upcoming events:

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017
    EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10 Ave SW)
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30-11:30pm
    $5 cover, all ages


    Continuing on at the excellent new Emmedia space, we're pleased as hell to be presenting a solo set from of Canada's premier improvisors, some Bug Incision regulars, and a long-in-the-pipeline debut BI performance!

    BRODIE WEST (solo)
    To followers of fringe-leaning Canadian music, Toronto-based alto saxophonist Brodie West should need no introduction - for the last three decades, he's put in countless hours with various groups, solo projects, and other collaborations. Here at Bug Incision HQ, one of the first (then-)active Canadian groups we discovered exploring improvisation and the further reaches of jazz was a trio called Zebradonk, featuring none other than West himself (and also featuring Alfons Fear, who also collaborated with early Bug Incision recording artist Rachael Wadham - small world!). It soon became clear that this guy had also spent time in Holland, and cut a rambunctious record with Han Bennink to boot (who caught the feral set that he played with Bennink and Terrie Ex at the Ironwood a few years back?).

    Since then he's been pretty much consistently on fire - he was a key element of the amazing off-jazz quintet Drumheller and a member of Alex Lukachevsky's bizzarro jazz-pop combo Deep Dark United (both fixtures of the highly idiosyncratic and influential Rat-Drifting record label and surrounding scene), he counts membership in the Ornette-ish Lina Allemano Four and the incomparable Ryan Driver Sextet, and he can be heard as a guest on Broken Social Scene's classic You Forgot It In People album. And that's not even mentioning his own self-directed endeavours, such as the "avant-calypso" nonet Eucalyptus (check out their amazing run of limited 10"s on West's classy Lorna imprint), his dual-drummer quintet, or his trio with percussionist Anthony Michelli and bassist Rob Clutton. We highly recommend checking out his website for more info, and also this profile in Music Works magazine. Here's a few things to listen to:







    DADGE/MUNRO
    This duo has been working together since 2002, covering a fairly bewildering array of activities, including inaugurating Bug Incision itself back in 2005. Together, in the studio and on the stage, they have played rhythm section for countless artists around Calgary including Lorrie Matheson (with whom they co-produced his last solo LP), Rae Spoon, and Samantha Savage Smith, they swapped roles regularly in the original lineup of Lab Coast, they've done ad hoc work with dancers and poets, and, as the Bent Spoon Duo, they've acted as "house band" for many touring improvisors, including Peter Evans, Eric Chenaux, Eric Normand, Allison Cameron, Nilan Perera, and have also cut records with Cody Oliver, Jack Wright, Ellwood Epps, and more. Their work in "Bent Spoon Continuum" (ie the Ensemble, Trio, and Duo) was the impetus for starting Bug Incision, and they've released over 25 albums on labels from Canada, US, and UK. Additionally, they have performed and recorded as Mama Safari and the Deadly Winos. Scott Munro is primarily known these days for his work as guitarist/co-producer of celebrated indie rock titans Preoccupations, while Bug Incision overseer Chris Dadge is known as a live and studio drummer for units such as Lab Coast, Samantha Savage Smith, and Alvvays, and has been working increasingly as a producer-engineer in his home studio. The two can be seen performing together across North America and Europe this fall/winter as members of Chad VanGaalen & The Bleach Wipes.





    TERRIBLE CRAYON
    Mark Fleischhaker possesses one of the most unique musical visions in Calgary, and he has been doggedly pursuing, archiving, and presenting this work for around two decades. Since moving to Calgary in the 90s, MF has been seen as the vocal half of the song-title-driven drums & voice freakout duo Faster Disco (alongside a multitude of willing co-conspirators), a completely phenomenal drummer in free metal trio Lord Something (with Scott Munro and Chris Dadge), a guitarist and destroyer of things in I Can't It's Hailin', and as an amazingly supple ad hoc collaborator - highlights here include sets with Canadian improvisors pianist Tim Crofts and bass clarinettist Kathryn Ladano. Terrible Crayon is a solo affair, and is characterized by deft vocal FX manipulation, home cassette recordings of him and his family as children, and the trademark vocal bluster we've come to know and love.



    FORAGER
    The solo project of one Ian MacLean, who has been stretching this project across a wide variety of incarnations, instrumentations, and approaches. Those checking in with MacLean for the first time will find themselves entering a fully flowing trajectory in progress; so far his discography spans eight releases on Bandcamp, some of which have manifested themselves as physical objects across a variety of labels. MacLean has been developing this project since 2010, and has worked with a variety of familiar Calgarians, including Josie Fraser (of Citadel, Fraser-Sereda Duo, Hatebomber) and Patrick Seager (Crack Cloud, Aleem Kahn, Sunglaciers), and the work covers a compelling spectrum of sonic identities. Key influence include Ben Chasny/Six Organs of Admittance, The Dead C, and a kinship with Japan's legendary PSF Records' aesthetic. This show will see MacLean presenting new music inspired by the late Romanian composer Ana-Maria Avram. Very excited to witness this Bug Incision debut.




  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2017
    EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10 Ave SW)
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30-11:30pm
    $5 cover, all ages


    Settling in for the next four months at our favourite screening room around, the mighty Emmedia, getting ever more comfortable in its great new space over on 10th avenue SW.

    CHIK WHITE

    COLIN FISHER

    FRIESEN/HAMELIN/MACLEOD/OXOBY



  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017
    EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10 Ave SW)
    Doors 8:00pm, show 8:30-11:30pm
    $5 cover, all ages


    Settling in for the next four months at our favourite screening room around, the mighty Emmedia, getting ever more comfortable in its great new space over on 10th avenue SW.

    BENT SPOON TRIO

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