• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $10 cover at the door, CASH ONLY


    Ad hoc ensembles, featuring:

    Tys Burger, guitar, FX
    Mark Fleischhaker
    , vocals and FX
    Devin Friesen, guitar, FX
    Morgan Greenwood
    , drum machine, synth
    Easy HD
    , percussion
    Andrew Lehman
    , percussion
    Witek Radomski, synth, hang drum
    Laura Reid
    , violin
    Jill Shannon, bass


    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $10 cover at the door, CASH ONLY


    Two Trios, One Duo

    >>> Keith Rodger / Robin Tufts / Erik Allen

    Keith Rodger is one of the city's finest - and therefore, busiest - bass players Calgary has to offer, displaying a mastery of the four strings, both electric and acoustic, across a wide variety of genres. He is known around town for work with acts such as Hermitess, Wayne Garrett's pedal steel trio, Horsebreaker, collaborations with Nathan Godfrey, and many others. For this one-off show, Rodger has opted to triangulate himself with two other percussionists from in and around Calgary. Robin Tufts is no stranger to Calgary's music scene or the Bug Incision stage; he's worked with a huge variety of people, including ongoing collaborations with bassist Simon Fisk, the Calgary-Montreal musical exchange called Calgareal (alongside other Foon Yap and Jiajia Li, among others), and he hosted for many years an amazing house concert series called Music For Soup. Rounding out the triangle - or perhaps putting a point on it - is drummer Erik Allen, also no stranger to the BI stage, and known for his creative kit & percussion work with Amy Nelson, John Rutherford, and more.

    >>> Friesen - Hume - Waters

    Speaking of triangles, this one pulls together two duos that Devin Friesen has been exploring over the last number of years. Friesen is well-known about the town for his work as Bitter Fictions, the solo project that initially gained him notoriety in the community, and led to the birth of his label Shaking Box Music, a label which has released piles of top-quality excursions into the realms of noise, improvisation, post-punk, electro-acoustic weirdness, and more. For many years, one of his most potent collaborations, yielding three excellent cassette release, has been with saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Nate Waters. Waters is another hero of the Calgary music community, crossing lines all over the communities of jazz (with his own groups and constant gigging), indie rock (his old band Cable-Knits and new band Eye of Newt are both worth your attention), the sideman world (logging hours with Samantha Savage Smith, Ryan Bourne's Plant City Band, and Bennett Mitchell), and even some quasi-new-music ensembles (such as Bug Incision frequenters' group Circular Sparrow and Nobody Say Anything, with Mark Limacher, Nate Schmidt, and Chris Dadge). Together with drummer Andrew Hume (Burro, Seizure Salad, Dada Centauri, and an excellent duo tape with Friesen), one of the city's most unique and idiosyncratic improvisors, the three are celebrating the release of their excellent new tape, Nightspeak, which will be available for purchase at the show.



    >>> Jonathon Wilcke & Chris Dadge


    Wilcke (saxophones) and Dadge (percussion), the two people that run the behind the scenes action at Bug Incision, also play in a duo together, and have for a while. They initially met in 2005 playing in a tribute to Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz album, and then played again in a trio with bassist Scott Munro at the Soda (during Bug Incision's first months of existence) before Wilcke relocated for a spell to Vancouver. There, the saxophonist played with many folks, and reconnected with Dadge on one of his many trips there with the Bent Spoon Trio. In 2012, Wilcke moved back to Calgary and was instantly slotted into the Bug Incision world in a major way. The two share a love of unrestrained, limit-searching improvising, and they both bring a wealth of historic knowledge in that realm while maintaining distinct identities and providing their own takes on approaching "free improvisation". After something of a hiatus from the duo playing, the two reconvened for a private and public play in December of last year, and are currently formulating an updated approach to their music. Together they've played a variety of people such as free improvising legends Joe Morris and Jack Wright, and they also play in the ensemble Circular Sparrow, alongside Lydia Pineau, Jiajia Li, and Nate Waters.



    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry

    SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $15 cover at the door, CASH ONLY


    Jairus Sharif / Chris Dadge / Dan Gaucher TRIO
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    Secret Lady Project (Nia Devetzis, Laura Jones, Kelsey Noble, Holly DeCaigny)
    +
    Mark Limacher / Eric Svilpis / Gus Rendell TRIO


    Jairus Sharif / Chris Dadge / Dan Gaucher TRIO
    This one-off trio is taking advantage of the temporary presence of drummer Dan Gaucher, back in Alberta for a short spell to perform with AJ Benoit for the release of her latest record. Ex-Calgarian (who then kept time for acts like Shecky Forme and Aaron Booth) now based in Vancouver, Gaucher is a traveled and in-demand musician, known for his work with the critically-acclaimed group SICK BOSS, the October Trio, Fond of Tigers, and many more. Chris Dadge is known to many in the Calgary community as the founder and main operator of Bug Incision, a drummer/percussionist for a vast array of pop (Samantha Savage Smith, Chad VanGaalen, to name but two) and avant garde (Circular Sparrow, Wilcke/Dadge duo, ad hoc playing with the likes of Joe Morris, Jason Kahn, Eugene Chadbourne, and Tim Olive) projects. Aside from the drums, Dadge also counts the amplified violin among his arsenal (which can be heard to great effect in the duo Cryingsnice with Eric Hamelin), which will be sparring with the FX-laden saxophone of Jairus Sharif. Over the last few years, Sharif has become one of the most celebrated new voices in experimental music, thanks to his Telephone Explosion Records-released LP Water & Tools and his impassioned live performances.


    Secret Lady Project
    Saxophonist Holly DeCaigny, percussionist Nia Devetzis, vocalist/guitarist Laura Jones, and flautist Kelsey Noble are the Secret Lady Project, collective of performer-composers who explore various compositional frameworks, notational systems, and approaches to contemporary new music. Some of the busiest and most in demand musicians in town, straddling orchestral and chamber work in the classical music realm, education, and theatre, the quartet made their debut at Bug Incision last year, and we are pleased to present them once again.

    Mark Limacher / Eric Svilpis / Gus Rendell TRIO
    In the classic spirit of free improv ad hoc groupings, we are pleased to present the first-time meeting of three individuals who together criss-cross quite a few different realms of musical activity in Calgary. Some of them know each other, others do not, and the three of them have certainly never played together. Mark Limacher is a composer and pianist, known for his minimal, hypnotic compositions and on-the-money playing in a variety of jazz combos, including the acclaimed duo with singer Caity Gyorgy. He will be playing a keyboard at this show. Eric Svilpis plays in a ton of bands around town, including one memorably named Pizza Bath, and he's an accomplished engineer, having helmed records for more bands than it's possible to list here. He will be playing a guitar on this night. Gus Rendell is a veritable man about town, most commonly seen as the drummer and one of the singers in Brain Bent, one of the city's finest punk rock ensembles, or as a singer and guitarist in Cheer, an excellent garage psych combo with a new release on the horizon. Gus will be playing a keyboard as well.

    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $15 cover at the door, CASH ONLY




    BUG INCISION + PUBE PROVISIONAL SOCIETY "PRESENTATION":

    “Presentation” is a showcase of experimental music made using consumer electronics. Use of cassettes, radios, and home stereo equipment to create a musical environment somewhat familiar, yet very challenging.

    Pube - brutal live tape collage using unreleased recordings + mixing boards played off of home studio equipment

    Drilling for heaven - Connor Scott tape loop set, precise and minimal tape music

    Bangkok airport - performative circuit bent radio noise, new duo of exciting ACAD students with great ideas

    Andrew Hume - of Burro, Cold Water, Seizure Salad, performing solo with tape loops and synth


    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry

  • SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $15 cover at the door, CASH ONLY


    ERIC HAMELIN & NATE WATERS
    ++
    GHOST CARS
    ++
    CHRISTIAN FERGUSON


    ERIC HAMELIN & NATE WATERS
    No strangers to the Bug Incision stage, these two have been logging the occasional session in service of building up a new repertoire for their saxophone & drumset explorations. They performed a ferocious set last December, and both musicians have been in top form; Waters has been busy with his usual live and session work as a first-call reedsman of distinction, and also just celebrated the release of debut EP Stay In Your Lane from his art-pop band Eye of Newt. Hamelin, while also continually providing the rhythmic backbone of Ghostkeeper and Shane's acclaimed new solo project, also just wrapped some excellent recording sessions for a soon-to-announced new album (stay tuned), featuring his compositions and one-of-a-kind drumming.

    GHOST CARS
    Ghost Cars is the solo vehicle for one Matt Belton, longtime member of Edmonton's rich community of sonic experimenters. Some may know these names from recent acclaimed collaborations with Bug Incision past performers Pigeon Breeders, or running the Mangled Tapes label for many years, but this show will present Belton alone, coaxing waves of grainy sound from his guitar, sampler, and amp that will have one pining for the days of Mouthus and Axolotl.





    CHRISTIAN FERGUSON

    A new face to the Bug Incision stage, this performer was a happy result of a Bug Incision Players' Directory google form submission. We are pleased to present a set of solo guitar music from Christian S. Ferguson, based in Southern Alberta. "Whether it’s an old standard, his original tunes, or completely free and open, Christian has an aptitude for improvised music with a priority of counterpoint in melody and harmony. Christian incorporates the polyphony of the baroque era, with the aesthetics of jazz, funk, rock and blues music. "



    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $15 cover at the door, CASH ONLY


    i.o (Vic) + Pet Retina (Vic)
    + Sol Viator duo (Edmo)
    + Lydia Pineau solo


    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> s t a y - t u n e d - f o r - s e t - o r d e r !!!

    This month we are pleased to welcome back, with what is proving to be some regularity, Victoria's i.o, brainchild of one Maxwell Patterson. One of the more maniacally prolific projects out of Canada's network of "noise" or "experimental" music producers, the music of i.o is constantly developing, albeit in small and - to all but the keenest observers - subtle ways. The last time Patterson rolled through High Line Brewing, the newest addition to the soundworld was a tambourine wedged inside the kick drum, shoved against the batter (struck, for you non-drummers) side drumhead, creating an extra aura of high-end shimmer to the proceedings that, despite the simplicity of the execution and thanks to the relentless nature of Patterson's playing, was hugely effective, psychedelic, and seemingly separate from the rest of the percussive onslaught. The i.o project is on yet another epic Canadian tour right now, in support of their newest album not all prophecies. In their own words:

    "not all prophecies is i.o’s latest record, a blistering, 38-minute overview of the rhythmic practices, timbres, and drum melodies that he has been honing through relentless touring, practice, and recording for the last decade. It is perhaps his 213th record.

    Composed and performed entirely by i.o, not all prophecies is the first solo i.o record that wasn’t recorded direct to camcorder and then ripped into Audacity. The increased fidelity of his drumkit allows the rhythmic and timbral features of his playing to bloom.

    Listeners will note previously buried elements like the tambourine that he places in his kick drum, or the cowbell he plays with a second kick pedal with his left foot. The guitars are drawn from various live sets that i.o prepared between 2021 and 2023, and the drums were recorded live in a single take, without overdubs. Like most of i.o’s work, not all prophecies can be heard in several ways: as a jawdropping technical exercise, as a thrilling hyperspeed version of midwest emo and math rock, or as music that is so torrential that it flattens out to tones and waves; almost ambient in its endlessly flowing information."


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    Joining i.o on this epic cross-country jaunt is Pet Retina. This is no coincidence, as Pet Retina is side project for Patterson and fellow Victorian Void Puppet, noise project of some repute, with a recent release on Bent Window Records, a cavalcade of circuit bent toys and noise, which Cups & Cakes Network called "an auditory pleasure ... the fact that it was lovingly crafted by someone who takes great joy in the pure collision of sound is obvious." Pet Retina combines this colourfully psychedelic sound palette with Patterson's intensely detailed drumming, making for an inspired pairing.



    In another return from an out-of-town past performer, we're pleased to welcome back Matt Meeker, previously witnessed at Bug Incision playing in the now-defunct Edmonton experimental supergroup Holy Drone Travelers, or in 2022 as part of an ad hoc ensemble evening. Meeker, known for his work on electric bass, shawm, trombone, and vocals, is town with a solo version of his group Sol Viator. "An Edmonton based improvisational collective based in the western drone music tradition, free jazz, and modern ambient music, Sol Viator draws inspiration from and is sonically comparable to acts such as Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and Holy Drone Travelers." While often a larger group with drums and sax, and various other configurations, this performance will find Meeker alone, with a spread of bass, drones, vocals, and loops, fresh off an eight-month study of South Asian classical improvisational singing with friend and mentor Qaiser Kamal.



    At this point, Lydia Pineau should be no stranger to anyone in the Bug Incision universe. She's been a steady presence as performer and audience member since 2017, and we've been fortunate to see her in action in a wide variety of contexts. One of the central parts of Pineau's output is her Bandcamp page, which houses a wild number of releases under the loose moniker Arts&Crafts (not to be confused with the Toronto indie rock clearinghouse) and exhibit and staggering array of activities across the spectrum. It will well worth a perusal. She's also performed at many ad hoc ensemble evenings on a variety of instruments, maintains membership in the group Circular Sparrow alongside Jiajia Li, Joanthon Wilcke, Nate Waters, and Chris Dadge (they're playing this June 28 for this year's Sound Atlas festival), appeared in a COVID-era Sled Island commissioned video alongside Chad VanGaalen, Scott "Monty" Munro, and Dadge, and has recently been seen playing in a duo formation (on drums) alongside the multifaceted Kaiden Jackman. This set will be the debut performance of her solo acoustic guitar music.



    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry