|Top: Doug Wilde,
Below: David Woodhead, Colleen Allen
David Woodhead digs
for some inspired music and
- John Apice / No Depression magazine / August 2018
Plenty of new territory is covered here -
with compositions ranging from rambunctious romps
to contemplative minimalism, with a long list of
|The "Tunnels and Visions" CD
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the new Tunnels and Visions CD, Confabulation
ringleader David Woodhead has turned over a lot of
stones to develop a unique voice, with compositions
ranging from rambunctious romps to contemplative
minimalism, plus stops at vintage song and
contemporary parlour music on the way.
Evolving the playful Confabulation project was a natural move for Woodhead, combining key players and ideas from the various worlds he inhabits to fuse the inviting feeling of community found in the folk festival and coffeehouse scene with the wide musical palettes available in jazz and classical music.
The album naturally features Woodhead's trademark melodic electric bass playing, with an expressive touch on the fretless, but there's also a long list of notable instrumentalists. Band members include keyboardist Doug Wilde (Manteca), reeds player Colleen Allen (Molly Johnson, Holly Cole), guitarist Bob Cohen (Jesse Winchester) violinist Anne Lindsay (Jim Cuddy Band) and drummer Rich Greenspoon (Betty and the Bobs, Stewed Tomatoes).
Guests on the recording include early-music keyboardist Kate Clark, violinists Jaron Freeman-Fox (The Opposite of Everything) and Yellowknife's Andrea Bettger. Members of Rebecca Hennessey's FOG Brass Band fulfill Woodhead's goal of blending the timbres of brass instruments with fretless bass. Flute wizard Anh Phung contributes to the opening track, “Carnival For The Clocks,” which features only wind instruments with snare drum and bass, and Woodhead breaks out the gourd banjo for an intimate rendition of “Windy Apples.”
While there are plenty of cut-loose solos on the CD, the players are clearly listening to each other and you can hear the ideas bouncing back and forth. The Confabulation is a unit with a tight core but flexible attitude!
This is an impressive and ambitious project - I'm playing the CD and talking up the gig.
- Jaymz Bee, JAZZ-FM
Clever usage of brass/reed sections, strings and rich solos make the Baker’s Dozen of pieces rich in variety and delivery…All the while Woodhead’s bass does some nice dolphin dances, creating misty droplets…
- George W. Harris, The Jazz Weekly
of folk and classical, funk and fusion and another
dozen guest soloists are woven into its soaring
pastoral soundscapes… The leader's rubberized fretless
bass packs a recurring shot of momentum to this
dreamy, exotic journey.
….impeccable playing throughout, which is the main reason to pay attention to anything Woodhead lays his hands on.
- The Waterloo Record
A fabulous band playing challenging and engaging compositions.
- Howard Gladstone, artistic director, Winterfolk festival
Why be satisfied with a 24 pack of Crayolas when you can get the 64 pack with a sharpener? Tunnels and Visions is an imaginative palette of musical colour.
- Shelley Gummeson, Jazz On The Rocks, CFBX Kamloops
1: engage in conversation: talk.
2: fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation
for loss of memory...
It’s all about interplay - musical conversations and
fabrications from an imaginary coffeehouse late one
night in a distant past, or an imminent future...
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Confabulators have included:
John David Williams
Confabulations have occurred at:
TD Toronto International Jazz Festival
The Kensington Market Jazz Festival
The Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia, ON
The Vancouver Folk Festival
The Jazz Room, Waterloo, ON
Livewire series, Octave Theatre, Kingston, ON
Drom Taberna, Toronto, ON
Stewart Park Festival, Perth, ON
The Vancouver Island Music Festival, Comox, BC
Hugh's Room, Toronto
The Supermarket, Toronto
Rasputin's concert series, Ottawa, ON
Hillside Festival, Guelph
The Tranzac Club, Toronto
The Folk Music Ontario Conference, Ottawa, ON
The Vital Spark Folk Club, Brooklin, ON
The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
The Dominion on Queen, Toronto
The London Music Club, London, ON
Summerfolk Festival, Owen Sound
Blues Skies Festival, Clarendon, ON
Eaglewood Folk Festival
Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Grafton, ON
Sunfest World Music Festival, London, ON
Canterbury Folk Festival, Ingersoll, ON
Haliburton Forest Festival, Haliburton, ON
Home County Folk Festival, London, ON
C'est What, Toronto
The Crooked Stovepipe, Villa Nova, ON
The Wee Folk Club, Toronto
Silence, Guelph, ON
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Kingston, ON
The Moonshine Cafe, Burlington, ON
The Pearl Company Theatre, Hamilton, ON
Distillery District Music City Summer Series, Toronto