Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Sizzles & The Drummer Girl Is Hot!

Railtown Cultural Eclective Trier Series Presents
A Diamond Tree Foundation Production
The Drummer Girl
July 25, 2013,  8 pm Doors 7pm
The Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets  $20/$15 Seniors, Students & Arts Workers
available at Northern Tickets

 Multi-talented percussionist, Lauri Lyster brings The Drummer Girl to the Orpheum Annex, July 25.  No stranger to “structure, rhythm, and flow”,   Lyster has grounded everything from the landmark jazz/blues ensemble Mother of Pearl to the Vancouver Opera Orchestra but in this production her writing, acting and comedic skills shine as she steps out from behind the kit to take centre stage.

The Drummer Girl moves from blues to balady, frame drum to kit”, says Lyster. “Costume changes and slide images accompany me as I take you on a journey through my life as a female drummer making a living making...a lot of noise!”

Lyster has assembled a great line-up of musicians to join her in this musical romp: Laurence Mollerup on bass; Brenda Baird on keyboard, vocals;  Evan Arntzen on saxophone, clarinet;  Kat Wahamaa on vocals, mandolin and Simon Stribling on saxophone and trumpet.  Stribling fronts the Jeff Healey Award-winning New Orleans Alestars and The Hoppin’ Mad Orchestra, projects of which Lyster is also a member. The two are a trio in real life along with their young daughter Scarlet.

To satisfy a yearning to be more than a “side-man”, Lyster hit upon the idea of creating a musical revue that would showcase her various abilities in a range of musical styles. The Drummer Girl debuted at the Firehall Arts Centre last year to rave responses. From standards such as Cheek to Cheek and Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues to Lyster’s originals, The Road to Utah and The List, The Drummer Girl dances to a different drum with a beat sure to please.

Lyster is also offering a women’s drumming workshop entitled We're All Drummers! An Introduction to Hand Drumming and Percussion, on Saturday, July 20 from 1-3pm.  This beginner’s session covers basic rhythmic practice using some of the more common percussion instruments that you’ll encounter, including bells and clave, shakers and hand drums (ie. conga, dumbek and djembe). Cost is $20 with pre-registration by July 18 required. For more information and to register please contact  or call 604-836-9943.

Tickets for The Drummer Girl are on sale now at Northern Tickets at or by phone at 604-569-1144. For more info on The Drummer Girl email or visit or  or call Railtown Cultural Eclective at 604-836-9943.

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