Burke offers twice the talent, twice the show

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Holly Burke  has more than one talent.

The Vancouver-based vocalist Holly Burke also plays the flute and percussion.

Her genre-bending repertoire will be highlighted in a pair of  shows in either end of Cowichan this weekend one in Mill Bay, the other in Crofton.

Burke has been on the scene in Canada and the United States for decades, quietly producing creative, texturally rich and evocative music that often transcends the jazz idiom, according to her publicist.

For her weekend in Cowichan, she will be backed up by a trio composed of pianist Dmitri Gritsaenko, a celebrated performer and educator; saxophonist Bill Runge, a mainstay of the Vancouver jazz scene; and sought-after bassist Brent Gubbels.

Her promotional material states Burke’s influences range from Paul Horn and Diane Reeves to Debussy, Bach and even Roland Kirk. She will perform tunes from her latest CD, Nature Girl, which combines elements of world beat, fusion jazz, avant-pop, ambient and enigmatic forms that defy description.

Saturday’s performance, a Church Mice Productions offering, is at the church at 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. For information, call 250-743-4301.

The Sunday performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

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