March 10th, 2011 Guelph

Jane Bunnett in concert with The Vertical Squirrels

Creative Music Festival
Thursday March 10, 2011
MacKinnon 107, University of Guelph, Noon
Free Admission

The Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project, in conjunction with the School of Fine Art and Music's Creative Music Festival is pleased to present a first time improvised collaboration showcasing ICASP's inaugural Improviser-in-Residence, Jane Bunnett.  Jane will be joined for this concert by special guests, including Guelph's own Vertical Squirrels.
Soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett is a multiple Juno Award winner, a recipient of the Order of Canada, a Grammy Award nominee, and an artist whose recordings and performances have allowed her to move impressively across many dimensions of musical experience, working in and working across different contexts of music-making (Cuban musics, post-Monk and post-Mingus, avant-garde, free jazz, New Music, gospels and spirituals). Her work represents an exceptional trajectory through the history of contemporary jazz and improvised music. She will be in Guelph throughout 2011 working with various organizations in the community (including The Guelph Jazz Festival) as Improviser in Residence.
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 70s German rock music. Their debut recording, Hold True, has been released on the prestigious Ambiances Magnétiques label. The CD was recently the #1 release on the Top 30 Independent Radio Charts on CFRU-FM in Guelph and was also a Critic's Pick for one of the Top 10 CDs of 2010 in The Montreal Mirror.  The Vertical Squirrels are Ajay Heble (piano), Daniel Fischlin (guitars), Lewis Melville (bass), Ted Warren (drums and percussion).