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]

28 February – IMOO #137: Double Space

double space poster***NOTE – NEW LOCATION! Flapjacks (354 Preston)***

We’re inaugurating a new venue!  We hope you’ll join us for a great show featuring four Ottawa mainstays.

David Broscoe – woodwinds
Rory Magill – drums, xylophone
Scott Warren – drums, electronics
Linsey Wellman – saxohpone, bass clarinet

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


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:

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.

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

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

photo: Brett Delmage

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).

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


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.