Artist: Jazz Bras Dot Com
Songs: [excerpt, in two parts]
Recorded at Array Space (Somewhere There presents), April 13, 2016.
Harp, guitar and voice is perhaps not an obvious choice of instrumentation for an improvising trio — and forming a working group with its members based in Vancouver, NYC and Toronto is perhaps equally audacious. Finding common ground while at a jazz workshop at the Banff Centre, these player quickly gelled and their joint recordings there have been released as their debut album. Fairly even handed, Elisa Thorn's harp tended to focus a bit more on textures and Jessica Ackerely's guitar on noisy diversions, with Laura Swankey ranging from integrative wordless vocals to percussive smacks. It must take some dedication to haul a full-sized harp around for small-scale, noisy improvised music shows, but my understanding is that this brief tour included some further studio time, so expect this intermittent collaboration to continue when the musicians can gather themselves together.
[Laura Swankey, the locally-based member of this group, will be performing at The Tranzac tonight (April 20th) alongside vocalist Christine Duncan and guitarist Patrick O'Reilly.]