Somewhere There Creative Music Festival: Main

Swankey, Duncan, & Oore
   Christine Duncan (voice) Daniel Oore (tenor saxophone) Laura Swankey (voice)

Sunday 28 February, 3pm

Laura Swankey

Dani Oore

Christine Duncan

An eclectic and skilled vocalist, Laura Swankey draws influence from many places. She is a natural improviser and writes with honesty and integrity, always stretching her capacity to create new sounds. She has worked with artists such as Mike Murley, Mark Feldman, Ralph Alessi, Elio Villafranca, Poet Laureate Dennis Lee, and studied under Christine Duncan, Jim Lewis, Terry Promane and Allan Gilliland.

Christine Duncan began learning her craft in church. A minister's daughter, she performed with her musical family "The Duncans" in gospel shows on stages across North America from the age of five. When she was 15 she recorded her first album of her own original gospel tunes in Nashville. Inevitably her roots led her from gospel and inspirational music to soul, singer songwriter folk music, R&B/blues, jazz and more recently, new music and improvised music. Since 1994, she has released 5 albums under her own name, and has been involved in many other recording projects. A musical chameleon with a near five octave range, Duncan uses her voice as an instrument, exploring its full tonal, timbral and textural range. She has collaborated with Bob Murphy, Hugh Fraser, Miles Black, Veda Hille, Paul Plimley, Danielle Palardy Roger, Jean Martin, and Tanya Tagaq, Kenny Wheeler, Rufus Reid, Dave Young, P.J. Perry, Ray Charles, Linton Garner, Paul Horn, Jeff Healey, Andre Crouch, Sabeer Mateen, John Oswald, Paul Dutton, Nobuo Kabota, and many others.

Composer, improviser, clown, chamber musician, wild front-man, teacher, instrument inventor. Daniel Oore mentored under Don Palmer from the age of ten into his twenties. On completing a BMus at Dalhousie, Daniel received the school's highest awards and distinction. A recipient of various grants and residency fellowships (Banff, Arad, Montreal...), Dani is currently pursuing a Masters in Music at the University of Toronto. His music is regularly broadcast--as a soloist and composer on over twenty CBC radio features--and heard in numerous festivals. Oore has collaborated with Jerry Granelli, Sarah Shelton Mann, Fred Frith, Chris Tarry Group, Sam Rivers, Andy Milne, Barry Guy, Alain Trudel, Jan Latham-Koenig, Sageev Oore, Rufus Cappadocia, Gypsophilia, and Suddenly Listen. His work is the subject of a short film, "Solo: for Multiple Voices."

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