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
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
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
reserve tickets ($18 adults; $8 students) for the performance on Saturday,
August 13. 2005.