I’ve always loved Thanksgiving, giving thanks feels great, doesn’t it? It’s kinda like “Christmas Lite,” without all the trappings and expectations of X-mas. Except for the turkey feast which is always fine. So do come and feel breezy with us @ the Café Ça Va next Friday October 9 – 1860 Marine Drive. West Van. 604-925-2503. Music 8-11 pm, and the best French onion soup and red wine I’ve ever had. It’s a really pretty place, and so is the piano player, Dmitri ‘Gritty’ Gritsaenko. He’s the one on the far right. I seem to prefer pianists from the Eastern Block, just one of those things. ‘Gritty’ and I will be making the scene, “a deux”, which is not to say “adieu,” although we will be giving thanks!
See you there, my friends. The music is free! Please spread the word?
What richness flows out of Hugh Fraser! While it’s true stunt driving and split second timing were involved in picking Hugh up and actually getting to Café Ça Va, peace and majesty prevailed, once we were there.
I was thrilled to find an exquisite bouquet of flowers waiting for me, and a tender note, from Lois Keane Flowers…needless to say this inspired the music-making! Perhaps the highlight of the evening was playing Hugh’s heartbreakingly beautiful composition ‘Fairytales’. As well, Hugh graced me with a copy of his newest Hugh Fraser Quintet release “Concerto”. Beautiful! I’ll quote Hugh from his liner notes, as he thanks his band members Ross Taggart, Campbell Ryga, Dave Robbins and Ken Lister, “I cannot say enough about the artistry, virtuosity, and personal dedication Cam, Ross, Dave and Ken bring to the Quintet. They are all leaders, composers, performers and educators of the highest level, and have dropped everything to follow me to the most exotic and extreme opportunities I have created to share our collective joy of playing – from the first to last note of every performance, total dedication to the music and the peace and love it brings make any other challenges drop away.”
Thanks Hugh, for a quietly tremendous night.