Django's Jewels - Vancouver/Okanagan-based, BC-born Aaron Loewen plays an exciting and stylish style of retro jazz, as if it were plucked straight from the streets of 1930s Paris or a Roma caravan in the European countryside. Aaron’s made quite a name for himself in recent years on the BC music scene, regularly performing around the province either solo or with an all-star roster of some of BC’s best musicians, such as violinist Cam Boyce (Fanfare Music), clarinetist Joe Abbott (Petunia and the Vipers, Harpdog Brown), bassist Wynston Minckler (The Burying Ground, and just about any band in Vancouver that needs a bassist), drummers Paul Townsend (Petunia & The Vipers, Laura Crema), Dylan Ranney (Andrew Judah, Josh + Bex), violinist Lache Cercel (Lache Cercel ensemble), and countless others.
Aaron’s live show interweaves 1930s-inspired Django Reinhardt jazz guitar with a smattering of vocal melodies of classic American jazz standards popularized by artists such as The Mills Brothers, The Ink Spots, Fats Waller and more—though sometimes a Bill Withers or Bobby Hebb tune may sneak its way in there ;) Aaron loves to fully feature the talent of his bandmates, and often trades off lead vocal duties with his other band members for an exciting and varied live performance.
In recent years, Aaron’s various groups have performed at events such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Tofino Jazz Festival, ArtsWells, Vancouver’s April in Paris Django Festival, the Ryga Arts Festival, Cumberland Wild (previously known as Atmosphere), Woodstove Festival, Redbird Kelowna’s Nestfest and countless others. He performs with his Django Jazz All-Stars regularly at live music hubs in Vancouver such as Guilt & Company, Osita and more.
Fanfare Strings - Cam Boyce has worn many hats, quite literally and figuratively, for fashion AND for the pursuit of musical fruit. He has been a part of countless bands ranging from metal, punk, funk, folk, country and jazz and has been in front of them as well as behind. Most recently, he has taken to travelling to Eastern countries in order to learn more about the strange yet alluring folk songs. His solo creation Fanfare is a culmination of all of these 20 years of musical exploration. Its a unique solo act, looping both guitar and violin alongside deep soulful vocals and fresh beatbox beats. The style definitely leans somewhere between Otis Redding, Owen Pallett and klezmer. Each show has a flair of uniqueness owing to much room for improvisation and use of transitions between songs. These days the focus is on getting the dance party going while pulling from seemingly far off inspirations/styles.