Fine Delicacies of 2019

As a new decade dawns, Wandering Rhythms looks back at the last (spectacular) year in music. As usual, these are artists you probably will not find on other best-of lists, and I sincerely hope you discover music here that inspires and surprises you. Despite the seismic global changes that seem inevitable in the coming years, the endless creativity of humans make me believe that we will ultimately get our shit together. But it’s gonna take a real team effort!

Plunge into the Jungle with MNGWA

The new music video by (my) freaky progressive Latin band MNGWA is an escape into the jungle of the mind. A psychedelic salsa groove sets the scene as our naive yet intrepid explorers hunt for the legendary mngwa of east-African folklore. Madness and a deluge of cats ensue !

An electronic ghost walk

Frequent Wandering Rhythms guest Brandon “Blocktreat” Hoffman just released a lovely artisanal music video – an urban electronic nature walk through his hometown of Williams Lake BC (Traditional Secwépemc Territory). All is calm in the empty city streets, until squiggle monsters and a colossal mutant guitar riff roll into town for Act 2!!

Alpha is the first single from Blocktreat’s upcoming After Dark LP.

The Sound of Dragon across Time and Space

SoDE

If you are curious about blending two very distinct musical worlds, there has probably never been a better place and time than Vancouver and Now. As the city hosts large populations with European and Asian heritage, it seems inevitable that these cultures should mix and create something new and distinctly Canadian. As someone who has lived in the city for nearly 18 years, a city known for its openness and spirit of innovation, it surprises me how little musical cross-pollination seems to be happening. Enter the Sound of Dragon.

Armanini Lan National Concert Hall Taipei 2011

Mark Armanini and Lan Tung in Taipei

With one foot in the folk traditions of China and the other in the wild improvisational aesthetic of jazz, the Sound of Dragon Ensemble is blazing a brave new standard for what Canadian music can be. The first hour of this week’s program presents an intriguing conversation with SODE composers Lan Tun, John Oliver, and Mark Armanini, longtime residents of Vancouver and scholars of sonic alchemy. Catch their spring concert this thursday!