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Event Archive - Gord Grdina, Nicolas Bragg, Oren Ambarchi, Bill Frisell

Wed. October 17th 2007 Scotiabank Dance Centre (All Ages)
$15/10 or fest pass
Presented by: Vancouver New Music
Wednesday October 17
Gord Grdina (Vancouver) - 8pm
A blend of the intensity of John McLaughlin and the linear phrasing of Joe Morris, with a bit of John Zorn attitude thrown in for good measure. - Coda

Gord Grdina is a Vancouver-based guitarist and oud player whose unique sound combines jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. Grdina is a protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, a pillar of Vancouver’s jazz and world music scenes and a member of Box Cutter, East Van Strings, Sangha, Maqam, Loose Acoustic and Think Like the Waves.

Nicolas Bragg (Vancouver) - 9pm
Here performing The Burial of Count Orgaz, Nicolas Bragg has been a familiar face in Vancouver’s music circles since 1991. He’s been involved in projects with Blaise Pascal, Citroen, The Bellerophontic Letter, The Countless Jibes and veterans of the Vancouver indie-rock scene Destroyer.

Oren Ambarchi (Australia) - 10pm
Ambarchi does an amazing job of drawing the casual listener deep into his atmospheric world with a meditative intimacy that does a lot with so little. Minimalism at its most sublime. - Raf Katigbak

Oren Ambarchi treats listeners to his unmistakable style of delicately nuanced minimalism. His intimate, in-depth exploration of harmonics and resonance have led him to define seRené spaces of fluid, shifting sound that is both fragile and physical.

Bill Frisell (USA) - 11pm
Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his guitar. - Spin

Always anything but typical, guitarist, composer, band-leader and “jazz Renégade” Bill Frisell is well known as a purveyor of a unique sound that is both recognizable and uncategorizable. Over the years Frisell has lent his chameleon-like versatility to collaborations with John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega, Rinde Eckert, Brian Eno and John Scofield just to name a few.


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Bill Frisell

Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, ... more info
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