Thursday, October 17, 2013

Recording: bAgg*fisH

Artist: bAgg*fisH

Song: [excerpt from an improvization]*

Recorded at Array Space ("Audiopollination 11.2"), October 17, 2013.

bAgg*fisH - excerpt from an improvization

Full review to follow. Somewhere There offshoot Audiopollination is a monthly improvising series bringing together musicians to play and inspire each other. I'd been meaning to check one of the nights out for a while now, and it was a fully-pleasing experience. Situated in the comfy Array Space (quickly becoming one of my favourite places to see a gig yet weirdly missing from all those "best venues in T.O." lists), the music is enhanced by the live-processed visual effects of SOAR (Adam Rosen and John Creson). This is another one of those series that could well use a few more bodies in the audience, and is recommended for a good night's boundary-pushing entertainment. (If you want to explore some more, the shows are generally recorded and shared on the website and the series' bandcamp page.)

The second half of a two-night stretch of playing host to visiting musicians, this night was organized to welcome bAgg*fisH, a duo of Austria's Michael Fischer (feedback saxophone) and Marcos Baggiani (percussion). They started off the night with some cultural exchanges, playing in a series of duos and trios with local improvisers Joe Sorbara, Ken Aldcroft, Rob Piilonen and Kyle Brenders. Then came this very tasty duo set, with Fischer playing his sax (mic stuffed down the opening and fed through some pedals) more like a guitar, tapping the sides and moving in relation to his amp to modulate the feedback squalls.

* I am presuming that this is an untitled improvization — please leave a comment and correct me if I'm wrong!


  1. Hello there!
    We are here with Mike Lynn listening to it.
    Looking forward to the full review.
    2 little notes: M. F. is the Austrian and the band name is not fiscH but only fisH... long story short, our 1st on line release came with that little spelling mistake (without the C) and since then we adopted like that.
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Ack! Nothing I like less than getting a name wrong. Thanks for the correction and my apologies.

      So much music to see, I'm running around getting to shows more than sitting down and writing about them, but some day there will be more words.

      And in the meantime, hope y'all make it back this way again!

  2. Hi,
    the set-up used for the feedback_saxophone in this case works without any pedals, only amps. Please find a brief description about bAgg*fisH at the following link, the CD release soon on CD-baby, thanks for conecting,