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  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $10 cover at the door, CASH ONLY

    A Night of Drums& featuring:
    Dadge/Wilcke +
    Hamelin/Waters +
    The Yellow House Duo (Fisk/Tufts) +

    The "drums + something" duo configuration is a staple of the free improvisation diet, and on this night we are pleased to present four duos covering a wide range of the longevity spectrum; some of these groups have been playing together for well over a decade while others are relatively new and untested.

    This is another of the longer-running duos presented for your enjoyment on this night, but it has indeed been a minute since they played together. Their first duo recording Three Live Pieces was issued on Bug Incision Records in 2018, alongside a trio recording with US guitar maestro and deep thinker Joe Morris called Rural Optimism. Jonathon Wilcke is known to the city for their highly recognizable and downright arresting saxophone playing primarily on the soprano and tenor varietals and recent recordings with their co-operative group (with Eric Hamelin and bassist Rob Oxoby) Eating Speed were recently completed. Alongside Wilcke, Chris Dadge runs the Bug Incision enterprise. Dadge is a busy musician, producer, and engineer whose primary mode of public expression comes from behind the drums. He plays with a healthy variety of local acts in the songwriting/pop world, and has also collaborated, performed, and/or recorded with the likes of Jason Kahn, Tim Olive, Eric Chenaux, Eugene Chadbourne, and many more. His album with flautist extraordinaire Jiajia Li is being prepared for a 2024 release.

    This is not the first time these two have shared the stage (right?) but it may in fact be the first time they've been paired consciously as a duo for a specific performance. On their own, both players run the gamut of styles and approaches, from thorough engagements with the acoustic parts of their instruments, to enhancing their sounds with electronics and dipping toes in other instruments as well. Eric Hamelin is one of the premier percussionists working on the more outside side of the coin, known for his work with Nomoreshapes (with Jay Crocker), Crocker's solo outfit JOYFULTALK, Cryingsince (with Chris Dadge on violin), and Ghostkeeper. Nate Waters is a primarily known as one of the city's go-to saxophonists, playing in his own combos and with whoever else will hire him; he also mans guitar, bass, and/or keyboards for indie rock acts like Samantha Savage Smith, Temps, Victrix, and Ryan Bourne's Plant City Band, and his debut album for his art-rock solo project Eye of Newt and nearing completion.

    Robin Tufts (percussion) and Simon Fisk (double bass/cello) are two stalwarts in the world of creative Calgary music. Aside from their together alongside pianist Sheldon Zandboer in the excellent Trio Velocity, Fisk is known for his work with east Canadian jazz legend Jerry Granelli and Vancouver pianist Chris Gestrin, as well as collaborations with Josh Zubot, Eric Hamelin, and many others. Tufts has been a member of Calgary's music community for many years, and is most recently known for his involvement in Calgareal, a "musical conversation" between a selection of top-notch talent from Montreal and Calgary (including Foon Yap, Jiajia Li, and Jeremy Gignoux). In their own words:

    The Yellow House Duo features Simon Fisk on bass and Robin Tufts on drums. They have been exploring and making music together for almost twenty years. Their set of spontaneous creation is a continuation of their search for space, peace and playful togetherness.

    Lydia Pineau is one of the most exciting newer additions to the Calgary scene. She can often be seen playing some form of drums and/or percussion, and is a deft manipulator of samples, electronics, and the no-input mixing board. Her prolific project Arts&Crafts covers a huge range of output, and she's also performed with the group Circular Sparrow, featuring Jiajia Li, Waters, Dadge, and Wilcke. Her duo partner will be announced ASAP.

Monicker: Libr'aerie

A trio of Scott Thomson (trombone), Arthur Bull (guitar), and Roger Turner (percussion) recorded live in concert.

Cryingsnice: All Greased Up For Nothin'

The debut studio recordings from Eric Hamelin (drums, percussion) and Chris Dadge (violin).

Collateral: s/t

A reissue of the tour-only disc from this killer trio featuring Sam Shalabi (guitar, oud), Norm Adams (cello), and Tim Crofts (piano). Recorded live in concert.

Emily Davis/Christopher Riggs/George Romaine: Extinction Burst

A new disc from the world of Chris Riggs, featuring a brutal conceptual piece for guitar, drums, and piano.

These four titles are available now via email or the Bug Incision Bandcamp.
See releases for full album descriptions.

Prices are as stated on Bandcamp page, ordering direct via email are in (USD) $8.00 each or $30.00 for all four, plus shipping, which is calculated upon receipt of order through email or as part of the Bandcamp checkout system.

All orders come with complete set of new Bug Incision bookmarks.


In January of this year, we began work on the Bug Incision Archives, which will round up all audio, video, & photo documentation, press coverage, and promotional materials relating to the Bug Incision Presents concert series, dating back to early 2006.

While this archive will undoubtedly result in some new documentation being available to the general public, the main goal is for it to be accessible to its participants (the artists and documenters) for their own uses, while also providing a thorough overview of the series' activities for internal purposes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Bug Incision has a huge archive of materials in its possession currently, but there are holes all over the 14 year history, not to mention more and potentially better-quality iterations of existing event documentation. If you have any photos, videos, or audio recordings of Bug Incision Presents concerts, we would be very interested in getting our hands on them for inclusion in the archive.

For information on how to get us these media items, as well as information on privacy, credits, and more details about the planned usage of materials, please email: bugincision@gmail.com

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Re-print of 10th Anniversary Zine
2nd edition, 40 copies, $10 + shipping
bugincision@gmail.com to order

Limited supplies remain - if interested, please request with any order.