Marc Atkinson Trio, Lache Cercel & Roma Swing Ensemble
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Marc Atkinson's compositions are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. They take the guitar beyond the usual repertoire and sound. The tunes have a fiery but elegant style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. All the while maintaining the laid-back humour and casual "good time feel" of Canada's West Coast. His picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. With Brett Marten on rhythm and Joey Smith on bass, the music of this fine trio welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.
To say that Lache Cercel (pronounced almost like Lackey Churchill) is a classically trained violinist from Romania would be like saying that Eric Clapton can play the guitar. He is an enormously gifted musician, equally at home with the classics, jazz or gypsy music. A devotee of Stephane Grappelli and of Yehudi Menuhin, Lache can bring "serious" music down to earth, and make gypsy jazz soar into the highest echelons. Driving the rhythms in The Roma Swing Ensemble are guitarists Don Ogilvie and Steven Nikleva and bassist Sam Shoichet - and probably a few more musicians besides. With Lache, you never quite know what he's going to do next, but you can rest assured that it will be brilliant music!