- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018
High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
(access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
7-10pm, 18+, $10 cover
BRODIE WEST QUINTET +
TIM OLIVE/CHRIS DADGE + KEE AVIL
BRODIE WEST QUINTET
One does not have to spend long digging around Canada's creative music world to stumble across saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and improvisor Brodie West. He's been at the heart of Toronto's rich scene of jazz and experimental music for the better part of three decades, gaining notoriety early on for his wild, eclectic group Zebradonk (whose handful of releases were early tastes of our nation's avant-efforts in Bug Incision's infant years) and his duo disc with Han Bennink, the latter a result of time spent studying with legendary pianist and composer (and originator of the ICP Orchestra and label) Misha Mengelberg in Amsterdam, soaking up the rich history of improvised music from that region of the world. As the Rat-Drifting record label and Tranzac-centric scene emerged in the Toronto's '00s, West could be seen playing in the amazing Drumheller (alongside Eric Chenaux, Doug Tielli, Rob Clutton, and Nick Fraser), Alex Lukachevsky's terrific Deep Dark United project, and more recently with his freewheeling, wonderfully colourful large ensemble Eucalyptus, as a member of Lina Allemano's Ornette-ish quartet, his improvising trio with Rob Clutton and Anthony Michelli, and forays into solo playing (the last of which produced last year's tour, including a memorable Calgary show, and a great LP, Alexandra Park).
This new group features a constellation of different players from throughout West's myriad groups. Nick Fraser, one of the busiest and most deliciously astonishing drummers working in jazz today, is at the drums. He can be seen playing all over Toronto with many different group, including his own quartet with Tony Malaby, Andrew Downing, and Rob Clutton, and he has been in Calgary frequently over the last few years working on the last few Decidedly Jazz Danceworks pieces. Also at the drums is Evan Cartwright, known for his adjacent duo with West called Ways, and also work with Tasseomancy, Omhouse, Luka, Isla Craig, Andy Shauf, and Tim Darcy of Ought. His presence brings a delightful added heft to the music, helping define one of the group's key characteristics. Tania Gill is a brilliant pianist and composer who has also graced Calgary numerous times with her presence and killer playing. Her quartet album Bolger Station is well worth seeking out, as is her work with Deep Dark United, Joe Sorbara, and Pete Johnston's See Through groups. And bassist Josh Cole - who was first heard at Bug Incision HQ on an amazing album by the late Ken Aldcroft called Threads - rounds out the group. He is another busy force in Toronto, playing with the likes of Sandro Perri, Isla Craig, Colin Fisher, and his own quartet, which features Karen Ng, Ryan Driver, and Brandon Valdivia.
They are currently on tour in support of their new album Clips.
TIM OLIVE + CHRIS DADGE
Tim Olive is a Canadian improvisor based in Kobe, Japan, and although his work revolves around the constituent parts of a guitar, one would be hard pressed to refer to his work as "guitar playing". Using a wide variety of different elements (including magnetic pickups, steel strings, tuning forks, metal strips, hand-wound motor mechanisms, magnetic tape, dental floss and analog electronics) Olive creates a highly unique vocabulary for himself, and a malleable one at that. He's logged many hours playing with different musicians from around the world, and releases some of it via his 845 Audio label. Olive has worked with, among others, Jeff Allport, Nick Hoffman, Anne-F Jacques, Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, and Fritz Welch.
Tim will be joined by percussionist Chris Dadge, with whom he played opposite at his last Calgary show at Weeds back in 2013. Aside from running the Bug Incision enterprise, Dadge is known for his improvising work with a vast collection of previous collaborators (including Joe Morris, Peter Evans, Chris Riggs, Eugene Chadbourne, Jack Wright) as well as groups with Jonathon Wilcke, the Bent Spoon Trio/Duo, and the Midnighties. He similarly uses a wide variety of repurposed sound sources, often in conjunction with crude amplification, creating a dynamic and often zoomed-in sounding percussive world.
We're pleased to feature the return of Montreal's Vicky Mettler, this time under her new solo moniker Kee Avil. Last time she was in town, it was as a member of the Brick Quartet, a thoroughly raucous group that played a memorable show at Emmedia. Since then she's reoriented her focus to this new venture, which is, in her own words, "a solo song project based in Montreal, QC. It combines guitar, voice and electronics into song forms that stagger between structure and improvisation. Kee Avil evolved from playing the guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks into creating strange beats glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls."