- SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018
High Line Brewing 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113 (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover
Jack Sinclaire has been making the scene in Calgary's fringe-leaning circles for the last few years, appearing in a number of collaborative groups such as Duet (with Andy Lehman) and Turner Fries Jazz Ensemble, the latter of whom lovingly destroys even the faintest whiff of jazz standards and other classic tunes. He's also been appearing with increasing frequency as a soloist, notably as Aftertaste at one of last year's Joe Morris shows at the Vintage Room.
Flautist Jiajia Li is a new face to the Bug Incision world, but she's been making waves around town since her arrival in Calgary in 2014. She's a frequent player with Timepoint Ensemble, tackling some of the the more contemporary outpourings of the classical music world, and she also comprises one half of the Impasto Duo (alongside pianist Elisabeth Desruisseaux), whose speciality is "classical art music". She also holds down the job of artistic director for the Calgary Chinese Orchestra, and is curating a night of Chinese music this month at the Engineered Air Theatre in Arts Commons. Improvising has recently been added to her list of ongoing musical activities, and this will be a grand introduction to many of the common Bug Incision players.
Chad VanGaalen is well-known all over the world for his multi-faceted output as an animator, visual artist, filmmaker, improvisor, instrument builder, composer, and singer-songwriter. He's released six critically acclaimed and fan-cherished albums on Flemish Eye Records (and via the legendary Sub Pop Records in the rest of the world), and recently completed over 60 shows over a series of tours across Europe, the United States, and Canada. Over the years, he's acted as producer-engineer for some classic Canadian indie rock albums (Alvvays' debut and both Women LPs), and he writes the music and designs some of the characters for Adult Swim's darkly hilarious Dream Corp LLC.
Aaron Scholpp is a longstanding member of many of Calgary's music scenes, first emerging years ago in Calgary's briefly flaming math rock scene. His work today covers jazz, rock, blues, and country, and he's played with country pop unit The Northern Beauties, Lorries Matheson's rock band Sons of Bears, alt-country rockers The Collapse, Calgary stalwart John Rutherford and the Big Blues Trio, singer-songwriter Emily Triggs, and more. Scholpp is also the primary force behind The Low End Theory, a soul/R&B/funk-oriented project which places his original tunes alongside contemporary and vintage classics.
Violinist Laura Reid has been involved with the classical music world since an early age, remarkably playing with the Saskatoon Symphony at the tender age of 11, and eventually joining the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra after sharpening her game at various schools in Canada and the US. She left the CPO in 2015 and her world has widened considerably since then; she and one of main collaborators, the pianist and composer Mark Limacher, have joined forces as not only an excellent and eclectic new music duo, but also as co-hosts of Unprocessed, a radio programme on CJSW 90.9FM that deals with new music, jazz, and many bits in between. She has also dipped successfully into the pop music world, collaborating with a diverse array of acts including indie-rock stalwarts Knots, country troubadour Cam Penner, and eclectic songwriter Ethan Cole.
Jason Wierzba, who is primarily known these days as a writer of fiction and essays, has been appearing at least once a year on the Bug Incision stages for the past few, with his duo W-W (the other "W" being brought up by multi-instrumentalist Dan Wilson), often found wrestling his acoustic guitar in submission in a ferocious display of bloody-mindedness. That project has a specific scope, and we are excited to hear what sort of other approaches he brings to the table. Wierzba also enjoyed an earlier life as a singer and songwriter. A bit more about this and how it affects his playing today, in his own words: "I essentially began as a home studio technician of malevolent musical sketches (recording as a kind of disturbed diary keeping) replicating many of the effects of psychoactive drugs, then went on to be a flamboyant writer and performer of what I called "post-punk country blues." My use of open tunings during this phase has led, after a lengthy musical hiatus, to an interest in dissonant tunings during my new life as an improviser."
Of all the fine people surrounding him today, Cody Oliver has one of the longest histories of engagement with Calgary avant-garde music. His presence reaches back into the 90s through his involvement in nach Hause (Bug Incision's direct precedent in the concert series game) and Space for Space events, and also with his own record labels - House Leek Audio and Noise Miniatures - which beautifully presented his various exploits, everything from painstakingly assembled music concrete pieces to solo improvisations. More recently, he's worked with Chris Dadge in the Midnighties, and alongside percussionist Peter Moller and multi-instrumentalist Lyle Pisio in the MOP Trio.