A well-regarded player in the Chicago jazz world, bassist and composer Joshua Abrams has spent the last several years recording expansive trance music with his band, Natural Information Society. That outfit’s records are driven by improvisation, though not necessarily in the form of individual solos. Instead, Abrams and his collaborators create hypnotic interlocking patterns, rhythms, and melodies that seem to spool forth endlessly without any single voice taking center stage. It is serene and peaceful music that relies on spontaneous invention, but also on restraint.
Natural Information Society
Joshua Abrams - guimbri
Lisa Alvarado - harmonium
Mikel Avery - drums
Ben Boye - electric autoharp
Emmett Kelly - electric guitar
Frank Rosaly - drums
This experimental workshop and concert will be an annual event produced by Arraymusic. The First Annual Experimental Turnatble workshop was sponsored in part by Play De Record. 357a Yonge Street Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1S1 (416) 586-0380
Mike Hansen is a Toronto based artist, performer and radio personality and has been involved in the Canadian improvised music scene for over a decade. As Mike Hansen is a turntablist born out of the school of Marclay, Tetreault and Jeck, Hansen disembowels the turntable. Sounds are chosen at random, slowed down, ripped apart and manually looped. All aspects of the record player are fair game.
Steptone aka EriK T Laar is one half if InsideAMind. Their sound is often described as "listening to a movie" and their cinematic sensibilities have been geared towards 4 successful releases as well as soundtracking films, television, and theatrical performances. Some past shows and venues played include: Nuit Blanche, The World Wide Short Film Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Metro Hall, The Music Gallery, San Francisco Asian Arts Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum to name a few. iNSiDEaMiND has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Arts Council.
sequenza III by luciano Berio.
Arraymusic presents cathy fern lewis, voice
with rodney sharman, flute and voice, and linda catlin smith, piano
in a program titled I n t i m a c i e s.
Monday, May 4, 2015 8pm
Catherine Fern Lewis is renowned as a highly versatile soprano and sound artist. An ambassador and active exponent of Canada’s new music and art scene, Lewis has premiered over one hundred pieces by prominent composers and created her own multi-media works that push the boundaries of performance. Lewis earned a BMus from the University of Victoria, BC; and devoted three subsequent years to vocal training in Europe and Canada, studying under luminaries Frances James Adaskin, Selena James, Mary Morrison and Pierre Bernac. She appears as soloist with symphony orchestras and in recitals of new and traditional music. Her improvisations have shaped the work of collaborators from other disciplines; many pieces have been written expressly for her. Lewis’ personal creative explorations are uniquely interdisciplinary, combining movement, sound, film and installation. Her site-specific work has been presented by art galleries and festivals in Canada and Europe. Lewis lives in Victoria BC and teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.