• SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017
    The Vintage Room (2nd floor of The Grand: 608 1 St SW)
    Doors 7:00pm, show 7:30-10:00pm
    $5 cover, all ages

    After a sleepy start to the year, the Bug Incision concert series is back in action. First up in 2017 is a handful of shows surrounding Joe Morris, a world-class guitarist, improvisor, and educator who is currently in the midst of a residency at the University of Calgary (see past Bug Incision posts for info on his free classes and workshops). We're excited to once again be presenting in The Vintage Room, which is the tiny room just adjacent to the second floor bar in the Theatre Junction/GRAND building on 1st street downtown. Attendees of the amazing Tatsuya Nakatani solo concert last August will remember it fondly.

    It's hard to know where to start with a figure like Joe Morris. As a top-tier guitarist, bassist, and composer, he's one of the most consistently visible members of the world of contemporary free jazz and improvisation, well-known for his own groups (featuring the likes of Mat Maneri, Gerald Cleaver, Luther Gray, Steve Lantner, and Jim Hobbs), his trio Eloping With The Sun with Hamid Drake and William Parker, and collaborations with other titans of the music, such as Evan Parker, Nate Wooley, Anthony Braxton, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, and more. He's also an educator, currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory's jazz and improvisation department, and is the author of the fantastic book "Perpetual Frontier - The Properties Of Free Music" (Riti, 2013). 

    His website has lots of info to offer:

    And you can get started with his Bug Incision trio disc from a few years back:

    It feels right to start off the year with a statement from the two main figures behind the scenes at Bug Incision, Chris Dadge (percussion) and Jonathon Wilcke (reeds). The duo has been slowly sharpening their approach to the sax & drums lineage, offering a tense, tactile flow of ideas and exchanges. Their debut disc is forthcoming on Bug Incision.

    http:// chrisdadge

    Pianist and composer Mark Limacher performed on the very first documented Bug Incision concert, way back in May of 2006 (keep your eyes peeled for the long-awaited release of that recording soon), so it is with great pleasure that we have him back, some 11 years later, this time with partner in crime, violinist Laura Reid. Reid has under her belt eight years as a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a key organizational role in Classical Revolution Calgary (a group that focuses on presenting high-quality classical music in non-traditional venues), and a long list of genre-jumping collaborations. Limacher plays with a staggering variety of different projects, encompassing stints with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theater Calgary, and the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble. As a composer, his compositions highlight an "acute attention to the creative process and the discovery of new means of experimentation within the act of composition itself, in addition to exploring ideas such as of 'found music', patterns, silence/waiting, repetition, and grids." His pieces have been performed in the United States and Canada. 

    Aside from their burgeoning activities in the worlds of jazz, classical, and pop music, the two have recently extended their reach in Calgary music scene via their CJSW 90.9FM radio show "Unprocessed" (5:30-7:00 on Thursday mornings) and, with increasing regularity, have also been making the scene as a duo, working with an eclectic selection of contemporary pieces. 


  • April 9 - more info soon!


  • Program scans from 2006-2009 finally added to Archives section

  • most recent releases available now:

    • Patrick Farmer/Christian Munthe: Angle of Repose
    • Usurper: You Can Do It
    • Cody Oliver: Rodent Landscapes
    • Scott Thomson: Heures Indues

coming soon:

  • new releases:
    • next volume of the Dan Meichel Archives (Chris Dadge Quartet Live At Beatniq)
    • Dadge-Wilcke duo Two Live Pieces
    • Bent Spoon Trio Nine Year Itch
    • Chris Riggs + Bent Spoon Duo

  • photo + video archival materials