Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Recording: Absolutely Free with Contact

Artist: Absolutely Free with Contact Contemporary Music

Songs: [new song] + Two Cares Due None*

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Absolutely Free with Contact Contemporary Music - [new song]

Absolutely Free with Contact Contemporary Music - Two Cares Due None

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

The night ended with a headlining set that was true to Intersection's past while completing a satisfactory arc for the day. Bringing together Contact Contemporary Music — the event's founders — with adventurous local rock trio Absolutely Free pushed them both a little away from their usual sonic spheres. At the start, with the band playing some songs from their regular setlist, it felt a bit more like mere tacked-on orchestral adornment, but as the set progressed, that balance shifted. By the end, with the band presenting some of their soundtrack work the larger ensemble felt quite integral to the whole — and I don't imagine we'll see so many chances for the band to tackle this on so grand a scale on stage again.

[Absolutely Free will be playing a short set (billed as "Absolutely Free vs Absolutely Free") tonight (September 28th) at the Forms Festival at the Great Hall.]

* Does anyone know the title to these? It seems fair enough to assume the closing soundtrack piece is from Two Cares Due None, but I'm not sure if this was a series of cues or a more extended composition. Please leave a comment if you know these!

Recording: Travis Laplante

Artist: Travis Laplante

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Travis Laplante - unknown

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

I'd previously seen Brooklyn-based Laplante perform a couple years back with his sax quartet Battle Trance, in a small room with no amplification. This solo set — in the middle of the vast open square, speakers blasting his sounds off the hard surfaces — was rather the opposite, but the intensity of the performance was the same. With his circular breathing diving a steady wave, his pieces ranged from Reich-ian repetition to more soulful plaints in a non-stop advance. With night closing in on the square, it felt like his sounds were pulling all the corners of the square in a little tighter.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Kyle Brenders Ensemble

Artist: Kyle Brenders Ensemble

Song: Grasslands [1st mvt]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Kyle Brenders Ensemble - Grasslands [1st mvt]

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

A very-worthy re-emergence of this abstract big band (with a slightly-shuffled lineup1 from its appearance back in February) saw them fill the square with electroacoustic soundfields. There was an interesting tug of war between the horns' drift and the electronics' drone, while Michael Davidson's vibes rode above giving things a hint of melodic direction.


1 This time out the band included Kyle Brenders (saxophones, composition), Scott Peterson (bass), Nick Buligan (trumpet), Peter Lutek (clarinet, electronics), Karen Ng (alto sax), Cheldon Paterson (turntables), Brandon Valdivia (drums), Doug Van Nort (electronics), and Michael Davidson (vibes).

Recording: Imaginary Flesh

Artist: Imaginary Flesh

Song: Seven Haab Out of Xi Boötis, pt. 3

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Imaginary Flesh - Seven Haab Out of Xi Boötis, pt. 3

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

A rare chance to check out Imaginary Flesh in the... um, something. Celebrating the digital release of their fab concept album, they played the expansive "Seven Haab Out of Xi Boötis" in its entirety. Ranging from deep-space synth wubbles to some ace kosmische grooves, this was an altogether tasty journey.

[I also created a remix that enfolds some some set's quieter parts upon themselves, which you can check out on soundcloud.]

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recording: Gates

Artist: Gates

Song: last section, with prelude*

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Gates - [prelude to last section]

Gates - [last section]

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

Experimental metallists Gates have fluctuated in size in the past, but this festival appearance gave the none-more-black crew a chance to double its size from its currently-customary quartet, seeing core members Bryan W. Bray (guitar), Joel Beauchamp (percussion & synth), Lucas Gadke (bass) and Laura C. Bates (violin) augmented with Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello), James Beardmore (synth & electronics) Karen Ng (tenor sax & clarinet) & Nick Buligan (trumpet). That gave the crew a chance to present some of the pieces from their forthcoming Vas album in a sort of musical widescreen, embroidering the underlying doom drones with rich ambient builds and freeform freakouts. Like a batsignal shining in the sky, the first rumbling notes sent out some sort of metal alarm, and suddenly a small horde of jean-jacketed, fist-pumping enthusiasts materialized in front of the stage. As "composerly" as anything you might have ever seen at Intersection, this comes from somewhere entirely different than New Music orthodoxy, but it's heading to the same destination. (Via Hell, of course.)

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Michael Snow + Mani Mazinani

Artist: Michael Snow + Mani Mazinani

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Michael Snow + Mani Mazinani - [excerpt]

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

A rare outing from "the only Octave Cat Synthesizer duo in the world", there was whoop-zworping aplenty sawtoothing across the square in a set that sounded like a soundtrack to a UFO landing. Michael Snow, who's been playing his CAT for several decades in CCMC had an able foil in Mani Mazinani, who's also known for his visual art and his work in shredcore duo Gravitons. The set closed out in the most delightful way imaginable with Mazinani's toddler showing off her own burgeoning musical chops as she climbed up on his lap at set's end to take a few stabs at the keyboard.

Recording: Brian Ruryk

Artist: Brian Ruryk

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Brian Ruryk - unknown

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

Bringing one of the city's great noise musicians to a place like Dundas Square was certain to bring a smile to the face of a small band of enthusiasts. For everyone else, there were reactions ranging from terror to bemusement as Ruryk's full-body concrète hit the concrete. With half a Dollarama's worth of bricabrac being flung around, this appealed on a visceral level to kids who haven't had the joyful pleasures of raising a ruckus hounded out of them yet. But under the scatterzone junkcore, there were some serious musical points being raised, including this Max Webster deconstruction that was offered as a tribute to the Yonge Street of the 70's.

[Brian Ruryk will be playing at a noisy Nacho Wednesday showcase, tomorrow night (September 28th) at The Tranzac alongside Kevin Hainey's Kapali Carsi and Beard Closet-meets-Bodies That Matter mashup Determinist?.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Artist: Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Song: [third piece]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Raphael Weinroth-Browne - [third piece]

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

Cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne was definitely in the former camp, drawing a crowd as he lead off the day. Originally slated as an appearance by The Visit, this solo turn actually turned out to be a tasty overture for the festivities, with Weinroth-Browne's inventive riffing (with enough volume to invoke some of those cool echoes from the opposing buildings) causing a crowd of passers-by to pause and gather.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Concert Listings Roundup #168

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gigs of the week:

Wolf's Nacho Wednesdays: Piano Party (feat. Tania Gill / Doug Tielli) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-09-28 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Wolf's Nacho Wednesdays: Broken Guitars & Shattered Dreams (feat. Brian Ruryk / Kapali Carsi / Determinist? [Beard Closet versus Bodies That Matter – live debut!]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-09-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

There's been great things going down on Wednesday nights at The Tranzac of late, and this week features a pair of shows with contrasting vibes. Piano Party excursions tend to be more on the peaceful and meditative side, while the late feels like the aftermath of an Inyrdisk hard drive crash, with Kevin Hainey's noise-bass Kapali Carsi project returning alongside noise godhead Brian Ruryk (who was totally fabulous at the Intersection a few weeks back) and Determinist?, a new joint project from Bodies That Matter's (and ex-Ostrich Tuning) Ian McPhedran and Beard Closet's Phil Hamilton. Bring earplugs!


This week's noteworthy shows:

Bellwether4 / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-09-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Dressy Bessy (Camp Girls / The Bunny & The Rose / Nude Dogs) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-09-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Roches: sung by Holy Oak Family Singers (feat. Thom Gill / Luke Kuplowsky / Robin Dann / Isis Giraldo / Drew Smith / Sandro Perri / Alex Samaras) / Holy Oak Café 2016-09-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Culture Reject (Hamilton Trading Co. / respectfulchild) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-09-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Walrus (Crazy Bones / Boat Culture / Father Christmas) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-09-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

FORMS1 - Opening Night ["3 floors of live music, audiovisual experiments, installations + talks, including VSVS: live musical collaborations with visual treatments by Romar Johnson/façadeMontage"] (feat. Kehdo VS Vision of Excess / Internet Daughter VS Eytan Tobin / Nailbiter VS Keita Juma / Stillmonk VS BSMNT / Absolutely Free VS Absolutely Free / Scott Hardware VS Lee Paradise / ?NZOL? VS Kara [Organdrum] / Weight VS RLMDL / Sjamsoedin / Lydian [members of Dirty Inputs, Hexzuul, Jay Holy + Bile Sister] / NONOTAK studio / susy.technology) / The Great Hall 2016-09-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Inbreds [vinyl re-release show!] / Gladstone Hotel 2016-09-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

FORMS Festival (feat. Laurel Halo / Kara-Lis Coverdale / Jeremy Gara / Brigitte Bardon't) / The Great Hall 2016-09-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

SheWolf Radio's 1st Anniversary Party (feat. So Young / Basement Revolver / Planet Creature / Triples) / Handlebar 2016-09-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Comet Control [Center of the Maze record release!] (Eiyn Sof / Holy Mount) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-09-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Colin Fisher's Monthly (feat. Bardo Drifter [Nicole Rampersaud/Andrew Furlong/Mark Hundevad/Brandon Valdivia/Colin Fisher]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-09-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Built to Spill (Alex G / Surinam) / The Danforth Music Hall 2016-09-30 (Friday) [FB event]

ISIS SALAM (Thick Cobra / P0st3rb0y / Bobbypin) / The Baby G 2016-09-30 (Friday) [FB event]

ZUZE ["more afrofunk music of Iran"] / Burdock Music Hall 2016-09-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength 713 (feat. Most People [video release party!] / Eyeballs / LUKA) / The Monarch Tavern 2016-09-30 (Friday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-10-30 (Friday)

Mild High Club (Alex Calder / Elsa) / The Baby G 2016-10-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

Saxsyndrum (Fet.Nat / Boraj) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-10-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #47.1 (feat. Michael Snow & Diane Roblin / Nobu Kubota) / Array Space 2016-10-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Gooch Palms (Meanwood / Wine Lips / The Try Umphs [ex-Green Rays]) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-10-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

By Divine Right (The Magic / Dave Schoonderbeek) / Monarch Tavern 2016-10-01 (Saturday) [FB event]

In Store 6 (feat. Snowblink) / Quixotic Sounds 2016-10-01 (Saturday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Nick Fraser Quartet / Burdock Music Hall 2016-10-02 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 38 (feat. URM / Johan Seaton) / Handlebar 2016-10-02 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Robin Hatch (Brent Randall / Drew Smith) / Holy Oak Café 2016-10-04 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Troubleshooting~ v18: Putting Up a Parking Lot (feat. Nicolas Buligan w/ scavenged parking lot debris) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-10-05 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

SHDW CLN (Sly Why : kid / Keenan Howard / Piñata Cafe) / Sonic Café – upstairs 2016-10-07 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Strange Attractor (Winter '94 / Protruders) / Faith/Void 2016-10-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Spectrum Season Launch Party (feat. Circles [album release!) / Jazz Bistro 2016-10-11 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Night Shift + CJRU present: The Fall Fund Drive (feat. Above Top Secret / SlowPitchSound / The Pinnacles of Self Absorption [feat. members of Eyeballs and Bile Sister] / Allison Cameron) / The Baby G 2016-10-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #47.2 (feat. Kayla Milmine/Max McEachern/Elliott Fienberg / Alan Glicksman/Arnd Jurgensen/Dougal Bichan / Brian Abbott/Paul Newman/Michael Ramey / Tomasz Krakowiak and Branko Dzinovic) / Array Space 2016-10-15 (Saturday) [FB event]

VAG does Women, Wymyn, Wimmin (feat. Vag Halen) / Smiling Buddha 2016-10-21–2016-10-22 (Friday–Saturday) [FB event]

BA Johnston (Century Palm / Spruce Invaders) / Junction City Music Hall 2016-10-22 (Saturday) [FB event]

Al Tuck / Burdock Music Hall 2016-10-23 (Sunday) [FB event]

Inuit Showcase (feat. IVA / Taqralik Partridge / Nukariik) / The Music Gallery 2016-11-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

Axis: Sova (B-17 / Explorer) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-11-09 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Night Owl Festival Presents (feat. Holy Wave / Mimico / Uubbuurruu / Hush Pup) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-11-11 (Friday) [FB event]

Tanya Tagaq / Trinity-St. Paul's 2016-11-25 (Friday – all ages! early show!) [more info]

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Download: NoMeansNo

One of my all-time favourite bands announced their retirement yesterday. Nomeansno were the first "punk" band that I truly loved, that suggested that punk could be so much more expansive than one particular set of sounds or gestures. And the fact that there was this legendary Canadian band hidden in plain sight set me off looking for so many other things. I managed to see them live twice (and their alter agos, The Hanson Brothers, once) though only the last of those was in my show-taping era. That night at Lee's was a marathon hour-and-three-quarters, digging through their deep catalogue but also throwing in some newer stuff. Never a dinosaur act, Nomeansno goes out with a pretty solid discography under their belt, including a handful of stone classic albums. Old age will get us all — but in every defeat, there will be victory.

Nomeansno - Jubilation

Nomeansno - Theresa, Give Me That Knife

Nomeansno - Something Dark Against Something Light

Nomeansno - Victory

Grab the full set here:

NoMeansNo - Live at Lee's Palace, April 4, 2011 [MFS #679]

Meanwhile, here is also my favourite NMN live recording. I bought this "official bootleg" on cassette back when I lived in Winnipeg, and for my money, this is a more-fierce set than the contemporaneous "official" Live and Cuddly. (Do note: this isn't my rip.)

Grab it here:

NoMeansNo - Live in Warsaw [QQRYQ Records, 1990]

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Recording: Elliott Sharp

Artist: Elliott Sharp

Songs: [excerpt, in two parts]

Recorded at Soybomb (Intersection Festival – Day 1), September 2, 2016.

Elliott Sharp - [excerpt, part 1]

Elliott Sharp - [excerpt, part 2]

The Intersection Festival has a habit of augmenting its free day of music in Dundas Square with a ticketed concert. Like last year, that entailed going "off-site" as part of the Music Gallery's Departures series. This show was perhaps a bit more of a departure than usual, bringing some chamber music to DIY/punk venue Soybomb — definitely an intersection between different sounds and different crowds.

An avant garde-ist and no waver whose works have been released by everyone from SST to Tzadik, Elliott Sharp probably has as much "punk cred" as any chamber composer you care to name. Across dozens of ensembles and recording projects, that manifests in the freedom to explore across a wide range of sonic terrains. In this set for solo guitar, his decades of musical inquiry were compressed into dense, knotty streams of technically-rich playing, filled with double-tapping arpeggiations, prepared strings and slide abstractions that hinted at in-the-moment inventiveness as well as higher-order mathematical unities.

Recording: Soupcans

Artist: Soupcans

Songs: Fluorescent Orange + Wet Alien + Pleasure Overdose

Recorded at Soybomb (Intersection Festival – Day 1), September 2, 2016.

Soupcans - Fluorescent Orange

Soupcans - Wet Alien

Soupcans - Pleasure Overdose

The Intersection Festival has a habit of augmenting its free day of music in Dundas Square with a ticketed concert. Like last year, that entailed going "off-site" as part of the Music Gallery's Departures series. This show was perhaps a bit more of a departure than usual, bringing some chamber music to DIY/punk venue Soybomb — definitely an intersection between different sounds and different crowds.

Programming a night like this would often entail sticking the punk band at the end of the night, not smack-dab in-between the chamber ensemble and solo guitar sets. I like that this was in the middle of it all, avoiding the easy trajectory and forcing the audience to think about these sounds and how they collide with each other is a less abstract way. I will note, somewhat to my surprise, the older, more genteel "Music Gallery" crowd who looked somewhat out of their element seemed to be pretty cool with this — I mean, they've probably seen some punk action in their time — while the younger "Soybomb"-type crowd tended to melt away after this set was done. That might also have been, however, that some of them were hep to the rumours this was going to be the Soupies' last show. (A query to the band confirms "we may do one more studio session and record some of these songs for a posthumous release, but that was likely the last soupcans set for the foreseeable future.") A great way to go out, if true (two words though: reunion tour) playing a set crammed with new tunes on a night dedicated to new sonic adventures.

Recording: Thin Edge New Music Collective + Elliott Sharp

Artist: Thin Edge New Music Collective + Elliott Sharp

Song: Mare Undarum [composer: Elliott Sharp]

Recorded at Soybomb (Intersection Festival – Day 1), September 2, 2016.

Thin Edge New Music Collective + Elliott Sharp - Mare Undarum

The Intersection Festival has a habit of augmenting its free day of music in Dundas Square with a ticketed concert. Like last year, that entailed going "off-site" as part of the Music Gallery's Departures series. This show was perhaps a bit more of a departure than usual, bringing some chamber music to DIY/punk venue Soybomb — definitely an intersection between different sounds and different crowds.

It was quite something to see Thin Edge New Music Collective setting up in the giant half-pipe, but the room, baffled against aggressive sonic assaults, sounded quite decent. They played a set of chamber pieces by Elliott Sharp, and with the composer sitting in on guitar, this one came closest to the dense technical knottiness of his own solo set. Some of the other pieces, like "Light in Fog" pulled back from that somewhat to offer hints of Alban Berg while "Flexagons" added percussion and an underlying drone — plus some moments that felt like refractions of punkrock guitar shredding as much as anything else. All part of the night's continuum, then.

[Thin Edge will be presenting Balancing on the Edge, a mix of "new circus and new music" with works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, Nicole Lizée and the world premiere of compositions by Scott Rubin and Nick Storring. It's happening as part of Harbourfront's NextSteps Dance Series on November 18th and 19th, plus there's a chance to check out a sneak preview on Nuit Blanche.]

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Recording: Gennaro-Hundevad-Fisher

Artist: Mike Gennaro/Mark Hundevad/Colin Fisher

Songs: [three excerpts]

Recorded at Array Space, August 30, 2016.

Gennaro-Hundevad-Fisher - [excerpt 3]

Gennaro-Hundevad-Fisher - [excerpt 1]

Gennaro-Hundevad-Fisher - [excerpt 2]

Epic improvisations from this trio of heavy hitters, matching drummer Mike Gennaro with Mark Hundevad, another top-notch percussionist who came to this set ready to play the piano but ended up pulling out Array's vibes and marimba as well. Hundevad turned out to be no mean mallet player, leaning and twisting as his sticks became just as much of a blur as Gennaro's. Colin Fisher, meanwhile, brought a trio of saxophones to face off with the pair — from the get-go, one got the impression that they might blast away until someone had to stop due to exhaustion. Just as life is lived forwards and understood backwards, the quiet meditation from near the hour's end is perhaps the best entry here, before working back to a couple samples of the more frenzied interplay.

Recording: Carl Didur

Artist: Carl Didur

Song: [first section]

Recorded at Array Space, August 30, 2016.

Carl Didur - [first section]

Carl Didur's solo set was split into two parts this time out, leading with the meditation for synth/clav/taishogoto reproduced here before taking the plunge on one of Array's grand pianos.