Saturday, February 21, 2015

Six years/Six pack: Jonathan Adjemian

MFS has turned six! My introductory thoughts on this landmark can be found here, but long story short: I asked some folks to pick some of their favourites to help me celebrate.

Today's list is from Jonathan Adjemian. Before I knew him personally, he was a mysteriously cool dude (he'd been in Jon-Rae and The River, fer goodness sake!) in a poncho that you'd see off to the side of the room at gigs, reading novels in French. Once I came to know him, I discovered he was truly a gentle man and a scholar. You can catch him these days under his own name or as Hoover Party, busily making drones (not drones).

Digging through the MFS archives is a treat. Here's music from three shows I was at, and three shows I missed but enjoy imagining that I was there. The process made me feel old, though — lots of what I got excited about dragging up from the archival depths (Fox the Boombox, the Silt, Deep Dark United, etc.) turn out to date from a pre-MFS Toronto. Part of why it's nice to have this "service" of Joe's — it keeps things from falling entirely into "you had to be there" land. Still — good luck imagining Allison's dance, or the crowd chez Polyrhythmo, or that old 2011 feeling. Thanks to Joe for the memories and to everybody for making and continuing to make music, for the love of it, for whoever shows up and however little it pays. Makes this a nicer place to be.

Isla Craig - Parcel of Rogues

Allison Peacock & Alia O'Brien - unknown

Andy Haas - [excerpt]

Cheryl Duvall & Ilana Waniuk - Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano [final movement]

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - unknown

Jason Doell & Germaine Liu - Wild Bengal Tigers [excerpt]

You can always click on the tags below to look for more stuff from these artists. Has there been a half-dozen songs posted here that made an impact on you? If you'd like to get in on the action and make a list, feel free to send me an email:

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