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Title: Morning WorldMorning World
Artist(s): Teen Daze (Jamison) - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Percussion. 
Simon Bridgefoot - Drums, Percussion 
Nathan Blaz - Cello 
Beamer - Spiritual Synthesizer Guidance
Genre: Indie rock
Label: Paper Bag Records
Sample: "Pink"

Imagine if time lingered forever in the awakening of day. Abbotsford’s Jamison (he goes by his first name only) takes those sunrise vibes and spends an album as the self who gets up to witness the newly painted sky. Although the person who tries to experience life through a child’s eyes is a well-hackneyed archetype, Jamison’s foremost vulnerability of voice is a charming spectre.

Partenering with analog purist John Vanderslice, the resulting mix is a pleasure in itself. You might think you’ve entered a standard indie rock sound, but then a soothing soli of cellos enters the picture with a richness that’s flooring. -NL


Title: Music for BowenFlight 182 Meditations
Artist(s): Thomas Beckman, viola; Jude Neale, poet
Genre: Classical/Improvised/Acoustic Folk
Label: independent
Sample: "Wild Berry"

Thomas Beckman, aka The Viola Voice of Vancouver, defies pretty much every established expectation about the viola—that dour plain-Jane sister of the violin. Beckman, a native of South Africa, started his Vancouver career busking the laneways of Granville Island, but his insatiable curiosity and talent keep landing him in unlikely places for this normally shy instrument. A few years ago, equipped with little more than his alto fiddle and a looper (an effects processor for live multi-tracking), he packed a popular indie/jazz restaurant with adoring fans anxious for a solid evening of unaccompanied viola. How is that possible?

More recently, Beckman has put his talents to fundraising for worthy causes, such as the Nepal Earthquake victims. His crowd-funded Music for Bowen album is no exception although this time it’s simply to help the Bowen Island Public Library modernize its premises. In "Wild Berry" (which includes a collaboration with poet Jude Neale), you get to hear Beckman’s introspective side. Neale’s portent-laden recitation mirrored beautifully in Beckman’s viola proves this instrument need never be considered, er, second fiddle to anything.


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