Friday, June 19
15 Colbourne St.
$15/12 students, seniors, artists, un(der)employed
World-renowned Toronto composer, sound artist improviser, alto-saxophonist JOHN OSWALD of Plunderphonics fame and the ever-fluid, nimble London free-jazz percussionist TERRY FRASER meet two talented Hamiltonians; adventuresome improviser, bassist DAVID LEE and versatile jazz trumpeter MIKE MALONE. First encounters are often the most precious and exciting, especially, for creative forces with such disparate backgrounds!
John Oswald on All Music Guide
Studio wins for enlivening SoHo | The London Free Press.
Fresh off a European tour and a recording (Red & Blue on Trio Records), this dynamic duo have a decade of playing, recording & touring together in a variety of settings and it shows! KEN ALDCROFT (guitar) and SCOTT THOMSON (trombone) have been playing together since 2003, when Scott joined Ken’s Trio + 1, a group that eventually evolved into the Convergence Ensemble, which has toured and recorded extensively since 2005. In addition, they have worked together as co-founders of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto), a musicians’ collective that hosted many exceptional visiting musicians, including Evan Parker, William Parker, Eddie Prévost, Joe McPhee, and Urs Leimgruber, always in collaboration with Toronto musicians. Likewise, they have both played in the AIMToronto Orchestra, a group formed to play Anthony Braxton’s music in 2007.
Following this considerable shared experience, Ken and Scott recently opted to pursue performing as a duo, and recorded Red & Blue (Trio Records, 2015). In this context, through open improvisation, they explore their dynamic musical rapport; Ken contributes the carefully crafted dissonances that refract his post-Abercrombie jazz guitar vocabulary through, for one, Derek Bailey’s technical extensions, while Scott marries the Ellingtonian vocalization of his teacher, Roswell Rudd, with more extreme technical revisions by Paul Rutherford and Günter Christmann. Together, their music is always improvised, bound to surprise.
Our Artist in Residence, trumpeter ELLWOOD EPPS opens the festival and the evening with a short solo set (see bio here).