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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD
Rachel Fuller full of jazz selections English musician has literally toured around the world
position of principal clarinetist of the University Sinfonietta, the same chair in the Southampton City Pops orchestra and principal saxophonist of the University Jazz Orchestra. Her classical training is evident in her lyrical and technical performances. Grant McLellan is a Campbell River guitar guru who realizes his considerable harmonic inclinations with an amazing plethora of instruments, tone shaping, and techniques to vary his timbre. He is lead guitarist of Time Well Wasted, the Valley’s hottest party band. Grant is truly in his element here when he rips out those rockin’ classics until your hairs stick on end. Grant also has an incredible reputation as a local guitar teacher. Aaron Amar will grace us with mastery on drums. Amar’s polyrhythmic drumming style results from the musical form as taught by his great world-renowned teacher Jim Blackley. “Much of what I do is an extension of his tutelage,” says Amar. His technique is highly entertaining and his talent has graced stages across Canada. His musical
Don’t miss the Rachel Fuller Quartet’s debut performance at the Elks Hall in Courtenay on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. You will be blown away with this high-calibre lineup of musicians playing an array of musical genres. There is something for everyone from well-known theme tunes to popular jazz standards to original compositions. Fuller will impress you with her chops on saxophone, clarinet and Electronic Wind Instrument, a synthesizer capable of creating hundreds of timbres and spanning an incredible eight octaves with the flick of a switch. She gained a first class honours degree in music from the University of Southampton, England before jetting overseas to more than 50 cities around the world as a musician with Princess Cruise Lines. Whilst studying, she held the
career began in Toronto, and we are very fortunate that it has continued here on Vancouver Island. Grahame Edwards has a compelling pulse and ability to translate his harmonic knowledge into a grooving linearity makes him sought after as a sideman to many bands in the Valley. This quartet setting is his favourite, the perfect compromise between having enough space for the music, yet with a skilled percussionist to maintain the forward propulsion. We are excited to hear a couple of Grahame’s originals. The musical interpretation and exploration of his scripts will depend on the mood and vibe of the musicians on the night. Thursday’s added bonus will be special guest Amie Webster, playing some stompin’ honky-tonk piano tunes with Rachel on clarinet. Amie is the owner of Motif Music Studios in Courtenay with 14 years teaching experience and has a long-standing passion and dedication to music-making. Admission Thursday is free, with donations gratefully accepted. — Georgia Straight Jazz Society
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May 09, 2012 edition of the Comox Valley Record