2019 events:

  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover


    Ad hoc ensembles evening featuring:

    Chris Dadge - violin
    David Laing - alto sax
    Eric Hamelin - drums/percussion
    Whitney Ota - modular synth
    Nathaniel Schmidt - synth, French horn
    Simon Macleod - alto sax
    Ethan Mitchell - cello
    Darrell Hartsook
    - lap steel

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover


    LEANEY/DADGE DUO +
    LYDIA DEETZ (solo) +
    LEHMAN/NIKSIC DUO


    Leaney/Dadge Duo
    This duo goes back to almost all the way to beginning of the Bug Incision story. The pair's debut Duo was the fourth-ever release on the label, and that album was recorded at a proto-BI event at Cafe Koi. Needless to say, the ties run deep. They made another album a few years later, played more shows, and comprised 2/3 of the Aaron Leaney Three, but Leaney's departure from Calgary in the late '00s put an end to regular output. Following a fiery meeting with Scott Munro this past December, this will be the duo's first performance in a good long while. (Was the last one at Sloth Records...?)

    Aaron Leaney currently resides in Montreal, and is a multitudinous performer, composer, bandleader, and recording engineer whose work is primarily centered around various modes of post-Fire music tenor saxophone-led improvisation. With various groups over the years (including players such as Aaron Lumley, Raphael Foisy-Couture, Michel Lambert, and Nicolas Caloia) he has explored varying levels of structural freedom, at times incorporating a few choice originals and adaptations of pieces by the likes Eric Chenaux, Ornette Coleman, etc.

    Chris Dadge has been running Bug Incision since its inception in 2005, and is primarily known as a percussionist. Regular groups have included Bent Spoon Duo (with Scott Munro), Midnighties (with Cody Oliver), a duo with saxophonist Jonathon Wilcke, and Cryingsnice, a new duo with drummer Eric Hamelin. Additionally, he's worked with luminaries such as Peter Evans, Mats Gustafsson, Joe Morris, Jack Wright, Chris Riggs, John Oswald, Eric Chenaux, and many more. He can also be found as co-leader of the guitar pop band Lab Coast, and has fingers in many other pop pies as well.

    NOTE: Aaron Leaney will also be playing KAWA with Eric Hamelin and Chris Dadge on February 15 - click here for details.




    Lydia Deetz
    It's always exciting to have someone new playing at a Bug Incision, and it's doubly exciting to have that someone playing a set of solo drums as their first appearance. The number of solo drum performances that have ever happened in BI history can be counted on a hand or two, so this is a real treat. Deetz is a multi-instrumentalist whose recordings are thus far unreleased (although word has it there may be tapes available on this night), but they are shadowy affairs that contain rich sonic landscapes filled with skittering percussion, mangled guitar sounds, and healthy dose of head-scratching unknown sources. Very excited for this set!

    Lehman/Niksic Duo
    These two are best known to Calgary show-goers as members of a few key ensembles currently active in the post-punk/DIY scene. Audrey Niksic fronts Slut Prophet, a sonically evolving group for which Andy Lehman has been a consistent presence behind the kit. He also plays with Calisthenics, Soft Cure, and has slayed a handful of Bug Incision shows over the course of the last couple years. The idea behind their duo is to play one drumset simultaneously, from opposing sides of the bass drum. Should be gas!





  • SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $7 cover


    C.J. Boyd +
    IMPROVISED SPRITUALS +
    J.Alpinist


    A night of distended song form, improvisation, and modular synthesis, among other things.

    C.J. BOYD

    Very pleased to finally be presenting this self-proclaimed "bassist turned vagabond" as part of his "perpetual tour" (aka the InfiniTour), which has been in motion, amazingly enough, since 2008. C.J. Boyd plays a beguiling mixture of improvisations, drone landscapes, and skeletal, often plaintive songforms that emerge organically from this heady concoction of elements. He does this with the electric and upright basses, and considerable skill on each instrument. At times the music recalls World of Echo-era Arthur Russell (or that "Eli" song), some of the Jagjaguwar Richard Youngs albums (Sapphie and Making Paper-era stuff), and even strains of the Tranzac/Rat-drifting scene, like Chenaux's Dull Lights or Ryan Driver's solo albums. Anyone familiar with the tastes of the Bug Incision management know that these are three very good things to recall, but it's worth pointing out that the idiosyncratic singularity shared by both those artists and Boyd is what forms the basis for comparison. He's successfully carved out a unique sonic identity from a refreshingly uncomplicated set of tools - not an easy task.

    C.J. Boyd's music has been issued by the venerable Joyful Noise Recording label from Indianapolis, and this leg of the InfiniTour will be in support of his newest release, Kin Ships, an epic 4-disc collection of tracks that delve deep into the places and people absorbed during last decade of road-dogging. Each track is a cover of another musician with whom Boyd had shared a stage, and each song - all 51 of them - was recorded in a different state of the USA. Read more about it here or watch the trailer below.

    While the majority of Boyd's work has existed as a solo venture, he's also worked with other artists and ensembles, including Kurva Ensemble (and improvised chamber orchestra), musician/producer Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple), Prefuse 73-associated electronic artist Eliot Lipp, and many others. He also runs Obsolete Media Objects, a prolific label with over 70 releases to date.





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    In light of Justin Haynes' recent passing, Rebecca Bruton's set has been amended as such:

    IMPROVISED SPIRITUALS FOR THE MAJESTIC AND HUMBLE ALIKE

    The Music of Justin Haynes

    Performed by Rebecca Bruton, Kyle Brenders, Chris Dadge, Luisa Pinzon

    Justin was a creative and prolific musician and composer who struggled mightily with his mental health, and with addiction.  He was known for his virtuosic yet highly sensitive guitar-playing, and for his outside vision as a composer. 

    Some of you might have known Justin from the time he and Ryan Driver wore red curtain robes, while playing the organs at the National Music Centre.  In this iteration they were known as Organballoon.

     

    Justin died on Wednesday, March 13th, in South Parkdale, Toronto.   

    He left a wealth of astounding music in his wake.  We loved him, and the things that he made.  We will play some of his short tunes for you!

    https://www.justinhaynesmusic.com/

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    Rebecca Bruton (MFA) is a Western Canadian composer and songmaker. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed both nationally and internationally by Quasar quatuor de saxophones (Montréal), Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal, CA), Momenta Quartet (NYC), Array Music (Toronto), Continuum Ensemble (Toronto), and by her own ensembles. As one half of the vocal performance duo Moss Moss Not Moss (with Canadian-Icelandic poet angela rawlings), Rebecca has also presented original work at Tectonics Festival Glasgow. With Australian sound artist Alexandra Spence, she co-founded Tidal ~ Signal, a Vancouver-based festival dedicated to women and trans-identifying artists working in experimental music.

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    J.ALPINIST

    The solo moniker of one John Hornak, this project uses modular synthesis to deliver his enveloping digital compositions. Beginning with his fascination with the Canadian Rockies, and expanding outwards to more remote regions, each of the pieces in this project are highly influenced by Hornak's geographical surroundings during a certain period, creating a markedly interior expression of a more objective, temporal stimulus. This show will see John at the completion of a few weeks' worth of tour dates across Europe in support of his most recent release, Offerings, which is "the heart of the project, genre bending ambient house reminiscent of The Orb or early KLF, with each EP is its own independent “spoke” defined by a unique genre." Excited to finally welcome this artist to the BI stage.


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover


    Another night of mixed ensembles, with these people arranged into duos, trios, and quartets over the course of the three sets:

    Jesse Conradson - double bass, synth
    Lydia Deetz -
    drums, percussion, etc
    Mark Fleischhaker - vocals, FX, etc
    Eric Hamelin - percussion, etc
    Cody Oliver - double bass
    Laura Reid - violin
    Justin Scott -
    electro-acoustic handsaw
    Foon Yap - violin


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
    King Eddy (438 9 Ave SE)
    show starts at 10pm


    BUG INCISION, PUBLIC ASSEMBLY SYSTEM
    & THE KING EDDY are pleased to present:


    from edmonton:
    FAMILY INJERA + A CONDUIT/A CROWN OF TEETH +
    from calgary: TRIGGER WARNING + CRYINGSNICE


    FAMILY INJERA
    Mustafa Rafiq is Family Injera - tending to forgotten family roots through sound. Blending traditional guitar style with spiritual field recordings cloaked in abrasive ambient noise, meditative psychedelia is born. Rafiq is additionally known to Bug Incision audiences a member of his previous duo Pyramid/Indigo and known to many across the country as a key part of Edmonton's independent music scene (with his Sweaty Palms concert series), and will be joined on this night by bass clarinettist Ethan Bokma.

    A CONDUIT/A CROWN OF TEETH
    Blistering electronic textures and chaotic percussion is overlapped by spoken word inspired by the terrifying complexity of the human condition. Drumming wiz Sean MacIntosh is known to many for his jaw-dropping circle-hitting in acts like Garry Debussy, Boosh!, and Zebra Pulse. Spoken word artist Tab C.A. is also known for her duo Moonbathers (with Pigeonbreeder Myles Bartel). Calgary debut!

    TRIGGER WARNING
    Solo electronic-based experimental music project of Mary Cleland, a highly active performer around these parts, and also a member of Slut Prophet. This project is a platform for Cleland's ornate sound environments and immersive auditory experiences, incorporating hard-techno and noise influences and her own meditative sense of pacing and approach to texture. One of the last chances to catch this unique performer before she moves on from our fine city.


    CRYINGSNICE

    The new-ish duo of Chris Dadge (Bug Incision founder, Lab Coast, etc) on violin & FX and Eric Hamelin (Ghostkeeper, Sleepkit) on drums & electronics, who recently shared their live debut with an audience at High Line, and are currently at work assembling their debut album, scheduled for release on Bug Incision Records this year. The two have been playing together in various formations for almost 15 years, and with this project, they are aiming to build on their existing rapport with more a somewhat more elaborate approach to spontaneous composition.

  • SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover


    Another night of mixed ensembles, with these people arranged into duos, trios, and quartets over the course of the three sets:

    Eric Svilpis - guitar, synth
    Jennifer Crighton -
    harp
    Mark Fleischhaker -
    vocals, FX
    Ethan Mitchell -
    cello
    Rob Oxoby -
    double bass
    Evan Petkau -
    drums, percussion
    Jonathan Wielebnowski - double bass
    Lauren Wilson - French horn


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $7 cover


    Tim Olive / Doreen Girard / Chris Dadge
    The duo of Tim Olive (prepared guitar, based in Kobe, Japan) and Doreen Girard (Winnipeg) is making their way around western Canada this spring, and in Calgary they will be joined by percussionist Chris Dadge.

    Tim Olive
    is becoming (happily for us) something of a regular fixture on the Bug Incision calendar, despite his rather distant home base. For the better part of two decades, Olive has been occupying the front lines of guitar abstraction, following in the grand tradition of pioneers like Keith Rowe and Fred Frith, but to say he sounds like either one of these legends would be to err. Olive has eked out a fully unique corner of sound, mainly due to the gloriously bric-a-brac nature of his preparations: springs, styrofoam, metal sheets, hand-wound motors, magnetic tape, toys, wood, and dental floss work in tandem with his modified pickups and lo-res analog electronics to create music that is "evolving, shifting and mutating in real time...uncanny, uneasy, and yet somehow beautiful." Tim has worked with an insane amount of great players, including Akiyama Tetuzi, Che Chen, Crys Cole, Anthony Guerra, Bonnie Jones, Toshimaru Nakamura, Mathieu Ruhlmann, James Rushford, Sound of the Mountain, Carl Stone, and Nate Wooley.


    Doreen Girard hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is primarily known as a visual artist who uses handbuilt and re-purposed slide and animation reel projectors, which are operated live, producing mutable images. She is also the co-founder of the Negative Space and Bent Light artist collectives, and has played with electro-acoustic piano duo Burden. Her visual work is often accompanied by her own music, reconciling her interests in early music, funereal doom, and "the resonant and refractive properties of glass, wood, string and metal", ideally "aiming to activate the participant’s awareness of their perceptual field."


    Chris Dadge
    is primarily known as a drummer/percussionist and co-founder & head of Bug Incision. He's been making all sorts of different music in Calgary for almost 20 years and can frequently be seen playing in Cryingnice (duo with drummer Eric Hamelin), Lab Coast, Samantha Savage Smith's band, or turning knobs at Child Stone studios. His setup for this evening will focus on amplified percussion and different ways to stimulate these objects. He's worked with Peter Evans, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Eugene Chadbourne, John Oswald, Chris Riggs, Jack Wright, and more.


    Staddalakasta
    New duo from the highly fertile minds of Cain Davis and Matt Purdue (Calisthenics, Turner Fries Jazz Ensemble), both multi-instrumentalists who count synth, double bass, sax, autoharp, and amplified junk among just some of their arsenal. These two are some of the most active members of a new generation of Calgary improvisors who have been solidly present in the Bug Incision calendars and have also been stirring the soup with their own series Vocational Sound Company. Not sure exactly what they'll be getting up to on this night, but hopes are high.

    Kevin Stebner
    Pleased as always to present Kevin Stebner, one of the city's finest and most diverse makers of compelling art & things, whether it's his bands, (past & presently including) low-country gruffsters Cold Water, the chiptune madness of Greyscreen, the heart-on-sleeve (and fondly remembered) ragings of Stalwart Sons, his record labels (Revolution Winter and BART tapes), his sick bookstore in a shed (Shed Books - contact him to view!), or his interactive tech-leaning video game music performance pieces. Check it: "Those of you who have seen Stebner's more recent work in his band Cold Water may have noticed the growth from the gruff alt-country of previous iterations now developing far more psych and jam influences creeping in. His solo work takes that development further, utilizing psyched, country twanged, solo'd melodies atop a two-amp, stereo, OM-like panning drones, becoming a loud, meditative weave."

  • SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $7 cover


    i.o + Ethan Bokma + Jack Sinclaire

    i.o
    Formed in 2014, i.o is the music of Victoria multi-instrumentalist and multi-media artist Maxwell Patterson. To call i.o just "a solo project" would be a disservice to both just how fanatically dedicated he is to his craft, and also does little to suggest the full-on approach of this music, which conjures much more sound than the average single human on stage. His live set features an incredibly raw display of drumming virtuosity and physical stamina set against an intricately emotive back drop of densely layered guitars and other-worldly soundscapes. The result is an engaging constellation of influences drawing from math rock, noise rock, ambient, electronica, avant garde, and countless other genres. In the five short years he has been active i.o boasts an impressive discography of over 70 self released digital records and has shared the stage with such notable acts as Wolf Eyes, Nadja, Shearing Pinx, and Crosss. i.o has two forthcoming LPs slated with critically acclaimed, cutting edge experimental music labels Purple Tape Pedigree (NYC) and digital collective Quantum Natives.




    Ethan Bokma

    Edmonton-based bass clarinetist Ethan Bokma will be presenting "Agape Mountain", a "constantly evolving, mostly-improvised composition" and will be joined by Bug Incision's own Chris Dadge. Bokma is best known for his work with the groups Family Injera and Holy Drone Travelers, the latter of which just played a well-received set opening for The Comet Is Coming at this year's Sled Island. This piece features open-ended instrumentation options, and Bokma's bass clarinet and drones will be joined by Dadge's percussion.


    Jack Sinclaire
    Sinclaire will be no stranger to attendees of Bug Incision shows over the last three, four, or five years or so. He has appeared in countless groups over the years, played extensively with the Turner Fries Jazz Ensemble, and has been a key contributor to the Bug Incision "ad hoc ensemble" evenings, firing up many a combo with his violent, restless, and constantly evolving playing style. Usually this involves a mandolin that's seen better days, dressed up with all manner of extrapolatory metal devices, and crudely amplified. It creates a highly tactile sound palette, and it is to Sinclaire's credit that he is able to work it - rather successfully at times - into so many multi-hued situations. For this solo set, he's going to be adding a simultaneously-played acoustic guitar, which will be interesting for a variety of possible reasons.

    Some unrelated music of Jack's to check out here: