Upcoming Events

The Bombadils - residency show #1

Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank share a love of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, the two pour the spirit of story-telling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo.

Sarah Frank - fiddle, banjo, voice // Luke Fraser - guitar, mandolin, voice

#folk / Celtic / bluegrass

Joe Sullivan Big Band

#Jazz #Original

Kennedy/Maskell Quintet

For their first-ever performance, this multi-generational group of Montreal jazz musicians will be playing lots of original music from members of the band and some favourite standards.

Donny Kennedy - alto saxophone // Chris Maskell - tenor saxophone // Min Rager - piano // Jonathan Chapman - bass // Dave Laing - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental

Latin-Cuban All-Stars

Andres Vial, Martin Heslop and Andre White

Playing rarely-heard compositions by Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, George Shearing and more!

Andres Vial - piano // Martin Heslop - bass // Andre White - drums

#Jazz #Standards

Kim Zombik Quartet!

Kate Wyatt - piano // Adrian Vedady - bass // Martin Auguste - drums

#Jazz #Vocal

Kevin Dean & Friends

#Jazz #Standards

Jeannette, Michel & Gabriel Lambert

Do dreams, imagination and improvised music all exist at the same frequency? We'll explore the possibilities with melodic poetry, and a handful of jazz standards.

Jeannette Lambert - voice // Michel Lambert - drums // Gabriel Lambert - guitar

#Jazz #Experimental #Vocal #Poetry #melodic poetry

Mark Nelson's Sympathetic Frequencies

Mike Bjella - tenor sax // Andrew Boudreau - piano // Nicolas Bédard - double bass // Mark Nelson - drums

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Kalmunity Jazz Project

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Funk

Jean-François Ouellet Ensemble

Modern jazz, free jazz, swing are a few styles played by the J-F Ouellet ensemble. Original music of different kinds of moods and directions. 11 musicians. Album launch!!

Jean-François Ouellet // Benjamin Deschamps // Mario Allard // Remi Cormier // Nicolas Boulay // Alex Desjardins // Jean-Sebastion Vachon // Charles Trudel // Francois Jalbert // Mathieu McConnell // Louis-Vincent Hamel

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

The Bombadils - residency show #2

Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank share a love of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, the two pour the spirit of story-telling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo.

Sarah Frank - fiddle, banjo, voice // Luke Fraser - guitar, mandolin, voice

#folk / Celtic / bluegrass

Taylor Donaldson Big Band

Benjamin Deschamps - alto sax // Jason Stillman - alto sax // Annie Dominique - tenor sax // Michael Johancsik - tenor sax // Philippe Côté - baritone sax // Dominic Rossi - trumpet // Andy King - trumpet // Lex French - trumpet // Nicolas Boulay - trumpet // David Martin - trombone // Olivier Hébert - trombone // Colin Lloyd - trombone // Jean-Sébastien Vachon - bass trombone // Jonathan Cayer - piano // Sébastien Pellerin - bass // Louis-Vincent Hamel - drums // Taylor Donaldson - trombone / arrangements

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Big band

Samuel Cousineau Quartet

Samuel Cousineau - alto saxophone // Alex Francoeur - tenor saxophone // Mathieu McConnell - bass // Guillaume Pilote - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental

Simon Millerd Quintet feat. Mike Bjella and Isis Giraldo

Inspired by emotion and devotion, these lads might just make you shiver and quiver.

Simon Millerd - trumpet // Mike Bjella - tenor saxophone // Isis Giraldo - piano // Martin Helsop - bass // Greg Ritchie - drums

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Run & Hide Album Release

Run & Hide is an avant-garde music and improvisation trio of two saxes and drums, the brainchild of Evan Shay and Kyle Hutchins. The compositions and improvisations are meant to explore melodicism and the relationship between two saxes without the presence of chordal instruments. This show will celebrate the release of their debut record, featuring the wonderful saxophonist Mike Bjella.

Evan Shay - alto saxophone // Mike Bjella - tenor saxophone // Kyle Hutchins - drums

#Jazz #Experimental #Instrumental #Free #Improvised

Andres Vial, Alec Walkington and Camil Bélisle

Playing standards and lesser-played bebop gems by Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Bobby Timmons and more!

Andres Vial - piano // Alec Walkington - bass // Camil Bélisle - drums

#Jazz #Standards

Duets - Improv@CIRMMT

The improv@CIRMMT nights are a new series of concerts devoted to electro/acoustic improvisation with musicians from the CIRMMT community. This evening will focus on improvisational collaboration with music technologies and instruments. Featuring: *Ivan Franco, Eric Lewis, and Juan Sebastian Delgado - trumpet, electronics, and cello * Takuto Fukuda , and Ana Dall'Ara-Majek - “The Wooden Box” - Arduino device and theremin *Ensemble Ilea - instruments and computer - Kevin Gironnay and friends *Whim - Ofer Pelz and Preston Beebe - piano, percussion, and feedback system

Ivan Franco - electronics // Eric Lewis - trumpet // Juan Sebastian Delgado - cello // Takuto Fukuda - arduino device // Ana Dall'Ara-Majek - theremin // Kevin Gironnay - electronics // Ofer Pelz - piano // Preston Beebe - percussion

#Experimental #Instrumental #Electronic #Free improv

Frank Lozano quartet

Two guitar, bass-less quartet inpired by ECM artists such as Paul Motian, Paul Bley,Jan Garbarek , Bill Frisell,etc.

Frank Lozano - sax // Thom Gossage - drums // Ken Bibace - guitar // Greg Amirault - guitar

#Jazz #Inspired by ECM artists

Sarah Rossy

An exploration of free improvised music. Colour, texture, and influence spanning from jazz to folk. +Special guests TBA.

Sarah Rossy - voice/piano

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Vocal

Kalmunity Jazz Project

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Funk

Marcel A Trio - As Shadows Fall

Based around melodic and soulful approach of Marcel Anicic’s guitar playing and his unique compositional and arranging style, the Marcel A Trio offers a dynamic fusion of modern jazz, funk and soul. At times groovy, hip, cool, contemplative, moody and introspective, the original music and eloquent standard arrangements of the Marcel A Trio explore the themes of joy, sorrow, faith, spirituality, doubt, hope, love, loss and peace, while staying true to the form and beauty of jazz music.

Marcel Anicic - guitar

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental #Funk #Poetry

St-Roch Quartet + 2

Active on the Quebec City jazz scene since 2012, the St-Roch Quartet released its first EP, Clocher Penché , in Quebec City and Montreal in April of 2015. The rich cultural scene of Quebec’s St-Roch neighbourhood was the main inspiration for Alexandre Leblanc (upright bass), Olivier Lepage-Applin (saxophone), Samuel Gaudreault (guitar) and Edouard Poliquin-Michaud (drums) for their four song EP. This first release offers an accessible instrumental jazz, where each song represents a distinctive trait of the neighbourhood. Since its inception, the main focus of the group has been to foster a rich interplay between each musician as well as to create a cohesive sound for each song. Their compositions are built so that a main idea evolves in each section of the song while emphasizing the improvisational talents of each of the musicians. As such, the group aims to captivate and surprise the listener all throughout the listening experience. In 2013 they took part in the semifinals of the Jazz en Rafale new talent contest, in 2014 they played at Beauport’s Jazz'art festival and in September 2015, they were awarded the first prize in the new talent category of the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski. This show will feature arrangements for sextet of the band's original compositions.

Samuel Gaudreault - guitar // Olivier Lepage-Applin - saxophone // Alexandre Le Blanc - double bass // Éric Maillet - drums // Lex French - trumpet // Jonathan Turgeon - piano

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Claire Devlin Quartet

Claire Devlin - tenor sax // Gentiane MG - piano // Mathieu McConnell-Enright - bass // Eric Maillet - drums

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Latin-Cuban All-Stars

The New Neighbour Testers

A Montreal based collaborative group of jazz musicians/composers. The group serves as a musical laboratory for the members. The Neighbour Testers perform original compositions as well as new arrangements of standards. The group features : Bill Mahar, - trumpet, Jennifer Bell et Frank Lozano – saxophones, Clinton Ryder – basse et Michel Berthiaume – drums.

Bill Mahar - trumpet // Jennifer Bell - saxophone // Frank Lozano - saxophone // Clinton Ryder - bass // Michel Berthiaume - drums

#Jazz

Marilou Buron Sextet

You are all invited to the launching of Marilou Buron sextet, which will feature original jazz, funk and pop compositions. Come and enjoy our music, it will be an evening filled with emotions.

Marilou Buron - piano/voix // Félix-Antoine Désy - basse // William Karras - batterie // Jean-Christophe Lebel - guitare // Antoine Tardif - trompette // Hugo Leclerc - saxophone alto/flûte traversière

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental #Vocal #Pop

perfectperfect

An instrumental folk trio heavily inspired by photography, literature and music from the Great Depression in the writing of their original music.

Zacharie Bachand - guitar // Alex K.S. - upright bass // Edmund Catlin - drum

#Folk

The Bombadils / residency show #4

Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank share a love of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, the two pour the spirit of story-telling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo.

Sarah Frank - fiddle, banjo, voice // Luke Fraser - guitar, mandolin, voice

#folk / Celtic / bluegrass

Resonance Reading Series

This event is in collaboration with the Mile End Poets' Festival.

Jason Camlot, Brecken Hancock, Moez Surani, Elena Johnson, Marianne Apostolides

#Poetry

Beyond the Concert Stage: Classical Piano Night

#Classical

Daniel Arthur Trio

The Daniel Arthur Trio represents a new generation of creative music which adventurously explores all contemporary genres in a jazz setting.

Daniel Arthur - piano // Ethan Cohn - bass // Eric Maillet - drums

#Jazz #Classical #Original #Experimental

Mark Nelson's Sympathetic Frequencies

Original contemporary compositions, infused with improvisations that feature unexpected twists and turns, reveal the virtuosity and the cohesion of this promising quartet.

Lex French - trumpet // Colin Power - alto sax // Nicolas Bédard - upright bass // Mark Nelson - drums

#Jazz #Original

May Cheung & Maria Neckam Canadian Tour

Singer-songwriters May Cheung and Maria Neckam hail from Brooklyn, New York, where they have spent numerous years performing and recording. With upcoming releases this year, May will present songs from her debut album 'The Departure' (co-produced by Nir Felder) and Maria will present songs from her forthcoming record, produced by Jon Cowherd. Both look forward to sharing their original works as they embark on their first East Coast Canadian tour.

May Cheung - voice & guitar // Maria Neckam - voice & guitar

#Original #Vocal #Singer-songwriter, folk

Book Launch: Show Mode and Bullies Rule

This double book launch celebrates the publication of two children's books, Show Mode and Bullies Rule. Multigenerational guests will include families, writers, musicians, teachers and other educational professionals. A special, character-inspired playlist will play through the evening as background, punctuated by author readings from both books, and a brief performance by youth singers and musicians. In addition, a book-sales table will offer both books for purchase, along with a further selection of quality kid-lit by local writers.

Raquel Rivera - writer // Monique Polak - writer

#Book launch

Tour Launch Party

Tour Launch Party! Come support the group as they embark on a U.S./Canada tour that will take them all the way down to New Orleans to work with producer Delfeayo Marsalis in preparation for their next album.

Brandon Goodwin - drums // Alec Safy - bass // Joe Ferracuti - piano // Julien Sandiford - guitar // Masashi Usui - saxophone

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Extended Family - New residency(n.3) at Résonance

A collective of improvisers brought together by Montreal piano and keyboard player, Gabriel Vinuela. The soaring melodies, inspired tinkering and contagious grooves are omnipresent. The ensemble focuses on creating live beats and grooves inspired by electronic music, jazz, hiphop and rock. Each session is 100% improvised.

Émile Farley - bass + fx // Frank O'Sullivan - guitar + fx // Anomalie/Nicolas Dupuis - keys // Thomas Sauvé-Lafrance - drums

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Electronic

Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble Album Launch/Anna Webber Simple Trio

The Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble is a musical hybrid drawing from jazz, classical, electro-acoustic and contemporary compositional traditions. The 10-piece ensemble consists of a hotshot rhythm section and a small contemporary chamber ensemble of orchestral and jazz instruments, and prominently features the leader's alto saxophone playing, well-known to the Montreal jazz and improvised music scenes, as well as that of flautist Anna Webber and trumpetist Andy King. The group’s debut “Saturated Colour” garnered rave reviews in the Canadian and international press. The project seeks to explore a synthesis of contemporary compositional concepts with current ideas from jazz and improvised music, and attempt to combine the disparate elements so as to form a cohesive whole. In addition, the new album includes electronics derived from the acoustic instruments, which fuse the timbres in the group as well as adding another timbral layer. Of particular interest are the spectral techniques used by composers like Gerard Grisey and Tristan Murail, but also ideas from others like Lachemann, Sciarrino, and Furrer, spanning back to Ligeti and Nono. These ideas are combined with rhythmically complex contemporary jazz reminiscent of players like Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman, as well as forward-thinking historical figures of the jazz tradition like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Muhal Richard Abrams.

Erik Hove - alto sax // Anna Webber - flute, alto flute // Krisjana Thorsteinson - oboe // Krista Martynes - clarinet, bass clarinet // Andy King - trumpet // Kate Bevan-Baker - violin // Jean René - viola // Jane Chan - cello // Remi-Jean Leblanc - bass // Evan Tighe - drums // Anna Webber - tenor sax, flute // Matt Mitchell - piano // John Hollenbeck - drums

#Jazz #Classical #Experimental #Electronic

Matt Choboter Quintet

The quintet navigates original compositions exploring varied rhythmic and harmonic frameworks. Concepts of recession and growth, varied dialogue between spontaneity and intricate composition, time experienced on both the micro and macro levels and polyrhythmic interactions with the goal of highly subjective perceptual flexibility. Informed by Carnatic rhythmic ideas, of how time and space can be experienced with great accuracy by way of interacting large-scale and small-scale frameworks.

Simon Millerd - trumpet // Jake Wiens - guitar // Matt Choboter - piano // Cole Birney-Stewart - double bass // Andrew Thomson - drums

#Jazz #Original

Julie Chapais Quartet

The Julie Chapais Quartet performs jazz originals which can best be described as very melodic with an edge. Atmospheric, inspired by prog-rock and funk, Chapais’s compositions are shaped by textures and colours, each of them a story .

Julie Chapais - guitar // David Ryshpan - keyboards // Samuel Brassard - electric bass // Michel Medrano Brindis - drums

#prog-jazz

Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days

Led by trumpeter and composer Adam O'Farrill, Stranger Days is an ensemble with an eclectic sound, that is cohesive and unified, yet thrives on the individuality of the members' voices. O'Farrill and the rest of the band members deliver original compositions that have a narrative ebb and flow, while the band also recreates the music of artists as varied as Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kenny Dorham, and even reaches into the obscurity of indigenous Mexican music. In Stranger Days, there is joy, humor, sadness, and everything in between- in other words, it is music.
The rest of the band is comprised of Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor sax, Walter Stinson on bass, and Zack O'Farrill on drums. The band released its first album, Stranger Days, on Sunnyside Records, in April 2016. Nate Chinen of the NYTimes wrote in his review: “Marshaling a sharp band of his peers — Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor saxophone; Walter Stinson on bass; and Zack O’Farrill, his older brother, on drums — Mr. O’Farrill establishes both a firm identity and a willful urge to stretch and adapt.”
The band has performed at The Jazz Gallery, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Yale University, the Lilypad, and in 2017 will be performing at the 2017 NYC Winter Jazz Fest, 2017 Friehofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, Cornell University, and more.

Adam O'Farrill - trumpet // Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - tenor sax // Walter Stinson - bass // Zack O'Farrill - drums

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental

Samuel Cousineau Trio Feat. Donny Kennedy

Samuel Cousineau - alto saxophone // Donny Kennedy - alto saxophone // Andre White - drums // Mathieu McConnell - bass

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental

Samuel Bonnet Quartet Oriental Blue

« Oriental Blue » is the latest project of Montreal-based, Israeli-French acoustic guitarist Samuel Bonnet. Made of ten original compositions specifically written for his quartet, it takes the audience on a poetic journey inspired by different musical traditions form the Middle-East, North-Africa, Spain (Flamenco, Klezmer, Gnawa…) and the Americas (Jazz, Latin…), tracing a parallel between the jazz-blues characteristic melodic inflection : the « blue note » and its oriental cousin : the « melisma ».
But this project also has a visual dimension, as « Oriental Blue » also designates a color : the « ultramarine » blue, made from the Lapis-Lazuli, a precious stone. prized by painters and jewellers since antiquity for its intensity.
Distinguished by an acoustic and intimate format, the Samuel Bonnet Quartet has performed concerts and tours in Canada, the United States and Israel, and won a « Coup de Coeur Vision Diversity / Place Arts Prize » at the Montreal’s 2015 Vision Di- versity showcase, and has been selected, among 9 pan-Canadian emerging band, to be part of the 2016 Grand Prix Jazz TD competition, playing an outdoor show at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Samuel Bonnet // Bruno Lamarche // Fraser Hollins // Elli Miller-Maboungou

#Jazz #World Jazz

Luc Herrmann Group

Montreal based modern jazz quartet, led by guitarist Luc Herrmann. The band demonstrates great comraderie and a high level of adrenaline while performing these deeply melodic compositions.

Luc Herrmann - guitar // Jules Payette - alto sax // Levi Dover - bass // Louis-Vincent Hamel - drums

#Jazz

Beyond the Concert Stage: Classical Piano Night

#Classical

Clio Em - GRAVITY WING Book + Album Launch

Gravity Wing is a science fiction love story by Clio Em, told through a novel and live soundtrack intertwining classical, folk, and electronic music. Illustrations and films by Hali Rey deepen the atmosphere of a newly created world. STORY Isabel is offered an artistic residency on the colony planet of New Canada, but beginning again on a new world proves difficult. Unexpectedly invited to a lavish society event by the taciturn Serge, she is swept off her feet under an unfamiliar sky. As Isabel and Serge dance in a sci-fi minuet around their feelings, they face the full force of the young planet's rigid social expectations.

Clio Em - voice, guitar, piano, electronics // Mercy Lamola - vocal harmonies // Dominic Guilbault - violin // Stefano Saykaly - reading // Dean Garlick - opening reading

#Classical #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Vocal #Electronic #Poetry #science fiction

Adolescence (Toronto)

Adolescence can not be classified under a genre. It is a musical exploration, with compositions inspired by Harrison's youth. The music consists of a combination of traditional notation and selected pictures taken by Harrison. The pictures serve as a vehicle for spontaneous composition while the performer is not locked into the traditional notation. The listener will be taken on an atmospheric journey.

Harry Vetro - drums + compositions // Emily Denison - trumpet // Harrison Argatoff - saxophone // Jacob Thompson - piano // Dan Pitt - guitar // Meghan Gilhespy - vocals

#Jazz

Mondayz Quartet

Mondays Quartet plays original material and reinterpretations of tunes from jazz and latin repertoire.

Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier - piano // Pablo Bonacina - guitar // Christophe Papadimitriou - double bass // Mathieu Brami - percussions

#Jazz #Original

Reno De Stefano Trio

The Reno De Stefano Trio will be presenting a varied repertoire including new original compositions and standards, as well as tunes by Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Kurt Rosenwinkle, and Kenny Wheeler. -De Stefano (guitar), Dave Watts (bass), Camil Belisle (drums).

Reno De Stefano - guitar

#Jazz #Original #Standards

Alex Lefaivre Quartet feat. Rafael Zaldivar, Samuel Blais and Al Bourgeois

Led by electric bass player Alex Lefaivre, this new quartet will feature some of Montreal's most original improvisational voices. This first meeting of the minds will focus mostly on jazz standards as well as select covers a few originals.

Alex Lefaivre - electric bass // Rafael Zaldivar - piano // Samuel Blais - alto sax // Al Bourgeois - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental

100% Project Vol. 2

100% Original music written specifically for this band, specifically for this night and never to be played again!

Donny Kennedy - alto sax // Sam Kirmayer - guitar // Dave Watts - bass // Noam Guerrier-Freud - drums // Nic Gaumond - compositions

#Jazz #Original #Instrumental

Chris Maskell Quartet

Chris Maskell is an emerging voice in the Montreal and Ottawa jazz scenes. As a recent graduate of McGill’s jazz program, he’s had the chance to study with saxophonists such as Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Rémi Bolduc. At this performance, his group will present a mix of original music and jazz standards.

Chris Maskell - saxophone // Gentiane MG - piano // Jonathan Chapman - bass // William Machado - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental

Joshua Rager Quartet Plays the music of Cedar Walton

The music of Cedar Walton spans many historic decades. From Art Blakey, and Billy Higgins to Eastern Rebellion, Walton contributed compositions considered today to be modern jazz classics. Up until the year of his death in 2013, Walton was a stalwart performer as both a bandleader and sideman. The music featured this evening will be some of his classics as well as little known gems.

Joshua Rager - piano // Dan Faulk - saxophone // Alec Walkington - bass // Dave Laing - drums

#Jazz

Sword & Seed

Sword & Seed perform the original compositions of Montreal songwriter Alicia Zwicewicz. Alicia's songs resemble in style those singers like Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling.

Alicia Zwicewicz - voice // Jacob Wiens - guitar & voice

#Original #Folk/singer-songwriter

Pax Trio - Tevet Sela/Guillaume Martineau/Joannie Labelle

Pax ('peace' in Latin) represents the coexistence of different cultures in harmony. The Pax Trio offers a celebration of rhythms and melodies influenced by African, Middle-Eastern, Klezmer and other traditions played by three unique musicians: Guillaume Martineau: 2015-2016 'Revelation Radio Canada' in Jazz and also winner of first prize at the Canadian Music Competition in classical piano. Guillaume is a creative and versatile pianist, incorporating influences from a wide range of musical genres and styles into his virtuosic playing. Tevet Sela: The native Israeli saxophonist has incorporated into his language a variety of influences from the Middle-East, Africa and Eastern Europe while having integrated American blues in all its depth. Joannie Labelle: Known for her sensibility and her viral groove, can charm an audience as soon as her fingers strike the drums. Joannie has been active on local and international scenes, and adds her touch with various renowned artists (Lara Fabian, Marie-Josée Lord, Les Trois Accords, Belle et Bum, Le Show du Refuge).

Guillaume Martineau - piano // Tevet Sela - saxophone // Joannie Labelle - percussion

#Jazz #Instrumental #World - Klezmer/African

Pravin Thompson/Jarrett Walser Trio

Pravin Thompson is an International Jazz Guitarist based in New York City. Originally from South Plainfield New Jersey, Pravin began studying guitar at age 10 after years of watching his older brother play. He quickly began playing in local rock bands and school ensembles where he was first exposed to jazz. After graduating, Pravin attending New Jersey City University and majored in Jazz studies. Through the school he has performed with Allen Farnham, Joel Weiskopf, Paul Meyers, Nate Eklund, Bob Malach, and Pete McGuinness.! ! In 2014, Pravin graduated from NJCU and released a 6 track EP entitled “Identity,” featuring all original compositions. Grabbing influences everywhere from Miles Davis to Smashing Pumpkins, “Identity” is a blend of Rock and Jazz. Singer-Songwriter like melodies, along with improvisation and heavy band interaction.! ! Since releasing “Identity” Pravin has relocated to Brooklyn where he maintains a busy performing schedule as a side-man and leader. ShapeShifter Lab, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Kava Shteeble, Pete’s Candy Store, The Shrine, Silvana, Bar Next Door, are some of the of local venues he Performs at regularly. He has also played in Resonance Cafe and Upstairs Jazz Lounge in Montreal, Canada.! ! Pravin also plays in many large ensembles. Frequently subbing in bands such as Big Beat, Erica Seguine & Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra, Pangean Orchestra, New Generation Theater Company, and Brillbird/Jessica Ackerley: Double Trio ensemble. Pravin was apart of the “Super: The Musical” ensemble, which was performed during 2016’s NYC Fringe Festival and won the “Overall excellence” award. Jarrett Walser began his musical journey at the age of three but his love for jazz began at the age of 11 when he started studying at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Wachovia Jazz for Teens program. During his 7 years at NJPAC, he had the fortunate opportunity to study with jazz greats such as Ralph Peterson, Cecil Brooks III and Dion Parson. After his studies at NJPAC, he continued to pursue his passion for music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received his B.A. in Jazz Performance. While there he was able to study with world class musicians Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen and Conrad Herwig to name a few. Over the years, Jarrett Walser has performed with various groups at numerous venues and occasions including performances at the Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, WBGO Jazz Vespers, Trumpets, Chico’s, the Blue Note, Blues Alley and Carnegie Hall. Jarrett plans to focus on his life long passion of playing music and expressing the richness of jazz in his artistry as a drummer.

Pravin Thompson - guitar/compositions // Jarrett Walser - drum/compositions

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental

GIGANTOSAURUS REX - Everything is R3d Tour

GIGANTOSAURUS REX incites with sound what their name suggests, but rather than one that overwhelms an audience, the sound that they create is one that’s inviting—huge and enveloping, and relentless in groove.

GIGANTOSAURUS REX - drums & effect, keyboards, bass

#Jazz #Original #Experimental #Instrumental #Electronic #Funk #noisewave

Kaufmann/Lillinger/Landfermann : grünen

The Berlin-based trio grünen (“the greening”) was formed in 2009. Their first – completely improvised – encounter was recorded and subsequently released by Clean Feed Records. For their second disc, the trio mixed spontaneous improv with some predetermined structures – taking new turns with written material, some of it rhythmically quite intricate and/or evoking images of surrealistic jazz and song: a strategy the three have adopted for their highly unpredictable concert performances as well. On the occasion of Achim Kaufmann's receiving the Albert Mangelsdorff award, grünen performed at the Berlin Jazz Fest in November 2015. “They create something new with a ‘traditional’ piano trio, with a high level of musicality and creativity. These three artists do not play music, they are music.” Stef Gijssels – Free Jazz Blog

Achim Kaufmann - piano // Robert Landfermann - double bass // Christian Lillinger - drums and percussion

#Jazz #Experimental

Andrew Downing's Otterville

Otterville is Andrew Downing’s foray into the complex simplicity of his ancestral Tobacco Belt lineage. The music is nostalgic, evocative, peaceful and humourous, finding influence from Kurt Weill, Billy Strayhorn, Erik Satie and Bill Frisell. The magical layering of lap steel guitar, vibraphone, cello, saxophone, bass and drums creates the backdrop for the subtleness of the music to quietly squeeze the listener into emotional submission. The group’s debut double CD, simply called Otterville, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Andrew Downing (cello), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Christine Bougie (lap steel guitar), Allison Au (alto saxophone), Andrew Miller (drums), Michael Smith (bass)

Andrew Downing - cello

#Original #quiet folk jazz

Chris Maskell Quartet

Chris Maskell is an emerging voice in the Montreal and Ottawa jazz scenes. As a recent graduate of McGill’s jazz program, he’s had the chance to study with saxophonists such as Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Rémi Bolduc. At this performance, his group will present a mix of original music and jazz standards.

Chris Maskell - saxophone // Gentiane MG - piano // Jonathan Chapman - bass // William Machado - drums

#Jazz #Original #Standards #Instrumental