Artist: Allison Cameron with Heraclitus Akimbo
Song: Pass Around The Happy Apple
Recorded at The Canadian Music Centre (Bridging Worlds), October 6, 2016.
A cool late-afternoon gathering at stately Chalmers House, home of the Canadian Music Centre. The joint has a somewhat stodgy rep in some of the circles I travel, so it's nice to see them willing to shake things up a little and engage with some weirder sounds. This was the season launch for a series of concerts curated by Music In The Barns' Carol Gimbel — and a re-appearance by Kristel Jax (who spoke with Norma Beecroft last year) in her capacity as interviewer. This time out, she was in conversation with Allison Cameron, and the pair spoke about her career as a composer and its relationship to her work as an improviser. Following that came a brief joint set with obscure ambient noodler Heraclitus Akimbo, attempting to match his keyboard loops, cassettes and Buddha Machines with Cameron's banjo, vintage crackle synth and Happy Apple (which was, indeed, passed around the crowd).
You can also check out a "remix" of the performance over on soundcloud:
[The "CMC Presents" series — all curated by Carol Gimbel — continues with three more gigs at the CMC as well as a very cool-looking season-closer next May at The Drake.]
Photo by Kristel Jax.