ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Jessica Hindin perform music with depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blends their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge. Their use of jazz chordal transitions, traditional fiddle tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary and intriguing edginess.
Opening for them will be the hot young Cuban quintet El Grupo Cubano, who have just recorded a CD with Steve Dawson producing. These fellows are the PRIDE of Cuba (played for the Pope recently, their contrabass is a gift from the wife of Presidente Raul Castro, played daily on Cuban national radio) This is a very important show for them. It is a chance for them to play a professional venue in Canada, and will go a long way to help them receive funding to tour Canadian festivals next year. They are making friends - and winning over new fans - wherever they play. Don't miss them!