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Adham Shaikh
essence

electronica
Shaikh's music is a blend of many different styles and techniques, fusion, dub, world beat, tech house, ambient, and jazz. Growing up listening to Indian ragas & classical western music he developed an ear for a fusion of sounds from around the world.

Andrew Riggs
Axiology

Jazz and Blues influenced original Guitar Rock, including three Blues, two of which are covers - "Broke Down Engine" by Blind Willie McTell and "Trouble in Mind" by R.M. Jones. 53 minutes of music, 14 tracks, 12 with vocals, 2 instrumentals.

The band is called AXIOLOGY, same as the CD title. We perform music from the CD as well as covers of Blues, Jazz-Rock and some non-commercial classic rock. Improvisation is an important element of the bands performing style. Current band members are Danny Suen - Drums, Don Connolly - Bass, Albert Stasiulis - Keyboards, Andrew Riggs - Vocals and Lead/Rhythm guitars.

My guitar playing has been influenced by many of the rock guitarists from the 1960's and 70's - Santana, Clapton, Steve Howe(Yes), Hendrix, Allman Bros., Andy Powell(Wishbone Ash), Jeff Beck and numerous others, as well as players from the jazz and blues genres. However, I don't attempt to imitate anybody. I consider myself to be a musician first and songwriter second, the songs I write partly to challenge myself as a musician. The Jazz-Rock song "Opportunity" is the one on the CD that I consider the most challenging because of its multiple key changes. I try to find musical ideas that have not, (or at least have not often) been explored, within the rock genre. ...Andrew Riggs

I'm English born, my parents moved to Montreal when I was about 2 years old, then we moved to Powell River B.C. when I was ten. I started playing guitar when I was 14, bought my first electric guitar(the telecaster) when I was in grade twelve with money earned from working weekends in the local paper mill. I start jamming with other musicians when I was about 18 or 19, but I didn't have a steady band.

I moved to Calgary myself when I was 20, where I've lived ever since.

For the next 6 or 7 years I played and sang with three "power trio" type bands covering material by Cream, Hendrix, Doors, Allman Bros., Lynyrd Skynyrd etc. We had occasional community hall gigs and played at parties.

I've never had an interest in playing "Top 40" type music, and my bands have always been weekend, part time groups.

About the same time as moving to Calgary I started to write songs, most of the early songwriting attempts will never, I hope, see the light of day, although I also started doing recordings about this time, and still have all my material on tape. None of the original material was added to my bands repertoire at the time, by my choice.

What I consider to be my current, mature writing style didn't start to gel until I was about 28. About this time I formed an original music band with another songwriter/guitarist. We played occasionally in some local bars that featured original music but these generally featured "alternative" type bands, we didn't really fit in that well.

Keeping drummers was a major problem, we'd rehearse until we were ready to play gigs, do a few, then the drummer would quit. The music wasn't simple so it would take a number of months rehearsing, one or two nights a week to get a drummer up to speed.

The other songwriter was a prolific lyricist, but a marginal musician, I have a surplus of musical ideas but am slow producing lyrics. This might seem an almost ideal situation, but the other songwriter felt that any of my music that didn't have lyrics was free for him to use without my permission and without requiring him to give me credit for it. This issue brought that musical partnership to an end.

It was never my ambition to become a "solo artist" I wanted to be part of a band; sharing songwriting, vocals etc. I'm uncomfortable with the term "artist", it sounds pretentious to me, but I'm getting more used to the idea as time goes on.

The CD "Axiology" was released in the fall of 1998, the recordings on it were done over a period of about 4 years prior to that.

My guitar playing has been influenced by many of the rock guitarists from the 1960's and 70's-Santana, Clapton, Steve Howe(Yes), Hendrix, Allman Bros., Andy Powell(Wishbone Ash), Jeff Beck and numerous others, as well as players from the jazz and blues genres. However, I don't attempt to imitate anybody. I consider myself to be a musician first and songwriter second, the songs I write partly to challenge myself as a musician.

I didn't start writing songs until I'd been playing about 6 or 7 years. The Jazz-Rock song "Opportunity" is the one on the CD that I consider the most challenging because of its multiple key changes. I try to find musical ideas that have not, (or at least have not often) been explored, within the rock genre.

Andrew Schmidt Movin' On

Art Turenne
Thinking Out Loud

Brent Streeper
The Saltspring Sessions #1

Style: Vocal/Instrumental
Released: 2001
Producer: Dave Davies
Recorded: At GSC Records, Salt Spring Island, Canada
Label: GSC Records Inc.

xceptional Piano Playing, and a Beautiful Voice - one of 3 people that Frank Sinatra would allow to sing in his presence. Performed with Frank Sinatra, Dianne Carroll, Vic Damone, and was house pianist for Sonny Bono's nightclub

Dimiter Terziev
Nocturnal World
Field, Chopin, Liszt, Faure, Scriabin, Pepin, Morley, Vladigerov

piano

The nocturne genre of the 19th-20th century is deeply connected to the feelings and images of Romanticism. As such, it reflects one of its most quintessential images, defined as "infinite longing for an ideal state of being".

There is a span of more than 120 years between the earliest and the latest piece recorded on this CD, and each composer comes from a different ethnic origin - Irish, Polish, Hungarian, French, Russian, French Canadian, English Canadian and Bulgarian. Yet, unity is created by their common romantic spirit; a spirit which unfolds like unbroken thread from the charming simplicity of Field through the melodic genius of Chopin to the lush harmonies of Pepin, Morley and Vladigerov.

Dimiter Terziev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Piano Performance. Among his teachers were the distinguished Bulgarian pianists Antoaneta Arsova, Milena Mollova and Nikolay Evrov.

In 1995, after three years of full-time teaching, Mr. Terziev moved to Canada, and earned a Diploma of Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as a student of Anna Szpilberg. In 2000 he completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the University of Alberta in Edmonton under the supervision of Dr. Stephane Lemelin. He and his wife Ilka are currently living in Kamloops BC. Dimiter teaches piano at the United Conservatory of Music in Kamloops, Fountainview Academy in Lillooet, and a private studio in Ashcroft.

Dimiter Terziev has given numerous piano and chamber recitals in Canada, USA Bulgaria, Germany and The Netherlands. He has performed with several Bulgarian orchestras, as well as the Kamloops Symphony. He was awarded third prize at the Chopin National Competition in Bulgaria in 1989, and has made several recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television. Terziev's debut CD "Colours of Bulgaria" was sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and
was awarded Four Stars both by the CBC's "Sound Advice" and
"La scena musicale" magazine. He has recently recorded his second disc "Nocturnal World".

"Master of stirring mystery of sound ... His playing constantly moved between poetry and passion."
(Badische Zeitung, Germany)

"He is a musician of deeply reasoned convictions, who already has a well-defined understanding of his own artistic voice. He is a musician who thinks at the piano and who has the gift of communicating his artistic vision in an engaging manner."
(Dr. Stephane Lemelin, Canada)

Don Thonpson
Forgotton Memories

Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet & flugelhorn
Phil Dwyer - Soprano & tenor saxophone
Don Thompson - Piano
Dave Holland - Bass
Claude Ranger - Drums

Ford Pier
Meconium

CD (October 6, 1995)

Very Rare and Out of Print

Ford is a western Canadian prodigy, having performed in such bands as Junior Gone Wild and D.O.A., and now a part of the brilliant Veda Hille ensemble and the NoMeansNo side project Show Business Giants. A wildly brilliant and diverse guitarist and singer.

 

Harry Warner
Galway to Ganges

"I left Galway in 1967 and soon after realized that the Irish heritage of music and song would be precious to me forever. On this CD I have tried to emphasize the singing of songs. The CD features songs of my youth - Irish songs - Gaelic and English; also some Country and Western songs. There are some songs from my 'new' home on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

"I inherited a love of performing from my father Claude . As a shy youth of 12 years, I sang in public for the first time on condition that 'everyone had their eyes closed!' During my drinking years I often grabbed an opportunity to burst into song. My folk music hero was Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners.

"In 1990, I bought a small farm on Salt Spring and resigned from my job as Professor of Mathematics and Business Computing at Ryerson University in Toronto.

"In 1993, at the age of 50, I joined my first group, Spanner in the Works, based in Ganges, Salt Spring Island. Derek Duffy, Myranda O'Byrne, Terry Warbey and I had a lot of fun performing Celtic music.

"In 1994 Denise McCann, Jo Lundstrom and I formed Black Velvet Band and travelled far and wide singing and playing."

—Harry Warner

Jerry Paquette
walkin' slow

a saltwater cowboy and sea farin' man....owner, operator of Raincoast Studio in Nanaimo, BC