The energetic music group Small World Project has graced the stages of many international festivals and now, for their first performance in British Columbia, they are coming to Rossland’s Miners’ Hall on Feb. 7.
The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) hosts an annual performance series to continuously present a wide variety of high calibre artists with a range of performing art styles. For the third event on their annual calendar, the committee have selected the Small World Project.
Winners of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, the Montreal trio consists of renowned instrumentalists Sébastien Dufour (Montreal Guitar Trio), Patrick Graham (Trifolia, La Nef) and Frédéric Samson (ex-Vent du Nord). Together they have made three highly praised albums.
For Rossland, they will perform songs from latest studio album Less is More comprised of nine originals, plus reworkings of Hendrix’s “Fire,” Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and Morricone’s appealing western spaghetti tune. A myriad influences converge Cuban montunos, Brazilian samba, Italian tarantella, minimalist textures, afrobeat, rock, reggae, Middle-Eastern rhythms, an exhilarating mix of genres and a celebration of music in its many forms.
The trio play a fusion of small string instruments. On stage audience members will see the ukulele, charango, banjolele, and strumstick. These downsized percussions and double bass instruments are used by the performers to deliver a highly eclectic mix of jazz, world and western spaghetti music.
Every year the RCAC assembles a series of music and theatre performances. Over the years hosting high quality, professional performances and styles that do not usually appear in Rossland.
“We are excited to be able to present this performance,” says Theshini Naicker of the RCAC Performance Series Committee. “We always look for groups that will bring new and different sounds to Rossland and are confident Small World Project will put on a great show,” Naicker added.
Following the Small World Project concert and keeping with the theme of high quality performances, the RCAC will present the Wonderheads on April 25 in Rossland. Wonderheads is a multi-award winning physical theatre company specializing in exquisite visual storytelling. Wonderheads have a whimsical live cartoon with rich fantastic puppetry. Working in full-face mask this is a rare form of theatre. The performing artists love nothing more than mashing comedy, beauty, irreverence, and pathos together to create an utterly unique show, appropriate for ages from eight to 108.
Tickets to the Small World Project’s performance on Feb. 7 are $20 each, available from Out of The Cellar in Rossland and the Charles Bailey Theatre Box Office in Trail. RCAC members will receive $2 off each ticket purchased in advance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show commencing at 8 p.m. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available from the cash bar.
To hear a preview of the Small World Project visit smallworldproject.ca. For more information visit rosslandartscouncil.com.