Saturday 15 December: Coat Cooke, Rainer Weins

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Sat. 15 December.  TRANZAC Southern Cross.  pwyc (sugg. $12)

Saturday, December 15, 7:300 – 9:30 PM

TRANZAC – Southern Cross
Admission: $15 /pwyc
Coat Cooke – saxophones (Vancouver)
Rainer Wiens – guitar + kalimba (Montreal)

HAT & BEARD (Toronto)
Dave Clark – drums – percussion
Ken Aldcroft – electric guitar

Celebrating their High Wire Compact Disc Release, Coat and Rainer invite Ken and Dave to forge some real spherical sounds in the Toronto Australia New Zealand Club’s Southern Cross Lounge. Consider the Coat Hat & Beard Silk Stockings Revue Release an essential on the ever expanding Toronto live musical calendar.

Coat Cooke & Rainer Wiens. High Wire. NOW Orchestra Records CLNOW0007.

The pairing of Coat Cooke and Rainer Wiens in High Wire, results in a performance of dualities. Complexity versus simplicity, density versus scarcity are all at play here. Wiens creates complex sound environments on eclectic guitars and thumb pianos while Cooke soars overhead with clear, clean lines. Interaction is evident and the music is highly listenable. Drawing on sax antecedents, Cooke’s horn moves from the lightness of John Handy to the warmth of Jan Garbarek, ultimately shifting into a voice that is singularly his own. Rainer Wiens, for his part, evokes the spirit of performers such as Fred Frith, Hans Reichel, and the band Oregon, yet also creates his own unique complexity of sound. This is a CD that sounds familiar but is new, that is comfortable but edgy, and that contains an inner harmony even in its most discordant moments. This is a mature work of sensitive improvisation at its finest, and currently one of my favourite CDs in this idiom.
—Randy Raine-Reusch, Musicworks 2012/Fall

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