talking pictures
photo: lincoln clarkes

ron samworth, guitar
bill clark, trumpet
peggy lee, cello
dylan van der schyff

"A closely attenuated style of group playing, deliberate yet wholly responsive, with a wonderful sense of space."
     --Mark Miller, Globe and Mail

Treading the blurry line between new music and jazz, Talking Pictures excels in juxtaposing sonic textures.
     -- James Hale, Ottawa Citizen

Formed in 1993 by guitarist/composer Ron Samworth, Vancouver's Talking Pictures is a quartet that synthesises diverse musical experiences in a communion of form and freedom. The group draws on a distinctive and wide ranging sonic palette and reveals a distinct empathy. The jazz continum from Armstrong to Zorn, the bold, abstract textures of new music and Jimi Hendrix, and the richly evocative spirit of Kurt Weill and Nino Rota all meet in a compelling sound world of near cinematic richness
A frequent performer in their home town, Talking Pictures has been featured in the du Maurier Ltd. International Jazz Festival in Vancouver since 1993. they have toured across Canada and in Europe where they have played at prestigious festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, the BIMhuis and De IJsbreker Music Centres in Amsterdam, Instants Chavires in Paris and the Loft in Koln. Their debut CD, Ciao Bella, and their second, The Mirror with a Memory are on Montreal's Red Toucan label. Talking Pictures also has a decidedly theatrical bent, having written and performed RubyCab, an original cabaret with the Ruby Slippers Theatre Company, as well as performed the music and text of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht and guest vocalists. They have also arranged and performed in an acclaimed production of Brecht's Threepenny Opera.

RON SAMWORTH, leader and principal composer of Talking Pictures, also co-leads the acclaimed NOW Orchestra. He is know to Canadian audiences for his provocative collaborations with groups such as Lunar Adventures and the 1990 CBC National Jazz Competition winners Creatures of Habit. His improvised sound explorations with poets and dancers include an ongoing involvement with the EDAM Dance company. Samworth's playing credits include Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, Vinny Golia, Jay Clayton, Rene Lussier, and electro-acoustic composer Paul Doldern. He has composed for the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Standing Wave, the NOW Orchestra, and various film and theatre projects. he is currently the co-artistic director of the creative music collective New Orchestra Workshop (NOW).
PEGGY LEE, is an inventive and lyrical cellist whose wide ranging credits include the Vancouver Opera, the new music ensemble Standing Wave, popular singer/songwriter Veda Hille and numerous dance and theatre collaborations. Originally from Toronto, she received a performance degree from the University of Toronto. She spent a year at the Banff Centre for the Arts in residence with a string quartet before moving to Vancouver in 1989. As an improvisor, she has shared the stage with players such as Peter van Bergen, Dave Douglas, Paul Plimley, the Tony Wilson Group, Barry Guy and Butch Morris. She has also recorded and performed with Carlos Zingaro, the Vinnie Golia Large Ensemble, the NOW Orchestra, Dylan van der Schyff, and Francois Hole (with Dave Douglas, mark Dresser and Dylan van der Schyff).

BILL CLARK, is known to Vancouver audiences as an inspired soloist who lends his talents to a wide variety of groups from funk and blues to jazz and improvised music. He has worked with artists as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Muhal Richard Abrams, Butch Morris and Slide Hampton. A graduate of the Compositions Programme at Simon Fraser University, he has written for various dance and film projects as well as the Vancouver-based ensembles Standing Wave and Hard Rubber Orchestra. Bill has led his own sextet and is a charter member of the VEJI big band, the NOW Orchestra and the hard Rubber Orchestra, all of with whom he has recorded.
DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF, born in Johannesburg, South Africa is one of the leading figures on the Canadian improvised music scene. His rhythmic drive and creativity are essential contributions to Vancouver bands such as the Tony Wilson Group, Francois Houle Trio, and the NOW Orchestra. He has also played with such artists as George Lewis, Eywind Kang, Evan Parker, Georg Graewe, Myra Melford, Michael Moore, John Butcher, mark Helias, Vinny Golia, and Andy Laster. he has worked with dance companies 9EDAM and Kokoro) and theatre groups. His broad musical spectrum extends to rock, funk and punk. He has recorded with the NOW Orchestra, Francois Houle (with Dave Douglas, mark Dresser and Peggy Lee), and the Brad Turner Group. Two recordings in duo with Peggy Lee and bassist Chris Tarry are on the Spool label.

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