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Cat Toren, Russel Sholberg, Ben Brown, Meredith Bates and Cole Schmidt of Pugs and Crows performs original music that evokes a shifting range of sonic colours and ambient soundscapes. The ensemble’s unique cinematic sound is due in part to the unusual instrumentation of violin, double bass, guitar, piano, and drums.
In 2010, the group received the galaxie rising star award for their performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In the following year, they were a main stage act at both, the Vancouver and Halifax International Jazz Festivals. The band made its first appearance at the Olio Festival (a partner of nXne) in 2011.
The group recently participated in the world-renowned Jazz and Creative Music workshop at the Banff Centre for the arts under the direction of Dave Douglas, and opened for Bill Frisell at the 2012 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
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Pugs and Crows website here