Henry Heillig and HEILLIG MANOEUVRE
Release new Recording in Toronto
(Published: January 20, 2013)
Henry Heillig and HEILLIG MANOEUVRE
Release new independent recording:
featuring Stacie MgGregor on piano, Henry Heillig on bass, Charlie Cooley on drums and Alison Young on saxophone and in celebration of their new recording, a special CD Launch Event at the Toronto's newest music performance venue!
Friday - February 1st, 2013
at "The Paintbox Bistro"
Daniels Spectrum - The Regent Park Centre for The Performing Arts
(www.regentparkarts.ca 555 Dundas St., East)
"The present lineup of the HEILLIG MANOEUVRE is very exciting to me. As a bassist, I feed off of the musical ideas around me and play my best in challenging company. With Alison's melodic, Stacie's harmonic and Charlie's rhythmic ideas swirling around me, I sometimes feel like Snoopy in the Peanuts cartoons... too happy for words." -Henry Heillig
On the evening of Friday, February 1st, 2013, Toronto jazz lovers will be treated to the return of one of Canada's foremost jazz ensembles, "THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE". Following a seven year self-imposed intermission, bassist, composer, arranger and group founder, Henry Heillig has recently re-formed his popular quartet (with some exceptional new additions!) and is releasing their new, independent CD, 'TOONS. The current "HEILLIG MANOEUVRE" includes Stacie McGregor on piano, Henry Heillig on bass, Charlie Cooley on drums and Alison Young on saxophone. The Launch Event is taking place at "The Paintbox Bistro" - an intimate venue located in Toronto's newest and most impressive arts education and performance space - The Regent Park Centre for The Performing Arts, located at 585 Dundas St., East (www.regentparksarts.ca).
The Centre is an ambitious, state of the art facility that is dedicated to the stimulation, education, support and nurturing of the multiple artistic disciplines - including dance, theatre, music, visual and graphic arts - and providing that arts focus where it is needed most - in Toronto`s inner city projects (e.g. Regent Park). Regent Park is currently undergoing a marvelous transformation, and will soon be known nationally as a foremost urban arts hub. Henry Heillig is currently serving as the Curator of "The Paintbox Bistro" jazz series. The series will officially open on January 19th with a performance by Canadian jazz icon Archie Alleyne and his trio, featuring young trumpet sensation Alex Brown Cabrera and Special Guest Jackie Richardson. All are invited to join the celebration of Archie's 80th birthday!
"The Paintbox Bistro is located 555 Dundas St., East. "HEILLIG MANOEUVRE" will be performing on Friday, February 1st and performances will begin at 8pm. For reservations (highly recommended), please call 647-748-0555 or reserve online at www.paintboxbistro.ca
Music Charge will be $15.00. Dinner/show packages also available at $40.00
For media accommodations, please contact LMC by phone at 416-486-6742, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
About "THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE".....
Highly regarded bassist, composer and arranger Henry Heillig initially created "The HEILLIG MANOEUVRE" in 1998. His intention was that the new quartet would perform and record his original jazz compositions, which he describes as "more songbook than doctoral thesis". At the time, Henry Heillig was the Musical Director and bassist of MANTECA - an absorbing professional commitment, to say the least. He recalls, "When MANTECA left the scene, I wanted an outlet for my writing, and also a smaller group format which would be easier to both manage and book." MANTECA was an exciting, nine-piece unit that allowed for optimum communication and profound creative bursts, and had experienced huge popularity with its unique blend of jazzy, funkified, Latin-tinged cookers. "The lack of multiple voices available in the MANTECA nonet was quickly balanced by the group's flexibility," says Heillig. Despite the creative and popular success of MANTECA, Heillig was drawn to write in his own voice for this new, leaner ensemble, "THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE". The Quartet was an immediate success, and "The Ladybug Waltz", the lead track from The Heillig Manoeuvre's second CD, INMOTION, has been in constant rotation on the playlist of Canada's premiere jazz station, Jazz FM 91, since its release in 2004.
As fate would have it, MANTECA came back to life in 2007, and Heillig subsequently put THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE on hold once again, as he didn't wish to create potential booking conflicts with the larger band. When 2011 rolled around, Heillig once again felt the urge to position his writing as a top priority---so he made the choice to resign as Musical Director and bassist of MANTECA, and hasn't looked back since. Writing for and playing in the new HEILLIG MANOEUVRE has been incredibly fulfilling and exciting for Heillig. He says, "There is always the potential for a spontaneous change of direction that can be inherent in a good quartet format". 'Excitement' is a key descriptor for the new HEILLIG MANOEUVRE, and with the release of 'TOONS, Heillig is riding the crest of a creative and professional wave. He says, "I am approaching the upcoming CD launch as the beginning of a two to five year plan. I have been fortunate to have performed across Canada and made numerous forays into the U.S. and over to Europe on others' watch...now it is time to make that happen myself."
The musicians of the THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE are:
Montreal-born bassist Henry Heillig is perhaps best known for his thirty-year plus stint as Musical Director of the popular Jazz/Latin/Funk fusion nonet, MANTECA. The versatile Heillig has also worked extensively in the field of children's music, and throughout the 1980`s toured and performed extensively with the multiple-award winning Children's entertainers and television personalities, "Sharon, Lois and Bram". In the following decade, he also produced the music for Eric Nagler's hit television series "Eric's World". Currently, Heillig freelances as a bassist, arranger, musical director and composer in Toronto and internationally. He also works extensively with harmonica giant Carlos del Junco and is in demand as a producer of both recording projects and "LIVE" events.
During the past few years, exciting, young pianist Stacie McGregor has been receiving a lot of attention in the jazz world. When not performing with THE HEILLIG MANOEUVRE, she can be heard in KOLLAGE, the hard-driving be-bop group led by iconic drummer Archie Alleyne (now celebrating his 80th birthday with a performance as part of the new Jazz Series at ``The Paintbox Bistro`` on January 19th). Stacie has also been featured in bassist Brandi Disterheft's ensemble, which has afforded her the opportunity to perform in the company of both Herbie Hancock and the late Dave Brubeck. Stacie also performs regularly with saxophonist Jim Heinemann's DREAM BAND.
Saxophonist Alison Young is only a few years removed from her studies at The University of Toronto, but her playing shows her to be a very old soul. Alison has been featured in the RED HOT RAMBLE, Tara Hazelton's swing band, and performer Big Rude Jake's ensemble, with whom she has toured Europe several times.
Drummer Charlie Coolie, was Heillig's rhythm-mate in MANTECA for over twenty-five years. This skilled, first-call drummer has toured with many of Canada's top acts, including SASS JORDAN, THE GUESS WHO, JIMMY RANKIN, PRAIRIE OYSTER, and KELLYLEE EVANS.
Highlights of 'TOONS....
All of the compositions on 'TOONS were written and arranged by Henry Heillig, with the exception of Pentamento, composed by friend and founding Mantecian Aaron Davis.
As the somewhat whimsical title of the CD suggests, the songs are cleverly named and invoke both warm, fond memories and the kind of elemental joy that it seems is somehow easier for us to access in childhood...however, the simple truth is that warmth, fondness, love and joy can just as easily be found at any point in life - all you have to do is see, feel and hear. "Meet the Sprintphones" a contemporary bebop swinger, inspired by the cartoon theme ``Meet the Flintstones`` and featuring dynamic sax work from Alison Young (sounding a lot like ``Cannonball``) as well as amazing solos from pianist Stacie McGregor, bassist Heillig all underscored by facile percussive work from drummer Charlie Cooley; the evocative "Nanaimo Crossing", featuring a keyboard solo on the classic Fender Rhodes (the tune also has a beautifully produced video, available soon on YouTube); the gymnastic, agile and contemporary rhythmic bass, soprano sax and percussion feature "Moose and Squirrel" (based on the theme of the hugely popular, boomer-era Jay Ward animated cartoon, ``The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show``); the African and Latin-infused "Ougadougou" (with intricate percussion work from Charlie Coolie) as well as remarkable sax and piano synchronicity and finally the closing track...the simply gorgeous "Pentamento" (a play-on-words of "Pentimento" - a fine-art phenomena where through overpainting on the same canvas, two or more paintings can exist in stasis - sometimes revealing an undiscovered master work several layers down!). Like pentimento, "Pentamento" applies this same process to the human soul - and is musically illustrative of the multi-layered levels of reality that we can, if we so desire, experience simultaneously.
'TOONS was recorded at Revolution Recording by engineer Stephen Koszler and at The Canterbury Music Company by Jeremy Darby in late 2012.
Produced by Henry Heillig
Mastered by Ron Skinner at Heading North Mastering
CD Cover Design by One Girl Media from artwork by Heillig himself
www.heilligman.com, www.regentparksarts.ca and www.paintboxbistro.ca
Is available on-line through Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Baby, Jazzbox.ca
and also at fine music retail outlets
More Information: http://www.heilligman.com