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Olivier Jarda - The Caravan - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday March 31, 2012

On this On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on Olivier Jarda and his new recording 'Good Luck Cartel' - and a concert featuring the the Caravan from our East Coast Sessions series.

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Olivier Jarda was born in Ottawa to Haitian immigrants, but spent most of his youth in New Brunswick where he played drums, bass and guitar for various ensembles, most notably the former Moncton-based group Turnstiles. He moved to Halifax for undergraduate studies, then with a Rhodes Scholarship in his pocket it was off to the University of Oxford in the UK for masters studies. Following that his path lead to Washington DC where he worked on climate policy at a think tank before returning to Canada to seriously pursue a career in music.

Jarda's debut solo LP, Diagrams (2008), which he supported with several UK dates and a cross-Canadian tour in 2009, has been described as "a confident and well-crafted release...Diagrams not only stands up to repeated listens, it demands them." -Wolves Hawks and Kites

His new album, Good Luck Cartel is better than the last. He recorded it in Halifax over the last two winters with Charles Austin at Echo Chamber, and with the help of some very talented friends. What came out was a decent representation of some decent songs. His new band consists of Nick Wombolt, former drummer for Jimmy Swift Band, Devin Ryan, former bass player for Krasnogorsk, a cellist, a keys player, and a backup singer. Jarda plays the guitars and sings. The album will be released independently in Canada in April and it will be released on the independent label Jam Jar Records in the UK in May.

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The Caravan is a refreshing east coast hiphop trio whose roots run the gamut of rock ,jazz ,soul and even Appalachian music. Their preference for 'jamming it live' and for using various instrumentalists versus samples creates an energy and chemistry that is infectious and catchy. Kyle Mckenna, Mike Ritchie and Mark Bachynski (Classified's drummer) are the nucleus of the Caravan. They're joined on this show by Phil MacKenzie , Matt Myer (Gypsophelia) and Mary-Grace Koile.

Halifax born and based, these musicians have put their own spin on a genre. "Hip Hop, done our way" says vocalist Kyle McKenna, "We're not from New York, or L.A., we're East Coasters, might as well show it."

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"We influence each other, always trying to improve our sound, while soaking in what Halifax is doing as a whole." - Mike Ritchie (Lead Guitar) The Caravan have never stopped exploring where they can take the music. "We put some Bassoon on our last album with huge violin solos, for Hip Hop, we're changing the norm. Mike's got a whole sound scape going in his head, and we're ready to see what we can produce!" - Mark Bachynski (Drums).
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