Category Archives: Music

Conversation on Hip-Hop

 

Brahja Waldman and Jahsun

Brahja Waldman and Jahsun

Brajha Waldman, Isis Giraldo, and Jahsun talk about Hip-Hop

“Because they didn’t do anything to uplift Hip-hop culture. They took one element that was popular, the rap element and on top of it they took one element of the rap element that they thought was marketable for their own purposes.”

“It’s like this general move away from show tune music that has this chord, and this chord, and this chord, and this chord, and then has a bridge, and then another bridge, and then a coda, its all this stuff we don’t need. Let’s just keep this one five second moment, ‘cause it’s the best thing about that song, and let’s distill it into a loop.”

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Interview: Ellwood Epps

Ellwood Epps

Ellwood Epps. Photo credit: Etienne Mangonaux

This interview happened while travelling home from the Montreal launch of Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest’s new Record, ‘La Passe’. Most of the conversation took place at Arahova Souvlaki, while significant portions also took place at Fairmont Bagel, on the 365 du Parc bus, and the René Lévesque night bus. Ellwood Epps is in conversation with Nicholas McGrath.

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Les Sympatiques Presents Great Music, 20 November

 

Thursday November 20th at 9pm, Les Sympatiques - the new artist-led, nonprofit sector of Café Résonance – presents an exciting triptych of musical sets:

  • Solo cello music by Jane Chan
  • An improvised set with Martin Heslop, Erik Hove, Michael Lambert, and Isis Giraldo
  • dArk mAAt’r, listen to some songs

Come out and enjoy this excellent, diverse lineup of musicians, and support Les Sympatiques’ latest project!

“a person woven in jazz”: album review of Jaguar Harmonics


Jaguar Harmonics album cover

By Klara du Plessis

The album Jaguar Harmonics is a magical hybrid of richly evocative poetry written and recited by Anne Waldman, set to a landscape of sound by Devin Brahja Waldman, Ha-Yang Kim, Daniel Carter, and Ambrose Bye (at Fast Speaking Music studio in NYC). Here word and music combine to birth a brilliantly contemporary genre that straddles storytelling, opera, and a general free jazz kind of sound.

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Spectral music & hip-hop: a conversation with Erik Hove

 

Erik Hove

Erik Hove

Listen to some of Erik Hove’s music. The Erik Hove Large Ensemble will also be performing at the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival 2014 -  June 21st @ Cafe Resonance 9pm. Don’t miss it!                                                                                         

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Truth, Creation and the X-Files: Interview with Aaron Kruziki

Aaron Kruziki and Mike Bjella

Aaron Kruziki and Mike Bjella

By Mike Bjella

Aaron Kruziki is one of my favourite musicians and people. We hail from the same town of Stevens Point, WI – although we didn’t connect until we found ourselves living in New York City in 2008. 

Aside from the Zodiac Ensemble (a collective group we both play in), Aaron leads a band I love called Education Reform and is a member of Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory. Aaron is magical crusader for connection and truth. He sings and plays saxophone and keyboards. 

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Interview: Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier, poet, musician; curator of the monthly Words and Music event at Casa del Popolo; organizer of the annual Mile End Poets’ Festival; collaborator of the music, poetry and dance project For Body and Light. Klara du Plessis and Isis Giraldo talk to Ian about poetry, music, and the Montreal arts scene.

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