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This month at Ironworks Gallery Art on display by Mr Fire-Man
Date: September Medium: Paintings and Mixed Media

Mr. Fire-Man is an internationally celebrated painter, performer and instrument maker living and working out of Japantown in Vancouver, BC. Aside from creating portraits and landscapes in his signature style, he is the conductor and composer for the Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra, an interactive performance project commonly seen at the Super Robertson Supper Show at the Railway Club on Wednesday nights.

Here is his blog:


Peggy Lee Band Presents
Date: June 8 Medium: Music
Time: 8pm Tickets:$15 (general) / $12 (students & seniors)
Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
For reservations & info, call 604.683.8240 or e-mail diane@dkam.ca


Peggy Lee Band presents
An evening of original music at Ironworks Studio featuring
Peggy Lee, cello/ Brad Turner, trumpet
Jon Bentley, saxophone /Jeremy Berkman, trombone
Ron Samworth, guitar /Tony Wilson, guitar
André Lachance, bass /Dylan van der Schyff, drums

The Peggy Lee Band performs original music with intensity, emotion and beauty at the intimate Ironworks on the evening of Friday, June 8. New compositions by leader and cellist Peggy Lee will be presented alongside favourite repertoire written for this octet of fantastic Vancouver musicians.
The Peggy Lee Band was formed in 1998 as a vehicle for Peggy Lee's compositions and to improvise within these compositions. The band has released four CDs and toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. The band is comprised of local greats whose individual sounds and strengths are critical to the band’s unique sound.
Since moving to Vancouver in 1989, the Toronto born cellist has become a major voice in the creative music community. Current projects besides the Peggy Lee Band include Ron Samworth’s Talking Pictures, The Tony Wilson Sextet, Wayne Horvitz' Gravitas Quartet, a duo with Robin Holcomb, the string quartet Microcosmos, a new collaboration with Mary Margaret O'Hara called Beautiful Tool, Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages and the new music ensemble Standing Wave.
This music will be recorded at the Warehouse Studio in June for release on Drip Audio in the fall of 2012.

…fearless and sweet, … adventurous and diverse. The Georgia Straight
… a strikingly original composer. Wonderfully expressive and individualistic, her pieces defy categorization even as they exploit the free-flowing interplay of her bandmates. Globe and Mail

Media Contact: Diane Kadota Arts Management / tel.604.683.8240
koralee@dkam.ca / www.dkam.ca


Date: June 22/July 1


Medium : Jazz


Time: early show

Doors: 8:00 pm

Show: :900 pm

Late show:

Doors: 11pm









June 22 11:30 am Tix $10 in advance


Featuring members of some of Vancouver’s most exciting and creative young indie bands like Basketball, Nü Sensae, and No Gold, the 8-piece V. Vecker Ensemble’s primal psych-rock rhythms and tension between melody and atonality make for an enveloping aural experience. V.Vecker has played with Glenn Branca, Anthony Braxton, and Sex Negatives.


June 22 9pm Tix $20 in advance


Renowned French bassist Hélène Labarrière plays an intriguingly nuanced brand of free jazz that is sonically rich, relaxed, and almost cinematic. Undercurrents of roots music and an openness to a variety of artistic approaches works to transport listeners into a living, breathing sound world where vigorous creative jazz meets raw lyricism and complete, thoughtful, interconnected musicianship. Hélène Labarrière has collaborated with Lee Konitz, Michel Portal, Joachim Kühn and Marc Ducret. Her stunning Quartet features Danish guitarist Hasse Poulsen (Das Kapital), drummer Christophe Marguet (Joachim Kühn, Henri Texier), and Francois Corneloup on sax (Louis Sclavis, Marc Ducret).
Spotlight on French Jazz – Presented with the generous support of the French Consulate in Vancouver & Institut Français.


June 23 Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tix $20 in advance


The Scandinavian improv scene has produced some of the finest, most mind-blowing talents in modern jazz, and in IPA Vancouver gets a great chance to see players from the cream of the new crop of groups such as Atomic, The Thing, and Motif. With two critically acclaimed albums and extensive touring under their belts, this fantastic, energetic, and melodic group features Norwegians Atle Nymo (Chick Corea, Pat Metheny) on sax/bass clarinet, double bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Evan Parker, The Thing), drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen (Jan Garbarek, Håvard Wiik), and the great Swedish trumpeter Magnus Broo (Atomic).
Thanks to Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Jazz Federation and Music Information Centre Norway


June 23 Doors: 11pm Show: 11:30pm Tix in advance $10


Led by guitarist Ron Samworth, the music of Vancouver quartet Talking Pictures reflects a rich cinematic vision. An ongoing collaboration with Seattle singer/songwriter/pianist Robin Holcomb explores the songs of Holcomb, Neil Young and others with dexterity, wit and feeling. Bill Clark trumpet, Peggy Lee cello, Dylan van der Schyff drums.
June 24 Granville Island – Performance Works (Lee & Holcomb) Free


June 24 Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tix in advance $20


A pioneering improv drummer, a post-punk icon, and a young lion team up for what’s sure to be a genre defying romp! Guitarist Terrie Ex co-founded Dutch band The Ex in 1979, and has transcended the punk genre by weaving together Ethiopian music, improvisation, and collaborations with Tortoise and members of Sonic Youth. Drummer Han Bennink is one of the most important figures in creative music. Known for his omnivorous musical taste, superb playing, and irreverent stage presence, Bennink co-founded Dutch avant-garde ensemble ICP, and has collaborated with Eric Dolphy, Derek Bailey, and more. Saxophonist Brodie West is one of Toronto’s finest emerging creative musicians.
Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts.


June 27 Doors:8pm Show: 9pm Tix in advance $20


ECM recording artist and trumpeter Mathias Eick’s expansive, detailed arrangements are informed by pop references like Radiohead and Joni Mitchell, while echoes of Kenny Wheeler can be heard in his sinuous trumpet playing. A key member of post-rock supergroup Jaga Jazzist (Ninja Tune), Eick’s compositions and live show share a lot with that group’s propulsive rhythms, though with more open arrangements and emotive, freewheeling solos. His dynamic quintet is capable of going on some truly fire-breathing jams, where electronics and melodies soar above the interlocking double-drum groove! With Andreas Ulvo - piano, Nicolai Hængsle Eilertsen bass, Gard Nilssen & Andreas Bye drums.
Thanks to Utenriksdepartementet/Norway, Norsk Musikkinformasjon, Norwegian Jazz Forum.


June 28 Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tix in advance $20


Straight out of Haarlem (Netherlands), composer and violist Ig Henneman leads a dynamic and intense Dutch/Canadian sextet into some highly adventurous sonic territories. These prodigiously talented musicians nail the complex intersecting lines and vigorous rhythmic patterns of Henneman’s compositions, while also digging into otherworldly and mind-altering improvisations that stretch the very definition of each instrument. While often boisterous and muscular, this uncompromising and passionate music also shares some of the hard lines and austerity of contemporary classical music. With avant all-stars Ab Baars sax/clarinet, Axel Dörner trumpet, Lori Freedman bass clarinet, Marilyn Lerner piano, Wilbert de Joode bass.
Thanks to the Performing Arts Fund NL/Stitching Wig (Wig Foundation).

June 28 Doors: 11pm Show 11:30 pm Tix in advance $10


German-born bassist Müller celebrates over ten years of living in Vancouver. With three of our city's outstanding improvisers–zheng virtuoso Mei Han, cellist Peggy Lee and drummer Dylan van der Schyff—plus the amazing Dutch reeds player Ab Baars and guzheng player Xu Fengxia, Müller creates dramatic, expressive music that reflects Vancouver's creative sound.
Thanks to Performing Arts Fund NL, Stitching Wip and Canada Council for the Arts.


June 29 Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tix in advance $20

Polish/German saxophonist Angelika Niescier’s Sublim project is an ambitious exploration of complex melodic patterns, multi-layered minimalism, abstraction and beauty. Her innovative work has been described as "Coltrane’s intense force of expression mixed with the intellectual control of Steve Coleman." (Fono Forum) In addition to Sublim, she has collaborated with the creative drummer Tyshawn Sorey, leads the German Women’s Jazz Orchestra, was named the inaugural “Improviser in Residence” at the renowned Moers Festival, and received the prestigious Echo Jazz Award. German magazine Jazzthing called Sublim II "the best German jazz-recording of the last ten years." Angelika Niescier - sax, Florian Weber piano, Sebastian Räther bass, Christoph Hillmann drums.


June 29 Doors: 11pm Show 11:30 pm Tix $10 in advance


A talismanic West Coast figure” (Downbeat), acclaimed guitarist Tony Wilson’s music is soulful and wildly transcendental! Exploring themes from Tony’s recent novel about the struggles of a Downtown Eastside musician, A Days Life features superb Vancouver musicians JP Carter trumpet, Jesse Zubot violin, Peggy Lee cello, Russell Sholberg bass & Skye Brooks drums.



June 30 Doors: 8pm Show 9pm Tix in advance $20


“At once otherworldly and organic” –Georgia Straight
Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed duo album (Because She Hoped) pianist Delbeq and clarinetist Houle—masters of extended technique and melodic free improv—are joined by expressive French guitarist and longtime Tim Berne collaborator Marc Ducret for an exciting meeting of the minds. Houle and Delbecq play with a great sense of adventure and mutual trust, leading to conversational and exhilarating chamber jazz and atmospheric interplay. Add the unique instrumental voice of Ducret and you have music that is bold and beautiful and full of thematic surprises, compositional unity and direction.
Spotlight on French Jazz – Presented with the generous support of the French Consulate in Vancouver & Institut Français.


Jun 30 Doors: 11pm Show: 11:30 Tix in advance $10


Vancouver guitarist/oud player Grdina blends jazz, free improvisation, rock, and Arabic music. His fiery trio—Tommy Babin bass, and Kenton Loewen drums—boasts a broad range of influences, from punk and rock to Albert Ayler and Jimmy Guiffre. Swiss-born trombonist Samuel Blaser works the fertile ground between hard bop and free jazz.This pan-continental ensemble draws together some of the world’s finest creative musicians for an inspired summit of powerful hard bop, interlocking melodies, arching solos, and fire!


July 1 Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Tix in advance $20


Vancouver’s Francois Houle, is “a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically” (LA Times). Drummer Harris Eisenstadt (Mark Dresser, John Zorn) is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum (Anthony Braxton) is “one of his generation’s top avant-garde figures” (NY Times). Michael Bates is a virtuoso bassist and New York scene hotshot. Swiss-born trombonist Samuel Blaser’s plays with colour and texture, while The Telegraph calls French pianist Delbecq "utterly fascinating.”
Thanks to Canada Council for the Arts


July 1 Doors: 11pm Show: 11:30pm


“Seat-of-your-pants improvisation of the highest order” –All About Jazz
Vancouver pianist Paul Plimley is one of Canada’s foremost improvising musicians. Renowned British bassist/composer Barry Guy is a virtuoso improviser with unparalleled extended technique, and Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli (Zoom, Steamboat Switzerland) is among the most important musicians on the European scene.
Thanks to Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council