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MP3 Geordie Haley's Everytime Band - The Green Suite And Other Stories

Avant garde modern composition

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Geordie Haley (guitarist/composer/improviser)

Geordie Haley is a guitarist, composer and improviser living and playing music in Toronto. Geordie has established himself in Toronto as a group leader and performer since moving there from Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1997 where his regular bands Sameboat, the Exploding Meet and Ujamma were festival favourites,

Geordie Haley’s Everytime Band with Christine Duncan (vocals), Jean Martin (drums), Evan Shaw (sax), Paul Donat (bass), Eugene Martynec (computers) and Ryan Driver (flute and synth) was a featured act in 2007 at L’Off Festival in Montreal and in 2005 at the Toronto and Halifax jazz festivals. Most recently, the group performed at the Eddie Prevost Interface Series in October 2007, hosted by the Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto (AIMToronto).

Geordie also leads a trio of trios with recent album releases: his East Delta Trio with Evan Shaw (sax) and Vineet Vyas (tabla); his Sea of Song Trio with Rob Clutton (bass) and Brandon Valdivia (drums) and the Geordie Haley Trio with Nick Fraser (drums) and Scott Thomson (trombone).

Other Toronto based groups Geordie performs with include the Liquidaires, the Bill Grove Quartet and the Eve Brown Quartet.

Geordie is currently a co-curator of the Leftover Daylight Series, a weekly, live music presentation with an emphasis on improvisation, and produced in association with AIMToronto and ArrayMusic. He has had the pleasure of playing with improvisers John Oswald, Rhonda Rindone, Lori Freedman, Marilyn Lerner and Roger Turner, dance artists Susie Burpee and Shannon Cooney and video artist June Pak.

Evan Shaw is a saxophonist/composer who is an active member of the Toronto jazz and creative music scene. After graduating from St. F.X. University, Evan spent two years in Boston were he graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters in Music. Through these years he studied improvisation and composition with artists such as Jimmy Guiffre, Bevan Manson, Ran Blake, George Garzone, Lee Hyla, Greg Carter, Gene Smith, Bruce Dudley and Andy Wienzler.

Evan can be heard on such diverse recordings as the Maritime Jazz Orchestra''s "Now and Now Again" (with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, John Taylor, and John Hollenbeck), the Saint Dirt Elementary School debut CD "Hangin'' Out with the Kid Who''d Eat Anything for a Dollar", the Ken Aldcroft Trio +1 CD “From Our Time”, and on the soundtrack to the short film "Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O’Ree Story", which was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998.

Evan co-founded the original, composition-based "new jazz" sextet Out of Order in 1995. The group has two independently released CDs and has performed throughout Eastern Canada and Toronto; including repeat appearances at the Du Maurier Jazz Festivals in Toronto and Halifax, Fredericton Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Hear TO Go Festival (Toronto) and most recently at Soundstreams Lecture and Film Series at Ryerson University.

Evan has also performed with artists such as Peggy Lee, Dylan Van der Schyff, Reuben Radding, Justin Haynes, Ron Samworth, Jean Martin, Michael Bates, Mike Murley, David Braid, Myk Freedman''s https://www.tradebit.comt Elementary School, Allison Cameron, Brodie West and many others. Evan continues to work with ongoing collaborators Ken Aldcroft, Joe Sorbara, Geordie Haley and visual artist June Pak.

After university studies in 1982 which led to a Diploma in Jazz Studies on guitar, Paul traveled and performed in Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, Mexico, Guatemala, Denmark and Brazil with Danish composer Maria Petersen. Their eight year association culminated in two and a half years in a Rio nightclub where they performed with invited Brazilian guest musicians for four nights a week. Paul was totally immersed in Brazilian music and culture. He developed a passion for Bossa Nova, Samba and Brazilian Popular Music, and dedicated himself to learning these styles on guitar and composing.

Paul returned to Canada in 1992 to fulfill a long time desire to play acoustic bass. He studied with Skip Beckwith while completing his BA Music degree. Paul and Skip formed "jazznsamba" with vocalist Claire Shaw. In jazznsamba, Paul was able to explore the Bossa Nova repertoire on guitar and the Jazz repertoire on bass while Skip played both bass and piano. The group toured Canada twice and produced two CDs. Meanwhile, a gig in 1997 with comedian Steve Allen (host of the original Tonight Show) and pianist Paul Smith (who backed Ella Fitzgerald for many years) was also a highlight.

Upon receiving a professional development grant in 1999, Paul came to Toronto to study with bassist Steve Wallace and has been actively involved in the music scene. He performs regularly in Brazilian MPB group Sambacana, Geordie Haley’s Everytime Band, Jorge Miguel Flamenco Company and J.V. Dixon & Rhythm Changes. In his own project, Sambiosis!, Paul explores Brazilian inspired Jazz with Mike Murley, Kevin Turcotte, Gordon Sheard and Alan Hetherington. For more visit https://www.tradebit.com.

From Harry Partch to Tom Waits, to name but two, musicians have been fascinated by the possibilities of found objects and homemade devices. Toronto’s Ryan Driver is an especially talented exponent of this tradition. Playing rulers, balloons and cell-phone speakers, he has created rich, tuneful vocabularies from each instrument. Gigging with seven bands, Driver’s musical output ranges from psychedelic lounge to alt-alt-country, always performing with a sincerity and musicality that negates any notions that he’s just putting us on. A frequent performer in projects associated with Toronto’s Rat-Drifting label, he works with a number of fellow DIY-ists who aid and abet the homemade deconstruction of music in all its recognizable forms. He’s won the respect of a wide cross-section of fellow musicians; one of Canada’s foremost jazz bassists, Rob Clutton, marvels "He’s my favourite musician on the planet! When he plays quasi-ruler bass, it''s like, why do I even bother?"

Christine has been singing professionally since the age of 15. She began performing on stage when she was 5 years old with her family The Duncans, and toured North America extensively until the age of 19. A musical chameleon with a near five octave range, Duncan uses her voice as an instrument, exploring its full tonal, timbral and textural range. She is involved in everything from jazz, R&B, gospel, improvised music, sound poetry, to new music and musique actuelle.

She has recorded and/or collaborated with Bob Murphy, Hugh Fraser, Miles Black, Veda Hille, Paul Plimley, Danielle Palardy Roger, Jean Martin, DB Boyko, and performed with such names as Kenny Wheeler, Rufus Reid, Dave Young, P.J. Perry, Ray Charles, Linton Garner, Paul Horn, Jeff Healey, Andre Crouch, Sabeer Mateen, John Oswald, Paul Dutton, Michael Snow, Nobuo Kubota and many others.

She has six recordings to her credit and is featured on countless other recording projects. Christine has been a member of the VEJI (Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation) big band for 10 years. She has been a featured performer in two new music operas and has been teaching voice since 1995. For the last few years she has also been very involved recording and touring with Barnyard Drama, her group with drummer/electronic artist Jean Martin.

Musician/producer Jean Martin was nominated for best drummer for the 2004 National Jazz Awards and is the recipient of the 2004 Freddy Stone Award. This award from the Minden foundation is for outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz.

His group Barnyard Drama is an improvising duo featuring vocalist Christine Duncan. They toured Canadian festivals, summer 2004, promoting a CD entitled Memories and a list of things to do. The new CD I''m a Navvy was launched at the prestigious FIMAV and features guitarists Justin Haynes and Bernard Falaise.

Other recent releases are with trio Idiolalla with singers DB Boyko and Christine Duncan and the Vancouver based group Laconnor. This new electronic, musique actuel group features Francois Houle on clarinet and lap top, Jesse Zubot on violin and lap top and Jean on drums and electronics. The CD is available through EMI distribution in Canada. Laconnor toured Canadian Jazz festivals last summer.

Jean has appeared and collaborated with: Juno nominated DD Jackson, David Murray, Don Byron, Dominic Duval, Mark Dresser, Wilbert de Joode, John Oswald, Francois Houle, Jean Derome, Frank Gratowski, Chelsea Bridge, Kevin Turcotte, Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, Brad Turner, Lori Freedman, Tom Walsh, Pierre Tanguay, Marilyn Lerner, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, legendary Canadian blues man Dutch Mason, Andy Stochansky, Zubot & Dawson, Bob Fenton, Roddy Ellias, Tim Posgate‘s Jazzstory, Christine Duncan, Hugh Fraser, George Kohler, Bob Murphy, David Mott, The Bitches Brew Band, Rob Frayne, The Jivewires, Micheal Occhipinti, Rich Underhill, Justin Haynes, Hugh Marsh, The Henry’s and many others.

He has appeared on a one hour TFO and BRAVO TV jazz special entitled "DUOS", performing improvisations with Award winning trumpeter Kevin Turcotte. Jean participated in a new project put together by Ajay Heble and the Guelph Jazz festival. A Jazz Opera with the music of DD Jackson, featuring Peggy Lee, Brad Turner, John Geggie and Dean Boman among others. This piece was performed for the 10th annual Jazz festival in Guelph and in Vancouver in September 2003.

Eugene Martynec has been involved in all facets of music making since high school in Toronto in the late 1960s. He has performed, composed or recorded with pop groups, pit orchestras, music for visual media and live theatre. He studied electronic music, composition and orchestration with Dr. Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music where he received 2 scholarships to study electronic music and composition (1970-75). His interest in record production resulted in JUNO awards in 1981 and 1983 for his work with Bruce Cockburn and Rough Trade. He has produced over 50 recordings from 1969 to the present. He taught signal processing, principles of digital audio, midi studio production, synthesis and studio orchestration at the Harris and Trebas Institutes in Toronto. His main interest now is performing and composing live interactive electro-acoustic music using alternative controllers and interactive music software. CD releases include Silica 1997, Barcelona Duets 2002 and Toronto Duets 2004.

Geordie Haley’s Every Time Band
The Green Suite and Other Stories
By David Dacks Exclaim Magazine

Here’s a band that could hardly be accused of having a conventional line-up. Sure, four out of six members are normal enough: Haley plays electric guitar, Evan Shaw is on sax, Paul Donat plays bass, and the drums are handled by Jean Martin. However, the contributions of Eugene Martynec on laptops and Christine Duncan’s free vocalising mashes up everyone’s role from rhythm to harmony and from background to lead. Even with the modulating roles of each player, the music remains quite identifiably jazzy with an art pop edge. Shifting grooves, a ridiculously varied sonic palette created by Martynec and Duncan, and the naturalistic imagery of the lyrics are the strongest aspects of this disc. It’s a mosaic of ideas as everyone gets their glory at some point, while the leader is more of a conductor than lead soloist. Evan Shaw fares very well on his lead sax parts, particularly when his excellent melodic sense is paired with Duncan’s unfettered vocals, as on “Found Above.” The Green Suite is more successful than not and there are so many little touches that it bears much repeated listening. (Independent)

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