7 February – IMOO#136: Nick Fraser presents the absurd and wonderful solo drumset music of Justin Haynes

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Release of Gaby Warren's CD, "Reflections of a Jazz Fanatic"

Nick Fraser – drums

*Nick will play the first set solo, and Linsey Wellman (saxophone) will join him for the second set

Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community for over twenty years. He has performed with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music and with such international artists as Tony Malaby, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton and David Binney.

Nick’s recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997) and Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004), Towns and Villages (2013) and Too Many Continents (2015). For ten years, he co-led the group Drumheller, who released four critically acclaimed recordings. Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Peripheral Vision, the Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), and the Lina Allemano Four/Titanium Riot.

“Fraser not so much plays the drums as hurls himself whole body and soul against skin and metal… truly talented.” -Bill Stunt, CBC Radio.

“Fraser is a deft and sensitive percussionist with a hint of an enigmatic streak, a feeling for economical gestures, and an innate sense of form.” -Mark Miller, The Globe & Mail

Justin Haynes is a Canadian jazz guitarist and composer based in Toronto who specializes in long-form improvisation and composition.[1] He plays electric and acoustic guitars, and other instruments, such as tenor banjosoprano ukulele, mbira, and the melodica.[1] He has recorded on non-guitar-related instruments as well, including the cello, piano, Fender Rhodes and organ. He has also written string arrangements for some music. President of the Nick Fraser fan club (1997–present).

27 January (Wednesday) – IMOO #135: Linsey Wellman’s cd release with Pierre-Yves Martel

for web***NOTE: SPECIAL TIME AND PLACE – THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT DAÏMÔN – 78 HANSON IN HULL***

Doors open: 7pm
Show time: 7:30pm
Free!

7:30 – Patrick St-Denis: Lungta – a roboticized audio performance
8:00 – Linsey Wellman – solo saxophone
9:00 – Pierre-Yves Martel – solo viola da gamba

Linsey Wellman will be releasing his new solo saxophone album Manifesto, recorded live last year at DAÏMÔN.

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 art-punk ensemble Fet Nat ,Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, 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, Ken Aldcroft, Jesse Stewart, Nonoko Yoshida, Yves Lambert and Ellen McIlwaine.  Manifesto, recorded live at DAÏMÔN, is his second solo saxophone album.
He is co-founder and co-curator of the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) concert series.
www.linseywellman.com
check out the album at: linseywellman.bandcamp.com

Following a unique artistic path, Pierre-Yves Martel is constantly renewing his musical identity and practice. Though an instrumentalist, he identifies himself first and foremost as a sound artist whose work oscillates between research and experimentation. It is in this spirit that he has revisited the viola da gamba, utilizing this traditional instrument in new contexts and thus reengaging it with the contemporary world. Having created an authentic musical language through non-conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, he also works outside of instrumental music altogether, using a variety of objects rife with new sonic possibilities, from contact-mics and speakers to motors, wheels, surfaces and textures.

He lives in Montréal, Québec.
www.pymartel.com

17 January – IMOO: 134: Newman/Segger/Ng cd release

newmanseggerng***NOTE: WE ARE MOVING OUR REGULAR LOCATION TO BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS – 1073 BANK ST AT SUNNYSIDE***

Paul Newman – tenor saxophone
Karen Ng – alto saxophone
Heather Segger – trombone

Three great horn players from Toronto drop by to celebrate the release a new cd – consisting of long-scale duo compositions from Paul Newman.

Heather Segger is an active member of the Toronto jazz and improvised music communities as trombonist, composer, bandleader, curator, and educator.  Currently, Heather performs and arranges in local ensembles, and her own projects involve elements of composition/improvisation, visual art, and movement.  Heather has had the pleasure of performing with an eclectic group of artists including Sylvie Courvoisier, Dave Douglas, members of the ICP Orchestra, Broken Social Scene, and Owen Pallett.
Toronto based saxophonist Karen Ng is an eclectic musician involved in many different projects all over the grid. She has had the happy opportunity to perform all over the world, touring Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. She has appeared on stage with the likes of Do Make Say Think, Fresh Snow, Bry Webb, L CON, Del Bel and Broken Social Scene. Also an active member in the Toronto improv scene, Karen plays with Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, Pete Johnston’s See Through Trio/Quintet, Imaginary Flesh (formerly Clarinet Panic), THREADS, Interstellar Orchestra, Josh Cole 4tet and has been a long-time member of the great Dave Clark’s Woodshed Orchestra. She was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015 to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Paul Newman is a saxophonist and composer. A native of Ottawa, he was educated at St. Francis Xavier University, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and most recently, York University where he studied composition with David Mott. Duo Compositions, features Newman in duets with trombonist Heather Segger and saxophonist Karen Ng. His latest solo outing, Compositions for Solo Soprano Saxophone, was released in the spring of 2013. There is another on the way. Paul lives in Toronto with his cat, Mahalia.

13 December – IMOO #133: A Very Ayler Christmas / Linsey Wellman / Shining Wizard

imoo133This show is a co-presentation of IMOO and Debaser

7:00: Bernard Stepien’s A Very Ayler Christmas
Bernard Stepien – saxophone, accordion
David Broscoe – woodwinds
Jennifer Giles – accordion
Rory Magill – drums, xylophone
John Higney – guitar
David Jackson – guitar
Linsey Wellman – woodwinds
Join us as we celebrate the season with a raucous mash-up of the music of Albert Ayler with some classic holiday fare.

9:00: Linsey Wellman – solo saxophone
“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

9:45: Shining Wizard
Alex Pelchat – guitar
Farley Miller – drums
Grace Brooks – vocals
James Goddard – saxophone, vocals
*Shining Wizard* was formed in 2011 as a free improv duo with Farley Miller on drums and Alex Pelchat on guitar. The group takes some cues from Han Bennink, Anthony Braxton and Keiji Haino as well as rock influences such as Deerhoof and Marnie Stern. Since its beginnings, the group has extensively toured the American east coast all the while releasing five albums on Cuchabata Records, Misery Loves Company and their own label, Bricodisque. For their fifth released, they are joined by Grace Brooks (Lungbutter, Femmaggots) on vocals and James Goddard (Skin Tone, Public Transit) on saxophone and vocals. The new record, “Avec Grace Brooks & James Goddard”, is taking the band in a new free punk direction while maintaining the group’s radical experimental sound from earlier incarnations.

6 December – IMOO #132: Craig Pedersen

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***SPECIAL LOCATION: THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT PRESSED (750 GLADSTONE)***

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.

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

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.