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Date(s) - 16/09/2017
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 / pwyc
416 532 3019 ex. 3
Peggy Lee Octet: Tell Tale Tour 2017
PEGGY LEE, cello • MEREDITH BATES, violin • KEVIN ELASCHUK, trumpet • CHRIS GESTRIN, piano • RON SAMWORTH, guitar • TORSTEN MÜLLER, bass • ANDRÉ LACHANCE, electric bass • DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF, drums
Peggy Lee Octet will present music from its debut CD, Tell Tale (Drip Audio 2016) at the 2017 Guelph Jazz Festival and venues in Montreal, Brooklyn, Toronto and Hamilton, September 12-17.
The music for Tell Tale was first conceived in 2009 as Film in Music, a response to writer/creator David Milch’s HBO series, Deadwood. The eight-piece band of improvisers drawn from Vancouver’s rich creative music community is understood as analogous to a cast of characters in a story––within the framework of a composed musical suite, each improviser contributes to the unfolding musical drama through small ensemble improvisations and solo ‘monologues’. The seven composed sections imply the arc of a story and act as launching pads for extended improvised statements that take the listener on a journey that is never the same twice. The musical narrative travels from lush, tender beauty to stark abstractions–from playful exchanges to dense confrontations–always ending with a wild, off kilter parade. The ensemble features some of Vancouver’s most well-known improvisers, all of whom are master musical story tellers capable of conjuring up rich sonic atmospheres and landscapes. Peggy Lee and her band take listeners on a cinematic ride inside the music. Tell Tale has garnered rave reviews locally and internationally.
Composer, cellist and band leader Peggy Lee makes her home in Vancouver, B.C. where she records and performs with long-time music associates including Tony Wilson, Ron Samworth, Dylan van der Schyff, Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb. Peggy also leads or co-leads a number of music projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Echo Painting, Handmade Blade with JP Carter and Aram Bajakian, Waxwing with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley, and Beautiful Tool with Mary Margaret O’Hara. Peggy received the Freddie Stone Award for integrity and innovation in music in 2005 and the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for music in 2013.
“Imagine a modern-day Duke Ellington combo spiced up with shards of noise, and you’d be on the right track; it’s music that combines the timeless and the otherworldly in equal measure.” – The Georgia Straight
“Elite Vancouver musicians join Lee exploring deep cinematic textural journeying and Zen-like moments. Haunting solos transcend from the rapturous Lee.” – Downbeat
“… strongly tonal, even tuneful, and there’s a kind of drifting feeling that suggests the Old West touched by a certain dissonant grit, the combination strongly suggestive of Bill Frisell’s off-kilter Western themes…” – The Whole Note
“This entire disc is more like a journey or series of stories, moving gracefully from scene to scene. Another winner from the ever-expanding Vancouver scene. Don’t miss it.” – Downtown Music Gallery (New York)
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