Performing arrangements of music by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp with Evan Ziporyn and Contact Contemporary Music as a part of Intersection Day 3.
Intersection Day 3 featuring:
EVAN ZIPORYN and CONTACT play ENO & FRIPP
AVA MENDOZA'S UNNATURAL WAYS
NULL POINT ENSEMBLE play HENNIES & DUNN
THE VELVET CRYSTALS
@ Yonge Dundas Square (1 Dundas St. East)
2 - 10pm, FREE, All Ages
EVAN ZIPORYN and CONTACT play ENO & FRIPP (http://www.contactcontemporarymusic.org)
Post minimalist composer & Bang On A Can founder Evan Ziporyn joins Toronto contemporary classical ensemble Contact for a set of music by Brian Eno & Robert Fripp. Contact feels more like a rock band, or a group of avant jazz experimentalists, and in a time of melting genres & lost classification they are a shoe in.
MAN FOREVER (http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/man-forever)
Kid Millions of Oneida fame returns to Toronto with his minimalist compositional psych percussion ensemble joined by a crew of local drummers, for a sure to be a pummelling, visceral live experience. Kid weaves threads of swaying percussion together like an orchestrated landslide. Voices floats calmly above trance like structures, constant motion, vibration, pulsing rhythms. Beats melt into a single wave, celestial hums coalesce around dance snares.
AVA MENDOZA's UNNATURAL WAYS (https://unnaturalways.bandcamp.com)
Brooklyn, NY based freak punk / avant rock trio led by guitarist/vocalist Ava Mendoza (John Zorn, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich) & featuring Tim Dahl (Lydia Lunch, Child Abuse) on bass and Sam Ospovat on drums lands in Toronto on the heals of their 3rd record "The Paranoia Party" on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia. Over their years of playing together the group has developed a deeply personal sound; raw, heavy and never far from an absurd nervous breakdown. Drawing from their backgrounds in noise rock, free jazz, and metal the band pushes the boundaries of written music to put on powerful and unpredictable live shows. Consistent lyrical themes include: political paranoia, inclusion/exclusion, alter egos and alternate realities. A funny and blunt celebration of the best and worst of the modern American landscape.
Toronto free form punk jazz wanderers Retired bring dark eerie forbidding sonic meanderings to life with percussive movements that cruise seamlessly through ominous bass tones. Guitar growls unhinged, as saxophone splutters a bitter syrup. Like a junkyard creation slowly breaking apart as it races towards an impending destruction that will never come. Becoming more haunting & mangled as it evolves from one form to another. The swing of jazz emanates from what is more like some lost kraut jam.
Avrha is a collaboration between Alaska B and Brendan Swanson (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan). Hypnotic drums and percussion meld with dynamic keys in a bittersweet nightmare of new age heavy prog.
NULL POINT ENSEMBLE (https://nullpointseries.wordpress.com)
Null Point is an initiative for experimental music and sound in Buffalo, NY founded in 2014. A flexible collective of artists working at junctures between music, performance, media art, and social practice, Null Point programs context-sensitive, embodied, participatory, and durational sound work. Past projects include new place-based sound works in vacant Buffalo grain silos, concerts emphasizing limit situations of performance and audition, and participatory events in community spaces. For their performance at Yonge Dundas Square they will present the Canadian premieres of Sarah Hennies' "Everything Else" and David Dunn's "PLACE", part 10.
THE VELVET CRYSTALS
The Velvet Crystals are from a distant universe where the sky is holographic, the ocean is made up of unicorn tears and the ground below glitters. These fiery human beings take in the world around them and turn it into sound. A collective of music-making rebels that are playing everything and anything that is wacky, weird and wild. The collective is made up of core members Emilie Gelinas-Noble, Austin Lamarche, Olivia Shortt and Katherine Watson.
LORDE AWESOME (https://lordeawesome.bandcamp.com)
Lorde Awesome is an improvisational music collective centred around Avery Strok and James Bailey. Founded with Richard Vainio in 2008 with the express purpose of "creating new sounds", their works run the gamut from white noise and free jazz, to heady, celestial trip-outs. The current group lineup is essentially a synthesizer army with percussion and saxophone, all with a singular mind for sonic exploration. They're pleased to have with them, as always: Bob Vespaziani, Heloise Simone George, Matt Wyner, Colin Reid, and Charles Hackbarth. Lorde Awesome begets a new ice age, the sound of glaciers carving the earth while the dying mastodon screams its last scream.
DAY 1: Music For Subways: Sarah Hennies / Clarinet Panic / Mika Posen / Jason Doell with Contact @ Sheppard West Station - Vaughan Station
DAY 2: Joan La Barbara / Eli Keszler / Germaine Liu @ The Jam Factory
DAY 4: Morton Subotnick / Leucrocuta @ The Jam Factory
This event would not be possible without support from Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, Canadian Heritage, Toronto Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation - Fondation SOCAN, Canadian Music Centre, Moog Audio, Wellington Brewery and The City of Toronto