Tatsuya Nakatani w/s/g Mark Molnar @ Raw Sugar August 31st 7PM to 11

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Nakatani’s constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

Mark Molnar is an Ottawa based instrumentalist that has played strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, ¼ Tonne Spike Pitcher, in duos with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, and James Annett, and erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun. He is the founder of Black Bough Records, the co-organizer and co-curator of the Pleasure Through Sound Festival and Music Series with Nathan Medema and Ross Birdwise, and has been a founding member of the Ottawa/Hull music association SulPont. He has written music for the Quasar Saxaphone Quartet (Montreal) and the Thin Edge Music Collective (Toronto).

IMOO #123: Sunday June 21 @ Black Squirrel Books | Nonoko Yoshida Solo and Trio


nonokoNonoko Yoshida was born in 1987 in Hokkaido, Japan. She studied classical piano from the age of three, and began playing the saxophone as her main instrument at age 10. In 2006, she moved to New York where she experienced a life-changing encounter with the Downtown Music Scene. Since then, she has been learning music in streets from the underground musicians themselves, attending concerts, rehearsals, recording and mastering sessions and seeing the mechanics of making music first hand. Her band project SSSS (Super Seaweed Sex Scandal) played at Moers Festival in Germany in 2010 and had their first Europe tour. Her latest band project Pet Bottle Ningen has toured in Japan four times and released two albums from Tzadik Label. Her most recent collaboration includes Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, and Ron Anderson’s PAK with Yoshida Tatsuya.

Full Tour Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1480870502204864/

Sample video for Solo Works


For her second set Nonoko will be joined by Linsey Wellman (sax/reeds) and David Jackson (Guitar/Electronics)

IMOO #121: Sunday, May 17 – Kathryn Ladano

kathryn ladanoAs part of her cross-country tour, bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano presents a concert focusing on her recent work in solo improvisation. This performance will feature unaccompanied pieces, often focusing on extended techniques that explore the limits of Ladano’s instrument, as well as exploration with electronics.

Kathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Being heavily involved in both educational and creative work, Kathryn is currently the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts, the co- Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) and Improvisation Studio instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Music Director of Cold Mountain Internal Arts. Kathryn has been a guest speaker and performers at various conferences such as the 2013 Summit on Improvisation Pedagogy and Community Impact in Guelph, the 2014 McGill University Music Graduate Symposium, and the 2014 International Society for Improvised Music Conference in New York City. Kathryn is currently pursuing her PhD at York University under the supervision of Casey Sokol and her research interests include improvisation pedagogy and the use of free improvisation as therapy for musicians with various anxieties.


IMOO #120: Sunday, May 3 – The Deconstructed Accordion Conspiracy

accordion conspiracy

***NOTE: SPECIAL LOCATION – Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank Street – near Sunnyside)***

Bernard Stepien – David Broscoe – Scott Warren

This will be a two-part concert:

1st set: Bernard Stepien Accordion Solo inspired by this year’s exceptional winter

2nd set: Accordion Conspiracy: Stepien/Broscoe/Warren vs the Eindhoven in Dialoog

Accordion Solo:  Accordion happened to be Bernard Stepien’s first instrument, initially in a classical and folkloric music context. Back in the ‘60s, Stepien heard Ornette Coleman and started to play accordion in his then proto-harmolodic style. Stepien’s accordion, a Hohner Morino model from the late ‘50s, has a keyboard on the left hand that is identical to the one for the right hand but with smaller more compact buttons. This feature enables to play harmonies in a similar way as on a piano. But these harmonies are not the traditional ones. Instead and thanks to the fact that Stepien had the immense privilege to study with the great master Cecil Taylor in 2001 in New York City, the harmonies are more of an in-depth exploration of sounds rather than chords but giving this overall sinuous sense of harmony, like harmonies without traditional harmonies? Another key influence was from Texas saxophonist Billy Robinson that showed him how to produce unusual harmonies by superposing seemingly unrelated traditional chords but with a strong rationale. The accordion itself is making a strong come-back these days. It can be found way out of the traditional folk music context. Maybe this is because its sound is intriguing and its capabilities intriguingly ambiguous. It is a piano without notes decay or an organ with controlled notes decay capabilities and moreover, it never runs out of breath…

Accordion Conspiracy vs Eindhoven in Dialoog:  Accordion Conspiracy is an extension of Bernard Stepien and David Broscoe late ‘90s pure saxophones project then called Breaths. Saxophonist David Broscoe is a master in multi-phonics. Drummer, percussionist and samplerist Scott Warren has been associated both with Bernard Stepien and David Broscoe either in the Bernard Stepien’s A Very Ayler Christmas project and the Rake-Star Arkestra, both devoted to the exploration of unusual musical fusions. Warren has been exploring the natural rhythms of casual sounds for a long time, amassing a sizeable collection of found objects along the way and attracted by the music found in spoken words. The Eindhoven in Dialoog project is a well-structured social capital project of the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands that consists in bringing together plain ordinary citizens in round tables discussions in a structured way that includes training.


The strategy will consist in simultaneously contributing and extracting sounds and rhythms to and from these recorded conversations.

IMOO #118 – Sunday, March 22: Yves Charuest with Linsey Wellman

charuest wellman**SPECIAL LOCATION: Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank at Sunnyside)**

  • Yves Charuest – alto saxophone
  • Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone

Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest has worked on the jazz and new music scene in the 1980-90s with many canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Guillaume Dostaler, Lisle Ellis and Jean Derome, in different groups and projects: I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest-Ratté, Trio Michel Ratté, Wreck’s Progress, among others.

Charuest was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with Louis Moholo, with whom he played extensively in Europe and in the USA. He also played with William Parker, John Betsch, Mathias Schubert and Agustí Fernández.

More recently, Charuest has been involved on many projects with the following ensembles: Duo Charuest-Caloia, Murray Street Band, Ratchet Orchestra, The Disguises, Charuest/Shalabi/Caloia and Four-sided Circle, as well as with Nicolas Caloia, Ellwood Epps, Lori Freedman, William Parker, Sam Shalabi, Scott Thomson and Josh Zubot.

Charuest also presented solo concerts in Montreal, Quebec, Germany, France and the Netherlands, and collaborated with electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, jef chippewa and Jean Piché, and more recently with choreograph Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

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, and the standard and bass clarinets. Ever adaptable, he has plied his trade with Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, the Craig Pedersen Quartet, JUNO nominated and Polaris Prize longlisted calypso outfit Kobo Town, art-punk ensemble Fet.Nat, and Gamelan Semara Winangun, all while taking part in countless improvised music and jazz ensembles.

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

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.
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