Upstream 6.O is the latest ensemble in the Upstream Music Collective's 20 year history. The group was formed in fall 2009 in response to new talent moving into the Halifax/Atlantic zone and mingling with local forces already in motion.
Guitarist Geordie Haley (New Brunswick/Toronto) and Percussionist D'Arcy Grey (Montreal/Merce Cunningham) have teamed up with older immigrants, tenor saxist/clarinetist Paul Cram (Vancouver/Toronto), trumpeter Rick Waychesko (Tower of Power/Toronto) and Nova Scotians Tim Crofts, piano/electronics (Yarmouth/New England Conservatory) and Lukas Pearse, bass/electronics (Halifax/Goldsmith College UK) .
Together they command well-crafted long-form compositions and muscular improvisations of the utmost intensity while navigating a thrilling maze of abstract, concrete and fluid forms that combine to shrink time. As Upstream 6.0 they are a pan-genre juggernaut riding a raging sea of change. Surf don't swim to their next concert!