After two successful showings post-lockdown, eclectic saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Lavën and his quintet are back. They will present a further selection of bold new music, mixing influences from the sanguine later music of John Coltrane with the surreal energy of early swing records.
Oscar Lavën Quintet Featuring: Oscar Lavën (s/h), Michael Talor (t), John Rae (d), Patrick Bleakley (b), Ayrton Foote (p) Date: Thu 20 Aug 2020, 8pm Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro Price: General $15, WJC members $10, and Students with ID $10
Canadian guitarist and composer Keith
Price recently moved to New Zealand to lecture in jazz studies at the
University of Auckland. While Price learned his first chords from his
Grandfather, the intensity and rawness of John Coltrane’s musical expression
drew him into the world of jazz at age fifteen. Later, Price studied at the
Conservatory of Amsterdam and the University of Manitoba before completing
undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brandon University where he studied with
internationally recognized pianist and composer Michael Cain.
Price’s omnivorous listening habits are
the foundation of his expressive musical style which combines old jazz, new
jazz, folk, noise and funk. His sound is a mixture of colours, textures, and
flavours from different genres, filtered on stage through the process of
improvisation. Whether performing with a double-quartet, a trio, or as a solo
guitarist, Price’s musical approach focuses on openness, imagination, and the
search for a shared connection with the audience.
‘The notes and chords he uses weaves this
dream-like atmosphere in his environment. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of
silence with his instrument and he knows how to use space in his playing, the
result being that the atmosphere stays even though he doesn’t play constantly.
The rest of the band carries the atmosphere he’s created.’ –TicketMOMster
Keith Price has released seven
albums; Trio Antipodes: Upside Downwards (2019), Double
Quartet (2017),Live at 101.5 UMFM (2015), The
Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (2015), Solo Guitar (2013), Gaia/Goya (2011),
and Breakfast of Champions (2009).
Performance highlights include Montreal International Jazz Festival, CBC Canada Live, Yardbird Suite (Edmonton), Rainbow Trout Music Festival, and Jazz on the Rooftop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Keith has had the honour of opening shows for Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, and The Bad Plus.
Keith Price Trio Featuring: Keith Price (g), Seth Boy (b), Mark Lockett (d) Date: Thu 6 Aug 2020, 8pm Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro Price: General $20, WJC members $15, and Students with ID $10