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Thumbscrew & Nels Cline + Scott Amendola in Concert!



Mon, Jun 25th, 2018


8:30 pm



Summer gets off to a roaring start with a pair of very special concerts boasting two of the world’s most innovative and creative guitarists, proudly presented by the Skin And Bones Music Series!

For the first time ever in the Okanagan, Brooklyn’s slay-tastic guitarist and Downbeat Magazine favourite Mary Halvorson will be giving a concert performance with her new trio Thumbscrew on June 23rd. Also debuting in the Okanagan is world renowned guitar god and Wilco member Nels Cline with drummer extraordinaire Scott Amendola on June 25th.

***June 23rd***
Thumbscrew w/ special guest Bjorn Kriel & Maxwell Stover
8:30pm doors / 9:00pm show
$25 / $20 for Alternator Members & students

Thumbscrew is guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Tomas Fujiwara, and drummer Michael Formanek – three of New York’s most established vanguards of the avant-garde music scene. Having studied, performed, and recorded with free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, as well as collaborations with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and many others, Halvorson has been named a rising star by Downbeat Magazine for 5 consecutive years. Called “one of the most exciting bands currently playing” (Cisco Bradley,, Thumbscrew is the epitome of telepathic ensemble interplay expected from such expressive and consummate improvisers. Each of the three musicians contributes original compositions for the trio, creating a chimeric catalogue of works of both improvisation and structure in a sprawling, explorative, and cooperative musical landscape. Also appearing on the bill with Thumbscrew is Enamel Canvas, a duo project featuring Kelowna’s Bjorn Kriel on electronics with Victoria saxophonist/flautist Maxwell Stover. Together Kriel and Stover explore the balance between organic and inorganic sounds, refracting ideas and textures through improvisation, tonal minimalism, noise, free jazz, and ambient music.

***June 25th***
Nels Cline & Scott Amendola: Stretch Woven
8:30pm doors / 9:00pm show
$25 / $20 for Alternator Members & students

While perhaps best known as the lead guitarist for world renowned alt-rock band Wilco, Nels Cline has a career spanning over 40 years that runs the gamut from jazz, punk, rock, and the avant-garde. With over 200 recordings (including 30 as bandleader) Nels is a celebrated and critically acclaimed instrumentalist and composer whom Rolling Stone has named one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Performing with Nels will be Scott Amendola, a fiery drummer and brilliant composer who has worked with John Scofield, Mike Patton, Sex Mob, Bill Frisell, and many others. Together Nels Cline and Scott Amendola are Stretch Woven – a duo project of shredtastic proportions that will carry the listeners to realms both cozy and familiar, challenging and virtuosically mind blowing.

Admission at the door for each concert is $25 for the public, $20 for students and Alternator members. Additionally patrons can opt to purchase a pass for both concerts for $40. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at EVENT BRITE (link forthcoming soon!). Membership cards for Skin And Bones can also be purchased at the Alternator or online at

These two amazing concerts are the twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth installments of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its fourth year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series dedicated to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna, BC at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989 the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists and focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

These concerts are also made possible by the generous support of the Habitat. For over 10 years, Habitat has been synonymous with Kelowna’s entertainment and nightlife. Since opening its doors in 2004, the award-winning venue has hosted indie music legends, cultural events, and community celebrations.



248 Leon Ave, Kelowna


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