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Emilie-Claire Barlow & Brandi Disterheft
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012 -

Centre for the Arts, Brock University presents Emilie-Claire Barlow with special guest Brandi Disterheft “If you haven’t heard Emilie-Claire Barlow yet,” I “promise that you’ll fall in love, like I did, back on that summer’s night at The Rex.” (The National Post) Emilie-Claire Barlow is a multi-JUNO nominated jazz chanteuse with the vocal chops and pyrotechnics that make other singers pale in comparison. Barlow’s star is rising quickly in the jazz world because, after establishing her talent on her first two recordings of '30s and '40s jazz, her latest record, The Beat Goes On , brings her arranging and vocal talents to the music of the '60s. Country, folk, motown and psychedelic songs from artists like Donovan, Carole King, Bob Dylan and Buffy Sainte-Marie are given intricate, lush and dynamic interpretations that allow Barlow’s vocals to shine like the sun on a warm summer evening as it is setting over the horizon. Barlow’s voice is a delight and will wash over you in the most wonderful sonic waves as you bathe in her luscious sound. “Emilie-Claire Barlow is a major Canadian treasure; she has taken vocal jazz singing to a whole new level in this country. Her senses of pitch and rhythm are amazing, and the joy and warmth she shares with her audience make her concerts very special and unforgettable experiences for her listeners.” - CFTA Patron John Butler (April 24/09) "Brandi has the same lope or rhythmical impulse as my late bassist, Ray Brown. She is what we call serious.” (Oscar Peterson) Brandi Disterheft is quickly establishing herself as a formidable bass player and composer on the international jazz stage. Hailing originally from North Vancouver, Disterheft has caught the hearts, minds and imaginations of audiences wherever she plays with her luscious and profound bass playing. Based currently in New York, Disterheft has studied with bass and jazz greats like Don Thompson, Rufus Reid, Rodney Whitaker, Oscar Peterson and is currently under the tutelage of bass heavyweight, Ron Carter. All About Jazz described Debut , Disterheft’s first album which also won the JUNO in 2008 for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, as “a truly remarkable achievement” while on her sophomore release, Second Side, they said, “Disterheft employs daring rhythmic changes with superb dynamic control.” Come to the Centre for the Arts for what will prove to be an extraordinary evening of bass prowess, technique and unique voicing and style.

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