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OXM #4 - Live Music Showcase



Fri, Oct 15th, 2021


7:00 pm to 00:00:01


Branchroot Ensemble and Kenton Loewen & JP Carter

This event will feature the Branchroot Ensemble and will be the record release party for Kenton Loewen & JP Carter’s It Becomes Us.

The Branchroot Ensemble

The Branchroot Ensemble consists of drummer Andrew Stauffer, cellist Nicholas Denton Protsack, and tenor saxophonist Darren Williams.

Andrew Stauffer is a percussionist and sound artist from Texas whose work explores community, the translation of ideas between artistic disciplines, and the sonic possibilities of sundry objects. He is a member of Vision Lab Collective, an interdisciplinary experimental arts and research collective based at Harvard University with global collaborators. He holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where his research focused on the intersection between music and spirituality.

Nicholas Denton Protsack is an emerging composer and concert cellist, originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. His creative work often explores new connections between music and the natural world. Described as a “composer to keep a close eye on” by the Canadian Music Centre BC, Nicholas is a recipient of two first prizes from the 2021 SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Awards, as well as a top prize from the internationally renowned BMI Student Composer Awards (2021). As a cellist, Nicholas is an active freelance performer and advocate of new music—frequently involved in collaborative projects across North America. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. Nicholas is currently undertaking a PhD in music at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Based in Kelowna, BC, Darren Williams is a saxophonist and bassoonist who pushes the limits of improvisation and extended instrumental technique into regions that are lyrical, terrifying, uncanny, and “more fun than spiked punch live” (Georgia Straight). Called “a raw, vocal explorer,” (Stuart Broomer, Musicworks, Downbeat), Darren has toured across Canada and has performed and recorded with many renowned musicians including Juno winning guitarist Gordon Grdina (Vancouver), Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Chris Corsano (NYC), Mats Gustafsson (Sweden), and Han Bennink (Netherlands). Darren holds a BFA in music performance from York University and has studied with Casey Sokol, David Mott, George Lewis, and François Houle.

The Branchroot Ensemble performs spontaneously composed music. Sometimes frenetic and other times pensive, this trio brings an array of virtuosic techniques that take listeners into uncharted depths of invention.

Kenton Loewen & JP Carter: It Becomes Us

It Becomes Us was recorded in the fall of 2020 by Kenton Loewen (Dan Mangan, Peregrine Falls, The Crackling) and JP Carter (Destroyer, Haram, the Inhabitants), two musicians who have performed and recorded together hundreds of times. It features Kenton Loewen on drums and JP Carter on trumpet.

Half of the album was improvised in the studio, and shows their dedication to the "now" at the heart of all improvised music.

The other half features music written by Sonny Sharrock, Ornette Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and Jaki Byard, and shows a deep love for the history and cultural traditions inherent in jazz, as well as a willingness to explore and create new sounds using those traditions as a launching pad.

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The OXM is presented with support from SoundON, Creative BC, and the Province of British Columbia and is a collaboration between The Okanagan Institute, the Okanagan coLab, the music series Skin and Bones, Rebellious Unicorns and Athabasca University’s Global Studio.


Affinity Hall

1405 St. Paul St. #201, Kelowna, Kelowna



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