“… outstanding for vitality, exuberance, elegance & melodic strength … Atkinson is a daring and inventive acoustic guitarist and a powerful force in the new roots/jazz movement.” ...Toronto Star review
Always captivating, technically awe-inspiring and rhythmically inventive, JUNO nominated and Western Canadian award winning, the internationally renowed Marc Atkinson Trio has been gracing stages throughout North America and Europe for over 14 years. Though primarily gypsy jazz, the trio combines a wide variety of influences into an original, elegant and highly entertaining style, led by their virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Marc Atkinson. With their fourth CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV, praised as their finest yet, the trio continues to push musical boundaries in their typical flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic way.
MARC ATKINSON is one of Canada’s finest JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. He is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and performer in the acclaimed, The Bills). The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring. Embracing a lifetime of musical influences, Marc and the Trio have just released their fourth CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV, praised as the finest yet. The compositions on this CD are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. The Trio, formed in 2000, has toured North America, England and Europe and has received standing ovations everywhere they perform from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Vancouver International Folk Festival to DjangoFest Northwest.
The many original Marc Atkinson compositions are jewels in Canadian guitar repertoire. The first three CDs are still garnering international attention for its stunning compositions and extraordinary guitar dexterity The Marc Atkinson Trio II was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The Marc Atkinson Trio III was nominated in 2006 for an Outstanding Album Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
The Marc Atkinson Trio IV pushes the boundaries of this instrumental group even further than the first 2 CDs. It is a technically demanding, melodic and rhythmically pulsing 50 minutes of music. The new CD includes 11 Marc Atkinson original compositions and one impressive rearrangements of Russian Rag. The compositions glide seamlessly from unusual beauty, to raucous rhythm. If you are a lover of the guitar, instrumental music or just music, you will love this new recording.
Marc Atkinson, a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger/producer, is one of Canada’s most talented musicians. His catchy compositions, found on the self-titled CDs I, II, III and now IV take guitar beyond the usual repertoire and sound. The tunes have a fiery but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. All this while still maintaining the laidback humour and casual ‘good time feel’ of Canada’s West Coast. Atkinson’s picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.
BRETT MARTENS is a guitar player, composer, arranger and improvisor. Currently touring with ‘The Marc Atkinson Trio’, ‘Caravan’, with Daniel Lapp and leading ‘The Brett Martens String Band’, his zeal for music is addictive, passionate, and poetic. His playing has been described as enlivening, creative, engaging, and exciting.
The Brett Martens String Band has released their first self-titled album; consisting mostly of original material by Brett. This album follows the sound of Django Reinhardt’s “Hot Club of France”; an all acoustic, swinging string band; known as “Gypsy Swing” or “Manouche”.
Brett’s compositions pull from many genres, but mainly swing, and jazz. His early casual upbringing with classical, and then later rock and roll, can be heard sprinkled throughout. He also delves into musette, which can be heard with his first waltz on disc; aptly named ‘ The waltz’. The influence of Brazilian guitar is evident in his Latin pieces “Astrud” and “Stomp”. His solo guitar piece “Improv” is reminiscent of the late great guitarist/composer Django Reinhardt
Brett lives with his wife and daughter on Hornby and has this to say “I get a lot of my inspiration from living in such a wonderful part of the world. I’m trying to write music that speaks to me with a breath of the west coast. From a warm breeze to a winter chill. When I think music, I think about the celebration of life; of all things; of joy, sadness, love, romance… everything summed up into 12 notes with a good tempo!” Brett also has a regular show on Hornby Radio CHFR and is a fantastic woodworker and carpenter.
SCOTT WHITE - started with electric and acoustic bass lessons in Vancouver, playing rock and roll, high school jazz and concert bands. He did summer studies at Courtney School of Music along with Diana Krall and Phil Dwyer. He studied the Banff School of Fine Arts with Dave Holland and Joel Quarington and eventually moved to Montreal and began jazz studies at McGill University with Micheal Donato.
Moved to Vancouver to study Music Therapy at Capilano College, while playing in bands with Henry Boudin, Ron Samworth, Claude Ranger, Rob Frayne. Performed with NOW, the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.
He then joined Calvin Cairns in the Romaniacs for some ethno world touring and started Loose Gypsies along with Dan Lapp, Marc Atkinson and James Macrae. He formed the Bill Hilly Band with Marc Atkinson before moving to Germany to join a Cirque de Soliel dinner cabaret as bassist and band leader. He also formed the band Friedsitar, with sitarist Edward Powell in Prague. Scott is now based based in Germany while also working on projects in Canada.
Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017
7:30pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Marc Atkinson – guitar
Brett Martens – rhythm guitar
Scott White – upright bass
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