(photo by Brandon Auger from structures/voids)
1. Quiet Summer, but new releases!
After a busy 4 months, we're (hypothetically) gearing down a bit this summer. Mostly this will mean less performances and more planning of releases and tours. The Mystery & Wonder Présente Series has a show this week on Sunday, June 30th with international guests, (see below for more info) and then we will take a break until September.
If you didn't already know, we're planning three new releases for the fall. In early September we'll release two new albums:
MW006: ...when sails fold, by Halifax-based modular synth player Brandon. Amongst other things in his artistic life, Brandon is a supervisor on building sites in Halifax. The record was made in different resonant spaces he had access to. To get a visual sense of where he made the record, we highly recommend you have a look at his instagram. He's doing a wonderful series called structures/voids. https://www.instagram.com/brandon.auger/
MW007: Touri Michi, by Montreal's own Rippleganger. Featuring Maya Kuroki on voice and Rainer Wiens on kalimba and guitar, it was recorded during the inaugural Mystery & Wonder présente in May 2018.
Read below for details about the third!
2. MW Presents: THIS SUNDAY at 7pm
read more about the event at our website:
Mystery & Wonder présente:
free jazz, free improvisation, boule de sourcil
dimanche le 30 juin
à Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
portes 19h, musique 19h30
$20 / $10 / $??
Cactus Truck – (free jazz du Pays-Bas)
John Dikeman (saxophone)
Jasper Stadhouders (guitar)
Onno Govaert (drums)
Josten Myburgh (solo saxophone d’Australie)
Tamayugé (boule de sourcil)
Tamara Filyavich (electronics)
Maya Kuroki (voice, electric guitar)
La musique commencera à l'heure et vous êtes les bienvenuEs de rester boire, danser et manger des chips par après. // Music starts on time and after we'll have a drink, maybe dance and definitely eat popcorn.
Mystery & Wonder Présente is a concert series organized by Anne-f Jacques, Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen, with support from Thierry Amar and Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B.
LE RITZ PDB IS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, WITH A METAL RAMP ON THE INSIDE OF THE FRONT ENTRANCE. THE BAR IS LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR, ITS ENTRY FACING DIRECTLY ONTO JEAN-TALON OUEST. WASHROOMS ARE ALSO WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE AND GENDER-NEUTRAL.
3. Tetuzi Akiyama / Toshimaru Nakamura / Sound of the Mountain Canadian CD Release tour.
We are very excited to announce our final release of the year, MW008: Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura with Sound of the Mountain. The album was recorded in Tokyo in October 2017 by Yoshiaki Kondo at GOK Sound. It features the Japanese improvising musicians Tetuzi Akiyama on guitar and prepared guitar, and Toshimaru Nakamura on no-input mixing-board, playing alongside the amplified clarinet and trumpet of Sound of the Mountain (Elizabeth Millar & Craig Pedersen).
To celebrate, we'll be touring much of Canada together for most of the month of October. There are a few free dates, and if anyone would like to help us organize another show in Alberta, Quebec or elsewhere, please be touch.
October 11-12:, Sounds Like Festival, Saskatoon.
--Quartet, TA/TN duo, and workshops
October 13: Bug Incision,High-Line Brewery, Calgary, AB
October 16: Sweaty Palms & NME Presents, Edmonton, AB
October 17-19: send + receive festival, Winnipeg, MB
Quartet, TA/TN solos, and workshops
October 20 - Avant Festival, Toronto, ON
October 22: Hamilton, ON
October 23: Tone Deaf Presents, Kingston, ON
October 24: Navigable Straits, Peterborough, ON
--with Tatsuya Nakatani
October 25: Admission of Guilt Series, Kitchener, ON
October 26: I/EMOO series, Ottawa, ON
--with Tatsuya Nakatani
October 27: MW / Supermusique present, Montreal, QC
October 30: Saguenay, QC, TBC
October 31: Quebec City, QC, TBC
November 1: Upstream Music Association - Halifax, NS
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
4. New Reviews.
Frans De Waard at Vital Weekly was kind enough to write about both E Millar's no instrument machine, air, (BUY IT HERE!), and PCP Trio's internal / external / focused / broad (BUY IT HERE!).
Read them at http://www.vitalweekly.net/1189.html
"One could perhaps expect this to be in the world of improvised music but it is not; not really. The clarinet, for instance, is something one doesn't recognize very easily in these pieces; it is mostly a rumble of some darker nature; wind against a window, the last bit on an empty glass being sucked through a straw. Or the irregularities picked up of vibrating surfaces in 'Light Metal" or the motorized drones in "Propeller And Metal Disc". It is all great sound art...." -Frans De Waard
"the opener 'Crosslegged' is based on a text score to get things going. It is quite a heavy piece in which the influences of Fushitsusha and Slayer shine through in blazing clarity. " - Frans De Waard