Avant-garde Saxophonist to Collaborate with Local Artists on Cross Canada Tour


The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art invites you to attend a live performance by Canadian improvisational saxophonist Darren Williams. Williams has been winning over audiences in Western Canada with his unforgettable performances that stretch musical boundaries. His performance at the Alternator on August 9th wraps up an 11 city cross-Canada tour funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Circuit for Improvising Musicians.

Fresh from his appearance at the 2013 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, audiences can expect to be mesmerized by Williams’ incredible array of extended solo techniques on the saxophone as composition, improvisation, and physical endurance are explored. For his performance at the Alternator, Williams will be joined by local artist James Masz, who will perform a solo set on electronics and join Williams in a duo performance. Together, they will unleash a sonic cluster of roiling improvisations.

Darren Williams is a British Columbia based saxophonist and bassoonist who pushes the limits of extended instrumental technique into regions that are lyrical, terrifying and uncanny. Williams holds a BFA in music performance from York University and has studied with Casey Sokol, David Mott, George Lewis, and Francois Houle.

James Masz has released two albums since 2009 and performs a wide gamut of downtempo, noise, improvisational, and minimalist techno. Masz’s past collaborators include Natalia Leigh, Darren Williams, multi-disciplinary artist Erik Rezepka and Berlin-based filmmaker Matthias Fritsch.

Darren Williams feat. James Masz, 7pm, August 9, 2013 at The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. Admission at the door $7 ($5 for Alternator Members).

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

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