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Grdina - Houle - Loewen

  • Silence Sounds 46 Essex Street Guelph, ON, N1H 4L7 Canada (map)

So thrilled to be back at the amazing Guelph Jazz Festival! We played there with Haram in 2014 and had solo gigs as part of Nuit Blanche (at 3am!). This year we're presenting this exciting, dynamic trio. We promise it won't be boring!!!

Gordon Grdina (Dan Mangan, Mats Gustafsson, Mark Helias) plays Iraqi oud as well as guitar, and in his group Haram, “a phenomenal culture-mashing juggernaut,” that the Georgia Straight calls “a Vancouver underground sensation,” he pays homage to traditional Arabic music while mixing elements of noise, electronic soundscape, and western free improvisation. In this Guelph premiere appearance, Grdina performs with two of Haram’s key players: Kenton Loewen (Mother Mother, The Crackling, Tony Wilson’s Day’s Life Band) drums, and François Houle clarinet. Erasing any and all barriers between east and west (real or imagined), this Vancouver-based trio is a model of polyrhythmic interplay, musical imagination and powerful instrumental chops!