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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Time Warp returns to York U Oct 6 with Jazz Orchestra

Time Warp Jazz Orchestra brings it home to York University

Toronto, September 23, 2009: Time Warp, one of Canadaĺ─˘s best known and longest-running jazz ensembles, takes centre stage in a celebratory performance at York University October 6.
The Time Warp quartet was founded in 1980 by drummer Barry Elmes and bassist Al Henderson, who both studied in Yorkĺ─˘s groundbreaking jazz program. Going on to forge stellar individual careers as performers and composers, they also continued their collaboration as co-leaders of the quartet.

Today, Elmes and Henderson are leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene and Time Warp has achieved international renown. With nine CDs under its belt, extensive tours and numerous accolades (including winning the Jazz Report Award for Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year four times), the band has inspired a generation of fans.

Time Warpĺ─˘s unique style and highly original repertoire reflects musical influences spanning the entire history of jazz and beyond. Known particularly for its own compositions and its fresh interpretations of the works of Duke Ellington, the ensemble has always pushed the boundaries of the genre. Long before the term "world music" was widely known, Time Warp was drawing on musical and cultural influences from around the globe, including the rhythms and harmonic structures of West African music, Japanese koto music, Hungarian folk songs, North American urban funk rhythms and New Orleans parade music, to create its distinctive sound.

All four members of Time Warp are currently on faculty in York Universityĺ─˘s Department of Music. Professor Elmes chairs the department, Professor Henderson directs the York University Jazz Orchestra, and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet) and Kelly Jefferson (saxes) teach in the jazz program.

The quartet will be joined by 11 other leading artists to form the Time Warp Jazz Orchestra for its one-night-only performance.

Two of the guests are Time Warp alumni: saxmen Bob Brough, a charter member who played with the group throughout the ĺ─˛80s, and Mike Murley, a 15-year veteran of Time Warp and a graduate of Yorkĺ─˘s music department, where he now heads the jazz studies area.
All the other guest artists in the big band are currently teaching and/or studying in Yorkĺ─˘s music program. Saxophonists David Mott and Sundar Viswanathan, vocalist Karen Burke, trumpeter Bill Thomas, cellist Mark Chambers and trombonist Ron Westray, the newly-appointed Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance, are all full-time faculty. Cellist Matt Brubeck, guitarist Lorne Lofsky and pianist Mark Eisenman teach in the jazz program.

The orchestraĺ─˘s October 6 concert will feature the world premiere performance of new arrangements for large ensemble of several favourites from the Time Warp repertoire, including ĺ─˙Theme for Coleman Hawkinsĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Nima na Komboĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Gridlockĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Reincarnation of Rat Boyĺ─¨ and Hendersonĺ─˘s ĺ─¨Ellingtoniaĺ─¨ suite. The concert will be recorded for a future CD release.ĺ─«ĺ─«The Time Warp Jazz Orchestra performance is a YU50 event, celebrating York Universityĺ─˘s 50th anniversary.

ĺ─«What: Time Warp Jazz Orchestraĺ─«
When: Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30pmĺ─«
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.

Admission: $15 | students & seniors $5 ĺ─«Box Office: 416.736.5888 | ĺ─«

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