Marbyllia is very excited to announce the release of their new album “Uncountable Spheres“. This album is a journey where our experimental cello and piano free improvisations imagine a passage through the ethereal nature of the different levels of our earth’s atmosphere sadly impacted by climate change.

The CD release will be at 8pm, Sat Dec 2nd at Annette Studios, 566 Annette St, Toronto.

Our “Outside The Maze” album released in May 2023 received a number of these great comments and reviews in the media.

“The quality that most separates Outside the Maze from the norm is its once-in-a-lifetime idiosyncratic chemistry and synergy. No other three musicians could collaborate in such a way and achieve such remarkable results in such an unusual instrumental confguration. Bill Gilliam, Eugene Martynec, and Bill McBirnie hit a higher creative zenith than ever before with this usual collection.”
HEATHER SAVAGE (Top Buzz Magazine)

“In collaboration with electroacoustic player Eugene Martynec and piano player Bill Gilliam, [McBirnie’s] recent output ranks among the fnest in his career. Together, they create spontaneous compositions relying on little else beyond their innate interplay to make the performances work…It all seizes upon the moment without pretension…Even the most skeptical listener will be entranced by their power.”
CHADWICK EASTON (Melody Maker Magazine)

“Bill Gilliam, Eugene Martynec and Bill McBirnie’s improv approach in this trio format is an unmitigated success, thanks to the musician’s willingness to take chances, listen to each other, and respond accordingly. All three are without doubt virtuosos. McBirnie’s flute, Martynec’s electroacoustics, and Gilliam’s piano speak directly to listeners without ever sacrifcing their artistic selfrespect or losing the listener. They…check their egos at the door and play as one…Outside the Maze defes description!…”

“These are not traditional compositions, but rather the result of inspired improvisation that clearly avoids any of the self-indulgent nonsense that you might associate with working in such a way. It never sounds slapdash. Rather, it boasts real polish, without ever sounding wayward…It is impressive how seamlessly it all comes together…They make coherence a top priority. Balancing all of these competing elements in a free-fowing framework is a real eye opener…A spellbinding release!”
NICOLE KILLIAN (The Mob’s Press)

“Outside the Maze, consists of ten diverse tracks, no two of which alike. While the piano and the flutes (both C and alto) are pretty much distinguishable throughout, Martynec’s contributions range from atmospheric to percussive. At times, it is hard to imagine that his convincing sounds are not being created on physical drums and cymbals; at others it’s hard to imagine what their origins might be. It’s also hard to imagine that these cohesive “compositions” are being created spontaneously in real time, without premeditation or formal structure. The results are entrancing.”
DAVID OLDS (Editor’s Choice, WholeNote Magazine, July 2023)

“Those who are inclined to dismiss instrumental music driven by piano and flute as easy-listening tripe will do well to give the new release from Gilliam/Martynec/McBirnie, Outside the Maze, a close listen. The trio enlarges the possibilities of instrumental music in ways that will surely surprise and delight even the most cynical listener…It is evocative and accessible, and without ever faunting its musically iconoclastic approach…It’s all an impressive mix of the familiar and the improbable that works, from beginning to end…They manage to achieve a near orchestral quality, portraying something that approaches the endless expanse of space…These are musicians who, rather than adhering to the status quo, take real chances—and they produce a result that is one of the most offbeat, yet enduring, instrumental releases in recent memory.” MARK DRUERY (IndieShark Music Magazine – Pick of the Week –Nomination for Album of the Year 2023)


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The Bill Gilliam, Kayla Milmine & Ambrose Pottie trio are excited to announce the release of their new CD “Entangled Pathways” at Array Space, Wednesday Oct 18th at 8pm.

$10 admission, $15 with CD

Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto, M6J 3W3

  • Bill Gilliam, piano & prepared piano
  • Kayla Milmine, soprano sax
  • Ambrose Pottie, percussion

Entangled Pathways is a collection of original music performed by this acoustic trio who met through the Toronto Improvisor’s Orchestra (TIO). These pieces are a combination of composed free floating melodies, jazz idioms and modal-chromatic tonalities as well as freely improvised creations by the ensemble. This music offers reflections on the rapidly changing and entangled terrains we live in and the many imagined pathways we could take.

“Porous Borders”

This month Bill Gilliam performed with sound poet Penn Kemp presenting her poems “Helwa, Experiencing Ancient Egypt” and “Barbaric Cultural Practice”. at the Story Club in Toronto.

On Friday August 12th Bill Gilliam had the pleasure of performing with multi instrumentalist Glen Hall (sax, woodwinds and electro acoustics) and the multi talented percussionist Joe Sorbara at the Tranzac Club in Toronto.

Upcoming on September 3rd, Bill Gilliam will be performing again with Penn Kemp at the Vino Rosso Bar & Restaurant in Toronto.