The HiFi is looking forward to our show tomorrow in support of Malawi.
I’ve been sitting on these videos for a while now, and have finally gotten around to doing something with them. Back in March my band played at Hermann’s in Victoria, and I recorded the sound in multitrack from the mixing board, plus a couple of zoom recorders to capture audience sound for a more ‘live’ feel. I also had the show filmed with great cameras by Tim Quinlan. It’s taken me this long to get around to putting anything up from it because it’s been a very busy gigging year, and it took a bit of time to put this together. First I had to do a good mix from scratch of all the audio, and then I picked a few songs to edit down with the video. The result (I think) turned out really well.
My band also played the Islands Folkfest in Duncan this summer, and I have a couple of live videos from that. The sound is just from my video camera sitting in the sound booth, and the video is from that camera and an iPhone, so it’s not nearly as pro looking or sounding as the videos from Hermann’s, but it’s great for capturing the energy of the fest. I hope you enjoy!
To see all these videos, and a few other new videos I just uploaded, click here.
And here’s a taste of what you’ll find new on the videos page:
Live at Hermann’s:
Live at the Islands Folkfest:
The Nick La Riviere Septet
Saturday August 13, Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria 8PM
It’s been a very busy summer so far for me. It began with a tour of Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Luxembourg with Locarno. The busy summer continued with a ton of local shows right away after I got back to Victoria, and it’s been pretty non-stop.
Coming up on August 13th, I’m putting on a show with The Nick La Riviere Septet. I created this band back in 2009 when I released my album Too Much To Do, which received plenty of positive press. The band features a unique instrumentation rarely seen in a jazz group. Two violins, cello, piano, bass, and drums – with me on trombone, conch shells, and occasionally singing a tune. For those of you who have seen my new 5 piece band, you know that I’ve started to explore more of a funk-pop style of music, and I’ve been doing a lot more singing.. but this band focuses more on the instrumental jazz aspect of the music I play. We’ll still mix it up with a few vocals, different genres, and I’m even working on lining up some great special guests for a couple of tunes, but the show will focus on some chops-heavy jazzy trombone, backed up by some great players. We’ll have Richard Moody and Julian Vitek on violins, Alasdair Money on cello, Aidan Miller on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. The tunes will include original jazz, twisted arrangements of standards, and a bit of mixing up the genres. Special guests: Lauren Marshall, Deven Miles, Heather La Riviere, Allie George.
Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made online here – http://hermannsjazz.com/
The Ashley Wey Trio
+ Nick La Riviere
Sunday, August 7th, 7:30pm
Hermann’s Jazz Club
Ashley is a great pianist and singer, who Victorians don’t get to see often enough… She spends most of the year performing around the world on cruise ships with her trio.
I’ll be joining her for a special performance at Hermann’s on August 7th during one of her brief breaks between contracts. It’s going to be a great show, and reservations can be made here.
Hello from Italy!
I’m currently on tour with Locarno. So far we’ve played in Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland last night. I’m writing this email
from the van as we drive through Italy on the way to our next gig… see here I am working away:
Today I’m getting in touch to let you know about a couple of awesome shows coming up soon after I get back to Canada. The HiFi is playing at Hermann’s Jazz Club on June 10th and 11th. For those who haven’t seen it before, it’s a really fun project co-lead by myself, Damian Graham (drums), ‘Art Booker’ (piano), and Ryan Tandy (bass). Tons of energy and variety as we all take a turn taking the lead. Some originals, some funky New Orleans tunes, 100% awesome.
Also check out my original band at the Victoria Jazz Festival on July 1st at 3:30pm in Centennial Square!
Now, for those of you wanting to see some fun behind the scenes footage of the tour I’m currently on, check out the videos below. We’ve been filming some great tour blog videos as we go. Hope you like them!
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at a show soon!
This Friday & Saturday at
Hermann’s Jazz Club
What happens when you get some of Victoria’s finest jazz players, mix them with a few funky rock players and hand them the Steely Dan catalogue? The Pretzel Logic Orchestra is an homage to Steely Dan and a labour of love for its nine members.
These guys have the chops it takes to interpret the complex and quirky material of the iconic 70’s songwriting partnership of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.
Fusing jazz sensibility with the rhythms of Rock, Pop and R&B, Steely Dan created a sophisticated sound that remains unique in music history and produced some of the most memorable and timeless songs of the decade.
Do It Again…Peg…Deacon Blues…Rikki Don’t Lose that Number…Dirty Work… The Pretzel Logic Orchestra’s big, cool, guitar- and horn-driven sound evokes the hip, urban culture that underlies these unforgettable songs.
To make a reservation call 250-589-0545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be off to Europe with Locarno, Tom Landa’s latin project (the frontman for ‘The Paperboys’) in May.
Here’s our schedule: (updated)
May 13- Colo-Saal- Aschaffenburg, Germany.
May 14- Jazztime- Hildesheim, Germany
May 15- Kultur Bastion- Torgau, Germany
May 16- Wirkhof Strücken in Niedersachsen, Germany
May 19- Opderschmelz – Grand Auditoire, Dudelange, Luxembourg
May 20- Teatro Di Banco. Banco, Switzerland
May 21- Cantina dei Frati- Sasselo, Italy
May 22- Cortile del Broletto. Pavia, Italy
Also Coming Up
•The HiFi will perform at Hermann’s Jazz Club on June 10th and 11th
•My original band will perform at the Victoria International Jazz Festival on July 1st at Centennial Square, as well as the Islands Folk Festival in Duncan some time between July 22 and 25
•Nick La Riviere plus Strings performs at Hermann’s Jazz Club on August 13th! Featuring Richard Moody and Julian Vitek on violins, Alasdair Money on cello, Aidan Miller on keyboards, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.
Check out the gig schedule here for a complete listing of upcoming shows.
Hope to see you at something soon!
We’re the Times Colonist Critic’s Pick for music this weekend! We’ll also get some radio play on CBC today, so it’s going to be a good house at Saturday’s performance.
The Nick La Riviere band is his original project, featuring Nick on trombone played through a programmable harmonizer, vocals, and conch shells. Joining him are Vancouver’s Pedro Mota on guitar, Aidan Miller on piano and synth, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.
The music is a racous mix of mainly originals, inspired by artists like Trombone Shorty, Paul Simon, Sam Cooke, Jamiroquai, and Ben Folds, as well as a few up beat covers. With the band’s muti-genre influences, there’s something for everyone. Whatever the band is playing, it’s all about the energy.
Last year Nick released his second album, Another Time Around. The album featured all original tracks with a variety of instrumentations. A music video for the single ‘Woohoo’ was also released – a high speed motorcycle chase, filmed partially by a flying drone camera.
‘There’s something special about this new album. Something big and bold. Not to mention eclectic.‘ – James Kasper, Play in Victoria
‘…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.‘ – Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
For more press visit www.NickLaRiviere.com/Press
Reservations are highly recommended as previous shows have sold out! To reserve, click here: http://hermannsjazz.com/reservations&event_id=406704?&PHPSESSID=62c45007b7872232515d8b3caaad5d24
Other Things Coming Up for Nick
•The Nick La Riviere Band is performing a 15 minute showcase at Pacific Contact in Burnaby on April 1st (an event where musicians perform for promoters and festival directors)
•The HiFi is performing at Simonholt in Nanaimo on April 2nd
•Pretzel Logic will play the music of Steely Dan April 22 & 23 at Hermann’s
•Locarno will tour Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Ireland in May! Stay tuned for details.