Although he lives just a few hours up-island in Qualicum Beach, we don’t get to see Juno-award winner Phil Dwyer in Victoria very often, and so it’s a notable event when he makes the trek over the Malahat to perform here.
Good news: you can catch him with his trio (Jesse Cahill, Ben Dwyer) in an intimate coffee house setting at the Glenlyon-Norfolk School (GNS) Henderson Performing Arts Centre (Maddison Street off Richardson) on Friday, March 4 – and there’s a feel-good story behind his appearance that makes the event all that more appealing.
Audrey Bailey, who has been the band director at GNS for over 20 years and has been a major force in jazz education on the Island for much longer than that, is retiring. She taught Phil in her first year of teaching at Qualicum Beach when he was only 11 years old, and this will be the last Friday Night Jazz concert she hosts, so it’s more than fitting that he’ll be there, marking an end to her long career.
The GNS jazz bands and the U-JAM Young All Stars warm things up starting at 7 pm. And then Phil Dwyer will take the stage, performing a tribute to the legendary trio recordings of Sonny Rollins.
It’ll be a great night. I encourage you to be there.
Tickets at the door. $10 adults/$8 students and seniors.
A new recording studio has opened in Victoria that could be just the thing for jazz artists and community bands looking to record an album “live off the floor.”
Electric City Sound (ECS)has resurrected the space once occupied by Zero Gravity, a million dollar state-of-the-art studio that saw the likes of Sarah McLachlan, 54-40, and Nelly Furtado pass through its doors before falling victim to the home recording juggernaut that closed the doors of many studios a decade ago.
Using four custom-designed, acoustically-engineered isolation rooms with floating floors and a host of advanced recording gear, ECS can record up to 24 channels simultaneously, making it possible for even a 16-piece (or larger) band to record live.
Groups can choose to record digitally, to tape, or a combination, thus creating the particular sound they want.
The ECS production team is even offering bands a way of getting their audience to pay for the recording session.
Thirty audience members pay $30 each to attend a special concert, which ECS records and films. The band is then given a CD and video, which they distribute free to the fans who attended the show. They can also post footage and tracks on the internet, thus promoting the band and the new album.
ECS is attracting the interest of local musicians. A 16-piece community band has already recorded there and a number of local performers plan to produce projects at the studio in the near future.
The production team is setting up a number of innovative community programs and offers competitive rates to groups wanting to use the studio either with their own engineer/producer or members of the ECS production team.
For more information, visit the studio’s website here.