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Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012

By Published: September 23, 2012
The festival's Nuit Blanche officially began shortly after dinner on Saturday night and provided difficult choices for both the spectator and audience—saxophonist Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann
b.1941
reeds
with vibraophonist Jason Adasiewicz
Jason Adasiewicz
Jason Adasiewicz

vibraphone
or Ikue Mori? Clarinetist Francois Houle
Francois Houle
Francois Houle

clarinet
or Huntsville (again)? Head to the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre to catch the ongoing John Cage
John Cage
John Cage
1912 - 1992
composer/conductor
tributes or attend the riverside installation, River of Sound and Voice? If you could decide, a sleepless night was expected and guaranteed.

The dilemma for most progressive festivals is how to acknowledge their history but still move forward; a struggle shared by likeminded performers. The Guelph Jazz Festival has created its own family—regular appearances by artists like pianist Myra Melford
Myra Melford
Myra Melford
b.1957
piano
, Hamid Drake, bassist William Parker
William Parker
William Parker
b.1952
bass, acoustic
and saxophonist Jean Derome—which is a way to keep some familiarity (and continuity), while still embracing performer's whose artistic output changes and evolves. New faces keep things fresh—Colin Stetson, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim
Abdullah Ibrahim
Abdullah Ibrahim
b.1934
piano
and Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer
Nils Petter Molvaer
Nils Petter Molvaer
b.1960
trumpet
all made their festival debuts this year—and continue the arc that Heble and the festival organizers know is their lifeblood.

Expectations for next year's 20th anniversary are already high and there was some guessing and dream-spinning amongst attendees about whom will be appearing and what possible shape the festival will take. But the festival is, in the best possible sense, exhausting. It consistently delivers a sensual overload of sight, sound and thought making the festival a top-notch destination for spectator, audience, and performer.

Photo Credit

John R. Fowler


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