Strings and electronics create rich sonic tapestry at new experimental jazz series


Musicians: Ryan Lidstone and James Masz

Event: In performance at new experimental jazz series

Date: 23 October, 2015, 8 p.m. (doors 7:30)

Guitarist Ryan Lidstone and electronics musician James Masz will be appearing in concert in Kelowna 23 October at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

This performance is the second installment of the Skin and Bones Music Series, a new concert series presenting experimental jazz in the Okanagan by musicians both local and abroad.

Ryan Lidstone is a maverick guitarist who freely plumbs the depths of jazz, ambient, and post-rock.  This talented musician coaxes out a diverse sonic topography of sounds and textures.

Originally from Vancouver, Lidstone is now based in Kelowna.  An entrepreneur in his own right, Lidstone and runs Postmodern Records, a label devoted to the release and proliferation of alternative jazz and music with an experimental approach.

Lidstone has performed with the likes of Juno winning drummer Skye Brooks, composer Tony Wilson and Canadian favourite Gordon Grdina.  For this performance bass clarinetist Mike Allen and bassist Jazz Palley will join Lidstone.

James Masz is an interdisciplinary new media musician and visual artist.  By using prerecorded music and sounds, signal processors, and physically manipulating speakers, Masz creates novel compositions, often described as auditory hallucinations.

Having performed locally at the Alternator and on a national scale for CBC Radio, Masz’s sound travels the wide gamut of downtempo, noise, and improvisational minimalist techno.

Masz has collaborated with cellist Natalia Leigh, avant-garde saxophonist Darren Williams, and Berlin-based filmmaker Matthias Fritsch.

Performed at the Alternator, the Lidstone and Masz will debut at the Skin and Bones Music Series October 23.  Doors open at 7:30 and the performance will be begin at 8:00.  Admission is $10 for public and $8 for Alternator members.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Alternator or at the door.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.


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