Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Recording: Bristles Trio

Artist: Bristles Trio

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 5), February 26, 2017.

Bristles Trio - unknown

This trio from Andrew Downing (double bass), Jim Lewis (trumpet) and David Occhipinti (electric guitar) is arguably more bristling with ideas than filled with bristling textures. In fact, as the opening of this piece suggests, the sounds would more often be closer to shimmering.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: The Mike Smith Company

Artist: The Mike Smith Company

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 5), February 26, 2017.

The Mike Smith Company - unknown

After a couple special events, this set saw the Mike Smith Co. back in its "working" alignment, mostly playing skewed pop material that's newer than the stuff on last year's Famous Wildlife Movies and with plenty elaborately-layered vocals over the band's precision noodling.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: James Bailey & Allison Cameron

Artist: James Bailey & Allison Cameron - [excerpt 1]

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 5), February 26, 2017.

James Bailey & Allison Cameron - [excerpt 1]

James Bailey & Allison Cameron - [excerpt 2]

The festival's final show opened with a series of short duo encounters, seguing quickly from one to the next within one set. The final pairing combined Bailey's one-man room-roving trombone march and suitcase of implements (garden spikes, bells, musical bike kickstand, etc.) with Cameron's table of buzzing electroacoustic elements.

Recording: Diane Roblin & Michael Snow

Artist: Diane Roblin & Michael Snow

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 5), February 26, 2017.

Diane Roblin & Michael Snow - [excerpt]

The festival's final show opened with a series of short duo encounters, seguing quickly from one to the next within one set. This occasional partnership arose out of the pair's past work together in the Artists' Jazz Band, and in the easy back-and-forth one can sense lifetimes of music — from bright-eyed boogie-woogie to cacophonous clomped chords.

Recording: Rob Clutton & Michael Lynn

Artist: Rob Clutton & Michael Lynn

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 5), February 26, 2017.

Rob Clutton & Michael Lynn - [edited excerpt]

The festival's final show opened with a series of short duo encounters, seguing quickly from one to the next within one set. Picking up seamlessly as the previous pairing dropped off, the playfully performative interplay between these two double bassists could probably best be compared to two children squabbling in the back seat of a car.

Recording: Heidi Chan & Sarah Peebles

Artist: Heidi Chan & Sarah Peebles

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 5), February 26, 2017.

Heidi Chan & Sarah Peebles - [edited excerpt]

The festival's final show opened with a series of short duo encounters, seguing quickly from one to the next within one set. Some ancient sounds lead things off, with Sarah Peebles' shō-drone providing a landscape for Heidi Chan's flute to float above.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #193

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-02 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 1 p.m.!) [FB event]

I'm excited to see the announcement of this residency from Doc Dunn and Ayal Senior's Sacred Lamp project. Taking over some Sunday afternoon slots in the Southern Cross (mostly, but not all, on first Sundays of the month) this looks like an excellent way to pass some time, relaxing to lyrical slide guitar and simmering infinity groove jams.

Sacred Lamp - unknown

This week's noteworthy shows:

Crosswires (feat. Krosst Out / Melotika / Brock Gel) / The Baby G 2017-03-27 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Lambchop / The Great Hall 2017-03-27 (Monday) [FB event]

Jab Band [Liam Mitro/Luan Phung/Chris Pruden/Matthew Chalmers/Julian Anderson-Bowes — "March Rexidency"] / The Rex Hotel 2017-03-28 (Tuesday – early set @ 6:30! PWYC!) [FB event]

Array Session #46 (feat. Nidus) / Array Space 2017-03-28 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [more info]

Buzz Records presents (feat. Colleen Green / The Memories / Goodbye Honolulu / Bald Britney) / Smiling Buddha 2017-03-28 (Tuesday – all ages!) [FB event]

The Brodie West Quintet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-03-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Piano Party #10 (feat. Tom Richards / Laura Barrett / Kat Goldma) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-03-29 (Wednesday – early!)POSTPONED

The AMBiENT PiNG presents: DRONE:KLUB ["community drone immersion experience"] / Roland Inspiration Centre 2017-03-29 (Wednesday – free! participation encouraged but not required!) [FB event]

Raw Materials presents (Surinam / Catholic Wilt [Jesse from Blonde Elvis wsg Colin Fisher] / Erath [Jude from HSY solo] / Remedy Malahyde [Julie Reich & Natalie Logan]) / Euro Sports Bar 2017-03-29 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Manticore (Toblerone Boyz) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-03-29 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Corey Gulkin (Omhouse / Merganzer) / Monarch Tavern 2017-03-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

ΔNZOLΔ / Pursuit Grooves / Josh Grant) / Handlebar 2017-03-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

Sky High (feat. Madawaska Quartet with Rob Macdonald and Sanya Eng) / The Music Gallery 2017-03-31 (Friday) [FB event]

Century Palm (Famines / Sweet Dave & The Shallow Graves / Deathsticks) / Monarch Tavern 2017-03-31 (Friday) [FB event]

Dany Laj and The Looks (Ghosted / New Enchanters) / Bovine Sex Club 2017-03-31 (Friday) [FB event]

Rooted presents: Live Recording (feat. Please Plant This Band [Justin Orok/Ben Heard/Keagan Evans Eskritt] / Wire Circus [Patrick O'Reilly/Edwin Sheard/Derek Gray]) / Harbord and Bathurst-ish 2017-03-31 (Friday) [FB event]

Not Dead Yet presents (feat. Puce Mary / E-Saggila / Brigitte Bardon't / Passion Altar) / Array Space 2017-03-31 (Friday) [FB event]

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-03-31 (Friday – early!)

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-03-31 (Friday) [FB event]

Kurt Marble [EP release!] (Blonde Elvis / Ducks Unlimited) / Handlebar 2017-04-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 61 (feat. Myriam Gendron / Sandro Perri / L CON / Merival) / Matt Durant Studio 2017-04-01 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Daniel Pencer/Colin Fisher (Mike Gennaro/Mark Hundevad) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wearenotwhoweare (Ghostkeeper / Father Christmas / No Frills) / Monarch Tavern 2017-04-02 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 43 (feat. Ada Vale [album release!] / Blank Nurse/No Light) / Handlebar 2017-04-02 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Anthony Argatoff/Harrison Argatoff/Andrew Downing/Nick Fraser / The Emmet Ray 2017-04-03 (Monday) [FB event]

Rob Clutton Trio [Karen Ng/Nick Fraser/Rob Clutton] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-04 (Tuesday – early!)

Mr. Joy [Alien Selfie Heretical Objects Co-operative tape release!] (Praises / Pink Acid Wash) / The Steady Café 2017-04-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Forest ["featuring music from their catalogue of releases, along side fresh new sounds from artists who will join the roster for this evening of music. LAL will also be joined by local community organizations to share initiatives that are a part of their daily lives."] (feat. LAL) / Adelaide Hall 2017-04-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

Christina Petrowska Quilico [Worlds Apart album launch!] / Canadian Music Centre 2017-04-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #53.1 (feat. Abigail Trotsky/Chris Trotter/Owen Lyons / UsK/Dominique Banoun/Alan Bloor / William Davison/Mark Gane/Ambrose Pottie/Eugene Martynec / Alaniaris) / Array Space 2017-04-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-04-09 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

$5 Rap Show 7th Anniversary Jam! ["special guests, prizes, surprises & cake!"] (feat. Swamp Thing / Ultramagnus & Dj Slam / Coins / Champa) / Handlebar 2017-04-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Silver Dapple (Our Father Star) / Smiling Buddha 2017-04-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

Tim Darcy (The Luyas / Charlotte Cornfield / Omhouse) / The Baby G 2017-04-20 (Thursday) [FB event]

Mint Records Showcase (feat. New Fries / Faith Healer / Renny Wilson / Heaven For Real / Fountain) / Handlebar 2017-04-22 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #53.2 (feat. Allison Cameron/Kristel Jax/Heraclitus Akimbo / Brian Abbott/Heidi Chan/Heraclitus Akimbo / Ambrose Pottie/Andrew Furlong/Karen Ng/Heraclitus Akimbo / Ryan Kinney/Paul Newman/Heraclitus Akimbo) / Array Space 2017-04-25 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Live in the Stacks (feat. Tasseomancy / Castle If) / Toronto Public Library – Yorkville Branch 2017-04-29 (Saturday – free! all-ages!) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-07 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 1 p.m.!) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-05-14 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

Rheostatics / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-05-24–2017-05-27 (Wednesday–Saturday) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-06-04 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 1 p.m.!) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-07-09 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-08-06 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 1 p.m.!) [FB event]

Sunday Residency (feat. Sacred Lamp) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-09-10 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 3 p.m.!) [FB event]


Mixcloud corner:

  • More wondrous electronic drift, more meditative sounds — just a-floatin' down that river, in other words.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Recording: Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet

Artist: Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet

Songs: Four Car Pile-up [excerpt] [composer: Brian Abbott] + Tragedy in five acts [edited excerpt] [composer: Tomasz Krakowiak]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 4), February 25, 2017.

Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet - Four Car Pile-up [excerpt]

Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet - Tragedy in five acts [edited excerpt]

This quartet (composed of Kayla Milmine, Bea Labikova, Paul Newman, and Jay Hay) offered a rare glimpse into the creative process at the festival's second afternoon show, holding an open rehearsal before playing a concert. That gave the public a chance to see behind-the-scenes details of how the musical sausages are made, including interaction with composers and the musicians digging their teeth into the details of timbres and transitions within a piece.

The quartet was showcasing some variant approaches, alternating between selections with flurries of notes and slower, more textured works. Resident composer Brian Abbott's selection hewed more to the former, while Krakowiak's piece (one of two premieres on this day coming from an open call for new works) worked more as a lovely soundfields. That piece also pushed things beyond the traditional score, working as much as a piece of spacialized choreography, with the composer "conducting" the ensemble (who were walking in a circle around the audience) with a series of traffic-sign-like-cues directing them to change direction, hold notes, or switch instruments. That was a very wonderful sound to be surrounded by — hopefully the recording gives some sense of that.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Recording: Prince Nifty

Artist: Prince Nifty

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 3 late-night afterparty), February 25, 2017.

Prince Nifty - unknown

The timing for this Healing Power-curated afterparty set was maybe a bit unfortunate, as probably a lot of the same crowd that'd come out to groove to Matt Smith's crooked beat dancefloor confections were over giving their last respects to beloved local venue Holy Oak. But this set still managed to generate some kinetic energy to cap off the festival's evening.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Future Machines

Artist: Future Machines

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 3), February 25, 2017.

Future Machines - unknown #1

Future Machines - unknown #2

The earplugs came out for the night's closing set from this power trio that dug deep into a sweet spot between math rock and Sonny Sharrock. I'd seen two-thirds of this group in the Tequila House Band, which worked in similar terrain. With Lorenzo Castelli (drums) and Chris Pruden (synth) providing the foundation, guitarist Matt Fong could go to town, tearing off some rapidfire shred moves.

* Does anyone know the title to these? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Manticore feat. James Beardmore + Xuan Ye

Artist: Manticore feat. James Beardmore + Xuan Ye

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 3), February 25, 2017.

Manticore feat. James Beardmore + Xuan Ye - unknown

For this special festival performance, Manticore doubled in size, with Zoë Alexis-Abrams and David Jones being joined by Xuan Ye (a.k.a. APA) on piano, voice and miscellaneous processed sounds and James Beardmore (a.k.a. Cares) on theremin. The extended sonics let the songs ripple and expand into a sort of abstract haze where time runs forward and backwards simultaneously.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: The Thing Is

Artist: The Thing Is

Song: Easy

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 3), February 25, 2017.

The Thing Is - Easy

Tova Kardonne's big band was back in effect, with seven players offering sophisticated and lushly-arranged jazz pop settings for her songs. The set included excursions back to her Lanka Suite and beyond, all bursting with vibrant energy.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Recording: Lîla Ensemble

Artist: Lîla Ensemble

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 2), February 25, 2017.

Lîla Ensemble - [excerpt 1]

Lîla Ensemble - [excerpt 2]

The festival's first afternoon show was focused on improvisation in movement and its relationship to music. This set from the Lîla Ensemble was nestled between a solo dance from Amelia Ehrhardt and a panel discussion on the topic. Although co-inspired improvising collaborations between dance and music aren't uncommon, Lîla takes things further than most by dissolving the musician/dancer separation. With the exception of dancer Jessica Houghton, everyone else in the ensemble's participation moved back and forth between playing and moving, creating a fluid and shifting dynamic.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recording: Body Double

Artist: Body Double

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 1 late-night afterparty), February 24, 2017.

Body Double - unknown

Once again, the Somewhere There Music Festival offered an oasis of local creativity, tightly bundled into five events over three days. Leading off, as always, with a community member's reflections, the first show featured a talk from David Dacks on building relationships and finding a project's true purpose while striving to program forward-looking music. Healing Power was given the task of programming the late-night sets in the Southern Cross after things had wrapped up in the Main Hall, presenting the debut of this new collaboration between New Positions' Vic Cheong and Bile Sister's Julie Reich. There were elements of each of their bands' sounds in play here, in a set with a few already-polished gems (like this melodica-driven reggae number) alongside some tracks that felt more like works in progress. "Don't show me the rough cut, show me the final version," a sampled/looped conversation between the pair cheekily intoned between songs. That recorded banter was a repeating presence, making this feel like a glimpse into the pair's scrapbook, mindspace and practice space with chatter about identity and reality being processed into Bechdel-tested avant-pop.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Craig Dunsmuir and Dun-Dun Band

Artist: Craig Dunsmuir and Dun-Dun Band

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 1), February 24, 2017.

Craig Dunsmuir and Dun-Dun Band - unknown

Once again, the Somewhere There Music Festival offered an oasis of local creativity, tightly bundled into five events over three days. Leading off, as always, with a community member's reflections, the first show featured a talk from David Dacks on building relationships and finding a project's true purpose while striving to program forward-looking music. Craig Dunsmuir's meticulously-patterned grooves once again were a standout, with the seven-piece band moving through a tasty set of polyrhythmic riffs. Brodie West was filling in on alto here for Karen Ng, adding a bit of his own sound to the mix.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!