2004 by German accordionist Eva Zöllner and Icelandic double-bassist Kristján Orri Sigurleifsson – currently living in Copenhagen. Both musicians are attracted to the many unexplored sound possibilities of this unique combination of instruments. In their new programme “TIME ZONE Z” The Slide Show Secret is exploring some of these aspects in new pieces by Icelandic, German and American composers, intending to draw a connection between these cultures. Short pieces by John Cage, the Harmonies from Apartmenthouse 1776, were chosen to frame the programme, as well as pieces by more recent composers Helmut Zapf (Germany), Pete Moss (US), Matthias Pintscher (Germany), Steingrimur Rohloff (Iceland/Germany), Ingi Gardar Erlendsson (Iceland) and intend to link tradition with latest musical developments.

www.eva-zoellner.de www.kristjanorri.com

Set 12 – Guy Klucevsek (New York City) performs yet another luscious solo set. See March 10th for more info.

Set 13 – Composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio is back with FAQ, a fearsomely joyous and able group of musicians bringing mostly original, some transcribed music and the gospel of accordion chaos from Seattle, WA to the world at large… with Scott Adams, Marchette DuBois & Eli Kaufman. What better way to close a very special festival… but with four accordionists!!

Mon, Mar 13/ Dusty Keeler & John Craigie (9 pm, $5-10)

Dusty Keeler has been hailed as one of Halifax’s unsung heroes, living proof of the romantic renegade that attracts us all to a good folk song. He sings songs of loss, of fortune, road stories and drinking journeys; the country sway and ramble rhymes of each tune capture his audiences time and time again with the romantic grit of reality.

www.dustysmusic.com
For the past four years, John Craigie has taken his unique musical style across the West Coast. He stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of the past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics -interspersed with witty storytelling- his songs take many poetic turns before bringing it all back home.

www.johncraigiemusic.com

Tue, Mar 14/ AIR: Skye Brooks (9 pm, $5-10)

Set 1 – One can’t help but be moved by the honesty and ferocity of guitarist, vocalist Chad MacQuarrie‘s live performances. Don’t miss this rare solo set of his mellower side. Skye Brooks will sit in on drums for a few numbers.

Set 2 – Aeroplane Trio is a tight, home-grown, vital, fresh jazz & avant-jazz unit that leaves no stone unturned in its search for the secret… JP Carter trumpet; Russell Sholberg bass; Skye Brooks drums

Set 3 – Inhabitants: “Blissful, yet dissonant ambience” – The Stranger

From melodic to minimalist, from deep groove to all out noise, this quartet inhabits Vancouver’s music underground… Dave Sikula guitar; JP Carter trumpet; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums

www.dripaudio.com

Wed, Mar 15/ Astrid (9 pm, $5-10)

A charismatic vocalist and versatile, skilled performer, alto sax and flute player, Astrid has collaborated with many great Canadian and European musicians, as well as New York poet Leanne Averbach. Some of her music has been featured in film, documentaries and dance productions. Astrid and her very talented band play a genuine fusion of bossa, pop, jazz and chill… distinguishing her as an artist with a style and sound of her own.

Chris Gestrin piano; Finn Manniche cello; Warren Brown electronics; Kerry Galloway bass; Randall Stroll drums, Raphael Geronimo percussion,

www.astridmusic.com

Thu, Mar 16/ ESQ & Jillian Lebeck Quartet (9 pm, $5-10)

ESQ is made up of local greats exploring free-jazz & more structured forms ranging from the subtle and eclectic to the very hard driving. Kevin Elaschuk trumpet; Dave Say saxophones; André Lachance guitar; Paul Rushka bass; Stan Taylor drums

Pianist/composer/vocalist Jillian Lebeck is one of the most dynamic and exciting voices on the West Coast jazz scene. The quartet features mostly original music influenced by the sounds of Bill Frisell and Norma Winstone. They also experiment with improv, as well as some modern day pop influenced songs. Jillian Lebeck Fender Rhodes, voice; Steve Fisk guitar, effects; Paul Rushka acoustic bass; Paul Townsend drums

www.jillianlebeck.com

Fri, Mar 17/ Dyad with DJ Su Comandante plus Zoë Bicât (9 pm, $5-10)

Dyad is Kori Miyanishi on fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocal; Shiho Mizumoto fiddle with special guest Dave Marshall on guitar sitting in for the touring Leah Abramson. Appalachian ballads, fiddle and banjo tunes are played with intensity, respect and conviction by three musicians raised on everything from indie-rock and punk to classical music.

www.copperspine.com

Born in El Salvador and raised on Vancouver Island, DJ Su Comandante is a master of musical fusion, a captivating, innovative West Coast DJ seamlessly blending Latin, hip-hop, trip-hop, downtempo, raggaeton, dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, funky breaks, house, world-beat, funk and old school r & b in a unique synthesis that pays homage to the roots and revitalizes the possibilities in each genre. With a contagious passion for music’s emotional and social power, DJ Su Comandante creates beats that are fresh, conscious and utterly danceable.

Sat, Mar 18/ (eve) Steve Dawson & The Gold Coast Ensemble plus Old Man Luedecke (9 pm, $10)

A multi-Juno Award winner guitarist and vocalist Steve Dawson‘s instrumental abilities have allowed him to share the stage with internationally-known musicians such as Bob Brozman, John Lee Hooker, Chris Whitley, Kelly Joe Phelps, and many others. With his amazing band, The Gold Coast Ensemble, he explores the territory between old and new, antique and modern – experimenting stylistically and sonically. Played on various guitars, including Weissenborn and pedal steel, there are glimpses of acoustic blues, early Hawaiian, jazz and pop music, mixed with modern sounds and textures…with Chris Gestrin on keys, Keith Lowe on bass and Elliot Polsky on drums.

www.blackhenmusic.com

In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Dock Boggs, Bascom Lunsford and Roscoe Holcomb, Old Man Luedecke sings accompanied only by his loving five string banjo, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. His songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life. This is a bizarre type of music Dock Boggs might have made if he’d studied poetry.

www.oldmanluedecke.ca

Sun, Mar 19/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See March 5th for more info.

Sun, Mar 19/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See March 5th for more info.

Sun, Mar 19/ (eve) Songsphere & Prashant John Trio (9 pm, $5-10)

Songsphere: Improvisational landscapes – ambient fields broken by bustling hedgerows of song… Britfolk, Celtic soul, re-contextualized classics and poetic originals, otherworldly sonic textures, and rootsy declamations presented in a suite-like setting. Ron Samworth guitar, vocals; Robyn Carrigan vocals, guitar, accordion; Jesse Zubot violin, mandolin; Peggy Lee cello; Paul Blaney bass; Kenton Loewen drums, guitar, vocals

Prashant John Trio: Improvised and composed organic world music full of rhythms, textures and melodies from Russia to Bangladesh to Canada via the Mid-east in a joyful spirit of musical delight, and friendship without cultural boundaries. Prashant John bamboo flutes, various stringed instruments; Boris Sichon percussion, woodwinds; Stefan Cihelka tabla

Mon, Mar 20/ The Gruff & Headwater (9 pm, $5-10)

Hailing from Victoria, The Gruff filter numerous folk traditions through the sieve of modern experience to create a truly unique sound. From old-time to country; from bluegrass to good old rock ‘n’ roll; these young songwriters harmonize, sing and shout songs of joy, sorrow, and everything in between; with astounding energy and passion. Jenny Ritter guitar, mandolin, vocals; Terri Upton bass, vocals; Phaedra Kemp snare, harmonica, guitar, vocals

www.thegruff.com

Headwater consists of songwriters, string players Jonas Shandel and Matt Bryant from North Vancouver, and features a powerful rhythm section of Patrick Metzger on upright bass and Dan Gaucher on drums. The typical Headwater set contains over half original material, and cover material including Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana. Headwater focuses their live energy on keeping the crowd moving with infectious rhythms, improvisational experimentation and their very apparent love of performing.

www.headwaterband.com

Tue, Mar 21/ AIR: Skye Brooks (9 pm, $5-10)

Set 1 – Carsick, an eclectic and original electro-acoustic duo, will release their first full-length on Drip Audio this fall. And don’t worry, they’re not out to make you ill; they make nice music, really… JP Carter trumpet; Dave Sikula guitar
www.dripaudio.com
Set 2 – Copilots perform rhythmic, energetic songs with captivating melodies sung from the heart. Skye Brooks vocals, guitar; Chad MacQuarrie guitar, vocals; Pete Schmitt bass, vocals; Dylan Smith drums; with guests JP Carter trumpet; Karma Sohn piano

Wed, Mar 22/ The Crackling & Jonathan Inc. (9 pm, $5-10)

Kenton Loewen‘s music is lucid, delicate, intense and fiery. The Crackling features a strong focus on melody, vocals and guitar work… making for a transporting experience … a dynamic band and communication that is truly captivating. Kenton Loewen guitar, vocals; Sarah Donald violin, vocals; Debra-Jean Creelman vocals; Tyson Naylor keys, vocals; Jeremy Page bass, vocals; Dan Gaucher drums

Jonathan Inc. (solo) “Melancholic melodies, each acoustic guitar note strummed with the heavy hand caused by the dislocation and isolation of heartbreak, giving way to lyrics sung as tenderly as the words of a dying man” – Now Magazine

Jonathan Anderson guitars & vocals

www.jonathaninc.com

Thu, Mar 23/ Grrrls With Guitars (9 pm, $5-10)

Curated by singer-songwriter Nadine Davenport, Grrrls with Guitars has been around for over 10 years, presenting over 500 women songwriters, including Kinnie Starr, Po’ Girl, Linda McRae.

www.grrrlswithguitars.com

Baltimore’s SONiA expands on her already exceptionally successful solo career by creating the newest version of the almost 20 year old band disappear fear as a power trio. The new band includes Laura Cerulli on percussion and vocals, and Angela Edge on bass and trumpet, along with SONiA on lead vocals, guitar, harmonica and piano. With new arrangements, lush harmonies and plenty of power and energy, disappear fear is delivering their own brand of social activism, connecting with fans across the globe.

www.soniadf.com

ASH RIOT, in an acoustic performance, has a way of holding the audience in the palms of her hands. From the true punk-rock spirit that she unleashes, to the old school rock n’ roll that’s constantly sifting through her veins, she’s setting the audience on fire with her energy and originality.

www.ashriot.com

Fri, Mar 24/ Pissed Off Wild (9 pm, $5-10)

The P.O.W started off as a beer, went around like a reefer and ended up passed out in the back yard under a picnic table as an empty quart of whiskey clutched in its hand and a huge smile on its face. It’s punk-rock/hip-hop at its best. With sold-out shows from Texas’ SXSW festival to Hawaii to Vancouver this quartet is absolutely tearing the roof off of every place they play. Josh Martinez vocals; Jesse Waldman guitar; Pete Schmitt bass; Kenton Loewen drums

www.joshmartinez.ca

Sat, Mar 25/ (eve) Feminine Protection (9 pm, $8-10)

This evening of spoken word and jazz, as part of the Sista’Hood 2006 Festival, will feature local wordsmiths Ivan Coyote and Rachel Flood, as well as the passionate and powerful Tara Hardy from Seattle, and the improv stylings of The Empressions, a branch of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective from Montreal.

Seattle’s Tara Hardy is a working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle, WA. A daughter of the United Auto Workers, and activist in the Battered Women’s Movement, she was elected Seattle’s Poet Populist and won Seattle Grand Slam Champion in 2002.

The son of a welder and the daughter of a government worker, Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse Yukon. The author of four collections of short stories, a monthly columnist for Xtra West, and a CBC lovechild, Ivan’s work has also appeared in the National Post, the Georgia Straight, Geist, Shared Vision, Nerve, and Curve Magazines. Ivan’s first and truest love is live storytelling, and over the last ten years she has become an audience favourite at music, poetry, spoken word and writer’s festivals from Anchorage to New York City. The Globe and Mail called Ivan “a natural-born storyteller” and Ottawa X Press said ” Coyote is to CanLit what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.”
www.ivanecoyote.com
Rachel Flood is a Vancouver poet and art administrator who has been performing at and producing events for over seven years. Rachel has performed locally at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, the Vancouver Poetry Slam and Under the Volcano; and internationally at the Berkeley, Brooklyn, Denver and San Diego Slams, as well as poetry venues in Boston, Portland Maine, and Chicago. She has shared the stage with the likes of Medusa, Michael Franti, K-OS and Siren’s Echo to name but a few.

www.rachelflood.coffeehouse.ca

The Empressions: A Branch of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective (Montreal)- The Empressions is the feminine expression of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective and has been working together for different performances since the Toronto Dub Festival in the summer of 2005 at the Mystic Women of Dub showcase; where they dazzled the audience with a fully improvised acapella set. It was from this performance that they were reminded of the power women possess when working together. The Empressions since that time have presented full length shows at the Kalmunity Vibe Collective weekly Tuesday night performances with exclusively female artists: musicians, singer, poets and rappers. Always staying true to form The Empressions works along the main principle of The Kalmunity Vibe Collective, which is to create communication with its audience through live organic improv.

www.SistaHoodCelebration.com
Sun, Mar 26/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See March 5th for more info.

Sun, Mar 26/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See March 5th for more info.

Sun, Mar 26/ (eve) Cantango (9 pm, $5-10)

Mike Spindloe (saxophones) and Martin Nemcovsky (guitars) come from strong classical backgrounds but share a love of jazz, Brazilian choros and other genres which are all represented in Cantango‘s performing repertoire along with the tangos from Martin’s native Argentina with David Spidel on bass.

www.cantango.net

Mon, Mar 27/ Twilight Hotel & Rodney DeCroo (9 pm, $5-10)

“Not since the heyday of Ian and Silvia 40 years ago has there been such a dynamic male/female duo on the Canadian Roots scene.” – Mike Youds, Kamloops Daily News

Winnipeg’s Twilight Hotel leaves your average folk/roots music in the dust with Dave Quanbury & Brandy Zdan‘s powerful, duelling electric guitars, soaring vocal harmonies and the unexpected sound of the accordion. The songs are heavy set with passion and fuelled by guts; they tell the stories of life’s odds, sometimes harsh, sometimes sweet. Growing up in Winnipeg leaves its mark, Twilight Hotel give you the feeling of being behind the wheel and staring out at that endless horizon, but this isn’t the kind of wheel you fall asleep at…

www.twilighthotel.ca

Vancouver poet, actor and singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo channels the storytelling tradition of Dylan, Van Zandt and Parsons into his own commanding country-rock.

www.whirldrecords.com/rodney

Tue, Mar 28/ AIR: Skye Brooks (9 pm, $5-10)

Set 1 – Ida Nilsen and Skye Brooks Duo: Spacious, subtle and beautiful tunes with Ida Nilsen vocals, piano; Skye Brooks drums, vocals, guitar.
www.greatauntida.com
Set 2 – Little Stitches Trio: Formed in 1999, this band plays otherworldly, spontaneous music that has already turned the corner. Chris Kelly sax; Joel Lower guitar; Skye Brooks drums

Wed, Mar 29/ Bob Wiseman & Leah Abramson (9 pm, $10)

Ex-Blue Rodeo keyboardist, singer, guitarist, accordionist & songwriter Bob Wiseman has become even more prolific since leaving the band. His music is hard to pigeonhole varying from avant-garde to political pop. He’s co-written, produced and played on records for a wide variety of artists ranging from the Barenaked Ladies to Mendelson Joe, as well as scoring music for many television & film projects.

www.bobwiseman.ca

Leah Abramson sings songs that are haunting, intelligent and beautiful, like the long lost love-child of Jason Molina and Joni Mitchell. Dark and melancholic, her songs have both sweet and sad undertones.

www.leahabramson.com

Thu, Mar 30/ Fond of Tigers & Bob Wiseman (9 pm, $10)

“In these heady 21st Century days, there exists an exciting musical melting-pot where elements of both post-rock and modern jazz cross paths in a sonic wonderland-one foot firmly planted in Don Caballero /Cap’n Jazz territory, and the other in Miles Davis / John McLaughlin country, with all stops in between. One of Vancouver’s best examples of this not-so-new but oh-so-fresh sound is the quirky yet compelling septet-collective known as Fond of Tigers.” Terminal City

Fond of Tigers is an eclectic post-rock band…angular, minimalist music by “maximalist” renegades. Stephen Lyons guitar; Jesse Zubot violin; Morgan McDonald piano; JP Carter trumpet; Shanto Battacharya bass; Skye Brooks drums; Dan Gaucher drums;

Bob Wiseman (see March 29th) will play a solo set and with Fond of Tigers.

Fri, Mar 31/ Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie (9 pm, $10)

Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie take their audience on a ride, regaling them with tales of larger-than-life characters who’ve shaped the blues. Visiting us from the Island, two wildly talented and celebrated veteran roots multi-instrumenstalists join forces on a stage cluttered with vintage National Steel guitars, mandolins, handmade brass guitars, dobros, Weissenborns and more, while sharing fascinating stories behind the instruments & the songs.

www.dougcoxandsamhurrie.com

2006.02 –> February 2006 at Rime

ZULA Presents

FEBRUARY 2006 AT RIME

(Click here to download calendar in PDF)

Dylan van der Schyff
Dylan van der Schyff

Appearing at Rime every Tuesday in January as our Artist in Residence (AIR), one of the leading figures on the Vancouver jazz & new music scene, drummer Dylan van der Schyff works with many Vancouver-based ensembles (Talking Pictures, NOW Orchestra, Brad Turner, Peggy Lee, François Houle, and Tony Wilson among others) and participates in numerous theatre, dance and film projects. In addition to helping curate a rehearsal/performance venue which has played host to a number of local, national and international artists, he has also worked as a producer for recording projects by the new music ensemble Standing Wave and composer Bradshaw Pack, among others. Dylan tours regularly in the United States, Europe, and Canada and has appeared on recordings by George Lewis, Barry Guy, René Lussier, Dave Douglas, just to name a few. A highly sought-after player known for his uncanny ability to excel in both traditional and free improv situations, Dylan’s recent involvements include a quartet with Dave Douglas, Louis Sclavis, and Peggy Lee; Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages quintet; a trio with Wayne Horvitz and Briggan Krauss;the Chicago trio Tigersmilk; The Unexpected (a two-guitar, two-drums quartet from Vancouver and Montréal); and a quartet with Ken Vandermark, Paul Rutherford, and Torsten Müller.

www.spoolmusic.com/biovanderschyff.html

Wed, Feb 1/ Self-Righteous Brothers & Wild Elio (9 pm, $5-10)

Self-Righteous Brothers flawlessly mix Western swing and jazz standards with joy. Chris Blades guitar, voice; Martin Walton guitar, bass, voice; Albert Klassen mandolin, bass, voice; Steve Lazin drums.

Three fine fellows searching for a truthful sound. Long time now they been searching. Influenced by folk, jazz, Mediterranean and other world beat elements, Wild Elio plays a variety of original compositions and covers in English and Italian creating a sound of romantic and mystical moods. Elio Rota accordion,vocals; Enrico Renz guitar, vocals; Steve Lazin percussion

Thu, Feb 2/ Mark Berube (9 pm, $5-10)

Manitoban boy, taken to the land of no peanut-butter, thrown in a school choir, learned to eat bamboo shoots and play piano with frozen fingers. Mark Berube piano, accordion, guitar, vocals; Michael Patterson bass; Michael Simpson drums; Aaron Joyce Weissenborn & electiıc guitars

www.markberube.com

Fri, Feb 3/ Bottleneck & Loose Acoustic (9 pm, $5-10)

Bottleneck slides Americana & blues up from across the border and summons folk & bluegrass from over the Rockies to form their own brand of classic, laid-back roots music. Robyn Carrigan vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo; Scott Smith pedal steel, other strings, vocals; Jeremy Holmes bass; Liam MacDonald drums… with guest Gord Grdina guitar

Loose Acoustic blends beautiful melodic statements with earthy driving grooves… great for getting people on the dance floor… Gord Grdina guitar; Jeremy Holmes bass; Liam MacDonald drums

“Loose Acoustic harnesses progressive energy in ways that most cannot”… – Roman Sokal (Exclaim)

www.looseacoustic.com

Sat, Feb 4/ (aft) Sweet Pea Swing Band (3 pm, by donation)

Saturday afternoons in February at 3 pm: The Sweetpea Swing Band has been performing their own unique brand of traditional jazz in and around Vancouver for over two years. The band repertoire contains a lively collage of hot jazz music dating as far back as 1916. Though firmly rooted in traditional jazz, the band presents their music in a hip, modern style that continues to incite audiences into a dancing frenzy.

The Sweetpea Swing Band presents music by the likes of; Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Joe Oliver, Joe Primrose, Jimmie Noone, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, and Jelly Roll Morton. The music presented by Sweetpea is arranged by band members Tim Sars, Alison Gorman, Andrew Smith, and Sam Scott as well as Vancouver’s own Alan Matheson, Craig Scott, and Lloyd Arntzen.

Samantha Scott & Debra-Jean Creelman vocals (alternating); Andrew Smith guitar, vocals; Alison Gorman trumpet; Brian Milks tenor sax; Fabienne Lacroix clarinet, alto sax; Tim Sars bari-sax; Derek DiFillipo bass; Benji Bohannon drums

Sat, Feb 4/ (eve) Zeryab Arabic Ensemble (9 pm, $10)

Never content with simple repetition of established forms, the diverse musicians of Zeryab push the boundaries of classical Arabic forms not by breaking them, but by artfully stretching the original material, breathing new life into what has always been a vibrant and living tradition of exchange and assimilation. The result is a compelling mixture of the contemporary and the traditional that appeals to a broad spectrum of musical tastes.

Kais Sammarai vocals; Emad Armoush ney, guitar, vocals; Bashar Najem keyboards; Ibrahim santur; Denis Franck percussion

Sun, Feb 5/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neil Dylan tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Feb 5/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Feb 5/ (eve) Tony Wilson & Carsick Drip Audio Double CD Release Party (9 pm, $5-10)

Natural player, peaceful renegade, musically omnivorous troubadour, guitarist Tony Wilson plays solo and with guests to celebrate the release of his new cd Horse’s Dream on Drip Audio.

Carsick, an eclectic and original electro-acoustic duo release their first full-length on Drip Audio. And don’t worry, they’re not out to make you ill; they make nice music, really…

www.dripaudio.com

Mon, Feb 6/ Rime Open House with DJ Nils (7 pm, by donation)

Tonight is designated for those folks still not familiar with Rime (is it possible…?), as well as neighbours & industry folks. DJ Nils is our designated groove-master.

DJ Nils has been connecting with and guiding dance floors in BC and around the world since the early 90’s. In that time he has been on the same bill with such DJ luminaries as Cheb i Sabbah, Toby Marks, Adham Shaikh, Shakatura, and Bluetech. Never predictable, he has an uncanny ability to read the mood of a room and give it just what it needs. He’s as happy playing reggae at sunset as he is playing deep ethno-ambient at sunrise. Aside from being a DJ he is also an event organizer, with the legendary “Faeries & Fools” Costume Carnival on the Sunshine Coast being his signature event. He is a Sagitarius, a mystic raconteur, and a founding member of the Beats Without Borders Collective.

www.beatswithoutborders.com

Tue, Feb 7/ AIR: Dylan van der Schyff (9 pm, $5-10)

Tony Wilson, Bruce Freedman, Andy Milne, Dylan van der Schyff

A new quartet featuring New York City pianist/keyboardist Andy Milne, who is best known for his work with Steve Coleman and his own group “Cosmic Dapp Theory” among many others. He joins for the first time Vancouver mainstays guitarist Tony Wilson, saxophonist Bruce Freedman and drummer Dylan van der Schyff to create an evening of intense, raw and emotive music.

www.andymilne.com

Wed, Feb 8/ Gord Grdina’s Boxcutter with Andy Milne(9 pm, $5-10)

Textural soundscapes, polyrhythmic grooves, soulful ballads with unexpected harmonic twists and turns. Gord Grdina guitar; François Houle clarinet; Karlis Silins bass; Kenton Loewen drums plus 2nd set guest pianist Andy Milne

ZULAFEST

BENEFIT FOR ZULA PRODUCTIONS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH THROUGH SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH

Zula, the little production outfit that could, has been in operation since 2000, presenting a wide array of music that needs to be heard in Vancouver. Artistically adventurous and irreverent, as a business, it has always been in financial strain in presenting music that often falls through the cracks. Zula aims to become a non-profit, at which point its artistic and financial being will reach an equilibrium. Until then, Vancouver’s finest gather at Vancouver’s finest music room, Rime, to make a serious dent in the Zula debt! 6 BANDS (or more) A NIGHT FOR $10 & UP! 17 DIFFERENT ACTS OVER 3 NIGHTS!

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING LIVE MUSIC IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

(YOU KNOW ZULA LOVES YOU!)

www.zula.ca

Thu, Feb 9/ ZulaFest Night #1 (7 pm, $10 & up suggested donation)

The October Trio consists of young lions performing beautiful, driving jazz, exploring the history, freedom & boundaries of the sax-trio tradition. Check them out! These guys are the cat’s ass! Evan Arntzen tenor saxophone; Josh Cole bass; Dan Gaucher drums

www.theoctobertrio.com

Maqam offers up authentic sounds & textures of Arabic music from a modern improvisational perspective. Gord Grdina oud; Jesse Zubot violin; Jeremy Holmes bass; Liam MacDonald drums

ESQ is made up of local greats exploring free-jazz & more structured forms ranging from the subtle and eclectic to the very hard driving. Kevin Elaschuk trumpet; Dave Say saxophones; André Lachance guitar; Paul Rushka bass; Stan Taylor drums

Providing a refreshing take on traditional bluegrass, The Breakmen slide from smoky 1920’s Delta blues to swinging originals with ease. Archie Pateman banjo, guitar, vocals; Lee Watson guitar, vocals; Ben Rogalsky mandolin, vocals; Matt Lawson bass, vocals

www.thebreakmen.com

Pianist Tyson Naylor‘s dynamic trio with avant & modern-jazz leanings plays original tunes inspired by the likes of Monk, Dollar Brand and McCoy Tyner… with Russell Sholberg bass; Kenton Loewen drums.

www.tysonnaylor.com

The Taxidermists: Rime’s Cocktail Hour Band of killer repute, provides fresh, swinging, multi-layered & sublime modern jazz. Bruno Hubert piano; Adam Thomas bass; Sam Cartwright drums

Fri, Feb 10/ ZulaFest Night #2 (7 pm, $10 & up suggested donation)

Ion Zoo: Inspired by bebop, noise, baroque aria, blues & Weimar cabaret, this band creates an aural feast of haunting melodies. Stephen Bagnell reeds, percussion; Clyde Reed bass; Carol Sawyer voice

DarkBlueWorld: Original, relevant, culturally engaged & emotionally, intellectually uncompromising songs by Elizabeth Fischer vocals; Ron Samworth guitar; Dave Roundell accordion; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums

www.darkblueworld.ca

DBC Art Trio: These Vancouver veteran masters of jazz & improvised music will surprise their audience (and themselves!) with music from the shimmering and fiery spheres. Dylan van der Schyff drums; Bruce Freedman saxophones; Clyde Reed acoustic bass

www.zisman.ca/freedmanjazz

Anna B. & Her Heartbones: Anna B. writes and performs deeply personal material, amplifying her take on the impermanence of life, shaded by her experiences of heartaches and joys…from a ballsy, barroom torch song, to a boney hoedown, to the most simple ode to love, to a haunting bluegrass ballad…Stephen Nikleva guitars; Mark Berube piano, accordion; Sam Shoichet bass; Michael Simpson drums

www.annabmusic.com

Queso Blanco: Vancouver’s answer to Los Cubanos Postizos, quirky take on Cuban & Latin music smothered generously with premium cheese with tasty chops from Noah Walker guitar; Michael Patterson bass; Michael Simpson drums

Roger Dean Young & The Tin Cup: Revered alt-roots outfit & friends playing beautifully sparse, quiet, poignant music. Roger Dean Young guitar, vocals; Shaun Brodie trumpet & others

The Taxidermists: Rime’s Cocktail Hour Band of killer repute, provides fresh, swinging, multi-layered & sublime modern jazz. Bruno Hubert piano; Adam Thomas bass; Sam Cartwright drums

Sat, Feb 11/ (aft) Sweet Pea Swing Band (3 pm, by donation)

See February 4th for more info.

Sat, Feb 11/ (eve) ZulaFest Night #3 (9 pm, $10 & up suggested donation)

The Fugitives are a unique hybrid of spoken word and music troupe. They run the gamut from comedic to hard-hitting, insightful spoken word, and combine it with adventurous strong structures performed on piano, accordion, guitar, harmonica, beat-box, and voice by Barbara Adler, CR Avery, Mark Berube and Brendan McLeod.

Singer-songwriter, explorer of minutea-Canadiana and other details often overlooked or taken for granted in urban life, Mark Berube‘s music is grounded in the shared styles of Hawksley Workman, Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and Bob Dylan.

www.markberube.com

Vancouver’s own, The Fits with V. Hilleovich and P. Kleinenstein prefer to play diddles from here and there – it’s an atrostophy! Get pickled, get puddled but don’t get paddled, and don’t miss them. They sing high, they sing low, there’s even a piano. Go on, jump in with The Fits!
www.vedahille.com

Songster, guitarist, Rime favourite, Kevin House brings to us his spooky, impressionistic fairy tales with ornate, burnished melodies…some highly emotional & cerebral mayhem, as only he can…

www.kevinhouse.ca

There is a hopeful melancholy in guitarist, songster Jess Hill‘s music. Dreamy, dim lit moments anchored in the tendencies of folk, jazz and blues. These are stories; obscured, poetic and worn. She is building something here and it is beautiful.

www.jesshill.ca

The Taxidermists: Rime’s Cocktail Hour Band of killer repute, provides fresh, swinging, multi-layered & sublime modern jazz. Bruno Hubert piano; Adam Thomas bass; Sam Cartwright drums

Sun, Feb 12/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See February 5th for more info.
Sun, Feb 12/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See February 5th for more info.

Sun, Feb 12/ (eve) Shift 3 CD Release Party (9 pm, $5-10)

Three constants of the Vancouver jazz & creative music scene, playing music that they would want to listen to. One talented jazz outfit! Dave Sikula guitar; Sean Cronin bass; Dan Gaucher drums.

Mon, Feb 13/ Closed for Staff Party

Tue, Feb 14/ (early) The Taxidermists (6 pm, free)

The Taxidermists: Rime’s Cocktail Hour Band of killer repute, provides fresh, swinging, multi-layered & sublime modern jazz for Valentines of all flavours. Bruno Hubert piano; Sean Cronin bass; Sam Cartwright drums

Tue, Feb 14/ (later) AIR: Dylan van der Schyff (9 pm, $5-10)

Trio van der Schyff/Samworth/Say

Dylan formed this trio just a year ago to explore a modern instrumenational format that has its roots in the British improvising trio SME and the Paul Motian Trio. Melodoharmonic/Sonorythmic improvised music at its best with Ron Samworth on guitar and Dave Say on saxophones.

Wed, Feb 15/ Terra Grimard (9 pm, $5-10)

Terra Grimard writes and sings melodic, groove-based original music influenced by traditional jazz, that is, in a live setting, open for improvisation. Terra performs with a talented young band, that includes Dan Gaucher on drums (Rab5 / Doppler Defect / The October Trio), Josh Cole on bass (The October Trio), recent Fraser MacPherson scholarship award winner Alvaro Rojas on guitar (zoe trio) and Ian Cox piano

www.terragrimard.com

Thu, Feb 16/ Heartwarmongering & Chris-a-riffic (9 pm, $5-10)

Heartwarmongering‘s compositions are interwoven with improvised passages into an almost narrative form, blending aspects of new music, jazz, and soundscape into a diffuse, impressionist whole. The acoustic/electronic instrumentation of the group allows for sounds and texures which range from diaphanous subtlety to complex, driving rhythmic structures.

Stephen Lyons guitar, banjo; Meredith Bates violin; Katie Dey cello; Shane Krause clarinets; Todd Mason electronics, saw; Russell Sholberg doublebass, saw; Ben Wilson drums

Chris-a-riffic is a keyboardist (for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?) & sings on this solo outing. Formerly of three piece outfit The Human Hi-Lite Reel, he also has a show on CITR, writes for Discorder and Only magazines, and he goes to church.

www.myspace.com/heartwarmongering

Fri, Feb 17/ Outlaw Social & The Breakmen (9 pm, $10-15)

Appalachian, country blues, and other roots traditionals mix with a healthy dose of original songwriting make up the distinct sound of Victoria’s Outlaw Social with Adam Dobres on acoustic and electric guitars, Catherine Black and Oliver Swain on the banjo, bass & vocals, Kendel Carson on the fiddle, and Pharis Patenaude on guitar & vocals.

www.outlawsocial.com

Providing a refreshing take on traditional bluegrass, The Breakmen slide from smoky 1920’s Delta blues to swinging originals with ease. Archie Pateman banjo, guitar, vocals; Lee Watson guitar, vocals; Ben Rogalsky mandolin, vocals; Matt Lawson bass, vocals

www.thebreakmen.com

Sat, Feb 18/ (aft) Sweet Pea Swing Band (3 pm, by donation)

See February 4th for more info.

Sat, Feb 18/ (eve) The Modelos (9 pm, $5-10)

The Modelos are Vancouver’s rock ‘n’ roll-instrumental-cowboy-surfers. The group was formed in 2004 when guitarist Joe Rotundo and keyboardist Mike Kenney collaborated in a songwriting adventure that would produce songs like, “Somewhere West” & “Down the Dusty Trail”. Bassist Brad Ferguson and drummer Geoff Hicks (Liam MacDonald gracefully filling in) were the natural selection as the rhythm section and thus born was The Modelos! The Modelos are about to release their first self titled CD, and look forward to playing their brand of western-rockabilly-surf at Rime … a honky tonk close to your heart.

www.myspace.com/themodelos

Sun, Feb 19/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See February 5th for more info.
Sun, Feb 19/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See February 5th for more info.
Sun, Feb 19/ (eve) Blind God (9 pm, $5-10)

A raw & powerful urban roots unit with a huge New York sound a la Morphine… Vampire-Delta blues… music you already know deep down…best band you may never have heard before! Dave Olajide steel guitar, banjo, vocals; Ray Garroway drums

Mon, Feb 20/ Salt Spring Workshop Quintet (9 pm, $5-10)

The Salt Spring Workshop Quintet was formed out of a desire by five young musicians to expand their music through a four day intensive jazz workshop held on Salt Spring Island in the summer… exploring the music of jazz history while keeping true to the spirit of the music by looking forward in both composition and improvisation.

Evan Arntzen saxophones; Amanda Tosoff piano; Alvaro Rojas guitar; Josh Cole bass; Dan Gaucher drums

www.theoctobertrio.com/saltspring.html

Tue, Feb 21/ AIR: Dylan van der Schyff (9 pm, $5-10)

4tet Gratkowski, Turner, Müller, van der Schyff

A pillar of European improvised music, German saxophonist Frank Gratkowski meets three of Vancouver’s finest for an inspired evening of acoustic improvised music. Brad Turner trumpet; Torsten Müller bass; Dylan van der Schyff drums

www.gratkowski.com

Wed, Feb 22/ By Storm: Hornby Island Artist Collective (9 pm, $5-10)

Brought together by friendship and geographic confinement, this adventurous group formed with interest and respect for each other’s diverse and multiple talents. By Storm exhibits diverse and intense creation, drawing on influences such as folk music, spoken word, jazz, punk and electronica in conjuction with interactive and movable imagery.

Cimarron Knight explores relationships, modern love and fairytales through visual narrative, short composition and installation.

Armed with two fists, an acoustic guitar and a voice of absurdity and rage, Pest demands your attention because she’s poor, she’s punk, she’s perplexed and she has something to say about it. So listen.

Laundromat is a duo that combines Michael Lobban‘s raw percussion (& laptop) and Tony Wilson‘s melodic guitar (kora, harmonica, electronics) with a variety of electronically generated sounds ranging from spacey rock to gentle, introspective compositions to full out electronic insanity.

Melisa Devost is a guitarist, songwriter, performer whose musical style varies from blues-tinged heaviness to heartfelt agnostic gospel to quirky folk-pop.

www.melisadevost.com/bystorm

Thu, Feb 23/ Orquesta Goma Dura (9 pm, $10-20)

The 20-piece Orquesta Goma Dura is one of this continent’s largest salsa orchestras and one of the most exciting ensembles anywhere. OGD featuring an all-star collection of Vancouver’s salsa and latin-jazz communities with multiple singers, four percussionists, eleven horns transform any room into party central… it will be impossible to sit still!

Susana Abreu, Danay Sinclair vocals; Jack Duncan congas; Martin Romero, Phil Belanger timbales; Edgar Romero bongos/coro; Allan Johnston bass/coro; Lou Mastroianni piano; Ross Gregory, Derry Byrne, Kent Wallace trumpet; Dennis Esson, Rod Murray, Jeremy Berkman, Brad Muirhead trombone; Bill Runge, Mike Braverman, Graham Ord, Daniel Miles Kane saxophones; John Korsrud director

www.johnkorsrud.com

Fri, Feb 24 & Sat, Feb 25/ Geoff Berner Band with Kevin House (9 pm, $10)

“I want to make original klezmer music that’s drunk, dirty, political and passionate. As a Jew of Eastern European descent, I feel I have a calling to make this music live, not just preserve it under glass like something in a museum.” Geoff Berner

Folk, punk & klezmer have never sounded so vital & fresh melded together, as evident in the amazing singer, accordionist, songwriter Geoff Berner‘s peculiar, wry, witty & original expressive style with Diona Davies (Po’ Girl) on violin and Wayne Adams (Zolty Cracker) on percussion.

www.geoffberner.com

Songster, guitarist, Rime favourite, Kevin House brings to us his spooky, impressionistic fairy tales with ornate, burnished melodies…some highly emotional & cerebral mayhem, as only he can…

www.kevinhouse.ca

Sat, Feb 25/ (aft) Sweet Pea Swing Band (3 pm, by donation)

See February 4th for more info.

Sat, Feb 25/ (eve) Geoff Berner Band with Kevin House (9 pm, $10)

See February 24th for more info.

Sun, Feb 26/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See February 5th for more info.

Sun, Feb 26/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See February 5th for more info.
Sun, Feb 26/ (eve) Skank City Shredders (9 pm, $5-10)

Guitarist Ron Samworth is full of brilliant ideas. Here’s one of them: Music that filters the early jazz and blues repertoire through a blurry post-punk aesthetic. Employing a psuedo-dixieland format, Skank City features a horny frontline, jumped up rhythm section, fuzztone banjo, kamikaze drumbeats. Irreverent, groovy, skronky, swinging, non-toxic fun for the whole family, especially disfunctional ones.

Ron Samworth fuzztone banjo, guitar; Bill Clark trumpet, alpha male choreography; Rod Murray bigbone; Graham Ord saxophone, effects/defects; Paul Blaney buzztone bass; Kenton Loewen drums, primal scream

Mon, Feb 27/ DJ Su Comandante (7 pm, by donation)

Born in El Salvador and raised on Vancouver Island, DJ Su Comandante is a master of musical fusion, a captivating, innovative West Coast DJ seamlessly blending Latin, hip-hop, trip-hop, downtempo, raggaeton, dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, funky breaks, house, world-beat, funk and old school r & b in a unique synthesis that pays homage to the roots and revitalizes the possibilities in each genre. With a contagious passion for music’s emotional and social power, DJ Su Comandante creates beats that are fresh, conscious and utterly danceable.

Tue, Feb 28/ AIR: Dylan van der Schyff (9 pm, $5-10)

Set 1
Trio Lee/Bentley/Wilson

A collective trio featuring music by all three members. Spanning ambience, noise and beautiful lyricism, this trio of Vancouver heavies makes its debut tonight. Peggy Lee cello; Jon Bentley Saxophones; Tony Wilson guitar

Set 2
Gestrin/Turner/Lachance/van der Schyff

This is organic jazz in the best sense. These guys have fun, play hard and, on occasion, kick some ass. Chris Gestrin B3 organ; Brad Turner trumpet; André Lachance guitar; Dylan van der Schyff drums

www.bradturnermusic.com

2006.01 –> January 2006 at Rime

ZULA Presents

JANUARY 2006 AT RIME

(Click here to download calendar in PDF)

Roger Dean Young
Roger Dean Young

Appearing at Rime every Tuesday evening in January as our Artist in Residence (AIR), country lad, guitarist & folk singer Roger Dean Young reportedly takes direction for his musical wanderings from whatever ruts his boots stumble into. Over the past few years Young has shown up at New Forms as a guest of electronica act, Pellucid, led the house band for the 24-hour Film Festival, and seen his atmospheric folk compared to Led Zeppelin (huh?) in venerable British magazine, NME. For the month of January he thumbs his filofax, fires up his blackberry and invites a few of the musicians he has fallen in with down to Rime on Tuesday nights as part of the popular Artist in Residence series. Robert Plant will not be attending.

www.copperspine.com

Sun, Jan 1/ Closed

Mon, Jan 2/ The Crackling & The Idiots! (9 pm, $5-10)

Kenton Loewen‘s music is lucid, delicate, intense and fiery. The Crackling features a strong focus on melody, vocals and guitar work… making for a transporting experience … a dynamic band and communication that is truly captivating. Kenton Loewen guitar, vocals; Sarah Donald violin, vocals; Debra-Jean Creelman vocals; Tyson Naylor keys, vocals; Jeremy Page bass, vocals; Dan Gaucher drums

Back from Toronto for a short visit, Roey Shemesh & Howard Goldbach collaborate as The Idiots! With a focus on strong songwriting and crafted melody, meshing vocals, electric bass and guitar with synthesizers and drum loops. Idiots! welcomes the friendship between electronic sounds and sounds with organic origin.

www.idiotsonline.ca

Tue, Jan 3/ AIR: Roger Dean Young (9 pm, $5-10)

Highly sought after jazz drummer Kelby MacNayr has been spotted in Roger Dean Young‘s collective The Tin Cup and on this first Tuesday of 2006 he makes the trip from Victoria as a guest of Rime. The first set will feature Cuban pianist Cary Garcia Yero of the band La Candela. The Tin Cup will exploit MacNayr’s rhythm-scapes for a set of atmospheric folk improvisation with Chris Rippin guitar; Shaun Brodie trumpet; Mark Beaty bass; Super Robertson bass; Kori Miyanishi banjo, fiddle

www.tincupmusic.com

www.asilacandela.com

Wed, Jan 4/ Headwater (9 pm, $5-10)

Headwater consists of songwriter, string players Jonas Shandel and Matt Bryant from North Vancouver, and features a powerful rhythm section of Patrick Metzger on upright bass and Dan Gaucher on drums. The typical Headwater set contains over half original material, and cover material including Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana. Headwater focuses their live energy on keeping the crowd moving with infectious rhythms, improvisational experimentation and their very apparent love of performing.

Thu, Jan 5/ Lisa Miller Trio & Viviane Houle Quartet (9 pm, $5-10)

“The pianist possesses serious talent. Most impressive is how suggestive her pieces are-not in the lascivious sense, but in their quicksilver ability to evoke a variety of subtle emotions.” Alexander Varty – The Georgia Straight

Lisa Miller Trio will perform Lisa’s spacious tunes. Inspired by Bobo Stenson, the sound is intelligent and sincere with exposed open dialogue. Lisa Miller piano; Steve Smith bass; Tom Foster drums

From unexpected sounds to unexpected beauty, Viviane Houle Quartet will seduce when they perform original tunes, improvised song, and irreverent improvisations. Featuring the songs, texts and vocals by Viviane Houle, with Russell Sholberg on bass, Mike Magnusson on drums, and Jeff Younger on guitar

The two units will also merge at some point and work as an impromptu ensemble.

Fri, Jan 6/ Rae Spoon DVD Release Party (9 pm, $5-10)

After his first six years on the Vancouver music scene, guitarist, banjoist, vocalist Rae Spoon is releasing a DVD of live performances and a music video compiled by the local production company Tractorgrease. This will be his last local performance before a 3 month stint of clubs and folk festivals in the USA and Australia. Cameron Latimer of the Seams will be performing a solo set featuring songs off of his upcoming LP, Gin Train.

www.raespoon.com

www.tractorgrease.com

Sat, Jan 7/ (aft) Moritz Behm Trio (3 pm, by donation)

Saturday afternoons in January, Moritz Behm Trio, featuring Moritz Behm on violin, Allan Dionne on drums, and Boris Favre on bass, play music based on a mix of Celtic, rock, and classical influences, launching into improvisational new directions at the drop of a hat.

www.moritzbehm.com

Sat, Jan 7/ (eve) Elephant Island & Great Aunt Ida (10 pm, $5-10)

Elephant Island sits at the crossroads of cozy and haunting, or of mellow and compelling, or maybe of pretty and interesting. Gentle but catchy? Wherever it is, it’s a warm place. Finger-style guitar, accordion and brushed drums give a hushed impression, but the music never sounds subdued, or even particularly folky. The unexpected melodies, insidious rhythms, and poetic lyrics are very immediate; this is too interesting, and too emotional to be background music. Afterwards, you can’t remember how you bobbed your head so much to songs that seemed so quiet. Emily Milliken vocals, guitar; Galen Hartley vocals, guitar; Jamie Cummins accordion, Rhodes; Kelby MacNayr drums

www.alohamedia.net/elephantisland

A long awaited vehicle for Ida Nilsen‘s talents as a pianist, singer and songwriter, Great Aunt Ida (for this date) also includes Jonathan Anderson on guitar, Scott Malin on bass & Barry Mirochnick on drums. Extolled for their contributions to some of the most innovative and acclaimed bands to surface amid Vancouver’s independent music scene, Great Aunt Ida’s talented co-conspirators provide the perfect foil for Nilsen’s pretty voice, instantly memorable melodies and elegant piano…great songs by a great band … with fond memories of the *great* (sugar refinery)…

www.hivestudios.net/hive_fi/ida

Sun, Jan 8/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 3 pm: Drummer Jesse Cahill hosts a weekly jam session to provide a good meeting ground for great players from all over town, including some of the finest up and coming music students. Along with Jesse, the house band will include Terry Deane on tenor saxophone, Tommy Babbin on bass.

Sun, Jan 8/ (eve) Tarran The Tailor (9 pm, $5-10)

To quote guitarist Ron Samworth: “Songster Tarran the Tailor could wear Tom Waits’ pants, he could also sew them… plays banjo like Robert Johnson on Mandrax. Need I say more?”

Tarran has been described “a subtle madman”, walking his neighbourhood of songs blind, feeling each step, one word at a time, squeezing each syllable for the drips of meaning with the fabulous Nayana Priya on percussion.

www.tarran.ca

www.hawah.net

Mon, Jan 9/ Millicent plus Brian & Sara (9 pm, $5-10)

As Millicent, Selina Koop on piano, vocals and Sara Fitzpatrick violin, vocals create a warm soundscape of bittersweet melodies and evocative lyrics that leave you feeling a sense of solace. This charming duo comes from a dynamic musical background including classical, jazz, folk, and soul.

Brian & Sara are two young jazz students exploring a new approach to classic fiddle and country tunes. Sara Fitzpatrick and her crying fiddle meld with Brian Sumners‘ rhythmic jazz guitar to create a pervasive, original sound.

Tue, Jan 10/ AIR: Roger Dean Young (9 pm, $5-10)

According to Young, it all comes back to the song and on this night he invites 7 fine songwriters to join him in a singer in the round double-header. Cameron Dilworth (the Neins Circa), L. Abramson, Chris Kelly (That Kelly Boy), Kent McAlister, Caleb Stull (Parlour Steps) Lynn Heinemann (Portico), & Sarah MacDougall take the stage in fours and sling guitars to take aim at the muse.

www.theneinscirca.ca

www.leahabramson.com

www.members.shaw.ca/thatkellyboy

www.kentmcalister.com

www.porticonation.com

www.sarahmac.net

Wed, Jan 11/ Trio Ochs, Masaoka, Lee (9 pm, $10)

Thu, Jan 12/ Trio Ochs, Masaoka, Lee (9 pm, $10)

Three amazing, world-renowned performers join forces to compose an incredible unit!

Bay Area native Larry Ochs -composer, sopranino & tenor saxophones- formed this unusual trio of saxophone, cello, and Japanese koto to perform a special commission for a concert in San Francisco in 2000. The composition was expressly composed to include both notation and improvisation. The three players, originally including Joan Jeanrenaud (of Kronos Quartet fame) on cello, had a great time preparing the piece, and the first performances were encouraging enough that a plan was hatched to continue the trio when possible. San Francisco composer, koto player, electronicist Miya Masaoka and Ochs already played in the trio Maybe Monday with guitarist Fred Frith that was mainly dedicated to collective improvisation. Rather than pure, collective spontaneous-composition – the terrain of Maybe Monday – this current trio works from compositions written for improvisers. As of 2004, Vancouver’s own Peggy Lee has marvellously filled Jeanrenaud’s big shoes on cello. Do not miss this most exciting trio!

www.ochs.cc

Fri, Jan 13/ Parlour Steps plus Stephen Hedley (9 pm, $5-10)

Parlour Steps combine tight rock and spacious, expansive pop to create a budding genre: Thought-rock! With lyrics exploring questions of metaphysics, love and the sensory world, The Steps venture to subvert, provoke and excite…sort of… with Caleb Stull guitar, vocals; Rees Haynes guitar; Julie Bavalis bass, vocals; Rob Linton drums

www.parloursteps.com

Stephen Hedley gives us soaring, creative vocals and unique songwriting style, his memorable lyricism and vocals with a timeless and captivating groove.

www.stephenhedley.com

Sat, Jan 14/ (aft) Moritz Behm Trio (3 pm, by donation)

See January 7th for more info.

Sat, Jan 14/ (eve) Sara Marreiros (9 pm, $5-10)

Rumours about a remarkable young woman in Victoria singing fado (fate) drifted across the Strait of Georgia to the Big City. Fado is to Portugal what flamenco is to Spain and what the blues are to the American South: songs clearly from the folk and their experiences of life’s crueller moments. What begins as poetry and music about loneliness and broken hearts becomes an expression of saudade (the yearning). Sara Marreiros could always hear the siren song of fado, but it wasn’t until her heart had its own cruel experiences with life that she felt ready to sing the music she had heard since she was a girl. Now her jazz has a little fado in it, and her fado has the grace note of jazz and her love for bossa nova.

Sara Marreiros vocals; Galen Hartley guitar; Dan Weisenburger Portuguese guitarra; Nathan Gage upright bass; Kelby MacNayr drums
www.saramarreiros.com

Sun, Jan 15/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

Sunday afternoons at 1 pm: Drummer Dan Gaucher & friends have created Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band as a musical vehicle with the sole purpose of exploring original compositions from its members, all young up and coming musicians in Vancouver…the music is written for this band specifically. The instrumentation presenting both a challenge for the composer and a diverse sonic palette to draw from…with Neil Dylan tabla, alto sax, flute, and sitar; Evan Arntzen clarinet; Catherine Toren piano; Sean Cronin acoustic bass; Shanto Bhattacharya cello

Sun, Jan 15/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See January 8th for more info.

Sun, Jan 15/ (eve) Rutherford/Müller/van der Schyff (9 pm, $10)

Mon, Jan 16/ Rutherford/Müller/van der Schyff (9 pm, $10)

¾ of the killer international improvising unit Hoxha (sans Ken Vandermark) meet at Rime over two nights to do what they do best: Contemplate, discuss, and interact non-verbally. Passionate discourse at its best!

Virtuoso British trombonist Paul Rutherford has worked with a myriad of orchestras and small groups including London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra, Paul Lovens, Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker. He has developed a trombone language that mixes electronics, vocal effects, traditional jazz devices and intriguing sounds and voicings.

Renowned German bassist Torsten Müller is an accomplished improviser who also expands the sonic possibilities of his instrument through extended techniques. He has become a stalwart on the local scene since moving to Vancouver five years ago.

Able to excel in both traditional and free improv situations, drummer Dylan van der Schyff is one heavyweight musician. He works with many resident ensembles and international artists. His recent work with Dave Douglas’s Mountain Passages group sparkles. Dylan will be Rime’s Artist in Residence in February.

Tue, Jan 17/ AIR: Roger Dean Young (9 pm, $5-10)

From airplay on John Peel’s legendary radio sessions to the dance floors of Vancouver, Pellucid has been hanging around the dance/electronica/experimental intersection for more than a decade. Now with a new album out, the ebullient Motor of Joy (tossed up for free on i-tunes), Pellucid’s shadowy mastermind, Arliss Renwick is prepared once more to shuffle our feet & treat our ears with his whimsy fuelled lap-top.

Young‘s rotating posse of skilled players, The Tin Cup, stretch the confines of three-chord folk songs into the exciting world of, dare we say, the J-word that Rime has become known for. As a one-off treat, Emily Carr instructor, Heidi May, will feature her latest creation in an ongoing exploration of digital video art on this night in dialogue with The Cup.

www.tincupmusic.com

www.homepage.mac.com/pellucidmusic/pellucid_index.html

www.copperspine.com/artisan.html

Wed, Jan 18/ Unity (9 pm, $5-10)

If you heard Unity in the late eighties you already know you’re in for a treat. These musicians play music for the mind to dance to. Unity plays with the power of a thunderstorm and the sensitivity of a falling leaf; with beauty, authority, passion, energy, spontaneity and incredible rapport. They will be featuring original compositions and maybe a standard or two…the first of a series of new performances for the reunion of Unity, composed of Paul Blaney bass, Graham Ord sax and flute and Roger Baird drums.

Thu, Jan 19/ The Beige & Tone Bent (9 pm, $5-10)

“The universe is beige”–Vancouver Sun

Atmospheric songs and soundscapes from a jazzy folk place somewhere under the radar… The Beige‘s wry, soulful stories travel different roads, from sublime tragedies to the everyday lives of people born with tails. This music is all about hypnotic grooves and wide open spaces. Rick Maddocks guitar, vocals; Jon Wood lap steel and tenor guitar; Andrew Arida keyboards; Mark Haney double bass; Geoff Gilliard drums

Visiting us from Northern California, Robin Eschner and Bill Horvitz‘s Tone Bent features original songs as well as covers, often twisting old favourites in new ways. Eschner and Horvitz blend their guitars & voices as they sing about everything from children growing up to love to dance to the last passenger pigeon on the planet . . . on and on . . . Their songs are snapshots of life, filled with insights, moving stories‹be they funny or serious–vivid images, gorgeous harmonies, and original and inspired guitar.

Fri, Jan 20/ Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie (9 pm, $10-15)

Sat, Jan 21/ (eve) Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie (9 pm, $10-15)

Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie take their audience on a ride, regaling them with tales of larger-than-life characters who’ve shaped the blues. Visiting us from the Island for their first performances at Rime, on a two night run, two wildly talented and celebrated veteran roots multi-instrumenstalists join forces on a stage cluttered with vintage National Steel guitars, mandolins, handmade brass guitars, dobros, Weissenborns and more, while sharing fascinating stories behind the instruments & the songs.

Sat, Jan 21/ (aft) Moritz Behm Trio (3 pm, by donation)

See January 7th for more info.

Sun, Jan 22/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See January 15th for more info.

Sun, Jan 22/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See January 8th for more info.

Sun, Jan 22/ (eve) Leftover Fugitives (9 pm, $5-10)

The Fugitives are a unique hybrid of spoken word and music troupe. They run the gamut from comedic to hard-hitting, insightful spoken word, and combine it with adventurous strong structures performed on piano, accordion, guitar, harmonica, beat-box, and voice by Barbara Adler, CR Avery, Mark Berube and Brendan McLeod. The result is a plethora of individual styles merged into a distinctive voice that compels its audience to celebrate, think, and care.

www.brendanmcleodca.nationprotect.net/bernie.htm/

Mon, Jan 23/ Jenna Andrews (9 pm, $5-10)

Influenced by -and reminiscent of- great singers, such as Bebel Gilberto, Sade, Billie Holiday, and Blossom Dearie, Jenna Andrews stylistically draws inspiration from the Gershwin era, integrating it with Latin jazz, bluegrass and more. This freshly articulate and exciting young guitarist, singer, songwriter puts her classical & jazz training to good use when she delivers the goods on her own terms with Joe Cruz on classical guitar, Rob Darch on acoustic and electric basses, and Rafielle Geronimo on percussion.

www.jennaandrewsmusic.com

Tue, Jan 24/ AIR: Roger Dean Young (9 pm, $5-10)

Prairie roots have not deterred Tim Gerwing from becoming one of the most sought after practitioners of Middle Eastern percussion instruments in Vancouver. Gerwing will perform a set with Iraqi oud virtuoso Serwan Yamulky before turning his attention to the rippling mutter and twang of Roger Dean Young‘s country ditties. Gerwing’s own cd, Butterfly Effect, explores the world both on the surface through language and genre, gliding through the collective sub-conscious, taking a well-crafted lush & atmospheric spiritual plunge.

www.lascaux21.com

www.dreamwindow.net/serwan

Wed, Jan 25/ Mountain Bluebird Bluegrass Band (9 pm, $5-10)

Started by guitarists Lorraine Cobb and Connie Jean Thiessen, and joined soon after by bassist Valerie Bailey, banjoist Brad Gillard, fiddler Hugh Ellenwood and mandolinist Matt Kennedy. The Bluebirds play a mix of originals, bluegrass standards and contemporary material. Everyone contributes to the songwriting, making the band a working creative unit with new original music entering the repertoire all the time.

www.mountainbluebirds.com

Thu, Jan 26/ Grrrls with Guitars (9 pm, $5-10)

Hot off the road from the GWG Maximum Volume Tour throughout the BC Interior & Alberta; four singer/songwriters share the stage this night to recapture some of the ‘on tour’ magic.

www.grrrlswithguitars.com

Christa Couture combines a blend of folk, quirk and bark. A formidable young woman armed with a haunting voice and a quick-witted, poignant turn-of-phrase.

www.christacouture.com

Coco Love Alcorn is a dynamic singer-songwriter with her own personal brand of acoustic-driven music. Imagine a sound so raw, pure, and strong, that it is less like listening to a new voice than discovering a new sense altogether.

www.cocolovealcorn.com

GreenTaRA (Tara Nicole Donald) delivers music with a conscious message, inventive melodies and acoustic riffs. This internationally acclaimed urban roots artist is emerging as one of the west’s finest independent gems. Her musical genre has been described as “music of the people”.

www.greentaramusic.com

Nadine Davenport is the producer & the creative mind behind Grrrls With Guitars. She also has the craft of songwriting down to a complete art form. Nadine has a full-bodied voice which demands attention & her singing comes with such ease that it seems almost unnatural.

www.nadinedavenport.com

Fri, Jan 27/ Mimosa (9 pm, $5-10)

Drawing from a well of resources spanning the 1960s to the present, French lounge, New York swing, Brazilian bossas to original Mimosa material, they blend feels and tones together in an extraordinary bouquet. Mimosa brings you on a sentimental journey through time and sound, making dancing a huge temptation. Please let yourself be tempted. A little decadence never hurt anyone. Rebecca Shoichet vocals; Jamie Hovorka trumpet, flugelhorn; Anna Lumiere keys; John Raham drums

www.mimosamusic.com

Sat, Jan 28/ (aft) Moritz Behm Trio (3 pm, by donation)

See January 7th for more info.

Sat, Jan 28/ (eve) DarkBlueWorld (10 pm, $5-10)

“Her songs are profoundly melancholic, steeped in loss and the impossibility of love. Paradoxically, listening to them tends to produce a lightening of the spirit-which may be because Fischer is only too happy to bear the burden of gloom, at least while she’s on-stage. That, too, is an art-and a rare one.” –Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

Original, relevant, culturally engaged & emotionally, intellectually uncompromising songs by Elizabeth Fischer vocals; Ron Samworth guitar; Tony Wilson guitar; Pete Schmitt bass; Skye Brooks drums

www.darkblueworld.ca

Sun, Jan 29/ (aft) Prince Albert Composition Workshop Band (1 pm, by donation)

See January 15th for more info.

Sun, Jan 29/ (aft) Sunday Afternoon Sessions (3 pm, by donation)

See January 8th for more info.

Sun, Jan 29/ (eve) Richard Whiteman Trio (9 pm, $5-10)

One of Toronto’s finest pianists, Richard Whiteman has worked with Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett, Mike Downes and many other stalwarts of the Canadian jazz scene. His touch on the piano is sublime and swinging, playing from the tradition of piano greats like Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. Richard is joined by a young & fiery rhythm section composed of bassist Brandi Disterheft & drummer Sly Juhas.

www.richardwhiteman.com

Mon, Jan 30/ The Tiptons Sax Quartet (9 pm, $5-10)

The Tiptons are an all-female sax quartet with percussion, based in Seattle. The group features Jessica Lurie and Amy Denio, original members and the lead composers of the internationally renowned Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet. They are joined by saxophonists Tobi Stone and Tina Richerson, and percussionist Elizabeth Pupo Walker. All of the members share in composing and arranging – and their dynamic repertoire includes some fabulous singing as well! With a repertoire that ranges from New Orleans jump groove to hip hop, punk to East European, klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons create some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. Their unforgettable, playful concerts feature high-energy interaction between members and a repertoire that touches on soulful music from around the world.

www.tiptonssaxquartet.com

Tue, Jan 31/ AIR: Roger Dean Young (9 pm, $5-10)

One-of-a kind folk-noir songster, guitarist & Kevin House was our first Artist in Residence in February of last year. He returns to commemorate that momentous month at Rime.

The Tin Cup finish off the evening with a dash of trumpet infused country-folk. Roger Dean Young will lead the band through selections from their new album, Casa, soon to be released in Europe on venerable UK label, Loose Music, home of Canadians Hayden and Corb Lund, as well as, country subversives, The Handsome Family and Howe Gelb.

www.kevinhouse.ca

www.tincupmusic.com