Music

Upcoming Music Highlights

PipeDown! Presents: Kitzl wsg CONDUCTOR / King Dice

January 26, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors @ 7:30pm
Show @ 8:00pm
Admission – $10
*Licensed*
Producer and composer, Kitzl plays with organically derived sounds in an electronic, pop-driven way.  Her work builds upon short, hooky loops to formulate dramatic songs and unearthly soundscapes. Kitzl samples everyday sounds like gates, pottery, and branches to give strange, dirty textures to her work, and populates it with the voices of coyotes, frogs, crickets and birds alongside layers of her own light vocals.   While each piece is emotionally rooted in humanoid experiences, instrumentally and lyrically they might bring up images of anthropomorphized planets and objects, as well as imaginary races of probably non-existent life-forms.

 


Silence Presents: Karen Ng & Scott Thomson

January 29, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00
Tickets available $15 at the door or on Eventbrite

Karen Ng

Toronto based improviser Karen Ng can be found in many different projects across a wide range of music. She has appeared on stage with Andy ShaufL CON, Happiness Project, Do Make Say Think, Fresh SnowBry Webb, Woodshed Orchestra and Broken Social Scene. Currently Karen is involved in several improvising ensembles in the city including Josh Cole Quintet, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, DELVE, In Between, Rob Clutton Trio as well as various ad hoc duos, trio and quartets.

In 2015 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Europe as well as the OAC National/International Residency grant in 2018 which took place in New York. In 2017 she was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist award. Formerly a board member of the Somewhere There collective, she is the co-founder of TONE festival, Assistant Artistic/General Director of Guelph Jazz Festival and is on the Board of Directors for the Music Gallery.

Karen’s unique journey through post-secondary institutions have built a solid foundation for her passion in music education, having the privilege of studying with Canada’s top saxophonists including Sundar ViswanathanMike MurleyKelly JeffersonDon Palmer, and Pat Labarbara. She considers herself deeply involved in encouraging the younger generation to share her enthusiasm for music and performing. She held a long standing position as the woodwinds instructor at the Long and McQuade Music Lesson Centre and now teaches privately at her home in the downtown west-end and the Regent Park School of Music.

“Karen Ng has rapidly become a significant presence at the creative edges of Toronto jazz” Stuart Broomer – Whole Note Magazine

Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer based in Montreal. He writes songs based on published authors’ texts for singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, to be played in many contexts, from duo to octet and sometimes including her choreography. Monicker (with Arthur Bull and Roger Turner) is a good example of Scott’s ongoing commitment to open improvisation. He co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. He has composed a series of site-specific works for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Scott programs the Guelph Jazz Festival with Karen Ng.

“Scott Thomson’s trombone at moments practically lifted me out of my body.”

–Carl Wilson, zoilus.com