Sunday, July 23, 2017

Recording: Brian Ruryk

Artist: Brian Ruryk

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Ratio (TONE Festival – Show #7), June 24, 2017.

Brian Ruryk - unknown

Although the local "jazz" festival is anticipated in some quarters, it seemed that too often there was no home there for adventurous and experimental creators. Thus, out of necessity, the TONE Festival was born to give these touring musicians a chance to connect with local audiences and artists. A collaboration between Burn Down the Capital's Tad Michalak, Ron Gaskin (a.k.a. Rough Idea) and Karen Ng and Daniel Pencer, the goal was to create shows that were rewarding for players and listeners alike. Coming after their own funeral series, this was also the last concert at beloved local DIY venue Ratio.

Brian Ruryk's deadpan musical destruction felt like an appropriate farewell gesture, his ritualized chaos embodying a sense of creation in the midst of Everything Falling Apart. Wearing a shirt covered with bells and can lids, he presented some abstract guitarskinning (while his connections worked) and the dispersal of several bags of Dollarama bricabrac (balls, tinfoil pans, Hallowe'en bodyparts, etc., etc. etc.) otherwise.

[Brandon Caswell Douglas was also documenting the show with his video camera — check out his youtube playlist from the night.]

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

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