2016 events:

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

    Brendan Anderson is an artist involved in Edmonton’s experimental music and sound art scene. An Edmonton native and alumni of the jazz program at Grant MacEwan University, he spent the better part of a decade in musical hiatus on Vancouver Island before returning to his hometown in 2013. He left the the West Coast behind in part to rediscover a more diverse music scene that would be receptive to the experimental music that inspires him.

    Anderson’s work walks the line between music and sound art, and is inspired by contemporary composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and La Monte Young, as well as free jazz visionaries such as Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. A main interest of his is using heavily processed field recordings to create richly textured, slowly evolving soundscapes and
    drone pieces. While the source material always provides inspiration for the piece, the results may or may not bear any resemblance to the original sounds. He tends to take a minimalist approach to his use of material and often creates entire, extended tracks from a single sample only a few seconds long. Conceptually, his work is a sonic manifestation of philosophical ideas of space and time, and their intersection with human consciousness.

    Anderson’s debut album is a collection of sound pieces titled music for every occasion released through Ramshackle Day Parade’s digital record label. It has seen radio play on CJSR fm. His most recent work is a track titled the eternal apocalypse of the spotless mind, awaiting official release on an upcoming Ramshackle Day Parade compilation album.

    https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=_SxROPNZCl0&feature =youtu.be

    These four are familiar players to the Emmedia room, but have not, to anyone's knowledge, ever played in this very grouping before. DADGE - known for this percussion work in a variety of settings (Midnighties, Lab Coast, Bent Spoon Duo) - is here featured on the guitar, not wanting to double up on the drums front, where HAMELIN will be holding down the fort. His particular brand of junk-rustling has graced many stages and groupings (Nomoreshapes, Chad VanGaalen, Sleepkit) and he knows his way around a quartet. OLIVER - usually a nimble-fingered guitar mangler known for his work with Midnighties and MOP Trio, is here bumped aside into the role of Bassist. His burgeoning private investigations into this four-stringed instrument will be outed on this date. And WILCKE, easily the most forward thinking saxist in town, will ply his trade with a variety of lung-powered instruments. 

    D.F.H. >>
    Cassette tape loop based drone, fog electronics. Check it here:

  • SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    This formidable trio has played a few times around town, but this, I do believe, will be their first appearance at a Bug Incision show. Whitney Ota (Yankee Yankee, the USSR label, Burro, CJSW), Brad Hawkins (soundman extraordinaire, Pedromonkeyfinger), and Eric Hamelin (Nomoreshapes, Fuck Off Dad/Crun, Sleepkit, Ghostkeeper) promise to whip up a fierce and nasty soundworld for you all, and, with the their highly impressive pedigrees, it's sure to be a top-notch one, too.

    Jamey Lougheed and Ryan Scott have previously graced the Bug Incision stage sometime last year, delivering their zoned, glowing brand of strangely celebratory improvised electronic music. An FX-damaged amalgam of sax, samples, synths maybe, and other electronics, this group has staked out their own territory in Calgary's experimental music scene. A treat!

    Calgary's Noah Michael sits on the very-busy end of the how-busy-is-he spectrum. He plays in too many bands to mention (but I will mention Pine Tarts and We are Not Ghosts), and last time I saw him play, it was killing it on grand piano, backing up Erin Jenkins. The live band includes Connor Scott and Eric Andrews on Drums and Bass who have been playing the 4th Album live to extreme gratitude. This is the release show of their newest musical entry "Yamaha PSR-248!" In the words of this shape-shifting collective: "Typically unbounded by genre or format constraint, these mad scientists of sound eschew even those restrictions and enter, free-form, into the Bug Incision realm."

    Man about town Evangelos Lambrinoudis' solo vehicle. Been wanting to see this unit in action for some time, so very pleased to have the Bug Incision debut of this hotly-tipped project. In his own words: "Corinthian aka Evangelos, one half of Calgary's ambient experimental group Sanctums, 5 years resident DJ and co-founder of the 80's and 90's hiphop night Natural Selection, and dedicated hardware ambient noise and techno artist. Evangelos has performed at many stages such as Mutek in in Montreal, Shambhala in Salmo, Sled Island and many others. Regardless of the genre or aesthetic Evangelos puts on physical and emotional performances that capture the hard edges of the underground."
  • Friday, July 22, 2016
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    In the spirit of the first round of Bug Incision concerts at the Soda back in 2006, we've taken four killer musicians who've never played together in this formation, if at all. In fact, we're fairly certain that some of these people have never even met. Mark Fleischhaker is well-known to Bug Incision audiences as a vocalist in his category, working in ad hoc groupings as well as under the Terrible Crayon and Faster Disco guises (among others). He's also the drummer in the soon-to-be-reactivated Lord Something (with Chris Dadge and Scott Munro), a free rock trio. Darrell Hartsook is currently a member of Lab Coast and Pre Nup, where his extreme attention to tonal-textural detail is without peer. Other outlets have included his off/on project Sissys, The Gooeys, and Grown-Ups. Andrew Hume has a similarly distinguished string of involvements under his belt, from his killer Pale Lobo project to his outrageous drumming Burro and Ashley Soft. And Nate Waters has graced Bug Incision stages in the past alongside Devin Friesen in the Friesen-Waters Duo, and has also racked up a good reputation playing with Cable Knits, Hunter Gatherer, and a plethora of projects in Calgary's bustling jazz community. Bear witness to the time-honoured tradition of watching four men sweat it out onstage, trying to figure out what it all means.

    Cody Oliver
    This man is absolutely no stranger to the Bug Incision family. He can be frequently seen helping run the events themselves and other times can be seen behind the lens of a camera, taking excellent and interesting black and white photos of musicians all over town. His music has been lately represented through the odd ad hoc grouping and his duo with Chris Dadge, the Midnighties, but 2016 seems like it might be a renaissance year for Oliver, with his recent solo album "Rodent Landscapes" on Bug Incision Records, the impending release of his Dark Knees project, and various other irons in the proverbial fire. He promises something noisy and raucous, so get yr shoes on, kids. 

    Chris Dadge
    Since inaugurating Bug Incision Records in 2005 and Bug Incision Presents in 2006, Dadge has found himself wedged into the city's avant-garde music scene for over a decade. While also exploring rock & pop exploits with acts such as Lab Coast, Pre Nup, Chad VanGaalen, and Samantha Savage Smith, he's racked up a catalogue of nearly 100 Bug Incision releases and 10 years' worth of near-monthly concerts celebrating fringe-leaning musical activities. When appearing solo in this context, the music can take different forms, including solo violin, vibrators on floor toms, the "amplified objects with field recording" set of recent years, and more. This set was scheduled specifically to initiate a new mode of solo performance, so stay tuned to see what that will be. 

    turns 10 years old: 2 nights in Calgary

    NIGHT #1 :: SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
    Vintage Room at the GRAND (608 1 St SW - small room adjacent the 2nd floor bar)
    Doors at 8:00pm, music starts at 8:30pm
    $10 cover (includes free 10th Anniversary Commemorative Zine + CD-R)

    One of the preeminent forward-thinking percussionists working today, Nakatani has amassed a massive list of collaborators, an exhaustive international touring schedule, and a huge, wonderous, gem-filled discography. Hailing originally from Osaka, Japan, Nakatani has been based in the United States since the mid-1990s, and has played with many of the vanguard players in the American scene including the MAP Trio (with Mary Halvorson and Reuben Radding), his duo with Eugene Chadbourne (check out the amazingly weird Country Boobs album), and Nmperign (aka Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley), alongside collaborations with Jack Wright, Jason Lescalleet, Nate Wooley, Assif Tsahar, Billy Bang, and Frank Lowe. And he is a frequent visitor to Europe and Asia, where he has worked with Makoto Kawabata, Peter Kowald, Michel Doneda, Frank Gratkowski, David Stackenas, and Bug Incision recording artist Christian Munthe. In addition to his strictly musical activities, he builds fine custom bows, and has recently started a documenting his highly economical (and apparently delicious) on-the-road culinary habits via his excellent Youtube channel (alongside many other interesting tidbits). Here's a statement from his very informative website, which is worth perusing at length:

    " He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music."

    Rebecca Bruton is a composer, vocalist and violinist based in Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories). A thoroughly arresting performer and musical conceptualist, both on stage on record, her work encompasses avant-pop, improvisation, new music, noise, and sound art. Her duo with Candian-Icelandic poet a rawlings, Moss Moss Not Moss, explores the territory between noise and sound-poetry, and recently appeared at the wellspring of creative new music that is Tectonics Festival Glasgow. As Rebecca Flood, she's issued two gorgeous studio albums that explore a hybridized form of folk, pop, and classical music, and are quite wonderfully singular and highly recommended. On this night, Bruton will perform solo, presenting a set of "heavily-orchestrated cassette-tape jazz + screaming."

    This is the solo project of Whitney Ota (also of Burro, Dada Centauri, and Form), one of Calgary's most consistently rewarding performers working in the intersecting realms of noise, rock, kosmiche, and synth-heavy electronic music. This long-running vehicle has been releasing intriguing albums for the better part of a decade now, and witnessing Ota refine his solo vision has been treat both on record and live. Many of his releases have been issued on his excellent Unit Structure Sound Recordings label, which has also birthed many other winning titles from a variety of local and international players. His dense, detailed synth and electronic explorations as Yankee Yankee are a highlight of any bill he's on, and this one, in this intimate space, should prove to be no exception.

    NIGHT 2 :: SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016
    Local 510 (510 17th Ave SW)
    Sets start at 8:00pm, end at 11:00pm
    No cover
    , free 10th Anniversary Commemorative Zine + CD-R on hand

    Psychic Pollution is the solo vehicle of Jzero Schuurman, a multi-instrumentalist & activity-instigator, currently based in Victoria, BC, who has been making work with some of the more potent experimentalists in western Canada for the better part of a couple decades, as well as releasing a lot of music via his Eat Glass Records. He's worked with the likes of Lucid 44, Gutterawl, Jane Vain & The Dark Matter, and since his move from Calgary to the island, he's been heavily involved in the fifty-fifty Arts Collective, been working with various musicians around town, as well as acts like Golden Hand and Scar and Scarves. This appearance in Calgary is part of a full, one-man Canadian tour for Schuurman, who will be bringing his highly psychedelic blend of kosmiche music, ambient minimalism, and noise to Calgary for the first time in years. Of his latest album, released earlier this year, Ride The Tempo says "Not just anyone can take a jab at composing songs in the style of the early Berlin School of Music, it takes serious fluency, and Tanz Für Dunklen Seelen shows Psychic Pollution’s mastery in precision".

    Wilcke and Dadge have been making a habit of playing together as often as possible since the former's return to Calgary in 2012. Prior to that move, Wilcke - a multi-reedist whose axes include alto & tenor sax and clarinet - spent the better part of the last decade based in Vancouver, entrenched in that city's vibrant experimental music scene. He played frequently with the likes of Shane Krause, Rachael Wadham, Dave Chokroun, and many others. Since moving here, Wilcke has been honing a fantastic solo mode, leading a jazz-oriented trio with bassist Rob Oxoby and drummer Eric Hamelin, and sitting in frequently with Dadge and guitarist Cody Oliver's Midnighties duo. Dadge has been playing and putting together improvised music events in Calgary for over a decade (see Commemorative Zine for the full story), working in groups such as the Bent Spoon Ensemble/Trio/Duos (with Jun-Long Lee, David Laing, and Scott Munro) the aforementioned Midnighties, Raw Kites (with Shane Krause), The Musk Cup (with Munro and the late, great Dan Meichel), and a variety of one-off encounters with the likes of Mats Gustafsson, Peter Evans, Eric Chenaux, Jack Wright, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Riggs, John Oswald, Ellwood Epps, Scott Thomson, Allison Cameron, Fossils, and others. They play together using a mixed & shared vocabulary of "non-idiomatic" improvisation, jazz & free jazz, minimalism, humour, and, on a good day, strong listening skills and an ever-deepening musical rapport.

    This excellent duo made their debut on the Bug Incision stage last year, Dan Wilson (The Northwest Passage, among many others) playing a laid-down, heavily FX'd baritone guitar, cymbal, and snare drum (and possibly a hihat?), and Jason Philip Wierzba viciously attacking an amplified acoustic guitar. Together they made quite a nuanced racket, resisting the potential awkwardness of the instrumentation through a relentless forward motion. Nice stuff! This time they've ditched the snare and brass, and will be going head to head on their respective six-strings (Dan's still a bari, Wierzba's now a Rickenbacker). Also: the pronunciation of their name, which is "double double u", is a sly nod to some diverting historical minutiae Wierzba stumbled across in a book about the radical labour union group Industrial Workers of the World.

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016
    PRLR Lounge (124 10 St NW)
    Music starts at 8:00pm, no cover


    The Parker Abbott Trio is a keyboard-centric group of Toronto-based musicians exploring the intersections between two pianists and a drummer—and using a huge sonic palette to do so. Beginning in 2010 with the piano duo of Teri Parker (Idioteque, Teri Parker Quartet) and Simeon Abbott (Danielle Duval, DO!), the group was expanded into its current trio formation in 2011 with the addition of percussive powerhouse Mark Segger (Kyle Brenders Quartet, See Through Quintet). Using a plethora of keyboard instruments and a pan-stylistic approach to composition and improvisation, the trio has created an utterly original, multi-faceted jazz sound that has been called “an ethereal wonderland of sound and texture” (Brent Black, criticaljazz.com). Their newest album, Elevation, is an introspective and uplifting sonic journey full of indomitable tunes that swing, shuffle, simmer, and blaze. The Parker Abbott Trio is a peerless group, and Elevation is sure to be one of the year's highlights for original, forward-thinking instrumental music. The album will be released this October, with a Canadian tour to follow.

    More information: http:// parkerabbotttrio.com/

    Wilcke and Dadge have been making a habit of playing together as often as possible since the former's return to Calgary in 2012. Prior to that move, Wilcke - a multi-reedist whose axes include alto & tenor sax and clarinet - spent the better part of the last decade based in Vancouver, entrenched in that city's vibrant experimental music scene. He played frequently with the likes of Shane Krause, Rachael Wadham, Dave Chokroun, and many others. Since moving here, Wilcke has been honing a fantastic solo mode, leading a jazz-oriented trio with bassist Rob Oxoby and drummer Eric Hamelin, and sitting in frequently with Dadge and guitarist Cody Oliver's Midnighties duo. Dadge has been playing and putting together improvised music events in Calgary for over a decade (see Commemorative Zine for the full story), working in groups such as the Bent Spoon Ensemble/Trio/Duos (with Jun-Long Lee, David Laing, and Scott Munro) the aforementioned Midnighties, Raw Kites (with Shane Krause), The Musk Cup (with Munro and the late, great Dan Meichel), and a variety of one-off encounters with the likes of Mats Gustafsson, Peter Evans, Eric Chenaux, Jack Wright, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Riggs, John Oswald, Ellwood Epps, Scott Thomson, Allison Cameron, Fossils, and others. They play together using a mixed & shared vocabulary of "non-idiomatic" improvisation, jazz & free jazz, minimalism, humour, and, on a good day, strong listening skills and an ever-deepening musical rapport.

    More info: http://www.bugincision.com/chrisdadge

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


    The final shows at the wonderful and glorious Emmedia Screening Room will be happening this fall and winter. This one will take place over two calendar dates - one (this one) is a straightforward concert featuring Toronto's Convergence Ensemble (see below for the context of surrounding the band's current formation), and the other (below) is an open recording session with members of the Ensemble and some Calgary players.

    What follows here is a statement from the group, followed by personnel bios and the night's other acts.

    The Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble : Fall Tour, 2016

    The extended family of creative music in Toronto, throughout Canada, and internationally is mourning the sudden, shocking death of guitarist, composer, educator, and producer Ken Aldcroft from a heart attack in mid-September.

    To celebrate our friend and his music, the Convergence Ensemble will be performing across Canada this November. We will play Ken’s music – spontaneously arranged and orchestrated as always – and take the opportunity to connect with many of his friends by improvising with local players in some cities.

    We are grateful to Maria and Liam Aldcroft for their encouragement that we proceed with this tour. In many ways it is for them; Ken was an utterly devoted and loving husband and father, and the ensemble is committed to helping Maria and Liam, 13, however we can. To this end, we will be raising money for Liam’s education fund at each show.

    The love, dedication, and conviction that defined Ken’s exemplary family life radiated outward to the countless musicians with whom he played, the myriad recording and performance projects he convened, and the many students – in private lessons and, since 2010, at the University of Guelph – he guided and inspired.

    Ken’s tremendous skills as a guitarist, composer, and bandleader were matched by his passionate, tireless work ethic and ironclad sense of purpose. He manifested his creative vision by leading and contributing to a dazzling number of groups and projects: Convergence Ensemble, Threads, Hat and Beard, various Ken Aldcroft Trios and Quartets, Alaniaris, AIMToronto Orchestra, solo composition and improvisation, and international touring and recording with duo partners including William Parker, Klaus Kürvers, and Jason Robinson. With his friend and partner John Sorensen he released more than twenty-five recordings of his music on his independent label, Trio Records.

    Ken’s efforts forming and sustaining key scene-building initiatives in Toronto embodied his commitment to fostering community through music. Hallmarks of his dedicated stewardship of creative improvised music – and his bountiful generosity – include co-founding the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, the Leftover Daylight Series, and the NOW Series, and serving on the board of the Somewhere There musicians’ collective. He was a great friend to and supporter of fellow musicians, and was deeply loved for his off-the- wall sense of humour, his creativity, his kindness, his perceptiveness, his loyalty, his keen intelligence, and his sheer love of life.

    He was a true gentleman who is profoundly missed by the legion of family, friends, colleagues, and listeners he touched and inspired with his music and spirit.

    The Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble is Emily Denison on trumpet, Andrew Furlong on bass, Karen Ng on alto saxophone, Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion, and Scott Thomson on trombone. We look forward to sharing the music with you.

    Emily Denison, trumpet Emily Denison is a trumpet player in Toronto's jazz and creative music scenes. She recently earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where she received the Paul Read Jazz Scholarship, the Noreen and Phil Nimmons Jazz Scholarship, and the Mary Alice Stuart Jazz Scholarship. She also had the opportunity to attend the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative music as a TD fellow. Emily can be heard on the U of T 12tet's debut album, Rebirth, as well as around Toronto with the fusion band Snaggle, the Nick Fraser Quartet, Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble, and her own trio Denison, Ballyk, Davis.

    Andrew Furlong, bass Andrew has been playing composed and improvised music on the bass since 2008, first in Edmonton and, since 2012, in Toronto. For two years he played in Edmonton’s Catgut, navigating two self-financed cross Canada tours and a release on Old Ugly Records. Since his immersion in Toronto’s jazz and improvised music scenes, Andrew’s physical, direct playing on upright and Fender bass has been seen and heard as part of the collectively led free jazz band Luscar, Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, and his duo with vocalist Laura Swankey. Other recent performances include ad-hoc ensembles with Colin Fisher, Houston’s Sandy Ewen (Weird Weeds), Jim Lewis, and Christine Duncan (Barnyard Records).

    Karen Ng, alto saxophone Toronto based saxophonist Karen Ng is an eclectic musician involved in many different projects all over the grid. She has had the happy opportunity to perform all over the world, touring Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. She has appeared on stage with the likes of Do Make Say Think, Fresh Snow, Bry Webb, L CON, Del Bel and Broken Social Scene. Also an active member in the Toronto improv scene, Karen plays with Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, Pete Johnston’s See Through Trio/Quintet, Imaginary Flesh (formerly Clarinet Panic), THREADS, Interstellar Orchestra, Josh Cole 4tet and has been a long-time member of the great Dave Clark’s Woodshed Orchestra. She was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015 to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Amsterdam and Berlin. She also is a board member of Somewhere There, curating shows throughout the year in Toronto as well as programming their annual festival.

    Joe Sorbara, drums + percussion Joe Sorbara is a highly inventive drummer and percussionist with a penchant for coaxing music out of practically anything. Joe's drumkit is regularly augmented with found and prepared materials which ensure that the sounds at his ready disposal are practically orchestral in scope. He combines these skills with an extraordinary time-feel that makes him one of the most swinging drummers in Canada when the music demands it of him. He leads The Imperative, a trio featuring Jay Hay and Karen Ng on tenor saxophones, as well as the ten-piece Abakos and a 'seven-or-more-tet' known as Other Foot First. Elsewhere, Joe plays in Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble, an improvising duo with Paul Dutton, the Interstellar Orchestra, My Misshapen Ear, and in numerous ongoing and ad hoc collaborations with creative improvising musicians from all over. He also appears occasionally with Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People. In addition to the above, he has recorded with Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, the AIMToronto Orchestra, and Ronda Rindone's Quorum,  among others. Joe teaches at the University of Guelph and through the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto. He is also a stalwart creative music organizer currently serving the Somewhere There Collective.

    Scott Thomson, trombone Scott Thomson is a trombonist and composer based in Montréal. He works extensively with singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, as a duo and with the quintets, The Disguises and The Rent. Scott’s suite of songs, The Muted Note, based on P.K. Page poems, has been the basis of discs with Susanna and with The Disguises, a major stage work with choreography by Susanna, and a 40-performance, nine-province Canadian tour in 2014. Scott helped to found the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in September 2007. In 2016, he convened the 20-piece Montréal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. From 2007 to 2010, Scott was the artistic director of Somewhere There, a performance space for live creative music in Toronto that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure. Scott has composed a series of site-specific works, ‘cartographic compositions’ for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; Montréal’s Vieux Port and Parc Lafontaine; and Parc National du Bic.

    The Convergence Ensemble would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council.


    It's been a little while since we've seen Liam Zanin take the stage at Bug Incision. If memory serves, he was last seen on stage in an ad hoc grouping, playing the guitar. He's appeared solo, and under the aliases and group names State Buddhism and Women In Jazz, and also was a core member of all-ages staple Lunatique. For this set, Zanin will perform on 4 oscillators and 2 tape recorders.


    The final two shows at the Emmedia space will feature ad hoc combinations of musicians who are no stranger to the activities that took place over the years in that room, and they are grouped here to send it off in style. The first is this trio, their first time on stage together, and, in Laing's case, the first time performing on the alto sax in public in more than half a decade. Laing is known these days as the frontman for local pop combo Lab Coast, but he was prolific improvisor in the mid-late 00s, performing largely with the Bent Spoon Duo and Trio, alongside bassist Scott Munro and percussionist Chris Dadge. The trio inaugurated the Bug Incision label in 2005, released a bunch of recordings, performed all over the west coast, and the duo, with Dadge, toured the UK in 2007, sharing stages with the likes of Evan Parker, John Russell, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Alex Neilson. Guitarist Cody Oliver's reach extends back even further, as a key part (along with Darren Williams) of the 90s/early 00s concert series nach Hause, as well as playing with a host of past and current collaborators, including Eugene Chadbourne, Darren Williams, Ron De Jong, Dan Meichel, the Midnighties (with Chris Dadge), and the MOP Trio (with Lyle Pisio and Peter Moller). And, keeping good company is Eric Hamelin, a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist who has likewise been involved in outward-leaning musical activities for more than a decade, known for his work in groups like Nomoreshapes, a brilliantly off-kilter semi-jazz group with Jay Crocker, Crun nee Fuck Off Dad (crushing improvised loudness with Eddie Dalrymple), Ancient Snake (with Whitney Ota and Brad Hawkins creating a maelstrom of electro-acoustic madness).

  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    Convergence Ensemble Meets Calgary Musicians:
    Open-To-The-Public Recording Session

    Following the previous night's performance, this open-to-the-public recording session will document meetings between the members of Toronto's Convergence Ensemble and some of Calgary's improvisors, including Chris Dadge, Jonathon Wilcke, Cody Oliver, Nate Waters, and Devin Friesen. Pay what you can!

  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016
    Emmedia Screening Room - 351 11 Ave SW #203
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30pm
    $5 cover all ages

    SHOW >>>

    As of this date, Emmedia in its current location will be shutting its doors for the holidays, and then they'll be packing up the operation in anticipation of their 2017 relocation. We've had an amazing run of years at this fantastic space, it will be sorely missed by Bug Incision and many other independent concert producers, and we look forward to the next chapter at the new space in Sunatla. Please do what you can to make it down to this momentous event!

    This trio, comprised of Peter Moller, Cody Oliver, and Lyle Pisio, first played together during the first six months of Bug Incision concerts back at the Soda in August of 2006. They also individually offer three of the richest histories in Calgary's avant-garde music scene. Moller, a muti-instrumentalist who usually focuses on drums and percussion in this group, has been instigating musically adventurous activities in Calgary since the late '70s. He produced concerts for the likes of the Derek Bailey/Evan Parker duo (see Cody Oliver's fridge for proof) and, with guitarist Randy Hutton, recorded an amazing duo album of free improv, Ringside Maisie, on the Canadian free jazz/improv label Onari in the early '80s. He also played in the Rip Chords and was a central part of Calgary's independent music during that decade. (Check out his website for lots of hep archival materials.) Since then he's worked on a ton of theatre sound design projects (snagging a good handful of awards along the way), design work (Calgary Folk Music Fest is a well-ogled one), and can be seen frequently as a member of Kris Demeanor's Crack Band. Cody Oliver, another of those multi-instrumentalist types, is often seen mangling an electric guitar, but more recently he's also been caught abusing an upright bass, and one time even an electric one. He's done all of these things alongside the likes of Eugene Chadbourne, Darren Williams, Scott Munro, Jonathon Wilcke, Eric Hamelin, Chad VanGaalen, and others. And to top it off, he's been recording prolifically, sharpening his warped vision of the pop song. He appears occasionally alongside Bug Incision founder Chris Dadge in the Midnighties, and recently released a solo album, Rodent Landscapes, on the label. Lyle Pisio - yes, another multi-instrumentalist, although mostly sax-ing here - is part of a rich continuum of musicians in Calgary which stretches back to the early '90s, includes musicians such as Mark Dicey, the late Dan Meichel, Peter Stinson, Janet Turner, and Bob Dawkins, and encompassed groups like Street of Crocodiles, Tomato Tomato, Scum de Terre, tokyosexwhale, and Super Deluxe Gas Jockey (an early Bug Incision bim- release). Pisio is also an amazing animator whose work in this field should be scoped immediately right here. These three have a strong handle on the timing, sense of humour, and generousity of spirit needed to pull off their wide-ranging, tempestuous brand of improvising, and it's a pleasure to have them spew their stuff all over this classic Emmedia room one last time. UPDATE: This trio will be upgraded to quartet status with the addition of Mark Fleischhaker as special guest. Fleischhaker is well-known to those Calgary listeners with an open ear to the ground; he's regularly seen upending karaoke conventions at Broken City, drums for metal-ers Norwegian Icebreaker and Lord Something (with Scott Munro and Chris Dadge), and has issued a lot of material under his Terrible Crayon guise. Curious folks should check out his insane Youtube channel for more. He's an excellent improvisor, malleable as hell, and he will be a perfect addition to this trio.

    Despite this show being the debut of this particular trio on the Bug Incision stage, the bulk of its membership is comprised of veritable blood brothers as far as the BI family concerned. Eric Hamelin has been on the scene since before the birth of the series, and once it started up, he became a central figure, soon meeting up with Jay Crocker and starting the classic fake jazz trio Nomoreshapes. The astute observer will also count Chad VanGaalen, Crun, Ghostkeeper, and Sleepkit among the groups that have been elevated by Hamelin's graceful percussion stylings. Saxophonist Jonathon Wilcke has in recent years become an integral part of Bug Incision operations, both as a key organizer and also a consistent presence on the stage. He's appeared in a duo with Chris Dadge many times in the last couple years, has issued a few killer solo & group recording on his own Uncanadian Activities label, and worked for many years in Vancouver alongside the likes of Shane Krause, Dave Chokroun, Darren Williams, and others. The trio is rounded out by double bassist Rob Oxoby, known around town as a member of the Bobby Kork Orchestra and Muerte Pan Alley (featuring Bob Keelaghan and Jay Wooley of Agnostic Mountain... fame). I do believe this is the first appearance of Oxoby on the BI stage, following a failed attempt to get something together at Weeds many years ago. This trio spent the earlier part of 2016 working out their group concept at PRLR most Wednesday nights, where they would ruthlessly investigate all corners of their eclectic songbook. Excited to see some local explorations of the jazz universe for this final black room show.

    In a first-time Bug Incision appearance, we are pleased to present the solo music of Edmonton's TJ Sokoluk. A few months back, Sokoluk got in touch about booking his noise act Virgins, and in the time it took the Bug Incision offices to get back to him, that unit had folded, but the solo vehicle remained standing. Self-described as "a hypno-chaotic translation of the fractured mind, TJ Sokoluk proudly hails from Edmonton AB and intends to sonically disrupt and display beauty." Well, that sounds fine to us! And if you're inclined to do a little pre-show snooping, you'd be advised to head over to his bandcamp.


    The birth of Bug Incision goes hand in hand with the long-inactive group known as the Bent Spoon Trio. Originally starting life as the Bent Spoon Ensemble (alongside guitarist/spoken word-ist Kevin Lee, known to many currently as artist/filmmaker Jun-Long Lee), the trio of David Laing (alto sax, Laingdon, etc), Scott Munro (upright bass, trombone, etc), and Chris Dadge (percussion, etc) started Bug Incision back in 2005 as a means to release their debut album March 3, 2005 (which The Wire magazine called "35 minutes of continuous Improv of a very high order"). They went on to record a bunch more albums, in stairwells at ACAD, tunnels in Confederation Park under 10th street, and art galleries in Victoria. Around 2007-8 they began to fracture into two duos: the Dadge/Laing faction, which toured the UK in 2007 and shared stages with the likes of Evan Parker, John Russell, Peter Evans, Mick Beck, Simon Rose, Tatsuya Nakatani, Alex Neilson; and the Dadge/Munro faction, which went to develop into their own unique amalgamation of stringed instruments, scrappy brass playing, sampling keyboards, percussion, and electronics. They played and recorded with the likes of Eric Chenaux, Chris Riggs, Nilan Perera, Eric Normand, and were recently mentioned in The Wire magazine's primer on the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, locating their playfully abstract explorations as part of the continuum set out by the legendary UK improvising group. The last time the group played as a trio was probably around 2008 or so, and since then the members have been busy: Munro has been shredding stages and ears around the world for the last few years as one quarter of the celebrated post-punk titans Preoccupations (FKA Viet Cong), and has additionally also logged many hours with Chad VanGaalen, Ghostkeeper, Lab Coast, Mama Safari (with Dadge), among others; Dadge has continued to steer the Bug Incision enterprise, recently celebrating 10 years' worth of concerts, can be frequently spotted playing in duos with Cody Oliver (as The Midnighties) and Jonathon Wilcke (the two have a forthcoming Bug Incision release), and works with Lab Coast, Chad VanGaalen, Samantha Savage Smith, and various dance outfits and visual artists; and Laing has been busy churning out pop melodies for all time as the singer, co-saxophonist, sometime guitarist, and principal compositional force behind the much-loved Calgary indie-pop band Lab Coast.

    Devin Friesen is one of the city's premiere guitar explorers, using FX, preparations, and a keen compositional sensibility, all evident across his work as Bitter Fictions, in the Friesen-Waters Duo, and with his excellent Shaking Box Music label. Nathaniel Schmidt (heard here) is known as a pianist, composer, and writer, logging hours with organizations such as the Kensington Sinfonia, Timepoint Ensemble, Dancing Monkey Laboratories, and the National Music Centre. Nate Waters, an accomplished saxophonist, guitarist, drummer, and songwriter, easily straddles the gaps between jazz (with his own groups and one-off appearances around the city), pop (with his excellent old band the Cable Knits), and - as a member of the city's boundary-pushing fringe-pursuers - improvised music, in the celebrated Friesen-Waters Duo. Whitney Ota, a multi-instrumentalist who is here slated to play guitar and saxophone, has been issuing prime slices of avant-oriented action for the better part of a decade now, often seen under the guises Yankee Yankee (his ever-morphing solo act), Burro (a scorching free rock trio), Dada Centauri, and also has released many fine albums into the world via his involvement in the Unit Structure Sound Recordings label.