Peggy Lee Octet: Tell Tale

September 16, 2017, doors 8:00 PM, show 8:30
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto 
416 532 3019 ex. 3
$20 / pwyc

PEGGY LEE, cello • MEREDITH BATES, violin • KEVIN ELASCHUK, trumpet • CHRIS GESTRIN, piano • RON SAMWORTH, guitar • TORSTEN MÜLLER, bass • ANDRÉ LACHANCE, electric bass • DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF, drums

Peggy Lee Octet will present music from its debut CD, Tell Tale (Drip Audio 2016). The music for Tell Tale was first conceived in 2009 as Film in Music, a response to writer/creator David Milch’s HBO series, Deadwood. The eight-piece band of improvisers drawn from Vancouver’s rich creative music community is understood as analogous to a cast of characters in a story––within the framework of a composed musical suite, each improviser contributes to the unfolding musical drama through small ensemble improvisations and solo ‘monologues’. The seven composed sections imply the arc of a story and act as launching pads for extended improvised statements that take the listener on a journey that is never the same twice. The musical narrative travels from lush, tender beauty to stark abstractions–from playful exchanges to dense confrontations–always ending with a wild, off kilter parade. The ensemble features some of Vancouver’s most well-known improvisers, all of whom are master musical story tellers capable of conjuring up rich sonic atmospheres and landscapes. Peggy Lee and her band take listeners on a cinematic ride inside the music.

Composer, cellist and band leader Peggy Lee makes her home in Vancouver, B.C. where she records and performs with long-time music associates including Tony Wilson, Ron Samworth, Dylan van der Schyff, Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb. Peggy also leads or co-leads a number of music projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Echo Painting, Handmade Blade with JP Carter and Aram Bajakian, Waxwing with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley, and Beautiful Tool with Mary Margaret O’Hara.