NJF 2015 Artist Announcement: DARK ORCHARD

DATE: Friday July 24th, 2015
STAGE: Mahtay Café & Lounge
ADDRESS: 241 St Paul St, St Catharines, ON L2R 3M7
TIME: 9:00PM – 9:45PM

Jim Casson – composer, musician, video director

Dark Orchard is the brainchild of award winning drummer, Jim Casson.  It is a unique combination of ambient grooves, vintage sounds and conversation.

Dark Orchard released its debut album in 2012 to much critical acclaim.  The sophomore album, “Blossom” was released in the fall of 2014 and has been on the Canadian Campus radio charts for 21 weeks as well as garnering airplay from Newfoundland to California.  CBC’s The Signal has played Dark Orchard regularly since its release.  Primarily a studio project, Dark Orchard rarely performs live.  This unique multi media performance for the NJF will feature Jim Casson performing live to Dark Orchard videos being displayed on a large screen.

Dark Orchard has received a nomination for 2012 Instrumentalist of the Year from the Niagara Music Awards.

Jim Casson has won a Maple Blues Award, Jazz Report Award, and a Hammer Blues Award.  He has also been nominated for Drummer of the Year – Maple Blues Awards (2x), Juno Awards, Genie Awards, Niagara Music Awards, many other Maple Blues Awards.

Dark Orchard is described as like nothing you’ve ever heard before.  This show will be a unique multi media experience combining video, live performance and improvisation.

“Blossom is one of the most unique and enjoyable albums that I have listened to in years, you can never predict where it is going, but the musicianship and production quality and thought that has gone into this project is incredible and as such I recommend that you to get a copy of this for your album collection, I can guarantee you will be playing it for years to come.” – Steve Sheppard, One World Music, London, U.K.

“Jim Casson and Dark Orchard take inspiration from all over but make it their own. In the process, they make some of the most compelling, world-influenced electronica I’ve heard.” – J Simpson, The Equal Ground, 02-20-2015

“It’s an amazing album… I was mesmerized… This album is just so ridiculously good.” – Bondo – host of “Anything Goes” – CHSR 97.9FM Fredericton, NB

“One of the most interesting tracks to cross my path lately… ethereal, ambient, and unique aural landscape… Unusual, and strangely compelling.” – Bob Segarini, Award Winning Singer, Songwriter and Journalist

“Blossom is quite beautiful.” – Deborah Cartmer, Program Director, CFBU, St. Catharines, ON

“Dark Orchard creates a mix of down-tempo grooves, wild improvisation, found sound and imaginary conversations.” – John DiLiberto, Echoes – syndicated to 130 U.S. radio stations

“Sleek, cool and jazzy” – Laurie Brown, host of The Signal, CBC Radio 2

“Love your album!  I’ve been playing it pretty consistently for the past few weeks.” – William Humphrey, host of “Jazz Vibrations” – CJAM 99.1FM Windsor, ON

“…the music is expansive and interesting.  I like this album.” – Kiara Shibley, Music Coordinator, CJSF Radio 90.1 FM, Burnaby, B.C.

WEBLINK:   http://www.darkorchard.ca

YOUTUBE: Jim Casson

FACEBOOK: Jim Casson’s Dark Orchard

Jim Casson’s Dark Orchard show is part of the TD NJF Club Series
Single tickets are available at the door for $15+HST


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