Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers (Cat Panetta)
Getting paid $200 and two pitchers of beer split between seven musicians - we thought we had it made.
—Lindsey Collins, musician
They call themselves a gypsy jazz orchestra, and Flying Fox and the Hunter
Gatherers have created their very own unique sound by blending brass,
rock opera and gypsy folk.
From their first full length album, Hans My Lion, to their original rock opera The Wild Things, to this soon-to-be released fourth recording, Fruit and Ash, this group isn't short on ideas.
Violinist Jesse Krause and bass player Lindsey Collins met at university and Collins says they've come a long way since their first gig at the Stagger Inn. "Getting paid $200 and two pitchers of beer split between seven musicians - we thought we had it made, at that point! All the way from that and getting in the van and touring across the country, which is more where we're at now."
Kyle Wedlake on sax is the most recent addition to the band. "For me as a horn player Jesse's writing is really fun and interesting to play. It moves through a lot of different thematic material. I play a lot of jazz and there's a lot of repetitive horn which is fun to do but it's nice to be a little more challenged."
To demonstrate the uniqueness of the band, there's even a choir featured on this recording. Krause explains, "I initiated the Riel Gentlemen's Choir, along with an artist friend Seth Woodyards who needed a men's choir for a performance video that he was shooting. He was going to take a bath in a church and he needed to have a choir standing around him...so it's a community based men's choir and anyone can sing in it."
Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers release their latest disc on Saturday June 1 at The Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club. Before then, catch them on SCENE on Air with host Ismaila Alfa on Saturday May 18. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.