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Stanley Jason Zappa's Epic Gig Trek

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Stanley [Jason Zappa] and Nick [Skrowaczewski] were very open to playing the written music, and I think we all felt that it gave structure to the performances and focused us as a group. By the last gig the set had a very definite character, while still having plenty of space for creative expression within it. We all got to play fairly extended solo features in addition to the ensemble work."

And there will be recorded moments and video documentation to share in days ahead.

"The festival was well recorded by the promoters, and a Band Camp/Soundcloud something something should be forthcoming," notes Zappa.

"My hope is that someone, somewhere, will somehow facilitate the trio's recording of a collection of these Japanese folk tunes, perhaps with an expanded ensemble."

And Stewart provided a sense of what is in the works.

"The whole festival was recorded and committed to video. In time, lots of it will be released through Casse-Tete Records or other avenues, as last year's recordings were, and the videographer, Ryan Wugalter, will release a short film."

And all look forward to the experience once more in 2015. For Zappa it is a godsend given the quietude of Okanagan life.

"Oh most certainly. I would love to record a suite of these Japanese folk tunes with the trio. I have been a staunch lover of Asian, and particularly Japanese art and music for a long time. I know the same is true for Nick [Skrowaczewski]. Hopefully the trio's built-in "Free-Gagaku" bent can see some more audiences and recording situations."

And it is a refreshing contrast to the sharp elbows and intense compression of New York for Sikora.

"Yes, definitely! I loved touring with this trio, and would be very happy to do it again."

Jeremy Stewart already on it.

"The planning for Casse-Tete III is well underway. I have a wish list of performers, and I am ready for people to send me their pitches. There is talk of a site-specific performance involving an electric guitar drone piece being played from the top of Prince George's distinctive cutbanks across the Fraser River to an audience in Fort George Park. Whatever we come up with, we hope to continue to offer challenging music to our remote northern region.

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