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leftcoast/eastcoast improv series: Nouveau Jazz Libre de Québec Trio (NJLQ), Saul Berson (sax), Bruce Freedman (sax), Dave Say (sax), John Paton (sax), Brad Muirhead (bass trombone), Ron Samworth (guitar), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), James Meger (bass), Russell Sholberg (bass), Andre Lachance (bass), Paul Blaney (bass), Clyde Reed (bass), Dylan Van Der Schyff (drums), Joe Poole (drums), Skye Brooks (drums)

Fri. February 20th 2015 The Western Front (All Ages) (Multiple Dates)
$20 / $15 General, $10 / $5 Students ($5 member discount)
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Presented by: NOW Society, The Western Front
50 years have passed since the legendary saxophonist/composer/creative pioneer John Coltrane released A Love Supreme. Very possibly the greatest album of all time, a "legendary album-long hymn of praise" (Rolling Stone Magazine, 2003), the spirit of A Love Supreme inspires the leftcoast/eastcoast improv series.

In leftcoast/eastcoast improv, the NOW Society presents improvisers with histories from the Atelier de Musique Experimentale in Montréal and the New Orchestra Workshop Society in Vancouver. The series includes the NJLQ Trio, musicians from NOW ensembles and early improvisers who will come together to pay homage to the spirituality, creation and beauty of the music of John Coltrane.

8pm Thursday Feb 19
Improvisation Workshop
Lisa Cay Miller and the members of the NJLQ Trio share their approaches to instantaneous creation and strategies for interpretation of the Love Supreme poetry with 24 workshop participants, who will perform in the first portion of the concert on Feb 21.
Free! registration is limited, register at

8pm Friday Feb 20
The Nouveau Jazz Libre de Québec (NJLQ) CD releaseébec-njlq-cd-release
NJLQ features two mainstays of Montréal’s avant garde creative music scene, Guy Thouin, a founding member of the Quatour de Jazz Libre du Quebec in the 1960's (drums) and Bryan Highbloom (tenor sax), and Vancouver’s Raymon Torchinsky (alto sax). All three were members of the Atelier de Musique Experimentale in Montréal in the 1970's. Join them for the West Coast launch of “En Direct du Suoni per il Popolo.”
$20 / $15 General, $10 / $5 Students ($5 member discount)

4-10 pm Saturday Feb 21
A Supreme celebration
The culminating event of the series! The Montréal guests and Vancouver’s vibrant improvisation community present a Supreme marathon with music, poetry, food, drink, and companionship. The audience can stay as long as they would like during the six-hour expression Coltrane’s Love Supreme poem.

Featuring Saul Berson, Bruce Freedman, Dave Say, John Paton (saxes), Brad Muirhead (bass trombone), Ron Samworth (guitar), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), James Meger, Russel Sholberg, André LaChance, Paul Blaney, Clyde Reed (basses), Dylan van der Schyff, Joe Poole and Skye Brooks (drums)

Brad Muirhead (all styles)

* Bio/Goals/Influences: all styles from Vancouver BC more info

Ron Samworth (Jazz)

Guitarist/composer Ron Samworth, a cornerstone of Canada’s creative music community, has a keen ear for unusual textures and approaches improvising with a unique structural conception. He leads the acclaimed quartet Talking Pictures and composes for theatre, film, and dance projects. Samworth has performed with Barry Guy, Wayne Horvitz, Han Benni... more info

Russell Sholberg

Russell Sholberg – Russell holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education from Simon Fraser University as well as a Commercial Music Diploma from Capilano College. He has toured with Tony Wilson, Joel Kroeker, Kevin House and Zeellia. Theatre credits include Other Freds and the Firehall production of Urinetown. more info

Andre Lachance

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