***NOTE: SPECIAL DAY AND TIME – FRIDAY, 9-11pm***
art guide and guru was legendary pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is co-director of Fast Speaking Music, a poetry and music label in NYC.
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
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.
Doors open: 7pm
Show time: 7:30pm
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.
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.
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. He plays electric and acoustic guitars, and other instruments, such as tenor banjo, soprano ukulele, mbira, and the melodica. 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).
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.
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.
This 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.
Cut and Gouge solo trumpet cd release
Craig Pedersen – solo trumpet
Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Mark Molnar – cello
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.