Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium 2013

  • Friday, September 6, 2013
    1:00 pm
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
358 Gordon Street (@ College Avenue) – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
  • Friday, September 6, 2013
    9:30 pm
Co-operators Hall – River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013
    4:00 pm
Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan Street – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)

Programme

  • Commission: Coat Cooke for the Orkestra Futura, with support from the CCA
    • 1. (jumping at) Opportunities
    • 2. The Sparkle
    • 3. Carressing the Viscera
    • 4. To Despair Alone — verse
    • 5. To Despair Alone — chorus
    • 6. Dream Life
    • 7. The Complaint
  • Commission: Productions SuperMusique, with support from the CCA
  • Commission: Productions Plateforme
    • 1. Le glas
    • 2. Le rift
    • 3. Les synapses
    • 4. Le derrick
    • 5. Tec(hno)t®onique
    • 6. Le lit du chiro
    • 7. Les volcans
    • 8. La dérive des continents
    • 9. Plate-forme électorale
    • 10. Plancher de danse
  • Sunday, September 8, 2013
    12:01 am

Nuit blanche 2013: Nous perçons les oreilles

Presented by Guelph Jazz Festival.

For more than three decades multi-instrumentalists Joane Hétu and Jean Derome have formed the foundation of Quebec’s improvised music scene. Separately and together their work has embraced the worlds of rock and popular music, film, education, composition, dance, and jazz: “most of these projects, claims their label Ambiances Magnétiques, “are based on a unique form of synergy between composition, structured improvisation and genuine creative madness, all this articulated with unmatched playfulness.”

Silence
46 Essex Street – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
  • Sunday, September 8, 2013
    12:01 am

Nuit blanche 2013: Lori Freedman / Nicolas Caloia

Presented by Guelph Jazz Festival.

Prepare for a timbral feast as the warm, woody textures of the bass clarinet complement and contrast those of the double bass. Groundbreaking bass clarinetist Lori Freedman is prominent internationally, playing concert repertoire, improvised and electroacoustic music (including the Ig Henneman Sextet), and collaborating in dance, theatre and visual art. Montreal bassist Nicolas Caloia has delighted Guelph audiences with his Ratchet Orchestra; he always tries to make music which in his words “erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad.”

Sukha Yoga Centre
42 Wyndham Street North, Unit 101C – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
  • Sunday, September 8, 2013
    1:00 am
Sukha Yoga Centre
42 Wyndham Street North, Unit 101C – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
  • Sunday, September 8, 2013
    6:00 am
Silence
46 Essex Street – Guelph (Ontario, Canada)

In the press

Guelph Jazz Festival

Ken Waxman, Jazz Word, October 14, 2013

New combination and new conceptions, sporadically sprinkled with touches of exotica, characterized the 20th anniversary edition of the Guelph Jazz Festival (GJF) September 4-8. Affiliated with a contiguous academic Colloquium on improvisation, the GJF, located in a small university city, fewer than 100 kilometres west of Toronto, has from its beginning stretched the definition of “jazz”, while avoiding populist pandering. The approach obviously works well, with the GJF slowly expanding. On Saturday, afternoon and evening free outdoor concerts now take place in front of city hall; the free, dusk-to-dawn Nuit Blanche offers intimates performances in non-traditional downtown spaces. Plus a full schedule of workshops and formal concerts unrolls each day. (…)

Another Québécois who produces inimitable textures is guitarist Bernard Falaise, whose solo program of crunching runs, repetative loops and banshee-screaming string distortions alienated or mesmerized a floor seated audience at the Sukha Yoga Centre. Astringent and oscillating and propelled by an e-bow, violin-bow, foot pedals and preparations, the results at points suggested a jam between Buck Owens and Stockhausen, and fittingly he replicated a rooster`s crow near the end of this 2 AM performance.

In a completely different setting, Falaise was a member of Ensemble SuperMusique, which played one afternoon in the austere, light-filled Guelph Youth Music Centre. Its roistering and raunchy program included one piece — Tréfle (“Clover” in English) — composed by the guitarist. Consisting of a dozen stalwarts of the Montréal improv scene — including inventive bass clarinetist Lori Freedman and solidly subtle bassist Nicolas Caloia who created a challenging quick-witted set of chamber-improv at the yoga centre preceding Falaise — the ensemble interpreted unique music, including leader/saxophonist/vocalist Joane Hétu’s Pour ne pas désespérer seul (“Not to Despair Alone”) dedicated to the anti-globalization movement. Paramountly group music, the dynamic parameters of the composition are wide enough to involve most of the players in propelling the aggressive march tempo with encouraging chants from percussionist Danielle Palardy Roger and saxophonist/flautist Jean Derome. Derome’s own Plate-forme électorale is similarly rousing, underlined by song-snatches and crashing metallic friction sourced from David Lafrance’s turntables. Interpolating snatches of so-called ethnic melodies, the piece left space for the composer’s bass flute lowing, exciting string-stopping from fiddler Josh Zubot, distorted rock hero licks from Falaise and a drollop of big band swing featuring trumpeter Némo Venba. (…)

… the ensemble interpreted unique music…

Review

Ken Waxman, The New York City Jazz Record, October 1, 2013

Another Québécois who produces inimitable textures is guitarist Bernard Falaise. His solo program of crunching runs, repetitive loops and banshee- screaming string distortions alienated or mesmerized a floor-seated audience at the Sukha Yoga Centre. Astringent, oscillating and propelled by an e-bow, violin-bow, foot pedals and preparations, the results at points suggested a jam between Buck Owens and Stockhausen and fittingly he replicated a rooster’s crowing near the end of this 2 am performance. Falaise is also a member of Ensemble SuperMusique, which played one afternoon in the light-filled Guelph Youth Music Centre. A dozen stalwarts of Montréal’s improv scene — including inventive clarinetist Lori Freedman and sturdy bassist Nicolas Caloïa, who as a duo created a quick-witted set of chamber-improv at the yoga center — the ensemble interpreted unique compositions, including saxophonist/vocalist Joane Hétu’s Pour ne pas désespérer seul, dedicated to the anti-globalization movement. Paramountly group music, the parameters of that composition were wide enough to involve all the players in propelling the aggressive march tempo instrumentally and vocally. Saxophonist/flautist Jean Derome’s Plate-Forme was similarly rousing, underlined by crashing metallic friction sourced from David Lafrance’s turntables and interpolating snatches bass flute lowing, exciting string-stropping from fiddler Josh Zubot, distorted rock-hero licks from Falaise and a dollop of big band swing.

Paramountly group music, the parameters of that composition were wide enough to involve all the players in propelling the aggressive march tempo instrumentally and vocally.