Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt
Bassist/composer Bret Higgins certainly has eclectic musical pursuits. He plays in folk-rock faves Great Lake Swimmers, klezmer band Beyond The Pale, and other Toronto world and folk music combos, and has also performed and/or recorded with the notable likes of Sarah Slean, Basia Bulat, Justin Rutledge, Serena Ryder, Lily Frost and many more. He now demonstrates his compositional prowess with a new project, Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt and their self-titled debut. This is attracting attention by coming out on Tzadik, a New York label headed by the legendary John Zorn. It draws upon jazz, film music, rock, Latin, pop, and world music elements, with Higgins' evocative tunes fleshed out by an A-list group featuring violinist Aleksandar Gajic, keyboardist Robbie Grunwald, electric guitarist Tom Juhas and drummer Joshua Van Tassel.
The album will be launched with a Toronto release show at Burdock on Aug. 13.