Bright Moments Series

Coastal Jazz and Blues with Western Front New Music spotlights the newest music in the jazz world with the Bright Moments Series.

 

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CONCERT

September 21, 8pm

Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation)
Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros

Tickets: $27 all in

Info and tickets: www.coastaljazz.ca

 

New York saxophonist/composer Darius Jones presents the most recent part of his Man’ish Boy epic, an ambitious multi-recording program reflecting his unique aesthetic and cosmology. Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation), features French singer/composer, Emilie Lesbros, singing a rich and varied suite of songs that are animated by Jones’ massive- toned alto playing.

Featuring John Escreet (piano, Rhodes), Sean Conly (bass), and Ches Smith (drums).

 

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CONCERT

September 29, 8pm

Gordon Grdina, Matthew Shipp & Mark Helias

Tickets: $27 all in

Info and tickets: www.coastaljazz.ca

 

The always-inventive Gordon Grdina has a talent for creating interesting projects. This one brings together bassist Mark Helias (BassDrumBone, Open Loose) and genius pianist Matthew Shipp, whom Jazziz Magazine calls “stunning in originality.”

 

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CONCERT

October 5, 8pm

Ches Smith, Mat Maneri & Craig Taborn

Tickets: $27 all in

Info and tickets: www.coastaljazz.ca

 

Drummer Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, John Zorn, Tim Berne,
Marc Ribot) returns to Vancouver with his trio featuring
two of the most notable musicians in New York’s vibrant creative music scene—pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri. The group’s 2016 debut release The Bell was Smith’s “first album as a composer and bandleader on the iconic × ECM label [and it] burns with a subtle heat.” —Pitchfork

 

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CONCERT

October 12, 8pm

Subtle Degrees: A Dance that Empties
Travis LaPlante

Tickets: $27 all in

Info and tickets: coastaljazz.ca

 

Extremely demanding, both technically and physically, Travis Laplante’s (Battle Trance, Little Women) latest album, A Dance That Empties’, features the saxophonist in a duo setting with drummer Gerald Cleaver. The duo’s sound evokes everything from contemporary classical, to avant-garde jazz; minimalism to technical metal and sacred world music.

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Over the past decade, Darius Jones has created a recognizable voice as a critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer by embracing individuality and innovation in the tradition of African-American music. Jones early on established himself as a powerful voice in the jazz community and was nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. More recently The New York Times named Jones among the Best Live Jazz Performances of 2017 for his Vision Festival performance with Farmers by Nature. Jones has collaborated with artists including Gerald Cleaver, Oliver Lake, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Trevor Dunn, Eric Revis, Mike Reed, Nasheet Waits, Orrin Evans, Branford Marsalis, Kris Davis, Vijay Iyer, Marshall Allen, Dave Burrell, James Carter, Harriet Tubman, JD Allen, Tyshawn Sorey, Andrew Cyrille, Yo La Tengo, Chad Taylor, Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, Steve Lehman, Jim Black, Sun Ra Arkestra, Shazhad Ismaily, Fay Victor, Cooper-Moore, Imani Uzuri, Matthew Shipp and many more. Signed to AUM Fidelity records in 2009, Jones has released a string of diverse recordings which comprise his Man’ish Boy Epic, featuring music and images evocative of Black Futurism.In 2008 Jones was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette, which he used to launch his chamber ensemble, the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, a project dedicated to new works for voice. In March 2018, Jones presented a new composition entitled LawNOrder a dramatic commentary on social justice and American politics, at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.In 2013, Jones was awarded the French-American Jazz Exchange grant for a collaboration with French vocalist Emilie Lesbros.Jones graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors in Jazz Studies in 2003, earning a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance/Composition from New York University in 2008. He also taught New Music Improvisation there for a year as an adjunct professor. Jones taught saxophone and improvisation at Columbia University in 2017. Darius’ 2012 release, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year.

A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, Gord Grdina is a well respected contributor to the jazz and world music scenes constantly being sought out for projects that need a fresh sound. His main touring ensemble Box Cutter is a genre bending modern Jazz quartet featuring François Houle. They Have just signed a two CD deal with Spool and will be releasing their debut CD “Unlearn” in October 2006 East Van Strings is a guitar/oud, violin, viola and cello quartet that is inspired by Bartok, Berg and Arabic Taqasim. The other members of the ensemble are Jesse Zubot, Peggy Lee, and Eyvind Kang. They are touring and recording in December for an early 2007 CD debut. He plays the Oud in the Arabic/Persian/Indian ensemble Sangha. They are touring in support of their debut CD “Omid” and preparing to record with Virtuoso Persian Classical and Balouchi singer Fatieth Honari. As a freelance musician Gordon has performed or recorded with Eyvind Kang, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, John Stowell, Francois Houle, Jesse Zubot, Chuck Isreals, Reza Honari, Amir Haghighi, Andy Milne, Mariam Matossian, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Chris Gestrin, Karin Plato, Quinsin Nachofff, Peggy Lee, and Dylan Van der Schyff.

Percussionist, drummer, and composer Ches Smith is a forward-thinking, genre-bending musician with a bent toward experimental and avant-garde improvisation. Born in San Diego, Smith grew up in the Sacramento area, where he became interested in music in his teens, playing with a variety of punk, metal, and avant-garde jazz groups. After high school, he attended the University of Oregon, where he studied philosophy before relocating to San Francisco in the mid-’90s. Once in the Bay Area, Smith spent several years playing in bands and studying privately with percussionist Peter Magadini before enrolling in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland. While at Mills, he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition under the tutelage of such luminaries as William Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliver’s, and Alvin Curran. It was during this period that Smith got his first big break, subbing for Winant as the touring drummer for Mr.Bungle an association that also led to his joining Mr.Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn’s trio-Convulsant. Since leaving Mills, Smith has developed into an in-demand collaborator and sideman, splitting his time between performances with noise rock acts like Xiu Xiu and Secret Chiefs 3  as well as playing with cutting-edge musicians like Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, Tim Berne, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, and others.  2013 proved a prolific year for Smith as a sideman. He played on recordings by Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Mattt Mitchell and Berne , as well as Secret Chiefs 3′s Book of Souls: Folio A. This band issued Ishraqiyun the following year as well as Ches Smith’s These Arches’ release, International Hookah. Smith made his label debut as a leader on ECM with the trio date The Bell in January of 2016. His sidemen were pianist Craig Taborn  and violist Mat Maneri.

Travis Laplante is a saxophonist, composer, and qigong healer living in Brooklyn, New York and southern Vermont. Laplante leads Battle Trance, the acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet. He is also known for his solo saxophone work and his longstanding ensemble Little Women. Laplante has recently performed and/or recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, So Percussion, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Buke and Gase, Darius Jones, Matt Maneri, and Matt Mitchell, among others. He has toured his music extensively and has appeared at many major international festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. As a qigong student of master Robert Peng, Laplante has undergone traditional intensive training. His focus in recent years, under the tutelage of Laura Stelmok, has been on Taoist alchemical medicine and the cultivation of the heart. Laplante is passionate about the intersection of music and medicine. He and his wife are the founders of Sword Hands, a qigong and acupuncture healing practice based in Brooklyn, New York and Putney, Vermont.