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Sun June 26 2016
Silence presents the SHIFT series: Melody McKiver
8:00 pm
Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe musician, media artist, and arts educator of mixed ancestry from Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation  and Scottish/Lithuanian origins. Melody is Ottawa-based and frequently works out of Toronto. As a solo performer, they explore the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping.  They are currently preparing a self-titled LP of works for viola, to be released in 2016, and a digital/cassette release with their experimental duo Lyubov Orlova.

Within media arts, Melody works with digital video and photography to capture images of Indigenous resurgence, and uses this footage both editorially and within video and sound art. Their most recent works “Surveillapocalypse” (2014) and “Ga Waabmin Gaye / Nemolnek Elt Ni’nen” (2014) have been screened and installed in Brooklyn, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

Melody is affiliated with Tribal Spirit Music, plays drums with Toronto’s Indigenous hip-hop fusion band Red Slam Collective, frequently collaborates with Colombian-born and Toronto-based musical provocateur Lido Pimienta, and accompanied Cree/Irish trip-hop singer isKwé on a tour of the UK in the summer of 2014. Melody has scored films for directors Mosha Folger and Christian Chapman and composed string arrangements for Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln. They are a part of the Toronto-based programming collective BOLD AS LOVE, dedicated to the promotion and intersections of Indigenous and people of colour artists and musicians, and the Asinabka Festival committee in Ottawa. Along with Omushkego comedian Darren Sutherland, Melody is the co-host of The Circle on 89.1FM CHUO Ottawa, a weekly radio show devoted to Indigenous music, news, and events.

Melody holds an MA in Ethnomusicology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (2014), with research interests in Indigenous electronic music, artistic processes of decolonization, urban Indigeneity, and Two-Spirited studies. They are a graduate of York University (2010), where they completed a BFA Honours Major in Music, Minor in Race, Ethnicity & Indigeneity as a Member of the Dean’s Honour Roll.

Melody has studied classical violin and viola with Peggy Hills, viola improvisation with Matt Brubeck, drum set with Chuck Burrows, and has worked under Dr. Mark Chambers, Mike Murley, Casey Sokol, Lorne Lofsky, Kelly Jefferson, Mark Eisenman, and Dr. Michael Marcuzzi. Melody has performed and recorded contemporary classical, jazz, free improvisation, indie, folk, hip-hop, funk, and reggae at venues and studios in London UK, Bristol, New York City, New Orleans, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, the Electric Eclectics Festival, Banff, Edmonton, Sioux Lookout, and St. John’s.

Melody’s musical practice spans across viola/violin, drums and percussion, and guitar, drawing upon a broad set of influences that includes hip-hop, electronic, contemporary classical, jazz, and blues. Melody also records and produces digital media under the pseudonym Gitochige, which is the Anishinaabemowin word for “they play an instrument.”

$15 or PWYC

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[46 essex]
Mon June 27 2016
morning music
9:30 am
please join us every monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.
coffee and tea are offered.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
[46 essex]
Silence Presents the SHIFT series: Mark Molnar and Bennett Bedoukian with Tatsuya Nakatani
8:00 pm
Tatsuya Nakantani:

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Nakatani’s constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

"I have been playing a drumset since I was a teenager. Over the past decade, my sound has evolved by viewing and reforming music from different angles. I have gradually developed my own way of constructing sound; my sound is the story teller of my life. I make sound by controlling MA, at the appropriate moment. MA is a Japanese word meaning space, distance or silence. I have found that MA compliments sound itself. I combine the use of manufactured and homemade instruments in my work. Those instruments are drums, large hand hammered Chinese gongs, Japanese buddhist bowls, specially carved sticks and occasionally kitchen tools. I hand make hardwood-bows to bow Gongs and cymbals. Bowing creates a long sustained sound in percussion, making an identifiable note, timbre and texture. All of these instruments are carefully tuned and matched in sound depth, to balance my family of percussion instruments. I am an acoustic sound artist using the above method to create my sound."

http://www.hhproduction.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGNfu8o-RTs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN9joIcoIbU


Horseman, Pass By:

Horseman, Pass By. is Bennett Bedoukian (drums and electronics) and Mark Molnar (Cello and Electronics).

Bennett Bedoukian is a drummer/percussionist who currently plays with Vicky Mettler , Craig Pedersen, and Mark Molnar as Dusk Scored Dark, and with Mark Molnar as Sonder. He performs solo under the name The Idle Crow, and has also performed, improvised, and/or composed, with The Craig Pedersen Quartet/Quintet, Hello Babies (with Wes Grist and Dave Grenon), Mice (with Mark Molnar and Dave Clark), and the In Fallow Players (various). He has studied drums with Dave Clark for many years, and has participated in workshops with Jim Black, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, and Tristan Honsinger. He resides in Havelock, Ontario.

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne (with Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Dusk Scored Dark (with Vicky Mettler, Bennett Bedoukian, and Craig Pedersen, Mice (with Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun. His music has been performed by the Quasar Saxaphone Quartet (Montreal), and the Thin Edge Music Collective (Toronto), and he has written and performed string arrangements for Buried Inside, If Then Do, and Alaskan. He resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

http://www.blackbough.ca/HorsemanPassBy.html
https://soundcloud.com/blackbough/crossedbellscrossing

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$15/PWYC
8pm

[46 essex]
Mon July 4 2016
morning music
9:30 am
please join us every monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.
coffee and tea are offered.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
[46 essex]
Wed July 6 2016
YourOuroboros (Nathanael Larochette)
7:00 pm
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We're super happy to be returning to Guelph! Our last visit was for the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival and we had a blast :)

WORLD SAX / FUTURE METAL
Wednesday Jul 6, 2016
Silence
830pm
$10

From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, World-beat-sax-machine OUROBOROS will be joining forces with Ottawa prog metal prodigy The Night Watch to bring you an epic evening of virtuosic music. From balkan party jams to acoustic black metal, this is a one-of-a-kind night not to be missed.

OUROBOROS (St. John's)

“[Ouroboros] have the on-stage presence of the best parade ever. They exude joy without ever seeming caught up in the novelty of what they're doing. The musicians are top shelf and don't seem capable of fucking up."
-Vish Khanna [Exclaim!]
yourouroboros.com

THE NIGHT WATCH (Ottawa)
"Grafting together elements of soaring classical, acoustic black metal, vibrant neo-folk and even doom, their self-titled debut creates a lush, cinematic soundscape." - Exclaim!
thenightwatch.bandcamp.com

[46 essex]
Thu July 7 2016
Night Market
7:00 pm
[46 Essex St]
Mon July 11 2016
morning music
9:30 am
please join us every monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.
coffee and tea are offered.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
[46 essex]
Sat July 16 2016
Gary Diggins Presents
7:00 pm
[46 essex]
Mon July 18 2016
morning music
9:30 am
please join us every monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.
coffee and tea are offered.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
[46 essex]
Sun July 24 2016
Workshop: A Sense of Wonder - What Sound Looks Like
12:00 am
[46 essex]
Mon July 25 2016
morning music
9:30 am
please join us every monday morning at 9:30 for an invigorating morning session of improvisation.
coffee and tea are offered.
$5 or free with a breakfast food contribution.
[46 essex]

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