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Art of Improv
Annette Studios, 566 Annette St, Toronto, M6S 2C2

Annette Studios
Fri Sept 8th at 8pm
566 Annette St, Toronto, ON M6S 2C2, Toronto
$20 / PWYC
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The first set will be with Kayla Milmine (sax) and Ambrose Pottie (drums) and myself on piano playing some of my new tunes and arrangements for improvisation.

In the second set I’ll be creating new spontaneous compositions with Bill McBirnie (flute) and Eugene Martynec (electroacoustics). Our latest 2023 album  “Outside The Maze” has received a number of enthusiastic comments and reviews in the media including “Melody Maker Magazine”, "The WholeNote", "Top Buzz Magazine" and “Indie Shark" nomination for album of the year.

Minstrels & Bards Performance with Penn Kemp
Toronto, ON, Canada
292 Brunswick Ave
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2
(416) 923-8137

A performance at a poetry show with Penn Kemp in the Living Room at the Tranzac Club on Tue, July 25th at 5:45pm - 8pm as part of the Minstrels & Bards Summer Soirée 2023 Edition, hosted by Brenda Clews.

The Living Room is at The TRANZAC Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7

Counterstasis Trio with Kathryn Ladano
Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street Kitchener Ontario N2H 2L9

Registry, Theatre, 122 Frederick Street Kitchener Ontario N2H 2L9
1 pm
$25 / $5 with valid student ID

Counterstasis performs spontaneously composed explorations of gestures and sonorities connected to new chamber music, free jazz, sound art, experimental, and other creative music traditions.

In this performance Counterstasis will feature special guest bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano. Dr. Kathryn Ladano has established herself as one of Canada’s foremost bass clarinetists. As a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation, Ladano is a dynamic soloist and in-demand collaborator. She is currently the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts, the Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) and instructor of improvisation at Wilfrid Laurier University. Kathryn has released two solo albums, “Open” (2010) and “Masked” (2019)

"Outside The Maze" album release concert
Annette Studios, 566 Annette St, Toronto, M6S 2C2

After the success of our first release (Light Through Dark), Bill Gilliam, Eugene Martynec and Bill McBirnie have followed up with yet another album "Outside The Maze", filled with a fascinating abundance of sounds celebrating their remarkable empathy, and a group dynamic that is consistently infused with captivating sonorities and sonic interactions.

"Outside The Maze" album release concert by Gilliam, Martynec, McBirnie
Annette Studios at 8pm, $15 / PWYC
566 Annette St, Toronto, ON M6S 2C2

Counterstasis Trio / Brian Abbot & Paul Newman Duo
Annette Studios, 566 Annette St, Toronto, M6S 2C2

Annette Studios, 566 Annette St, Toronto, M6S 2C2
$15 / PWYC

An evening of improvised musical adventure with the first set by the Brian Abbott & Paul Newman duo who create an intimate music filled with drones, complex sounds, silences, and occasional outbursts. They equally draw on traditions of Cage/Feldman, avant-garde jazz, and microtonality. Their rich music is a treat for the ears.

Second set features Counterstasis - a collaborative improvisation trio formed in 2016, featuring Glen Hall (woodwinds, electroacoustics), Bill Gilliam (piano, prepared piano) and Joe Sorbara (drums, percussion). We work to counter stasis, to foster change, to create a music in which our individual voices can be refracted through the sounds of our co-conspirators.