Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Recording: c_RL

Artist: c_RL

Songs: [excerpt from set 1, 1st piece] + [edited excerpt from set 2, 2nd piece]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 19, 2018.

c_RL - [excerpt from set 1, 1st piece]

c_RL - [edited excerpt from set 2, 2nd piece]

Just a l'il potato chip party to celebrate the transition of this group from being a "Toronto trio" to a "Canadian trio" with trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud preparing to decamp to the East Coast. The always-casual Southern Cross vibes (with the occasional repeated instruction from a hypnotist bleeding through from the Main Hall) revealed a band that's really on top of their game, telepathy-wise.

With Germaine Liu off to one side, dressed in white behind her drumkit and Allison Cameron and Rampersaud clad in black (and with no shortage of strange devices strewn aboot them) it looked like some Spy vs. Spy schemes were about to unfold. "You're upside down... you're upside down," the hypnotist intones as the music falls suddenly quiet, right before the ringing chimes of metal bells and bowls and the toy accordion seep back up.

[Canadian trio c_RL will take the stage as part of an Allison Cameron mini-festival taking place at Array Space on November 23rd and 24th. The first night will feature "a major new work by Cameron commissioned by Array, written for our ensemble combined with... Germaine Liu and Nicole Rampersaud" while the second night will have some AC solo and c_RL trio action.]

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