Jazz at the Griff presents SHEILDS JOHNSTON FIELDING


Shields Johnston Fielding started as an all-star kitchen jam in 2008 that has now evolved into a polished original outfit. Pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz composition through an exploratory approach, the trio's sound pulls listeners into lush, smoky ballads, driving grooves, and soaring melodies. SJF draws on influences as diverse as Brazilian folk music, Stravinsky, Bach and the music of West Africa. The players share a deep commitment to a warm and intimate sound. Audiences become acutely aware of their joy and camaraderie during live performances. SJF's musical journey is documented on their three CDs. Their latest, soon to be released, album reveals their interest in Brazilian, American folk, and West African musical traditions. Their 2010 release "Bits and Pieces" included two horns and voice and reveals inspiration from the classical tradition from Bach to Bartok as well as drawing many interesting rhythmic aspects of world music traditions. Their inaugural 2010 release "A Road Forgotten" has the trio exploring the potential of the contemporary guitar trio, one in which the textures of acoustic and electric instruments, and soundscape effects are explored with great success.

Muriel Griffiths Room
$15 advance & $20 at the door
info@trail-arts.com / 250-368-9669

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