Friday, November 27 – IMOO #131: Ken Aldcroft cd release (with guest Linsey Wellman)


#555200 Solo Ken Aldcroft (trp-ss02-022) Mister, Mister- artwork

***Note: this show is on Friday at 9pm rather than our usual Sunday at 7pm***

Friday, 27 November, 9pm
Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W)$10/PWYC

Ken Aldocroft – guitar
Linsey Wellman – saxophone
Aldcroft solo + Wellman solo + Alcroft/Wellman duo

Ken Aldcroft will be releasing his solo guitar album Mister, Mister.

With a rigorous and pan-idiomatic approach to both composition and improvisation, guitarist Ken Aldcroft is a key practitioner in Toronto’s dynamic creative music scene. After establishing himself as a compelling new voice in the jazz scene of his hometown, Vancouver, Ken moved to Toronto in 2001 and quickly made connections with like-minded collaborators. Since then, his own multi-faceted development as an improvising guitarist, bandleader, composer, producer, and organizer has corresponded with the re-emergence of Toronto as an important centre for creative improvised music-making.

As a guitarist, Ken extends the jazz tradition that lies at the core of his music education. Through his commitment to a wide-open field of musical influence and to forging new collaborative ties, Ken has systematically sought new and challenging contexts in which to improvise. As a result, his playing reflects the breadth of his interests, from the extended bebop of a jazz repertory project like Hat & Beard, performing the music of Thelonious Monk, to the language of free improvisation that he explores in collective improvisational settings such as ongoing collaborations with NY bassist William Parker and saxophonist Andy Haas or one off performances with artists such as Wilbert DeJoode, Joe McPhee, John Oswald and Lori Freedman to name just a few. This variety comes into its fullest view with Ken?s three solo recordings; “Vocabulary: Solo Guitar Improvisations” (2009), “Home: Solo Guitar Compositions” (2011), and “Mister, Mister” (2015), they are passionate musical reflections on his ongoing development as an improvising guitarist.

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, the clarinet, and the bass clarinet. Ever adaptable, he has plied his trade with Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, art-punk ensemble Fet Nat, the Craig Pedersen Quartet, JUNO nominated and Polaris Prize longlisted calypso outfit Kobo Town, and Gamelan Semara Winangun, all while taking part in countless improvised music and jazz ensembles. He has played and/or recorded with such artists as Scott Thomson, Nicolas Caloia, Yves Charuest, Jesse Stewart, Nonoko Yoshida, Yves Lambert and Ellen McIlwaine. He will be releasing his second solo saxophone recording in early 2016: Manifesto, recorded live at DAÏMÔN, (Hull).

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

6 December – IMOO #132: Craig Pedersen



Cut and Gouge solo trumpet cd release

Set 1:
Craig Pedersen – solo trumpet

Set 2:
Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Mark Molnar – cello

Set 3:
Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Mark Molnar – cello, electronics
David Broscoe – woodwinds, electronics
Scott Warren – drums, electronics
Bennett Bedoukian – drums

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 band, the Craig Pedersen Quartet.

Since 2011, Craig has released eight albums, 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.

November 15 – IMOO #130: Adam Saikaley

saikaley***NOTE – SPECIAL PLACE AND TIME: this concert will be held at Black Squirrel Books and Tea (1073 Bank) at 7:30pm***

Adam Saikaley is a multi-instrumentalist, soloist, collaborator, composer and improviser based in Ottawa, ON. He holds a B. Music at Carleton University in classical piano and electronic music. He plays a Rhodes piano, electric guitar and no-input mixers and amplifiers. He plays in many groups including the Miles In The Sky Ensemble, The Acorn, Silkken, Pipahauntus, Ceremony DJs and various combos under his own name. Set one will feature him solo.  In set two, he will be accompanied by Scott Warren on drums and Linsey Wellman on saxophone.

October 25 – IMOO #128: Rakestar Arkestra


Rakestar Arkestra returns to Raw Sugar,
playing music of the fairy godfather of space-jazz, Sun Ra.

Don Cummings, Hammond organ
Jamie Gullikson, drums
Mike Essoudry, drums
Scott Warren, spirits
Ra-b Frayne, tenor sax
(David) Broscoe, alto, bari sax
Linsey Wellman, alto sax
John Sobol, tenor, bari sax, poetic outbursts
Rory Magill, xylophone


September 27 – IMOO #127: In the Sea with Tristan Honsinger

In the Sea 2015

In the Sea with Tristan Honsinger

Tristan Honsinger – cello
Nicolas Caloia – bass
Josh Zubot – violin

Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he’s been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since. So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming, as well as an introduction to some of this city’s finest players today, some born after his departure in the seventies. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Josh Zubot, and Nicolas Caloia don’t merely follow him there, but provoke him – and each other – in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent. A superb encounter.

Honsinger is a particularly interesting artist because he has worked with so many first generation improvising artists and has an intimate knowledge of the regional differences in approach. For example, Honsinger has played extensively with Derek Bailey and Evan Parker in the UK; Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink in Holland; Peter Brotzman and Peter Kowald in Germany; and Cecil Taylor in the USA. He has also spent considerable time in Italy and Japan.

Tatsuya Nakatani w/s/g Mark Molnar @ Raw Sugar August 31st 7PM to 11

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Nakatani’s constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

Mark Molnar is an Ottawa based instrumentalist that has played strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, ¼ Tonne Spike Pitcher, in duos with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, and James Annett, and erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun. He is the founder of Black Bough Records, the co-organizer and co-curator of the Pleasure Through Sound Festival and Music Series with Nathan Medema and Ross Birdwise, and has been a founding member of the Ottawa/Hull music association SulPont. He has written music for the Quasar Saxaphone Quartet (Montreal) and the Thin Edge Music Collective (Toronto).

IMOO #123: Sunday June 21 @ Black Squirrel Books | Nonoko Yoshida Solo and Trio


nonokoNonoko Yoshida was born in 1987 in Hokkaido, Japan. She studied classical piano from the age of three, and began playing the saxophone as her main instrument at age 10. In 2006, she moved to New York where she experienced a life-changing encounter with the Downtown Music Scene. Since then, she has been learning music in streets from the underground musicians themselves, attending concerts, rehearsals, recording and mastering sessions and seeing the mechanics of making music first hand. Her band project SSSS (Super Seaweed Sex Scandal) played at Moers Festival in Germany in 2010 and had their first Europe tour. Her latest band project Pet Bottle Ningen has toured in Japan four times and released two albums from Tzadik Label. Her most recent collaboration includes Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, and Ron Anderson’s PAK with Yoshida Tatsuya.

Full Tour Details:

Sample video for Solo Works


For her second set Nonoko will be joined by Linsey Wellman (sax/reeds) and David Jackson (Guitar/Electronics)