1 May 2016 - TORONTO, ON: Andrew Burashko's Art of Time Ensemble is presenting its tenth Songbook concert featuring Hawksley Workman and the music of Bruce Cockburn. May 13 - 14 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Workman will perform Cockburn's protest songs in new arrangements by Canadian composers.
The program includes If I Had a Rocket Launcher (arranged by Jonathan Goldsmith) and If a Tree Falls, as well as Workman's We're Not Broken Yet from his latest record, Old Cheetah.
"I've loved Bruce Cockburn's music for a very long time and consider him one of my biggest influences," says Workman. "He is a master of the protest song, always keeping beauty and poetry front and centre. In a time where protest is stifled and muted, I thought it might be good to revisit his music."
Art of Time's songbook series, in which a vocalist selects the setlist and performs with the ensemble of classical musicians and jazz improvisers, has been led by Sarah Slean, Steven Page, and Tony award-winner Brent Carver. "I've been a fan of Hawksley's for years," says Art of Time's Artistic Director Andrew Burashko. "He's one of the best performers around; a true force of nature, and an exceptional musician."
The band backing Workman includes Order of Canada recipient Phil Dwyer on saxophone, guitarist Rob Piltch (Blood, Sweat and Tears), violinist Erika Raum (ARC Ensemble), and Andrew Burashko on piano, among others. A limited quantity of tickets are available from the Harbourfront Centre Theatre box office.
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
Hawksley Workman, singer
Andrew Burasho, piano
Phil Dwyer, saxophone
Amy Laing, cello
Joseph Phillips, bass
Rob Piltch, guitar
Erika Raum, violin
SETLIST - All Songs by Bruce Cockburn
Call it Democracy, arranged by Kevin Fox
Red Brother Red Sister, arranged by Andrew Downing
It's Going Down Slow, arranged by Jim McGrath
If a Tree Falls, arranged by Andrew Staniland
Burn, arranged by Drew Jurecka
Gavin's Woodpile, arranged by Andrew Davis
If I Had a Rocket Launcher, arranged by Jonathan Goldsmith
VENUE: Harbourfront Centre Theatre (Formerly Enwave Theatre, 231 Queen's Quay West)
DATE/TIME: May 13 - 14, 2016 8PM
TICKETS: $25 to $59, available online at artoftimeensemble.com, by phone at 416 973 4000 or in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box office.
Hawksley Workman tackles Cockburn songbook
UPDATE: 20 January 2017 - Here is a video of Hawksley Workman and the Art Of Time Ensemble doing Bruce's 1971 version of It's Going Down Slow.