Monday, June 13, 2016

Stanley J. Zappa + Jooklo Duo = Jooklo-Zappa on Tour!

The Jooklo-Zappa West Coast Tour 
The Jooklo Duo (Italy)—Virginia Genta on saxophone and David Vanzan on percussion
+ Stanley J. Zappa (Oliver, BC), saxophone

17 Kelowna BC / Habitat / Skin and Bones Music Series
18 Penticton BC / Shatford Center / First Annual Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts
22 Calgary AB / Wine Oh’s / Sled Island
23 Edmonton AB / Ortona Armoury / Point of Departure
24 Prince George BC / Exploration Place / Casse-Tête Festival
25 Prince George BC / Exploration Place / Casse-Tête Festival
28 Vancouver BC / Merge
29 Seattle WA / 1214 Gallery / with Greg Kelley
30 Seattle WA / Blue Moon Tavern / with Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand

1 Portland OR / Alice Coltrane Memorial Coliseum
3 Portland OR / Turn! Turn! Turn!

Italian giants of Free Jazz Virginia Genta and David Vanzan, together known as the Jooklo Duo, have combined forces with Okanagan single-reed quester Stanley J. Zappa to create Jooklo-Zappa, an arresting trio of like-minded musicians dedicated to dismantling tonality.

Through their mutual friendship with Kevin Reilly, proprietor of Relative Pitch Records and all-around friend of improvised music, the Jooklo Duo and Stanley J. Zappa, along with Steve Leffue and Jim Hobs, met at the JACK performance space in Brooklyn, NY for an initial performance.

Jeremy Stewart, director of Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, (held in Prince George) responded enthusiastically to the performance, and booked the Jooklo Duo and Stanley Zappa as headliners for Casse-Tête. Jooklo-Zappa was born.

 A small tour took shape. Upcoming Jooklo-Zappa performances include radio station CSJW and the Sled Island festival in Calgary, the Point of Departure music series in Edmonton, the Skin and Bones music series in Kelowna, The First Annual Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts in Penticton, and The Merge Gallery in Vancouver. In the United States, Jooklo-Zappa are performing at the Blue Moon Tavern in Seattle, as well as the Alice Coltrane Memorial Coliseum and Turn! Turn! Turn!, both in Portland.

The music is improvised—no two shows will (or can) be alike. Listeners can expect repeated challenges to their expectations in the form of carefully and not-so -carefully crafted melodies, harmonies and rhythms, designed at that very moment in time.

Stanley J. Zappa's new album, Sing-Song Songs, is available from New Texture.