On February 15, cellist Jane Chan and I will be accompanying Marielle Groven for a performance of her piece “My Heart is a Mountain” at La Sala Rosa. Hit up Innovations En Concert for more information…
Fantastic trumpet player Nigel Taylor is leaving town and Chicago-based drummer Ryan Packard is passing through Montreal later this month so I called up baritone sax player Jason Sharp and invited these three musicians to join me at the North Star for a free improvised matinée throw-down on February 18… Rejoignez-nous!
The Jasper Stadhouders/Aaron Lumley acoustic duo album, Strung Out, is now available on bandcamp for your consumption. I am also releasing a limited tape edition of the album on red and gold sparkle cassettes for the hipsters and the heads. This recording was made in Amsterdam at the end of a month during which Jasper and I had seen each other or played music together nearly every day. Wilbert de Joode produced the sessions that were recorded by Niels Brouwer at his home studio in Amsterdam-Noord in the company of friends. The album was mixed and mastered in Montreal by Howard Bilerman and Harris Newman respectively. Liam Donald Parker, who drew the green man for cover for Wilderness, also provided the artwork for Strung Out. The close up of Jasper’s acoustic guitar on the tape’s jacket–scratched all to hell and bloody with only five strings–speaks directly to the energy, comradery, spirit and sound of the music.
Film maker Yuan Liu was also present at the session:
2017 kicks off right with the launch of Alpha UMi, a new semi-(ir)regular underground music series at NORTH STAR MACHINES À PIASTRES in Montreal. The first installment of series features Craig Pedersen & Elizabeth Millar’s air & electronics duo SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN and contrabass duets by Raphael Foisy and myself. The artists will also be curating the night’s playlists so come dance with us or drink a beer and play some pinball while zoning on heavy artist-approved cuts.