Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he’s been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since. So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming, as well as an introduction to some of this city’s finest players today, some born after his departure in the seventies. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Josh Zubot, Isaiah Ceccarelli, and Nicolas Caloia don’t merely follow him there, but provoke him – and each other – in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent. A superb encounter.
Tristan Honsinger – cello & voice is perhaps best known for his long running collaboration with Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey or the ICP orchestra. Born in Burlington, Vermont, USA, he stud- ied classical cello at the New England Conservatory in Boston before moving to Montreal in 1969 to avoid the draft. Honsinger moved to Europe in 1974 and is active throughout the continent. Honsinger is someone who hasn’t lost his childhood fantasy entirely. His compositions are like a child’s drawing, or even more like a story from Winnie The Pooh: awk- ward and touchingly simple, yet full of deeper meanings for those who want to see them.
Joshua Zubot – violin, has come to age in the avant-garde scene in Montreal leading the groups: Subtle Lip Can, Mendham, and Land of Marigold. Some collaborations were with Chad VanGaalen, Lori Freedman, Patrick Watson, William Parker, Pierre-Yves Martel, Michael Blake, Bernard Falaise, Rainer Wiens, Michel F Coté, Sam Shalabi, Miles Perkin, Myra Melford, Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Matana Roberts, Jean Derome, Malcom Goldstein, Pierre Tanguay, Martha Wainwright, and John Butcher.
For the last twenty-five years Nicolas Caloia – double bass has worked at creating a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart. He has been a performer and organizer in Montreal since the early 1990s and has toured in North Ameri- ca, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with musicians like Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger, the ICP Orchestra, Agusti Fernandez, Matana Roberts and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Doors 730pm, Music at 8
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