Friday, July 19, 2024

Recording: Non-Twins

Artist: Non-Twins

Song: [1st piece, excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Nick Fraser presents), June 25, 2024.

Non-Twins - [1st piece, excerpt]

Originally devised by John Oswald as "Twins", a set for two saxophones and two double basses, the set lost some conceptual elegance with bassist Rob Clutton being unable to make the gig. Improvising, percussionist D. Alex Meeks (in town for a different show a couple days later) was pulled from the crowd to round out the ensemble, which, with Oswald and Karen Ng on horns alongside visiting double bassist Christopher A. Williams, hewed closer to a traditional ensemble format. That didn't lead to many traiditional sounds, however, with the group preferring more off kilter explorations. (Williams contributed to this with his idiosyncratic approach to his instrument, which he played more like a de gamba while using his bow has much as a preparation as for regular arco work.)

You can check out some more from this set over on youtube, including an extended guest appearance from clarinetist Zoe Pia:

Recording: Zoe Pia

Artist: Zoe Pia

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Nick Fraser presents), June 25, 2024.

Zoe Pia - [excerpt]

Visiting from Italy, Pia brought some improvisations for clarinet (as well as the launeddas), deftly deploying some loops and effects as well as sundry percussive elements.

Recording: BLOOP

Artist: BLOOP

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Nick Fraser presents), June 25, 2024.

BLOOP - [excerpt]

Though this Tuesday evening show was nominally taking place in Nick Fraser's timeslot, it looked like Lina Allemano was temporarily in charge, and she lead off a night hosting some international guests with a short set of bloopage alongside Mike Smith. With some bleed from a raucous fundraiser in the Main Hall, Allemano augmented her trumpet blasts with chimes and clonkin' cowbell, all whipped into impressionistic backgrounds by Smith's processing.

You can check out some more from this set over on youtube:

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Recording: Mira Martin-Gray

Artist: Mira Martin-Gray

Song: The First Time I Got an Endoscopy

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Solitary Shrew presents), June 25, 2024.

Mira Martin-Gray - The First Time I Got an Endoscopy

This set from Mira Martin-Gray juxtaposed some spoken poems with musical pieces. The latter were laptop compositions — generative pieces in Ableton with the software "improvising" on musical stems within directed parameters so that no two performances would be precisely alike, a new direction in Martin-Gray's sonic explorations was first hinted at in last fall's Different Parts of the Same Dream album. Echoing the poems they accompanied, the sounds ranged from the clanging musique concrète of the charivari march to the post-anesthesia glides heard here and beyond.

You can check out some more from this set over on youtube:

[Each installment of Solitary Shrew features two performances led by women and gender non-conforming artists spanning an array of genres and artistic disciplines. Shows are on the last Tuesday of the month. The next show will be at The Tranzac on Tuesday, July 30th.]

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Recording: Aline's étoile magique

Artist: Aline's étoile magique

Song: Blue Ghost Firefly

Recorded at Toronto Jazz Fest — Village Stage, June 24, 2024.

Aline's étoile magique - Blue Ghost Firefly

I'm not, admittedly, usually bowled over by the offerings at the local Corporate Jazz Fest, but generally speaking they do manage to spotlight some corners of cool local talent every year. (This set, in fact, was a re-booking of a cancelled set from last year, when forest fire smoke was choking the city, so kudos to the festival for making good with the artists.) In any case, it was absoloutely delightful to take in some sounds in Village of Yorkville Park, with shady trees overhead and the occasional rumble of the subway underfoot.

The generous set from violinist Aline Homzy's group mixed album tracks with newer material (including some pieces that have had their debuts at Homzy's Ghostgirl residency at The Tranzac) as well as reinterpreting works from composers like Carla Bley and Fats Waller. The sound on-site was unexpectedly excellently rendered, giving clarity to the group's sounds as well as solo spots from Michael Davidson (vibes), Marito Marques (drums), Dan Fortin (bass), and Thom Gill (guitar).

You can check out some more from this set over on youtube:

Monday, July 15, 2024

Monday Roundup #183

Concert announcements:

Holger Schoorl & Mark Zurawinski (Kayla Milmine/Isaiah Farahbakhsh/Anita Katakkar) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-24 (Wednesday – early) [FB event]

Tommy Tone (Flake / Little Window) / Linsmore Tavern 2024-07-25 (Thursday – 7:30 p.m.). $5, 19+. [more info]

All-Set! presents (feat. Cloud Mushroom Music [Mike Smith/Isla Craig/Jay Hay/Rebecca Hennessy/Jake Oelrichs]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-26 (Friday – early)

Forró on Sundays (feat. Maria and The Band) / Drom Taberna 2024-07-28 (Sunday – 2 p.m.). $10. [FB event]

Brittany Pitt presents (feat. Reverie [Brittany Pitt/Dan Pitt/Caleb Klager/Stefan Hegerat]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-31 (Wednesday) [more info]

ZONES / Monarch Tavern 2024-08-01 (Thursday). $18.92, 19+. [FB event]

Banananananana (Free Play Angel / jaL / Tommy Tone) / Ted's Collision 2024-08-01 (Thursday). $pwyc, 19+

Aniqa Dear (Joyshape / Snake of Rhyme) / Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory 2024-08-03 (Saturday – 1 p.m.). $12 advance/$15 door, all-ages sober event. [more info]

Forró on Sundays (feat. Maria and The Band) / Drom Taberna 2024-08-04 (Sunday – 2 p.m.). $10. [FB event]

Forró on Sundays (feat. Maria and The Band) / Drom Taberna 2024-08-11 (Sunday – 2 p.m.). $10. [FB event]

Forró on Sundays (feat. Maria and The Band) / Drom Taberna 2024-08-18 (Sunday – 2 p.m.). $10. [FB event]

Carolyn Mark / Sellers & Newel 2024-10-29 (Tuesday). $20 minimum donation. [more info]

The Max Donaldson Trio [Max Donaldson/Ian Afif/Mateos Labbe-Phelan] / Sellers & Newel 2024-11-15 (Friday). $15 minimum donation. [more info]

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Shows this week:

Kurt Newman presents: an evening of cool solos (feat. Christine Bougie / Kayla Milmine / Dan Pitt / Patrick O'Reilly / Thom Gill / Kurt Newman) / Wenona Lodge 2024-07-16 (Tuesday)

People Soup presents: Stuffed Felt Soup [puppets + improvised music] (feat. Cheyenne McLean/Mark Terrett/Yang Chen/Connor Crone/Trevor Flemings/Duo Cichorium) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-16 (Tuesday). $pwyc. [more info]

Labyrinth Ontario presents: Makam Nights (feat. Anas Raslan / Majd Sukar) / The Tranzac (Living Room) 2024-07-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Sandro Perri & Friends [Sandro Perri/Blake Howard/Josh Cole/Thomas Hammerton/Nick Zubeck/Ryan Driver/John Jowett/Ted Crosby] (Alex Lukashevsky) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-19 (Friday – early). $20/pwyc. [FB event]

Masahiro Takahashi presents Cha-no-yu (feat. Emissive / Masahiro Takahashi with Germaine Liu/Karen Ng/Sandro Perri) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-19 (Friday). $pwyc. [more info]


It happened this week...

  • ...on July 15, 2012 at Polyhaus (Feast in the East 15).

Zacht Automaat - unknown

Absolutely Free - unknown

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Recording: Luka Kuplowsky & The Ryōkan Band

Artist: Luka Kuplowsky & The Ryōkan Band

Songs: How Can I Possibly Sleep When There is Music + I Knew it Would Be You! [from a poem by Ryōkan Taigu]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Main Hall), June 18, 2024.

Luka Kuplowsky & The Ryōkan Band - How Can I Possibly Sleep When There is Music

Luka Kuplowsky & The Ryōkan Band - I Knew it Would Be You!

Luke Kuplowsky has been developing his book of songs from and inspired by poets for a few years now, so it was a delight to see it come to a culmination with the release of the double album How Can I Possibly Sleep When There is Music. For the release celebration, the full band presented the album in order, accompanied by some gorgeous visuals, including on-screen footage of a dancer (Noriko Yamamato) who then appeared in the flesh onstage — a perfect encapsulation of these songs breathing life into centuries-old poems and making them viscerally present in the here-and-now.

Recording: The Heart of Going La

Artist: The Heart of Going La

Song: Conniptions

Recorded at The Tranzac (Main Hall), June 18, 2024.

The Heart of Going La - Conniptions

This group is a union of three musicians exploring a mutual interest in the repetition of mantra. Fan Wu, Thom Gill & Christopher Willes (later also incorporating Felicity Williams, Evan Cartwright and Luke Kuplowsky from the evening's headliners) mixed spiritual abstractions with a few more earthly concerns (and even some hocketing bells) in a playfully epigrammic set.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Recording: Mas Aya

Artist: Mas Aya

Song: Tú y Yo

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (TONE Festival), June 16, 2024.

Mas Aya - Tú y Yo

This night out at the TONE Festival reached back for some strong Healing Power vibes: not only had that scene/label issued some essential music (together and individually) from the night's co-headliners, but it was also a treat to hear HP co-principal DJ SlightBreezy (aka Wolf Nessel) slingin' and manipulating tunes between sets.

And as with his co-headliner, Brandon Valdivia's "solo" spotlight was anything but, bringing in family and friends to celebrate the sounds of Coming And Going. Leaning less on popsong frameworks than vibe-heavy compositional savvy, Valdicia served as the director on stage, co-ordinating the sonic inputs from rhythm compadres Reimundo Sosa (percussion) and Josh Cole (double bass, electric bass, bass synth) plus rotating guests including Colin Fisher and Isla Craig. And most heartwarming was the family band angle that saw vocals from Lido Pimienta (highlighted on this track) as well as the pair's daughter Martina Valdivia, whose presence was a joyful highlight.

Recording: Colin Fisher

Artist: Colin Fisher

Song: Deus Absconditus

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (TONE Festival), June 16, 2024.

Colin Fisher - Deus Absconditus

This night out at the TONE Festival reached back for some strong Healing Power vibes: not only had that scene/label issued some essential music (together and individually) from the night's co-headliners, but it was also a treat to hear HP co-principal DJ SlightBreezy (aka Wolf Nessel) slingin' and manipulating tunes between sets.

A "solo album" is rarely a one-person endeavour, so it made sense to see Colin Fisher celebrating the release of Suns of the Heart alongside key collaborator David Psutka who helped use the recording process to elaborate upon Fisher's realtime propensity for building and manipulating layers of sound. That meant the first half of the set was in duo mode, nudging up against some of the album's textures before closing out with an extended solo improvisation for guitar and sax.

Recording: Xicada

Artist: Xicada

Song: [last section]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (TONE Festival), June 16, 2024.

Xicada - [last section]

This night out at the TONE Festival reached back for some strong Healing Power vibes: not only had that scene/label issued some essential music (together and individually) from the night's co-headliners, but it was also a treat to hear HP co-principal DJ SlightBreezy (aka Wolf Nessel) slingin' and manipulating tunes between sets.

And manipulating sounds on stage, Ilyse Krivel lead off the night mixing harsher textures and spattered samples in a customarily-succinct set.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Monday Roundup #182


Concert announcements:

Kurt Newman presents: an evening of cool solos (feat. Christine Bougie / Kayla Milmine / Dan Pitt / Patrick O'Reilly / Thom Gill / Kurt Newman) / Wenona Lodge 2024-07-16 (Tuesday)

The Harley Card Quintet with special guest Alex Samaras [Harley Card/Alex Samaras/David French/Matt Newton/Jon Maharaj/Ethan Ardelli] / The Rex 2024-07-17–2024-07-20 (Wednesday–Saturday). $16 and up. [FB event]

Exit Points #51 (feat. Zoma/uh...no!/Raf Wilcot/Owen Kurtz/Chas Lawther / Talia Fuchs/Nilan Perera/Laura Barrett/Aline Homzy/Michael Palumbo) / Array Space 2024-07-26 (Friday). $20. [FB event]

Cowbird Composers Collective Meta Residency: Growth and Decay (Array Workshop #1) ["open to any musicians that show up with instruments and want to play"] / Array Space 2024-07-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #94 (feat. Dangertown [Dafna Naphtali & Hans Tammen] / Eye_Duh Kho) / Wenona Lodge 2024-08-06 (Tuesday). $pwyc. [FB event]

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Shows this week:

Toronto Electronic Music Open Mic / Handlebar 2024-07-08 (Monday)

Cowbird Composer Collective Meta Residency: Four Pieces (feat. Paul Newman / Brian Abbott / Germaine Liu & Cheryl Duvall / Manuel Morales) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-08 (Monday) [FB event]

Ghostgirl Residency (feat. Devon Henderson/Aidan McConnell/Michael Davidson/Steven Noronha/Aline Homzy) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-09 (Tuesday – early)

Josh Cole presents (feat. Josh Cole Quartet + Strings [Aline Homzy/Lina Allemano/Nick Storring/John Oswald/Blake Howard/Josh Cole]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-09 (Tuesday). $10/pwyc. [FB event]

Donna Lee Quartet [Reg Schwager/Josh Cole/Nick Fraser/Brodie West] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-10 (Wednesday – early)

Never Was [Brandon Davis/Racha Moukalled/Patrick O’Reilly/Joe Sorbara] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-10 (Wednesday)

Karen Ng presents (feat. Windscour [Joe Moffett/Zach Rowden] / The Adjacences [Lina Allemano/Ryan Driver/Nick Fraser/Karen Ng] / Shadow Pattern) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-11 (Thursday). $15/pwyc

Musica Universalis (feat. Mark Hundevad & Colin Fisher) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-12 (Friday). $10 suggested donation

Lina Allemano Four / Hirut Café 2024-07-13 (Saturday). $20. [FB event]

Freesound Presents: Mostly Open Scores (feat. Andrew Noseworthy/Amahl Arulanandam/Matti Pulkki/Michael Murphy/Wesley Shen)/ Society Clubhouse 2024-07-13 (Saturday). $17.31. [FB event]

Ayal Senior and Friends presents (feat. Nick Flanagan / Jane Inc / You're Steel on My Mind [Joe Strutt & Kurt Newman]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2024-07-14 (Sunday – 2:30 p.m.). $pwyc. [FB event]

Carlton Park Concerts presents (feat. Joseph Shabason / Andre Ethier / Eucalyptus) / Carlton Park 2024-07-14 (Sunday – 4 p.m.). $pwyc, outdoors, kid-friendly

Modern Roots Jazz Americana Summer Series (feat. Aline Homzy's NDG [Aline Homzy/Michael Davidson/Spencer Cole/Jon Maharaj]) / Hirut Café 2024-07-14 (Sunday). $20, dining available. [more info]


It happened this week...

  • ...on July 8, 2017 at Prairie Drive Park (Feast in the East 63).

Saxsyndrum - Maceo

  • ...on July 14, 2017 at Gerrard Art Space (Eclec~Tic~Toc Fest, Vol. 1 – Night 1).

Ben Grossman/cheryl o/Barry Prophet - [excerpt]

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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Recording: U.S. Girls

Artist: U.S. Girls

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Tranzac Fundraiser II), June 14, 2024.

U.S. Girls - unknown

It had been a hot minute since I had seen Meg Remy in performance, and I was pleased to see that this fundraiser-closing set was with a full band (although the evidence is also that she has been slaying it in duo mode with Geordie Gordon). This turned out to be a shorter but intensely-focused set, with this discofied jam sprawling out for about half of its length. Remy went from having her own private dance party on stage to taking it out among the crowd — I didn't have a great angle to see all the shenanigans, but I am told things got up close and personal. And then, job done, Remy sashayed off the stage, leaving 'em wanting more.

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

Recording: Eucalyptus

Artist: Eucalyptus

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Tranzac Fundraiser II), June 14, 2024.

Eucalyptus - unknown

This set brought a different "look" from Eucalyptus than had been seen in their previous appearance in the Tranzac's Main Hall. Part of that was down to the presence of a couple last-minute fill-ins (Chris Banks on bass and Robin Buckley on percussion), but the biggest shift was hearing Aline Homzy on violin up front, occupying the role of foil and counterpart to Brodie West that has traditionally been filled by Nicole Rampersaud. The difference in timbre was felt in an accentuation of glide over thrust, which especially added an extra sheen of subtle shimmy to the slower numbers like this one.

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

Recording: Cots

Artist: Cots

Song: unknown* + Pineapple Shoes [John Southworth cover]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Tranzac Fundraiser II), June 14, 2024.

Cots - unknown

Cots - Pineapple Shoes

Steph Yates lead off this second Tranzac fundraiser event in solo mode, just voice and spare guitar presenting some songs from her recordings as well as some newer developments.

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