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).