Hard Rubber Orchestra at The Rio - Sat, Nov 28

HRO at The Rio – Saturday, November 28

John Korsrud’s



music by John Korsrud, Peggy Lee & Eric Wettstein

performed by the 18-piece jazz powerhouse featuring

Bill Runge, Chad Makela, Brent Mah & Dave Branter, saxes; Derry Byrne, Kent Wallace & Chris Davis, trumpets; Rod Murray, Dennis Esson, Luis Melgar & Andrew Broughton, trombones; Cameron Wilson, violin; Ron Samworth, guitar; André Lachance, bass; Dave Robbins, drums; Jack Duncan, percussion

opening with Star System: A Tribute to Sun Ra

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 8:30 pm

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway)

Tickets: $20 General / $15 Students, Seniors & Musicians at the Door

or In Advance ($20 General only): riotheatretickets.ca

Hard Rubber Orchestra makes its historic first appearance at The Rio, East Van’s cinematic hotspot. The 18-piece big band will perform music from its acclaimed CD, Crush with visual projections by Brian Johnson and Ryan McCann. The cosmic 10-piece Star System: A Tribute to Sun Ra led by drummer Dan Gauthier will open the show.

The Hard Rubber Orchestra is one of Canada’s most active, unpredictable ensembles of creative music of the past 25 years. The Orchestra has toured across Canada and to Europe and produced operas, TV specials, arts raves and avant ice shows, led by composer, trumpeter, John Korsrud.

Their blend of serious music and hot grooves makes them a powerhouse of intelligent entertainment – AllMusic Guide

There’s more stuff crammed into its 10 minutes than most bands fit onto an entire CD, and it’s good stuff. In a word, it’s awesome—and I’m trained not to use that word lightly. – Alex Varty, Georgia Straight

On Crush, John Korsrud and his Hard Rubber Orchestra have created a powerful and tempestuous piece of work that stimulates both the brain and the booty while always sounding fresh, exciting and somewhat dangerous. – BC Musician Magazine

With very few modern artists writing music for large groups, the Hard Rubber Orchestra stands out. But it also separates itself from the mundane by providing music of a high quality – intelligent compositions, tight playing, and a sense of fun to accompany more than a little noir. The intricacies of the instrumental layering will keep your head spinning through multiple listens. Highly recommended. – Avant  Music News


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through Direct Access to Charitable Gaming and the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services.