FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10 Ave SW)
Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30-11:30pm
$8 cover, all ages
TATSUYA NAKATANI: solo and with guests
US-based master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani is known for his mesmerizing solo performances, countless ad hoc and group-oriented collaborative work, and his Nakatani Gong Orchestra. His astonishing technique is matched only by his endlessly imaginative approach to the production of sound through his chosen instrument. Nakatani truly makes drums and cymbals speak in ways that few are able to achieve, and on top of that it's a sight to see. Traveling around the continent (and beyond, when possible) in a customized tour van, he is able to travel with a full setup including multiple gongs and a small kit.
Over the years, Nakatani has logged hours with a huge list of names and groups. These include 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, Makoto Kawabata, Peter Kowald, Michel Doneda, Frank Gratkowski, David Stackenas, and Frank Lowe.
Those who were lucky enough to witness the intimate, packed show at Theatre Junction's Vintage Room in August 2016 will recall Nakatani's excellent solo performance, which he will be presenting once again at Emmedia on this night. For a second set he will be joined by some of Calgary's finest improvisors, Jiajia Li (flute), Colin Macleod (sax), and Rob Oxoby (double bass).
PINK ROOM TRIO
A new group put together by Mary Cleland, who also performs as Trigger Warming, as a member of Slut Prophet, and also appears alongside Matt Purdue as Reflex Action. Her slowly unfolding electronics/keys-based improvisations at Bug Incision shows this year have been warmly received by players and attendees alike, and she put together this trio specifically for this night. As the Pink Room Trio, she will be joined on saxophone by Isis Crisis and Justyn Scott on electronics.
MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113 (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
7-10pm, 18+, $5 cover
Chris Dadge: main operator and initiator of Bug Incision and its activities. Known primarily as drummer across various genres, including rock/pop (Lab Coast, Chad VanGaalen, Alvvays), improvised music (Eric Chenaux, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Evans, John Oswald), and also as a producer/engineer (Jom Comyn, Sunglaciers, Crystal Eyes).
Darrell Hartsook: multi-instrumentalist known for a) his membership in some of Calgary finest indie and garage rock bands of the last decade (Grown-Ups, Lab Coast, The Gooeys), b) his own projects (Sissys), also c) as a builder of fine, dirty FX pedals.
Shion Hulkenberg: an emerging violinist whose last appearance at Bug Incision was as a part of an extended lineup of the Turner Fries Jazz Ensemble at Weeds Cafe earlier this year. His ultra-hushed playing in that group kept things from flying off the handle, and we're excited to witness his contributions to the ad hoc evenings approach.
Ian Jarvis: this Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist and composer got his start in Calgary, alongside Scott Munro, Chris Dadge, and Steve Fletcher in Jay Crocker's avant-pop big bands, and since his move east more than a decade ago, he's worked in various pop groups such his amazing solo project Chairs and the bent electro-pop outfit Galaxius Mons. He currently composes and performs music for the Theatre Junction resident company of artists, debuting their next piece this fall in Paris.
Jia Jia Li: one of the city's finest and most adventurous flautists, Li recently made her debut at the Bug Incision stage earlier in 2018 at one of the more memorable ad hoc nights of the year. Her virtuostic playing is lent to various ensembles around the city including the Timepoint Ensemble, the Impasto Duo (alongside pianist Elisabeth Desruisseaux), and she also holds the title of artistic director for the Calgary Chinese Orchestra.
Ian Maclean: mostly known to those who know him as a maker of excellent albums of music under the name Forager, often via the Toronto-based Arachnidiscs label. His music runs the gamut from solo American Primitive-style guitar excursions to more collaboratively-oriented projects. He played at the very first of the High Line ad hoc nights back in January, and we're excited for his return.
Robin Tufts: one of the city's finest drummer/percussionists, Tufts is known for his beautifully tasteful, sympathetic style on the kit, bringing a Paul Motian-esque sense of space to his playing, always buoying those around him. He can be heard to great effect in Trio Velocity, an open-ended trio featuring Tufts alongside pianist Sheldon Zandboer and bassist Simon Fisk. He also runs the intermittent Music For Soup series, pairing communal soup cooking and eating with intimate improvised music concerts.
Nate Waters: one of the busiest and most diverse saxophonists in town, Waters' schedule runs the gamut from steady work with a smattering of jazz combos at venues like Kawa and Lolita's to classical fare to modern composition (with Nobody Say Anything, a group he shares with Nathaniel Schmidt, Mark Limacher, and Chris Dadge) to indie pop and rock (Samanatha Savage Smith's new band, the dearly-missed Cable Knits). His malleable playing is always a welcome presence at these ad hoc nights.