Hard Rubber Orchestra with Phil Dwyer

Hard Rubber New Music Society presents



Saturday, April 29th, 2006, 8pm
Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables
Tickets: $16/12 through Ticketmaster (604 280 3311/www.ticketmaster.ca)

The 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, formed by composer and trumpet player John Korsrud, comprises Vancouver’s finest jazz, classical and improvising musicians. The spring concert of their 2005-2006 season, on Saturday, April 29, will feature the premiere of new work by one of Canada’s greatest musicians, Phil Dwyer, a native Vancouverite currently living on Vancouver Island. A smaller ensemble featuring Phil Dwyer and members of the Hard Rubber Orchestra will open the concert with original works by Dwyer.

Phil Dwyer has enjoyed a career of great diversity and high quality. Considered one of Canada’s premiere saxophone soloists and a world-class pianist, he is also a versatile composer who has written for almost every genre and instrumentation. His music blends the best of contemporary jazz with world and pop music. Dwyer has been a popular choice with visiting bandleaders, having shared the stage with Red Rodney, Renee Rosnes, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, and Philip Harper. He has also backed up show-biz legends such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Milton Berle, and Bob Newhart. He has contributed original compositions and arrangements to dozens of albums, and radio and television shows, and has appeared, performing his own music, with symphony orchestras in Toronto and Latvia.

On Phil Dwyer: “a monster of musicianship” (Winnipeg Free Press)

“class and thrills all the way” (Toronto Star)

The Hard Rubber Orchestra is a 17-piece all-star ensemble that features the finest of Vancouver’s jazz community. The Orchestra performs music that is influenced by jazz, pop, world, contemporary classical, and improvised music. Since its debut in 1990 the Hard Rubber Orchestra has toured to Europe and across Canada including concerts at the BIMhuis in Amsterdam and the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec.