by Andrew Crisp
The Visual Arts Collective was packed on Saturday, March 3, in anticipation of a long-awaited album release from the local orchestral collective A Seasonal Disguise. Between 100-200 people came to hear the musical stylings of Larkspur, Le Fleur, Otto Van Walton and Sleepy Seeds at A Seasonal Disguise's CD release jam party.
It was an evening of shifting players and instruments—Nik Walton provided keys for A Seasonal Disguise and played off stage as Otto Van Walton. At table and rug positioned right by the stage, Walton used a loop pedal to channel acoustic guitar, water glasses and percussion into dreamy instrumental tracks. Band members from Le Fleur pushed through the crowd to take their instruments, each set blending into the next magically.
Right before ASD took the stage, Walton met up with his other bandmates who huddled together and jumped into the air to rally for the show. The band's latest release, Waterfowl of Eastern Canada (House of Ubasti), features a string ensemble to flesh out the seven-member group's sound.
In the middle of frontman Z.V. House's droning guitar solo on the band's final song, friends and members of Larkspur snuck onto the stage armed with balloons and stuffed animals to shower the crowd.