January 14 – IMOO #169: Rakestar Arkestra

If you like your Ra raw then this is for you. Rakestar Arkestra plays an evening of spontaneous invention, dipping inevitably into the vast catalogue of Sun Ra’s cosmolodic creations, but departing just as quickly for points unknown. Our man Broscoe will be stateside next week so he’s the poster boy in absentia.

Rakestar Arkestra is:
Rory Magill – perhaps keyboard, perhaps xylophone, perhaps drum, perhaps trombone
Scott Warren – spirits, percussion
Don Cummings – moog
Mike Essoudry – drums
John Sobol – saxophone
Rob Frayne – saxophone
David Broscoe – saxophone
Linsey Wellman – saxophone

December 17 – IMOO #168: A Very Ayler Christmas!

Once again – it’s everyone’s favourite time of year!

The songs of Albert Ayler and the songs of yuletide have been kept separate all year, but no longer: it’s time for a fiery reintroduction!  The indomitable Bernard Stepien leads his orchestra through the woods to grandmother’s house.

The Bernard Stepien Orchestra is:
Bernard Stepien – saxophone, accordion
Scott Warren – drums, sounds
Michel Delage – drums
Mark Molnar – cello
Rory Magill – trombone
David Broscoe – woodwinds
David Jackson – guitar, electronics
Linsey Wellman – woodwinds
(and perhaps more…)

November 19 – IMOO #166: David Parker / Linsey Wellman

David Parker – upright bass, electronics
Linsey Wellman (opening set) – baritone saxophone

David Parker is a musician, composer, digital media artist, sound designer, and performer. David performs as singer/songwriter Slow Man Tofu, and as an improvising multi-instrumentalist, using the upright bass, electronics, guitar, and voice. For four years he played upright bass and electronics as part of the improvised/drone duo Fire Moss. The band released three albums, performed at the Tone Deaf Festival, the In The Soil Arts Festival, and was featured on the compilation The Artel Sessions (Otoacoustic). He has collaborated with Stefan Christoff and released an EP of duets with the Howl! Arts Collective. David’s digital media artwork uses micro-controllers and audio processing in a collaborative duo with circus aerialist and movement artist Jane Kirby of Lowlit Aerial Arts. Kirby and Parker have performed at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival in Kingston (2015), the In The Soil Festival in St. Catharines (2015), and the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival Toronto (2014). They were Media Artists In Residence at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre in Kingston, ON (2015).

Linsey Wellman just got a baritone saxophone – come and hear what he does with it.

November 28 – IMOO #167: Studio Dan – Homo Faber

***NOTE: this is a Tuesday Performance, and will take place from 8-10pm***

Sophia Goidinger-Koch – violin
Maiken Beer – cello
Manuel Mayr – bass
Daniel Riegler – trombone

On its first appearance in Canada and the U.S., the Austrian ensemble STUDIO DAN will bring contemporary music to North America. Straddling the worlds of classical music and jazz, between art music and experimental improvisation, this dynamic ensemble will perform premieres of commissioned and existing works.

STUDIO DAN’s program HOMO FABER is a collaborative work developed by Daniel Riegler together with visual artists Krüger & Pardeller. Rounding out the evening will be music for two harmonicas and ensemble by Christian F. Schiller. This tour will mark the official release of a new recording of HOMO FABER by STUDIO DAN.

Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien’s first festival. Refferring to Frank Zappa´s album Studio Tan (1979), the ensemble started as a zappaesque big band, but has since morphed to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Studio Dan is the only Austrian large ensemble belonging neither to the jazz big band mainstream nor to the strictly interpretive contemporary chamber music culture. Instead, the ensemble organically combines composition and improvisation, exploring beyond the bounds of simplistic categories.


November 8 – IMOO #165: Chik White

***NOTE: This is a Wednesday show, and will take place from 8-10pm***

Darcy Spidle – jaw harp, vocalisations

with an opening set by:
David Broscoe – reeds, electronics
David Jackson – guitar, electronics

a word from the artist:
chik white music took a minimalist turn when I moved to West Chezzetcook, on the rural coast of Nova Scotia, in 2009. Around then I acquired a collection of handmade jaw harps and began a regular ritual of improvising on the instruments in natural settings, a ritual that continues on a weekly basis. Over time, my harp project morphed into experimental territory and has come to incorporate preparations, techniques, and performative elements that tease uncomfortable vocalizations from my mouth, throat, and lungs.

“A thoroughly unique and brilliant experiment with the instrument that proves less is more.” The Quietus

“This is not improvisation so much as possession, the distressed calls of ancestor spirits surging up from Spidle’s diaphragm in uncontrollable flux, his increasingly frenetic jaw harp strikes a hapless attempt to hold them at bay.” We Need No Swords

“Some passages are so glumpsy they’re hilarious, others have a darkly industrial vibe, and the bulk is righteously freaked. A fine thing.” The Wire



October 1 – IMOO #163: Connor Bennett and Linsey Wellman

Note – this show was originally scheduled for September 24 – it has been moved to 1 October

Connor Bennett – tenor saxophone
Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone

Connor and Linsey will each play a solo set followed by a duo.

Connor Bennett is a musician, sculptor, and civil engineer from Ottawa. He has been involved in the Hamilton music and arts communities for the past seven years, and is a founding member of the Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN). Connor plays saxophone, bass, guitar, and handmade instruments in bands Haolin Munk, Eschaton, Lee/Palmer/Bennett, and his solo project Tidal Pool. Improvisation and spontaneous creation is an artistic philosophy of Connor’s, manifesting in both musical and visual arts.

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. He is a member of art-punk ensemble Fet Nat, Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, the Craig Pedersen Quartet, JUNO nominated 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, Ken Aldcroft, Jesse Stewart, Nonoko Yoshida, Yves Lambert and Ellen McIlwaine.

September 10 – IMOO #162: IMOO Orchestra season opener!

We’re excited to be back for another season!  So excited that we’re gathering a gang of our favourite improvisers to usher in the year in our new space – General Assembly (5 Fairmont Ave – go down the driveway out behind the Bridgehead).  Hope you can make it out – this is going to be a lot of fun!

Laura Kavanaugh – electronics
Ian Birse – electronics
Mark Molnar – cello
Bernard Stepien – saxophone and/or accordion

Adam Saikaley – keyboard
Faye MacCalman – woodwinds
Scott Warren – percussion/electronics
David Jackson – guitar
Linsey Wellman – saxophone

August 6 – IMOO #161: Raymond MacDonald and Guests


Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who plays in many collaborative free improvisatory contexts where his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard in his playing and writing. Working with musicians such as Evan Parker, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke, he is a founding member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and has released over 60 CDs (including many with Scottish guitarist George Burt) and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and has a long standing collaboration, Scarecrows and Lighthouses, with artist Martin Boyce and film maker David MacKenzie.  Much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. He is also Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.

 “MacDonald’s playing is absolutely stunning, in pitch, timbre, variation, and he also demonstrates his skills for circular breathing on the last two tracks. The interaction between these two stellar musicians grab the listener’s attention from the start until the very end : intensity, suprise, beauty and creative collisions” All about jazz

“Exhilarating music. It eliminates the boundaries not just between composition and improvisation but between cultures and idioms” Sydney Morning Herald
“These are radically differing soundscapes, all delivered with great emotional intensity and a strong sense of the importance of the moment. Risks have been taken, and the Sextet plunge and rise between Hades and Heaven, grinning madly all the time” Jazz Review
“mighty and glorious” Jazz Wise

August 2 – Special Event: Endless Landscape

Wednesday, 2 August – 7pm
La Fonderie (211 rue Montcalm, Gatineau)
Free admisson

Rory Magill – xylphone, percussion
Laura Kavanaugh – electronicsIan Birse – electronics
David Jackson – guitar, electronics
Linsey Wellman – saxophone

Join us as we interact with the installation project Endless Landscape (a collaboration of Axenéo7, DAÏMÔN, Galerie UQO and the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene).

Artists: Graeme Patterson, Samuel Roy-Bois, Noémie Lafrance, Alexandre David, Dominique Pétrin, Nadia Myre, Michel de Broin, and Cedric, Jim & Nathan Bomford
Endless Landscape is a major visual arts event in Gatineau’s historic La Fonderie building. Measuring over 58,000 square feet, La Fonderie is one of the few remaining vestiges of Gatineau’s industrial heritage and is an inspiring place for the creation and elaboration of in situ works and large-scale installations. To encourage a wide-range of proposals demonstrating the multifarious approaches to interventionist and in situ work, AXENÉO7 sought, from all regions of Canada, visual artists who have experience working in installation. These selected artists have produced new monumental works that bring artists, thinkers, and audiences together to reflect upon the intricate relationship Canadians and First Peoples maintain with the land.