Source: Toronto’s Array Music.
Allison Cameron Mini-Festival
(Nov. 23-24, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm; $20 | PWYC)
Allison Cameron is one of the most important composers of experimental music working in Canada today. Arraymusic will present work spanning a range of Cameron’s activities across two consecutive concerts.
Four New Works
(Feb. 8, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm; $20 | PWYC)
The Array Ensemble performs four new works commissioned by Arraymusic written by four of the most exciting composers working in Canada today: Marielle Groven (Montréal), Christopher Mayo (Toronto), Francis Ubertelli (Toronto) and Christina Volpini (Hamilton).
Raven Chacon Mini-Festival
(April 12, 13 and 14, The Music Gallery, 918 Bathurst, 8pm; admission TBA)
Raven Chacon is an interdisciplinary artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a member of the Navajo Nation. The festival will involve 3 concerts: First, a portrait concert devoted to Raven’s chamber music, played by the Array Ensemble, featuring a newly commissioned work. The third concert will feature Raven’s electronic/amplified noise-music. In between, will be a selection of songs from Raven’s “For Zitkála-Šá”, a book consisting of 15 musical scores written for solo performer.
Young Composers Workshop Concert
(May 25, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 3pm; $15 | PWYC)
The Array Ensemble perform four works composed by the participants of the Young Composers Workshop. The works are composed together with the ensemble and a guest mentor during the month of May.
Near to the Wild Heart: Impossibly Happy
(June 20, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm; $20 | PWYC)
Impossibly Happy is a new suite of songs written by Susanna Hood setting poetry by the 15th century Zen poet, Ikkyu from the collection “Crow with No Mouth”. A concert equally visual and aural, the work uses the musicality, rhythm and textures inherent in the poetry to create an embodied music where music and movement are simultaneously distinct and interchangeable, and the lines blur between what is heard and what is seen.
The Rat-drifting Concert Series
From 2000 to 2005 Martin Arnold ran Rat-drifting at Array’s old rehearsal space in pre-gentrified Liberty Village, bringing together free improvisation, sound performance, noise, psychedelic process music, DIY para-punk composition and post-Fluxus word events. This new Rat-drifting Series will present 5 concerts, which further this approach, taking over from, and building upon, the strengths of the Array Sessions.
Rat-Drifting 1: Marielle Groven, Aaron Lumley, Jasper Stadhouders and Marjolein Vogels
Sep. 22, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm ($15 | PWYC)
A leading light of a new generation of Dutch free improvisers, Jasper Stadhouders plays aggressively fearless and joyful guitar. In the first set, he will be performing solo as well as in duo with Canadian double bassist Aaron Lumley to celebrate their new album, Strung Out. The second set features composer Marielle Groven’s My Heart Is A Mountain, a gorgeous piano meditation on resonance and space.
Rat-Drifting 2: SlowPitchSound presents: Alternate Forest (3 shows!)
Oct. 26, 27 & 28, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm (Oct. 26 & 27) & 2pm (Oct. 28), ($15, $20 & $25 includes bonus behind the scenes footage)
There are life forms within the earth’s forests that hold powers beyond our imagination. Trees communicate with one another, plants produce medicines that promote longevity and mushrooms can produce light. SlowPitchSound and Lybido will navigate you through a mysterious forest untouched by anyone and you will be able to witness new forms first hand.
Rat-Drifting 3: Dave Riedstra
Dec. 7, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm ($15 | PWYC)
Dave Riedstra is a composer, double bass player, and sound artist. His music uses quietness and ensemble interaction to create experiences of heightened coenaesthesia and network sensitivity. His Rat-drifting concert will situate itself between soundart and musical performance, electronic processes and extended solo music for the double bass.
Rat-Drifting 4: See Through 4 (Johnston, Lerner, Fraser, Ng)
Jan. 11, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm ($15 | PWYC)
The See Through 4 is made up of exceptional improvisers – Nick Fraser (percussion), Pete Johnston (string bass), Marilyn Lerner (piano), and Karen Ng (reeds) – working out their spontaneous compositions in relation to notated material by Pete Johnston.
Rat-Drifting 5: Juliana Pivato
March 16, The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm ($15 | PWYC)
Juliana Pivato is an artist, improviser and one half of Private Robots (with Seb Roberts). Private Robots will be releasing their first album Poets, Barrio, TV in Fall 2018 with SQUINT _ _ _ _ _ _ PRESS. Her Rat-drifting performance will present (together with other possibilities) various experiments run on popular songs.