The Joel Kerr Quartet focuses on lush textures and the use of space to create distinct atmospheres for each piece of music, and identifies more as an instrumental indie band than a jazz combo. Whether playing original compositions or arrangements of pop or soul tunes, they constantly strive to communicate meaningfully with the audience, using these concepts to create music that is at once intellectual and accessible.
Joel Kerr: bass, compositions & arrangements
Kenny Bibace: guitar
Andrew Boudreau: Fender Rhodes
Mark Nelson: drums
FALSE DAWN: NEW ALBUM
Joel Kerr has composed a new album, a throwback to the electric sounds of 70s Miles Davis combined with indie rock, classical minimalism, and just a hint of world music.
Joel’s love of modern literature, his fascination with modern classical music and his Japanese-Canadian heritage are the main sources of inspiration for this album. But the musical concept as a whole is the use of lush textures and
space to create an atmosphere that is both meditative and minimalist, yet expressive.
Featuring seven originals and one cover, False Dawn marks a drastic change in direction from Joel’s debut album, Joel Kerr Quintet. His first album resulted in a performance at the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival, a position of finalist for the Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Jazz Award, and a nomination for the Galaxie
Rising Star Award.
False Dawn was made possible by a successful two-month long crowdfunding campaign, as well as a FACTOR Demo Grant.
Joel Kerr is one of Montreal’s busiest and most versatile bassists, as well as a composer, arranger and bandleader. In addition to leading and composing for his Quartet, he is
involved in many ongoing creative projects, and immersed in Montreal’s jazz, world and soul music scenes. Joel is a co-leader and co-composer for Montreal soul band The
Key-Lites, and experimental jazz trio Bean. He is a co-leader and co-arranger for the new old Jewish music ensemble Siach Hasadeh, and a member of the original klezmer band Shtreiml, as well as the Montreal/Ottawa based experimental jazz group Craig Pedersen Quartet. With these groups as well as various other ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to rock bands, Joel has toured extensively across Canada, as well as in the US and Europe.
Doors 730pm, Music 8pm
$10 or PWYC