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Ken Aldcroft- guitar
Jim Harley- electronics, sound making devices
Joe Sorbara- drums and percussion
David Jensenius (Kitchener/Waterloo)- electronics, sound making devices
With a rigorous and pan-idiomatic approach to both composition and improvisation, guitarist Ken Aldcroft is a key practitioner in Toronto’s dynamic creative music scene. After establishing himself as a compelling new voice in the jazz scene of his hometown, Vancouver, Ken moved to Toronto in 2001 and quickly made connections with like-minded collaborators. Since then, his own multi-faceted development as an improvising guitarist, bandleader, composer, producer, and organizer has corresponded with the re-emergence of Toronto as an important centre for creative improvised music-making.
As a guitarist, Ken extends the jazz tradition that lies at the core of his music education. Through his commitment to a wide-open field of musical influence and to forging new collaborative ties, Ken has systematically sought new and challenging contexts in which to improvise. As a result, his playing reflects the breadth of his interests, from the extended bebop of a jazz repertory project like Hat and Beard, performing the composition of Thelonious Monk, to the language free improvisation that he explores in collective improvisation settings such as with the Ken Aldcroft/William Parker duo. This variety comes into its fullest view with Ken’s two solo recordings; Home: Solo Guitar Compositions and Vocabulary: Solo Guitar Improvisations, both are passionate musical reflections on his ongoing development as an improvising guitarist.
James Harley is a Canadian composer teaching at the University of Guelph. He obtained his doctorate at McGill University in 1994, after spending six years (1982-88) composing and studying in Europe (London, Paris, Warsaw). His music has been awarded prizes in Canada, USA, UK, France, Austria, Poland, Japan, and has been performed and broadcast around the world. Recordings include: Neue Bilder (Centrediscs, 2010) and ~spin~: Like a ragged flock (ADAPPS DVD, 2015). As a researcher, Harley has written extensively on contemporary music. His books include: Xenakis: His Life in Music (Routledge, 2004), and Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg (Ashgate, 2015). As a performer, Harley has a background in jazz, and has most recently worked as an interactive computer musician.
Joe Sorbara is a highly inventive drummer and percussionist with a penchant for coaxing music out of practically anything. Joe’s drumkit is regularly augmented with found and prepared material that ensures that the sounds at his ready disposal are practically orchestral in scope. He combines these skills with an extraordinary time-feel that makes him one of the most swinging drummers in Canada when the music demands it of him. Joe’s primary creative outlet is his Other Foot First septet. Elsewhere, Joe plays in the Remnants Trio, Ronda Rindone’s Quorum, the AIMToronto Orchestra and a trio with Wes Neal and British saxophonist Evan Parker.
joe sorbara – drums, percussion
David Jensenius is a composer who utilizes collage, phonography, and electronics to create sonically challenging listening experiences. David is a member of SPURSE, a research and design collaborative that catalyzes critical issues into collective action, and a founder of the improvisational group Polish Club. Through a playful transformation of conceptual and material systems, David develops problems worth having, engaging across scales and complexities both human and nonhuman. David?s work has been exhibited internationally including New York (Issue Project Room, Union Square Farmers Market, and Columbia University), Kansas City (Grand Arts), Cleveland (Inginuity Fesitval), London (Reonance FM), Poland (Galeria Arsena? Bia?ystok).