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 clpmusicproduction@gmail.com

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 Hemingway.tcrofts@dal.ca

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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

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  • 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

IMOO #111: Phil Minton

Sunday, December 7: IMOO #111 – Phil Minton

We’re super excited to be welcoming legendary vocalist Phil Minton to IMOO!

photo: Francesca Pfeffer

photo: Francesca Pfeffer

  • Phil Minton – voice
  • David Jackson – guitar
  • Ian Birse – electronics
  • Laura Kavanaugh – electronics
  • Mark Molnar – cello
  • David Broscoe – woodwinds
  • LInsey Wellman – woodwinds

One of the world’s great improvising singers, Phil Minton has worked in jazz (Mike Westbrook Band), rock-in-opposition (News from Babel, Roof) and avant-garde cabaret (his duo with Veryan Weston). In a long and ceaselessly developing career, Minton has pioneered an astonishing array of extended vocal techniques. Several composers have written music designed for Minton’s vocalization. A native of Devon, Minton now resides in London.

IMOO #110: Shawn Mativetsky and Payton MacDonald

Sunday, November 30: IMOO #110 – Shawn Mativetsky and Payton MacDonald
*SPECIAL LOCATION: Black Squirrel Books – 1073 Bank St in Old Ottawa South*
Same time as always (7-9pm)

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  • Shawn Mativetsky – tabla
  • Payton MacDonald – voice

Exponent of the Benares gharana, and disciple of the legendary Pandit Sharda SahaiShawn Mativetsky is a highly sought-after tabla performer and educator. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo CD, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his new CD of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011.

As a practitioner of Indian classical music, Shawn regularly gives solo tabla performances, as well as accompanying kathak dance, voice, bansuri, sarod, santoor, sarangi, and sitar artists. He performs often with Duo Samskaraand Sitaria. Since 2003, Shawn has been affiliated with the Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation (UK/India), and in the summers of 2006 and 2008, hosted tabla maestro Pandit Sharda Sahai’s annual summer tabla workshop. Since 2011, Shawn has been hosting his own annual summer tabla workshop at McGill University. In recent years, he has worked closely with kathak dancer Sudeshna Maulik for her performances of Crossroads, Mehfil, Soul of Ganges, and Hands and Feet.

Shawn has performed numerous solo recitals, spanning Canada, the United States, the UK, and India and has been featured in series such as the Windsor Canadian Music Festival, Pontio / Music @ Bangor, New Music in New Spaces, Groundswell, Festival Montréal Baroque, Jusqu’aux Oreilles, Evolutions, Voyages: Montréal-New York, Festival International du Domaine Forget, New Works Calgary, Music Toronto, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As an ensemble musician, Shawn Mativetsky performs regularly with violinist Parmela Attariwala’s cross-cultural Attar Project, Indo-fusion group Ragleela, Indian-folk group Galitcha, and the improv trio Of Sound, Mind and Body, with Tim Brady and Helmut Lipsky. A versatile studio musician, Shawn has appeared on albums by Yann Perreau, Elephant Stone, Suzie Leblanc, Ramachandra Borcar, and Daniel Lavoie. Regular performances with Galitcha have led to concerts across Canada and the US, as well as tours to France and Tunisia, the chance to play with guest musicians such as Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Salil Bhatt, Harry Manx, and Yves Lambert, as well as a performance for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit to Canada.‎


Payton MacDonald (b. 1974, Idaho Falls, Idaho) is a composer, improviser, percussionist, singer, and educator. He has created a unique body of work that draws upon his extensive experience with East Indian tabla drumming and Dhrupad singing, Jazz, European classical music, and the American experimental tradition. He works across multiple musical genres, often at the same time. Several recordings of MacDonald’s music exist, including the critically acclaimed Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla on the ATMA label.

The New York Times described him as an “energetic soloist.” The Los Angeles Times described him as an “. . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . .” His music has also been described as “hypnotically beautiful” (The New York Times and “. . . engaging and utterly beautiful.” (Sequenza 21) MacDonald has been a featured performer of his own music on festivals in Montreal (Voyages) and Minneapolis (Electric Eyes).

As a composer numerous ensembles have performed his music around the world, including Alarm Will Sound, Los Angeles Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, So Percussion, To Hit Duo, Young Voices of Colorado, Quintet Mont Royal, Classical Jam, guitarists Mak Grgic and Eliot Fisk, and tabla soloist Shawn Mativetsky. He has received grants and awards from Fulbright Foundation, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, American Institute of Indian Studies, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and Ragdale. He has also composed music for the Silken Dance Company.

As an improviser MacDonald tours as a marimba soloist with Super Marimba. With Super Marimba MacDonald performs his own music using looping machines and delay pedals. He also performs with other collaborators, including Elliott Sharp, Aakash Mittal, Peter Evans, Tim Feeney, Todd Sickafoose, Theo Metz, and many others. MacDonald recently performed with the Aakash Mittal Quintet on the Kolkata Jazz Festival.

As a classical percussion performer he is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, a new-music chamber orchestra. Alarm Will Sound is currently regarded as one of the foremost new music ensembles in the country and they have made five recordings, on the Nonesuch and Cantaloupe labels. The New York Times wrote that they are “the future of classical music.” Alarm Will Sound has performed in the finest concert halls all over the world. MacDonald has commissioned many works from other composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Robert Morris, Caleb Burhans, Don Freund, Peter Jarvis, Elliott Sharp, David Saperstein, Michael Udow, and Stuart Saunders Smith. From 1994-2004 MacDonald performed with Verederos, a flute and percussion duo. Verederos recorded two CDs under the Equilibrium label. He has also appeared as a soloist in England and Croatia, performed with Present Music and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, toured Japan with Keiko Abe and the Galaxy percussion group, and performed and recorded with acclaimed singer/songwriter Noe Venable.

MacDonald is also a singer and is currently studying Dhrupad vocal with the famous Gundecha Brothers. In 2012 MacDonald made his singing debut with Alarm Will Sound, singing John Cage’s “Raga Music” at the River to River festival in New York City, the Musikgebouw in Holland, and the Cork Opera House in Cork, Ireland. In spring 2013 he was awarded a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship to spend the 2013-2014 academic year in India continuing his vocal studies with the Gundecha Brothers. He has performed many times as a classical Dhrupad singer, including his official debut at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, M.P., India. His performance was covered by many major news outlets, including The Hitaveda, who wrote “Dr. Payton MacDonald with his melodious voice spread the beauty of Dhrupad, its subtle finer points and the way he sang seemed to be spiritualistic. His solo Dhrupad performance was encouraging and not less than any young Indian Dhrupad singer.”