Mark Dresser meets Vancouver – Jan 15-16, 2016

Mark Dresser meets Vancouver

Two Evenings of Musical Improvisation and Collaboration

Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, 2016, 8 pm

Saturday Afternoon Workshop, 2-4 pm

Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue

$15 per evening for general admission; $10 per evening for students/ seniors/ musicians

$10 suggested donation at the door for Saturday afternoon workshop

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Over the past 20 years Vancouver has become recognized internationally as a centre for creative music. On January 15 & 16, 2016, Barking Sphinx presents celebrated American bassist Mark Dresser performing with some of the stars of Vancouver’s hotbed of music improvisers: JP Carter, trumpet; Peggy Lee, cello; Dylan van der Schyff, drums; Chris Gestrin, piano; Ron Samworth, guitar; Aram Bajakian, guitar and John Paton, saxophones.

Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass.  He has recorded over 130 CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD.  From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton’s Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke’s book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Osertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser’s latest recording, the internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (Clean Feed), released in 2013, marked his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. In 2015, Dresser was awarded both the Shifting Foundation Award and the Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

“Calling contrabassist Mark Dresser a virtuoso is like saying Albert Einstein was good at math.” San Diego City Times 

Mr. Dresser, a bassist who is one of the great instrumental forces in recent American jazz outside of the mainstream.” New York Times

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.

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