West My Friend performs at the Langley Community Music School on Sunday, Oct. 20. Prior to the band’s performance the trio, Jeff Poynter, Eden Oliver and Alex Rempel sat down for a Q&A with the school’s artistic director, Elizabeth Bergmann. (Joti Grewal/Black Press Media)

Alumni return to Langley Community Music School with ‘fresh’ sound

West My Friend is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a band

Langley Community Music School (LCMS) alumni were at their alma mater charming the audience on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Alex Rempel and Jeff Poynter, returned with Eden Oliver to play at the school as part of the Concerts Cafe Classico series.

Their band, West My Friend features an acoustic blend of guitar, played by Oliver; mandolin, played by Rempel; accordion, played by Poynter; and three-part harmonies.

Their afternoon performance was lead by a Q&A where the school’s artistic director, Elizabeth Bergmann, sat down with the trio to delve into the inspiration behind their music.

“They describe themselves as being an indie folk, chamber, baroque with some phonetic attributes,” said Bergmann. “They have a very fresh take on their sound.”

During the intimate sit-down interview the trio revealed the songs they perform are mainly written by Oliver who writes as a means to navigate life, according to Bergmann.

The trio all come have a classical music background from the University of Victoria where they met. Now after 10 years of performing together they released their fourth album In Constellation in September.

The band performs about 90 concerts a year. Their tour kicks off Nov. 5 in Oregon, but the trio will return to Langley on Nov. 21 to perform at the United Churches of Langley in Murrayville.

READ MORE: Langley artists lead B.C. Country Music Award nominations

LCMS is celebrating its 50th season anniversary this year and has hosted many former students throughout the year.

“It’s been really great to see how people have developed,” said Bergmann.

Next month the school will host a Canadian festival on Nov. 16.

“We celebrate Canadian music here at Langley Community Music School by having commissioned a lot of new works for artists and students, so part of that celebration of Canadian music is a Canadian music festival in which our present students play Canadian pieces,” Bergmann explained.

The following day, Nov. 17, the school will host alumnus Paul Hung who plays flute accompanied by Bogdan Dulu on the piano. Their work will premiere a composition by former faculty member Leslie Janos, among others.

Finally, on Nov. 23 the school will conclude their 50th anniversary season with a Canadian Celebration that will feature The Turning Point Ensemble, Borealis String Quartet and the Bergmann Duo. The event will also premier a new LCMS commission by alumnus Brad Turner as well as the jazz-inspired “Concerto for Two Pianos” by Marcel Bergmann.

“It’s going to be a big huge celebration of Canadian music featuring some of the commission we’ve done over the years…” said Bergmann.

For more information about shows and to purchase tickets visit www.langleymusic.com


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WEATHER: Showers in the forecast for Langley

Rain is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon

Council gives thumbs up to Aldergrove core development

The multi-phased project could receive final approval soon

Former Langley resident and country musician embarks on cross-province tour

Kellen Saip will perform at the Water Shed Arts Cafe on March 13

Langley teens spread the love to residents at Langley Memorial Hospital

R.E. Mountain Secondary students gifted teddy bears

Anson Yu, an R.E. Mountain Secondary student in Langley, recognized as a Loran Scholar

Yu was one of 36 recipients of the four-year undergraduate award and one of six from B.C.

UPDATE: Protesters dismantle blockade on Maple Ridge tracks

West Coast Express train service is expected to run again Tuesday morning

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

Motorists were ‘driving like their own Indy 500’ before fatal Abbotsford crash, court hears

Family member declares defence request for 90-day jail sentence a ‘joke’

B.C. takes over another Retirement Concepts senior care home

Summerland facility latest to have administrator appointed

Man pleads guilty to stabbing woman, off-duty cop outside North Delta elementary school

The suspect, whose name is under a publication ban, faced 10 charges in relation to this incident

RCMP pull office from Wet’suwet’en territory, but hereditary chiefs still want patrols to end

Chief says temporary closure of field office not enough as Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute drags on

Prescription opioids getting B.C. addicts off ‘poisoned’ street drugs

Minister Judy Darcy says Abbotsford pilot project working

Most Read