Feast on songs from the utterly original “avant-gospel opera” The Meal, as well as mini solo sets and other musical delicacies by members of The Lost Gospel Ensemble—a group of heathens from Vancouver’s indie music scene.
The Meal is a one-of-a-kind contemporary reimagining of ‘gospel’ music through a revisionist take on the Last Supper. Roughly an hour long, consisting of two movements of eight songs each, the full production of The Meal is a ritual played out through music. In the Rickshaw lobby, it will be presented as more of a musical tapas offering.
The Lost Gospel Ensemble, featuring four vocalists and a dynamic trio of drums, bass and organ, has been working together since 2010, when “The Meal” was conceived and written by Rick Maddocks thanks to a commission from the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The premiere performance in February 2011 was named one the “Best Vancouver Concerts of 2011”, alongside Prince and Kanye West, by Stuart Derdeyn of the Province. “The Meal” was recently performed again in a sold-out six-show run at Pacific Theatre in April 2012.
Rick Maddocks wrote the words and music for The Meal and sings the part of Thomas in the production. He’s recorded two albums with atmospheric roots quintet The Beige—01 and El Ángel Exterminador. The Georgia Straight describes his work as “smart and angry songwriting, given a perverse sheen of beauty.” Rick’s fiction collection, Sputnik Diner, was published by Knopf Canada, while his writing has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies.
Stephen Lyons is the leader/guitarist of acclaimed Vancouver instrumental septet Fond of Tigers. The experimental group’s most recent release, Continent & Western, won the 2011 Juno Award for Best Instrumental album. He plays drums in Cloudsplitter, Dixie’s Death Pool and D Trevlon.
Caleb Stull has spent the last 18 years singing, writing and stomping his way around North America and Europe. Having fronted the Vancouver art-pop band Parlour Steps for the better part of last decade, Caleb was most honoured with a win in The International Songwriting Competition in 2005. He sings the part of Judas in The Meal.
Jody Glenham sings the part of Mary Magdalene in The Meal. She fronts the lo-fi summer pop band Pleasure Cruise and remains a constant force on Vancouver’s indie folk/roots scene as a solo performer. She also lends her talents to numerous projects: most recently Louise Burns and White Ash Falls. Glenham is currently working with producer Shawn Cole (Yukon Blonde, Hannah Georgas) on her third studio full-length.
Lucien Durey, a Vancouver-based singer and visual artist, sings the part of John in The Meal. He performs regularly with The Abramson Singers, a folk-noir project fronted by Leah Abramson, as well as writes and performs his own songs. Working with performance, assemblage and digital processes, Durey’s recent artwork investigates the notion of the arctic as metaphysical landscape.
Keyboardist Sean Fulton is an active performer, recording artist and composer. Involvements past and present range from accompanying silent cinema and theatre to free improvisation and the avant-garde, and span the musical spectrum through folk, hip hop, Latin and modern jazz, and have included several festival appearances. Current projects include an ongoing contribution to the score of the cartoon series Martha Speaks, and recordings with the Shaden Garett and The 12 Midnights.
Jon Wood is a multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with a variety of Canadian acts such as Belinda Bruce, The Beige, Herald Nix and Rae Spoon. He’s released three “chamber country” albums under the name Flophouse Jr., including the latest, Houseboat. Jon is also an in-demand producer and session musician for many independent recording artists in western Canada.
+19 Doors: 8:00 PM
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