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Taking his cues from the past and with a vision towards the future, David Ward has created a portal to the spiritual, the dirty, the beautiful and the raw on his second solo album, Golden Future Time. Fresh off an acclaimed performance at the 2013 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Ward’s star is in the ascendant. Following up on 2012’s celebrated EP trilogy, The Arrival, he has readied a textured brew of the cosmic and earthy; a sonic exploration of the muse combining electronica, R&B, funk, art-rock, disco and cabaret. Cinematic in scope both musically and lyrically, Golden Future Time is a two part saga created for the artistic opportunity of vinyl. Each side takes the listener through different worlds and genres without compromising quality or cohesion. Side A (Lost) was produced, engineered & mixed by Tom Dobrzanski (of The Zolas); Side B (Golden Future Time) was co-produced by David Ward and Andrew Peebles, and mixed by Anthony Dolhai (DiRTY RADiO). The album is set for release in Canada on January 28th, 2014. “Imagine Jeff Buckley’s untethered falsetto with Stevie Wonder’s warm, grainy tenor…David Ward has mastered both, plus all points between. Ward is clearly a versatile and ambitious talent.” UNCUT The opening ambiance of Side A is quickly anchored with the dark and heavy pulse of the kick drum that ignites the 7/4 jam “slowly through the night.” It’s a threatening storm of angsty guitars and distorted bass. This passes into the meditative synths and off-kilter beat of the title track “Lost” which climaxes in a prog-rock jam evoking the psychedelic leanings of Pink Floyd. The remainder of Side A travels from the cabaret lullaby of “Ghost in the Woods” to the quiet yearning of “Be Here”. Side B picks up on the astral-soul tangent, taking us into a new dimension of Michael Jackson- esque harmonies, 70’s disco guitar spank, and vintage synthesizers. A new galaxy of funk and R&B that slides between the dance floor groove of title track Golden Future Time to the impressionistic ballad, Bird in the Hand, to the synth-heavy, thundering bass hook of Fly. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as George Orwell and Quentin Tarantino, Ward has crafted an album about the fear of loss and the need for ideas that are bigger than us to preserve our hope and innocence. Rooted in a respect and knowledge of what has come before, Ward looks to the future with artistry and daring. Starting November 14, Ward begins his second UK tour and will soon be announcing Canadian dates early 2014. “…I’ll dream of the day you keep saying awaits me, in our Golden Future Time.” GOLDEN FUTURE TIME
Half a decade ago, Halifax native Jon Bryant packed his bags and journeyed across the sea to Europe to travel and unravel the thread surrounding his purpose in life. While backpacking across the hills of Austria and breaking the soles of his dirt-stained feet in Greece, Jon began to write songs. Described as a phenomenal experience, Jon felt he was figuring out who he was in relation to himself, his place in the world and who he was before God. After this remarkable year, Jon moved to Seattle, to volunteer at various ministries and churches, where he was personally mentored. While living there, Jon was inspired to live a life against society's expectations. The call to return home came and so Jon left and enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. During his time of art education, Jon became serious about writing music. Ever the perfectionist, Jon worked hard to craft songs that reflected truth, life and love. These songs ended up on his debut album Two Coasts for Comfort, released in late 2009. After a flourishing year playing in New York, Seattle and the Canadian music scene, recording a music video in Calgary and achieving iTunes success through a featured "single of the week" download from his album, Jon finally hit the road this summer in a cross-Canada tour with Montreal singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillion. On their VIA Rail train tour, they'll perform in most of the major cities in each province. Jon recently showcased at the Junos in St. John's, Newfoundland with Stevano UGO, a hip-hop artist from Los Angeles. Recently, Jon was nominated for best new artist, digital artist and inspirational album of the year by Music Nova Scotia and received a covenant award nomination for folk/roots album of the year. Jon released a music video on May 29th entitled the Hallelujah and in August released a video for the song "Think Back". He is working on a new video this fall and is planning for a year of touring through North America and the UK, writing new music and recording another album in the new year. Since releasing his debut album and receiving nation-wide exposure through itunes, Jon Bryant has been touring relentlessly throughout North America. After a successful first year, (ECMA, Music Nova Scotia and Covenant award nominations and two cross Canada tours) 2010 proved to be the first step towards a very bright future. A Singer/songwriter at heart, Jon's music is beautiful in its melancholy, strength and character conveyed through nicely contrasting styles. His live set is sure to hit spiritual highs and sweet, somber lows. Jon is activly touring throughout Canada and recording a new album. His full length follow-up album is expected to launch at the end of 2011. Jon is an artist advocate for World Vision and works closely with them on tour and abroad.
In titling her fourth CD DRIVE (a collection of driving, freedom and heartache songs inspired from her years on the road touring throughout North America) it seems appropriate that Danielle embarked on a road trip, driving 1300 miles from Calgary, AB to Reno, NV to record this project with co-producer Tom Gordon at Imirage Sound Labs. Danielle was first introduced to the Reno music scene when she toured through the area in 1998. She was quickly welcomed into the local music community and over the years Reno has become somewhat of a second home. Tom Gordon has been an integral member of the Reno music scene since 1991, working as a staff engineer at the bed and breakfast studio Granny’s House alongside head engineer Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing Pumpkins, Shania Twain, Whitesnake). In his time at Granny’s Tom worked with a wide range of major label recording artists including Dr. Dre, Whitesnake, Boys 2 Men, Collective Soul, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Nelson, and producer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. In his time at Imirage Sound Labs, Tom Gordon has engineered Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Beach Boys, G Love and Special Sauce as well as producing countless local Reno artists. As a long-time friend and occasional drummer for Danielle when she performs in Reno, Danielle has always been eager to work collaboratively with Tom in a studio environment and is thrilled to have co-produced the songs on DRIVE with him. On her 2007 CD release Shadows, Danielle grouped together a collection of quirky songs and chose to explore the sonic potential of this material through layering, editing and using creative production elements in the studio environment. Working with her favorite Canadian guitarist Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), who also leant his signature voice to two tracks, the material on Shadows has been described as “beautiful strangeness” and was embraced by national media, campus radio, and CBC as well as being named among CKUA Radio’s Top 100 CD’s of 2007. When contemplating the material to record on DRIVE, Danielle felt a yearning to take a more organic approach to her music and return to her roots as a singer/songwriter. Although tracks such as the upbeat opener, Drive, the torch-y Life is Too Short, and the catchy Long Drive feature full-band arrangements, the production approach was to focus on the essence and foundation of the songs and how she typically writes and performs solo on acoustic guitar and vocal. Means to and End is primarily acoustic with some melancholy strings and harmonies added for support. And Danielle’s version of Tom Waits song Time was recorded live-off-the-floor with minimal rehearsal in order to capture the spontaneity and authenticity of the band learning and exploring the song for the first time. Tom Gordon connected Danielle with Reno band The Novelists to back her up in the studio, along with stellar studio musicians Tony Savage (of Englebert Humperdink’s band) on drums and electric guitarist David Grantham on the almost jazzy track Harsh Reality. One anomaly on DRIVE is the track Not My Lover which was recorded in Calgary at The Audities Foundation with producer David Kean in 2009- it felt like a good fit on this project, so was included on the CD in the final mastering.
Late show: Jeff Younger Presents vol. 53: TONYE AGANABA, JEFF YOUNGER/DAVID MARION/RAY GARROWAY & special guest DAVID WARD *** TONYE AGANABA is a dynamic and sultry singer-songwriter born in London, England, but raised in Canada. Tonye's voice flourished under the tutelage of late vocal coach Keith Allan Hall, who is most famed for singing with such notable acts as Sammy Davis Jr and Mahalia Jackson. She reaches out to her audiences, her vivacious and bold personality holding their attention until she is through. tonyeaganaba.com *** RAY GARRAWAY is currently playing for K-OS, Blind God and Namedropper. Ray joined friend Russ Klyne, to form the band Salvador Dream. After a bidding war, Salvador Dream was signed to Warner and produced 2 records and three videos. Salvador Dream toured almost non-stop for 3 years. Although Salvador Dream ended, it was just the beginning for them, as they experimented more with their jazz roots and later become known as Namedropper. Russ began collaborating and co-writing with K-OS, and soon after Toby and Ray were called on to join, and form a solid touring band. myspace.com/raygarraway *** DAVID MARION began his musical career at the age of 6 by playing a variety of musical instruments. He studied with VICTOR WOOTEN from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, STEVE BAILEY and ADAM NITTI at the Bass/Nature Camp in Nashville, TN. Raised as a Christian and inspired by artists like Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin, he gained more experience by playing with Gospel bands (New Gospel Family, Jo Ann Pickens, Gospel Act, Maggie Blanchard, Exo...). Since then, he has performed world-wide (Europe, Australia, Africa, Pacific, Canada, The Caribbean) with various television/radio appearances (Hit Machine, Top of the Pops, Urban Rush, 20h10 pétante, CBC, Fréquence Jazz, Canada AM...) for different genres of music (Rock, Pop, Soul, Folk-Rock, Gospel, World, Smooth Jazz...). bassmarion.com *** Winnipeg born, Vancouver based guitarist/composer JEFF YOUNGER is one of the busiest, most interesting and original musicians in Canada. Prone to rampantly tasty guitaristic diversity, deadly serious compositional tendencies, and lawless sprees of sonic expressionism, he's been called "the mad scientist of the electric guitar" and "Vancouver's own Frank Zappa". A leading figure in Vancouver's creative music scene, renowned for a musical fearlessness and a highly developed personal voice, Younger is a prolific and award nominated bandleader, composer, instrumentalist and recording artist. His modern jazz monster The Unsupervised was nominated for the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival's Grand Prix du Jazz and Galaxie Award for Composition, and the group tore up the festival's main stage on Canada Day. jeffyounger.net