Monday, October 20, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #67

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Wavelength 623 (feat. Ben Frost / Nick Storring) / The Garrison 2014-10-24 (Friday) [FB event]

Some Wavelength shows are raucous parties and some are island reveries, but this one is a more composerly affair, highlighting the cutting edge of the intersection between the "indie" and "new music" worlds. Australia-via-Iceland composer Ben Frost's music has minimalist/experimental cred, but isn't far removed from some of the icier, austere corners of the rock/electronics realms — plus I'm told it's gonna be loud. Meanwhile, in a fine pairing, Nick Storring (also well known for his work in the improvised and pop realms) is releasing his long-gestating (and very tasty) Gardens album as well.


This week's noteworthy shows:

AIM Toronto Presents (feat. Andy Yue / Mark Zurawinski / Raphael Weinroth-Browne) / Musideum 2014-10-21 (Tuesday)

Beams (Pistol George Warren / Patrick Grant & The Flesh Vignettes) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-10-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

(weewerk)'s 13th Anniversary Party (feat. Art Bergmann [Songs For The Underclass EP release] / Tony Dekker / Two-Minute Miracles) / The Great Hall 2014-10-24 (Friday) [FB event]

Antoine93 (Mathematique / Ken Park) / Double Double Land 2014-10-24 (Friday) [FB event]

See Through Trio [Parallel Lights CD Release Party] (Paul Newman / See Through 5) / Array Space 2014-10-25 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Reigning Sound (catl. / Pow Wows) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-10-25 (Saturday) [more info]

Stüka (New Zebra Kid / Bile Sister) / Milk Glass Co. 2014-10-25 (Saturday) [FB event]

Poppy Seed & the Love Explosion (The Disraelis / Blue Cougars) / Bovine Sex Club 2014-10-25 (Saturday)

Parker Abbott Trio [Simeon Abbott/Teri Parker/Mark Segger – The Wayfinders CD release] / The Rex 2014-10-26 (Sunday) [FB event]

Work/Death (Gordon Ashworth / Manticore / Beard Closet) / Ratio 2014-10-26 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Birth of Troubling Forms [performing a live, improvised soundtrack to Nosferatu] / CineCycle 2014-10-26 (Sunday) [FB event]

King Weather / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-26 (Sunday)


Add these to your calendar:

TPC Impulse: the 2014 FUN-raiser for the Toy Piano Composers (feat. CelloPhone duo / members of TorQ Percussion Quartet) / Dave's 2014-10-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano Four / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-28 (Tuesday)

Titanium Riot (Lina Allemano New York Trio) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-29 (Wednesday – early!)

Os Tropies [CreEPy Release and Halloween Party!] (Petra Glynt / Dead Burlesque by Sly Maria / Spoken word poetry by Angelica Né) / The Gladstone Hotel 2014-10-29 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Wavelength 626 (feat. Kurt Marble [first show!] / Suno Deko / Julie Byrne) / Milk Glass 2014-11-02 (Sunday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 42 (feat. Teenanger / The Soupcans / Hooded Fang / Rotzig) / Jam Factory 2014-11-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Building Home, Building Safety, Building Sovereignty – Legal Defense Fundraiser for Darlene Necan ("an evening of speakers, dinner and music with Amai Kuda and Simone Schmidt and MC Rebeka Tabobondung") / Native Canadian Centre of Toronto 2014-11-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

4th Annual Big Smoke Fest (feat. Dilly Dally / Blonde Elvis / Dirty Church / New Hands) / The Garrison 2014-11-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Khôra (GREX / Clara Engel) / Ratio 2014-11-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

KASHKA [Bound Anniversary Party with two full band sets – one acoustic, one electropop] / The Drake Underground 2014-11-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet (Knurl / Advice [Jonathan Adjemian with Colin Fisher/Karen Ng/Matt Smith/Chris Worden]) / Double Double Land 2014-11-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

Sarah Peebles [Delicate Paths CD release!] (feat. Sarah Peebles/Nilan Perera/Kyle Brenders / Christoper Willes/Anne Bourne/Germaine Liu) / Ratio 2014-11-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Elephant Stone (The Blind Shake / The Auras / B-17) / Smiling Buddha 2014-11-21 (Friday) [FB event]

Spencer Burton / Rivoli 2014-11-27 (Thursday) [more info]

Aidan Baker (The Visit / Moonwood) / Ratio 2014-12-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Viet Cong / The Garrison 2015-01-31 (Saturday) [FB event]


Bandcamp corner:

Tania Gill (piano), Karen Ng (saxophone), and Pete Johnston (bass) combine for playful/thoughtful improvisations in See Through Trio. Playing without a drummer, they're not tied down by metronomical thinking but there's still enough of a rhythmical impulse to keep things from getting too abstract. They're celebrating their new album on Saturday at Array Space (see listing above) — but you can also check it out now online.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Recording: The October Trio

Artist: The October Trio

Song: [excerpt from first set]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 10, 2014.

The October Trio - [excerpt from first set]

Full review to follow. Time pulls us along our various paths, which sometimes means being pulled away from old friends. The October Trio dates back to 2004 when Evan Arntzen (sax, clarinet), Josh Cole (bass) and Dan Gaucher (percussion) established themselves as regulars in Vancouver's jazz scene. Over time, various movings from/back to Vancouver kept the band from being a working unit, but they still renew their friendship and musical headspace when they find themselves in the same city. Billed as a tenth anniversary spectacular, the band played three nights in a row in Toronto in three different venues, wrapping things up at The Tranzac. There was an easy interplay here that kept things moving nicely across two sets, a testament to the enduring power of old friendships.

[Bonus! I passed my recording along to the band, and they have posted their entire second set up on their Soundcloud for you to enjoy.]

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Contest: X Avant

X Avant IX: Transculturalism

October 16-19, 2014

Kicking their season into full gear, the Music Gallery's X Avant festival is always a special occasion. This year sees it a little more compressed into one weekend, which makes for an action-packed few days. This year's theme is "Transculturalism", putting into play Artistic Director David Dacks' masterplan to explode the narrow confines of genre, of ethno-cultural barriers and more. That's explored in a musical sweep which mixes Laraaji's New Age electric zither, Ed Hanley's tabla grooves, The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner's tribute to an under-heralded contemporary composer, DJ Ushka's global bass music and Lido Pimienta's anticolonial celebrations.

All the concerts and side events are worth seeing — especially with a $40 festival pass on offer. And do note that the afternoons see a couple intriguing panel discussions that you can check out for gratis.

TICKETS + MORE INFO

You can check out the details of all the festival's events here, and if you hadn't noticed, the MG has a user-friendly/wallet-freindly online ticketing system that makes it easy to book shows in advance. Advance tickets are also available at Soundscapes, and as always, Music Gallery members get a sweet discount.

CONTEST

But if that weren't enough, complements of the Music Gallery, I have a festival pass to give away so you can overload on the festival.

To enter, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body — or if it's easier, you can enter with a retweet on twitter or a "like" on facebook. I'll randomly draw a winner on Thursday, October 16th at noon.

N.B.: Hitting the "Like" button below is appreciated — and encouraged! — but does not constitute contest entry, given that I have no way of knowing who pressed it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #66

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gigs of the week:

X Avant IX (feat. Laraaji with Scott Peterson, Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia / Diely Mori Tounkara) / The Music Gallery 2014-10-16 (Thursday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. Drums and Drones / Phrase Velocity) / The Music Gallery 2014-10-17 (Friday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. Lido Pimienta / Ramzi) / The Music Gallery 2014-10-19 (Sunday) [FB event]

Kicking their season into full gear, the Music Gallery's X Avant festival is always a special occasion. This year sees it a little more compressed into one weekend, which makes for an action-packed few days. All the concerts and side events are worth seeing (especially with the $40 festival pass on offer), but if you have to narrow it down, these three are the ones I'm looking forward to the most. (P.S. enter to win an X Avant festival pass here!)


This week's noteworthy shows:

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-14 (Tuesday – early!)

The Warbler, Catie Staples & L-CON / Holy Oak Café 2014-10-14 (Tuesday) [more info]

Audiopollination #23 (feat. Diane Roblin/Jonathan Culp/Raphael Weinroth-Browne / cheryl o/Barry Prophet/Arnd Jurgensen / Adriana Monti/{AN} EeL / Kayla Milmine/bora x bora ) / Array Space 2014-10-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

OJ Pimpson (Tonkapuma) / Fountain 2014-10-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Aldcroft/Ng/Gennaro (Rob's Collision) / The Imperial Pub 2014-10-15 (Wednesday)

Gianna Lauren (EON [Matt Cully solo]) / Holy Oak Café 2014-10-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Bizzarh (Beach Season / DCF / Niko Chan) / Smiling Buddha 2014-10-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Arnd Jurgensen with special guests / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-15 (Wednesday)

Esprit Orchestra: Polaris / Koerner Hall 2014-10-16 (Thursday) [more info]

White Fence (Buzzard King / MIMICO) / The Garrison 2014-10-16 (Thursday) [FB event]

Dust: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-17 (Friday – early!)

Ronley Teper / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-17 (Friday)

Chandra with Bile Sister (Sexy Merlin / New Chance) / Double Double Land 2014-10-17 (Friday) [FB event]

Dilly Dally [7" Release Show!] (Army Girls / Wish / Bad Channels) / S.H.I.B.G.B.'s 2014-10-17 (Friday) [FB event]

Heavy Trash (Bloodshot Bill) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2014-10-17 (Friday) [more info]

The Big Sound / The Mod Club 2014-10-17 (Friday) [FB event]

X Avant IX: Jace Clayton's Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner / The Music Gallery 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

X Avant IX (feat. DJ Ushka / Poirier) / Mojo Lounge 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Allison Cameron [lecture on the Arctic Circle, followed by performance with video] / Array Space 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [more info]

We Were Heads (Several Futures / Holzkopf / Arma Agharta / Alpha Strategy) / Handlebar 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Shivas (Meanwood / B-17) / Smiling Buddha 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Lee Paradise (Marriage / Creep Highway) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Dog Gone Presents (feat. Secret Colors / The Auras / Sunshine & The Blue Moon) / Magpie Taproom 2014-10-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Alaniaris / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-10-19 (Sunday – matinée! 3-5 p.m.)


Add these to your calendar:

See Through Trio [Parallel Lights CD Release Party] (Paul Newman / See Through 5) / Array Space 2014-10-25 (Saturday) [FB event]

Mystic Triangle [Tape Release!] (Blunt Chunks / Sean Paul [Sexy Merlin & Elrichman]) / Holy Oak Café 2014-10-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Blü Print: An Arachnidiscs Showcase (feat. Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro / Holiday Rambler / Beard Closet / The Unquiet Grave) / Smiling Buddha 2014-11-04 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ice Cream (Lee Paradise / Secret Sign) / Smiling Buddha 2014-11-05 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Wavelength 627 (feat. Petra Glynt / Jooj [Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz] / Maica Mia / Animalia) / Geary Lane 2014-11-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

Dirty Frigs [EP Release!] (Praises / Bile Sister / Sissy Boy) / S.H.I.B.G.B.'s 2014-11-14 (Friday) [FB event]

HSY (Crosss / New Fries / Boyhood) / Smiling Buddha 2014-11-28 (Friday) [FB event]

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Recording: Phookie Nijjit + Nodoubt Fersure

Artist: Phookie Nijjit + Nodoubt Fersure

Song: [excerpt from second piece]

Recorded at Array Space ("Audiopollination #22.1"), September 9, 2014.

Phookie Nijjit + Nodoubt Fersure - [excerpt from second piece]

Full review to follow. Local "improvised bonanza" Audiopollination likes to mix and match musicians who have never played together, an idea that might have found its apotheosis in its "self-curation" project, where musicians program themselves into new, recombinant performance units. These performers who closed out the night chose to present themselves pseudonymously. When pressed on the reasons why, one of them (who seemed to be making some sort of Electric Sense) held up a mangled trombone that looked like a train had run over it and said, "you'd have to be a phookie nijjit to play this thing." Backed by some spindly-skronk guitar, it sounded a bit like a junkyard In a Silent Way as performed by a moose call.

[As always, you can listen to the whole night over at Audiopollination's bandcamp. The next Audiopollination, another night of self-curation, takes place Tuesday (October 14th) at Array Space.]

Recording: Shahriyar Jamshidi + Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Artist: Shahriyar Jamshidi + Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at Array Space ("Audiopollination #22.1"), September 9, 2014.

Shahriyar Jamshidi + Raphael Weinroth-Browne - [excerpt from first piece]

Full review to follow. Local "improvised bonanza" Audiopollination likes to mix and match musicians who have never played together, an idea that might have found its apotheosis in its "self-curation" project, where musicians program themselves into new, recombinant performance units. Joining together on cello and kamanche (an Iranian bowed spike fiddle), Jamshidi and Raphael Weinroth-Browne spun out a wonderful performance, negotiating the meshing of scales and timbres on the fly — all the more surprising on hearing them explain afterwards that they had only played together once before in a practice setting. Totally entrancing and a wonderfully unexpected delight.

[As always, you can listen to the whole night over at Audiopollination's bandcamp. The next Audiopollination, another night of self-curation, takes place Tuesday (October 14th) at Array Space.]

Recording: Paul Newman, Aldwyn Hogg Jr., Peter Lutek

Artist: Paul Newman / Aldwyn Hogg Jr. / Peter Lutek

Song: [end of second piece]

Recorded at Array Space ("Audiopollination #22.1"), September 9, 2014.

Paul Newman, Aldwyn Hogg Jr., Peter Lutek - [end of second piece]

Full review to follow. Local "improvised bonanza" Audiopollination likes to mix and match musicians who have never played together, an idea that might have found its apotheosis in its "self-curation" project, where musicians program themselves into new, recombinant performance units. The night opened with veteran reedsman Newman and Lutek matched with pianist Aldwyn Hogg Jr., who began the set a bit tentatively but was soon generating some back-and-forth that sounded as informed by contemporary classical music as any school of improvisation you'd think of.

[As always, you can listen to the whole night over at Audiopollination's bandcamp. The next Audiopollination, another night of self-curation, takes place Tuesday (October 14th) at Array Space.]

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Recording: catl

Artist: catl

Song: Resistance Place

Recorded at Artscape Gibraltar Point (WL 614: "Wavelength Island Show"), September 7, 2014.

catl - Resistance Place

Surprise guests catl closed out the night (returning to the lawn they had graced a few summers before) bringing Wavelength's Island party to a close. Before sending the crowd home with the lullaby "Awake All Night", there were some raucous bursts like this one in a joyful end-of-summer celebration.

Recording: Weaves

Artist: Weaves

Song: Birds and Bees

Recorded at Artscape Gibraltar Point (WL 614: "Wavelength Island Show"), September 7, 2014.

Weaves - Birds and Bees

A fine day out on the island brought one last burst of that summer feelin' — and a reminder of times gone by. There was the formal announcement that Wavelength would be returning to the island for a full-fledged festival next summer, but the here-and-now was well-served by the bands on hand. Weaves was a definite highlight of the day, clicking on all cylinders performance-wise and sounding particularly on their game — and the newer tunes like this one are really integrated into the set by now. (A special nod should also be given to sound tech Dwayne Slack, who made AGP's backyard sound better than most clubs.)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Recording: Contact with Evan Ziporyn

Artist: Contact with Evan Ziporyn

Song: Music in Similar Motion [excerpt] [composer: Philip Glass]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (INTERsection 2014), September 6, 2014.

Contact with Evan Ziporyn - Music in Similar Motion [excerpt]

Read a few thoughts about the day as a whole here. Bang on a Can All-stars founder Evan Ziporyn's headlining status at this daylong festival was somewhat undersold, but he's a natural fit with the minimalism-loving crew who helped put the day together. After a few solo pieces from Ziporyn, this open score (not written for any specific group of instruments) from 1969 was an apt way to close out the day with the Contact ensemble. Perhaps typical of this sort of music with its extended minimal variations, I went from intrigued to mildly bored before really hitting the zone where I was grokking the repetitions. Settle in and wait for it.

Recording: Haphazard Hinges Ensemble

Artist: Haphazard Hinges Ensemble

Song: Haphazard Hinges [excerpt] [composer: Kyle Brenders]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (INTERsection 2014), September 6, 2014.

Haphazard Hinges Ensemble - Haphazard Hinges [excerpt]

Read a few thoughts about the day as a whole here. A keen-eyed observer might have seen an unusual number of saxophone-toting figures streaming into the Square in the leadup to this set, when suddenly there were no fewer than eighteen of 'em on stage. Under the leadership of Kyle Brenders, they explored a variety of sounds such an agglomeration could generate, from undulating waves to warped velocity to extended clacks'n'blats. Far more than the sax-a-plenty novelty this could have been, this turned out to be the day's highlight.

Recording: junctQín keyboard collective

Artist: junctQín keyboard collective

Song: qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq [composer: Tristan Perich]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (INTERsection 2014), September 6, 2014.

junctQín keyboard collective - qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq

Read a few thoughts about the day as a whole here. Composer Tristan Perich is interested in 1-bit electronics, which he describes as "music that never has more than one bit of information being played at any given time". This has perhaps most famously manifested in his "1-bit Symphony", an electronic composition housed in a CD jewel case. This composition for electronics and three toy pianos came from the same blippy source, filling the square with tinkling toy piano clinks and electronic blurps. (And if that weren't enough, the group followed that with the non-standard mix of melodicas and air mattress pumps.)

Recording: Luca Capone & Matthew Fava

Artist: Luca Capone & Matthew Fava

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (INTERsection 2014), September 6, 2014.

Luca Capone & Matthew Fava - [excerpt]

Read a few thoughts about the day as a whole here. INTERsection tends to cast a wide net in bringing different kinds of "new" music, but it's always pleasing to see the noisier tendrils being represented alongside the more staid styles. Bridging these gaps, Matt Fava keeps his feet planted in some different musical milieux, not only working to support the New Music scene from behind the scenes, but also keeping up the bottom end is local psych-droners Moonwood. "Playing" the unplugged end of a guitar cable running through some pedals, he was backed by his Moonwood bandmate, radio personality Luca Capone on drums. Fava's blanket read "psychic surf", and that's as amusingly inaccurate as any other description you might come up with for this jam. [Next year: more noise on the big stage, please!]

Recording: Thin Edge Music Collective

Artist: Thin Edge Music Collective

Song: Coming Together [excerpt] [composer: Frederic Rzewski]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (INTERsection 2014), September 6, 2014.

Thin Edge Music Collective - Coming Together [excerpt]

Read a few thoughts about the day as a whole here. After a tasty rip through John Cage's Credo In Us, Thin Edge pivoted to present Frederic Rzewski's piece, based on a text by American activist Sam Melville recounting his experiences as a prisoner in the notorious Attica prison, powerfully evoked by Olaf Szester's narration. The musical and textural repetition here hints at the numbing, rage-inducing monotony of prison life. "Deliberate — sometimes even calculating ... feeling for the inevitable direction of my life."

Recording: Spectrum

Artist: Spectrum

Song: Pure Imagination [composer: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (INTERsection 2014), September 6, 2014.

Spectrum - Pure Imagination

Read a few thoughts about the day as a whole here. A lot of New Music presentations are "one and done", so it was nice to see Spectrum get a chance to remount some of the music from a couple of its recent themed presentations. Reopening its Atlas of Imaginary Places, the ensemble took a few journeys to fantastic realms, introduced by this new arrangement of a Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory classic, animated by the wonderful voices of Alex Samaras and Felicity Williams.