1997 du Maurier International Jazz Festival

– Gregorio Guillermo, Mat Maneri and Pandelis Karayorgis 06/20/97

Argentinian-born Gregorio Guillermo saxophone/clarinet constructs his music with a spaciousness and precision that reflects his training as an architect. Active in the Argentine experimental music scene throughout the 60s, 70s and early 80s, Gregorio has been based in Europe and the U.S for the last decade. Currently he leads his own Chicago-based band Aural and continues an ongoing collaboration with Viennese composer Franz Koglmann. Gregorio’s most recent release Approximately (hatArt) was listed as a 1996 top ten favourites  in Cadence, coda and Jazziz magazines. Pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ unique sense of displaced tonality and rhythm compliments Gregorio’s architectural style. Up-and-coming violinist Mat Maneri counts his father, microtonal saxophonist Joe Maneri, among the influences that helped him develop his distinctive voice.

– Gregorio Guillermo, Mat Maneri, François Houle and Peggy Lee 06/21/97

Gregorio Guillermo and Mat Maneri will be joined by Vancouver improvisers Francois Houle and Peggy Lee. Clarinetist Houle has worked with Evan Parker, Georg Graewe, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford and Marilyn Crispell, with whom he recorded Any Terrain Tumultuous. During the past year Houle has performed in Europe, released a CD with his trio and recorded Live at Banlieues Bleues with Joelle Leandre and Georg Graewe. Cellist Peggy Lee plays the field between opera, jazz and new music, currently receiving international recognition as one of Vancouver’s hottest improvisers. She is a member of standing Wave, the NOW Orchestra, and Talking Pictures, and has worked with Elizabeth Fischer, Tony Wilson, and dance choreographers Pipo Damiano and Cornelius Fischer-Credo.

– New Winds 06/22/97

Reinventing woodwind instruments with extended techniques and a repertoire that draws from the diverse influences of contemporary classical composition, jazz improvisation and world musics. Switzerland-based Robert Dick Flutes has released solo flute CDs, a program of Hendrix material and is a member of the ADD Trio. New York’s Ned Rothenberg’s saxophones/bass clarinet/flutes ouevre includes duets with Sainkho Namtchylak, Power lines and his Double Trio. Herb Robertson trumpets is active on New York’s downtown scene. He’s worked with Tim Berne, Charlie Haden, John Zorn and Bobby Previte. Recent recordings are available on Victo and New World. Thanks to Arts International.

– Barry Guy and Maya Homburger 06/23/97

Barry Guy is a British virtuoso bassist and composer. He is the leader and chief composer of the acclaimed London Jazz Composer’s Orchestra and is internationally recognized. He has recorded with Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and many others. He will be joined with his real life partner, violinist Maya Homburger. Maya specializes in repertoire for baroque violin and has recorded with many leading baroque orchestras including the English Baroque Soloists, the English Concert and the Academy of Ancient Music. Her current repertoire incorporates contemporary music, improvisation, Telemann Fantasies and Bach solo sonatas. She is also the producer of Maya Recordings. Thanks to the British Council. 

 John Butcher and Georg Graewe 06/24/97

British improviser John Butcher is a master of the tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones. He has created a vocabulary which can accommodate any number of disparate musical concepts and situations. He has recorded two solo CDs for Acta and has performed with Derek Bailey, News from the Shed and Frisque Concordance. German pianist and Festival artist-in-residence Georg Graewe is a dynamic player who fuses various 20th century influences. “Forceful and deliberate, he recalls Lennie Tristano’s linear fluidity and Bill Evans’ harmonic delicacy, filtered through the 12 toned tone coloured lens of Anton Webern.”- John Corbett, Down Beat. Graewe leads a number of groups including the fantastic GrubenKlang Orchestra and a sensational trio with Ernst Reijseger and Gerry Hemingway. Thanks to the British Council.

 Benoît Delbecq, Steve Argüelles, Michael Moore, with François Houle 06/25/97

Benoit Delbecq piano, is one of the newest voices to appear on the Paris creative jazz scene. His many projects include performing and recording with Kartet, the Recyclers and Corin Curschellas. One of Europe’s originals, British drummer Steve Arguelles are both members of Hask Quartet who will be featured in this years festival. From the most extended corners of musical language Michael Moore saxophone/clarinet shapes fluid, fluent sentences. Currently residing in Amsterdam, Moore leads Available Jell, is a member of the Clusone Trio, the Instant Composers Pool and works extensively with Maarten Altena, Guus Janssen, Misha Mengelberg, Gerry Hemingway, the Guus Janssen Septet and Sean Bergin’s M.O.B. He will appear with a number of great improvisers throughout the festival including Bill Frisell/Jazz Passenger trombonist extraordinaire Curtis Fowlkes. Vancouver’s Francois Houle will also join Benoit Delbecq for this concert. Thanks to AAFA France.

Fred Van Hove 06/26/97

For over three decades pianist Fred Van Hove has been one of Europe’s leading improvisers. In 1996 Van Hove was honoured by the Flemish government and declared the “Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.” During the 60s and 70s he was a member of the legendary Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink trio. Over the years he has worked with many innovators including Evan Parker, Steve Lacy and Albert Mangelsdorff. Made possible with the generous support of the Flemish Government.

the Schismatics 06/27/97

This unorthodox double trio from Amsterdam shapes language into sounds and improvisations into images to create theatrical inventions full of effervescence and humour. The recording Vazen Vol (Vases full) documents their unique blend of text, classical and modern composition, pop, blues, jazz, world and improvised music. With vocalists Hester Boverhuis, Hans Buhrs, Jodi Gilbert, Michiel Weidner cello/cimbalom, Mary Oliver viola/violin and Wilbert de Joode contrabass. Thanks to the Dutch Cultural Fund.