TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
9 pm • Sunday June 22, 2014
Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street, Vancouver
More Info: 604.683.8240
Michael Blake, saxophones; JP Carter, trumpet; Peggy Lee, cello; Ron Samworth, guitar;
Chris Gestrin, keyboards; André Lachance, bass; Dylan van der Schyff, drums;
plus guests Emma Postl, vocals and Neelamjit Dhillon, tabla
Saxophonist Michael Blake has spent his career crafting compelling music written specifically for
the unique artists who comprise the ensembles he leads. This latest project offers him the opportunity to develop new approaches to composition and to strengthen his ties to the Vancouver music scene. Using both composition and improvisation, Komagata Maru Blues is a profoundly personal expression of life in contemporary multicultural society—one that will inspire musicians and audience members to explore themes of difference, tolerance, and respect as considered from multiple perspectives.
Consistently making music that bristles with originality and vision, Canadian born Michael Blake has made New York City his home for over 25 years. During that time he has recorded with countless musicians, scored music for TV and film and performed in the worlds finest concert halls and jazz clubs. The influential tenor and soprano saxophonist also lends his talents to projects led by master musicians including Ben Allison, Henry Butler, Erik Friedlander, Enrico Rava, Sam Blaser and Steven Bernstein.
Formed in 1998, Barking Sphinx is a collective of exceptional musicians; members of Vancouver’s improvised music scene who are well known locally, nationally and internationally – giving our city an international name as a significant centre of contemporary music and musique actuelle. The
public concerts presented by Barking Sphinx provide Vancouver audiences with an opportunity to see some of the world’s finest improvising musicians perform both structured and unstructured work. This community of artists combine, often creating a cross pollination of styles and genres that result in enthralling and incomparable events for performers and audiences alike.
from the 2014 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival guide
Hailed for his “panoramic imagination” (New York Times), New York saxophonist Michael Blake returns to his Vancouver roots with a compelling project written specifically for a stellar band of creative West Coast talents, including JP Carter trumpet, Peggy Lee cello, André Lachance bass, Ron Samworth guitar, Chris Gestrin keyboards, Dylan van der Schyff drums. Using both composition and improvisation, The Komagata Maru Blues is a profoundly personal expression of life in contemporary multicultural society—one that will inspire musicians and audience members to explore themes of difference, tolerance, and respect as considered from multiple perspectives.
also…JUNE 24 Tom Lee Music Hall (Michael Blake Workshop) @ 1pm Free