- THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018
Weeds Cafe (1903 20th Ave NW)
Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30-11:30pm
$5 cover, all ages
This duo is comprised of two bona fide Canadian free music heavyweights, both from the fertile hotbed of Montreal's amazing creative music scene. For the last handful of decades, Lori Freedman has sitting pretty damn near the top of the heap when it comes to avant-garde clarinet music; as an improvisor, composer, bandmember, and group leader, she has covered all manner of collaborative situations and geographic settings for her work. Highlights include writing gigs with Ensemble SuperMusique, Upstream Orchestra, NOW Orchestra, the Queen Mab Trio, and collaborations with the likes of Joëlle Léandre, Mauricio Kagel, Rohan de Saram, George Lewis, and Helmut Lachenmann. Double bassist Nicolas Caloia has been near the heart of the Montreal music scene for going on three decades, and in recent years has been particularly visible thanks to his work with In The Sea, a lithe, flinty string trio with violinist Josh Zubot and legendary cellist/vocalist Tristan Honsinger, and also Ratchet Orchestra, a massive improvising orchestra whose album Hemlock received much critical acclaim. Check out his website for a whole bunch of other goings-on. In their own words:
"The creative mind has a beautiful and often mysterious way of organizing stimuli. External influences enter the body freely and are subsequently poked, nudged and shoved through a sifting process that feels at times arbitrary. Consciously and with full intention Lori Freedman and Nicolas Caloia have developed a certain "defining" process in attempt to control this phenomenon. They played, recorded, talked and wrote together for about 15 years, then formed Mercury. They decided to develop a singular concert repertoire of music that reflected the idea of the “open form” composition by hoisting a selection of local musicians up, out and into the exiting and unheard world of the“actuelle”. From their immediate community Mercury asked players with whom they play to write music for their duo. This is that music, solicited from Malcolm Goldstein, Pierre-Yves Martel, Rainer Weins, Martin Arnold and Mercury itself."
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Since their debut last year (in a slightly different formation) at the Folk Festival Hall, the composer-musicians comprising this group have been keeping busy with a universe of other projects, and they are excited to reconvene for a smaller engagement, this time presenting just a single piece. That piece - a gripping graphic score that blends quite open-ended interpretations of the score with some engaging formal awareness - belongs to Nate Waters, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, known for his own jazz quartet, the dearly missed agitated indie rock of the Cable Knits, and more. Nathaniel Schmidt, a veteran of Calgary's new music, experimental theatre, and classical scenes, who essentially birthed this group, is known for masterful handiwork on a variety of keyboard instruments, and the odd entry on French horn. Percussionist and Bug Incision founder Chris Dadge is known for work across a variety of genres, with artists as diverse as Chad VanGaalen, Peter Evans, Alvvays, Lab Coast, John Oswald, Eric Chenaux, Eugene Chadbourne, and many more. New addition to the group is guitarist Joel Unitinen, who we are excited to welcome into the fold.
Jack has been working hard to secure his spot as the preeminent musical explorer of non-instrument instruments, and the solo set he'll be presenting on this evening might be reaching a new level of engagement with his ideas. When we heard that Jack was doing solo sets on a brick (now possibly two bricks), our ears pricked up immediately, having been great fans of Derek Bailey's late period masterpiece Limescale and Sonic Pleasure's engrossing brick work within. We are excited to see what Sinclaire offers to this rich tradition of music.