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 soundwork. 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.
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.
TYLER DAMON (b. 1987, Cincinnati, OH USA) is a Bloomington, Indiana based artist whose work aims to reveal obscured and untold narratives via drums/percussion & free improvisation.Tyler is currently involved in extended duo exhibitions with guitarist Tashi Dorji (Bhutan/Asheville, NC) and bassist Darin Gray (St. Louis/Edwardsville, IL), as well as group work with Chicago free jazz outfit the Mars Williams Quartet. He also regularly performs as a soloist.
Photo by Mabel Suen
Often recognized for his contributions to the shapeshifting outfit Open Sex, other collaborators have included Mars Williams, Peter Maunu, Ken Vandermark, Little Howlin’ Wolf, Kent Kessler, Albert Wildeman, Dave Rempis, Robert Beatty, Ed Ricart, Jon Lorenz, Chris Trull (of Grand Ulena, Yowie), Brian Sandstrom (of NRG Ensemble), Muyassar Kurdi, Steve Marquette, Kevin Harris, Mark Hosler (of Negativland), Matthew Setzler, Keith Jost, Thom Nguyen, Matt Shuff (as the Vulgar Mudflaps), Curt Oren, Matthew Schneider (Moon Bros), John Morton (of X_X, Electric Eels), Craig Bell (of Rocket From The Tombs, X_X, Mirrors), Nathan Warrick (as Canned Hamms Blues Band), Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux), Homme (Sima Cunningham & Macie Stewart), Lech, Sir Deja Doog’s Love Coffin and Sitar Outreach Ministry, among others.
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.
***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.
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.
Photo 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.
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-psychedelicimprovising 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. TitaniumRiot’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 minimalistimproviser who builds complex moods… then drives further into the expressive potential of her instrument… As the title implies, Kiss The Brain is a majorevent.” [Musicworks Magazine]
***NOTE: SPECIAL TIME AND PLACE – THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT DAÏMÔN – 78 HANSON IN HULL***
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. www.linseywellman.com
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.
*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).