Kristian Braathen, Miles Black, Ken Lister

Friday, March 9, 2018

Tickets $18 ($15 OCAC)

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Kristian formed this trio with the purpose of putting together a group that would play a range of music, influenced by some of musicians with whom he draws inspiration.  Some of these artists include, Ray Brown Trio, Bill Charlap Trio, and Jacky Terrasson.  Miles Black (piano) and Ken Lister (acoustic bass) are two of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, and Kristian is thrilled to have them as part of his trio.  The sound of the Kristian Braathen Trio is based around great feel, tight arrangements and new compositions.  This trio’s debut release is entitled ‘Tempus Fugit’.

Miles Black– Based in Vancouver, BC, Miles is a highly-respected career musician bringing an enormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry.  Firstly known as one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists, Miles is also highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, and musical theatre director.  Adding to that, he has worked as a music therapist and collegiate music instructor. Especially in Vancouver, Miles Black is well known as the “first call’ when musicians are looking for top professional enhancements to their projects.  Just some of the artists and acts with whom Miles has worked with include Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Chuck Israels, Dee Daniels, Paul Horn, Skywalk, Max Roach, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Tabackin, Claudio Roditi, Ingrid Jensen, Houston Person, Johnny Frigo, and Von Freeman.  The list is lengthy and includes many other well known stars of the music world too numerous to note here.

Ken Lister- A professional jazz bassist and teacher for over 30 years, Ken Lister has played, recorded and toured with some of the top musicians in the jazz world, winning the respect of his peers and two Juno Awards along the way. Ken has toured extensively, both across Canada and internationally; including the British Isles, Cuba, South and Central America, and Australia.  Having started his career in the Vancouver music scene in the 1980s, Ken now lives on Vancouver Island, teaching and performing with many great local musicians. He maintains a connection with the Vancouver scene, which often finds him playing with visiting greats from New York City and elsewhere.

Kristian Braathen– Kristian has worked as a professional musician for more than twenty years.  He received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the Faculty of Music at Capilano University in 2004, where he studied with local jazz drummers Dave Robbins and Blaine Wikjord.  Kristian went on to further his studies with world-renowned jazz drummer, Jeff Hamilton (drummer with Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall and many others).  Kristian toured extensively in Canada and the United States with the Russell Jackson Band (former bassist with BB King) from 2000 to 2003. While on tour, Kristian shared the stage with such names as renowned jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard,) and Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy (The Blues Brothers.)  In addition, Kristian has toured in many other countries including, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti.  From 2005 to present, Kristian has led his own jazz trio, Kristian Braathen Trio, in addition to performing and recording with many other artists.  In 2016 Kristian became an endorsee of the drum manufacturer, Canopus Drums.  Kristian was also awarded a study grant by the British Columbia Arts Council to travel to New York City to study with the renowned jazz drummer, Kenny Washington (Bill Charlap Trio, Tony Bennett).  Kristian currently resides in West Vancouver with his wife and son.