Friday, May 25, 2018

Recording: Eve Egoyan

Artist: Eve Egoyan

Song: De Puro Amor [excerpt] [composer: Maria de Alvear]

Recorded at St. George the Martyr Church (The Music Gallery Presents), April 14, 2018.

Eve Egoyan - De Puro Amor [excerpt]

Celebrating a new double disc recording of Maria de Alvear's large-scale works for solo piano, Eve Egoyan brought the Music Gallery back to its old home at St. George the Martyr for one last farewell. The music created a suitable environment for considered reflection, as it stretched out and seeped into the highest corners beyond the rafters. Not so much a path you follow as a pool you float in, these two pieces are composed with certain choices left open to the performer, making it as much of a journey of discovery for them as for the audience.

[Eve Egoyan will be bringing a multi-media programme of "works for augmented piano and images" to the Luminato Festival on June 19th and 20th.]

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Recording: Collateral

Artist: Collateral

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space, April 12, 2018.

Collateral - [excerpt]

Given the geographical realities of our country and the economics of making creative music, it can be a too-rare occasion to see far-flung peers playing locally. This group, bringing together Halifax mainstays Tim Crofts and Norman Adams with Montréal's Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect, Land of Kush, etc.) has geographical separation hardwired into its makeup, so it was a noteworthy to see them making their way across Canada, celebrating the release of a recording (which was, itself, a document of the trio's first on-stage encounter).

Melding elements from each of their practices (including prepared piano plucks, contemporary classical cello chewing and post-punk guitar/Egyptian oud shredding) there was a tasty arc here, torquing parallel conversations into perpendicular pushing apart before falling back into a shared space.

Recording: Nicole Rampersaud

Artist: Nicole Rampersaud

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at Array Space, April 12, 2018.

Nicole Rampersaud - [excerpt from first piece]

In solo mode, trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud continued the deconstruction of her instrument's physicality, whether sing-grunting into the mouthpiece or clattering away with a tin mute.

[Nicole Rampersaud will be performing a solo set at Track Could Bend #39 (Tuesday, June 5th at The Baby G), providing an acoustic counterpoint to electronic explorations from Barry Prophet and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Recording: Alaniaris with Alexei Orechin

Artist: Alaniaris with Alexei Orechin

Song: No Sengah

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XVI), April 11, 2018.

Alaniaris with Alexei Orechin - No Sengah

Alaniaris, which had been one of Ken Aldcroft's longstanding bands, made its return to this memorial series with guitarist Alexei Orechin sitting in alongside bassist Michael Kaler and drummer Mark Zurawinski. Orechin handled the tricky rebetiko rhythms with aplomb, managing to inject a bit of his own nimble style into the process.

[Alaniaris and Alaniaris-adjacent music can be heard at The Tranzac on the afternoon of the third Sunday of the month.]

Recording: Liu/Swankey/Van der Voort

Artist: Germaine Liu, Laura Swankey & Lieke Van der Voort

Songs: [two excerpts from second piece]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XVI), April 11, 2018.

Germaine Liu, Laura Swankey & Lieke Van der Voort - [second piece, excerpt 1]

Germaine Liu, Laura Swankey & Lieke Van der Voort - [second piece, excerpt 2]

This evening started with music "for" Ken Aldcroft, with some eyes-closed improvisations from percussionist Germaine Liu and vocalists Laura Swankey and Lieke Van der Voort. Ranging from hymnlike calm to bottle-crushing creaks, the trio seemed to follow an open-ended prescription intoned by Swankey at the end of one piece: "always / leave a / window open".

[Laura Swankey will be performing with improvising trio Jazz Bras Dot Com at a TONE festival show at the Jam Factory on Tuesday, June 19th alongside Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie and Retired. Germaine Liu will also be bringing an improvising trio to TONE, as c_RL opens for Anthony Coleman at Array Space on Friday, June 8th.]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Recording: Brodie West + Kurt Newman

Artist: Brodie West + Kurt Newman

Songs: [excerpts from two pieces]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 11, 2018.

Brodie West + Kurt Newman - [excerpt from set 1, first piece]

Brodie West + Kurt Newman - [excerpt from set 1, second piece]

This intriguing pairing of sax and guitar pushed in several different directions, with plenty skrtch and chorp. In several points of the first set, it seemed as if the best background material to give context to Kurt Newman's choices would be his recent experimental metal excursions, although there were some different tone-zones essayed further along in the evening.

[Kurt Newman will be leading a trio version of his Nashville Minimalism Unit at the TONE Festival opener (alongside Tashi Dorji's Manas and Clarinet Panic Redux) at The Baby G on Sunday, June 3rd. Brodie West will also be playing at TONE as half of Ways, opening for Charles Gayle at Array Space on Friday, June 22nd.]

Monday, May 21, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #251

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:

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra (feat. Brenda Joy Lem, Katie Jensen, Debashis Sinha, Charlotte Cornfield, Rupert Ojiji Harvey, Kristyn Gelfand, HanHan, Alex Punzalan, W.A. Davison, Treson, Jenn Kitagawa, Bryan W. Bray, Laura C. Bates) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-05-26 (Saturday) [FB event]

Tatsuya Nakatani's recent visits to these parts have all been deep musical experiences, so scaling things up for the first local appearance of his Gong Orchestra should raise that to an even higher level. In Nakatani's conception, the ensemble is an ephemeral thing, consisting of different, locally-based participants (here including several MFS faves) at each location the concept appears. The players spend the day with Nakatani, learning his system and attuning themselves to the beautiful vibration of his bowed gongs. By coincidence, that show takes place on International Drone Day, and I couldn't think of anywhere I'd rather be to vibe out for the occasion. (And for those looking to get in the mindset even deeper, Anne Bourne will be leading another Deep Listening Intensive workshop earlier that afternoon at 918 Bathurst.)


This week's noteworthy shows:

magiceyeimage [Simon Labbé/Gabriel Drolet/Philippe Melanson] / The Emmet Ray 2018-05-21 (Monday – early! PWYC!) [more info]

In Between [Ted Crosby/Karen Ng/Josh Cole/Philippe Melanson] / The Emmet Ray 2018-05-21 (Monday – PWYC!) [more info]

Lina Allemano Four / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-05-22 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ace of Wands (Ron Hawkins) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-05-23 (Wednesday) [more info]

Jim Lewis/Andrew Downing/Victor Vrankulj/Andrew Miller [live recording!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-23 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Leather Jacuzzi (Cellphone / Prom Nite / Hugh Man) / The Baby G 2018-05-24 (Thursday) [FB event]

Cole Blouin (Decoration Day) / Davenport & Bathurst-ish 2018-05-24 (Thursday) [FB event]

Carlo [record release!] (Aline Morales) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-05-24 (Thursday) [FB event]

Rob Clutton Trio [Rob Clutton/Karen Ng/Nick Fraser] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-24 (Thursday)

Anagram [special reunion show!] (Comet Control / Group Hug) / Owl's Club 2018-05-25 (Friday) [FB event]

SIANspheric (Tijuana Taxi / Yi / The Spiracles) / Rivoli 2018-05-25 (Friday) [FB event]

New Chance [It Says New Chance Bedroomer EP release party!] (Tenderness) / Unit 2 2018-05-25 (Friday) [FB event]

Burn Down the Capital presents (feat. Toshimaru Nakamura & Martin Taxt / Joyfultalk / Sound Of The Mountain / Cares) / D D L 2018-05-25 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Sweet Pea [CD release celebration!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-25 (Friday) [FB event]

Trapdoor Fest: Night 1 ["new, entirely independent and entirely all ages music festival"] (feat. Bad Waitress / Luna Li / Cliff Cardinal / Hot Garbage / Fade Awaays) / CineCycle 2018-05-25 (Friday – dry event! all ages!) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-25 (Friday) [FB event]

YuzuMeuzu: Music and Art Show (feat. Phèdre / Jazz Money / Salami Rose Joe Louis / Cheflee / Anzola / Jasmine Atienza and Jeremy Bautista) / 214 Augusta Ave. 2018-05-25 (Friday – all ages! outdoor/garage show!) [FB event]

Anagram [special reunion show!] (Deliluh / Ice Cream) / Owl's Club 2018-05-26 (Saturday) [FB event]

Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario presents (feat. Quraishi / Ahmet Ihvani) / Eastminster United Church 2018-05-26 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 756 (feat. Lonely Parade / Just John / Formerly Known as Pardons / Joncro) / Bike Pirates 2018-05-26 (Saturday – all ages!) [FB event]

Batuki Music Society presents Griot Traditions of Mali (feat. Djely Tapa Diarra) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2018-05-26 (Saturday – all ages! under 18 free!) [FB event]

Rogue Tenant [EP release!] (Blonde Elvis / Nice Going / Slime) / Bovine Sex Club 2018-05-26 (Saturday) [FB event]

National Drone Day: Evening Drones (feat. dreamSTATE / Kalte) / Roland Inspiration Centre 2018-05-26 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 757: Doors Open Toronto (feat. Twist / Kira May / SlowPitchSound / Merival / Away Forward) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-05-27 (Sunday – free! all ages! afternoon show, noon to 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

8th annual residency (feat. Eucalyptus) / Hirut Café 2018-05-27 (Sunday – early show @ 7 p.m.! All ages + family-friendly! Good eats available!) [FB event]

Jonas Bonnetta [All This Here ambient album release! Ensemble including Mika Posen, Edwin Huizinga and Adam Saikely] / The Drake Underground 2018-05-27 (Sunday) [FB event]

Furniture Music V (feat. "mystery guest" / Edwin Sheard & Patrick O'Reilly) / Red Eye Espresso 2018-05-27 (Sunday) [FB event]

Secret Wars (Strange Shakes / OHMNO) / Handlebar 2018-05-27 (Sunday) [FB event]

Synaptic Circus Sundays (feat. Jonathan Adjemian / Nic Murray) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-05-27 (Sunday) [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!

Lung (Dog Drives Mantis / Experts [Ben Oginz/Mike Duffield]) / Nocturne 2018-05-29 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Spectrum Music presents: No Place Like Home [new Canadian repertoire for traditional Chinese instruments] (feat. Patty Chan / Di Zhang / Ziwen Qin) / Alliance Française 2018-06-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 57 (feat. Tendencyitis / Bachelard) / Handlebar 2018-06-03 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Phèdre (Ice Cream / Sydanie / Millenial) / The Baby G 2018-06-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

J Blissette (Several Futures / Don't Bother / Vanity Phase [first show from solo electronic project of Century Palm/Zebrassieres frontman Andrew Payne]) / Monarch Taven 2018-06-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

TONE Festival (feat. Charles Gayle / WAYS) / Array Space 2018-06-22 (Friday – all ages!) [FB event]

Invisible Out (New Tendencies / Mitchell Akiyama) / Handlebar 2018-06-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Invocation presents (feat. Marisa Anderson / Sarah Louise / Eiyn Sof) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2018-06-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Gordon Grdina’s Haram / Hugh's Room 2018-07-04 (Wednesday) [more info]

Dreadnought (Gates / Brigitte Bardon't / Experiment Specimen) / Coalition 2018-07-28 (Saturday) [FB event]


Bandcamp corner:

  • Huge release this week as Witch Prophet's long-awaited The Golden Octave finally hits the streets. The 88 Days of Fortune/Above Top Secret co-founder beings an ambitions and visionary mix (with guest turns from local heroes Lido Pimienta and Rosina Kazi!) that can't be contained in a narrow hip-hop/soul box.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Recording: Ken Aldcroft Emergents Ensembles

Artist: Ensembles containing Karen Ng/Emily Denison/Andrew Furlong/Mark Zurawinski/Daniel Kruger

Songs: East of Baghdad + A Country Mile + Threads III [composer: Ken Aldcroft]

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst (Emergents III:The Music of Ken Aldcroft), April 6, 2018.

Karen Ng/Andrew Furlong/Mark Zurawinski - East of Baghdad

Daniel Kruger + Emily Denison - A Country Mile

Karen Ng/Emily Denison/Andrew Furlong/Mark Zurawinski/Daniel Kruger - Threads III

This evening in the MG's Emergents series was dedicated to the music of the much-missed Ken Aldcroft, presented by a group of musicians who were Aldcroft's bandmates and students. The first half split the group into two smaller sub-units before bringing everyone on stage to tackle music from several sections of Ken's diverse songbook, all of which explore different ways to combine an improvisatory spark with structured composition. So, here we have a piece written for rebetiko rockers Alaniaris, as well an acoustic re-interpretation from his Threadgill-inspired Threads unit. There was also some Convergence-style sign-flashing as well as a new composition offered in remembrance by saxophonist Karen Ng.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Recording: Keith/Rehlinger/Renaud

Artist: Michael Keith/Jakob Rehlinger/Craig Renaud

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at Array Space (Track Could Bend #37), April 3, 2018.

Michael Keith/Jakob Rehlinger/Craig Renaud - [excerpt 1]

Michael Keith/Jakob Rehlinger/Craig Renaud - [excerpt 2]

Continuing a series tradition, Track Could Bend marked its third anniversary by inviting back all of the previous year's performers for a celebration. That's enough of a crowd to warrant a larger stage, so for one rainy night, the action shifted over to Array Space. There ended up being sixteen players, all of whom put their names in a hat to be drawn to create spontaneous ensembles for a series of quick sets. To close the night, the hat provided this trio, each member of which has been known to create some rigourous drones in their own ways. No surprise, then, that they fell right together into a deep drift zone; but the twist here came from Michael Keith, whose deadpan comedic sensibility provided a slightly-surreal narrative throughline.

[TCB will be having a special extra-early show at The Baby G on Tuesday, June 5th, with sets from Barry Prophet, Nicole Rampersaud and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]

Recording: Kardonne/Estacio/Jensen/Nish-Lapidus

Artist: Tova Kardonne/Kat Estacio/Katie Jensen/Matt Nish-Lapidus

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Track Could Bend #37), April 3, 2018.

Tova Kardonne/Kat Estacio/Katie Jensen/Matt Nish-Lapidus - [excerpt]

Continuing a series tradition, Track Could Bend marked its third anniversary by inviting back all of the previous year's performers for a celebration. That's enough of a crowd to warrant a larger stage, so for one rainy night, the action shifted over to Array Space. There ended up being sixteen players, all of whom put their names in a hat to be drawn to create spontaneous ensembles for a series of quick sets. With drifting/buzzing electronics and keyboards sharing space with voice and gongs, this quartet discovered a sort of nonlinear dream-drift, mapping topographical subconscious terrains — intriguing but not necessarily calm landscapes.

[TCB will be having a special extra-early show at The Baby G on Tuesday, June 5th, with sets from Barry Prophet, Nicole Rampersaud and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]

Recording: Chan/Mazinani/Kuplowsky

Artist: Heidi Chan/Mani Mazinani/Luke Kuplowsky

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Track Could Bend #37), April 3, 2018.

Heidi Chan/Mani Mazinani/Luke Kuplowsky - [excerpt]

Continuing a series tradition, Track Could Bend marked its third anniversary by inviting back all of the previous year's performers for a celebration. That's enough of a crowd to warrant a larger stage, so for one rainy night, the action shifted over to Array Space. There ended up being sixteen players, all of whom put their names in a hat to be drawn to create spontaneous ensembles for a series of quick sets. A trio that might never be attempted through logical means of organization, this alchemical combination of acoustic guitar, modular synth, harmonica and cracklebox unexpectedly melded into a beautifully-genteel sort of electroacoustic folk. In an alternate universe where Eric Chenaux and Martin Arnold are co-headlining arena shows, this could be the opening act.

[TCB will be having a special extra-early show at The Baby G on Tuesday, June 5th, with sets from Barry Prophet, Nicole Rampersaud and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]

Recording: Davison/Trotter/Labikova

Artist: William Davison/Chris Trotter/Bea Labikova

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Track Could Bend #37), April 3, 2018.

William Davison/Chris Trotter/Bea Labikova - [excerpt]

Continuing a series tradition, Track Could Bend marked its third anniversary by inviting back all of the previous year's performers for a celebration. That's enough of a crowd to warrant a larger stage, so for one rainy night, the action shifted over to Array Space. There ended up being sixteen players, all of whom put their names in a hat to be drawn to create spontaneous ensembles for a series of quick sets. The hat once again obliged with this excellent mix of organic and electronic sounds, giving space for a nice contrast between Chris Trotter's electronic textures, William Davison's concrète clonks, and Bea Labikova's sax explorations.

[TCB will be having a special extra-early show at The Baby G on Tuesday, June 5th, with sets from Barry Prophet, Nicole Rampersaud and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]

Recording: Martin-Gray/Roblin/Ford

Artist: Mira Martin-Gray/Diane Roblin/Justin Huang Ford

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Track Could Bend #37), April 3, 2018.

Mira Martin-Gray/Diane Roblin/Justin Huang Ford - [edited excerpt]

Continuing a series tradition, Track Could Bend marked its third anniversary by inviting back all of the previous year's performers for a celebration. That's enough of a crowd to warrant a larger stage, so for one rainy night, the action shifted over to Array Space. There ended up being sixteen players, all of whom put their names in a hat to be drawn to create spontaneous ensembles for a series of quick sets. Things got started with this atmospheric combination that saw Diane Roblin's piano provide some structure for the drift and squeal of electronics and feedback.

[TCB will be having a special extra-early show at The Baby G on Tuesday, June 5th, with sets from Barry Prophet, Nicole Rampersaud and Lisbon's Sal Grosso.]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Recording: Away Forward

Artist: Away Forward

Song: Junk Science

Recorded at Duggan's Brewery, March 30, 2018.

Away Forward - Junk Science

There's heaps of veteran savvy in this new unit that amalgamates Lisa Nighswander and Greg Chambers of Mean Red Spiders with Andrew McAllister and Paul Boddum of Christiana/Neck, so it's unsurprising that they made their hazy dreampop sound so effortless. Celebrating their debut album, they made the stage into a homey nest, decorated with lamps and a backsheet. Similarly, the songs are like cozy rooms that you can relax and recline in — a place to lean back and look at the skylight (or drift into the skylight within).

[Away Forward will be performing at Wavelength's free/family-friendly Doors Open event, performing alongside Twist, Kira May, SlowPitchSound, and Merival at The Horseshoe all afternoon long on Sunday, May 27th.]

Recording: Stargoon

Artist: Stargoon

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Duggan's Brewery, March 30, 2018.

Stargoon - [excerpt]

The Stargoon crew returned with feedback and mildly-melodic zworping to warm up the crowd in this Parkdale basement.

[Stargoon will also be warming up the crowd for The Mean and Aus!Funkt at The Piston on Thursday, May 31st.]