From Whence We Came
Kalabash is a jazz sextet, formed in Toronto in 1993, focused on using the steel pan as a lead voice in a jazz ensemble and dedicated to experimenting with the layering of rich jazz harmonies over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean. With the release of the group's first CD, Kalabash in 2001, it's apparent that the result of this fusion is a scintillating blend of North American and Caribbean contemporary jazz expression. While there have been individual steel pan jazz soloists who work in different contexts, Kalabash is unique as a contemporary jazz ensemble built around the sound of this unique instrument and focused on performing original material. The blend of reeds and flute with the steel pans gives the group a special sound that is certain to make Kalabash a hit with jazz festival audiences across the globe.
Live performance highlights include: the Molson Stage, Harbourfront's contribution to the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival, Toronto; the Super Dome, Essence Magazine's 25th Anniversary Music Festival, New Orleans; the Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto; a concert with famed Jamaican folklorist and jazz pianist, Marjorie Whylie, at The University of Toronto, Faculty of Music; CD launch concerts at the Pelican Inn and Naparima Bowl in Trinidad and Tobago; and a CD launch performance at the Berlin Club, Toronto; the opening performance in the Barbados 2002 Jazz Festival at Sunbury House; and more recently, appearances at the Island Club, Ontario Place in the JazzFM 91 Summer of Jazz series and the PanJazz in de Yard Festival in Trinidad and Tobaago.
Kalabash has also been featured on TV in a one hour show on BRAVO TV's Jazzman series that was syndicated and aired extensively on Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz. The band has also taped two BRAVO videos of its original compositions which can be found on YouTube using the keyword 'Kalabash'.Website: http://www.kalabash.com