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Get Acquainted with The Locksmiths!

(Photo by Clint Trahan/ShutterDreams)

For over three years, the burlesque artists of Pandora & The Locksmiths have drawn in crowds with their ornate costumes, flowing choreography, siren song, and undeniable stage presence but what has set this collective apart from the very start is the five-piece band that pulls every show together. The Locksmiths have featured talented guests but the mainstay musicians have seen the group through a great deal of artistic growth. Three band members, Alison Gorman, John Bews, and Sean Bayntun have shared a little bit about their history and why they enjoy playing music for burlesque.

Let’s get to know them better, shall we?

(Photo by Clint Trahan/ShutterDreams)

Alison Gorman – Trumpet

Alison plays with a number of Vancouver bands, including The Sweetpea Swing Band, The Salteens, and Pendomoja, as well as her own group, Queer As Funk. She feels so lucky to be in the Pandora and the Locksmiths’ family, and especially loves having the best seat in the house at every show! Guess what? You can celebrate New Year’s Eve with Alison and the whole Queer As Funk gang at the Capri Hall in Mount Pleasant!

(Photo by Clint Trahan/ShutterDreams)

John Bews – Bass

John loves working with the group. The opportunity to put on a different show each month with a troupe of dynamic performers is something he’s very grateful for.  The dancers bring him so much joy through their diverse music selections, the creative arc of their routines, and with the energy they bring to rehearsals and to the stage. Sometimes the variety of music the band is given to recreate can be quite challenging, but thankfully Sean is a musical wizard and regularly saves John’s chart-making from being too simple or just blank.  The other band members do all sorts of great things and all he has to do is play bass and enjoy. Lucky him!

(Photo by Clint Trahan/ShutterDreams)

Sean Bayntun – Keys

Sean studied and played classical piano from the age of 3 until he completed his Masters in Piano Performance. Along the way, he realized there were so many different musical genres and he wanted to play them all! Sean currently plays keyboards and synth in Facts and Synthcake, and plays keys and acts as Musical Director for theatre productions.  He grew up playing for Nicky’s voice competitions and recitals, and about 4 years ago she and John asked if he was interested in playing in a jazz band for burlesque performers.  Obviously he said yes! Jazz was something Sean hadn’t really explored yet and plus, who wouldn’t want to help provide the musical sass for amazing performers?  With Pandora & The Locksmiths he works with dancers to help emphasize movements, transcribes 30 or so pages of music each month to turn new songs into arrangements the band can play, and plays with incredible jazz musicians where everyone listens and responds to each other. All in all, Sean just loves playing music, and playing music in collaborative settings is pretty much the best thing.

Hear them LIVE on the second Tuesday of every month at guilt&co!

Thank you Clint Trahan for the gorgeous photos!

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2014 Applications are Open!

Apply to hit the Vogue stage in May and check out the VIBF website for all the exciting new information!

The gears are turning in the heads of our members as we plan this year’s production submission. Unlike anything offered from Pandora at the VIBF before, we will examine the transformative nature of both classic and modern music, themes, and imagery. Godspeed our online application form!

Hmm… classic and modern. Classic? and modern? Kind of like pairing Debussy with Bjork… right?

(Photo by Clint Trahan/ShutterDreams)

We’ll just leave that there.

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