2011 Calgary Fringe Festival
What: Back on Solid Ground with the David Andrew Wiebe Band
Where: Nine Café (1319 9 Ave. SE Calgary, AB)
When: Every night at the Calgary Fringe Festival from July 29 - August 6 at 7:45 PM
Tickets: On sale NOW at the Calgary Fringe website
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Back On Solid Ground at the Calgary Fringe Festival
David Andrew Wiebe and his band are scheduled to perform at this year's Calgary Fringe Festival.
Calgary, AB July 6, 2011 -- David Andrew Wiebe has been a part of the Calgary music scene for over 9 years. He has hosted numerous successful promotional events at various Good Earth Café locations as well as a variety of fundraisers. This summer, however, he's up to something a little different.
Wiebe and his band will be performing at the Calgary Fringe Festival under the show name "Back on Solid Ground." According to Wiebe, Back on Solid Ground is the working title for his cohesive follow-up to his first album, Shipwrecked... My Sentiments (2006).
However, for the band it also represents a solidifying focus and musical unity. Wiebe notes that focusing on one thing was often difficult for him because he is continually dreaming up new ideas for musical projects. However, the band feels unified in presenting this music to their audience, and Wiebe could not be more excited about that.
Thematically, the music touches on subjects of heartache and disappointment. Apparently Wiebe took a liking to a particular girl in 2008, but things did not work out how he had hoped. However, he was able to channel his emotions to create a body of new work, which he will be presenting at this year's festival.
Wiebe, who, for the most part has been performing solo, will be joined by a group of excellent musicians who all boast some knowledge or background in Classical music. Anna Mae Alexander will be joining him on vocals, Joshua Park on violin, and Patrick Zelinski will be on the keyboards as well as guitar.
Back on Solid Ground will be hosted every night at Nine Café (1319 9 Ave. SE) from 7:45 PM. Tickets are available at the Calgary Fringe Festival website (http://www.calgaryfringe.ca/).
You can learn more about the David Andrew Wiebe Band at the Calgary fringe by checking out http://www.daw-music.com/2011-calgary-fringe-festival.html.
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David Andrew Wiebe - guitar, vocals
Anna Mae Alexander - vocals
Joshua Park - violin
Patrick Zelinski - keyboards, guitar
The inception of the David Andrew Wiebe Band was nothing short of serendipitous. While each member was aware of the other, none of them had the foresight to know how they would come together.
Violinist Joshua Park responded to an ad in FFWD many years ago, when Wiebe was looking for members to join his band along with drummer Adam Burwash. Although this did not lead to any long-term engagements for Park, he did contribute his talents to Wiebe's first solo album, Shipwrecked... My Sentiments. It was not until earlier this year (2011) that Wiebe and Park reconnected.
Wiebe had met guitarist and keyboardist Patrick Zelinski about a year after the release of Shipwrecked..., when he went to take guitar lessons to further his understanding of Jazz. Zelinski had to fill in for Wiebe's former teacher who went AWOL, and that's where their camaraderie started to grow. However, it was not until several years later that they reconnected and started playing music together again.
Wiebe had also met Anna Mae Alexander around the same time, but they were unaware of each other's passion for music. Over time, their friendship grew and they started collaborating and working together on projects. Anna brought some ideas to the table for Wiebe's upcoming release, Back on Solid Ground, and came on board as backing vocalist.
The band is still very much in the process of growing, as they continue to search for a bassist and a percussionist/drummer. However, their chemistry is tight, and their sound is distinct and memorable.
Photo Courtesy: Andy Letch, SpecopsPhoto
David Andrew Wiebe was born in Camrose, Alberta. However, you shouldn't confuse him for a run-of-the-mill Albertan prairie boy. In actuality, he spent most of his childhood and early youth in Takarazuka, Japan, where he learned to read and write Japanese, imitate Anime (cartoon) characters, and developed an encyclopedic knowledge of 8 and 16 bit video game music.
Wiebe has been a part of the Calgary music arena for 9 years. He has had the pleasure of performing with a number of bands including Lightly Toasted Touché, Angels Breaking Silence, and the Friendly Fire with Jonathan Ferguson. He has even been known to perform Jazz and Country from time to time. This versatile singer and guitarist released his first solo album in 2006, entitled Shipwrecked... My Sentiments. He is currently working on a cohesive follow-up to be called Back on Solid Ground. He is eagerly looking forward to performing with his band at this year's Calgary Fringe Festival.
Photo Courtesy: Keith Skrastins
Born in a bar (during her Daddy's gig), Anna has been around music her whole life. She grew up on a steady diet of Rock N' Roll and decided to try at an early rebellion in her teens with Jazz music. Discovering that rebellion would take more than Jazz, she joined a church and got involved with Classical music with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and Firebird Chamber singers. Her Dad doesn't really get it but still supports it.
This will be her second visit as a performer for the Calgary Fringe. Her first was in the 2007 production of Neogenesis, in which she co-wrote and played Eva. She has since enjoyed volunteering in a number of capacities for the Fringe and will miss it this year. She also tested the waters of rebellion touring with Wycliffe Dinner Theater for 4 tours (instead of Rock N' Roll) which took her across our lovely continent. She played Zoe in Death vs Therapy with the Plastic Chicken Theatre Company. She has also volunteered or worked for Painted Fish, Front Row Centre Players, Storybook Theatre, Timescape Productions, Loose Moose Theatre, Dead Frog Productions and Nude Theatre Productions. She is excited to join the David Andrew Wiebe Band on this project and is finally "making her Daddy proud" by joining the world of contemporary music.
Photo Courtesy: Andy Letch, SpecopsPhoto
Joshua was born in Chun-cheon, South Korea. His family moved to Canada when he was only 8 months old. His parents, like all Asian parents, decided that there were only 4 career options for Joshua: Doctor, lawyer, engineer, or president of the United States. When Joshua entered his teen years, he rebelled by making the decision to become a Classical violinist. This disappointed his parents greatly. Nevertheless they still have hope, since his sister has decided to go to medical school. Joshua believes that he had paved the future for his sister, as he had set up the benchmark for all of his achievements in school; he takes full credit. Joshua's mom continues to try to coax him into going to medical school or becoming a dentist. However, Joshua doesn't even enjoy brushing his own teeth and wondered why he would want to clean other people's teeth for a living. He enjoys his music and continues to Rock and woo chicks wherever he goes. Just kidding. Girls, please date me. I beg of you. My parents beg of you too ;)
Patrick has been passionately pursuing music for the last 20 years. He started playing guitar in High School while co-writing with the band Noriyah, who garnered success in Northwestern Ontario. He received targeted training in Classical, Jazz, and Rock guitar as well as vocal and harmony theory coaching upon his arrival to Calgary. Patrick is affectionately called "Zombie Pat" by his band mates, because of his propensity to create outlandish and atmospheric sounds on his keyboards and many outboard effects.
And we're not kidding when we say many! See below.