Poema Poematis: Ben Sures with Strings & Horns
Edmonton – Join acclaimed musician and folk-fest favourite Ben Sures for an evening of verse, rhythm, strings and horns Thursday, March 24 at 8pm at The Yardbird Suite (11 Tommy Banks Way).
This special performance will feature Edmonton based Sures performing re-interpreted versions of his clever and thought-provoking songs in collaboration with a cast of renowned musicians.
Local trombonist Audrey Ochoa, who is also writing, arranging and conducting the second half of the performance, will marshal the horns leading a little big band with famed saxophonists P.J. Perry, Dave Babcock and Jeremiah McDade, and trumpeters Bob Tidesel and Sergio Rodriguez.
One of Canada’s finest upright bassists, Joe Phillips (who plays with Jayne Stone and the Art of Time ensemble), rounds out the cast with vocalist/percussionist Stephanie Suchy and Sara Frank and Luke Fraser of the East Coast based Bombadils on violin and mandolin for this significant evening of music.
“When I listen to his music, I realize that if Ben Sures wasn’t sharing the view from his window, my world would be a smaller place” –Dan Cherwoniak, Producer, CBC Radio Music
Tickets to Poema Poematis are available at TIX on the Square, 780-420-1757, or www.tixonthesquare.ca. ($22 in advance & $26 at the door; Doors at 7pm, Concert at 8pm). This concert was made possible through funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
About Ben Sures
From his early days as a street musician, Ben Sures has carved out a recording and touring career that has spanned more than 20 years and six acclaimed albums. The winner of the folk category of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Any Precious Girl, Sures has established himself as one of the most stalwart and enduring members of the Canadian music scene.
Ben has been a finalist numerous times in The International Songwriting Competition and was resident musician on national CBC radio program, The Irrelevant Show for two years. Also on CBC, Sures has appeared on Morningside with the legendary Peter Gzowski, was a favourite of Bill Richardson on the afternoon show, and appeared on Madly Off in All Directions. This year, Sures’ song, The Boy Who Walked Backwards Through the Snow, was selected to be in a CD compilation release by The Truth and Reconciliation commission on Residential Schools. Ten thousand copies are being distributed to schools across Canada.