IMOOfest 2014


IMOOFEST 2014, featuring Jean Derome, Joane Hétu, Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, and the Craig Pedersen Quartet and more!

The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) are extremely excited to announce our third improvised music festival, IMOOFEST 2014

Taking place on October 3rd and 4th at Ottawa’s Club Saw, IMOOFEST 2014 will showcase six acts over two days.  The festival will feature iconic Canadian improvisors Jean Derome, Joane Hétu, Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, the Craig Pedersen Quartet, Mark Molnar, David Broscoe and the IMOO Chamber Orchestra.

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Summer Vacation

IMOOhiatus: Hello! IMOO will be on vacation until the fall as we tour, write, perform, and do the things that we do. Please check this space though and as we will continue to promote and draw your attention to shows and events that may be of interest to you.

If you are interested in playing shows in the fall or winter, please get in touch!

Coming up though!

We will a community partner for this year’s SOUND/TRACKS on August 1st at St. Albans Church.

Sound/Tracks is a live multi-media spectacle where musicians and media artists join forces to create and perform a series of innovative audiovisual collaborations. Going beyond the confines of conventional music videos and short films, each of the four creative teams featured Sound/Tracks attempt to expand the limits of what live music with video can be, and redefine the very idea of the film soundtrack. Join us at St. Albans on August 1st for this unforgettable event.

Friday, August 1st 2014, Doors: 8pm, Performances: 8:30pm
St. Albans Church, 454 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa
Admission $5

Participating musicians and artists:

Melody McKiver + Phil Osborne
Adam Saikaley + Matthieu Hallé
Her Harbour + Tyler Reekie
Instant Places + Pixie Cram

Community partners:

Ceremony / E-Tron Rec. / Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais


Sound/Tracks est un spectacle multimédia dans lequel des musiciens et des artistes médiatiques joignent leurs talents pour créer et exécuter des œuvres audiovisuelles collaboratives et innovantes. Au-delà du vidéoclip ou du court film musical traditionnels, chacun des quatre tandems de création participant à Sound/Tracks essaie de repousser les limites de la performance musicale accompagnant une projection vidéo, ou de redéfinir l’idée même de « musique de film ». Joignez-vous à nous le 1er août prochain pour assister à cet événement inoubliable, qui aura lieu à St-Albans.

Le vendredi 1 août 2014, Portes ouvertes : 20 h, Spectacles : 20 h 30
Église St-Albans, 454, rue King Edward, Ottawa
Prix : 5 $

Musiciens et artistes participants :

Melody McKiver + Phil Osborne
Adam Saikaley + Matthieu Hallé
Her Harbour + Tyler Reekie
Instant Places + Pixie Cram

De plus amples détails sur chacun de ces projets collaboratifs seront diffusés au cours des prochaines semaines.

Partenaires communautaires :

Ceremony / E-Tron Rec. / Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais

IMOO #105 David Jensenius & Molnar/Pedersen July 6, 2014



David Jensenius is a composer who utilizes collage, phonography, and electronics to create sonically challenging listening experiences. David is a member of SPURSE, a research and design collaborative that catalyzes critical issues into collective action, and a founder of the improvisational group Polish Club. Through a playful transformation of conceptual and material systems, David develops problems worth having, engaging across scales and complexities both human and nonhuman.

Mark Molnar has played strings and electronics with Generator and Kingdom Shore ( “a kind of ‘Being John Malkovich’ exercise put onto disc” Ottawa Citizen). He has played erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun, and has composed and recorded music for numerous theatre and film productions.

Craig Pedersen is a trumpet player, composer and educator living in Montréal Quebec.  He writes a lot of music, records it and sometimes plays it live. His main band is the Craig Pedersen Quartet.  He writes a lot of music for the band, they record it, and sometimes they play it live.

IMOO #104 Riverrun June 22, 2014


We’re really excited about this show – Riverrun passed through town last year, and blew everyone away!  We’re looking forward to a repeat performance!  They will also be releasing a new recording.  Hope you can make it – this one is not to be missed.

Tom Richards – keyboard
Peter Lutek – clarinet
Scott Peterson – bass, vocals
Jake Oelrichs – drums, xylophone

Riverrun is a quartet made up of some of Toronto’s strongest musical personalities. Their sound has been described as Electro-chamber-jazz and Minimalist-avant-garde-pop. Cinematic, delving and disciplined, Riverrun cuts across stylistic boundaries and goes deep into the moment.


We’re very excited to announce IMOO 100, on May 4th, 2014 at Umi Café (610 Somerset St W)

Please join us for a super special fundraising concert featuring some of our most stalwart supporters. Music starts at 7:15 SHARP! $10 / PWYC / More is always welcome.

There might even be cake!  Maybe!

Concert program:

Duo (in which the IMOO kingpin and the benevolent leader speak of things to come, and maybe even play a little!):

Linsey Wellman,
Craig Pedersen

Accordion Conspiracy + 1:

Bernard Stepien, saxophone, accordion
David Broscoe, reeds
Scott Warren, drums,


Linsey Wellman, alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Rory Magill, drums
Jennifer Giles, piano



David Jackson, guitar
Ian Birse, electronics
Laura Kavanaugh, electronics


Craig Pedersen, trumpet
Mark Molnar, cello

And Everyone Together!

IMOO #98, 99

April 6: #98 – Sobol/Magill/Wellman

  • Linsey Wellman – solo saxophone (1st set)
  • Rory Magill – drums, percussion
  • John Sobol – saxophone

April 27: #99 – Allison Cameron Band

  • Allison Cameron – banjo, casio sax, electronics, harmonica, compositions
  • Eric Chenaux – acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, harmonica
  • Stephen Parkinson – electric guitar, harmonica, electronics

Chenaux and Parkinson are both self-taught guitar players coming out of different rock music traditions (70’s British blues and 80/90’s punk) while Cameron is an amateur banjo player. Eric Chenaux has made a name for himself as both player and composer in a variety of Toronto groups ranging from alternative folk, alt. jazz and free improvisation. Parkinson and Cameron are also improvisers and composers.

This trio (based in Toronto, Canada) explores the combined talents and varied musical backgrounds of Eric Chenaux, Stephen Parkinson and Allison Cameron. The group began playing in the winter of 2007 working on Allison Cameron’s compositions based on traditional folk music. Some of the music borrows tablature notation from traditional English folk tunes in a non-conformist manner, using re-tuned guitars and banjo, new rhythm, free rhythm and sometimes no rhythm to re-invent and create new pieces out of the old work. Similar to the definition of a palimpsest: a manuscript on which two or more successive texts have been written, each one being erased to make room for the next with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible. The group combines approaches to composition and improvisation often found in rock and jazz bands with that of contemporary music composition. The pieces encompass a variety of instruments using guitars in different tunings, electronics, and harmonicas.

IMOO #94, 95

February 2: #94 – Bernard Stepien and John Higney – solos

Bernard Stepien – saxophone
John Higney – guitar, electronics

Here are a few words about Bernard’s set: Canadian Spaces

Bernard Stepien has always been attracted by world music solo players, usually street musicians, wherever he was travelling, from the Chinese Erhu players, the Turkish Aşiks, the Senegalese Kora players, the arabic Ud players, the French accordion players or the Inuit ayaya singers. These musicians play music that is usually based on tonal systems that are radically different from anything we know in the western world’s music. Some use few notes with distant intervals, complex asymmetric rhythms, some are highly cyclical or repetitive, other are based on lengthy unpredictable improvisations.

Over the last few decades, Stepien has been composing short pieces based on these world music sources. For some obscure reasons most of them were composed during the winter with the unmistakable white background. Although they are always white, Canadian winters are never the same from year to year. Some years, frost or snow come early, other have lots of rain and finally the great ones are the ones you can’t even see your neighbours anymore until spring arrives. Others came in the summer, mostly while enjoying great national parks in and around Ottawa. The unmistakable Pink Lake is among them.

Once a composition established, the next thing is to improvise on it. Here, the teachings of Cecil Taylor with whom Stepien has studied in 2001 come to help. Extracting the possible phrases one can do with only 4 or 5 notes and project them in all directions is the secret here.

This solo concert will occur only during the first set of the usual two sets format of IMOO concerts. The second set will also be a solo performance by the great Ottawa guitarist John Higney.

February 16: #95 – Mark Molnar and Bennett Bedoukian

  • Mark Molnar – cello, electronics
  • Bennett Bedoukian – drums, vocals, electronics