Sunday, October 14, 2018

Recording: Suzanne Ciani

Artist: Suzanne Ciani

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at The Revue Cinema (Intersection (Night 1)/The Music Gallery's Departures Series, August 31, 2018).

Suzanne Ciani - [edited excerpt]

This year's Intersection Festival started with a genuine happening, with this presentation of modular synth legend Suzanne Ciani. The night began with a screening of A Life In Waves, the recent documentary tracking her several careers (electronics sound pioneer for TV commercials, leading New Age musician) and re-discovery as a sonic forerunner whose early work is only truly being appreciated now. That, plus a Q + A session hosted by Katie Jensen, gave the audience a sense of Ciani's engaging personality before she played a live set for Buchla synthesizer in quadraphonic sound, which was grounded by inspiration from birds, winds and waves of all kinds.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Recording: Cole/Cole/Rampersaud/Fisher

Artist: Spencer Cole/Josh Cole/Nicole Rampersaud/Colin Fisher

Songs: [three excerpts]

Recorded at Café Pamenar, August 28, 2018.

Spencer Cole/Josh Cole/Nicole Rampersaud/Colin Fisher - [set 1, 1st piece excerpt]

Spencer Cole/Josh Cole/Nicole Rampersaud/Colin Fisher - [set 1, 2nd piece excerpt]

Spencer Cole/Josh Cole/Nicole Rampersaud/Colin Fisher - [set 2, 1st piece excerpt]

Outside, it was like soup — a day that wasn't so extremely hot as overpoweringly humid. Late into evening it still felt super sticky-clammy outside, the barest hint of a breeze only making the night feel hotter. Out on the patio, this quartet conveyed all of that musically, with some sultry improvised fusion jams featuring bursts of excitement overtaken by dreamy languidity. Essentially an expended version of a trio that I'd seen the month before at The Tranzac, but adding a fourth corner and some damp, heavy atmosphere gave everything a rather different vibe.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Recording: Fisher/Newman/Gennaro

Artist: Colin Fisher/Kurt Newman/Mike Gennaro

Songs: [solo tenor improvisation] + [duo improvisation] + [excerpt from a trio improvisation]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), August 27, 2018.

Colin Fisher - [solo tenor improvisation]

Kurt Newman & Mike Gennaro - [improvisation]

Colin Fisher/Kurt Newman/Mike Gennaro - [excerpt from an improvisation]

Late afternoon on a day with air like soup, cicadas singing and leaves hanging dark green and luscious from their branches saw three performers with long intertwining backstories in the Southern Cross' extra-early Monday slot. Directing the musical traffic, Mike Gennaro suggested a round of solos, short bursts from each of possible duo combinations and then a closing trio encounter. So here's a taste of all three of these things, including a de facto Wrist Error reunion between Newman and Gennaro.

[Colin Fisher is playing at The Tranzac tonight (October 12th) with Daniel Pencer. Mike Gennaro will be at The Tranzac with a trio version of The Archives of Eternity on Sunday (October 14th).]

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Recording: Liu/West/Zukerman

Artist: Germaine Liu/Brodie West/Andrew Zukerman

Song: Germaine [excerpt, in two parts]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Synaptic Circus Sundays), August 26, 2018.

Germaine Liu/Brodie West/Andrew Zukerman - [excerpt, part 1]

Germaine Liu/Brodie West/Andrew Zukerman - [excerpt, part 2]

Nilan Perera asked synthesist Andrew Zukerman to put together an ensemble for this night, and he chose to bring frequent duo partner Brodie West on sax plus Germaine Liu on drums, moving from mutual sputters to unstable grooves.

[Synaptic Circus returns to The Tranzac on Sunday, October 28th, with Heidi Chan and Nic Murray each playing solo sets before joining together as a duo.]

Recording: O'Reilly/Perera/Zurawinski

Artist: Patrick O'Reilly/Nilan Perera/Mark Zurawinski

Song: [1st piece, in two parts]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Synaptic Circus Sundays), August 26, 2018.

Patrick O'Reilly/Nilan Perera/Mark Zurawinski - [1st piece, part 1]

Patrick O'Reilly/Nilan Perera/Mark Zurawinski - [1st piece, part 2]

This trio, with Mark Zurawinski holding down the drum chair alongside two of the city's finest guitarists covered a lot of ground. This first piece heard here reads as menacing psychedelic music, with Perera looping a bassline and roaring along while O'Reilly fills in the fine details. From there, they launched into loop/delay interspace and extended techniques, complete with thumb piano and swizzle sticks.

[Synaptic Circus returns to The Tranzac on Sunday, October 28th, with Heidi Chan and Nic Murray each playing solo sets before joining together as a duo.]

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Recording: Cluttertones

Artist: Cluttertones

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), August 26, 2018.

Cluttertones - unknown

When Rob Clutton announced the band were going to play some new material, he didn't mean music from the group's about-to-be-released second album — it was quite literally new material, untitled and involving some quick group huddles and Q + A sessions before starting each piece.

Rob Clutton: "Any questions?"

Ryan Driver [looking at sheet music]: "What... do I do?"

Darker, dronier and not so immediately tuneful, the set started with quiet ambiance before blursting outwards. The little fragment heard here, for example, sounds like it's auditioning to be a remorseful (and slightly-menacing) music cue in a film.

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

Recording: Thom Gill

Artist: Thom Gill

Song: The Colour of Your Eyes [Dusty Springfield cover]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), August 26, 2018.

Thom Gill - The Colour of Your Eyes

A too-rare chance to catch Thom Gill alone with his guitar, this short set opening for Cluttertones saw him pulling out some fave songs to cover, animating them with soulful joy and nimble fingers.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Recording: Castle If

Artist: Castle If

Songs: Running Through The Sprawl + Sector 01

Recorded at The Music Gallery, August 25, 2018.

Castle If - Running Through The Sprawl

Castle If - Sector 01

A happy but emotional night as Jess Forrest celebrated the release of the (wholly excellent) Sector 03 album. Not only was this a long time coming (audiences had been hearing this music in performance for some years now), it was also the end of an era, as Forrest marked the "last performance in my pop persona" to focus on soundtrack work. (Forrest discussed the personal impetus for such a big change in a facebook post.)

That made hearing this performance of the full album (including live rarities like the closing "Sector 01") all the more special. It also sounded very good in the large old church hall — as has been noted previously, the new Music Gallery is a good spot for electronic music. Forrest celebrated the occasion by asking the crowd to move closer and dance awkwardly with her, and the energy going back to the stage seemed to lift her through the set. Forever is a long time, so I suspect we'll be hearing Castle If live again, somehow, someday, but for now this was a superb adieu.

Recording: Scott Hardware

Artist: Scott Hardware

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Music Gallery, August 25, 2018.

Scott Hardware - unknown

A super on-point opener for Castle If's album release show, Scott Harwood's set also essentially featured a new album of material — although his hasn't been released yet. Dialing back the house elements that were previously at the forefront, these tunes were simmered down to achingly lush beautiful ballads. The attentive audience in the churchlike space was the final ingredient here, holding their hushed attention throughout. A sign of big things coming from an always-fascinating songwriter/popcrafter.

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

Concert Listings Roundup #271

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Gigs of the week:

X AVANT XIII (feat. Tasman Richardson / See Monsters / CreeAsian) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-10-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

X AVANT XIII (feat. Maria Chavez / Geronimo Inutiq / respectfulchild) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-10-12 (Friday) [FB event]

X AVANT XIII (feat. Los Poetas [CD release!] / Above Top Secret / Ziibiwan) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-10-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

X AVANT XIII (feat. Narcy / Jennifer Kreisberg / Lillian Allen) / The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst 2018-10-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

No surprise here, as the Music Gallery continues to push and blur boundaries at its annual festival. Subtitled The Halluci Nation, and curated by A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness, the festival weaves together strands from the past to present a narrative of resistance to support a future of bolder community-building and sound experimenting. There are plenty highlights over four nights of concerts, and two daytime spin-off events as well, including the Saturday's "Sampler Cafe" and Sunday's "Building The Halluci Nation" Panel Discussion.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Ornate Presents (feat. Lake Affect [Ashley Urquhart/Stefan Hegerat/Alex Fournier]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Painting Silence VI (feat. Michael Davidson / Rob Clutton) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Keiji Haino / Brian Ruryk) / Jam Factory 2018-10-09 (Tuesday – all ages!) [FB event]

JAOIM ["Jazz and otherwise improvised musics" — a new series curated by Andrew Furlong! (see below)] (feat. syzygy [Ilyse Krivel, projections/Colin Fisher, music] / Kayla Milmine/Daniel Pencer/Andrew Furlong) / Wenona Lodge 2018-10-09 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Aline Morales / Art Square Gallery & Cafe 2018-10-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Music By & For Ken Aldcroft XXII (feat. Steve Sladkowski & Andrew Zukerman / UNHIP [Andrew Furlong/Solon Gee/Harrison Argatoff/Mark Zurawinski]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

THE AMBiENT PiNG (feat. The Body in Question / A Moment of Release / Tacet Tacet Tacet feat. PGR) / Handlebar 2018-10-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Jaunt (ginla) / Owl's Club 2018-10-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Timber Timbre / The Horseshoe Tavern 2018-10-11–2018-10-12 (Thursday–Friday) [FB event]

Tandem with Kayla Milmine / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-12 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Daniel Pencer/Colin Fisher / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Invocation presents (feat. Charalambides / Kapali Carsi / Stargoon) / Array Space 2018-10-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Soundstreams: Six Pianos [works by André Ristic, John Cage, Witold Lutoslawski, Alexina Louie, Juliet Palmer, Steve Reich] (Soundstreams feat. Stephanie Chua/Radka Hanakova/Russell Hartenberger/Midori Koga/Gregory Oh/Jamie Parker/Ryan Scott) / Koerner Hall 2018-10-12 (Friday) [more info]

Uma Nota Fall Jam (feat. Vox Sambou) / The Baby G 2018-10-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Renders [Kelly McMichael] (Carew [Claire Whitehead/Robyn Letson/Emma Tollefsen]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-13 (Saturday – early!) [FB event]

BBQT (Nick Ferrio / Tough Age) / The Beguiling (basement) 2018-10-13 (Saturday – show at 8 sharp, no latecomers admitted!) [FB event]

Audiopollination 64.2 (feat. claude wittmann/Lo Bil/Tova Kardonne / Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Curtis Whittaker / Matt Nish-Lapidus/Neil Wiernik/Dan Pitt / Tandem Trio [Ed Williams/Anouck Genthon/Tom Malmendier]) / Array Space 2018-10-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents! (feat. Kayla Milmine/Kat Estacio/"special guest" / Mira Martin-Gray & Kurt Newman / Brian Abbott & Tomasz Krakowiak) / Gerrard Art Space 2018-10-13 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Nick Flanagan [comedy] (Kurt Newman's Nashville Minimalism Unit / Ayal Senior) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-14 (Sunday – afternoon show, 3 to 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. TANDEM / Colour and Noise [Alex Fournier/Tara Kannangara/Patrick O'Reilly/Aidan Sibley/Ashley Urquhart]) / Array Space 2018-10-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Archives of Eternity / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-14 (Sunday)

Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Lowell Whitty 4 (Jacob Gorzhaltsan Group) / Wenona Lodge 2018-10-16 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Yellow Tentacles [Germaine Liu/Mark Zurawinski/Kurt Newman/Allison Cameron] (Nessun Angelo che Balla? [Michelangelo Iaffaldano/Allison Cameron/D.A. Meeks]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-17 (Wednesday – early!)

Mike Deicont/Germaine Liu/Karen Ng/Daniel Pencer / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2018-10-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Phycus (Corpusse) / Euro Sports Bar 2018-10-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

4th Annual Hallowe'en Bash! (feat. catl. / VOLK) / The Dakota 2018-10-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Goon Sax (Ducks Unlimited) / The Baby G 2018-10-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Michael Snow/Mani Mazinani / The Bentway Deck 2018-10-28 (Sunday – free with RSVP!) [FB event]

Toronto Improvisors Orchestra [screening of F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" with live improvised musical accompaniment] / Array Space 2018-10-28 (Sunday) [FB event]

Mike McCormick's Proxemics (Hobson's Choice) / Burdock Music Hall 2018-10-30 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Ami Dang (Korea Town Acid / New Chance) / Handlebar 2018-11-08 (Thursday) [FB event]

Community corner:

  • Track Could Bend has found a friendly and cozy home at Wenona Lodge, and I'm pleased to note that peeps are taking note and getting a chance to use the space as well. So in addition to TCB on the first Tuesday of the month, re-align your mental calendars to include JAOIM ("jazz and otherwise improvised musics"), a new series curated by Andrew Furlong, on the second Tuesday of the month. And if that weren't enough, Karen Ng is booking the third Tuesdays, with a first show including sets from the Lowell Whitty 4 and Jacob Gorzhaltsan Group. Please show your support for these excellent initiatives!
  • Meanwhile, The Dupe Shop is once more showing its fun-lovin' bonds to the community with a celebration of Cassette Store Day this Saturday afternoon (October 13th), including snacks and deals and a mixtape exchange party.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Recording: Moonwood

Artist: Moonwood

Song: Jupiter [edit]

Recorded at The Dupe Shop, August 25, 2018.

Moonwood - Jupiter [edit]

Claiming this to be "their final fuzzed-out spacerock performance before returning to their acid-folk roots", Moonwood was celebrating a cupboard-clearing cassette of kosmische jams. What that means for further excursions is currently unclear, but it probably won't be too long before some new sounds emerge.

[Three-quarters of Mooonwood will be switching things up as members of Stargoon, performing Friday (October 12th) at Array Space along with Kapali Carsi in support of Invocations' presentation of Charalambides.]

Recording: Dark Bird

Artist: Dark Bird

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Dupe Shop, August 25, 2018.

Dark Bird - [excerpt]

Launching a new Arachnidiscs EP (which just happens to be a rather fantastic listen) Roan Bateman unfurled a warm and cozy drone for his set at this release show, floating through minimal changes with a compact set-up.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Recording: Are We Not Devo? We Are Not!

Artist: Are We Not Devo? We Are Not!

Songs: Uncontrollable Urge/(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction + Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy) [Devo covers, except "Satisfaction" Jagger/Richards, arr. Devo]

Recorded at The Baby G, August 22, 2018.

Are We Not Devo? We Are Not! - Uncontrollable Urge/(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Are We Not Devo? We Are Not! - Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)

Celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Devo's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! these local musicians didn't just throw together a band to cover the album — they fully inhabited the band and the songs. The members of First Base, Vanity Phase, and Tough Age not only nailed the sound, but had moves and costume changes. Hugely satisfying for the packed-in crowd, most of whom looked like they were there out of Devo fandom — so hopefully some of 'em will be inspired to check out the other stuff these fine players are up to.

[This was too successful to do just once, so the group is headlining a "Carbon Copy" night at Handlebar on Saturday, October 27th, with members of Leather Jacuzzi as The Stooges, Goosebump and members of Weaves + Blonde Elvis as Roxy Music, members of Slutcode performing Madonna and Digits + co. returning as Kraftwerk klones.]

Recording: Hugh Man

Artist: Hugh Man

Songs: Peep on Creepin' in the Free World + Dynasty Destiny

Recorded at The Baby G, August 22, 2018.

Hugh Man - Peep on Creepin' in the Free World

Hugh Man - Dynasty Destiny

Some short'n'caustic (and often hilarious) punkish bursts from this quartet. The latter song here now also exists as a video, and the same shtick/dynamic found there was present on stage — imagine the Soupcans fronted by a dad frustrated after his day running the hardware store and you're in the right ballpark.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Recording: Pantayo

Artist: Pantayo

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall, August 22, 2018.

Pantayo - unknown

I totally can't wait for Pantayo's album to hear the fantastic songs in their current set (like this joyful protest song) in full-on high-fidelity. This recording, from a room with a good PA and top sound-techs, comes pretty close for now.

[Pantayo will be playing inside Duffy's Tavern as part of the Yes Yes Festival tomorrow (October 6th) alongside Hush Pup, Carl Didur and Short Bloom, plus a whole bunch of awesome music happening outside earlier in the day.]

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