"Robbed and Ridiculed"
show: Sunday 22 February, 10pm
Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. Their distinctive musical voice bridges tradition and innovation, with deeply felt influences ranging from Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, and Charles Mingus, to David Binney, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and The Bad Plus.
Peripheral Vision was recently featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival, where they were awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award. Having just released their highly anticipated third album, Sheer Tyranny Of Will, they maintain a busy touring schedule in support of their three critically acclaimed albums. Scott and Herring are joined by saxophonist Trevor Hogg and drummer Nick Fraser. While the compositions are Herring and Scott's, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960's jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process. This no-holds-barred philosophy is at the root of Peripheral Vision's explosive performances.
"This outfit produces jazz for this century... all the material has something to say, propelled with elegant momentum and hearty rations of dynamic interplay."
-- Geoff Chapman, The Wholenote
"Peripheral Vision are making exacting but emotional music that nimbly relays complexity in a heady but appealing way, and with Spectacle: Live!, they demonstrate that they can pull off their magic in real-time."
-- Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
"Dominated by lively counterpoint... with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings"
-- Downbeat Magazine
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