X Avant X in Toronto

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

From the Music Gallery:

OCTOBER 15-18, 2015
Tickets available at http://bit.ly/1T4aS8H
and at Soundscapes (572 College St.) as of September 8

The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, presents the tenth edition of the X Avant New Music Festival of cutting edge, thought provoking, music from October 15 to 18, 2015. This year we celebrate X Avant X: MG40, our 40th anniversary season, by reconsidering our past while always presenting sounds of the future.

Artistic Direction at the Music Gallery
Thursday 10.15.15

Musicworks Magazine editor Jennie Punter moderates a discussion between all the Music Gallery’s Artistic Director Jim Montgomery, John Gzowski, Jonathan Bunce, andDavid Dacks (with recorded contributions from founding artistic director Al Mattes) to explore how each has shaped the Music Gallery over the years. If you have any interest in avant-garde and experimental music in Toronto, you won’t want to miss this historic session.

Lori Freedman: The Virtuosity of Excess + CCMC
Thursday 10.15.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm |
Tickets $20 regular | $10 member, student | $15 advance at Soundscapes /musicgallery.org

Our founders, the mighty CCMC, open our festival. Visual art legend Michael Snow on piano, Plunderphonics master John Oswald on saxophone, sound singer Paul Dutton, and drummer John Kamevaar are the current lineup of the long running ensemble which lent their name to and set the tone for the early years of the Music Gallery. Another longtime visitor to the gallery, Lori Freedman, returns with a show entitled The Virtuosity of Excess, which travels throughout the clarinet family through seven works, most of which newly commissioned for her including an epic surround-sound compositions by Raphael Cendo. “Improvisuals” to be provided by John Creson and Adam Rosen(Audiopollination, Element Choir).

MG Encore
Friday 10.16.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm | Artists interview with Martin Arnold & Allison Cameron 7:15PM
Tickets $25 regular | $15 member, student | $20 advance at Soundscapes /musicgallery.org

We take you on a journey spanning forty years of compositions, musicians, and history rooted in the walls of the Music Gallery: MG Encore, where we revisit four decades worth of commissions, partnerships, and works from members of our extended musical community. A sure highlight of the show will be Nic Gotham’s final work: Miniature Pieces, based on his response to the manuscript of The Search for Heinrich Schlögel. Other composers represented are Allison Cameron and Martin Arnold (who are participating in a pre-show interview), Ann Southam, Erik Ross and Linda Catlin-Smith. The MG Encore Ensemble features Wesley Shen, Mara Plotkin, Sharon Lee, Bryan Holt, Wallace Halladay, Xin Wang and Dan Morphy.

Town Hall: The Music Gallery At 40
Saturday 10.17.15

This season, we kick off a major strategic planning exercise that will examine every facet of who we are, what we do and why we exist. This town hall is the heart of the X Avant festival. Our last town hall in 2006 helped us to renew our vision and move forward; the public’s input is vital to the strategic plan that will guide us for years to come. This event is moderated by our board president Christopher McKinnon.

Tyondai Braxton + New Chance + Pantayo
Saturday 10.17.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm
Tickets $20 regular | $10 member, student | $15 advance at Soundscapes /musicgallery.org

Saturday’s X Avant concert features one of today’s most highly regarded American experimental musicians. Tyondai Braxton (son of Anthony) is the former front man of experimental rock band Battles. Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. Tyondai released HIVE1 (Nonesuch Records) earlier this year, and will be performing pieces from it featuring modular synthesizer and samples. New Chance is the musical project of multidisciplinary Toronto artist, Victoria Cheong. Using sampler, sequencers, loops, effects, and voice she creates expansive sounds and songs. As a swiftly rising local producer,his year, New Chance has played Electric Eclectics Festival and AGO First Thursdays. Pantayo is an all-women gong ensemble based in Toronto whose music is grounded in the kulintang music traditions of the Philippines. Select creative collaborations include Severed, video game soundtrack with YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, and a performance with internationally acclaimed Filipina singer, Grace Nono. Victoria will be designing visuals for New Chance and Pantayo, while Tyondai animates his own set.

Absolutely Free + Keita Juma
Sunday 10.18.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm
Tickets $15 regular | $10 member, student | $13 advance at Soundscapes /musicgallery.org

Our final show of this year’s X Avant delivers two exceptional examples of the state of this city’s rhythmic cross-pollination that point to the future. Absolutely Free is a trio based in Toronto which creates a hypnotic, patient music that integrates analog electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, Bollywood, and Krautrock. Evolved from defunct art punk band DD/MM/YYYY, Absolutely Free first released an EP in 2012, followed by their debut album two years later that was included on the Polaris Music Prize Long List for 2014. Keita Juma is a Mississauga-based rapper/producer. Originally born in that crucible of the UK underground, Bristol, moving to North America broadened Juma’s musical influences with sounds of the Dirty South and East Coast rap. In 2012 he dropped the critically acclaimed LP Water, followed by the dark, well-crafted Chaos Theory in early 2015. Juma’s new EP Nights In Space hits the street in advance of X Avant. As they do for all their performances, Absolutely Free will take the visual design reins for the evening to send the festival off with a flourish.