Jerry Garcia Art Tour :: 9.03 - 9.19 :: Jonas Hellborg Trio, and Jaafar :: 9.15 - 9.17 :: De La Luz Performance Space :: Temple Ball Art Gallery :: Carrboro, NC

The Jerry Garcia Art Tour is coming to the De La Luz performance space at the Temple Ball art gallery in Carrboro, NC, just outside Chapel Hill, along with three nights of the Jonas Hellborg Trio and Jaafar to help mark the occasion. Garcia created over 500 pieces of art in his lifetime, most during the decade before his death. Over 50 of these pieces, including a rare original drawing, limited-edition, and hand-signed prints will be on display from September 3 - 19, with a special reception on September 10. Employing a variety of media including watercolor, airbrush, and digital media, his work tends towards the colorful bursts of energy often evoked by his kaleidoscopic guitar playing. The gallery will also boast portraits of Garcia by photographers including Herb Greene, Baron Wolman and Jon Sievert.

Musical adventurism was Garcia's calling card, and two bands who never shy away from a risky undertaking are the Jonas Hellborg Trio and Jaafar. The bands will appear from September 15 - 17 during the Garcia art show, and the shows will be filmed for an upcoming live DVD. Hellborg, undoubtedly Sweden's finest jazz-fusion export, rose to fame as bassist for John McLaughlin's re-formed Mahavishnu Orchestra in the '80s. Duet concerts with McLaughlin followed, along with recording sessions with everyone from Ginger Baker and Bernie Worrell to Buckethead and Bill Laswell. His ferocious acoustic attack is heavy on improvisation, with a bass line of intricate compositions.

The lead voice in the trio belongs to the otherworldly bassoon impossibilities of Paul Hanson. Reinventing how the instrument is approached and expressed, he's played with a vast array of musicians, including Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bob Weir's Ratdog, Ray Charles, and Wayne Shorter. Adding technical wizardry on top of fanciful fingerwork, there seems to be no end to the sounds he can evoke. Rounding out the trio is the dexterous drumming of Jeff Sipe, aka Apt. Q-258. A former member of Col. Bruce Hampton's Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon, and Jazz is Dead, Sipe brings a huge bag of percussive tricks and cerebral counterpoints to the sound. You can watch a 25-minute video clip of the trio's Smilefest performance from July at the Abstract Logix web site by clicking here.

Jaafar is a Durham, NC-based collective intent on merging Eastern and Western music with a keen ear towards melody and depth of groove. Ranging from a trio to an octet, from acoustic subtleties to electric onslaughts, acoustic bass guitarist Troy Cole leads a group he describes as "Middle Eastern jazz and Arabic funk fusion." Other instruments often featured include piano, oud, drums, double-neck electric guitar, sax, violin, djembe, and a huge variety of other world beat percussion instruments. Each of their three performances will feature a different combination of musicians, ensuring a unique perspective for each night. This will be one of the last opportunities to see Jaafar in America this year, as Cole is heading to Egypt soon for a variety of concert and festival appearances. A wide range of Jaafar's music is available for download at their web site by clicking here.

Jerry, Jonas and Jaafar--three fiercely independent voices combining talents for your viewing pleasure. Tickets are $20 per night or $45 for a three-day pass. Treat your eyes and ears to the sights and sounds of the world.

Paul Kerr
JamBase | North Carolina
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[Published on: 9/7/04]

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