Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Epps-Caloia-Bamford+Thomson:::2 juin

Dimanche le 2 juin à La Brique:

Ellwood Epps trompette
Nicolas Caloia contrebasse
Ivan Bamford batterie
avec invité Scott Thomson trombone

21h trio + 22h15 quartet

In the tradition of Hot Jazz, Trance, and Improvisation, this trio makes its second appearance after a sweaty night at the Mardi Spaghetti series.

Ivan Bamford is one of the most intensely rhythmic improvisers in Montreal. He operates in many musical worlds (Gadji Gadjo, Gypsy Kumbia Orcehstra), always bringing a drive and sense of purpose to the music. He has been working a lot recently with Epps, developing a way of using rhythm as a deeply improvisational material.

Nicolas Caloia is a veteran of Montreal's improvised music scene, having played with a who's who of local and international players, including Jean Derome, Marshall Allen, John Butcher, and Tristan Honsinger. Nicolas' Juno-nominated Ratcher Orchestra will perform the music of Malcolm Goldstein June 12 as part of the Suoni per il Popolo Festival. Nicolas never sacrifices depth and integrity for anything superficially impressive.

Ellwood Epps has played across Canada and the US with Josh Zubot, William Parker, Steve Lacy, Mat Maneri and more. His playing includes a certain concern for sound, inspired by Rex Stewart, Lester Bowie, and Bill Dixon. He leads the Studio d'Improvisation, and ensemble-based workshop for teaching improvisation.

One could say that Scott Thomson's work is meticulous while his trombone playing is buoyant and jaunty. He has worked with the compositions of Steve Lacy, through thorough research and in performance with his group The Rent, giving continued life to the music. Scott works with the Ratchet Orchestra, and has recorded a CD of duets wtih Lori Freedman called 'Plumb'. Scott works in Montreal and Toronto and is the founder of the Somewhere There venue which has presented hundreds of nights of improvised music.

portes à 20h30, musique à 21h pile
80 bus to Parc/Beaubien

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sharing Solos: Heikalo et Epps, 26 mai

2 improvised solo performances. Daniel makes his return to Montreal after quite a spell, sharing the stage with a younger musician of kindred spirit!

Daniel Heikalo: guitares, guitares préparées, cistre préparée, flûtes-à bec, voix et textea

Ellwood Epps: trompette


Né à Montréal, Daniel Heikalo est musicien professionel depuis 1976 et a reçu une formation en guitare classique et ses goûts musicaux sont éclectiques, combinant sur une solide base folk et classique, musiques du monde, blues et improvisation libre en une palette originale conservant une grande accessibilité. Sa spécialité est la guitare sous toutes ses formes: classique, acoustique, électrique et préparée. En concert, Daniel ajoute aussi le cistre, qui est une sorte de luth, le banjo, des flûtes à bec et des percussion trouvées.

Born in Montreal Daniel Heikalo is a wizard on stringed instruments: guitars, cittern, banjo, lap-steel slide, recorders and percussion. His music demonstrates a multi-faceted knowledge and range of styles that qualifies as eclectic. He has performed in festivals across Canada (Winnipeg Folk, Guelph Jazz, Victo,, Guitarévolution) and internationally. He has released many CDs, two of them, in duet with guitarist Arthur Bull, have been released on the Montreal label Ambiances Magnétiques.

Ellwood Epps is one of Montreal and Canada's busiest and most dedicated improvising musicians. He performs regularly with Pink Saliva (with Michel F Côté and Alexandre St-Onge), Land of Marigold (with Josh Zubot), and Nicolas Caloia's 30-piece Juno-nominated Ratchet Orchestra. Epps has also made music on stage and in the recording studio with Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Mat Maneri, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Axel Dorner, and Roger Turner. He is cofounder and artistic Dircector of L'envers, and works as a private trumpet instructor and teacher of improvisation.

Ellwood Epps est un des musicien-improvisateurs le plus actif et dedié à Montréal et au Canada. Il joue regulièrement avec Pink Saliva (avec Michel F Côté et Alexandre St-Onge), Land of Marigold (avec Josh Zubot), et avec le Ratchet Orchestra de Nicolas Caloia, un orchestre nommé pour un Juno. Epps à aussi fait la musique avec Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Mat Maneri, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Axel Dorner, and Roger Turner, sur la scène et dans le studio. Il est cofondateur et directeur artistique de L'envers et travail comme professeur de trompette et d'improvisation.

portes à 20h30, musique à 21h pile
doors at 830, music at 9 sharp
BYOB. apportez votre propre alcool.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spin the Bottle Jam Session! Sunday May 19

The Spin the Bottle Jam Session with host Ellwood Epps on trumpet.

The first edition was the final event to happen at the old L'envers space, and it was a warm success. We are happy to keep things going at La Brique with this third edition of Spin the Bottle.

Come this Sunday night, May 19th to hear new sounds, meet new friends, and to hear what's new on the scene. (Editors note: I ended up playing 2 performances with a guitarist I met at the first Spin the Bottle) All listeners and musicians of any and all backgrounds are welcome. As the title suggests, we will start the night by randomly select musicians to play together in small groups. After the introductions are made, we'll improvise, of course!

Ellwood Epps is one of the city's busiest improvisers and has also taught improvisation workshops across Canada, as well as founding the Studio d'Improvisation de Montreal, an ensemble-based workshop which will be back this summer.

Piano will be provided. Interested drummers/amp users please email to coordinate gear and ride shares.

Doors open at 830pm and music will go from 9pm to midnight. We are asking for a $3 donation to help with the room rental.
Please bring something to drink if you might get thirsty!

La Brique 6545 Durocher #402

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Murray Street 5 + Ninja Simone

Dimanche le 12 mai / Sunday May 12th

Doors @ 8:30PM
Music @ 9:00PM sharp

After a rowdy set in February with a large line-up that included many (most?) of Montreal's ace improvisers, the Murray Street Band is back at la Brique as the Murray Street Five, a more compact version of John Heward's legendary improv band.

Après un set endiablé en février avec un grand nombre de musicien (incluant bien des as de l'impro de Montréal!), le Murray Street Band, dirigé par John Heward, est de retour à la Brique dans une version réduite mais toujours aussi efficace.

Yves Charuest (sax alto), Eric Lewis (trompette), Peter Burton (contrebasse), John Heward (batterie), Michel Bonneau (percussions)

Newcomers Ninja Simone have been active in the Montreal improv scene since Fall 2012, presenting fierce music influenced by both the punk rock energy of the Ex and the fire music of Pharoah Sanders. They make a lot of noise, but in a pretty way.

Nouvellement arrivé sur la scène d'improvisation montréalaise à la fin de 2012, le quintet Ninja Simone présente une musique féroce, inspirée autant par le côté punk rock cru de the Ex que la fire music de Pharoah Sanders. Ils font du bruit mais c'est beau.

Alex Pelchat (guitar), Alexandre Corbeil (guitar), Felix-Antoine Hamel (sax), Felix Lachance (drums), Raphael Foisy (bass)

La Brique   6545 Durocher #402 (Parc-Beaubien)