Trading Places: Un Échange d'Improvisateurs
November 9 - 17 (Vancovuer), June 2 - 11 (Montréal)
Trading Places: Un'échance d'Improvisateurs Montréal-Vancouver is a vibrant residency program begun in 2016 that takes place in two of Canada's foremost centers of improvised music, in Montréal from June 2 - 11 and Vancouver from November 6 - 15. Multiple presenters from Montréal and Vancouver curate in collaboration, providing emerging and established musicians support for their artistic practice and opportunities for growth through cultural exchange, placing talent in agreement with opportunity.
Vancouver: Vicky Mettler (guitar) Ellwood Epps (trumpet)
Events in November:
9 21:00 Merge, Improv
10 20:00 Toast Collective, Sonic Psych
12 19:00 Western Front, Marathon
14 21:00 Gold Saucer, w/Sawdust Collector
15 20:00 Roundhouse, Concert
17 20:00 Roundhouse, NOW Society 40th Celebration
Vicky Mettler is a guitarist based in Montreal. Her current projects include a song duo Brick with Raphaël Foisy-Couture and a noise/improv quartet Dusk Scored Dark, with Mark Molnar, Bennet Beduokian and Craig Pedersen, as well as her solo project for voice, guitar and electronics. Upcoming releases include a tape with improv quartet featuring Anna Webber (US), Evan Tighe and Erik Hove as well as a debut solo guitar album.
Born in Toronto in 1976, trumpeter Ellwood Epps arrived in Montreal in 2005. Since then he has performed with Josh Zubot, Nicolas Caloia, John Heward, Jean Derome, Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Axel Dorner and John Butcher. In 2008 Epps cofounded the performance space l'Envers as well as the weekly cafe series Mardi Spaghetti; the following years saw an explosion of creative musical activity in Montreal. Epps is the director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada and teaches a popular series of workshops through the Studio d'Improvisatin de Montreal.
Montréal: Cole Schmidt (guitare) Peggy Lee (violoncelle)
Juin: Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival
2 20:30 La Sala Rossa, Hommage à Pauline Oliveros
4 14:00 Casa del Popolo, Atelier
5 20:00 La Sala Rossa, a/Mary Margaret O'Hara
6 24:00 La Sala Rossa, Jam
7 20:00 La Vitrola, Marathon
11 20:00 La Sala Rossa, Concert
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society Music on Main
NOW Society Suoni Per Il Popolo Western Front
Each year artists are chosen to represent their communities in ten-day residencies in the alternate host cities, further coordinated by selected emerging local curators. Performances take place in varies venues and location, together and in combination with local musicians. The artists premiere new works, attend musical gatherings, direct ensembles, present concerts, lead workshops and make recordings, forming new connections with local artists. The cultural exchange, with attention given to gender/generational balance, extends beyond the resident musicians, with an expansive continuous music marathon event involving as many as twenty musicians in each city, performing a work created by the host city coordinator as inspired by the NOW Society Supreme Marathons of 2015 and 2016. The culminatinng event of each residency is a concert of new music, created and performed by the resident musicians and invited guests.
The Trading Places: Un Échange d'Improvisateurs Montréal-Vancouver partners include an Anonymous Donor, the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Music on Main, the NOW Society, Western Front and Suoni Per Il Popolo.
Cellist, improviser, composer Peggy Lee makes her home in Vancouver, B.C. where she is part of a rich creative music community. She records and performs with longtime musical associates including Tony Wilson, Ron Samworth, Dylan van der Schyff, Torsten Muller, Jesse Zubot, Veda Hille, Lisa Cay Miller, John Korsrud, Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb. Peggy also leads or co-leads a number of musical projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film In Muisc, The Echo Painting, Handmade Blade (with JP Carter and Aram Bajakian), Waxwing (with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley) and Beautiful Tool (with Mary Margaret O'Hara). She has also collaborated extensively in theatre and dance. Peggy was the 2013 recipient of the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for music.
Cole Schmidt is an active participant in Vancouver's creative music scene. In addition to curating the weekly music series, Sawdust Collector, that features original and improvising groups, he regulary performs with such local mentors as Peggy Lee, Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson. As a composer, Cole spends the majority of his time writing and recording with his Juno award winning ensemble, Pugs and Crows, as well as newly formed group, Sick Boss. He can also be heard playing guitar along side other local artists such as Debra-Jean Creelman, Copilots and Martin Patenaude. In 2013, he received the Mayor's Arts award for Emerging Artist in Music. In 2010 he won the Galaxy Rising Star award for his performance with Pugs and Crows and in 2011 he was a participant at the Banff Centre Jazz and Improvising workshops under the direction of Dave Douglas. Cole has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, including a 5-week tour with Drip Audio's DarkBlueWorld in Eastern Europe and Russion, where he participated in the Wilnius Jazz Festival.
2016 Vancouver Artists:
Since graduating from the UBC School of Music in 2011, Elisa Thorn has become a sought after addition to the Canadian creative music scene, known for her use of extended techniques, electronic effects, and unconventional uses of harp. In 2014 she was awarded an Early Career Development Grant for a yearlong montorship with Dr. Lisa Cay Miller from the BC Arts Council to study composition. She is involved with many projects including Gentle Party, who is releasing an album under the Phonometrograph label in 2017. Her music has been featured in the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Suoni Il Per Popolo Festival (Montreal), Detroit Free Arts Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco (Greece), BC Buds Festival, and the Sonic Boom Festival. She attended the 2015 International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre, and a residency at Spread Art in Detroit in spring 2016. In 2015 she and artistic partner Dayna Szyndrowski were awarded a 3-year long Field House Artist residency called Written on the Body with the Vancouver Park Board. She is currently working with sound and media artist Scott Morgan, studying music and technology with the assistance of the BC Arts Council.
One of Canada's most orignal and treasured guitarists and composers, Tony Wilson has toured Canada, Europe and the United States. He has shared the stage with international artists Vinny Golia, John Tchicai, Myra Melford, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Glenn Spearman, Wilbert de Joode, Steve Arquelles, Gerry Hemmingway, Han Bennink, Toby Dolius, Benoît Delbecq, Eric Boeren, Paul Lovens, Marc Saunders and Canadian artists François Houle, Jean Martin, Hugh Fraser, Brad Turner, Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy Lee, Chistine Duncan, Marilyn Lerner, Paul Cram and many others. he has released 6 CDs as a leader and his playing has been documented on more that 30 recording projects as a sideman. His compositions have been commissioned by the new music ensembles Standing Wave, Joe Trio, and the Little Chamber Music Society and The New Orchestra Workshop and the Hard Rubber Orchestra, as well as dance companies Kokora Dance and Joe Inc. His compositions have been performed by such artists as Myra Melford, Marilyn Crispell, François Houle, Barre Philips, Mary Oliver, Ig Hennemann, Zubot and Dawson and many others.
Montréal 2016 Events
with Elisa Thorn (harp) and Tony Wilson (guitar)
2016 Montréal Artists:
The centerpiece of Elizabeth Lima's improvisational practice (voice and clarinet) is the emotional response to sound: the human experience and interconnection shared amongst musicians and with the audience. she creates performances in which traditional and extended techniques are combined with theatrical elements. she performes regularly in Montreal, Quebec City, and Rimouski both as a soloist and within multiple ensembles: Framboos (Quebec-Montréal), which she cofounded in 2000, Le GGRIL (Rimouski), Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush, who have released three recordings on Constellation Records and Joker Choir (Montreal) under the directin of Joane Hétu. She has performed with artists such as Joe Morris, Ingred Laubrock, and Caroline Kraabel, amongst others. Elizabeth has also participated in premiering works by Xavier Charles, Scott Thomson, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Lisa Cay Miller. She appears actively in various series in Montreal (Mardi Spaghetti, MercrediMusics) festivals (Suoni Per Il Popolo, FIMAV, Rencontres de musiques sponanées, Phénoména, Festival OFF Québec) and with production companies such as Codes d'accès and Productions SuperMusicque.
Montreal-born saxophonist Yves Charuest has been active on the jazz and new music scene since the early 1980s, playing with many Canadian musicians such as Jean Beaudet, Pierre Cartier, Jean Derome, Lisle Ellis, Daniel Lessard, Michel Ratté, I Like Jazz (1984-1986), Duo Charuest-Ratté (1984-1986), Evidence (1984-1986), Trio Michel Ratté (1988-1993), Wreck's Progress (1992-1996). From 1985 to 1990, Charuest was a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (with German bassist Peter Kowald and South African drummer Louis Moholo) with whom he toured extensively in Canada, USA and Europe. For the past few years, Charuest has been participating in the work of different ensembles such as the Murray Street Band and Nicolas Caloia's Ratchet Orchestra, Charuest-Caloia, Still (a trio with Peter Velsamis) and Stir (a quartet with Lori Freedman and Josh Zubot), as well as some projects with foreign musicians such as William Parker, Marshall Allen, Nate Woolet and Mike Vlatkovich. Charuest works regulary with improvisers and composers such as Scott Thomson, Ellwood Epps, Philippe Lauzier, Sam Shalabia and John Howard. In 2015, Charuest received the François-Marcaurelle Award from the Off Festival de jazz de Montréal.
Vancouver 2016 Events
with Yves Charuest (saxophone) and Elizabeth Lima (clarinet and voice)