Silence Presents: Ha!Man and Joke
September 22, 2018
Doors at 7:30 PM
Show at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15 at the door.
South Africa’s “HA!Man” is joined by Belgian word artist and actress Joke Debaere bringing the “HA!Show” to local communities in three continents every year. They literally carry worlds within as it has grown and evolved over two decades. Each performance is unique, yet draws on a stable body of original electronic accompaniments, evoking concert halls, festive sounds, intimate acoustic textures and a broad range of feelings. This spontaneously enacted journey takes each audience through an intense and life-affirming experience and can open up to be interactive and participatory, depending on the group. Not much more can be said, as live creativity has to draw on the unknown from where each and everyone can be deeply surprised. Bring instruments along and open hearts. For many, a HA! experience is long remembered. Visit www.hamanworld.com
Guelph Jazz Festival Events @ Silence
SEPTEMBER 12-16, 2018
Wednesday 12 September
8PM, Wednesday, Silence
Morning Music in the Evening, PWYC
Friday 14 September
1:30pm, Friday, Silence, free Double-bill: Bernard Falaise solo & Konk Pack
Guitarist and composer Bernard Falaise is a vital presence in Montréal’s field of musique actuelle, improvisation, and avant-rock. His playing is beyond category, demonstrating a knack for sculpting forms out of the rich textures he coaxes from pedals and amplifier. Falaise’s latest solo record, lézardes et zébrures (Ambiances Magnétiques), is a delicate work where layers of material organized in various rhythmic cells, unfold in richly satisfying ways. His solo in Guelph, however, could reflect any of his radical approaches, and will be a wonderfully intimate introduction to one of Canada’s finest creative musicians.
For over twenty years, this international trio has played its energetic electroacoustic improvised music, documented on five recordings. Roger Turner’s quicksilver drumming generates enormous momentum while evading predictable patterns. Tim Hodgkinson, best known for his membership in Henry Cow, contributes a radical set of musical resources with the unconventional instrumentation of lapsteel guitar, clarinet, and electronics. German analogue synthesizer player Thomas Lehn has amazing command of an instrument capable of a bewildering range of sounds and timbres. Together, Konk Pack music is intensely focused, energetic, and totally singular.
5:30pm, Friday, Silence, free Amirtha Kidambi & Darius Jones
Amirtha Kidambi & Darius Jones
These musical friends and close colleagues are both in Guelph to lead their respective bands, which provides a golden opportunity for an intimate voice-saxophone duo concert. Singer Amirtha Kidambi contributed in extraordinary fashion to The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity), saxophonist and composer Darius Jones’s all-vocal (but wordless) suite. Kidambi has clearly been inspired by working with Jones, and has incorporated and synthesized his approach to composing for voice in the context of her group, Elder Ones. This concert provides a superb chance to experience the close rapport of these special musicians.
Saturday, 15 September
THE SILENCE COLLECTIVE – Tabula Rasa Saturday, September 15 8:00PM Silence – 46 Essex St. Donation to Silence or PWYC
Sunday 16 September
8pm, Sunday, Silence, $15/$10 Allison Cameron & Ben Grossman
Allison Cameron & Ben Grossman
While Toronto’s Allison Cameron is best known for her prolific composing, improvising has also been at the core of her practice for almost twenty years, where she applies an uncommon instrumentation filtered through a radical imagination: Electronic keyboards, banjo, piano, amplifiers, radios, crackle boxes, cassette tapes, objects, and toys. Allison is paired with Guelph’s own Ben Grossman, one of the finest players of the hurdy-gurdy. These masters of understatement, nuance timbres, and deep rapport through improvised form-making will be an apt finale for this year’s festival.
Alex Fournier’s Triio
September 7, 2018
Doors at 7:30 PM
Concert at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door
Alex Fournier is bringing his sextet to Guelph!
Bea Labikova – Woodwinds
Aidan Sibley – Trombone
Tom Fleming – Guitar
Ashley Urquhart – Piano
Alex Fournier – Bass/compositions
Mark Ballyk – Drums
September 6, 2018
Doors at 7:00 PM
Show at 7:30 PM
$10/PWYC at the door.
The music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann inspires chills, provokes smiles, and reminds you to breathe. With the occasional nod to alt. blues and handshake with contemporary folk-rock, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something simultaneously familiar and fresh.
Rooted in passionate vocal harmony, Tragedy Ann’s songs tackle topics from love-drunkenness to hospital visits with equal intimacy. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to these powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly.