Friday, March 2, 2018

Recording: Jesse Zubot

Artist: Jesse Zubot

Song: Manifestation [excerpt]

Recorded at Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret ("Soundstreams' Ear Candy: Almost Unplugged"), February 1, 2018.

Jesse Zubot - Manifestation [excerpt]

Soundstreams' Ear Candy series is "dedicated to musical exploration and discovery in Toronto’s hottest venues", creating intimate experiences in smaller spaces and bringing together contemporary performance practices that might be just a hair too edgy for their mainstage shows. This night featured two highly-skilled violinists approaching their instrument from different angles finding common ground. Long a staple performer in Vancouver's improvised music scene, Jesse Zubot has a list of indie-rock collaborations as long as his bow and has been most visible lately as half of Tanya Tagaq's nimble backing duo. This set allowed him to show off a couple different facets, playing a set of solo improvisations (a breath of fresh air in a context where the scored note usually reigns) as well as assembling a collaborative duo with Andréa Tyniec. Zubot had a small rack of effects to extend his sound, but didn't need to rely on it to show off the range of his abilities — though it was pretty awesome when was willing to go over-the-top with it, as with the gathering cloud of delay feedback heard near the end of this extract.

[The Ear Candy series returns to Buddies on Tuesday May 15th with Beat It!, a percussion-based programme from Ryan Scott & co. featuring a world premieres from composers Nicole Lizée and Michael Oesterle. Meanwhile, Soundstreams' Salon 21 programme has been re-branded as Encounters and has a new home at The Gladstone. These shows are free with registration and offer adventurous programming, so they're a great way to discover something new. Performers for the next couple shows haven't been announced (keep an eye out here) but there was a note to save-the-date for April 10th (evening show) and June 3rd (afternoon show).]

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