Double Bill: Cat Toren, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb & Pneuma

@ 7:00pm

Advance ticket sales have now ended. Tickets will be available at the door.

Door Tickets: $20 General / $15 Students & WF Members

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and Cat Toren return to Vancouver for a double bill at Western Front on November 8, each with new music and new bands.

Toren, originally from Vancouver and a member of the Juno-winning group Pugs and Crows, now resides in Brooklyn, where she is an active member of the avant-garde jazz community. Her new music is inspired by her favorite geographic locations around the Lower Mainland: The Howe Sound Crest Trail, Alouette Mountain, Lynn Lake, and Secret Beach. During a two-day, 35km hike, Toren recorded reference videos of each location and then wrote music intended to transport the listener to the sites, evoking reverence and humility inspired by the landscape. For this performance, Toren will be accompanied by violinist Josh Zubot and percussionist Katie Rife.

Vocal virtuoso Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s voice twists and turns with edge-of-your-seat dexterity, a nice match for the trio of world-renowned clarinetists with whom she’ll be performing—Michael Winograd, James Falzone, and Vancouver’s own Francois Houle. The quartet performs as Pneuma, and will play work from their 2019 album, Who Has Seen the Wind, released on the Vancouver-based label Songlines. Composed through a series of improvisations and rehearsals, the album took inspiration from Gottlieb’s grandfather, who was himself a clarinetist, and Christina Rossetti’s poem, “Who Has Seen the Wind?” Flowing effortlessly from texted songs to Gottlieb’s wordless compositions, where the voice acts as another wind instrument, the quartet blends turbulent, contemporary electro-acoustic energies with gentler, klezmer-inspired gestures and jazz-infused improvisations. James Falzone reflects on the band’s chemistry: “more than any other group I’m a part of, the four members of Pneuma have very different backgrounds and yet 10 minutes together and the common language is obvious. It’s a beautiful mystery in a way, how we can both retain our individuality and yet commit to the whole. It is like a family or the truest of community.”