2015 events:

  • Sunday, February 1, 2015
    Broken City [613 11th Avenue SW]
    8:00-11:00pm 
    $5 cover

    KYLE BRENDERS QUARTET
    The Kyle Brenders Quartet, a key ensemble in Toronto's field of creative improvised music, will tour Western Canada in January 2015. A student of luminaries Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier, Kyle Brenders (saxophone and clarinet) is one of Canada's outstanding composer-bandleaders whose music deftly synthesizes composition and improvisation, andcomprises rigorous formal complexity and visceral solo and group improvising. The group's latest studio recording, Offset (18th Note Records), is compelling evidence, some of the most exciting Canadian creative improvised music to be released in recent years.

    Kyle's music is, above all, a balance of forces, the harnessing of the energy and spirit of disparate influences, including the thoughtfulness of chamber music, the expressiveness of free jazz, and the energy of rock. Much like Braxton, his mentor, Kyle combines such forces in a wholly original way. He has done so in contexts ranging from solo woodwinds (Flows & Intensities, 2007), duos (with Braxton and with drummer Brandon Valdivia), his Sextet (Ways, 2009), and the 18-piece AIMToronto Orchestra (Year of the Boar, 2011), which he directs. His Quartet is the most thoroughly refined and accomplished example of his musical vision, though, a significant accomplishment in his unfolding musical career.

    The group features outstanding instrumentalists Mark Segger (drums), Heather Segger (trombone), and Wes Neal (double bass), each an accomplished composer, performer, and collaborator in numerous projects that help to underpin Toronto's burgeoning scene of creative music. Together, they form a dynamic musical bond full of rhythmic nuance and timbral variety, animating Kyle's compositions with a rare combination of precision and abandon.

    The Kyle Brenders Quartet's Western Canada tour is an excellent opportunity for fans of creative, unconventional, and uncompromising music to experience a group of this nation's finest exponents, and led by one of its most notable composers.

    http:// www.kylebrenders.ca/
    http:// kylebrenders.bandcamp.com/

    BENEATH THESE IDLE TIDES
    Myke Atkinson's (known to some as a former member of much-loved Calgary electronic group Azeda Booth) not-often-enough-heard solo project is an exemplary and rare display of technical litheness emotional heft. Atkinson exhibits a masterful control of his guitar, effects, and looping techniques; from this he unfurls wonderfully detailed, thick slabs of processed sound. This project doesn't make the rounds too often, not to be missed!

    https://soundcloud.com/ beneath-these-idle-tides

    BURRO
    One of the most reliably exciting groups in the city, Burro is a improvising rock power trio. Whitney Ota (Yankee Yankee, Dada Centauri, co-operator of the excellent Unit Structure Sound Recordings label) occupies the upper territories of this band's sonic architecture, slathering his bandmates in washes of feedback, delay, and impassioned riffing. The thing is held together by Stew Elton (of No River and Dundas fame), whose propulsive bass playing grounds the riotous drumming of Andrew Hume (Ashley Soft, Dada Centauri, Pale Lobo, Seizure Salad), whose drumming in the last few years has developed into one of the most interesting and recognizable styles in the city. 

    http:// unitstructuresoundrecording s.bandcamp.com/album/ tangerine-rising

    AND >> Jeremy Curry will be manning the decks between sets, playing you a bewildering selection of top-shelf tracks.


  • TIM CROFTS with JONATHON WILCKE + CHRIS DADGE // TERRIBLE CRAYON // GEL NAILS

    Friday, February 20, 2015
    Blank Page Studio
    1221 B Kensington Rd. NW
    7:30-10:30pm
    $5 cover

    TIM CROFTS

    Tim Crofts is a true 21st Century pianist. Tim’s main focus is improvisation & new music. His musical style combines elements of 20th century classical music with free jazz improvisation and world music aesthetics. In performance, Tim explores the full sonic capabilities of the acoustic piano through extended techniques and a wide range of piano preparations. He is able to coax a variety of colour and extreme dynamic contrast through employing traditional and non-traditional techniques in tandem. Crofts also performs in electronic settings utilizing a variety of samplers, synthesizers and keyboards to create an even more extended palette of sounds and textures. All these stylistic elements are blended through free improvisation, and the pursuit of the sound of the moment.

    In Halifax, Tim is active in both the performance and teaching of improvised music. He has been presented regularly by suddenlyLISTEN in concerts and on tour, with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio. He has performed regularly with the Upstream Music Association and the Upstream Orchestra, including a 2013 performance at the 29th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, in Quebec. Tim has also performed with Symphony Nova Scotia at the CNMN Forum, and in other concerts with such creative music luminaries as Jerry Granelli, Gerry Hemingway, Graham Collier, Evan Parker and Dave Douglas. In 2014 Tim released two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry Hemingway. 

    https://soundcloud.com/ tim-crofts/sets/ 8-ball-doorknob

    https://soundcloud.com/ suddenlylisten/ target-mover-from-literal?i n=suddenlylisten%2Fsets%2F suddenlylisten-highlights- 1

    Tim will perform solo, and in configurations with Chris Dadge, Jonathon Wilcke, and Mark Fleischhaker. 

    Bug Incision and Tim Crofts would like to acknowledge the Canada Coucil for the Arts, who have generously supported Tim's Canadian tour. 

    TERRIBLE CRAYON

    Mark Fleischhaker's continually evolving solo vehicle usually is comprised of vocals (usually of the strangulated variety and heavily FX'ed), cassette recordings of childhood shenanigans, and Fleischhaker's expressively dramatic performance style. When not seen performing karaoke on Sunday nights, Fleischhaker can also be seen playing drums with his new project Norwegian Icebreaker, and previously masterminded Lord Something, a semi-improvised free metal trio with Scott Munro and Chris Dadge.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/terriblecrayon

    GEL NAILS

    This will be the first time we've had the opportunity to present Gel Nails on a Bug Incision stage. Danny Milanese has been a sporadic but long running presence in Calgary, dating back to his sets at Discord as Ultra Bon Bon. With that act, he distinguished himself clearly from his contemporaries with his own brand of noise music, which veered more fully towards the psychedelic, and regularly displayed a deeper sense of dynamics and pacing. More info about Gel Nails can be found below:

    http:// gelnailsnoise.tumblr.com/
    https://soundcloud.com/ gelnails
    https:// gelnails.bandcamp.com/

  • Broken City - 613 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
    Doors 8:00pm, showl 9:30pm
    $7 cover


    R. ARIEL
    Very excited to be presenting this unique touring artist, complete with a thumbs up from our pal and yours, Brian Eno:
    " R.ariel released two albums in 2014, Life is Accepting You and Histories. She was picked as best new artist of the year by Brian Eno and Thris Tian for Noise Fest in the UK. Brian Eno said this about her album Histories, "This sounds like what nostalgia feels like. Or a memory. This piece has an illusive serenity to it which fills the room." She just finished a 3 month long tour in the USA with Thanksgiving (Marriage Records, K records) and, as Rachel Crocker, toured France and Spain in 2012."

    https://soundcloud.com/rachelarielcrocker
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvAVgeUVXx4
    http://rariel.bandcamp.com/releases 

    CRUN (+ ONE)
    This duo (previously known, always lovingly, as Fuck Off Dad) is comprised of Eddie Dalrymple (ex-Holgans, The Weir) on electric guitar and Eric Hamelin (Chad van Gaalen, Nomoreshapes, Ghostkeeper) on drums and electronics. The two have been refining their approach to divebombed-out, sqeauling free rock improvisation over the course of many Calgary shows in the last year, and evidenced on their scorching USSR cassette. It has been a Bug Incision dream to see this group under a full-on club-style PA, in order be fully punished by all the flailing details this group has to offer. On this night, they will be joined by Chris Dadge (Bug Incision, Lab Coast, Midnighties) on amplified violin.

    unitstructuresoundrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/fuck-off-dad
    bugincision.com/chrisdadge

    PIGEON BREEDERS
    Edmonton's kings of drift, this trio has honed in on a compelling mixture of liberally-effected guitars, assorted amplified junk and household objects, and electronics. They're central figures in their city's rich pool of musical experimentalists, and they've appeared as regular collabtorators with Calgary's instrumental duo Jung People, and in one-off collaborations with the likes of trumpeter Nate Wooley. Weird Canada's David Ferris calls them "one of the more meditative crown-jewels of Edmonton’s experimental/free-improv scene".

    https://soundcloud.com/pigeonbreeders
    http://pigeonbreeders.tumblr.com/

    w/ DJ Jeremy Curry, who will be providing one of his last few appearances as the supreme arbiter of weird musical excellence before his move to the west coast.

  • May 5, 2015
    National Music Centre
    134 11th Ave SE
    Doors 8:00pm // Show 8:30pm
    Cover: $7 reg // $5 student

    JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO

    Bug Incision is proud to welcome back this amazing duo, playing their singular take on deconstructed guitar & drums music, and hailing from Germany. These two visited the Bug Incision stage in 2013, and it was a truly memorable show, its unlikeliness of happening at all in the first place trumped only by the fact that they’re here yet again, and anyone who missed out on that first show needs to atone this time around. For fans of the more elastic end of rock music’s rhythmic spectrum (the music of US Maple, Storm & Stress, Mike Pride’s drumming, even touches of The Work), this will be revelation.

    www.jealousymountainduo.bandcamp.com/
    www.facebook.com/pages/Jealousy-Mountain-Duo/192689064109167

    ZAUM

    Very excited to be presenting this Moncton-based group, who were introduced to us via JMD (they’re touring together for a part of Zaum’s much longer tour). In their own words:

    “ZAUM forges a musical path toward the dark realizations of the ancient middle east; in the form of a monolithic doomy mantra based meditative experience featuring bass and drums merged with sitar and synth textures. Observers experience a calming process of reality whereby the astral and physical planes can co-exist and be understood from a natural perspective.

    Based in New Brunswick, Canada - the bands live presence is very true to its recorded form featuring McDonald's both melodic and dark vocal styles met with elements of sectional Mongolian throat singing. Observers experience a calming process of reality whereby the astral and physical planes can co-exist and be understood from a natural perspective.”

    www.zaum.ca // www.facebook.com/zaumn //www.zaum.bandcamp.com

    BITTER FICTIONS

    The nom de plume of Devin Friesen, one of Calgary’s premier practitioners of guitar-based free-thinking. Whether it’s the more ambient inclinations of his loop and decay pieces, his more fleshed out work under this moniker, or his role as one half of the very excellent guitar & sax Friesen/Waters duo, Friesen is clearly committed to exploring a bunch of different angles of his instrument and the way we perceive it. Been a little while since we’ve had any Bitter Fictions actions on the Bug Incision stage, always interested in what’s next.

    https://bitterfictions.bandcamp.com/

    WE ARE NOT GHOSTS

    Happy to be presenting another representative from the depths of Calgary’s creative music community. We presented Noah a few years ago at Weeds with his project If I Look Strong; You Look Strong a few years ago, and on this occasion he’ll be joined by Alonso Melgar for their duo. In their own words:

    "Inspired by the golden years of 90's emo and post-rock, We Are Not Ghosts shift between abrasive and intricate techniques creating a sonic soundscape which challenges listeners to create their own words and meanings to the music being played. Alonso Melgar plays guitar, Noah Michael plays drums. Delays/feedback/noise/distortion do the rest. Jeremy Enigk, we hope you're proud."

    https://wearenotghosts.bandcamp.com // https://www.facebook.com/wearenotghosts

  • MAY 21, 2015: KAZE + JONATHON WILCKE + MIND MORNING
    National Music Centre - 134 11th Ave SE
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $7 cover, 18+


    Extremely excited to be presenting this international quartet, hot off their appearance at the legendary FIMAV festival in Quebec. Not very often does Calgary get treated to players on this level of the game, folks who have been running with some of the best in the business over the last number of years. Also excited to debut Bleach Wipes, a trio dealing in wet & wild electronic pulse jams, and always excited to have Jonathon Wilcke play a solo set.

    KAZE

    Kaze is a quartet of world-class improvising musicians, two hailing from France, and the other two from Japan. If the group name, which has been making waves internationally since their formation in 2010, is not immediately recognizable to the Bug Incision audienceship, then perhaps a bit of background on each of the members will incite the due levels of excitement:

    Satoko Fujii is a pianist who splits her time between Japan and Berlin, and is active in a wide variety of musical settings, from folk and jazz forms, incorporating influences from contemporary rock and new music equally. This eclectic makeup has led to a dizzying array of projects with musicians from all over the world; her trio with Jim Black and Mark Dresser, two of New York’s most distinguished and in-demand rhythm sections players, released seven critically acclaimed albums between 1997 and 2008, on labels such as Cadence, Tzadik, and Enja; her duo Toh-Kichi is shared with Ruins’ Tatsuya Yoshida; and other collaborators include John Hollenbeck, Chris Speed, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, and Tony Malaby.

    Natsuki Tamura is a trumpeter, also from Japan, and also involved in unique constellation of projects. Aside from his duo with pianist (and wife) Satoko Fujii, membership in Larry Och’s Sax and Drumming Core, a trio with Fujii and drummer John Hollenbeck called Junk Box, and occasional solo performances, Tamura also leads Gato Libre, an ambitious melding of European folk music and more abstract handlings of sound. Of Tamura’s work, the BBC has said “Imagine Don Cherry woke up one morning, found he'd joined an avant goth-rock band and was booked to score an Italian horror movie.”

    Drummer Peter Orins emerged (after studying with the likes of the great Fred Van Hove, among others) from the late 90s jazz scene in France, working closely with a number of innovative collectives such as Circum and CRIME, which later fed into his role as artistic director of the Muzzix collective. His work ranges from free-rock groups to solo improvisations and work with Hué/Circum, a combined grouping of French improvisors and traditional Vietnamese musicians. Other collaborators include Nate Wooley, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, and Radu Malfatti.

    Christian Pruvost is a trumpeter, based in France, who is pushing the edges of what can be done with the instrument. Like his contemporaries such as Wooley, Evans, Hautzinger, and Dörner, Pruvost routinely renders the trumpet all but unrecognizable, and can be heard doing this to great effect in PCM Bla∫t (a brass trio with trombone and tuba), a duo with bassist Nicolas Mahieux, the Arsis quartet, and Ziph, a collective of balloon-membrane-horn players. He is the co-director of Round The World Of Sound, a Muzzix Collective-based band working on the Moondog madrigals, and has collaborated with (among others) Axel Dörner, Otomo Yoshihide, Cor Fuhler, John Edwards, and Tony Buck.

    The quartet’s music is full-force. Dense, relentless and endlessly inventive, it sounds at times like classic 70s blowouts on FMP records, with an updated approach to some of the instrumental techniques and some compelling composed elements amongst the hard blowing. Truly a fusion of the four distinct voices in the group, and very much worth checking out this month. The group is performing a select number of western Canadian dates following their appearance at the prestigious Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec.

    http://www.peterorins.com/kaze/
    http://www.satokofujii.com/index.html
    http://www.natsukitamura.com
    http://www.peterorins.com/
    http://muzzix.info/Pruvost

    JONATHON WILCKE

    Reedsman Jonathon Wilcke has been based in Calgary for the last few years, after spending the better part of the decade in the more ferocious end of Vancouver’s pool of improvisors. There, he was involved in various projects and groupings, often playing with the likes of fellow saxophonists and Bug Incision recording artists Shane Krause and Darren Williams, as well as many fruitful outings with bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Chokroun. Wilcke has combined a well-rounded musical vocabulary - drawing from jazz, contemporary composition, and various lineages of free improvisation - with a high level of proficiency in the outer ranges of his instrument’s possibilities. Usually seen on the tenor saxophone, Wilcke in Calgary can be seen frequently collaborating with Chris Dadge, Cody Oliver, Eric Hamelin, and Scott Munro, and within the past few years issued two very worthwhile solo outings on his own Akashic Record imprint. His work as a solo performer is stellar; he flits between rigorous technical playing and more impulsive moments, all of which is delivered with killer tone and a supple handle on numerous extended techniques.

    http://theinstituteforthestudyofadvancedmusicalresearch.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-unreal

    MIND MORNING

    Mind Morning is the trio of Ryan Bourne, Marie Sulkowski and Chris Dadge. As those in the know will know, this is essentially the excellent psych-pop duo Sleepkit with the addition of Dadge (Lab Coast, Bug Incision, etc), but the set will be a first time meeting for the three, and its results will be among other things, of the improvised variety. 

    https:// sleepkit.bandcamp.com/
    http:// www.bugincision.com/ chrisdadge
    https:// ryanbourne.bandcamp.com/

  • JUNE 10, 2015
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages


    KATHRYN LADANO

    Ladano is one of the preeminent bass clarinetists in Canada, and has spent the better part of the last decade involved in the worlds of free improvisation, contemporary composition, academia, and the intersection of these areas. Her projects include a duo with percussionist Richard Burrows (well known for his work with the TorQ ensemble), and a recent CD release, Open, which features compositions and improvisations with a variety of musicians. She is currently the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts, the co- Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the bass clarinet instructor at the University of Waterloo. We are pleased to have Kathryn Ladano back on the Bug Incision stages. She will play solo and with _______.

    http://kathrynladano.com/

    THE BAND CALLED LIFE PUZZLER

    Had the pleasure of witnessing these two at a recent Frog Fest fundraiser (one half of this unit being a key part of that organization) and their brand of trippy, FX-laden sax & electronics jams are sounding just fine. In their own words: “Born from the depths of Calgary’s very own Thunderdome is The Band Called Life Puzzler. Inspired by existential crises, delirium, and the mysteries of our infinite Universe this 2-piece exploratory vehicle of sound will take you on a journey through time, space, and the mind.”

    http://theelectriccentaur.bandcamp.com/album/tbclp2

    TakepILLs

    This recently-inactive duo is comprised of Matt Doherty and Adam Lamb, two musicians who have been involved in each other’s business for many years. Doherty is one of the busiest drummers in Calgary, logging hours with Raleigh, The Dudes, High Kicks, and others, and Lamb has been slinging six strings for a variety of projects over the years, from his early with Doherty in prog-powerhouse Lint to _______, since his move to Vancouver. When I spoke to Doherty the other day about what these two were going to do, he wasn’t exactly sure, meaning this set should be a true moment of discovery that performer and audience alike can bask in.

    FRIESEN-OLIVER DUO

    Two of Calgary’s most committed string manglers, and two of the most present faces in the Bug Incision community, Devin Friesen and Cody Oliver have chosen to have their debut meeting in front an audience. Friesen is a name no Calgary music nerd shouldn’t know, whether it’s his solo project Bitter Fictions, his killer label Shakin Box, or his membership in Ashley Soft; and Oliver has been upholding experimental music practices in town for nearly 20 years. He’s a member of Midnighties (with Chris Dadge), has performed with the likes of Eugene Chadbourne and Darren Williams, and has a new (totally fantastic) solo album due for release on Bug Incision Records soon.

    http://bugincision.com/midnighties/
    https://shakingboxmusic.bandcamp.com/

  • JULY 16, 2015
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    CITADEL
    Pleased as hell to have Josh Fraser back in Calgary for a set as his Citadel project. This project has been a going concern for the last few years, and we’ve had the chance to witness the project morph through a number of different flavours, never once the same, and it’s always really good. This is not a surprise, however, as Fraser has been cranking out top-shelf music for years; he was a key part of the sorely-missed Discord concert series, routinely offering brutal, cathartic explosions of sound as Suicide Bomber, and also was part of a very choice vocals-only duo called Fraser-Sereda, who released a classic disc a number of years ago on Unit Structures. The Citadel material has tended towards the less face-ripping end of the sonic spectrum, but hasn’t lost any of its emotional heft in the process. A rare chance to see a singularly excellent figure exploring a truly personalized soundworld.

    https://soundcloud.com/blackdawn-slowdeath/sets/moonbather-bw-well-i-made-it-autumnal-suite-mmxiii

    BRENDAN ANDERSON

    Very excited to be presenting a newcomer to the Bug Incision world, another member of the very fertile scene of experimental/outward-leaning musicians in Edmonton. Originally from our Northern neighbouring city, Anderson spent some time on the west coast before returning in 2013. Since then, he’s been refining his music, which he describes as “heavily processed field recordings to create richly textured, slowly evolving soundscapes and drone pieces.” Influenced by the likes of 20th century music heavyweights Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and La Monte Young, in tandem with the cosmically-inclined avant-jazz styling of Sun Ra and the highly personalized musical visions of Ornette Coleman, Anderson spins lush, expansive pieces from a very limited amount of source material, offering his own “sonic manifestation of philosophical ideas of space and time, and their intersection with human consciousness.” His music has been released on Edmonton’s Ramshackle Day Parade label, and he will be presenting this night’s work via 4-channel amplification system. More info:

    http://brendananderson.bandcamp.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SxROPNZCl0&feature=youtu.behttps://vimeo.com/122682574

    DUET
    Duet is a new group comprised of multi-instrumentalist Jack Sinclaire and drummer Andrew Lehman. The two have been appearing all over the place for the last year or so, wherever interesting music can be found, often appearing as bandmates in all-ages stalwarts Lunatique, and Sinclaire also appeared previously on the Bug Incision stage as one half of Returnals. This duo is a drums & no-input mixing board/tape loops setup, incorporating the liberal usage of rhythmic elements and snippets of music from various “world music” recordings.

  • AUGUST 20, 2015
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    YAOCAVE (acoustic)
    Very pleased to have YAOCAVE back in Calgary for one of two performances this month (the other is electric, and on the 14th at Good Luck Bar). This is music in a state of transition, apparently, and in past shows have yielded a variety of performance modes and stlyes, all of which have been engaging and somehow connected. In their own words: "yaocave is a fluid project from montreal and calgary rooted in popular electronic emotions and buddhist bubblegum ballads." Ok, sounds good!

    https://arockband.bandcamp.com/track/a-lisp-sin

    WW
    A new grouping featuring the talents of Mr. Daniel Wilson on snare drum, cymbal, and baritone guitar, and Mr. Jason Philip Wierzba on guitar. Wilson was last seen on Bug Incision stages many years ago, alonside Jzero Schurmann, at the old Soda on 12th avenue. He is also known for his kitwork with many Calgary bands from the last decade, and is currently manning the drums for the Northwest Passage. Wierzba is emerging from a hibernation of his public musical activities, and we are excited to see what his return to the stage brings.

    DADGE/MCGREGOR/OTA/ZANIN
    A truly odd grouping of musicians who will play together in this formation for the first time. There are, however, connecting threads. Chris Dadge (drums) and Jeff McGregor (sax) have been playing together for many years, in a wide spectrum of situations, including minimum jazz-wage lounges, as a free improvising duo, and Jeff often with Dadge's band Lab Coast whenever possible. Whitney Ota is one of the shining lights of Calgary's fringe/experimental music scene, issuing classy albums from the likes of Maurizio Bianchi, Mongst, Jack Wright, and Chris Riggs, as well as performing in various projects such as the mighty free-rock trio Burro, his solo kosmiche worship vehicle Yankee Yankee, and lots of ad hoc collaborations (including guitar/drums duos with Dadge). Liam Zanin (guitar) has emerged into the city's scene in a big way over the last few years, as a guitarist in the soon-to-be-defunct band Lunatique, and manipulating electricity with acts such as Women Of Jazz and State Buddhism.

    http://www.bugincision.com/chrisdadge
    http://www.jeffmcgregormusic.com/
    https://unitstructuresoundrecordings.bandcamp.com/

  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
    Emmedia Screening Room
    - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    MIDNIGHTIES w/ WILCKE

    Following along with their inclination to invite guests into the Midnighties world they’ve created for themselves, Cody Oliver (guitar, junk) and Chris Dadge (percussion, junk) will be performing with Jonathon Wilcke on saxes, reeds, etc. Not an usual sight to see these three in action together (like for the Midnighties Quartet show that happened earlier this year with Scott Munro) - or at the very least helming the Bug Incision nights. Wilcke is a hell of a multi-faceted player, and aside from other scenarios he might be found in (everything from fire breathing free jazz to swinging big band action), he’ll be more than equipped to enter Oliver and Dadge’s world of small, sometimes nasty sounds. Someone wanna watch the door for this set?

    http://www.bugincision.com/midnighties

    BRICK QUARTET

    Had the pleasure of coming into contact with this Montreal-based crew through bassist Raphael Foisy, who plays in a trio with Aaron Leaney (Bord A Bord - check it out), a long-time Bug Incision stage-star and Calgary ex-pat. This group, rounded out by Vicky Mettler (guitar), Felix Lachance (drums) and the group also includes, from New Zealand no less, Jeff henderson on sax and clarinet. The latter is a prolific collaborator and performer, having logged hours with heavyweights such as Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, and Steve Lacy. In his homebase of Wellington, Jeff put in many years as the go-to promoter for outward-reaching art and music events, and has a run as Artistic Director of both the Bomb the Space Experimental Music Festival and the Wellington International Jazz Festival. These days he runs the Feeding Habits record label, and is Director of the Audio Foundation, and experimental-music-minded community support organisation. The other three all deeply involved in Montreal’s ever-fertile creative music community; Foisy also runs the very classy Small Scale Music cassette label. Together, the quartet creates a restless, kinetic brand of improvisation, purposefully moving forward but never quite in the ways you’d expect. Tiny Mix Tapes said of their album on Small Scale, the quartet “does its muscle bound job, jumping you into this gang of post-orchestration deconstruction. It’s punch after punch under a heavy strobe, until all that’s left is a willing pulp of flesh now able to understand that there’s few musics are ferocious and independent as jazz.” A rare treat from the east!

    https://smallscalemusic.bandcamp.com/album/built-like-a-brick-shithouse

    I CAN'T, IT'S HAILIN'

    A new project from Mark Fleischhaker (Terrible Crayon, Norwegian Icebreaker, Lord Something, et al) and Eric Andrews (Fuckboy) making its debut on the Bug Incision stage after their first show at Nite Owl's Rock For Dollars series. The project - a Van Halen cover band - takes its very premise with a chunky grain of salt, emerging in the form of a 15-minute version of a Mr. Bungle song. Worth noting that this performance is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of that band's opus, Disco Volante. Fleischhaker is one of the most consistent, humour-laden, and downright unique performers in the city, and we've heard great things about Andrews, so expect this set to be, at the very least, a singularly weird time.

  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015
    Emmedia Screening Room
    - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    FRIESEN-WATERS DUO
    Across their last two excellent albums on Friesen’s Shaking Box label, tenor saxist Nate Waters and guitarist Devin Friesen have located a very fine intersection of their two instrumental approaches. Waters’ naturalistic sax approach sits alongside his duo partner’s more FX-inclined guitar manglings, striking a very fine and very engaging balance and group sound.

    https://shakingboxmusic.bandcamp.com/album/2-cool-as-ice

    PIGEON BREEDERS
    Always excited to hear what this Edmontonian crew of drift kings has to offer. Their particular brand of drone-oriented improvisation (documented most recently on their new Shaking Box release ‘Concrescence’) is built from heavily FX-laden guitar explorations, probing bass, assorted amplified junk and detritus, incense, and the long-running three-way mind-meld these three have managed to achieve. One of the finest units goin’.

    https://shakingboxmusic.bandcamp.com/album/concrescence

    PYRAMID//INDIGO
    Had the pleasure of witnessing this duo in action during Bermuda fest in September, and was downright tickled by their moody, quite melodic improvised inventions. Processed guitar, a theremin, keyboard, and computer processing were among the instruments these two used, and their music ended up somewhere in the wide-open vista opened up in the last decade or so by bands like Emeralds and labels like Orange Milk.

    https://pyramidindigo.bandcamp.com/

    CYTOKINESIS
    Solo venture from a welcome new addition to the ranks of Bug Incision performers, one Eric Svilpis, recently seen in a reportedly ridiculous duo with Mark Fleischhaker at Emmedia a few months ago. I got a good description from Eric, which I’m going to copy here: “Cytokinesis was born in 2001 in the form of MIDI notes programmed by way of several tedious mouse clicks into a DAW sequencer, which culminated in the 2003 limited run CD 'Mitosis'. Only five copies ever existed, and only one of which still remains. Over the course of the next 12 years, Cytokinesis transmuted itself into a completely improvisational live performance, the only ties to its origin being the unbroken relationship between a man and his art.”

    http://cytokinesis.bandcamp.com/

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015
    Emmedia Screening Room
    - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    CRAIG PEDERSEN
    Craig Pedersen is trumpet player and experimental musician living in Montréal, Canada. Since 2011, Craig has released 10 albums, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Shayna Dulberger, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore). His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.



    http://www.craigpedersen.com/
    http://www.soundcloud.com/craig-pedersen

    DADGE/MUNRO DUO
    While often known collectively as either the Bent Spoon Duo (and before that Trio and Ensemble) or Mama Safari, Chris Dadge and Scott Munro have played together for over a decade, often collaborating with touring artists. During this time they've developed a very symbiotic approach to improvising that leaves a ncie room from a third to nestle right in. They've racked up hours with Jack Wright, Chris Riggs, Eric Chenaux, Eric Normand, Peter Evans, Darren Williams, Josh Zubot, Ellwood Epps, and Allison Cameron, and they've released records on Holy Cheever Church, Eh?, House of Alchemy, Total Vermin, USSR, Bug Incision, and Western Famine.

    https://bugincision.bandcamp.com/album/cloudport

    LIAM ZANIN
    At this point Zanin is no stranger to the Bug Incision stage. He's performed in numerous settings: recently in a group with Jeff MacGregor, Whitney Ota, and Chris Dadge, and has also appeared under the names Women Of Jazz and the collaborative duo State Buddhism. On this night Zanin will expose his recent experiments with guitar and tape loop improvisations.

    MOP TRIO
    When the Bug Incision concert series first got started at the Soda on 12th avenue back in June of 2006, the idea behind first six months of the series was to invite a large number of players, who would then be grouped randomly in set group sizes; duos, trios, etc. A lot of great first-timer's action happened during these sessions, but possibly the most delicious was the trio of Peter Moller, Cody Oliver, and Lyle Pisio. Moller, mostly on drums (& extras) in this context, is well-known for his sound design work for theatre, as well as drumming with Kris Demeanor and helming his own solo projects. Cody Oliver is a blue-blooded member of the Bug Incision family who also lent a hand in Nach Hause, Bug Incision's forebear. Oliver's known for his work with Dadge in the Midnighties, as well as Chinpira (with the late Dan Meichel), and his own excellent string of solo albums (including the new one on Bug Incision, Rodent Landscapes, which will be available this night. Lyle Pisio is (aside from being a brilliant animator who work was just shown at the GIRAF fest) a multi-instrumentalist and wrangler of kinetic musicality from everyday objects who is a longtime member of Calgary's experimental music community. His list of projects includes Scum de Terre, tokyosexwhale, Street of Crocodiles, Tomato Tamato, and BookLilyDeadPosie.