- SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018
Weeds Cafe (1903 20th Ave NW)
7-10pm, $6 cover, all ages
Jessica Ackerley Trio
We're very excited to be presenting this trio led by ex-Albertan and current resident of New York City, guitarist Jessica Ackerley. Over the past decade, she's established herself in a guitarist of renown, first during her beginning years in the Canadian music world, and more recently in her home base of Brooklyn and surrounding areas, where she regularly performs at notable venues such as The Stone, ShapeShifter Lab, The Bluenote, and The Met Breuer. While her trio is the her main focus these days, she also appears as a member of composer/percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey's conduction ensemble, and also plays in a noise duo called Essi, who recorded an album with the legendary outré-rock producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Bill Laswell, Material). Her most recent album with the trio is called Coalesce, and showcases not only her nimble and inventive guitar playing, but also her unique compositional approach, which packs in "more ideas than most groups of twice the size", according to Avant Music News. She will be joined by Mat Muntz on double bass and Zack O'Farril on drums.
Read some thoughtful reviews of her work here and here.
Turner Fries Jazz Ensemble
This motley crew of irreverent multi-instrumentalists has been not only providing some of the more truly "out" musical excursions of the past few years, but they're also representing the newest wave of Calgary improvisors. This group features a fluid lineup, centered around Jack Sinclaire - who has appeared in various solo (Aftertaste) and group (Duet) formats over the years - Matt Purdue (who also appears in another project called Reflex Action), and Jesse Conradson, all of whom take on a bewildering array of instruments, and then use them to fully dismantle whichever jazz canon classics they choose for a given night. Sounds good!
Known for his work across a variety of genres, instruments, and roles, Dadge has been working in Calgary as a musician, concert organizer, and producer since the early '00s. Alongside Scott Munro and David Laing (aka the Bent Spoon Trio), he inaugurated Bug Incision back in 2005 and has kept it up over the countless monthly concerts and nearly 100 releases on the Bug Incision Records label. He is known mainly as a member of bands (Pre Nup, Samantha Savage Smith, Chad VanGaalen), bandleader and co-songwriter (Lab Coast), session musician (Alvvays, Crystal Eyes), and improvisor (including work with Joe Morris, Peter Evans, Eric Chenaux, Mats Gustafsson, John Oswald), and also works as a producer/engineer and a composer of theatre, film, and dance music. This evening he will be performing solo improvisations on the violin.