April 11, 2018 –
doors open 20:30
concert starts at 21:00
Kevin McHugh - keys, composition
John Dikeman - saxophone
Matt Adomeit - bass
Tristan Renfrow - drums
The Kevin McHugh Quartet contains a who's who of the young European jazz scene. Kevin's music springs from cutting edge compositions played with fire, finesse and rebellion in equal measure. In Japan he is active in groups ranging from the experimental music collective Nariiki to noise bands and he also works regularly as a straight ahead jazz musician in myriad settings. Over the years he has performed with Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Capillary Action to name a few.
For this tour Kevin contacted long time friend and collaborator John Dikeman (they met while both living in Cairo, Egypt) to compile the ideal ensemble to perform his compositions. John has performed with everyone from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra to Jameszoo with the Metropole Orkest. He also has regular groups with William Parker and Hamid Drake, is a founding member of Cactus Truck, and is a member of the Dutch Collective Doek. He was said to have the "most powerful voice in the Dutch jazz music of the last decade" In Jazzism magazine.
Matt Adomeit and Tristan Renfrow have worked together extensively in the anarchist uber-jazz band Morgan Freeman. "Nostalgia for post-90’s indie-punk-rock and a free-jazz ethos collaborate to deliver an unabashed deconstruction of transparent compositions. Morgan Freeman represents no more (or less) than the embodiment of the human condition in all of its glory, despair and contradiction." Their ability to deliver instrumental virtuosity and musical erudition with a willingness to explode ideas make them a perfect match for this ensemble.
April 11th 2017, doors at 8:30 music at 9, suggested entrance 3-8 euro
20:00 concert series Ephémère with Vitalija Glovackyte + Michael Cutting - Cristiana Vignatelli Bruni + Greta Desiree Facchinato - Marianna Maruyama + Andrious Arutiunian
April 12, 2018 –
19:30 doors open
Ephémère is curated by Marie Guilleray and Bjarni Gunnarsson
For the coming episode of Ephemere, the artists Cristiana Vignatelli Bruni and Greta Desiree Facchinato will collaborate for the second time, investigating the sense of touch in relation to the elusivity of sound. A chance to catch epidermic fluctuations through a real time improvisation.
[Bio Greta D. Facchinato]
[Bio Cristiana Vignatelli]
Formed in Manchester in late 2016, Kinder Meccano has quickly gained significant attention across the UK, EU and North America, performing shows in venues such as New York's National Sawdust, Montreal's Casa Del Popolo and Berlin's Rotor Salon and broadcast on NTS Radio, Berlin Community Radio, Reform Radio and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. KM are set to release their debut album in 2018.
"Theirs is a world of hidden machine music, amplified by homemade pick-ups, shining 16-bit threads of melody and zen-like process music, mingling performance and playfulness. Very much our sort of thing." The Skinny
"From delicately magical to thumpingly raucous.” Fluid Radio
"Magpies for anything that might produce a good sound.” Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
Between 1958 and 1965, the Dutch artist and composer Sedje Hémon kept a chronologically ordered (but not dated) record of 600 numbered notes tracing the development of her method of integrating visual art and music such that music could be “extracted” from visual artwork. Keeping these notes in such a methodical, controlled manner was a way of reclaiming agency within her artistic process and life.
600 Notes is a response to Hemon's text - it's a collection of 600 performed “notes”—actual written notes, musical notes, audio notes, and other plays on the meaning of the word. Between the two of us and the audience, we perform our notes with live and recorded sound, gesture, image, and voice. With every iteration of 600 Notes, a different set of notes comes to the surface.
[Bio Andrius Arutiunian]
Based in The Hague, Arutiunian works, performs, and teaches within both contemporary music and contemporary art contexts. Recent commissions and performances include documenta 14 Parliament of Bodies (DE), Hidden Agreements (together with Modelo62, NL), Contemporary Art Centre (LT), Melos-Ethos (SL), deSingel (BE) and MAZE festival (NL). He often collaborates with various international ensembles (Modelo62, MAZE, Ensemble Klang, Nadar, Slagwerk Den Haag, Synaesthesis and others). Andrius Arutiunian’s works are published by Donemus (NL).
[Bio Marianna Maruyama]
April 13, 2018 –
The NOW Society Ensemble will improvise and perform Graphic Scores of composers Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchen First Nation of the North Yukon), Éric Normand (Rimouski, Québec), Fredrik Gran (Stockholm, Sweden), A Raven Called Crow and Lisa Cay Miller (Vancouver). Amsterdam and Vancouver have a long history of musical collaboration, to continue that spirit, Amsterdam musicians Anne La Berge (Flute) and Ig Henneman (viola) will join us.
Tracing its roots for 40 years, the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society has a rich and varied history of presenting ensembles drawn from Vancouver’s premiere artists. Deriving from contemporary new music, improvisation and musique actuelle, NOW gathers improvisers from different disciplines with the shared goal of creating innovative music.
Lisa Cay Miller - piano, director
JP Carter - trumpet
Joshua Zubot - violin
James Meger - bass
Skye Brooks - drums
Pianist/composer Lisa Cay Miller is “making some of the most intricate and beautiful music that can be heard in Vancouver today.” The Georgia Straight. Her compositions have been premiered by the Flat Earth Society, de Bijloke ensemble (Belgium) the Tetzepi Bigtet (Amsterdam), mmm… (Tokyo), NME, Pianorquestra (Brazil), Ensemble SuperMusique, le GGRIL, Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal), The Redshift Music Society, The NOW Society, Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, Jesse Zubot, Turning Point Ensemble, Music on Main, Rachel Iwaasa, Hard Rubber Orchestra and the François Houle Jane Hayes duo (Vancouver). Miller performs as an improvising pianist worldside and is the Artistic Director of the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society.
JP Carter is a Juno award-winning musician from Vancouver, Canada. Carter's singular approach to the trumpet and versatility as an improvisor and composer make him a vital contributor to the Vancouver music community. JP incorporates a variety of techniques into his trumpet playing, utilizing and experimenting with acoustic (traditional, extended) and electronic (effected, amplified) methods to create a wide spectrum of sound. Currently a member of several Vancouver-based groups, including Destroyer, Fond of Tigers, Inhabitants, Dan Mangan, the Tony Wilson 6tet, Handmade Blade (with Peggy Lee & Aram Bajakian), Aeroplane Trio, Gordon Grdina's Haram, Michael Blake's Variety Hour, and the various New Orchestra Workshop ensembles. Most recently, JP has been working on a solo amplified trumpet project. He released a self-produced document of this solo work in May 2017 entitled "Toy & Tool."
Joshua Zubot is a masterful violinist and composer who performs with conviction, emotion and power. He has toured internationally in ensembles such as Subtle Lip Can, In The Sea, Marie-Jo Therio and Quartestki. Zubot has turned many heads playing genres from bluegrass to musique actuelle and everything in between. He has shared stages with folk/pop musicians like Martha Wainwright, Patrick Watson, Li’l Andy, Thus Owls plus experimental musicians such as Jean Derome, Matana Roberts, cellist Tristan Honsinger, Sun Ra’s Orchestra’s Marshall Allen and New York double bassist William Parker.
Bassist James Meger’s experience spans many music genres. In his late teens he was a member of the acclaimed Vancouver based indie-roots band, The Sumner Brothers, with which he recorded two studio albums over 3 years. He toured with the Eastern Europe with art-rock band, Dark Blue World and the Vancouver folk act, The Fugitives. He is an active member of many diverse groups including: Braveheart, The Bruno Hubert Trio, Squareheart, 4=4, O.A.B., Tom Wherrett Trio, Proud Animal, The Jaclyn Guillou Band and Cow Trance.
Drummer Skye Brooks is known for his explosive, creative and subtle drumming in adventurous Vancouver bands, like Juno-award winning Fond of Tigers, Juno-nominated Inhabitants, the Tony Wilson 6tet, as well as great Canadian songwriters such as Veda Hille, Ndidi Onukwulu and Marin Patenaude. He is also the singer/songwriter and guitarist for his own experimental rock band Copilots.
April 28, 2018 –
20:30 LVVI concert - Jonas Cambien trio