The Astrid Lyre Trio gets the Pat’s House of Jazz series going again Sunday after a two-weekend break because of the weather. (Photo submitted)

Cruise ship stint launches Lyre into jazz

Nanaimo-based guitarist combines original compositions with her favourite interpretations

A two-week break is long enough.

Jazz fans are ready for the Pat’s House of Jazz series at Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub to resume after both the Sue Newman and Ralph Barrat shows were cancelled due to the weather.

The Astrid Lyre Trio brings a bold modern jazz sound to the stage on Sunday, Feb. 24.

It’s her first appearance at the jazz series, which is now in its seventh year.

Lyre, a Nanaimo-based jazz guitarist, fronts an electrifying new trio, which will perform her original compositions and interpretations of her favourite jazz standards.

With the drumming talents of Island veteran James McRae and the adventurous bass lines of Brock Meades, the trio weaves an intricate, improvised tapestry of interaction and interplay.

A graduate of Capilano College’s jazz program on bass, Lyre always had a love for guitar, but it was not until she landed a two-and-a-half-year stint in the jazz club on Royal Caribbean’s flagship cruise liner, Allure of the Seas, that she began playing jazz guitar in earnest.

With a rhythmic awareness from years of playing bass, coloured by an interest in rock music, Lyre displays a dynamic and confident voice on the guitar.

Lyre says her style is influenced by “a wide array of players, from guitarists Julian Lage, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jim Hall to saxophonists Lee Konitz and Chris Potter and pianists Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau.”

Sunday’s show, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society as part of its weekly jazz series, begins at 2 p.m. in the all-ages Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Admission is $15. For reservations, call 250-324-2245. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

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