September 8, 2005
Source: Mount Allison University:
Tulips 2005 - The 60th Anniversary Friendship Tour stops in Sackville, Sept. 14
SACKVILLE, NB — As part of a summer-long tour, Luluk Purwanto and the Helsdingen Trio have been presenting their music at town-squares, music festivals, universities, and cultural heritage sites across Canada. They will stop in Sackville on Wednesday, September 14, offering a concert from 6:45 to 9 p.m. as a tribute to Canadian veterans during the Year of the Veteran. The concert will be held at the Sackville Centennial Monument near the Mount Allison Swan Pond. All are welcome, and admission is free.
In a preconcert ceremony, the Mayor of Sackville, his worship Jamie Smith, will be presented with a Tulip Friendship Garden. To honour those who contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945, local veterans have been invited to receive this special garden along with civic representatives. All concert attendees will have the opportunity to win their own Tulip Friendship Garden as well.
The Trans-Canada “Tulips 2005” tour is being made with a multi-functional Stage Bus. This mobile stage, designed by Dutch audio-visual installation artist Aart Marcus, allows the artists to travel in the same space in which they perform. The Stage Bus unfolds into a fully equipped stage, including instruments and sound system, and has temporarily been imported into Canada for use during the tour. Because of the unique composition of the group, this visit to Canada is a true cultural exchange and will serve as an important vehicle for building people-to-people linkages between Canada and The Netherlands.
Luluk Purwanto and the Helsdingen Trio are an internationally recognized jazz ensemble, dedicated to bringing their music to audiences around the world and continually breaking new ground for the acceptance and appreciation of improvised music. Their Canadian tour features Dutch jazz pianist Ren van Helsdingen; Indonesian violinist and vocalist Luluk Purwanto; Nigerian born but New York based bass player, Essiet Okon Essiet, an alumnus of the Art Blakey hard bop academy; and Italian born drummer Marcello Pellitteri, Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. More information about the group, their music, and the world’s only Stage Bus, can be found at www.luluk.com/tulips.html.
Tulips 2005 is presented by the Canadian Tulip Festival, and is supported and endorsed by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa. The Sackville appearance is sponsored by the Catbird Jazz Society, with financial assistance provided by the Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts and Music Fund at Mount Allison University.
For further information, contact Berkeley Fleming at 536-2411 or Meredith Fisher at 536-4906.