Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recording: Nick Fraser New Quartet

Artist: Nick Fraser New Quartet

Song: Sketch 43

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 1), February 24, 2017.

Nick Fraser New Quartet - Sketch 43

Once again, the Somewhere There Music Festival offered an oasis of local creativity, tightly bundled into five events over three days. Leading off, as always, with a community member's reflections, the first show featured a talk from David Dacks on building relationships and finding a project's true purpose while striving to program forward-looking music. From there, the music took over, with several sketches from Nick Fraser's quartet, which is maybe not "new" and certainly subject to some versatility in its lineup — though I had seen this same foursome at least once before. Tasty layers of sound, anchored by Fraser's percussive approaches ranging from sproingy spring ratchet sounds to abstract beat patter.

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