Thursday, October 18, 2012

Recording: Andy Haas

Artist: Andy Haas

Song: [excerpt from an improvization]

Recorded at OCAD U, Room 190 (X Avant VII), October 17, 2012.

Andy Haas - [excerpt]

Full review to follow. Heading over to the neighbour up the street, this show paired together a pair of solo improvisors who might have started somewhere in the jazz tradition, but then twisted a knob to take it somewhere else. Haas' saxophone was manipulated through a relatively simple set of tools (no laptop!) but it led to a wide range of musical colours, pairing the instrument's natural cry with its treated alter echoes bouncing through the room.

Unifying the night was the excellent projection art of Steve Reaume. It gave the impression that he had found an old Atari 2600 cartridge called Conway's Game and jammed it in without blowing the contacts clean first — which somehow got it stuck in "transcendence" mode, bursting out in crisp, pixellated detail.

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