Spend an evening with Cristina Pato Quartet at Chan Centre

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia presents the sounds of the Cristina Pato Quartet on April 11th in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. 

Cristina Pato Quartet Photo: Xan Padrón

Cristina Pato is a musical force, skilfully playing at the edges of jazz, classical, Latin, and world music with a tightly knit, synergistic band featuring Julien Labro on accordion, Edward Perez on double bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on percussion. The multi-talented Pato can be heard in collaboration with musicians from around the world, including Yo-Yo Ma and the supergroup Silkroad Ensemble.

“Cristina is incredibly captivating on stage — the type of performer you can’t take your eyes off of,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “When I saw her in New York a few years ago I was struck not just by her dynamic energy but also how beautifully and effortlessly she combines various styles of music for a fresh and contemporary sound. Vancouver audiences are in for a treat!”

The acclaimed performer was born in Ourense, Galicia, in northwestern Spain, and has been a recording artist and performer since the age of 12. In the 1990s when gaita (Galician bagpipes) was experiencing a renaissance she was the first female gaita player to release a solo album in 1999 with Tolemia. Since then, Pato has produced and released six solo gaita recordings and two albums as a pianist, in addition to numerous collaborations as a guest artist.

Cristina Pato Photo: Xan Padrón

With a repertoire that crosses genres and disciplines, except Cristina Pato Quartet to bring a global sound to the stage at the Chan Centre April 11th. Before the quartet takes the stage, Cristina Pato participates in a pre-show talk, moderated by music journalist Paolo Pietropaolo, about her journey as an artist, and passion for sharing the music of the Galician bagpipes. 

Pre-show Talk with Cristina Pato takes place Thursday April 11th at 7pm, followed by the performance by Cristina Pato Quartet at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC. 

Run away & enjoy the Circa

Circa Opus
Photo: Justin Nicholas, Atmosphere Photography

The circus is coming to town, Australia’s Circa, a bold contemporary circus company,  is visiting the Chan Shun Concert Hall, April 28th.

The Brisbane-based company, formed in 2004, has performed all around the world, and bring’s its show, Opus, to Vancouver.  Circa brings 14 acrobats to the Chan stage, and occasionally suspended above the stage, to perform gravity-defying feats and skills, alongside four musicians playing a live accompaniment. 

In 2018 The Circus as a form of performance is celebrating its 250th anniversary. Circa’s Opus is the latest evolution of the art form, bringing the history of The Circus, with the century plus tradition of France’s esteemed Debussy String Quartet stirring music of Dmitri Shostakovich

“Circa’s Opus is a breathtaking and extremely moving work,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “It is also an entirely new—and wonderfully unusual—way to experience a live performance of the Shostakovich quartets, which are beautifully played by the Debussy Quartet.”

Circa forgoes conventional elements such as clowns, juggling, and elaborate sets. Instead, performers use the strength of their own bodies to redefine classic “Big Top” showmanship, executing exquisitely choreographed acts and heart-stopping physical feats with grace and precision.

Circa’s Opus brings thrills to the Chan Centre Saturday April 28, 2018, at 8pm. A post-show talk-back (free for ticket holders) with members of Circa and the Debussy String Quartet takes place immediately after the performance.
Tickets are on sale now or in person at the Chan Centre

Imagine Dragons : Smoke + Mirrors Tour

Imagine Dragons – Rogers Arena – July 30, 2015

Las Vegas band, Imagine Dragons drew their Smoke + Mirrors Tour to a close in the Pacific Northwest this week with one of the final stops at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. Marking a return since the 2014 Grey Cup Half Time Show

After opening sets by Halsey and Metric, the nearly sold out arena was eagerly anticipating the arrival of Imagine Dragons once the lights dropped for the final time.  Silhouettes of the quartet appeared larger than life before the curtain dropped and the band broke into their 2015 single “Shots”.  Over the course of the next 2 hours the band held the audience enraptured with their catalogue of vastly varied tunes.  The band can’t be pinned to one distinct genre, showing their ability from hard rock and light pop to acoustic folk-country styles.  The diversity of tunes, the bands’ skilled tunesmanship and lead singer Dan Reynolds’ charismatic stage persona.  Reynolds made the vast arena feel intimate, especially when sharing his personal journey with depression and lending support and inspiration to those also dealing with mental health issues.

The audience joined in on many of the tunes, especially their biggest hits,  “On Top Of The World”, “I Bet My Life” and “Radioactive” to wrap up the set and send the audience home on a high note.

Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors Tour has wrapped up in North America but continues into Asia / Oceania for the rest of summer then Europe for the autumn.

Follow Imagine Dragons online at imaginedragonsmusic.com or on Twitter @imaginedragons and facebook.com/imaginedragons


Clean Bandit wrap West Coast tour

CleanBandit_IMG_7258UK electronic group, Clean Bandit wrapped up their 6 week tour of Western North America last week.  Their penultimate show brought them to the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver for an hour long energy-filled show.  The quartet of Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, and Neil Amin-Smith were lead by tour vocalist Elizabeth Troy who belted through their distinct blend of classical and electo-pop, with a dose of dance-hall for good measure.

In spite of just having one full length release, New Eyes, and a few EPs, the mostly university-aged crowd eagerly danced their hearts out and through their hand up for the groups catching tunes. Kicking off with #2 charting Real Love and wrapping up with Grammy-winning Rather Be, the setlist and Commodore was filled with energy.

While Clean Bandit has headed back to Europe for May, they return for a few dates on the East Coast of North America in June, so catch them if you ca

Boy And Bear roars into Vancouver

Boy and Bear – April 6, 2014 – Commodore Ballroom

The Australian indie folk-rock act, Boy and Bear made their way onto the Commodore Ballroom stage before a very enthusiastic, sold-out audience.  For their first visit to Vancouver the quintet filled the room with a diverse crowd, of many Australian expats and people ready for their first taste of the buzz worthy band.  Originally scheduled for a much smaller venue, the buzz drove the step up to the larger Commodore Ballroom.

BoyAndBear_73021Coming onstage to the strains of ELOs Evil Woman, the affable group broke right into song taking the audience right along with them. Lead singer, Dave Hosking’s smile and congenial  stage presence made the fact that no one spoke until three songs into the set not even matter. When the band did chat, they seemed genuinely pleased impressed with the audience’s energy and to be visiting Vancouver for the first time.  So much so that drummer Tim Hart recited a selection of facts he’d learned about Vancouver, something he does at each ‘first time’ stop on the tour.
Touring in support of their latest album “Harlequin Dream” Vancouver was their last Canadian stop before the North American tour wraps up in Los Angeles April 9th and they then move the tour to Australia.  BoyandBear_73024

If you can’t find Boy and Bear on tour, find them on Twitter @BoyandBear, Instagram @BoyandBear or Facebook.com/boyandbear

Get jazzed about the Mike Allen Quartet

MikeAllen2Head east next week for some great jazz in a classic venue as The Cultch, in East Van, plays host to the Mike Allen Quartet and guest Hugh Fraser on January 23rd.
Celebrating the release of the quartet’s latest album Panorama, the show is a perfect way to jazz up a cool January evening.  The intimate and historic Vancouver East Cultural Centre is a great intimate setting for the soulful sounds of the award-winning Allen and his band along with trombonist Hugh Fraser.  Allen is a known as one of the top saxophonists in the country, providing audiences with an engaging, improvisational style.  The band leader has recorded eleven albums, played for the Prime Minister and Prince Charles and collaborated with Micheal Buble.
Joined by the JUNO award winning Fraser, the evening is sure to thrill any jazz lover.

The show takes place January 23rd at The Cultch – Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables St
Doors 7:30pm – Show 8:00pm
Get tickets in advance from The Cultch Box Office, phone: (604) 251-1363 or online: TheCultch.com