Carol Sawyer | Natalie Brett Quartet

Carol Sawyer | Natalie Brett Quartet

Join alum Carol Sawyer (Visual Arts Diploma, 1982) and the rest of her quartet for an evening of music.

The Natalie Brett Quartet
China Cloud Studios, 524 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Thursday, January 30th, 2020. Doors at 9, first set at 9:30-10:00
$10 at the door

Note: the venue is on the second floor, accessible only via stairs

Inspired by the work of 20th century avant-garde singer Natalie Brettschneider, this crack quartet of Vancouver improvisors explores non-standard ways to play jazz standards. Their repertoire features the work of 20th century female composers and lyricists, including Maria Grever, Irene Higginbotham, and Canadians Ruth Lowe and Florence Fazan. Join them as they get ready to go into the recording studio to make an LP of these great tunes!

Carol Sawyer is a singer and visual artist who makes photographs, installations, video, and improvised music. This project is part of her Natalie Brettschneider Archive, which was exhibited at the VAG in 2017-18, and is the subject of an upcoming exhibition in Toronto at the Koffler Art Gallery. Sawyer has released two CDs with her improvising ensemble ion Zoo, including Elasticity, a collaboration with poet Mark Weber and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich.

Lisa Cay Miller has performed with Nicole Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, Butch Morris, Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Audrey Chen, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline, Scott Amendola (USA), Ig Henneman, Michael Moore, Wilbert de Joode, Anne La Berge, Jasper Stadhouders, Jean Yves Evrard, Tobias Delius, Christoff Kurtzmann, and Jaochim Badenhorst, (Europe) Nova Musica Eletroacústica (Brazil), Ellwood Epps, Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein (Montréal) Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy
Lee, Jesse Zubot, and the NOW ensembles (Vancouver).

Clyde Reed has performed at major jazz festivals in North America and Europe: Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Penofin Jazz Festival (California), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Berlin Jazz Festival, Lisbon Jazz Festival. Long-term musical collaborators include Bobby Bradford, Jared Burrows, Nikki Carter, Bruce Freedman, Vinny Golia, Rich Halley, George Lewis, Kenton Loewen, Lisa Cay Miller, Paul Plimley, Claude Ranger, Carol Sawyer, Dylan van der Schyffe, and Michael Vlatkovich.

Kenton Loewen (drums) has played with such jazz notables as Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Fredrik Lundqvist, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Simon Fisk, Jerry Granelli, Michael Moore, Mark Helias, Mark Destrube and Francois Houle. Kenton has also played in Po Girl, Submission Hold, Mother Mother, Dan Mangan and Josh Martinez and the Pissed Off Wild.

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