Michael Kaeshammer

Released November 2003
Michael Kaeshammer - Piano, Prepared Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Vocals
Johnny Vidacovich - Drums
Ben Wolfe - Bass
Kevin Breit - Guitar, mad man on "Soundtrack to Something Beautiful"
Richard Bell - Wurlitzer on "Cry To Me"
John Johnson - Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bartitone Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Brian Barlow - Percussion, Vibes, Marimba
Michael Dunston - Tambourine
Produced & Arranged by Peter Cardinali
Tracks 2, 3 & 11 Arranged by Michael Kaeshammer
Engineered by Denis Tougas

Miranda Sage
Moon Tiger

Label: Boathouse Records

Sage’s horn-like phrasing is a delight on upbeat Jobim-penned sambas and her own tricky originals. Joseph Blake,Times Colonist

Sage unleashed a voice of thrilling flexibility and range, making jazz singing sound like it’s the easiest thing in the world.
Drew Snyder, Monday Magazine

Miranda Sage is English by birth, though she has lived most of her adult life in Western Canada.A music lover since early childhood, her musical training includes a background in piano, clarinet, saxophone, lute and guitar. Her vocal training was acquired through the University of Victoria,Victoria
Conservatory of Music, and various jazz workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including study with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Louise Rose, and Norma Winstone. On this solid base, Miranda has built her concept of the voice as an instrument. Following several tours in North America and Europe, she released her first CD in 1997, to wide critical acclaim. Standards and Originals in a Jazz Key on the Boathouse Records label featured Hugh Fraser, piano and trombone, Rick Kilburn, bass, Blaine Wikjord, drums, and Jack Duncan, percussion. Miranda sings regularly in Victoria with the eighteen piece Swiftsure Big Band, as well as with small combos. She has also performed with the Hugh Fraser International Big Band, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival Big Band and has appeared several times at the Victoria International Jazz Festival.
September 2002 found Miranda back in Europe, joining Norma Winstone, Jacqui Dankworth, and Laurence Holloway at the three-day inaugural Isle of Wight Jazz Divas Festival. On her return to Canada, it was straight into the studio with the Juno award winning Hugh Fraser Band and renowned pianist and bassist Don Thompson to record Moon Tiger, her second CD in collaboration with award winning producer Rick Kilburn.
Boathouse Records presents its 17th release of original Canadian Jazz. Moon Tiger features vocals by Miranda Sage, with Hugh Fraser on piano and trombone, Don Thompson, piano and bass, Campbell Ryga, saxophone, Ken Lister, bass, Dave Robbins, drums and Jack Duncan, percussion.
A savvy mix of tunes, tempos and ensembles sung with clear and effortless delivery by Miranda Sage. Neil Ritchie, CBC Radio

Scheduled for release in Summer 2003, Moon Tiger is a collection of original tunes and jazz standards with a common theme of sensual languor and steamy tropical nights. From the cool, free floating beauty of Hugh Fraser and Miranda Sage’s collaboration “Island Man” through to the torrid passion of Henry Mancini’s “Slow Hot Wind”, Moon Tiger provides a
perfect vehicle for Miranda’s expressive three-octave voice to deliver every emotion from yearning to lust, and every quality from sweet high purity to sultry come-hither worldliness. It is a voice made for capturing hearts.

Miranda Sage Moon Tiger
B o a t h o u s e l R e c o r d s

Nelly Furtado Folklore

CD (November 25, 2003)
Original Release Date November 25, 2003
On her second album, Nelly Furtado takes a hard left turn. The colorful but incomplete fusion of her debut, Whoa, Nelly!, gives way on the tellingly titled Folklore to an approach that lets in some acoustic sounds that take the music in an entirely different, richer direction. At times sounding like a dead ringer for singer-writer Sam Phillips (whose work colors each episode of the TV series "Gilmore Girls"), Furtado aims for more rock-oriented ground without losing the Brazilian influences that are so much a part of her identity. Her voice and tunes are strong, and both words and music paint a young woman still very much in movement, change, flux. It’s an intriguing sound, and one that thoughtful listeners will cherish. --Rickey Wright

Outlaw Social
a seven song e.p.

Outlaw Social first met years ago at kitchen jams and gigs with other musical partners. But late one night in the fall of 2004, Catherine Black and Pharis Patenaude cornered Oliver Swain in a bar and let him know that they wanted to PLAY - a week later the trio had their first show in Victoria, B.C. They whet their sound with Victoria shows, concerts, and theatres, but they were waiting... Adam Dobres' exceptional and uniquely tasty electric and acoustic guitars joined the mayhem in late summer 2005; Kendel Carson, a "hell-raising fiddler" to be highly reckoned with, now graces the stage with her steel trap bow (because nothing gets past her). The sound of the band gathers high calibre instrumentation, spirited and spiritual vocals, and a sense of deep love and respect for the music they're playing.

The music mixes Appalachian, country blues, and other roots traditionals with a healthy dose of original songwriting to make a show where the urge to dance spars with the serious case of goosebumps on the back of your neck. It might be the most heartbreaking version of Troubling Mind on a nylon string banjo called "the goat", a ripping oldtime fiddle & banjo tune, or an original piece of new song that floats your boat - in any case, audiences fall in love with the dynamic quality of an Outlaw Social performance.

The clan has lifetimes of playing between them, and each one has spent years honing their particular sounds in the festivals, halls, living rooms and bars of North America and Europe. Their past & present incarnations have involved work with phenoms Scruj MacDuhk, The Bill Hilly Band, The Paperboys, The Seams, and Dan Lapp among many others. In this incarnation of kick-assedness, they are: Adam on acoustic and electric guitars, Catherine and Oliver on the banjo, bass & singing, Kendel on the fiddle, and Pharis on guitar & singing.

If a jug band took a day and recorded with a gospel choir, it would be something like Outlaw Social - and on a good day, you’d be closer than if you were standing in a chicken run (not that we don't like the sound of chickens - they're pretty rhythmic).

Patricia Svats Brenan
Thee and Me

Traditional Folk(A Capella), Alternative-relaxation
Patricia grew up in Saint John New Brunswick and make her solo singing debut at six years of age. She sang throughout her school years and in Nursing School where she was nicknamed 'Songbird'. Upon becomming a Registered Nurse singing was put aside. Fifteen years ago she recognized what would not be denied and pursued music. She won a two year scholarship for vocal studies and is an Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Though her studies concentrated on Baroque, Classical and Romantic music periods with Italinan, German and French repertoire, her first love has always been the song of the people. She exhibits the beautiful, but rare, pairing of a classically trained voice and the Folk Song. She has sung solos with Chamber Orchestras, quartet work with Symphony. She is a church soloist and Choir Conductor and continues to immerse herself in folk music singing at various folk clubs on lower Vancouver Island, garden parties, private functions, conferences -wherever beautiful, intimate music can enhance ambiance or provide light entertainment. She won first prize at the 2001 Vancouver Island Exhibition Songbird Contest in Nanaimo.

"Everyone talked about the magic of coming up the driveway and hearing your lovely voice all through the garden. You really made the event very special."

"I listen to Pat's CD whenever I need to quiet and center myself, which in today's world is just about every day."

"Her voice doesn't need any other instrument - it is the essence of music."

Pigment Vehicle
Independent Women Are So Damned Good

CD (September 10, 1996)

Very Rare and Out of Print

Victoria's Pigment Vehicle were a terrific hardcore unit, that also had releases on the Incentive and Sudden Death labels. Mathrock? Progcore? Just good fun...

Playground Hero
Nothing Personal

email ric@cdisle.ca for availability

Super rare debut (and sadly only) cd from Victoria BC hard rock band Playground Hero. Very limited distribution (played at a club called Harpo's in the late 80's and early 90's) and is hard to find. They won a radio contest to record this cd, but broke up soon after. Keyboardist and songwriter Jeff Rud actually gained fame writing Steve Nash's first biography (before he became a star).

Pluto's The Open Stage
Volume One

hard to find CD

Puentes Brothers
'Morumba Cubana'

Alexis and Adonis Puentes grew up playing the earthy, rhythmically sophisticated Cuban dance music called son. With their rich and textured debut CD, Morumba Cubana (Alma Records) the Puentes Brothers extend the traditional form with a series of brilliantly arranged, passionate performances.

Non-identical twin brothers, Alexis and Adonis Puentes were born and lived most of their lives in Artemisa, a small time-worn 19th century colonial town, 60 km southwest of Havana. The boys’ father, Valentin Puentes is a noted guitarist who taught music at the rural town’s cultural center. Alexis began studying clave with his father at four years old, and before the year was out the child prodigy played the Cuban rhythm instrument with his father’s band on national television. At six years of age both Alexis and Adonis began guitar studies with their father.

The twin brothers lived and breathed music, often touring Cuba with a large guitar ensemble. Cuban music stars like Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer regularly visited the family home, often jamming with the young musicians. Adonis developed into a fine singer and Alexis fell in live with the bass. Playing together, they formed a traditional quintet under the direction of their father. For the first time, they began composing in the traditional son style. Not long after, Alexis won a Cuban national award for one of his compositions using the traditional son form.

In 1995, the family toured across Canada, recording a debut cassette called Los Puentes while visiting Vancouver. Returning to Cuba, Adonis starred in a nationally televised singing competition before joining a Cuban salsa band. Alexis toured Europe and recorded with Havana-based pop star, Augusto Enriquez and added funky, accomplished bass playing to his jazz-fusion band Temperamento’s CD, En El Comienzo, which was voted best Cuban jazz CD in 1999.

That year, Alexis rejoined his brother in Victoria and formed the popular Alexis Cuba Band. They garnered rave reviews for their original son at clubs and festivals throughout western Canada. With a recording contract from Toronto-based Alma Records, the twins renamed their band Puentes Brothers.

In April 2000 the Puentes Brothers entered the studio with veteran producer Peter Cardinali to record their debut CD, Morumba Cubana. While touring North America as a feature performer with the Buena Vista Social Club, Cubanismo! Stalwart and Cuban Star Javier Zalba called his friend Alexis to say hello – this led to Zalba contributing his talents to the recording. Meanwhile, Cardinali gathered a cast of studio professional, Canadian jazz star Jane Bunnett, members of the Toronto Symphony’s string section, and Cuban music luminaries like piano star Hilario Duran, percussion legend Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (Santana, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Tito Puente), and bata master Pancho Quinto to embellish the Puentes Brothers tradition-based, modern experiments with Cuban son.

Engineers Denis Tougas and Vic Florencia team-up with Cardianli to create a rich, sumptuous soundscape. Alexis demonstrates a fluid mastery and daring improvisation on guitar, bass, and tres, playing off of Adonis’ addictive bongo beats while both Puentes brothers contribute dynamic, passionate vocals and infectious, juicy rhythms on assorted percussion instruments. Grounded in the earthy primal groove of traditional Cuban dance music, Morumba Cubana is a heady, seductive, effervescent sound that brings Cuban son into the 21st century.

State of Grace