Visual Vibrations featuring Vancouver’s AURAL Heather
at The Pearl, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton
Friday July 11 at 9:00 pm, PWYC at the door ($5 minimum)
preceded by the dubpoetry of Klyde Broox
AURAL Heather is Heather Haley (poet, singer, media artist) and Roderick Shoolbraid (guitarist, composer) – “a unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.” They appear at The Pearl on their international tour for their new CD, “Princess Nut.”
AURAL Heather will make appearances July 3-20 in Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa, Chicago, New York and Montreal. In September they head to UK/Europe and then to the southern U.S. in November. See Heather Haley’s website.
Shoolbraid is a dazzling guitarist, composer, sound designer and DJ. Old School and proud of it, Haley is a maverick poet, singer, author and media artist often found pushing boundaries and always on the vanguard.
“A Canadian national treasure,” Haley started writing verse in high school and her life as a bona fide artist began on the stage of the infamous Smilin’ Buddha in Vancouver fronting the all-girl punk band the Zellots. She was a member of the 45s with Randy Rampage and Brad Kent of DOA and the Avengers.
Later she formed HHZ-Heather Haley & the Zellots-praised by LA Weekly music critic Craig Lee as one of the city’s “Ten Great Bands.” These charming redheads, working in a myriad of media and from disparate backgrounds, have joined forces in bold experimentalism for the past four years, producing a series of live shows, a videopoem called “Purple Lipstick” and their first CD, “Surfing Season. ”
Haley is an artist intimate with the music of language. Raised on folk and country music, she discovered rock and was composing poems and songs from the age of six.
Shoolbraid has always been open to re-working the paradigms at hand, though classical music and jazz have been the pillars of his career. Their sound has evolved into the unique, emotionally charged spoken word songs-or spongs-of AURAL Heather, “brawny, uncompromising” poetry and music that rouses audiences with a high-impact live show and places them in a genre-crossing, category-defying position, truly and only unto themselves.
Praise for AURAL Heather:
“Your new work is superb. I love it, real gutsy and political yet ripe with emotion.” -Kedrick James
“Very interesting and powerful words driven by great beats and sounds.” -Brian Routh, Kipper Kids
“Brilliant. You rock … and you’re going to make your audiences rock.” -Biff Mitchell
Praise for Surfing Season:
“Beautiful. A credit to the genre.” -Ian Ferrier, Wired on Words
“Great job! An auspicious disc. One of the best albums of its kind.” -Kurt Heintz, e-poets
“Important work. -Poseybeat