Date: December 30, at 9pm (doors 8:30pm)
Where: Muninn’s Post (575 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC)
Admission: $10 for the public and $5 for students and Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Alternator and at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street.
A Cobra for Christmas: Anthony Argatoff’s Tribute to John Zorn
Kelowna’s own Anthony Argatoff will be leading his large ensemble in a performance of composer John Zorn’s classic piece “Cobra” on December 30th at Muninn’s Post in downtown Kelowna. This concert is the twenty-fourth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its third year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
Saxophonist Anthony Argatoff, a recent Jazz Performance graduate of the University of Toronto, has shared the stage with some of Canada’s top jazz performers including drummer Nick Fraser, trombonist Terry Promane, and the Juno award winning saxophonist Mike Murley. For several years Anthony has been leading his own quartet Bellwether4, performing original compositions heavily influenced by Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton among many others.
In what is beginning to become a new holiday musical tradition, Anthony returns home to lead his 11 person ensemble through a performance of “Cobra,” by legendary avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn. The ensemble consists of some of Kelowna’s finest musical talent, including saxophonists Harrison Argatoff, Zach Griffin, and the celebrated Craig Thomson, vocalist Rachel Mercer, trumpet players Emily Denison and Madeleine Ertel, violinist Chloe Davidson, guitarist Gilbert Kafka, bassist Alex Argatoff, drummer Joe Sorbara, as well as local saxophonist/bassoonist Darren Williams. Anthony explains his own fascination for Zorn: “…Zorn is a revolutionary and musical genius. He has redefined the way we think and play music; he has created his own art form, through improvising games like ‘Cobra’.” Originally composed in 1984, “Cobra” is the most iconic of Zorn’s “game pieces” – a composition that is without a predetermined sequence of (musical) events. Instead of being written out in traditional music notation (sheet music) “Cobra” consists of a set of instructional cues written on display cards that direct the players what to do. The music is completely improvised. Don’t miss this amazing night of provocative sounds, dynamic interplay, and sonic rebellion demonstrated by some of Kelowna’s musical firebrands!