April 19th, 2018

Jazz Picks: One last time for Gypsophilia and a late night with Joel Miller

By Medicine Hat News on June 16, 2017.

Gypsophilia will perform June 20 on the Esplanade theatre as part of JazzFest. --Submitted Photo

Gypsophilia: Night Swimming
Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen: Dream Cassette

JazzFest starts this Sunday and runs all next week!

Soon the streets of Medicine Hat will be seeing musicians and festival fans from across Canada and around the world as JazzFest once again brings its flavour of fun and world-class music to our sunny city. A year in the making, the Medicine Hat JazzFest has become one of the most respected jazz festivals in the country. With free events, ticketed shows, dance parties and lots of coffee shop and club settings, JazzFest most likely has something that you will find entertaining. Check out http://www.medicinehatjazzfest.com to listen to this year’s lineup and see what appeals to your liking and schedule.

Based in Halifax, Gypsophilia has been crisscrossing the country for more than 13 years, has released five albums, and has just announced that the band is calling it quits. Band members are moving on to other projects, but lucky for Medicine Hat, we are being treated to one last opportunity to hear this high-energy band live. One of the most popular acts at JazzFest 2013, Gypsophilia returns to the Esplanade theatre on June 20 for a 7:30 p.m. show.

This six-piece ensemble is all about fun and high energy. Combining musical styles from Gypsy jazz to indie rock and everything in between, the music defies definition, but the lighthearted, easy to listen to nature is not.

The instrumentation includes violin, guitar, piano, accordion, trumpet, organ, bass and percussion. They have performed over the years with the likes of Symphony Nova Scotia and Kanye West.

Their most recent release, “Night Swimming” is their fifth album and has earned multiple East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nominations and a win for jazz record and group recording of the year.

Montreal saxophonist Joel Miller is back with a new project unlike anything we’ve heard before. Combining his love for pop music and his well-honed jazz sensibility, the result is unique. It is accessible like pop music while maintaining the interest and layers that his years of playing jazz have added to his musical palate. Listening to “Dream Cassette” is like listening to a story or looking at a painting. Each song creates a mood and lets you wander around, enjoying the view.

Dahlen’s haunting voice rides through the album like an instrument, at times taking the lead, at times floating like a string instrument. The music integrates sounds of blue grass, rock and roll, folk and jazz.

Their performance takes place on June 21 at 10:30 p.m. in the Esplanade Studio Theatre.

Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen is part of the JazzFest late night series that runs all week from Tuesday through Saturday. The shows all start at 10:30 p.m. and they all feature Canadian musicians playing primarily their own material. This is where some of the true JazzFest magic happens.

Full JazzFest details can be found at http://www.medicinehatjazzfest.com Follow JazzFest on Twitter and Instagram at @medhatjazz.You can also find the Facebook page under the title, Medicine Hat JazzFest.

Brochures are available all over town, including coffee shops, the Esplanade, the Tourist Centre, the Cultural Centre and the Public Library.

Tickets and passes are available at all Esplanade ticket outlets including http://www.tixx.ca.

Lyle Rebbeck is producer of Medicine Hat JazzFest.

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