October 1 – IMOO #163: Connor Bennett and Linsey Wellman

Note – this show was originally scheduled for September 24 – it has been moved to 1 October

Connor Bennett – tenor saxophone
Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone

Connor and Linsey will each play a solo set followed by a duo.

Connor Bennett is a musician, sculptor, and civil engineer from Ottawa. He has been involved in the Hamilton music and arts communities for the past seven years, and is a founding member of the Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN). Connor plays saxophone, bass, guitar, and handmade instruments in bands Haolin Munk, Eschaton, Lee/Palmer/Bennett, and his solo project Tidal Pool. Improvisation and spontaneous creation is an artistic philosophy of Connor’s, manifesting in both musical and visual arts.

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. He is a member of art-punk ensemble Fet Nat, Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, the Craig Pedersen Quartet, JUNO nominated 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.

September 10 – IMOO #162: IMOO Orchestra season opener!

We’re excited to be back for another season!  So excited that we’re gathering a gang of our favourite improvisers to usher in the year in our new space – General Assembly (5 Fairmont Ave – go down the driveway out behind the Bridgehead).  Hope you can make it out – this is going to be a lot of fun!

Laura Kavanaugh – electronics
Ian Birse – electronics
Mark Molnar – cello
Bernard Stepien – saxophone and/or accordion

Adam Saikaley – keyboard
Faye MacCalman – woodwinds
Scott Warren – percussion/electronics
David Jackson – guitar
Linsey Wellman – saxophone

August 6 – IMOO #161: Raymond MacDonald and Guests


Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who plays in many collaborative free improvisatory contexts where his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard in his playing and writing. Working with musicians such as Evan Parker, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke, he is a founding member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and has released over 60 CDs (including many with Scottish guitarist George Burt) and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and has a long standing collaboration, Scarecrows and Lighthouses, with artist Martin Boyce and film maker David MacKenzie.  Much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. He is also Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.

 “MacDonald’s playing is absolutely stunning, in pitch, timbre, variation, and he also demonstrates his skills for circular breathing on the last two tracks. The interaction between these two stellar musicians grab the listener’s attention from the start until the very end : intensity, suprise, beauty and creative collisions” All about jazz

“Exhilarating music. It eliminates the boundaries not just between composition and improvisation but between cultures and idioms” Sydney Morning Herald
“These are radically differing soundscapes, all delivered with great emotional intensity and a strong sense of the importance of the moment. Risks have been taken, and the Sextet plunge and rise between Hades and Heaven, grinning madly all the time” Jazz Review
“mighty and glorious” Jazz Wise

August 2 – Special Event: Endless Landscape

Wednesday, 2 August – 7pm
La Fonderie (211 rue Montcalm, Gatineau)
Free admisson

Rory Magill – xylphone, percussion
Laura Kavanaugh – electronicsIan Birse – electronics
David Jackson – guitar, electronics
Linsey Wellman – saxophone

Join us as we interact with the installation project Endless Landscape (a collaboration of Axenéo7, DAÏMÔN, Galerie UQO and the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene).

Artists: Graeme Patterson, Samuel Roy-Bois, Noémie Lafrance, Alexandre David, Dominique Pétrin, Nadia Myre, Michel de Broin, and Cedric, Jim & Nathan Bomford
Endless Landscape is a major visual arts event in Gatineau’s historic La Fonderie building. Measuring over 58,000 square feet, La Fonderie is one of the few remaining vestiges of Gatineau’s industrial heritage and is an inspiring place for the creation and elaboration of in situ works and large-scale installations. To encourage a wide-range of proposals demonstrating the multifarious approaches to interventionist and in situ work, AXENÉO7 sought, from all regions of Canada, visual artists who have experience working in installation. These selected artists have produced new monumental works that bring artists, thinkers, and audiences together to reflect upon the intricate relationship Canadians and First Peoples maintain with the land.

Wednesday, June 28 – IMOO #160: SOTM/Instant Places/Broscoe . De Dionyso/Simon . Wellman


location: House of Common (11b Fairmont – the studio space outside the main building) – at one point the show was publicized as being at General assembly – not so!

Sound of the Mountain Ensemble with Instant Places and David Broscoe
Arrington de Dionyso / Pierre-Luc Simon
Linsey Wellman solo


Sound of the Mountain — Montréal

SOTM are touring Canada to release their first studio recording, Amplified Clarinet and Trumpet.

A duo featuring the hollowed-out sounds of Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen playing amplified trumpet and clarinet, Sound of the Mountain comes from a strong history of improvisation and extended performance techniques, offering their audience long-form deep listening experiences through the sculpting of vitalized breath. They play improvised music and composed material in the form of graphic scores created by the artists. Highlights of their work include concerts across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Singapore, Australia & Malaysia, including 2016 editions of Halifax’s Obey Convention and Pop Montreal, and a week long residency at Concordia University’s Matralab with the electro-acoustic duo Instant Places. In August SOTM head to Japan for a three-month residency before returning to Southeast Asia and Australia to tour.

Instant Places

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. Highlights from that period include projects for the Kassel Documentary Film Festival,
BACKUP festival (Weimar), LEM Festival (Barcelona), LOGOS Foundation (Belgium), and the Audio Art Festival
(Krakow). From 2003—2010 they realized Instant Places projects on location across Canada, Australia (2004),
Japan (2008), the United States (2008/2009), and South America (2009).

De Dionyso/Simon duo

Arrington De Dionyso (bass clarinet, saxophone, throat singing – Old Time Relijun, Malaikat Dan Singa) and Pierre-Luc Simon (drums – Technical Kidman) are teaming up for the canadian stretch of De Dionyso’s THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS tour!

They both met last summer and recorded what was released on Jeunesse Cosmique in August 2016.

Linsey Wellman

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. He is a member of 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.

Monday, May 22 – IMOO #159: In The Sea

, May 22 – 9pm
Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank Street)

Tristan Honsinger – cello, voice
Nicolas Caloia – double bass

Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he’s been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since.  So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict.  Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising.  Josh Zubot,and Nicolas Caloia don’t merely follow him there, but provoke him – and each other – in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent.  A superb encounter.

Tristan Honsinger – cello & voice is perhaps best known for his long running collaboration with Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey or the ICP orchestra. Born in Burlington, Vermont, USA, he studied classical cello at the New England Conservatory in Boston before moving to Montreal in 1969 to avoid the draft. Honsinger moved to Europe in 1974 and is active throughout the continent. Honsinger is someone who hasn’t lost his childhood fantasy entirely. His compositions are like a child’s drawing, or even more like a story from Winnie The Pooh: awkward and touchingly simple, yet full of deeper meanings for those who want to see them.

For the last twenty-five years Nicolas Caloia – double bass has worked at creating a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart. He has been a performer and organizer in Montreal since the early 1990s and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with musicians like Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger, the ICP Orchestra, Agusti Fernandez, Matana Roberts and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia


Sunday, May 7 – IMOO #158: Our first house concert!

We’ve been holding concerts at IMOO since 2010, and we’ve never had a house concert – until now that is!

IMOO regular Bradley Evans has graciously offered his place in Kanata (off the March Road Queensway exit) as the location.  If you would like to come, email us at:

houseconcert@improvisedmoo.com for directions

for those of you who are on the email list, we will be sending out an address and directions on Tuesday morning.  If you are not on the email list, consider joining (there’s a link on the homepage).

The show will feature:
Rory Magill – xylophone
David Broscoe – reeds
David Jackson – guitar
Linsey Wellman – reeds

Hope you can make it out!



Sunday, April 9 – IMOO #157: Bonnie Kane & Walter Wright

Bonnie Kane 
is a dedicated improvisor, Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics her work as avant-core, an extreme energy mix of psychedelic rock, hard core, and avant garde jazz.
She was influenced by an unusually early exposure to Sun Ra, studies with Sonny Simmons, Paul McCandless, Glenn Moore, Ralph Towner (Oregon), and Jon Raskin (Rova Saxophone Quartet). A stint in the original Club Foot Orchestra, whose members then included Snakefinger (The Residents) and Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart), introduced her to electronic processing for horns, and brief study at Mills College under Anthony Braxton solidified her direction.
Her bands have been known for “scalp shearing shows”, “feats of bravery”, and for music that is “… the algebra of heart, brain, and soul.” Her music is not for the timid.
Walter Wright
is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.”
Wright performs with several groups including LOS CONDENADOS, Egregoros, and ensemble inédit ?!. He plays a Bugbrand Board Weevil, contact mics by Crank Sturgeon, drums and percussion.
Bonnie and Walter will be joined by:
Emilie Mouchous – electronics
Grace Brooks – voice
Craig Pedersen – trumpet

Sunday, March 12 – IMOO #156: IMOO Orchestra!

Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Ouatouais (IMOO) graciously acknowledges the support of Ottawa 2017, the JUNO Host Committee, and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition

Rory Magill – xylophone
Scott Warren – percussion, electronics
David Broscoe – reeds, electronics
Jennifer Giles – accordion
Bernard Stepien – saxophone, accordion
Laura Kavanaugh – electronics
Ian Birse – electronics
David Jackson – guitar, electronics
Linsey Wellman – woodwinds

We’re excited for the chance to gather together some of the musicians who have been involved with IMOO over the years, and without whom this series couldn’t happen!  A large group improvisation, with visuals prepared by David Broscoe for the second set.

NOTE: House of Common is the studio space around the back of the main building at 11 Fairmont Avenue.  The path to the back can at times be icy, there is a small step to enter the building, and a step to get to the washrooms.

Sunday, March 5 – IMOO #155: Sound of the Mountain

Craig Pedersen – trumpet
Elizabeth Millar – clarinet

For the second set, they will be joined by:
David Broscoe – reeds, electronics

Sound of the Mountain
A duo featuring the hollowed-out sounds of amplified clarinet and trumpet, Sound of the Mountain comes from a strong history of improv and extended performance techniques, offering their audience long-form deep listening experiences through the sculpting of vitalized breath.