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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jazzfest recap!




This past weekend I spent over in Vancouver, BC. I went there for the great food, great company, no cabs at 1:30am, and to perform at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The city of Vancouver treated me well. The Jazz Festival was very interesting to be a part of. The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society has been going since 1986, and you could really see how their vision of having many kinds of musicians and cultures intermixed, contributing to the ever evolving world of the art form that is jazz, is alive and well.



I performed on two nights, during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, at the venue/bar/lounge Guilt & Company. This venue is fantastic! Located in Gastown, #1 Alexander Street, underground - below Chill Winston, I fell in love with this place immediately.

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The concept, somewhat simple and scary at the same time, was this: 3 musicians, who have never performed together, play a 2 hour set, in front of an audience, and hope that everything goes well!



On Friday, June 25th 2010, the first night of the Jazz Festival, I played with Samuel Davidson, on clarinet and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) - who can be seen in the band Brasstronauts, as well as Ali Siadat on drums - who can be seen in the band Mother Mother. We played two 45 minute sets, completely improvised as I had never met Sam or Ali in person before our sound check earlier that evening.

I'm in deep 'jazz' concentration here :)


We had a great time, the 2 hours flew by for me. The combination of the drums, clarinet and accordion blended really well. I had never played with someone on the EWI before, but it sounded awesome as well. It was an honour to play with these two musicians, and I hope to play with them again.


On June 26th, 2010 I performed with Colin Cowan on bass - of the band Analog Bell Service and Bobby Siadat on drums - from the bands You Say Party and Gang Violence.


These guys, who I once again had not met until that evening at sound check, were fantastic, and once again we blended well. The interaction between the instrumentation of the double bass, electric bass and accordion was a lot of fun!

I would love to play with all 4 of these musicians again soon!



I need to give a big special THANK YOU to Duff McWhirter, who's sound engineering made us all sound great, as well as to Dani Vachon - who contracted me to perform at Guilt & Company for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. It was brilliant to have three musicians, who have never played together on stage before, the opportunity to do so.

For more information about the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival please visit their website at:
http://www.coastaljazz.ca/

Check out Guilt & Company! Go NOW! http://guiltandcompany.com/

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While I was in Vancouver I met up with my accordion friend Alan Zisman, who plays zydeco music on his Hohner, and runs the ever popular Squeeze Box Circle website: http://www.squeezeboxcircle.org/.

I dropped in on him to borrow his mics for my several upcoming
gigs. THANK YOU ALAN! I will let you know how the mics go for me, and mail them back very soon!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Your friend, Natasha Enquist, playing at Guilt & Company!




Guilt & Company is a bar, restaurant and venue showcasing live improvised music, fine art, DJ's, and comedy - all in one!

Located in Vancouver BC's historical Gastown, Guilt & Company is taking part in the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, happening June 25th to July 4th.

Your friend and accordionista, Natasha Enquist, will be performing at Guilt & Company on:


Friday, June 25th ~ 10:00pm to 12:00am:

Natasha Enquist (accordion), Samuel Davidson (electric wind instruments) & percussion TBA

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Saturday, June 26th ~ 10:00pm to 12:00am:

Natasha Enquist (accordion), Colin Cowan (bass), & Bobby Siadat (drums)

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For more information:

http://guiltandcompany.com/

http://www.coastaljazz.ca/

Monday, June 14, 2010

Accordion Blue Monday

Oh Monday, Monday... can't trust that day.




Here is a video of Alex Cooper and myself performing at last week's "An Evening of Pleasing Squeezing" put on by Accordion Noir, and held at the Fort Café:


I have been infatuated with electronic music, techno, and fantastic synthy sounds of the 1970s and 1980s onwards, since the ripe age of 10. I wish to only honour those techno gods before me, and create original dance music with Alex, which combines our musical tastes, talents, and instruments.



This past weekend was a BLAST! I had a fantastic time at the Fisgard Lighthouse/Canadian Navy celebrations on Friday, June 11th.

Performing "Mahalageasca" - June 11th, 2010

BTW:
My gypsy band's first wedding ceremony/reception gig went very well on Saturday. Memorable for all, and the couple looked absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for having us :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Update update!

What's happening??

EVERYTHING!

What great news...the iPad has an accordion app...got mine today.

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Tuesday night with Alex Cooper, and Rowan Lipkovits at the Fort Street Café was fun. It was a rocky start to our set, for me, but I'm always way too hard on myself, and so with that I look forward to Alex and I's next performance. It only gets better from here :)

Video proof of this performance will be posted very soon for you all to view!

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My gypsy band and I have a lot coming up, especially this weekend!

Along with the Poi Pixies - Fyre & Lyte, and many lantern installations will be helping with the celebrations at Fort Rodd Hill on the evening of June 11th for the 150th birthday of the Fisgard Lighthouse, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy!

Come out and enjoy the live music and entertainment, plenty of activities for kids, lantern making, food, exploration of the fort, and a great display of fireworks! (Fireworks scheduled for 10pm)

*ALL AGES*

My gypsy band and I will be playing at 9pm and then 10:20pm!

For more information please visit:

Vancouver Sun/Times Colonist article:
"150 years of lighting the way home"

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria:
http://www.icavictoria.org/node/226

Parks Canada:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/index.aspx

Map:
http://www.fortroddhill.com/map_fort_rodd_hill.html






WEDDING BELLS!!!

My gypsy band and I are playing our first wedding ceremony this Saturday afternoon. I am so excited about this, this is exactly what I have been wanting for the band from the start. I feel blessed, and the bride and groom are absolutely lovely people, and adore the band. I can't wait!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Poster Girl

It has happened before, in Vancouver - as well as Seattle, but now it is here:
I'm a poster girl in my OWN town!


Thank you Rowan Lipkovits, accordionist from "The Creaking Planks" and co-host of "Accordion Noir Radio" and co-founder of the annual "Accordion Noir Accordion Festival", for inviting me to play, having me on a poster, and for planning this night of music!

Tuesday, June 8th 2010
Doors at 7:30pm
Music at 8pm
$5 cover
Fort Street Café (742 Fort Street, Victoria BC)

"Rowan Lipkovits fronts the jug band of the damned, the Creaking Planks, and specializes in musical impishness: squeezing music out of his box which was never intended for it and playing sad songs with great gusto and happy abandon. Once you feel you know what to expect, he ducks and weaves again, throwing the listener and avoiding being pinned down.

Natasha Enquist straddles the worlds of the musical, the visual and the dramatic, cutting a figure on the theatrical stage and no less striking behind the megaphone with her gypsy band. On this occasion she is playing in partnership with Alexander "Sunheart" Cooper, controlling an impressive and startling array of electronic sound manipulation equipment to make you forget every prior way you've heard the accordion used or abused.

Accordion Noir is alone in its field, for three and a half years the pre-eminent podcast covering the global beat of the punky and vibrant accordion renaissance.
Doors at 7:30, admission is $5." - Rowan Lipkovits

BY THE WAY...........

HAPPY NATIONAL ACCORDION AWARENESS MONTH EVERYONE!!!


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