Sunday, 15 January – IMOO #152: Paul Newman (cd release)

paul-newman-heather-segger-rec2This will be the Ottawa release for Paul Newman’s new cd: Music for Solo Tenor Saxophone.

Paul Newman – tenor saxophone

Ottawa native Paul Newman is a saxophonist and composer. He was educated at St. Francis Xavier University, the Banff Centre and most recently York University, from which he graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree in composition. In addition to playing tenor saxophone in the Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet, he plays with the Starfires, the Woodchoppers and in duos with Brian Abbott, Karen Ng and Heather Saumer. He also has an ongoing solo project; his CD Music for Solo Tenor Saxophone will be released in January 2017. Paul Newman lives in Toronto with his cat, Mahalia.

For the second set, Paul will be joined by Rory Magill (xylophone) and David Jackson (guitar).

Sunday, 18 December – IMOO #151: A Very Ayler Christmas! with an opener by Rémy Bélanger de Beauport

disc front(300dpi)Bernard Stepien – saxophone, accordion
Jennifer Giles – accordion
David Jackson – guitar
Adam Saikaley – keyboard
David Broscoe – reeds
Linsey Wellman – reeds
Scott Warren – drums, electronics
and perhaps more…

Join orchestra chief Bernard Stepien as he leads his merry band of elves through a spirited mash-up of seasonal songs with our favourites from the immortal Albert Ayler!

Also: an opener by Rémy Bélanger de Beauport

Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, Cellist, 09.05.2016 @ Skulpturengiesserei, Berlin

Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, Cellist, 09.05.2016 @ Skulpturengiesserei, Berlin

Originally from Québec City, Rémy’s artistic practice as an experimental musician dates back to his teenage years. Influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nirvana, he publishes a first recording in 2003, with noise trio Soda Pop for a Déluge/Alterflow compilation. The same year, he releases an album as duo KL6 39E, on guitar, before switching over to the cello, starting the Fenaison trio with a first album on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2007.

Since then, he has been active in many long and short term projects: as a singer in Ensemble Partiel, he has performed in Stimmung, by Karlheinz Stockhausen; as a free-improv cellist, he has played in Le Veau / The Veal on Cuchabata Records (Faire l’amour aux banques, 2015) and is regularly invited to play one-off concerts. As the cellist in GGRIL (an improvisers’ orchestra based in Rimouski, Québec) he can be heard on Combines (Tour de bras, 2015) and has performed in France and Italy as part of a European tour in 2016. While living in Berlin in 2015-2016, he formed string trio THUYA with bass player Klaus Kürvers and violinist Gerhard Uebele (Live @ the CLUB, Creative Sources Recordings, 2016) and joined the Berlin Improvisers’ Orchestra. He has recently released a flexidisc Angenehmer Duft on Kohlenstoff Records and a solo album D’éclisses on Ambiances Magnétiques.

Originaire de la Ville de Québec, Rémy développe une pratique de la musique expérimentale dès l’adolescence. Influencé par les musiques de Karlheinz Stockhausen et de Nirvana, il publie pour la première fois en 2003 avec son trio bruitiste Soda Pop pour une compilation Déluge/Alterflow. Il enregistre également en 2003 à titre de guitariste du duo KL6 39E avant de se tourner vers le violoncelle et fonder le trio Fenaison, pour qui il enregistre sur étiquette Ambiances Magnétiques en 2007.

Depuis, il participe à plusieurs projets à durées variables : chanteur membre de l’Ensemble Partiel consacré à l’interprétation de la pièce Stimmung de Karlheinz Stockhausen, violoncelliste improvisateur au sein du trio Le Veau / The Veal sur étiquette Cuchabata records (Faire l’amour aux banques, 2015) et invité régulier lors de concerts ponctuels. Violoncelliste du GGRIL (Grand groupe régional d’improvisation libérée), il participe à l’enregistrement de Combines sur étiquette Tour de bras (2015) et à une tournée européenne en 2016 qui le mène en France et en Italie. Résidant à Berlin entre 2015 et 2016, il y fonde le trio THUYA avec le contrebassiste Klaus Kürvers et le violoniste Gerhard Uebele (Live @ the CLUB, Creative Sources Recordings, 2016) et joint le Berlin Improvisors’ Orchestra. Tout récemment, il produit un flexi disque, Angenehmer Duft, sur Kohlenstoff Records (2016) et un album solo, D’éclisses, sur Ambiances Magnétiques (2016).

Wednesday, November 23 – IMOO #149: PLANT (Éric Normand & Jim Denley)



Jim Denley – flute, alto saxophone
Éric Normand – bass, electronics

Normally a music group’s recorded output is a tip of an iceberg – most of the music played goes undocumented.

Eric Normand and Jim Denley first played together on the 25th of May 2010 in Rimourski, Quebec, a recording of the music that night became the CD ‘Transition De Phase’. The next time was also in Rimourski – once again at the Coop Paradis. A recording of that music will become the LP, ‘Plant’.

So far, all the music they have played together, (apart from a sound check), will become audio objects, this is an unusual situation, that says something about the world we live in now.

The two musicians live more than 10000 Km s apart separated by more than the Pacific, (their native tongues are different), but they are involved in a music practice that allows them to come together, without rehearsal and shared experience, to collectively create. This is true ‘world music’.

We’ve all heard the cliché that ‘music is a universal language’, but in the past musicians have had to learn each others systems – the sounds, scales, harmonies, rhythms and structures – to create cohesively together.

But Jim and Erics’ ‘world music’ is not about learning each others music systems and rehearsing to create co-ordinated expected outcomes – it is rather, about the acceptance and co-existence of the Other. There is no ‘compromise’ in this coming together, each musician is able to be himself, with local influences undiluted, but with enough shared methodology to work in parallel.

Jim Denley, one of Australia’s foremost improvisers of new music, was born in 1957 in the country town of Bulli in New South Wales, and grew up in Wollongong. Wind instruments and electronics are core elements of his musical output.

En général, la musique que publie un groupe ne représente qu’une petite partie de ce qu’il a joué – le reste n’est pas enregistré.

Éric Normand et Jim Denley ont joué ensemble pour la première fois, le 25 mai 2010, à Rimouski (Québec). Le contenu de cette soirée a donné naissance au disque compact « Transition de phase ». Toujours à Rimouski, en avril 2012, une deuxième rencontre à donné naissance au microsillon « Plant » .

À ce jour, tout ce qu’ils ont joué ensemble (à l’exception d’un test de son) s’est transformé en artéfacts sonores.

Ces deux musiciens vivent à plus de 10 000 km de distance. Un océan les sépare. Ils n’ont pas la même langue maternelle, mais ils partagent une pratique musicale qui leur permet de se réunir pour créer, sans répétitions, sans vécu commun. Voilà le vrai sens de l’expression « musique du monde ».

Nous avons tous entendu ce cliché qui dit que la musique est un langage universel mais, auparavant, les musiciens devaient se familiariser avec les codes de leurs confrères (sons, gammes, harmonies, rythmes, structures) avant de pouvoir créer ensemble quelque chose de cohérent.

Or, la « musique du monde » de Jim et d’Éric ne se fonde pas sur la découverte du système musical de l’autre où les répétitions permettent de coordonner la production d’un résultat attendu. Elle porte plutôt sur l’acceptation de l’Autre et la coexistence avec lui. Cette mise en commun n’entraîne aucun compromis : chacun des musiciens est en mesure d’être lui-même, de porter ses influences locales, avec une méthodologie commune leur permettant d’œuvrer en parallèle.

Sunday, December 4 – IMOO #150: Rallidae


Angela Morris – tenor saxophone, voice
Alex Samaras – voice
Dustin Carlson – electric guitar, voice
Scott Colberg – acoustic bass, voice

Rallidae is an intimate and unconventional vocal group founded by composer and saxophonist Angela Morris. Combining songs and improvisation, Rallidae inhabits the increasingly populated sonic space between avant-indie and avant-jazz. Their 2014 EP “Paper Birds” was praised as “combining strong melodies and narratives… a genuinely distinctive, and entertaining, combination of sounds and words. “Paper Birds” is an exceptional debut from an exciting and innovative new band.” (All About Jazz)

The mostly Brookyln-based group features guitarist Dustin Carlson, bassist Scott Colberg, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone and voice, and the Toronto-based vocalist Alex Samaras (Meredith Monk, Tanya Tagaq). This December they tour the east coast and Canada in support of their first full-length album “Turned, and Was.”

Sunday, November 13 – IMOO #148: This train makes no stops

miro-handbillJamie Gullikson and David Broscoe interpret the paintings of Joan Miró

Jamie Gullikson  percussion
David Broscoe  reeds, objects, electronics

Jamie Gullikson: Facilitator of the Ottawa gamelan ensemble Semara Winangun, drummer of stoner-psych power trio Uvula.  Past projects include rake, rakestar, generator, the Flaps, Christine Fagen and Greg Kelly.

David Broscoe: Currently a member of rakestar. Founding member of rake with Rory Magill and Jamie Gullikson. Past member of generator.  Studied with George Zukerman (bassoon) and Billy Robinson (saxophone). Has shared the stage with many inspiring musicians including Damo Suzuki, Victor Feldbrill, and Phil Minton.

The evening will also feature a set by Rory Magill & Linsey Wellman

Rory Magill – xylophone
Linsey Wellman – saxophone, bass clarinet

Rory Magill:   Loose-limbed Saturnian.  Founder and leader of the legendary Rakestar Arkestra.  Veteran of countless IMOO shows.

Linsey Wellman: Human being and woodwinds player.  Co-director and co-founder of IMOO.

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, October 10 – IMOO #147: Gerry Hemingway and Samuel Blaser


Gerry Hemingway has been making a living as a composer and performer of solo and ensemble music since 1974. He has led a number of quartet & quintets since the mid 80’s including his current quintet with Ellery Eskelin, Oscar Noriega, Terrence McManus and Kermit Driscoll as well collaborative groups with Mark Helias & Ray Anderson (BassDrumBone) celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2011, w/Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka on koto (Brew), Georg Graewe & Ernst Reijseger, recently celebrating its twentieth anniversary (GRH trio), WHO trio with Swiss pianist, Michel Wintsch and bassist, Baenz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, Terrence McManus and Jin Hi Kim. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral work including “Terrains”, a concerto for percussionist and orchestra commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. He also been involved in songwriting documented in the CD “Songs” produced by Between the Lines as well as his collaboration with John Cale. He is well known for his eleven years in the Anthony Braxton Quartet and more recently his duo with Anthony “Old Dogs (2007)” released on Mode/Avant. His many collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers include Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Moore and many others. His rich musical history, collaborations, performances and recordings are all amply documented on his extensive website: He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009.

At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem paradoxically, to rise above it all. Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines), Blaser has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from a straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to an innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties – one whose improvisational strength has received high praise from the media world over.

Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Blaser lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Berlin, where he currently resides. He began trombone lessons at the age of 9, and his early interests ranged from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz. He entered the local conservatory at 14 and graduated in 2002 after being awarded prizes in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.  Participation in the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and European Radio Big Band eventually led to a Fullbright Scholarship, facilitating studies in the United States at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. A year later, Samuel won the J.J. Johnson Prize in 2006.

In his relatively short career, Blaser has worked with Swiss percussion legend Pierre Favre, pianist Hal Galper, drummer John Hollenbeck, saxophonist Michael Blake and François Houle’s 5+1 group; he has worked closely with Grammy Award winning producer Robert Sadin and most recently with Billy Mintz.

2015 will see Blaser touring with two trios: one with guitarist Marc Ducret featuring Danish drummer Peter Bruun and the other with French pianist Benoit Delbecq and American drummer Gerry Hemingway. As of November, Blaser is back on the road with his original quartet to promote his new album Spring Rain (Whirlwind Recordings) an homage to Jimmy Giuffre, with Russ Lossing on piano, Drew Gress on bass and drummer Gerald Cleaver.


Sunday, July 3 – IMOO #144: Instant Places + Sound of the Mountain ENSEMBLE


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This will be our final show for the season before we take a break for the summer – hope to see you there, and keep an ear open for our fall programming!

***NOTE: Special location – House of Common (11b Fairmont – ’round back)***

Laura Kavanaugh – electronics, voice
Ian Birse – electronics, guitar
Elizabeth Millar – amplified clarinet
Craig Pedersen – amplified trumpet
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.

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.