Monday, November 11, 2019

Concert Listings Roundup #327

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.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Harrison Argatoff's Valley Voice [Harrison Argatoff/Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin/Ian Wright] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-11 (Monday – early! PWYC!) [FB event]

David Occhipinti Quartet [David Occhipinti/Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin/Terry Clarke] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-11 (Monday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Ami Dang / Kat Estacio / Memory Pearl) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-11 (Monday) [FB event]

Brodie West Quintet [Tuesdays in November residency!] / The Rex 2019-11-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Ornate Presents (feat. Danielle Fernandes/Naomi McCarroll-Butler/Joe Sorbara/Alex Fournier) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-12 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Jazz and Otherwise Improvised Musics (feat. Coin Operated Duo [Ryan Kinney/Michael Lynn] [tape release!] / Future Proof [Bea Labikova/Raphael Roter/Yunjin Claire Lee]) / Wenona Lodge 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Robert Forster / The Drake Hotel 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Most Popular Mic Touching Sounds (formerly Cramzac) presents (feat. Rob & Job Scalsué [Simone Schmidt & Jeremy Costello] / Beet Tahini [Alex Lukashevsky/Evan Cartwright/Zach Bines/Edwin Sheard/Felicity Williams) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-12 (Tuesday)

Kasemets @100 (feat. New Music Concerts & Ensemble U) / Walter Hall 2019-11-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ways + Ashley Urquhart with Evan Cartwright / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-13 (Wednesday – early)

THE AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Bonecreak Ulysses / The Body In Question + Stuart Clark) / Handlebar 2019-11-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Madeleine Ertel/Reknee Harrett/Naomi McCarroll-Butler / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Dan Pitt/Andrew Downing / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-15 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Lake Affect [Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-16 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

Tomasz Krakowiak & Brian Abbott / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jazz United Jam / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2019-11-17 (Sunday)

Diane Roblin/Colin Fisher/Jeff Luciani / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-17 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Shotgun Jimmie (José Contreras) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Dan Pitt Trio [Dan Pitt/Alex Fournier/Stefan Hegerat] / The Rex 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. François Houle/James Meger/Joe Sorbara) / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

History Series: Celebrating Casey Sokol ["part improvised soiree/part interview with nibbles and drinks to set the tone"] / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2019-11-17 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

The Lady and the Tramp [Jim Lewis/Christine Duncan/Tom Fleming/Alex Fournier] / The Emmet Ray 2019-11-18 (Monday) [FB event]

PONY (Sad Baxter / Sundae / Laurie) / The Baby G 2019-11-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Riparian Acoustics/CMC Presents (feat. Chik White / Gayle Young) / Canadian Music Centre 2019-11-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Long Winter 8.1 (feat. R. Flex / Pretty Matty / Raf Reza / ZOE / Leucrocuta / Roach / Scorpio Rising / Quezal / Annacetaminophen / Relly / Aaron Dolman / Mingjia) / The Tranzac 2019-11-22 (Friday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Team Building (feat. Nick Dourado / Abigail Lapell / David Nardi / Hiroki Tanaka / Britt Elise /Louie Short) / Burdock Music Hall 2019-11-24 (Sunday – early show @ 6 p.m.!) [FB event]

Gladys Lazer [EP release!] (Deadbeat Beat / Motorists) / Handlebar 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Laura Swankey/David Riddel/Devin Patten/Nick Donovan / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Cares [Control Isn't Real album release!] (Escote / Tendencyitis) / 245 Lansdowne 2019-11-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nomad [Mike Bjella/Ted Crosby/Jake Wiens/Ben Dwyer/Kai Basanta] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-11-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Christine Bougie/Dafydd Hughes/Julia Hambleton/Andrew Downing [playing Pet Sounds in its entirety, instrumentally] / The Gladstone Hotel 2019-11-29 (Friday – early show! no cover charge!) [FB event]

FAWN Chamber Creative: Convergence Theory (feat. Doom Tickler / James O'Callaghan / Rose Bolton) / Victory Social Club 2019-11-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Laura Swankey/David Riddel/Devin Patten/Nick Donovan / The Emmet Ray 2019-12-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Memories of Time (feat. Ghostlight / Dark Bird) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-12-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Tang [release show!] (Steven Lambke / Holiday Pictures) / Handlebar 2019-12-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

Not the Wind, Not the Flag (Ryan A. Miller / Christine Duncan) / The Beguiling 2019-12-06 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Epic Holiday Party [Harbour solo album release featuring works of Anna Hostman] (feat. Cheryl Duvall) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2019-12-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Paul Linklater and friends / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2019-12-15 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Pop. 1280 (WHIMM) / Monarch Tavern 2019-12-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Class Of 2020 (feat. Burner / WLMRT / Luge / Dish Pit / Piper Maru) / Monarch Tavern 2020-01-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Recording: The Side Eye

Artist: The Side Eye

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

The Side Eye - [excerpt 1]

The Side Eye - [excerpt 2]

Celebrating a CD on the esteemed (and recently-defunct) Arachnidiscs label, this trio shared some clattering improvisations. Featuring Kayla Milmine on soprano sax and Mike Lynn on double bass, the piece of grit in the oyster here is percussionist MJ Wright, equally at home behind the kit as seated on the floor surrounded by an array of contact-mic'd percussive bricabrac, providing tinfoil rustles and little curls of feedback to frame the other instruments.

Recording: Liz Lima

Artist: Liz Lima

Song: Lyrebird Motel [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

Liz Lima - Lyrebird Motel [excerpt]

The superb Australian bird namechecked in this piece might not be as familiar to North Americans, but its noted skill in mimicry inspired Liz Lima to craft this electroacoustic composition with structured improvised elements for clarinet, voice, tapes and drones, here making its local debut.

Recording: Mira Martin-Gray

Artist: Mira Martin-Gray

Song: [last section]

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

Mira Martin-Gray - [last section]

After a hard day's work enslaving humanity, the foot soldiers in the robot army need to go out and dance, and this rhythmic outing from Martin-Gray sounded like just the thing. Featuring a disciplined wrangling from her no-input mixer feedback rig, there was a steady stomp to most of the segments in this set, blurring the boundaries of "noise" and "dance" musics.

You can check out a video of this full set, with ace live-processed visuals by Kelley Mitchell:

Recording: Stargoon

Artist: Stargoon

Song: Part 4

Recorded at Array Space, September 20, 2019.

Stargoon - Part 4

With The Side Eye celebrating a new Arachnidiscs album, they reached out to some labelmates in putting together a release show. Easy enough then to get Stargoon on board, seeing saxophonist Kayla Milmine is a member of both units. This Stargoon outing had a few less squawks with feedbackist Matthew Fava taking the night off, so your dogged documenter attempted to add some wrinkly textures in processing the sax sounds and deploying a drum synth pedal. As always, it's the rhythm section of Luca Capone and Jakob Rehlinger that really keep things simmering.

You can check out/download this full set over at Stargoon's bandcamp:

Images montaged from a video shot by Fahmid Nibesh.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Recording: NAIL

Artist: NAIL

Songs: [two selections]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Josh Cole Presents), September 18, 2019.

NAIL - [excerpt from first piece]

NAIL - [fourth piece]

This project is a cross-Atlantic union between a pair of pre-exisiting pairings, with Canada's Duo Mercury (Nicolas Caloia and Lori Freedman) joining the Dutch Duo Baars Henneman (Ab Baars and Ig Henneman). Winds from Baars (shakuhachi, clarinet) and Freedman (clarinet, bass clarinet) were grounded by Caloia's double bass and Henneman's viola in a shifting series of encounters, moving from squawk-squeal yelpbursts to low-end mutters.

Recording: Kind Mind

Artist: Kind Mind

Songs: [two selections]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Josh Cole Presents), September 18, 2019.

Kind Mind - [excerpt from first piece]

Kind Mind - [second piece]

This short set from Josh Cole (double bass), Karen Ng (alto sax), and Michael Davidson (vibes) saw them opening for visiting musicians NAIL, so it was a bit of a stripped-back affair. Not working from their book of compositions this time, their pieces still had a strong sense of cohesion, especially the latter selection here, which sounds like a ballad-y standard you can't quite remember the title of, the nostalgia gleefully undermined by Davidson jabbing the stick-ends of his mallets into his instrument's spinning fans.

[Kind Mind will be back at The Tranzac on Wednesday, November 20th.]

Friday, November 8, 2019

Recording: 3M

Artist: 3M

Songs: [duo and trio excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 18, 2019.

Mira Martin-Gray & Mark Zurawinski - [excerpt]

Mira Martin-Gray & Michael Lynn - [excerpt]

Mark Zurawinski & Michael Lynn - [excerpt]

3M - [excerpt from first piece]

3M - [excerpt from second piece]

Although the members of this group (consisting of Michael Lynn on double bass, Mira Martin-Gray on no-input mixer and Mark Zurawinski on percussion) have all performed together before in various capacities, they formally launched their trio with a recording session of duo encounters. Their tape features explorations between Martin-Gray and Zurawinski on one side and Martin-Gray and Lynn on the flip, so this release celebration began by replicating those scenarios. From there, it moved to include the third point of duo triangulation (between Zurawinski and Lynn) before featuring the whole trio together.

The overall effect, both in twos and threes, is a sort of quiet noise, more interested in the tactility of possibly-abrasive textures than in deploying them at aggressive volumes. The three instruments also work to slip into each other's zones, with the body of the bass providing percussion, the surfaces of the drums creating scratchy, bumping hums and the no-input mixer pivoting from reconstituted bow-drones to snare-splatters.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Recording: Liu/Martin-Gray/Ng

Artist: Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng

Songs: [first piece, in three parts]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Music Hosted by Karen Ng), September 17, 2019.

Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng - [first piece, part 1]

Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng - [first piece, part 2]

Germaine Liu/Mira Martin-Gray/Karen Ng - [first piece, part 3]

An enticing mix in this set, with Karen Ng (on alto) joined by Germaine Liu (percussion) and Mira Martin-Gray (no-input mixer). The latter fit into the soundfield in several interesting ways, adding a substratum of rumbles as well as punching through the high end with occasional squeals. After wrapping things up working behind the scenes at the Guelph Jazz Festival, Ng was clearly in the mood to play and things hit the ground running at the outset here, a punkrock gallop where Liu's occasional sing-shouting fit right in — but equally intriguing is the extended coda that shifts to quieter textures. A delightful surprise, this trio absolutely needs to be called back into existence for further explorations — there were enough cool sounds that this is worth excerpting for a longer-than-usual sample.

[Karen Ng will be at The Tranzac on Sunday night (November 10th) in a trio with Ted Crosby and Daniel Pencer. You can expect Karen Ng to be presenting more music at Wenona on Tuesday, November 19th.]

Recording: Trevor Turple

Artist: Trevor Turple

Song: [first piece, edited excerpt]

Recorded at Wenona Lodge (Music Hosted by Karen Ng), September 17, 2019.

Trevor Turple - [first piece, edited excerpt]

When I had previously seen Trevor Turple playing solo guitar, it involved bird samples and Chenaux-esque bends; this set, on the other hand, just used an acoustic guitar and an OCD pedal — "Devil guitar", in Turple's words. At first riding out small feedback swells before exploring more delicately-picked terrain, Turple headed down some dusty backroads as his unclipped string-ends quivered from their pegs like inquisitive insect antennae.

[You can expect Karen Ng to be presenting more music at Wenona on Tuesday, November 19th.]

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Recording: Zurawinski/Lynn/Gunduz/Liu

Artist: Mark Zurawinski/Michael Lynn/Esin Gunduz/Germaine Liu

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

Mark Zurawinski/Michael Lynn/Esin Gunduz/Germaine Liu - [second piece]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. This closing set came together at the last minute but still managed to wrap up the evening on a satisfactory note. Mark Zurawinski and Michael Lynn were often in a similar zone, bowing, thumping and scraping their instruments in equal proportions while perhaps the most noteworthy element here is a rare public outing from Germaine Liu on piano.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Recording: Bailey/Kinney/Fernandes

Artist: James Bailey/Ryan Kinney/Danielle Fernandes

Song: [second piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

James Bailey/Ryan Kinney/Danielle Fernandes - [second piece]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. James Bailey's found sound percussion may be the most surprising and delighting endeavour amongst his several musical pathways. Broken cymbals and rototom frames spinning on overturned pizza trays created a backdrop for Ryan Kinney's acoustic guitar deconstructions, often percussive in their own right, and gave a context for Danielle Fernandes' sax manipulations.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Recording: Whittaker/Gunduz/Palumbo

Artist: Curtis Whittaker/Esin Gunduz/Michael Palumbo

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

Curtis Whittaker/Esin Gunduz/Michael Palumbo - [edited excerpt]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. Esin Gunduz's vocalisations danced around Curtis Whittaker's percussion in this set, while Michael Palumbo (exhibiting his prize-winning gourd) added background textures from his modular synth, some triggered by Whittaker's kickdrum.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Recording: Campbell/Wright/Corbett

Artist: Rod Campbell/MJ Wright/Aaron Corbett

Song: [first piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 75), September 14, 2019.

Rod Campbell/MJ Wright/Aaron Corbett - [first piece]

It is sometimes quite astounding how well Audiopollination's "self-curated" nights can work, creating beautiful sounds that cohere not just within a set, but over the course of a whole night. This opening combination of Rod Campbell's trumpet, MJ Wright's junkshop percussion and Aaron Corbett's modular synths were nicely simpatico right from the start, breaths and blips moving from burbling textures to excited crescendos.

You can watch video documentation of this set over at Audiopollination's youtube page:

[Audiopollination will be back at Array Space on Saturday (November 9th) for another self-curated night featuring Paul Newman & Ashley Urquhart, Twin Mask/Jeff Luciani/Rebecca Gray, Bob Vespaziani/Arnd Jurgensen/Elizabeth Lima, and MKL32 & Lidija Bozica.]

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Recording: Dany Laj And The Looks

Artist: Dany Laj And The Looks

Songs: Annie + Small Town Miner

Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, September 6, 2019.

Dany Laj And The Looks - Annie

Dany Laj And The Looks - Small Town Miner

Celebrating their ace new platter Everything New is New Again, Dany Laj and Jeanette Dowling enlisted some local friends to present a special expanded lineup of their group. With Mike Duffield filling the rotating drummer's seat for a couple legs of this tour, it made sense to pull in his Beams partner Anna Mernieks to add some extra guitar, as well as her Ace of Wands bandmate Lee Rose on violin and keybs. That served to beef up the Rockpile/Rumour vibes in this set, giving Laj a fuller, more soulful palette for his articulate working class anthems (Laj's Kirkland Lake upbringing is directly referenced in the set-closing "Small Town Miner"). Filled with amiable swagger, the band blasted through a series of older tunes before presenting the new tracks with power-pop precision. Joyful and self-affirming, the whole thing was delivered with the sly grin of a road-warrior crew revelling in their craft.