Jazz @ Centre 64 returns with Juno-winning Pugs & Crows
The Kimberley Arts Council is gearing up for the second edition of its successful Jazz @ Centre 64 concert series – kicking off on Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m. with 2013 Juno Award winners Pugs & Crows.
Pugs & Crows are an instrumental band that performs original music that evokes a shifting range of sonic colours and ambient soundscapes. The ensemble’s unique cinematic sound is due in part to the unusual instrumentation of violin, double bass, guitar, piano, and drums. Their second album, Fantastic Pictures, won the 2013 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.
Now a jazz festival mainstay, Pugs & Crows opened for Bill Frisell at the 2012 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and made its first appearance at the Olio Festival (a partner of nXne) in 2011. In 2010, the group received the Galaxie Rising Star Award for their performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The group recently participated in the world-renowned Jazz and Creative Music workshop at the Banff Centre for the arts under the direction of Dave Douglas.
Jazz @ Centre 64 continues on Saturday, September 28 with Dutch vocalist Norbert Kogging and his quartet. Norbert calls his music Singer-Songwriter Jazz, inspired by artists like Brad Mehldau, John Mayer and David Linx. The music is intimate but energetic, forceful but subtle, distinct and sometimes dreamy. ‘Three years ago it all started with an idea in the back of my head.’ Norbert recalls. ‘I wrote my first song for a band that didn’t exist yet.’ The song, now called ‘A silent Scream’, is one of seven original compositions on their debut album, ‘Daydreaming’. The album was recorded in 2011 at the Canadian Banff Centre.
The series wraps up on Friday, October 18 with the captivating Canadian songstress Jaclyn Guillou. Jaclyn has toured throughout Europe, Canada and the United States in some of the most recognized jazz clubs, festivals and cities with sold out shows at Yoshi’s San Francisco, Birdland, Rataplan in Belgium, L’Inoui in Luxembourg, Yardbird Suite, Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club, The Rex, Hermann’s Jazz Club, and others. She was the recipient of a 2009 Galaxie Rising Star Award and released her first album, The City, in 2011.
Tickets for Jazz @ Centre 64 are now available at Centre 64 and online at www.eventbrite.ca.
All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Series passes are $30-$50, and individual concert tickets are $12-$20.
Kimberley Arts Council members and students receive discounted prices. Our series partners, Burrito Grill and Pedal & Tap, offer concert-night specials to ticket holders, so get your tickets in advance and show them prior to your meal to take advantage. For more information, visit www.kimberleyarts.com.