Sunday February 5th – IMOO #153: Jeff Morton ʍiniʍal ɯandering ʍusic

Jeff Morton presents a very quiet sound and duration performance with an old field drum, tiny speakers, cassette players, and other musical objects.

This is a deep listening activity, and we will have to sit close together to hear everything. So bring a pillow if you like, and take care to be comfortable. It’s totally fine if your mind wanders.

“…concern for the vicissitudes of temporality and comprehension; of being and becoming; movement and stasis; of the appearance and evanescence of the unique sounding event.” – Nicholas Melia and James Saunders, Introduction: What is wandelweiser?, Contemporary Music Review 30 (2011), no. 6, 445–448.

Jeff will be joined after some duration  by David Jackson on small electronics, pedals, and hushed tones.

Sunday October 2nd IMOO #146: Alex Pelchat (MTL), David Jackson (OTT) w/s/g

At House of Common 11b Fairmont Avenue 5-10$ Suggested or PWYC.

Alex Pelchat is a guitarist from Montreal interested in finding the missing link between harsh noise and overwhelming silence. Influences include Keiji Haino, Anthony Braxton and Takoma Records. He plays in various bands including *Shining Wizard*, BYHD, Leftovers Diable, Gens Chrétiens and Shortest Longest Day.10629793_291485261042469_7944503554815275714_n

David Jackson is a guitarist from Ottawa interested in finding the missing link between silence and overwhelming harsh noise. Influences include Merzbow, Tony Conrad and Sun Records. He no longer plays in bands including North, Red Pony, and MiG20.


Linsey Wellman is an Ottawa based saxaphonist rumored to be joining us in noisy solidarity.


Monday June 20 – IMOO #143: Tashi Dorji, Mette Rasmussen and Tyler Damon and Dusk Scored Dark

At Black Squirrel Books 9 PM

Tashi Dorji: Guitar
Mette Rasmussen: Saxophone
Tyler Damon: Percussion
Dusk Scored Dark (Montreal/Ottawa/Peterborough)
Vicky Mettler – guitar
Bennett Bedoukian – drums
Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Mark Molnar – cello

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 soundmameettetwork. 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.cropped-tash-dorji22

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.

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:

Sample video for Solo Works


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

Sunday November 2: Yves Charuest and Ellwood Epps Present La Passe


Ontario-Québec tour in support of ”La Passe”, their debut recording on Small Scale Music.

Yves Charuest and Ellwood Epps represent an ongoing story of improvised music in Montréal. Ellwood arrived in Montréal in 2005 and promptly set to work becoming one of the city’s busiest creative musicians, concert presenters, and teachers. Yves was heavily involved in the scene during the 80’s and 90’s, and was one of the few players to branch out onto the world stage. During the period of Epps’ arrival and leading up to about 2011, Charuest was on a long sabatical, and so when they met in Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, they were both new to each other, despite both having paid their dues for many years on the Montreal and international scenes.

Finding a common ground in energy and spirit, and with a great respect for the history of creative music in America, Canada, and Montréal, Yves and Ellwood decided to explore the possibilities of working together as a duet. They gave performances at several of Montréal’s fertile loft venues over a couple years, while continuing their work together in the Ratchet Orchestra, Epss’ group Rosasharn’s Dream, and other formations.

As a duet, the chemisty is immediate enough that prearranged material didn’t seem to be necessary. Rather, the two musicians find material in the immediate surroundings (place, time, people, energy), and arrange, develop, and transform it as any composer works with their own musical materials. In the summer of 2014 they felt ready to document their work together, and responded eagerly to the offer of bassist Raphael Foisy-Couture’s offer to record and release their music on his new Small Scale Music label.

Yves’ and Ellwood’s differences (in age, mother tongue, so-called ‘generation’…) are easily overcome in their willingness to participate immediately in the musical moment, to rejoice in belonging to the continuum of a musical becoming. Their first tour is sure to be full of exciting times, transformative adventures, and soulful music.

Sunday September 14: IMOO #106 [Return to ‘moo Mountain]

Join us Sunday September 14th as we launch our Fall series of concerts in our new home Raw Sugar Cafe! (692 Somerset St W) We are so excited for our new digs and invite you to join us for improvised music, tasty local tap beers, chili, and snacks.

The cast of players will include Ian Birse, Laura Kavanaugh, Mark Molnar, Rory Magill, Linsey Wellman, David Jackson and others TBA.

Concert starts at 7PM

10 dollar suggested donation or PWYC. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Summer Vacation

IMOOhiatus: Hello! IMOO will be on vacation until the fall as we tour, write, perform, and do the things that we do. Please check this space though and as we will continue to promote and draw your attention to shows and events that may be of interest to you.

If you are interested in playing shows in the fall or winter, please get in touch!

Coming up though!

We will a community partner for this year’s SOUND/TRACKS on August 1st at St. Albans Church.

Sound/Tracks is a live multi-media spectacle where musicians and media artists join forces to create and perform a series of innovative audiovisual collaborations. Going beyond the confines of conventional music videos and short films, each of the four creative teams featured Sound/Tracks attempt to expand the limits of what live music with video can be, and redefine the very idea of the film soundtrack. Join us at St. Albans on August 1st for this unforgettable event.

Friday, August 1st 2014, Doors: 8pm, Performances: 8:30pm
St. Albans Church, 454 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa
Admission $5

Participating musicians and artists:

Melody McKiver + Phil Osborne
Adam Saikaley + Matthieu Hallé
Her Harbour + Tyler Reekie
Instant Places + Pixie Cram

Community partners:

Ceremony / E-Tron Rec. / Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais


Sound/Tracks est un spectacle multimédia dans lequel des musiciens et des artistes médiatiques joignent leurs talents pour créer et exécuter des œuvres audiovisuelles collaboratives et innovantes. Au-delà du vidéoclip ou du court film musical traditionnels, chacun des quatre tandems de création participant à Sound/Tracks essaie de repousser les limites de la performance musicale accompagnant une projection vidéo, ou de redéfinir l’idée même de « musique de film ». Joignez-vous à nous le 1er août prochain pour assister à cet événement inoubliable, qui aura lieu à St-Albans.

Le vendredi 1 août 2014, Portes ouvertes : 20 h, Spectacles : 20 h 30
Église St-Albans, 454, rue King Edward, Ottawa
Prix : 5 $

Musiciens et artistes participants :

Melody McKiver + Phil Osborne
Adam Saikaley + Matthieu Hallé
Her Harbour + Tyler Reekie
Instant Places + Pixie Cram

De plus amples détails sur chacun de ces projets collaboratifs seront diffusés au cours des prochaines semaines.

Partenaires communautaires :

Ceremony / E-Tron Rec. / Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais