Monday, December 1, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #73

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.

Gig of the week:

Emergents I (feat. Clarinet Panic Deluxx / Cris Derksen) / The Music Gallery 2014-12-04 (Thursday) [more info]

I've been attending — and recommending — the Music Gallery's Emergents series for several years now. It's a great opportunity to see fresh faces and fresh thinking in what we might broadly call the "classical music"/new music/chamber music realm. This season's first instalment stretches that in a couple different directions, with the chamber-prog of the wilfully-imploding Clarinet Panic Deluxx as well as "cello looped and accompanied with drum machines, keys, and vocals" from Vancouver transplant Cris Derksen (who has played with Tanya Tagaq, and locally with Fiver).

This week's noteworthy shows:

Gravitons with Brodie West (Steve Kado with Ensemble) / Array Space 2014-12-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Teen Tits Wild Wives [last show!] (STÜKA [tape release!] / ZONES / Chastity) / Smiling Buddha 2014-12-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Persian Rugs (The Green Rays / Wave of Terror) / Magpie Taproom 2014-12-02 (Tuesday) [FB event]

AGO First Thursdays: Long Winter Takeover (feat. The Hidden Cameras / New Fries / Mekele) / Art Gallery of Ontario 2014-12-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

Zoetic: Live Music Archives of Laura-Lynn Petrick (feat. photography exhibit + music by Sunshine & the Blue Moon / Jaunt / The Native Smokes) / Smiling Buddha 2014-12-04 (Thursday) [more info]

Pete Johnston/Michael Davidson/Jay Hay/Jake Oelrichs/Mike Smith / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-12-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ph-ra-se-olo-gy [Robert Appleton/Ted Phillips/Paul Dutton] (Neil Wiernik [aka naw]) / Ratio 2014-12-04 (Thursday) [FB event]

Einar Jullum [Montréal/Jeunesse Cosmique] (In Hock / Clara Engel) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-12-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Telephone Explosion's Xmas Party / 7 Year Anniversary (feat. Soupcans / Teenanger / LIDS / Mick Futures / Cellphone / New Fries) / S.H.I.B.G.B.'s 2014-12-05 (Friday) [FB event]

Tasseomancy / The Cave 2014-12-06 (Saturday – early!) [more info]

Anne Bourne/Matt Brubeck/Peggy Lee/Germaine Liu ["improvised song for cellos, percussion & voice"] / Ratio 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 43 (feat. Steve Kado / Thin Edge New Music Collective performing Nick Storring & Andrew Zukerman / Allison Cameron / James Bailey) / Jam Factory 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Spectrum Music: Journeys / Alliance Française de Toronto 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Buzz Records Presents a Very Special Krampus Party (feat. Greys / Odonis Odonis / Weaves / The Beverleys / Dilly Dally) / The Garrison 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Creative Music Festival Fundraiser (feat. See Through 5 / Eucalyptus) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Omhouse / Holy Oak Café 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [more info]

Wavelength 629 (feat. Surinam / The Dark Plains / Sailboats Are White / Hiera / Toronto Homicide Sqaud / Watershed Hour) / Soybomb 2014-12-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

No Angels Dancing / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-12-07 (Sunday – matinée! 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.!)

Arraymusic: Udo Kasemets - Uncompromising Experimentalist - Day Two / Array Space 2014-12-07 (Sunday) [more info]

Avesta Nakhaei + Guests / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-12-07 (Sunday – early!)

Nite Comfort 16: paper+sound showcase (feat. Naw / Heiki) / Handlebar 2014-12-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

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!

"Fragments 2014": a DERME live cinema event (feat. media artist Pedro Ferreira & composer Allison Cameron) / Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art 2014-12-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Michelle Willis Band / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-12-15 (Monday) [FB event]

Barnyard Drama Christmas Singalong: Barnyard Records 10th Anniversary – Concert and CD Release (feat. 14-piece Barnyard Band with string section and the mighty Element Choir w/Christine Duncan) / Lula Lounge 2014-12-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Meandering Streams of Consciousness ["a night of music and visual arts"] (feat. Manuel A. Morales/Peter Lutek/Christopher Weatherstone/Bea Labikova/Reza Assasi/Arsalan Alizadeh/Avesta Nakhaei/Kousha Nakhaei/Raphael Weinroth-Browne/Rob Clutton/Alinima Madani) / Array Space 2015-01-16 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength Music Festival: 15th Anniversary Edition / Various venues 2015-02-13–2015-02-15 (Friday–Sunday) [more info]

Wavelength Island Festival / Venue TBA 2015-08-28–2015-08-30 (Friday–Sunday)

Bandcamp corner:

Earlier this year, I saw local improviser David Sait play a wonderful improvised set that saw his guzheng [Chinese plucked zither] processed and manipulated in realtime. His new album strips that extra layer away, leaving only the instrument's pure tones in a series of "one, two or more re-occuring melodies or themes that were made in the moment to create an instant composition". Check this out when you need a reflective, calm moment in the midst of your day.

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