Chicago-based guitarist Christopher Rigg, founder of the Holy Cheever Church Records, developed this set of pieces called "extinction bursts", performed with Emily David on drums and George Romaine on piano, a work he refers to as "maximalist harsh free jazz wall", using a lurching and squealing guitar figure over which David and Romaine overlay slow progressions.
Frequent collaborators, Canadian drummer and experimentalist Eric Hamelin joins Chris Dadge, who more typically performs as a drummer/percussionist, in a duo with Dadge on violin, as the two create wonderfully active environments of sound that follow conceptual paths embracing electroacoustic methodology through two pieces performed live in the studio.
The second release from the trio of legendary London improvising drummer Roger Turner, Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson and guitarist Arthur Bull, aka Moniker, after their 2018 Ambiances Magnetiques album "Spine", in three improvisations about "Books", quick witted active improvisation with a carefree and bright approach to exceptionally detailed interaction.
With a 15 year history of collaboration, Bug Incision label leader Chris Dadge joins with fellow Calgary free improviser Jonathon Wilcke on saxophone for an album of live performances in their home city, two performances from Parlour and one at Local 510, showing strong rapport in their duo of uniquely unconventional percussion and lyrically quirky sax.
During guitarist Joe Morris' stay as a visiting scholar at University of Calgary, Morris joined the Chris Dadge / Jonathon Wilkes duo, first on stage and then in the studio to record this first-rate album of collective improvisation, merging idiosyncratic percussive activity, abstract and lyrical sax declarations, and profound and pointillistic guitar work.
Formed in 2002 as a quartet, then in 2005 as the trio of Chris Dadge (percussion, trumpet, bass), David Laing (bass & trombone), and Scott Munro (sax, melodica, &c), then as the duo of Dadge & Monro in 2008; 2016 found the trio together again in Calgary for the closing of the Emmedia performance space, their entire set of unique collective improv captured for this CD.
Improvising guitarist/bassist, writer, and educator Joe Morris spent four months as visiting scholar at the University of Calgary, during which time he recorded with University of Calgary professor and double bassist Rob Oxoby, this freely improvised album with Morris on electric guitar, a great confluence of strings in 6 concentrated and adept dialogs.
An extremely unusual album of sonic interactions from the long-running peformance duo of Ali Robertson and Malcy Duff, aka Usurper, recorded during a residency in Helsinki in May 2010, an eccentric display of vocal and aberrant apparatus with a unique inner logic.
Co-founder of the Association of Improvising Musicians in Toronto (AIMToronto) and a member of The Rent, Scott Thomson presents a solo trombone release of explorative approaches to the instrument, masterful work from one of Canada's leading improvisers.
Recording on Calgary, CA guitarist Cody Oliver's old resonator guitar, this set of untitled solo recordings finds Oliver playing every inch of the guitar, using the body, pickups, strings and natural resonance as equal partners in exploring unusual territory.
Texture heavy sonic free improvisation from the duo of Swedish free improviser Christian Munthe on acoustic guitar and Patrick Farmer on "acoustic turntable", each masking the sounds of their instruments in uncommon ways, pacing their interactions with subtlety and intention.
Percussionist Chris Dadge recorded these two drones using amplified cymbals, violin, and snare drum inside a replica of a Saskatchewan-prairies-style grain silo erected by artist Mark Lowe at the 2011 Calgary Folk Festival.
Ever-active Calgary guitarist Scott Munro (Bent Spoon Duo) in his debut solo album of freely improvised guitar performed on a baritone guitar, treated and untreated, captured live at Weeds Cafe in 2010 & 2011.
The Vancouver duo of Cody Oliver and Chris Dadge is joined by multi-instrumentalist Scott Munro (Bend Spoon Duo) for a mix of acoustic and electronic improvisation to create unusual and interesting sonic environments and improvised discourse.
Free improvisation in the SME/Derek Bailey lineage from the duo of Stockholm-based John Arrias on sax and clarinet and Gothenburg-based Christian Munthe on acoustic guitar, using extended techniques with accessible language in unhurried and intertwining improvisations.
The Vancouver based Bent Spoon Duo of Scott Munro on viola, trombone, electronics & zither and Chris Dadge on percussion meets Toronto's Nilan Perera on electric guitar, performing at Weeds Cafe in Calgary, for a rich interactive release of free improvisation.
The first-ever session from this Calgary supergroup, using drums, saxes, clarinets, flutes, trombones, basses, voices, noise, objects, and a bunch of other stuff.
The duo of Bryan Day (Eloine, Shelf Life) and instrument builder Jay Kreimer in what they describe as "confrontational gamelan theatre", a form of amplified metal/object-based improvisation.
The trio of Joe Morris on guitar, Fausto Sierakowski on alto sax and Nigel Taylor on trumpet in a spirited studio release of collective improvisation using superb technique in beautifully dovetailed dialog.
Calgary's saxophonist Darren Williams, who has worked with Mats Gustafsson, Cody Oliver, Eugene Chadbourne, and Han Bennink, in a solo album of remarkable power using extended techniques in composed and improvised pieces that push Williams into astounding territory.
Percussionist Robair placed an Ebow over a street-sweeper blade or a short length of guitar string, and then placed those on the head of a snare drum or floor tom, recording without effects to allow natural rhythms and harmonic modulation to come forth.
Chris Dadge and Scott Munro (aka the Bent Spoon Duo) recorded this album at Weeds Cafe in Calgary in 2012 as a duo, extending their set to a trio with the compatible style of Allison Camera on amplified & mangled banjo and kalimba.
The first in a series of releases from Bug Incision's archive of late saxophonist Dan Meichel, from recordings in Calgary in 2008 showing Meichel's articulately heavy style against Dadge's inventive drumming and percussion.
The debut recording from the duo of Montreal-based frequent collaborators, trumpeter Ellwood Epps and Joshua Zubot on violin and low octave violin, excellent extended dialog with elegant flair and great insight into each other's playing.
Saxophonist Simon Rose, a member of Badland with Steve Noble and Simon Fell, in a duo with drummer Pascal Nichols, label leader of Krayon Recordings, for an understated set of extended improvisations.
Chris Dadge (drums, percussion) and Andre Bourgeois (saxophones) play two sets of mostly straightforward free jazz with reasonably fixed outlines throughout the structure of each piece.
San Francisco' Jacob Heule (known for his work with Ettrick & Barn Owl) and Tony Dryer join Euro improvisers Havard Skaset and Guro Skumsnes Moe for seven free improvisations using extended techniques and unusual approaches to their instruments.
Drummer and percussionist Chris Dadge plays a personal set that was recorded live and includes a variety of percussive stylings varying from minimal ideas to junk-oriented textural play.
Toronto creative improviser multi-reedist Kyle Brenders (AIMToronto, The Rent) in an unhurried and intuitive duo with the drummer & percussionist of his quartet Brandon Miguel Valdivia (Not The Wind, Not The Flag).
Violinist Mike Khoury and electronic artist Andrew Coltrane in an album of thick and blurry sonic environments and effected string interaction, a bit like a drive in an ancient auto on alien moons.
Burro is the Calgary improvising trio of Whitney Ota (electric guitar), Stew Elton (bass) and Andrew Hume (drums), in a studio release of their intense and hard rock-oriented playing.
The Leaney-Dadge duo has been working together since 2006; this release is taken from a series of weekly sessions in Mount Pleasant, Calgary, using extended instrumentation including trumpet, percussion, zither, recorder, and piano.
David Payne (Fossils, Slut Mouth, Middle James Co.) solo offers a wasted take on the acoustic guitar, which is mangled, scraped, rubbed, fingered, bent, and subjected to a variety of preparations.
Electroacoustic improv from the quartet of trumpeter Philippe Battikha, laptop artist Matthew Wadell, drummer Sam Vipond and trombinist/saxophonist Etienne Lebel.
The quasi-trio/mail improv of French improvisers Duplant, a multi-instrumentalist who appears here on percussion and Lenglet, on the guitar, with pianist and junk manipulator Rachael Wadham.
The 3rd solo drumset album from Bug Incision operator Chris Dadge, an album of sharply focused workouts vascillating between a handful of densities, operating in simple, clear structures.
An unusual sound work, the 3rd in a series made up of tracks of equal length with a different track length for each project, with sonic material made from home-built guitars & a quadrophonic amp setup.
The Bent Spoon Duo of Chris Dadge and Scott Munro met bassist Eric Normand (Tour De Bras, Ambiances Magnetiques) while Normand was on tour to record these ragged electro-acoustic improvisations.
Debut recordings and first recorded document of the duo of resonator guitarist Cody Oliver and drummer/percussionist Chris Dadge performing a live broadcast at CJSW studios in Calgary.
A live recording of a solo performance from percussionist/Bug Incision label leader Chris Dadge live at Weeds Cafe in Calgary on percussion, violin, and acoustic guitar.
Detroit creative improvisers Christopher Riggs on guitar and Mike Khoury on violin in six studio tracks demonstrating unique approaches to their respective instruments.
2nd meeting from summer 2009 of Toronto improviser Eric Chenaux & Calgary's Bent Spoon Duo, forward-moving yet rambling improvisation with a folksy intuitiveness of harmony and complimentary rhtyhm.
Two dense, 20-minute tracks of physical, visceral playing from prepared electric guitarist Simeon Abbot with the Bent Spoon Duo: percussionist Chris Dadge and viola/trombone player Scott Munro.
Detroit area improviser Mike Khoury in live solo recordings from various radio broadcasts in Maine, Illinois, and DC, ribbons of lyrical, stream-of-consciousness violin playing.
Longtime collaborators Abbott and Dadge release their first album together, a dizzying array of ideas and sounds recorded live at the monthly Calgary based Bug Incision concert series.
A foundation of the Calgary scene, the trio of Janet Turner, Lyle Pisio, and Mark Dicey improvising live at Weeds on sax, percussion, voice and "oddities".
The Calgary duo of Chris Dadge on violin and acoustic guitar, and Scott Munro on violin and partial trombone, performing live in Edmonton, Canada.
Early recordings from Lab Coast (Chris Dadge and David Laing) from an odd session of improvisation recorded to cassette and restored for the band's debut release.
A live recording from the improvising trio of Gordon Allen, Michel F. Cote and Alexandre St-Onge, rendering acoustics and electronics in dark and unconventional techniques.
Bug Incision's label leader Chris Dadge in a follow-up to his 2006 solo drum album "I'd Drive Your Ass Across The World", succinct journeys in a percussive world.