Coastal Jazz & Blues Society announced today the Innovation Series – Ironworks, Ironworks Late Night, and Roundhouse Performance Centre at the 2019 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which runs this summer from Friday, June 21 to Monday, July 1.
Here are the performances confirmed for TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s Innovation Series:
Joshua Zubot and Strings
June 21 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Before relocating to Vancouver in 2017, violinist/violist Joshua Zubot was a fixture in Montréal’s vibrant music community for over a decade, working with Patrick Watson, Sam Shalabi, Ratchet Orchestra, and The Barr Brothers. He’s now made himself at home in the genre-defying West Coast improv scene, where his omnivorous, idiosyncratic talent alights on jazz, classical, bluegrass, folk, musique actuelle, and the avant-garde’s back-40.
June 22 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Led by vocalist Julia Úlehla and guitarist Aram Bajakian (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Diana Krall), Dálava takes Czech folk melodies transcribed over 100 years ago by Úlehla’s great-grandfather and places them in a compelling contemporary context. Cinematic and wide-ranging, the music of Dálava is beautifully rendered and hauntingly expressive.
June 23 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Based in Amsterdam, this fire-breathing improvisational trio of bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, drummer Onno Govaert, and American-born saxophonist John Dikeman (Shoji Hano, Keiji Haino) plays a high-energy brand of free jazz influenced by the likes of Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann at their most intense.
Ikue Mori Jim Black Duo
June 24 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Moving from Tokyo to New York in 1977, Ikue Mori co-founded the seminal no-wave band DNA, and through her pioneering and masterful work in laptop and electronics improvisation, Mori has consistently pushed the envelope. Her collaborators have included John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, and Fred Frith. Jim Black (AlasNoAxis, Tim Berne) is one of the rare musicians who influence so many others that a term like “post-Jim Black” can be a useful descriptor for emerging drummers.
Gordon Grdina, Jim Black, Oscar Noriega, & Mat Maneri
June 25 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
This new quartet brings heavy-hitters from New York-based groups like Endangered Blood, AlasNoAxis, and Square Peg together with JUNO Award-winning Vancouverite Gordon Grdina (Haram, Peregrine Falls) on guitar/oud to channel intense, virtuosic power, and contemplative melodic excursions. Based in jazz traditions, but with equal parts rock, punk, and exploratory atonality, this group of next-level innovators take unexpected turns at every corner.
*Additional Performance: June 24 • The China Cloud @ 11pm (Grdina/Dunn/Maneri) • $15 at door only
June 26 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Brooklyn’s Endangered Blood is a rare blend of fiery interplay, compositional complexity and intense soulfulness. Endlessly inventive and thrillingly unpredictable, the beating heart of traditional jazz is always at the group’s core, no matter how far it pushes the sonic envelope.
Darius Jones, Angelica Sanchez, Peggy Lee & Dylan van der Schyff
June 27 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Darius Jones’ incisive work “poses big questions about the relationship between the African-American tradition of spirituals, blues and gospel, and now" (The Wire). Pianist Angelica Sanchez “likes building structures and breaking free of them” (New York Times). Eschewing decoration, Sanchez focuses on meaningful gestures, “acutely aware of the implications of a phrase” (NYC Jazz Record). Equally artful in melody and madness, cellist Peggy Lee has “an ability to make music that is simultaneously adventurous and warm” (The Georgia Straight). Multi-dimensional drummer Dylan van der Schyff “has a gentle touch and a malleable way with time” (JazzTimes).
Farmers by Nature
June 28 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Embracing risk, fostering trust, renouncing easy convention, and letting fly with fire and feel: these are the hallmarks of the most vital free jazz. The phenomenal trio of renowned master improvisers/composers/leaders Gerald Cleaver on drums, William Parker on bass, and pianist Craig Taborn. From blue(s)-tinged abstractions, to luminescent melodies and almost-orchestral chordal texturing, to rhythmic explorations that range from pointillist to pulsing, Farmers by Nature always retain a compelling narrative arc.
*Additional Performance: June 29 • Kris Davis/Craig Taborn Duo • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 5pm • $10 or $32 weekend pass Craig Taborn
June 29 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
Driven by poet Camae Ayewa’s (aka Moor Mother) searing narrations of Black trauma, survival and power, Irreversible Entanglements brings first-wave free jazz’s tradition of resistance acutely into the present. This is music that both honours and defies tradition, speaking to the present while insisting on the future.
*Additional Performance: June 30 • Roundhouse Studio (Keir Neuringer Workshop) @ 4:30pm • Free
Jaimie Branch, Jeremy Page, Luke Stewart, Tommy Babin, & Tcheser Holmes
June 30 • The Ironworks @ 9:30pm • $25
In this first-time meeting of next wave improvisers from both sides of the Canada/U.S. border, Branch is joined by Chicago stalwarts and Irreversible Entanglements members Luke Stewart on bass, Tcheser Holmes on drums, and two of Vancouver’s most empathic and engaging players: Tommy Babin (Haram, Benzene) on bass, and Kids’ Table Quartet tenor saxophonist Jeremy Page.
IRONWORKS LATE NIGHT
Receptacles June 21 • The Ironworks @ 12 Midnight • $20
Kaja Draxler, Torsten Müller, & Dylan van der Schyff June 22 • The Ironworks @ 12 Midnight • $20
Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, & Dylan van der Schyff June 28 • The Ironworks @ 12 Midnight • $20
Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double June 29 • The Ironworks @ 12 Midnight • $20
LSD Trio June 30 • The Ironworks @ 12 Midnight • $20
ROUNDHOUSE PERFORMANCE CENTRE
In Love With June 29 • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 1:30pm • $10 at door or 6-show pass for $32
Lori Freedman, Joshua Zubot, & Nicholas Caloia June 29 • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 3:15pm • $10 at door or 6-show pass for $32
Kris Davis Craig Taborn Duo June 29 • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 5:00pm • $10 at door or 6-show pass for $32
Montevago (duet Negro Ciccaldi) June 30 • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 1:30pm • $10 at door or 6-show pass for $32
Emma Augustsson, Cat Toren, & Mili Hong June 30 • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 3:15pm • $10 at door or 6-show pass for $32
Soundings of Malcolm Goldstein June 30 • Roundhouse Performance Centre @ 5:00pm • $10 at door or 6-show pass for $32
Tickets & more details at www.coastaljazz.ca
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