Saturday, September 13th
St James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets – $15 advance/$20 door. Students- $10.
What happens when a guitar feedback loop is replaced with a water-dipped gong? What if a drum kit was replaced by firebells, rusty bread pans and a timpani drum or a harmony line by a handsaw? These are some of the questions innovative singer-songwriter Adrian Glynn and Vancouver’s premiere new music percussion ensemble, Fringe Percussion, will answer in their first live performance together at St James Hall on September 13th.
In a Vancouver recording studio in 2011, the members of Fringe Percussion laid down intentionally rough-hewn bed tracks for Glynn’s album Bruise. Apart from resulting in a sublime, critically acclaimed album, this session also planted a seed in the minds of both parties about possible further collaboration. Since that time, Glynn and Fringe have worked together to develop a more refined fusion of their sounds, with Fringe now taking on the role of the full band, using their full arsenal of percussion instruments to supply bass lines, harmonies, and countermelodies, in addition to the rhythmic drive and exotic sound-world first explored in the Bruise session.
September 13th will mark the first public performance of this collaboration. The show promises to be a theatrical experimentation in sound and performance style, using various facets of the intimate space at St James Hall in Kitsilano.
“This is an exciting meeting of musical worlds”, says Fringe leader Danny Tones. “Fusing the Western musical tradition work that we do with Adrian’s lyrical songwriting style is a type of collaboration we’ve never seen before, so we jumped at the idea to create a new sound in this way”.
The show will feature collaborative works both artists have been working on over the past year and a half, as well as performance pieces from Fringe Percussion’s catalogue (including the likes of John Cage and Steve Reich) and newer songs of Glynn’s. Rounding out the ensemble (and performing some work of her own) will be rising indie superstar, loop-violin player Hannah Epperson, certainly no stranger to innovation herself.
“It’s a songwriter’s dream to get to hear your songs come alive in a way you’d never even considered before”, says Glynn, who is also one of the leaders of modern folk group, The Fugitives. “And sharing a stage with the sort of musicianship Fringe and Hannah employ- that’s like a hallucination. I can’t even believe it’s happening”.
Adrian Glynn and Fringe Percussion EPK video