Hello World!

Hi, I just had to say hi 🙂 That’s it really. I like you, just wanted to give you a shout. But wait…there’s more…here are TWO MUST SEE SHOWS!! The Blue Frog click here. ” TICKETS ”

The PeaceWeaver show is Friday night, will be epic: all info in poster. Feast your eyes, feast your ears…

JUNE 21 in Whiterock 7:30

JUNE 21 in Whiterock 7:30

June 12 PeaceWeaver

June 12 PeaceWeaver

Here’s January 23 @ The Beautiful Genesis Theatre ‘LIVE@5005’

Yes. This beautiful theatre in Delta/Ladner has it all. Lights! cameras! action! Sit back and enjoy a truly satisfying concert filled with delightful musical surprises…great for the whole family and all your friends, every single one of them. It’s going to be an incredible night!picmonkey_image

Tickets only $15 @ the door. Doors open at 7:30 – show @ 8pm. 604 – 946 – 5005.

We so look forward to being in the music with you again!! “I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things he knows of and senses in the universe” – John Coltrane

Hugh Fraser, Stunt Driving and the Power of Flowers

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.”

Hugh Fraser

Thanks Hugh, hugh-fraser2 Imagefor a quietly tremendous night.

Thanksgiving cosy sweaters and Ça Va Trés Bien

Seasons change brings us closer than ever

putting on socks for the first time

that cosy comfort ~ these small sleeping bags for our feet

reach for your favourite sweater,  fine old friend,

here’s my moss coloured second skin now

it begins to sink in

 

as our landscape colours flame up in glory

and the sticky sap sinks down within

We are here

somewhere in the middle

 

Dear Friends,

Michael Creber have been having so much fun at the Café Ça Va. I guess you could say that “The duo

that goes where no duo has gone before!” got a promotion.

We’ll be playing the next two Saturdays , October 18 and 25, instead of Fridays. You are so

warmly invited to join us at this softly sparkling venue, with all the earthly comforts you could possibly

want. Thank you for being you 😉 Thank you for your shining faces! Also this weekend some wonderful

news; scratch DJ, band teacher and extraordinary pianist Jason de Couto will be joining me on the

piano. You can count on an evening filled with magic, mystery, and wit. Come and see us in real life (he’s

much larger) 1860 Marine Drive, across from west van florist. 8:30 – 11pm reservations 604 – 925-

2503, or just drop by 🙂

http://www.cafecava.ca

 

Jason De Couto

Jason De Couto

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The Holly, The Ivy and Naturals Light

Naturals Light ~ a tasty trio version of Holly Burke & The Naturals will be appearing at the historic Sylvia Hotel on English Bay this Thursday, where we’ll delve into the mystery of the history…of this legendary ivy covered hotel, The Grande Dame of English Bay.

Did Errol Flynn really die there? is it haunted? And what about that cat, Mr.Got to Go?

Come find out.

1154 Gilford St. 8-10 pm. Two delicious sets. n/c

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Chance of Zebras for #Searchlight CBC – cast your votes

The tune that became “Serengeti” first came to me as a sort of wistful celtic melody in 6/8. It was hard for me to play it though. The melody soon became a wonderful obsession, and most challenging tune, the problem child of the whole batch! It took long hours and days for me to be satisfied with the initial Zoom recording. When my brilliant friend and collaborator Bill Runge first heard it, he was excited about the time signature because we had nothing in that feel yet. In all, we had ten versions of Serengeti going over many weeks before the chart was completed. Bill and I going back and forth with it like a game of ping pong. Bill had the vision of transforming it into an African adventure…complete with a small plane flying in over the Serengeti above herds of wild zebra and wildebeest. I had some grooves to add in and the intro. Bill added the awesome solo changes, sprinkled his stardust over the whole thing and named it. The band was sounding and feeling so amazing that day we recorded it was easy to be adventurous and free.

Almost everything you hear on this track is from the original recording day at Bluewave Studios in Vancouver. Randall Stoll came in and added layers of percussion over his epic his drum tracks. I had a lot of fun adding sound effects afterwards, like the animal hooves, crickets and the Morrocan woman’s “ululation”. Finally I asked John Korsrud if he could come in and lay down some trumpet because I thought that would be “elephant-like” and just take the track over the top. John also suggested fluegelhorn for the melody parts, rather than trumpet because it was a better blend with the other horns. Good call.

Our engineer Ken Burke was fooling around with his new camera on a recent float plane trip he took. He decided to put “Serengeti” under it and post it on You Tube, just for fun. It went viral and had over 6000 hits within a month, now over 7000.

I guess our Serengeti child has grown up.

I hope you enjoy “Serengeti” as much as we enjoyed creating it.

wild zebras running over the Serengeti

wild zebras running over the Serengeti

 

The Players:

Chris Gestrin – piano

Doug Stephenson – electric bass

Randall Stoll – drums/percussion

Bill Runge – soprano sax/synth pad/arrangement

John Korsrud – trumpet/fluegelhorn

Holly Burke – flute/vocalese

Engineer – Ken Burke @ Bluewave Studios

 

http://www.hollyburke.com