IMOO #118 – Sunday, March 22: Yves Charuest with Linsey Wellman


charuest wellman**SPECIAL LOCATION: Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank at Sunnyside)**

  • Yves Charuest – alto saxophone
  • Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone

Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest has worked on the jazz and new music scene in the 1980-90s with many canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Guillaume Dostaler, Lisle Ellis and Jean Derome, in different groups and projects: I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest-Ratté, Trio Michel Ratté, Wreck’s Progress, among others.

Charuest was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with Louis Moholo, with whom he played extensively in Europe and in the USA. He also played with William Parker, John Betsch, Mathias Schubert and Agustí Fernández.

More recently, Charuest has been involved on many projects with the following ensembles: Duo Charuest-Caloia, Murray Street Band, Ratchet Orchestra, The Disguises, Charuest/Shalabi/Caloia and Four-sided Circle, as well as with Nicolas Caloia, Ellwood Epps, Lori Freedman, William Parker, Sam Shalabi, Scott Thomson and Josh Zubot.

Charuest also presented solo concerts in Montreal, Quebec, Germany, France and the Netherlands, and collaborated with electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, jef chippewa and Jean Piché, and more recently with choreograph Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

An active member of the Ottawa music scene, Linsey Wellman is known as a creative and spontaneous improvisor on the alto and soprano saxophones, the alto and standard flutes, and the standard and bass clarinets. Ever adaptable, he has plied his trade with Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, the Craig Pedersen Quartet, JUNO nominated and Polaris Prize longlisted calypso outfit Kobo Town, art-punk ensemble Fet.Nat, and Gamelan Semara Winangun, all while taking part in countless improvised music and jazz ensembles.

He is co-founder and co-curator of the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) concert series.

“Unadorned except for his saxophone, Wellman uses repeated and carefully divided lines to vibrate split tones which are somehow both polyphonic and tonic. Using circular breathing he produces equivalent note clusters and glissandi that unroll as if his saxophone is a perpetual motion machine yet subtly vary in pitch, shading and emphasis.” – Ken Waxman

IMOO #119 – Sunday, April 19: the Craig Pedersen Quartet

cp4Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone
Joel Kerr – double bass
Eric Thibodeau – drums

Come hear the Craig Pedersen Quartet play music from our upcoming album Ghosts.

Inspired in equal part by the music of John Zorn and Miles Davis, the paintings of Mark Rothko and Georges Seurat, and the writings of Hermann Hesse and William Gibson, the Craig Pedersen Quartet plays original music that keeps audiences listening, thinking and on their toes. Featuring a classic chordless quartet of trumpet, alto saxophone, bass and drums, the band plays everything from long grooving builds, to bebop and free-jazz.

Recent performance highlights include performances at the 2013 Festival L’Off Jazz du Montréal, the inaugural 2014 Festival of New Trumpet Canada, IMOOfest 2014, and regular monthly gigs at both Montréal’s Resonance Café and Ottawa’s Raw Sugar. Their debut album Days Like Today was the #1 Jazz Album of 2012 on the Earshot Radio Charts. Their second album, Why Paint At All was warmly received at it’s release at the 2013 Festival L’Off Jazz du Montréal, and their third album, Ghosts, is due out in March 2015. Recent tour highlights include performances in Quebec City’s Bar Ste Angele, Toronto’s Array Space, and Guelph’s Silence – the latter of which was lauded by its director, Ben Grossman, as “one of the most powerful performances we’ve had at the space since we started.”

Special Presentation: Joe Morris/Craig Pedersen/Mark Molnar

morrispedersenmolnarThursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30PM

Joe Morris / Mark Molnar / Craig Pedersen
Broscoe / Birse / Kavanaugh

Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
$15 general / $10 discount (artist, students, community rate)
Tickets available at the door.

For more information call Craig at (514) 502 6355 or email

Guitar player Joe Morris is hailed as “… the most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade.” (JOHN CORBETT, DOWNBEAT). Joined by trumpet player Craig Pedersen and cello player Mark Molnar, the trio will tread through their collective take on tradition and innovation to places of joy, inquiry and contemplation in an effort to share the music they love.

Joe Morris – guitar
Mark Molnar – cello
Craig Pedersen – trumpet


Broscoe / Birse / Kavanaugh

David Broscoe – reeds
Ian Birse – electronics, objects
Laura Kavanaugh – electronics, objects


Joe Morris is a joyous, innovative, and thought provoking artist, musician, guitarist and bassist who draws on the history of jazz in his work, and reinvents tradition through his unique voice.

He has worked consistently on communicating with audiences over the world throughout his nearly 3 decade long career. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the US and Europe. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension College and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory in the jazz and improvisation department.

Since 1994 he has recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, Okka Disc, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity and OmniTone and Avant. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a solo and as a leader of a trio and a quartet. Since 1993 he has recorded and/or performed with such Jazz luminaries as Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, Hamid Drake, Fully Celebrated Orchestra and others.

“[…] the guitar revolutionary to pay attention to.”

“[…] a guitarist whose sound is completely his own, oscillating between deadpan sweetness and dangerous, shrapnel-like caprice.”


Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, composer and educator based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he also performs commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads his own bands, the Craig Pedersen Quartet and the It’s A Free Country duo with Joel Kerr.

Since 2011, Craig has released eight albums of material, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore), as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium, and performances at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.


Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun.

IMOO #117 – Sunday, March 8: Nick Fraser Quartet featuring Tony Malaby

Nick Fraser, drums
Tony Malaby, saxophones (from New York)
Rob Clutton, double bass
Andrew Downing, celloAcclaimed Toronto-based drummer and composer, Nick Fraser, leads this outstanding jazz quartet featuring New York saxophonist, Tony Malaby, “one of the most distinctive artists of his time” (All About Jazz). The quartet, rounded out by exceptional string players, Andrew Downing and Rob Clutton, will perform in three Canadian cities and record a follow-up to their acclaimed debut record, Towns and Villages (Barnyard Records, 2013).The quartet’s music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, and comprises a series of Fraser’s compositional sketches, points of departure for the inspired group improvisation at which these players excel. Tony Malaby’s sinewy, impassioned saxophone improvisations are practically without peer in contemporary jazz, and display a rhythmic imepetus that is complemented beautifully by Fraser’s deft drumming. Clutton and Downing provide, by turns, a thick, shifting field of harmonic support and melodic invention. This tour by Towns and Villages is a special event in Canadian jazz and creative music.

Nick Fraser is (or has been) a member of Drumheller, The Lina Allemano Four, Peripheral Vision, and Deep Dark United; and has collaborated with many luminaries, including Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Marilyn Crispell, David Binney, and Donny McCaslin. Tony Malaby was named “Musician of the Year” in 2004 by All About Jazz, and has been a member of groups by Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Mark Helias.
Videos of live performances:



IMOO #116 – Sunday, February 15: Tim Crofts


Tim Crofts is a true 21st Century pianist. Tim’s main focus is improvisation & new music. His musical style combines elements of 20th century classical music with free jazz improvisation and world music aesthetics. In performance, Tim explores the full sonic capabilities of the acoustic piano through extended techniques and a wide range of piano preparations. He is able to coax a variety of colour and extreme dynamic contrast through employing traditional and non-traditional techniques in tandem. Crofts also performs in electronic settings utilizing a variety of samplers, synthesizers and keyboards to create an even more extended palette of sounds and textures. All these stylistic elements are blended through free improvisation, and the pursuit of the sound of the moment.In Halifax, Tim is active in both the performance and teaching of improvised music. He has been presented regularly by suddenlyLISTEN in concerts and on tour, with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio. He has performed regularly with the Upstream Music Association and the Upstream Orchestra, including a 2013 performance at the 29th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, in Quebec. Tim has also performed with Symphony Nova Scotia at the CNMN Forum, and in other concert with such creative music luminaries as Jerry Granelli, Gerry Hemingway, Graham Collier, Evan Parker and Dave Douglas. In 2014 Tim released two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry

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IMOO #115 – Sunday, February 8: Siach Hasadeh


siach hasadehYoni Kaston, clarinet
Joel Kerr, double bass
Daniel Fuchs, violin
Gaël Huard, cello

Formed on a Saturday night in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Siach Hasadeh explores and performs off the beaten track Jewish melodies. Much of the repertoire comes from their transcriptions from songs as they are sung in the Chassidic communities of today, from early archival recordings, and the collection of an uncle from Staszow, Poland, of songs he remembered from before the War. Their musical approach is through collaborative arrangement, drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds, and with an emphasis on improvisation and continual creation and expression.
Siach Hasadeh as a collective has three formations, as the original duo, as a quartet with violin and cello, as well as with harmonica and oud. The group members are involved in many other projects, including Shtreiml, Duo Turco, Joel Kerr Quintet, Oktoecho, the Key Lights, Craig Pedersen Quartet and many others.

Special presentation – Linsey Wellman’s live recording

IMOO co-founder Linsey Wellman is recording a live album over two evenings in late January, and would love for you to be in the audience!  Here are the details:

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 27 and 28
doors: 7pm, music: 7:30
Daimon (78 Hanson – Old Hull)
Entry is free!

Note: this is a live recording, so please come on time so as to avoid the sound of opening and closing doors on the album.

IMOO #114 – Sunday, January 25: Rakestar Arkestra

Rakestar Arkestra presents: Ra Sugar
Rake-star is an Ottawa collective of adventuresome musicians who gather periodically to plumb the songbook of the great Sun Ra. The newest edition of Rake-star is set for launch as a nine-piece ensemble featuring saxes, keyboards and percussion.  For this inaugural outing, and to honour the free spirit of Mr. Ra, the music will be especially unplanned and far-reaching.
The personnel on this occasion, in alpha-beta order:
David Broscoe
Don Cummings
John Sobol
Linsey Wellman
Mike Essoudry
Rob Frayne
Rory Magill
Scott Warren

IMOO #113 – Sunday, January 11: Say Spirit

say spirit by heartsong

  • James Annett – viola
  • Josh Cole – bass
  • Colin Fisher – drums, guitar
Say Spirit is the pan-Canadian co-operative trio of Colin Fisher, James Annett and Josh Cole. Now primarily based on Toronto and Montreal, each musician is vital contributor to the improvised and creative music community. They are individually known as flexible and stylistically-eclectic collaborators in the music world at large. The music they make together is at times lyrical, at times fiery and passionate. It is guided by an openness of spirit, a sensitivity to listen as one unit and the desire to move beyond individual capabilities.

Sunday, December 21: IMOO #112 – A Very Ayler Christmas!

disc front(300dpi)Join us for a holiday tradition.  It’s the antidote for any of you who have been unfortunate enough to set foot in a mall this holiday season.  The music of Albert Ayler and holiday classics make strange, but compelling bedfellows.

Saxophonist/accordionist Bernard Stepien leads his merry band of elves on a journey you are unlikely to forget!

  • Bernard Stepien – saxophone, accordion
  • David Broscoe – saxophones
  • Jennifer Giles – keyboards
  • Scott Warren – drums, tape loops
  • Linsey Wellman – saxophone, bass clarinet