Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Recording: Dun-Dun Band

Artist: Dun-Dun Band

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Day 2), September 1, 2018.

Dun-Dun Band - unknown

Another interesting day in Yonge-Dundas Square for Intersection, once again excellently curated by Burn Down the Capital's Tad Michalak. Mixing in some abrasive sounds with lots of accessible experimentation, there was a pleasing range of mostly-local talent spread out through the square, animated between sets by the whispersounds of Tina Pearson's installation piece. An outdoor festival is an ideal place to bust out some bigglyup1 grooves, and Michalak obliged by programming two different sets over the course of the day. Featuring three saxophonists up front to entrance passers-by, creator and band leader Craig Dunsmuir was tucked off to the side, turned around from the crowd to stay in eye contact with bassist Josh Cole and the percussion section. Meanwhile, it was interesting to note that the group's overlapping polyrhythmic fragments have been formalized in a "book" (beautifully-designed by Mike Smith) so here's hoping there will be cause for the musicians to break it out again soon.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

1 Local scholar Kurt Newman was moved to ask, after this event, what the proper name was for "the unique instrumental groove based but experimental large group music that happens in Toronto with a lot of musicians in common", and he was informed by percussionist (and frequent participant in this phenomenon) Blake Howard that "bigglyup" is, indeed, the proper term.

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