• SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017
    (The New) EMMEDIA Screening Room - 2005 10 Ave SW
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30-11:30pm
    $5 cover, all ages

    After another slow few months, we are happy to be back in action, with our debut show at the new Emmedia space. Also very excited to be presenting Craig Pedersen once again, this time with his hot new duo.

    This Montreal-based duo is comprised of the amplified clarinet and trumpet of Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen, respectively. The latter is known around his home base of Montreal for his work with his own Quartet/Quintet (which calls "a wonderful mix of clever composition and free jazz"), a collaborative ensemble called Dusk Scored Dark, and formerly was one half of an intriguingly eclectic country-chamber-jazz duo called It's A Free Country, which prompted Stuart Broomer at The WholeNote described as "consistently playful, imaginative work that’s somehow true to both the emotional directness of country music and the oblique abstraction of current improvisation, just not at the same time." Australian-born Millar counts Joane Hétu, John Oswald, and Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places) among her collaborators, she's spent time studying with the great Canadian clarinet maestro Lori Freedman, and she actively works to pursue her vision of sound through acoustic sounds and amplified textures. The duo recently inaugurated a new record label Mystery and Wonder ( and here is their own description of what they do:

    "A duo featuring the hollowed-out sounds of Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen on amplified clarinet and trumpet, Sound of the Mountain comes from a strong history of improvisation and extended performance techniques, offering their audience long-form deep listening experiences through the sculpting of vitalized breath.

    Drawing influence from the works of Pauline Oliveros, Keiji Haino, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Isabelle Duthoit and Franz Hautzinger, Sound of the Mountain’s debut album Amplified Clarinet & Trumpet evokes a vast range of textures, from silence and spaciousness to rumbling bass and saturation. The duo works with closely-mic’d instruments and minimal equalization, avoiding the use of effects pedals and loops, such that their constant physical attention drives the music. The whistles and creaking of metal and reed anticipate the more dense moments of distortion and feedback in pieces that can be appreciated as discreet moments, or longer forms." || ||

    A brand new trio comprised of Eric Hamelin (drums, percussion), Cody Oliver (double bass), and Chris Dadge (violin). While these three have certainly played a lot together in different groupings, and probably even together in larger ensembles, this specific trio has never sat down in a room together, and certainly never with this relatively unusual instrumentation. Dadge, usually known for his percussive explorations with Midnighties, Wilcke/Dadge duo, et al, has used the violin on a semi-regular basis over the last decade, but never as a dedicated third in a trio. Similarly, Oliver is no stranger to the bass, having made many outings on one in the 90s, but the Lyle Pisio-assisted return of the beast to his life is somewhat recent, and the terrain is fresh still. ||

    Another in a long and wonderful line of conceptual gambits from Calgary's long-running saboteur of the straight and narrow, Mark Fleischhaker. He's joined this time once again by the similarly wide-ranging musical omnivore Eric Svilpis. Mark's been steadily carving out one of the most extensive and unique bodies of work - in video, recordings, and the live performance realms - of anyone in Calgary, with projects such as Lord Something, Faster Disco, Terrible Crayon, countless ad hoc collaborations, and more. Svilpis is currently burrowing deep into his solo project Cytokinesis, and also works with the bands Ghost Factory and As Above. Direct from Mark's typing fingers:

    "It's a tribute to Mr. Bungle, in particular the album 'Disco Volante'. The whole piece is based on their live 1992 version of "Everyone I Went To High School With Is Dead", pre-'Disco Volante'. Here's what our first rehearsal sounded like:"


  • 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