Jazz concert brighten’s year’s darkest day

Cari Burdett and Sara Marreiros are turning their annual Winter Solstice show into a Cowichan tradition. - courtesy Cari Burdett
Cari Burdett and Sara Marreiros are turning their annual Winter Solstice show into a Cowichan tradition.
— image credit: courtesy Cari Burdett

Improvisational jazz singer Cari Burdett is joined by Sara Marreiros and other musicians for the second-annual An Evening of Winter Solstice Music.

The event takes place on Dec. 21, the year’s shortest day with the sun at its lowest point at midday. Burdett said they will sing and play a diverse and eclectic songs that bring light into the heart of winter.

“We have a mixture of old Gregorian chant, a classical Bach version of Ave Maria which we are turning on its side and presenting in a more upbeat manner, and a Wailin’ Jennies tune. “

Burdett said they will the standards they love to sing like Joanie Mitchell’s River and Nina Simone’s Wild is the Wind. There will be a quiet moment of dedication to those who have passed and a singalong with the audience.

This year the duo has collaborated with the talented Leah Hokanson, a gifted pianist and singer from Gabriola Island, Massimo Pintus on guitar and hand-made metal gongs; and Chris Bertin on world percussion playing bells, shakers, flutes and didgeridoo.

If last year’s concert is anything to go by, the Winter Solstice Music celebration is expected sell out.

Burdett said last year’s event was standing-room only. She and her fellow musicians hadn’t anticipated how popular the event would be. This year they are holding it in a bigger venue and they will keep track of ticket sales so everyone in the audience gets a seat.


Your ticket

What: Winter Solstice

When: Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.

Where: Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St.

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door, $5 for kids, at  Ten Old Books or the Community Farm Store in the Duncan Garage, and Lila Music Centre on Gibbins Road.

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