All that jazz

Heart­felt Af­ter­noon Jazz en­joyed at the Grace Jol­ly­more Joyce Arts Cen­tre

Truro Daily News - - COVER STORY - BY PE­TER MAR­TYN SPE­CIAL TO THE TRURO DAILY NEWS

Mu­si­cians put au­di­ence in a re­laxed mood.

If jazz is the voice of free­dom then a re­laxed au­di­ence was treated to a mov­ing con­cert of pure mu­si­cal free­dom by gui­tarists Mike Rud and Amy Bran­don .

The event was held re­cently at the Grace Jol­ly­more Joyce Arts Cen­tre in Tata­m­agouche.

As fan Emily Frith and self-de­scribed mu­sic doo­dler put it, “It is easy to see that they both know that mu­sic ex­presses emo­tion; it is the lan­guage of emo­tion and they get that.”

Mike Rud, who cur­rently lives in Montreal, was 11 years old when he first picked up a gui­tar and by the time he was 18 he was play­ing jazz.

In 1995 he stud­ied in New York City un­der leg­endary jazz gui­tarist Jim Hall and since then has per­formed all over Canada in­clud­ing at the Van­cou­ver Jazz Fes­ti­val and the Fes­ti­val de Jazz de Montreal.

Rud per­formed se­lec­tions from his Juno award win­ning CD Notes on Montreal, which is in­flu­enced by the char­ac­ters he came across in cafes and in lit­er­a­ture

set in Montreal.

“I was in­spired by writ­ers such as Morde­cai Rich­ler and Michel Trem­blay who cre­ated tableau of life in the city,” he said.

In the sec­ond part of his set,

Rud played cool jazz stan­dards from his CD Minia­tures. The au­di­ence was treated to such clas­sics as Na­ture Boy, Septem­ber Song and Laura.

Rud said of Amy Bran­don, she “cre­ated a whole lan­guage of her own as a com­poser” and that by lis­ten­ing to her, “you are get­ting in on the ground floor of some­thing great.”

Draw­ing on jazz, clas­si­cal and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic Bran­don cre­ates land­scapes of sound with her gui­tar.

“My mu­sic is based on images and I am try­ing to trans­late th­ese images through sound,” she said.

The Syr­ian refugee cri­sis and the peo­ple who are play­ing games with the lives of oth­ers in­spired her com­po­si­tion War Games.

“I try to elicit emo­tion,” she said, adding, “the pur­pose of mu­sic is to make you feel some­thing.”

Lo­cal gui­tarist Noah Bar­rett said of the con­cert: “You can tell the years and time th­ese mu­si­cians put into learn­ing this.”

He’s right about that. Jazz is not the kind of mu­sic you are go­ing to learn to play in a few weeks but it can re­mind us of where we fit on the time­line of hu­man achieve­ment and that may be its ul­ti­mate value.

Up­com­ing events at the Grace Jol­ly­more Joyce Arts Cen­tre may be found on their web­site: artscream­erysquare.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Amy Bran­don and Mike Rud en­ter­tained an au­di­ence at the Grace Jol­ly­more Joyce Arts Cen­tre in Tata­m­agouche re­cently, with their own spe­cial brands of jazz.

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