ADVERTISE WITH US

Content by tag "Vancouver"

Dalava: The Book of Transfigurations

Read "The Book of Transfigurations" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the tender and haunting The Book of Transfigurations vocalist Julia Ulehla and her partner guitarist Aram Bajakian interpret thirteen Moravian folk songs with a personal and contemporary touch. Joining them in the ensemble Dálava are a quartet of Canadian improvisers who add an additional layer of spontaneous lyricism to this memorable music.

Majority ...

Making A Jazz Blockbuster

Read "Making A Jazz Blockbuster" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

Reprinted from June 2005.

Hey kids, summer will soon be upon us like Julie Kaiser in 10th grade; long, hot and filled with endless entertainment possibilities. So let's make a jazz-themed summer blockbuster movie. It'll be fun, educational, bring newfound attention to jazz, and might just earn us all enough money to plunge ourselves ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music

Read "Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music" reviewed by Mark Werlin

The independent Vancouver-based record label Songlines Recordings was established in 1992. Inspired by the contemporary jazz music scene in Vancouver, label founder Tony Reif began recording Canadian, American, Dutch, German and French composer-performers. Over the next two decades, the core group of musicians who recorded frequently for Songlines included Benoît Delbecq, Harris Eisenstadt, Gordon Grdina, Wayne ...

Michael Blake: Fulfillment

Read "Fulfillment" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist Michael Blake's previous concept album Kingdom of Champra (Intuition, 1997) is based on his experiences living with his family in Vietnam. On Fulfillment, the artist centers his focus on India, namely an incident that occurred when a Japanese freighter, transporting hundreds of East Indian immigrants was denied entry into the port of Vancouver, Canada in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aram Bajakian: Music Inspired By the Color Of Pomegranates

Read "Music Inspired By the Color Of Pomegranates" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Aram Bajakian found a fitting concept to tie together his creative ideas and the extended techniques he's been exploring: An obscure Russian movie about the 18th century Armenian poet, Sayat Nova. The resulting album, Music Inspired by The Color of Pomegranates, is pensive, layered, brilliantly virtuosic music, sometimes minimalist, sometimes orchestral, all of it created ...

Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists

Read "A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The second album from this Vancouver-based trio--originally going by Wilson/Lee/Bentley, now known as Waxwing--is a study in contrasts. Idiosyncratic miniatures sit shoulder to shoulder with statements of serenity, eerie constructs and macabre scenarios are quickly replaced with comforting sounds, and uncertainty peaks around every corner. But there's a distinctive group sound and aesthetic here that transcends ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eli Bennett: Breakthrough

Read "Breakthrough" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Checking out up-and-coming tenor saxophonists is often akin to checking out strong man competitions: In both cases you often have strapping and stentorian figures going through their routine(s) while trying to impress by bulldozing through anything in their path. These types of musical displays are often awe-inspiring, whether observed live or on record, and a good ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jon Armstrong: Limitless Enthusiasm

Read "Jon Armstrong: Limitless Enthusiasm" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Of those jazz men who are still left (of course today is a new day and jazz is dying again), the Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra's debut album Farewell, is something new to say hello to. The end is the beginning you know. Jon Armstrong has a (so-far) limitless enthusiasm for being in the thick of music, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Ana Velinova

Read "Take Five With Ana Velinova" reviewed by Ana Velinova

Meet Ana Velinova:
Jazz vocalist and songwriter Ana Velinova has inspired audiences around the world with her wide range arstistic talents. With repertoire extending from Mozart and Stravinsky to Ellington, Dorsey and Jobim, Ana has shared the stage with many accomplished jazz artists including Bob Moses, Neil Swainson, Don Thompson, Brad Turner, Willard Dyson and ...

ARTICLE: GNOME NOTES

Stanley Jason Zappa's Epic Gig Trek

Read "Stanley Jason Zappa's Epic Gig Trek" reviewed by Chris Rich

During the second week of June, saxophonist Stanley Jason Zappa undertook a fairly demanding performance trek with two colleagues, saxophonist Catherine Sikora and percussionist Nick Skrowaczewski.

It began in the Okanagan wine region of southwestern British Columbia and concluded at the Casse Tete Festival at the inland city of Prince George, around 500 miles ...


Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.