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Compassion Gorilla on Salt Spring Island
October 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Doors at 8:00
Tickets $20 at the door
$15 advance available at Salt Spring Books in Ganges, or Morningside Bakery in Fulford
or online at http://
No one turned away for lack of funds
** Concession run by Pull Together, with all proceeds to Indigenous legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline **
With their third studio album, Coalesce, Compassion Gorilla offers up a unique interpretation of diverse and worldly musical styles, weaving together earthy and folkloric sounds with sophisticated and punchy modern sensibility. The album is officially released September 14th, and is accompanied by a busy fall tour in the band’s home province of BC.
Coalesce features 8 tracks of musical ingenuity. From the wizardry of the opening track’s cello feature, to the tight horn riffs of “Milk Thistle”, the psychedelic cumbia groove of “Music for the People”, and the 5/4-time Balkan-jazz stylings of “Son del Mar”, the album presents a steady stream of fresh ideas while maintaining an overall cohesive feel. Latin rhythms anchor the album in a steady, infectious groove, forming a bed for punchy brass harmonies, socially conscious lyrics, and rolling dub-delay effects. The warm, rootsy production style is reminiscent of an older age of recording, giving it a simple and concise sound.
Compassion Gorilla’s current sound has evolved over years of shifting membership, diverse collaborations and worldly travel. On tour promoting this new release the band boasts a 6-piece lineup that includes Daniel Cryderman (trombone and vocals), Chris Fretwell (guitar, charango, requinto and vocals), Dan Beer (drums), Suzanne Stirling (trumpet), Ariel Palacio (accordion), and Brin Porter (bass).
“great storytelling and the international language of music command the stage at today’s festivals. Compassion Gorilla will find themselves front and centre again and again. With their eclectic blend of global rhythms and easy charm, they know how to bridge the gap between audience and performer.”
– Cal Coat, artistic director, World Beat Stage, Concord Pacific Vancouver Intl. Dragon Boat Festival