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Deep Cove Jazz with the Ryga/Rosnes Quartet

Salt Spring Island, BC - It could be their shared British Columbian heritage or matching Juno awards, but more likely it’s Renee Rosnes’ exquisite piano stylings and Campbell Ryga’s soulful lyricism on the sax that bring new meaning to the popular cliché, “They make beautiful music together.” Joined by bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Rudy Petschauer, Ryga and Rosnes appear at ArtSpring on Saturday, August 13, at 8:00pm.

Campbell Ryga has long been recognized as a leader on alto and soprano saxophone. He has a total understanding of harmony, great time and a gentle, pure sound that contributes greatly to the relaxed feeling of this music. Carving out a stellar career, Ryga lends his honeyed sound to such jazz greats as the Hugh Fraser Quartet.

Ryga and Rosnes first got together years ago, before Renee Rosnes’ move to New York City, where her phenomenal solos and fluid expression were quickly tapped for high profile gigs with the likes of Wayne Shorter and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Rosnes is now one of the busiest and most sought after players in the city. She has impeccable technique and a beauty and depth of musicality that place her in the highest echelon of today’s jazz pianists.

“Rosnes has grown and matured into one of the finest pianists in jazz,” wrote The Jazz Report. “Her playing is inventive, complex and always illuminating.”

Neil Swainson and Rudy Petschauer are a perfect rhythm section, always playing what the music demands but always finding ways to contribute excitement and beauty to whatever is going on.

They reunited in 2003 to record the fabulous “Deep Cove,” a high-energy effort, bubbling with elegance and passion. They meet again at ArtSpring, performing selections from their much-lauded CD.

This is truly a stellar group of players consisting of some of the finest musicians to ever come from Canada’s West Coast. This is a band that sounds like a band. They are all seasoned players who know exactly how they want to play and, most importantly, they have the ability to make the music their own, regardless of the composer.

If a signature Canadian West Coast sound exists, this is it—music that evokes feelings of tranquility and beauty. The Ryga-Rosnes Quartet appears as part of ArtSpring’s sixth annual summer festival sponsored by Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art. Special support for this event is provided by Libra Investment Management Inc.

Please call the Ticket Centre (537-2102) or email ( to reserve tickets ($18 adults; $8 students) for the performance on Saturday, August 13. 2005.

Officially opened in April 1999 by Robert Bateman, ArtSpring is an 11,800 sq. ft., two-level, heavy timber structure boasting a 5,200 sq. ft. exhibition/multi-purpose area and a 6,600 sq. ft, 259-seat theatre. ArtSpring the centre of cultural events on Salt Spring Island and is the only professional year-round presenter of concerts and other events.

For ticket information please contact:
Ticket Centre at ArtSpring 250-537-2102 or 866-537-2102 (toll free)

For more information, please contact:
Paul Gravett, Executive Director, ArtSpring 250-537-2125

Past Performances    
  Deep Cove Jazz with Ryga/Rosnes Quartet Aug 13 2006
  Rumba Calzada July 15 2005
  Lorne Elliot - commedian Feb 9 2005
  Rob McConnell - jazz musician Feb 27 2005

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