Something Else Festival in Hamilton, Ontario Announced

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A CHANGE IN AVAILABILITY, THE BILL FRISELL TRIO WILL NO LONGER BE PERFORMING AT THIS YEAR’S SOMETHING ELSE! FESTIVAL.

Source: Something Else.

9th Annual
SOMETHING ELSE! Festival
JUNE 16 – JULY 16, 2022

Since 2014—and undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic—Zula Presents’ Something Else! Festival has steadily been evolving into a crucial node within the North American experimental music circuit. Jazz audiences will certainly recognize its name’s reference to Ornette Coleman, however just like for Ornette himself, jazz is the foundation for the boundless, curious music-making found at the annual event, rather than a rigidly-defined category. [T]his year’s celebrations kick off with a jam-packed five days of activity from June 16th to June 20th and then continues with weekend programming up until July 16th.

Bill Frisell
Don Byron
Dave Douglas
Michael Moore
Michael Vatcher
Robin Holcomb
Sick Boss
Dave Rempis
Joyfultalk
Allison Cameron
Thus Owls

Following this initial burst of activity, Something Else! will be continuing its festivities with a series of additional concerts. First, there’s celebrated Halifax ambient improv quartet New Hermitage alongside New Origin (Christophe Rocher (clarinets); Joe Fonda (bass); Harvey Sorgen (drums)) at the Hamilton Public Library on June 25th. July 3rd features the François Houle 4 (with Gordon Grdina (guitar), Mark Helias(double bass, clarinet) and Gerry Hemingway (drums)) and Grdina’s Nomad Trio which features him on guitar and ‘oud alongside Matt Mitchell on piano and legendary drummer Jim Black. Finally, July 16th features Canadian trumpet player and composer Lina Allemano leading her Berlin-based trio, Ohrenschmaus featuring Dan Peter Sundland on bass and Michael Griener on drums. They’re joined by Numinosityfeaturing David Mott (saxophone), Jesse Stewart (drums) and bassist Justin Gray.

The schedule also includes screenings of Derek Bailey’s pivotal documentary series On the Edge: Improvisation in Music, readings (including from writer-in-residence & musician Kim Zombik) and other cross-disciplinary programming. A number of additional guest artists will be revealed alongside the forthcoming full event schedule.