By Dan Walton
Heading to Invermere from multi-cultural Toronto, the Eric St. Laurent Trio is bringing sounds from the city to The Station Pub on Wednesday, April 3rd.
First time listeners usually get it, guitarist and frontman Eric St. Laurent told The Pioneer.
Theyre more likely to get it seeing it live than hearing it on a recording, because by seeing us move, noticing where we place emphasis, how we play live they generally understand the vibe, which is filled with warmth and good feelings, with a little bit of dancing.
How they react influences the
music a lot – they have a big role in the show, he said.
We take big risks with the audience, and when that succeeds its very exciting. Sometimes we fall flat on our faces, and everybody knows it, which makes it
riskier, but that alos makes it a lot more fun.
Mr. St. Laurent will be promoting the trios newest album, Dale, alongside bandmates Jordan OConnor on bass and percussionist Michel DeQuevedo.
All three guys are really amazing, but the fact that they have a djembe drum player is what makes them totally unique you dont hear that in jazz often, said their manager, Sarah Kim Turnbull.
While much of Wednesdays music will be taken from Dale, Ms. Turnbull said everybody will be able to recognize something the band plays.
They take everything from pop tunes to jazz standards, and put it through their own filter to create a unique version of familiar songs, she said.
To watch this stuff actually happen in the moment, its spontaneous, improvised music, she added. It has its form, but its about this dialogue that happens between these three musicians on stage. They respond to each other and its like they have this conversation right in front of you, and the immediacy of it makes it so special.
Wednesdays show at the Station
begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $15.