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Avataar + Surefire Sweat at HRL
March 14 /8:30 pm 11:00 pm
Surefire Sweat is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original drawing on an amalgam of funk, jazz and a variety of global influenced rhythm. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations. The danceable arrangements are propelled by a narratives: colourful journeys that emote real time metaphors of the human condition.
Avataar’s music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late Coltrane, and Oregon. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette. The album is questing in nature – the concepts of impermanence and universal consciousness feature in many of the compositions, as do first-rate musical interpretations and improvisations highlighting guitar, saxophone and vocals.
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