Monday, October 10 – IMOO #147: Gerry Hemingway and Samuel Blaser



Gerry Hemingway has been making a living as a composer and performer of solo and ensemble music since 1974. He has led a number of quartet & quintets since the mid 80’s including his current quintet with Ellery Eskelin, Oscar Noriega, Terrence McManus and Kermit Driscoll as well collaborative groups with Mark Helias & Ray Anderson (BassDrumBone) celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2011, w/Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka on koto (Brew), Georg Graewe & Ernst Reijseger, recently celebrating its twentieth anniversary (GRH trio), WHO trio with Swiss pianist, Michel Wintsch and bassist, Baenz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, Terrence McManus and Jin Hi Kim. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral work including “Terrains”, a concerto for percussionist and orchestra commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. He also been involved in songwriting documented in the CD “Songs” produced by Between the Lines as well as his collaboration with John Cale. He is well known for his eleven years in the Anthony Braxton Quartet and more recently his duo with Anthony “Old Dogs (2007)” released on Mode/Avant. His many collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers include Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Moore and many others. His rich musical history, collaborations, performances and recordings are all amply documented on his extensive website: He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009.

At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem paradoxically, to rise above it all. Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines), Blaser has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from a straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to an innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties – one whose improvisational strength has received high praise from the media world over.

Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Blaser lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Berlin, where he currently resides. He began trombone lessons at the age of 9, and his early interests ranged from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz. He entered the local conservatory at 14 and graduated in 2002 after being awarded prizes in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.  Participation in the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and European Radio Big Band eventually led to a Fullbright Scholarship, facilitating studies in the United States at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. A year later, Samuel won the J.J. Johnson Prize in 2006.

In his relatively short career, Blaser has worked with Swiss percussion legend Pierre Favre, pianist Hal Galper, drummer John Hollenbeck, saxophonist Michael Blake and François Houle’s 5+1 group; he has worked closely with Grammy Award winning producer Robert Sadin and most recently with Billy Mintz.

2015 will see Blaser touring with two trios: one with guitarist Marc Ducret featuring Danish drummer Peter Bruun and the other with French pianist Benoit Delbecq and American drummer Gerry Hemingway. As of November, Blaser is back on the road with his original quartet to promote his new album Spring Rain (Whirlwind Recordings) an homage to Jimmy Giuffre, with Russ Lossing on piano, Drew Gress on bass and drummer Gerald Cleaver.


Sunday October 2nd IMOO #146: Alex Pelchat (MTL), David Jackson (OTT) w/s/g

At House of Common 11b Fairmont Avenue 5-10$ Suggested or PWYC.

Alex Pelchat is a guitarist from Montreal interested in finding the missing link between harsh noise and overwhelming silence. Influences include Keiji Haino, Anthony Braxton and Takoma Records. He plays in various bands including *Shining Wizard*, BYHD, Leftovers Diable, Gens Chrétiens and Shortest Longest Day.10629793_291485261042469_7944503554815275714_n

David Jackson is a guitarist from Ottawa interested in finding the missing link between silence and overwhelming harsh noise. Influences include Merzbow, Tony Conrad and Sun Records. He no longer plays in bands including North, Red Pony, and MiG20.


Linsey Wellman is an Ottawa based saxaphonist rumored to be joining us in noisy solidarity.


Sunday, July 3 – IMOO #144: Instant Places + Sound of the Mountain ENSEMBLE


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This will be our final show for the season before we take a break for the summer – hope to see you there, and keep an ear open for our fall programming!

***NOTE: Special location – House of Common (11b Fairmont – ’round back)***

Laura Kavanaugh – electronics, voice
Ian Birse – electronics, guitar
Elizabeth Millar – amplified clarinet
Craig Pedersen – amplified trumpet
In their Instant Places projects Kavanaugh and Birse use hardware/software systems of their own design to present generative installations and performances.They began making performances and installations as a team in 1997, and from 1997 to 2002 traveled throughout Canada and Europe, making installation and performance works for festival venues and art galleries.
A duo featuring the hollowed-out sounds of Craig Pedersen and Elizabeth Millar playing amplified trumpet and clarinet, Sound of the Mountain comes from a strong history of improv and extended performance techniques, Sound of The Mountain offer their audience long-form deep listening experiences through the sculpting of vitalized breath. Recent highlights of their work include concerts across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Singapore, Australia & Malaysia, including 2016 edition of Halifax’s Obey Convention.

Monday June 20 – IMOO #143: Tashi Dorji, Mette Rasmussen and Tyler Damon and Dusk Scored Dark

At Black Squirrel Books 9 PM

Tashi Dorji: Guitar
Mette Rasmussen: Saxophone
Tyler Damon: Percussion
Dusk Scored Dark (Montreal/Ottawa/Peterborough)
Vicky Mettler – guitar
Bennett Bedoukian – drums
Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Mark Molnar – cello

Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophone player based in Trondheim, Norway. She works in the field of improvised music, drawing from a wide range of influences, spanning free jazz to textural soundmameettetwork. Rasmussen works on exploring the natural rawness of her instrument – experimenting on what the saxophone is capable of in sound and expression, with and without preparations. Much in demand, she has performed with the likes of Alan Silva, Chris Corsano, Ståle Liavik Solberg, and with her Trio Riot group with Sam Andreae and David Meier.

“Mette Rasmussen has a remarkably fluid and expressive tone on the alto saxophone. Her playing at times evokes the rich, heavenward clarity of Albert Ayler, at others the throaty roar of Mats Gustafsson. Equally, though, she’s able to sidestep these influences and assert her own individual sound in piercingly high tones and controlled outbursts of free playing.” – Viennese Waltz


Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.cropped-tash-dorji22

His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. The experience is one equally disorienting and reflective, in which Dorji’s musicianship brings haunting beauty and mindfulness to the listener. After a handful of releases on various labels since 2009, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. Since then Tashi has released music in various formats on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes and Marmara Records.

Sunday, May 15 – IMOO #142: Shortest Longest Day

***NOTE: SPECIAL LOCATION – House of Common (11b Fairmont Avenue – off Wellington)***

Alex Pelchat: guitar
Stéphane Diamantakiou: doublebass
Paul Serralheiro: Trumpet
Ivan Bamford: Percussion

Alex Pelchat is a guitarist active in Montreal’s experimental music scene. He has spent the last few years dedicating himself entirely to improvisation. He plays with various free jazz ensembles as well as noise and rock groups. He is currently playing with *Shining Wizard*, Leftovers Diable, Drøm Før Du Dør, Ninja Simone, Gens Chrétiens, the Total Improvisation Troop, and Shortest Longest Day. With *Shining Wizard*, Pelchat has toured the American East Coast and released a warmly-received first album, No Room For. As a solo artist and as a member of Leftover Diable, he has performed at Massachusetts’ XFEST.

Alex is equally influenced by the heavy sounds of Keiji Haino, Dylan Carlson, and Buzz Osbourne, and the unpredictable and energetic playing of Anthony Braxton, John Zorn and Arto Lindsay. Aside from playing with different groups, he is also involved in the organization of experimental music series such as noïsundaéè, Mardi Spaghetti, and Nuit des Solos. His modus operandi as a musician and as an organizer is to facilitate the meeting of different musical genres and to explore diverse approaches to creation.

Stéphane Diamantakiou is an electric and double bassist, born in Marseille (France). His self-taught beginnings on electric bass and his first bands and compositions led him to study double bass and jazz at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music. He finished in 2006 and obtained First Prize in his graduating class.

Starting with street theatre performances with Générik Vapeur at the Roque d’Anthéron Classical Music Festival, Stéphane went on to work with classical orchestras, theatre companies and diverse rock and jazz formations as an instrumentalist and as an arranger and composer. These projects gave him the opportunity to tour France and Europe and to share the stage with renowned bands such as Gong and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. During this time, Stéphane met Barre Philips, who conveyed his vision of spontaneous creation. This encounter was a significant moment in the development of his personal language and his practice of free improvisation.

With the goal of enriching his musical practice, Stéphane came to Montreal in the summer of 2011. He is now a member of several bands, on stage and in the studio (Rubedo’ro, FeeFawFum, Heirloom and Shortest Longest Day). In particular he has very quickly integrated himself in the Montreal jazz and improvisation scene. Through these encounters he has co-founded several projects, such as the free jazz quartet ‘L’appel du vide’ and duo ‘Eguiluz-Diamantakiou’.

Paul Serralheiro was a founding member of the Montreal free jazz quartet NUDE, and has played trumpet in various settings, including a group of North African Musicians during Le festivale du monde Arab, the poly-cultural Montreal Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra and Shortest Longest Day. He has recorded with Vancouver’s Carnival Band and with the Total Improvisation Troup led by composers Paulo Ferreira Lopes and Karoline Leblanc. He has been a guest on projects by artists on the Montreal creative music scene such as Artsy Chicks and Ninja Simone.

His influences have been the blues, fado, and jazz, as well as the European musical tradition from Guillaume de Machaut to romantic, post-romantic and modern symphonic literature, some of which he performed as second trumpet in the MMWSO.

A graduate of Concordia University’s music school, Paul has been a frequent participant in workshops on creative music led by musicians such as Marshall Allen, William Parker, Joe McPhee, Coat Cooke, Fred Bazil, Ig Henneman, and Jean Derome and has organized concerts of impromptu groups of improvising musicians.

Percussionist Ivan Bamford first remembers encountering music at 3 years old in his native Vancouver. At 19 he abandoned sports to devote his life to music. In the following years he studied with Claude Ranger, Dylan van der Schyff and Pierre Tanguay and received a degree in jazz studies from Capilano University. In Vancouver he played with André Lachance, Bruno Hubert, Alan Matheson and Coat Cooke. He moved to Montreal in 2001 where he found a rich and varied music scene. His music diversified as he played with Gadji-Gadjo, Weshida(Middle Eastern influenced), BAMBAM(improvisation), Straight Pipe(jazz) his own quartet, and Shortest Longest Day . En 2006 he received a travel grant and additional funding to attend the jazz intensive workshop at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has played in several festivals throughout Québec,(Montreal Jazz Festival 2004-2010, 2013), Vancouver(Vancouver Jazz Festival 1999-2000), Baku Azerbaïdjan(2005), in London and Berlin (with Katya Sourikova 2005, 2011). He has toured France, Romania and North America. In January 2013 he toured Columbia with Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra. In 2009 he received a composer grant with Gadji-Gadjo. He has been teaching drums for the past 10 years.

Friday, April 29 – IMOO #141: Brahja Waldman

photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis

photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis


Isis Giraldo: synthesizer
D Shad Hankoff: piano
Martin Heslop: bass
Daniel Gelinas: drums
Devin Brahja Waldman: saxophone
Formed in 2008, the group known as Brahja Waldman—or Brahja for short— is a New York/Montreal-based conspiracy plotting the transmutation of timeless soul thru a earthy/jazz/hop cosmic swap. The group is releasing its fifth album, wisdomatic, in the spring of 2016. Brahja Waldman’s saxophonist and leader, Devin Brahja Waldman, has performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Daniel Carter, Sam Shalabi, Warren Smith, Heroes Are Gang Leaders and many more. He has accompanied his aunt, poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. Growing up, Waldman’s
art guide and guru was legendary pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is co-director of Fast Speaking Music, a poetry and music label in NYC.

Sunday, April 10 – IMOO #140: Rakestar at Flapjacks


Rakestar Arkestra returns to IMOO
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

Sunday, April 3 – IMOO # 139: Epps/Hartshorn-Walton/Stewart

Ellwood Keith JessePhoto credits: Ellwood Epps – Marek Lazarski, Jesse Stewart – Nate Storring

Ellwood Epps – trumpet
Keith Hartshorn-Walton – tuba
Jesse Stewart – drums & percussion

Montreal trumpeter Ellwood Epps has assembled this new trio for a debut performance at the IMOO series. He and Jesse have perfomed together for many years as members of the David Mott Quintet, and Ellwood and Keith have both been members of Nicolas Caloia’s large ensemble, the Ratchet Orchestra, which has been mainstay of Montreal’s creative music scene for more than a decade. Three virtuoso improvisers unite to ignite a world of musical experience together in the moment!

Ellwood Epps: Born in Toronto in 1976, trumpeter Ellwood Epps lives and works in Montreal, where he is a leading light on the improvised music scene. In addition to playing often with Montrealers Josh Zubot (Land of Marigold), Michel F Côté and Alexandre St-Onge (Pink Saliva), Nicolas Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra), John Heward (Murray Street Band), Lori Freedman, and Jean Derome, Epps has made music with Steve Lacy, William Parker, John Butcher, Henry Grimes, Axel Dörner, and Marshall Allen. He is co-director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, founded in 2014. He also teaches a popular series of improvised music workshops through the Studio d’Improvisation de Montreal which he cofounded in 2009.

Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton continues to explore new sounds and venues for the tuba. An advocate for jazz and for improvisation on the instrument, he has played in a wide array of musical settings, including performances with Peter Turner, the Ratchet Orchestra, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Boxcar Boys, Acid Brass, R. Murray Schafer’s outdoor opera “The Enchanted Forest” and his own small ensemble collaborations. Music exploration is the reason, tuba is the medium.

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning percussionist, composer, improviser, artist, instrument builder, educator, and writer. As a musician, he works primarily in the areas of jazz, new music, and free improvisation. Stewart has a remarkable ability to coax unexpected—even magical—sounds out of virtually any resonating object or material. He has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries George Lewis, Roswell Rudd, Bill Dixon, William Parker, Evan Parker, Joe Mcphee, Jandek, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Malcolm Goldstein, David Mott, Michael Snow, and many others. He is currently a member of the David Mott Quintet and the Juno award winning Stretch Orchestra, a trio with Kevin Breit and Matt Brubeck. He has been widely commissioned as a composer. His music has been featured at festivals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe and is documented on over 20 recordings.

Saturday March 12 – IMOO #138: Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot!


Lina Allemano’s TITANIUM RIOT
Lina Allemano, trumpet
Ryan Driver, analog synth
Rob Clutton, electric bass
Nick Fraser, drums

Lina Allemano’s TITANIUM RIOT on YouTube:
Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot is “imaginative… surreal… oddly compelling”. [Wholenote Magazine]  Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano was named one of DownBeat Magazine’s top innovative trumpeters for the future and was recently called “one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years” [Point of Departure]. Lina’s newest Toronto-based project, Titanium Riot, is an accidentally-psychedelic improvising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic. Called “uncompromisingly explorative” by Europe’s experimental music journal Tokafi, the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow. Titanium Riot’s debut album, Kiss the Brain, was released October 2014 to rave reviews. The band tours USA in May 2015.  
Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, Kiss The Brain, “is a liberation of listening as well as playing.  (Trumpeter) Allemano emerges anew, a powerful minimalist improviser who builds complex moods… then drives further into the expressive potential of her instrument… As the title implies, Kiss The Brain is a major event.” [Musicworks Magazine]