Thursday, January 1, 2015

Recording: Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble

Artist: Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble

Songs: Tangent [excerpt] [composer: Ken Aldcroft] + Wirecutter Suite [final section] [composer: Joe Sorbara]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Main Hall), November 30, 2014.

Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble - Tangent [excerpt]

Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble - Wirecutter Suite [final section]

Ken Aldcroft continues to use his Convergence Ensemble as a vehicle to explore new routes in chamber composition with improvisatory excursions. Tangent, a suite inspired by Eric Dolphy, is now available as a recording, and to celebrate the group took the piece on the road for a short tour. This time out, the group was: Ken Aldcroft, guit; Karen Ng, alto sax; Emily Denison, trumpet; Scott Thomson, trombone; Wes Neal, double bass; Joe Sorbara, percussion. The ensemble was also workshopping "The Wire Cutter Suite (For Charles Mingus)", a new piece by Joe Sorbara. Playing over a half-hour of material (which, we were told, was only the first half of the composition) there's still a bit of sprawl here that will probably be reined in as it develops further — in any case, there were definitely plenty of opportunities for these talented musicians to play off each other.

[The Convergence Ensemble will be playing tomorrow night (January 2, 2015) in the cozy backroom at The Imperial Pub.]

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