Friday, July 1, 2016, 5-11 pm
51 Stuart St., Hamilton, ON
Admission by donation
Following the 3rd edition of our successful Something Else! Festival, we’ve planned an evening of music, film, food and drink in the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre backyard. The event will consist of 5 or 6 performances in the fabulously oasis-like WAHC backyard on Canada Day, to celebrate our strong community ties and help raise funds to keep Zula in good financial health. The whole evening is by donation. We are most grateful to the Hamilton audiences and all the artists supporting us.
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.
This usually six, but for this event four-piece group, featuring the instrumentation of a fairly conventional modern jazz ensemble, is the primary conduit for Ken Aldcroft’s compositional and conceptual work. In performance, a set list serves less as a road map for the execution of Ken’s varied and dynamic pieces and more like a menu of possibilities; the group’s members can, individually or collectively, spontaneously arrange any of the available material. Employing a system of aural and gestural cues, the group playfully and creatively reshapes each piece in the spirit of free improvisation, the approach that underpins the ensemble’s composite musical experience.
Convergence is neither a jazz crew playing tunes nor a free-improv unit, slipping from one to another both within and between songs. While I am as addicted as anyone to energy music’s sugar high, Aldcroft’s formula leads to an ultimately more satisfying full-course banquet.
Lawrence Joseph, Cult Montreal 2012
Neil Ballantyne keyboards
Ted Harms bass
Dan Paille drums
Wade Whittaker guitar
The VOC Silent Film Harmonic, under the direction of Ted Harms, was formed in the summer of 2007 with the idea of performing live & improvised music to accompany silent films. The group, currently a septet with bass, guitars, brass, percussion & drums, takes its inspiration from how many silent movies were originally presented – taking themes and using them as the basis for improvisation. The overall goal is for the music to reflect, enhance and support the movie, not to overtake or distract. Surrealist classics Un chien andalou & La chute de la maison Usher are the films to which they’ve chosen to perform live this evening.
Hamilton Noise Orchestra
SARAH GOOD conductress
KARIJN DE JONG
BETH DE JONG
EW&C is a local weirdo singing group made up of dedicated and creative individuals. Conductress Sarah Good plays the choir like an instrument. The group began 6 years ago and has focused on singing the most beautiful/ugly and interesting music it can find including pieces from the first era of polyphony, through TV themes to the 20th century minimalists encompassing singing traditions from around the world and also from outer space.
CONNOR BENNETT tenor & baritone saxophones
CHRIS FERGUSON alto & tenor saxophones
JOSH WIENER bass
AARON HUTCHINSON drums
Haolin Munk have become a favourite with Hamilton audiences thanks to their good humour and wide-ranging repertoire. The quartet with Connor Bennett and Chris Ferguson (saxophones), Josh Wiener (bass) and Aaron Hutchinson (drums) have become an emblem of the fresh wave of youthful creativity for which the Hammer is becoming known. They are part of the proactive HAVN (Hamilton Visual Arts Node) downtown arts community: “a jazz quartet that plays a range of music from Miles Davis to Black Flag. This band will blow your mind with their chops and force you to move your feet with their grooves.”
A truly original improvising guitarist with a keen sense of adventure, humour, fire, curiosity and mischief, New Zealander / Hamiltonian CHRIS PALMER can easily rock a house party or stun a literary audience, hypnotizing them with his charm and chops.
THE PROSPERO B. RAPPINI ARKASTRA
PROSPERO B. flute, bass
DAN LOGAN guitar
MONIKA MINNIS drums
Jazz standards and music of Monk, Mingus, Coltrane, Miles, Shorter, Jobim, Porter and more… by enthusiastic Hamilton unit.