Good Noise Pays Tribute to Rich History of Improvisation in Jazz Meets Gospel
Christ Church Cathedral02 Jun '18 to 03 Jun '18 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir (Good Noise) explores the intersection of two historic genres in the final concert of their 2017–2018 season: Jazz Meets Gospel on June 2 at 3pm & 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Audiences will be brought to their feet, as the high-octane ensemble is joined by free-wheeling instrumentalist Daniel Lapp and the dulcet-yet-mighty voices of Holy Cross High School’s ViBE Senior Choir.
“At Good Noise concerts, we aim to explore music’s multidimensionality. For this upcoming finale, we were inspired by jazz and gospel music’s shared roots in improvisation — and crafted a program to traverse the past century of spontaneous music-making,” says Gail Suderman, Artistic Director, Good Noise. “From swing-influenced gospel arrangements to soaring spirituals, from Latin jazz to Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music, this will be an in-depth adventure into two influential genres inextricably connected to socio-cultural histories.”
Jazz Meets Gospel’s full program includes the high-energy song Revelation by the Yellowjackets, before hitting more soulful notes with Walk With Me Lord and When the Saints Go Marching In (both in new arrangements by Suderman herself). Also of note is the 60’s civil rights anthem I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free, performed by Good Noise soloist Syllona Kanu in tribute to Nina Simone.
The vibrant set is abundant with opportunities for improvisation, creating a truly singular experience for those in attendance. Each song builds upon the emotional, responsive connection between performer and listener, as both move seamlessly between states of reflection, joy, and celebration.
Guest artist Lapp is a trumpet player, singer, composer, producer, and teacher — as well as the Artistic Director of the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music at Victoria Conservatory of Music and Director of the BC Fiddle Orchestra. The musical Renaissance man is known for his homage concerts to Chet Baker, in which he interprets songs by the jazz trumpeter and improvises new rhythms that speak to the same ‘cool’ essence.
The ViBE Senior Choir received top recognition for two consecutive years at the Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival Awards in 2016 and 2017. A portion of the proceeds from Jazz Meets Gospel will go towards ViBE and Good Noise’s VIP Young Artist Program, which supports high school students in music education programs.
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents: Jazz Meets Gospel
Date & Location: June 2 at 3pm & 8pm
Christ Church Cathedral 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver