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Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt/Dalava/Tyson Naylor Trio
April 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm$15.00 - $20.00
Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt is the brainchild of the Toronto bassist and created as a vehicle for his original instrumental compositions. Formed in 2013, the group explores genre-defying music that draws inspiration largely from film scores, jazz, rock, surf, and elements of Eastern European, African and South American music. Notably gaining the attention of New York saxophonist-composer John Zorn, their first CD was released on his Tzadik Records in 2015 and has been received with glowing reviews. ‘Bitches Brew, Pink Floyd and Taraf Da Haidouks put through a blender in Tom Waits’ kitchen’.
Tyson Naylor Trio
Back from three years in Berlin, pianist Tyson Naylor enlisted drummer Skye Brooks and bassist Russell Sholberg to create a trio that performs original music that straddles the boundary between the composed and the improvised. For the listener, what may be a sparse, pastoral ballad nurtured until the last note during one performance could be unceremoniously picked apart the next. Naylor’s compositions draw on influences as wide ranging as Misha Mengelberg, Wayne Horvitz, Louis Moholo, Professor Longhair, Beethoven, Ornette Coleman, and Paul Bley.
Guitarist Aram Bajakian and vocalist Julia Ulehla’s Dálava is a homage to traditional Moravian folk music, with fragments of poetry and verse transcribed over 100 years ago by Ulehla’s great-grandfather, a biologist and legendary ethnomusicologist. Dálava is an experiment of how traditional song grows when transplanted to new lands and new times.
This deeply personal project is fresh and bold, and the latest project by the prolific Bajakian who has toured with the likes of Lou Reed, Diana Krall, and John Zorn. Following in her great-grandfather’s footsteps, Julia is also an ethnomusicologist who has collaborated on diverse music and theatre projects.