Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sep 1 2008: Samba rhythm workshop with Paul Bray

The Open Air Orchestra Society is proud to offer yet another free workshop with yet another terrific musician. Paul Bray will be leading a samba percussion workshop from 7:30 - 10pm on Monday, September 1st in the common room of the Grace MacInnis Housing Co-op, 825 Salsbury Drive.

Paul Bray is a dynamic and charismatic percussionist working as a music educator and performer in Vancouver. First schooled in classical styles, Paul has focused his attention to African influenced styles, specializing in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric styles.

Paul has studied extensively in Cuba and has collaborated with Vancouver's Afro-Bahia Dance Productions and Yasse Afro-Arts. He also works as a studio musician and directs Sambata, Vancouver's 20-piece Escola de Samba.

Currently, Paul is the percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach – an Arts Umbrella youth program, and is guest instructor with the Britannia World Rhythms Ensemble. In the performing arena Paul is a member of Tambor Iroko, led by Jack Duncan, Candela, and a regular club percussionist, collaborating with local DJ’s in Vancouver.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Decent Exposure

Tuesday, August 19th, the Carnival Band will be performing at the Decent Exposure Theatre Company fundraiser at Backstage Lounge. Led by long-time Carnival Band trumpeter Nathan Detroit Barrett, Decent Exposure is responsible for such great features as the YouTube sensation "Melt Face".

This variety show will feature live music, comedy and dance. Sharing the stage will be Vancouver's own Blackberry Wood, gearing up for their forthcoming tour to London. Doors at 9pm with a $10 suggested donation.

Monday, August 11, 2008

UBC Farm Blackberry Festival Market

On Saturday, Aug. 16th, 10-11 am, the Carnival Band will be performing at the Annual UBC Farm Blackberry Festival Market. The market celebrates the season and demonstrates our great potential for local, urban food production. The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is Vancouver's last working farm, and one of only a handful of urban farms in Canada. Over 150 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers from the farm will be available for sale, as well as eggs from their free-range chickens.

The farm is under threat from UBC to be turned into condos, and demonstrations at the market are part of the ongoing fight. The band will be attired as fruits and vegetables for the show (naturally).

Friday, August 8, 2008

Open Air Orchestra Society Coming Out Party

On Friday, August 8th, the Open Air Orchestra Society will be throwing a party like no other at the Fairview Pub, 898 West Broadway. The Carnival Band is headlining the night, with special guests Hemingway's Gun and PIM: two bands that have grown in part out of the skill and performance ethic learned through the Carnival Band.

A pittance of a cover ($10) will be charged, with all proceeds towards bringing more music to your city! Doors at 9pm, music at 10.