Guelph Jazz Festival Launch and Colloquium w. The Vertical Squirrels, Sunday June 10

Vertical Squirrels.jpgSunday June 10, a special afternoon concert, 3 pm, free, at Artword Artbar. We are excited to announce the first-­ever festival launch in Hamilton of the 19th annual Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium. Considered among the most visionary musical events in Canada, the Guelph Jazz Festival presents innovative jazz and creative improvised music, fostering alternative ways of hearing and seeing the world. Artistic Director Ajay Heble will present a preview of this year’s headline artists and unique programming. The 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival takes place September 5th to 9th in Guelph, Ontario. Click to view Guelph Jazz Festival Press Release pdf
The June 10 event also features a performance by the acclaimed Canadian free improvisation musical collective, The Vertical Squirrels.
The Vertical Squirrels are an acclaimed band out of Guelph that the Montreal Mirror has called “an unclassifiable blast of fresh air.” Daniel Fischlin guitar, Ajay Heble piano, Lewis Melville multi-instrumentalist (guitars, banjo, pedal steel, dobro, mandolin), Rob Wallace percussion, Ted Warren drums
“The music of the Vertical Squirrels is group-improvised, live in the moment, and draws on a unique mixture of free jazz and post rock sensibilities with nods to Indian ragas, jazz-inflected minimalism, Zappa-esque bouts of sonic anarchy, and German rock music from the 1970s. Like the music they play, the Vertical Squirrels came together through a mixture of chance and perseverance.”

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