They performed for audiences in Korea, Mexico, the Caribbean, China, United States and Canada over the past many years. He’s been a featured artist on various occasions at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island Hot Jazz Festival, Yardbird Jazz Festival, both of Jazz Yukon’s Jazz on the Wing and Jazz in the Hall series and Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre. He has shared the stage with many of Canada’s jazz icons over the years, and continues to perform in concerts, clubs and festivals throughout Canada and around the world.
Rob started playing acoustic bass in the Yukon back in 1978 at the Kopper King. He then moved to Vancouver Island and played with various roots, bluegrass and blues groups before joining Tom White and Colin Campbell where his jazz education began. Rob eventually returned to the Yukon and has played with a wide variety of local and visiting artists. He has performed and toured in China, Mexico, Alaska and cities throughout Canada.
The event brings a wide range of experience to the drum set from his 30 years of freelance professional work in Calgary and Edmonton: small jazz trios, big bands, concert bands, symphony percussion, theater productions, concert tours, jingle and album recording. Since moving to the Yukon he has worked with a variety of artists and recorded two albums: “Not Too Dark”, a collection of songs from the Longest Night; “Caribou Commons” with Matthew Lien. Ken also spent one summer as house drummer at the Yardbird Suite jazz club in Edmonton backing up the likes of Herb Ellis, Bennie Wallace and Moe Koffman.
Together, this tight seasoned trio brings a fresh and dynamic approach to both old and new jazz classics. They deliver a show that will satisfy even the most discriminating jazz audience.
An evening of films and stories illustrating various aspects of caribou biology and our cultural relationships with caribou.
Caribou are hugely meaningful to northerners. They provide a lot of us with food. We often link our annual round of activities to their comings and goings. The cycles of caribou abundance continue to drive the fortune of many communities. The animals are central to many northern stories, and they continue to fill us with awe and admiration.
The North American Caribou Workshop and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada are co-sponsoring a free public event, as a complement to the day-time technical sessions of the Workshop. A number of knowledge holders will present films and stories in which caribou are key actors. We will learn some of the intimate details of caribou behaviour from video cameras attached to collars (Art Rodgers, Ontario). One film captures the “voices of the caribou peoples” from diverse northern communities as they talk about their reliance on and care for caribou (Archana Bali, Alaska). Another film tells the Dene story of how a mythic figure brought the caribou back (Mary and Allan Code, Yukon). The conservation status of northern mountain caribou will be discussed in film (Conrad Thiessen, British Columbia). Randall Tetlichi will explore how understanding and relating to caribou can foster a caring attitude towards the land.