Wood, Wire & Fire Quartet at Lorenzo's Cafe
Wood, Wire & Fire is a string jazz group plus drums founded by bassist Darko Cuk with violinist Denis Letourneau and guitarist Gil Kafka. Their sound is rich, decadent and layered like a perfect pastry from a French Café. Classic swing mixed with choice modern selections their set is fluid and smooth with an energy that is feel-good and soul driven. They have been playing around the Okanagan together since 2016.
Darko came to Canada some 25 years ago from Croatia where he studied classical and jazz bass. In Vancouver he furthered his Jazz education at the Cap College in the nineties and embarked on a professional career in '97. Musical engagements took him touring around the world with cover bands or doing cruiseship contracts on Seabourn, Cunard and Norwegian cruise lines sailing around the world for nearly a decade before settling down in Calgary in 2005. After making himself known in Kelowna he landed a 2nd bass position in the Okanagan Symphony and has been busy playing in variety of bands around the valley including Wood, Wire & Fire.
Denis completed a B. Music violin performance degree from U of A in Edmonton and at the same time began jazz violin work with the help of Tommy Banks in the early 70's. He has performed with many jazz ensembles in the Okanagan from 1980 to the present and is currently focusing his attention on the jazz trio 'Wood, Wire & Fire'. Denis has recently retired as the Concertmaster of the Okanagan Symphony, after 39 years, and during that time performed with many world class solo acts. He also recorded a duo CD with pianist/composer Stu Goldberg in 2006, entitled 'Reinventions'.
Gil started his musical career playing in rock bands around Montreal as a teenager. He then moved to Toronto to gain a degree in jazz performance from U of T. In 2006 he released a self-titled album of original music which is an eclectic mix of pop, jazz and rock. In 2008 he earned a degree in music education from McGill University. In 2012 Gill and his wife moved to Kelowna where he now teaches full-time as a music teacher at Rutland Senior Secondary. As of late he is focused on playing jazz again and can be found in various groups around the Okanagan including 'Wood, Wire & Fire'.