X Avant New Music Festival

The X Avant New Music Festival takes place this week in Toronto.

Oct. 21-25 • The Music Gallery presents
“Convergence and Collaboration”
Generously supported by Celebrate Ontario

Inspired by ambient music forefather Brian Eno’s idea of “scenius,” the festival celebrates the notion of co-operation in modern music making, as opposed to the glorification of individual genius. In contrast with the stereotype of the solitary composer locked in his attic railing against the ignorant outside world, some of today’s most innovative music is forged out of communities — through co-operation, collaboration and unexpected convergences of mutual interests and ideas. The Music Gallery is grateful to Celebrate Ontario for their support of X AVANT.

X AVANT IV: Convergence & Collaboration will feature five days of world-calibre concerts, workshops and symposia, with visitors from Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, the US and UK. This year will also feature two high-profile concerts at an off-site venue: the larger-capacity SPK (Polish Combatants Hall), a 300-seat theatre, just up the street on Beverley, south of College.”

Wednesday, October 21 @ SPK
Cluster (Canadian debut!)
+ Hauschka with String Quartet
MG Presentation at SPK, 206 Beverley St.
8pm • $30/$25/$20

Thursday, Oct. 22 @ MG
Phantom Orchard (Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori)
+ Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble (CD release)
8pm • $20/$15/$10

Friday, Oct. 23 @ MG
Phantom Orchard
FREE workshop @ noon!

Friday, Oct. 23 @ MG
“Beats, Notes & Loops”: A Hip-Hop/New Music Summit
with: Nicole Lizee + DJ P-Love; Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Abdominal + InsideAMind
8pm • $20/$15/$10

Saturday, Oct. 24 @ MG
A New Way of Hearing: Music and Auditory Research
Co-presented with Array and SMART Lab
3pm • $20/$15/$12

Saturday, Oct. 24 @ SPK
Iva Bittová
+ Chris Cutler
with Antonin Fajt
MG Presentation at SPK, 206 Beverley St.
8pm • $25/$20/$15

Sunday, Oct. 25 @ MG (Fellowship Room)
X Avant: Convergence & Collaboration Symposium
More info TBA
3pm • FREE

Sunday, Oct. 25 @ MG
Start : Stop
Co-presented with Continuum Contemporary Music
8pm • $25/$15/$5

Note: Tickets on sale Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Music Gallery members can reserve tickets in advance at 416-204-1080
Tickets available online at

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Expo 70 at Metropolis Underground October 20

From Syracuse’s Metropolis Underground:

Expo ‘70 is the main driving improvisational essence of Justin Wright. Having started the project in Los Angeles in 2003, Wright has pushed his project to new levels, releasing a number of albums as cdr’s and 2 full-length albums. Expo ’70’s first album “Animism”, which debuted in 2007 on Kill Shaman, is an eclectic mix of krautrock, ambient drone, space exploration and minimal compositions. Comparisons range from Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel, A.R. & Machines, SunnO))) and Earth, but not directly sounding like any of those artists in their entirety.

Wright’s recent release “Black Ohms” on Beta-lactam Ring Records brings new life to the term drone. A world of sounds that catches the listeners subconscious and drifts them to alien lands and foreign terrain while maintaining a dreamlike quality with shifting melodies and moods. Mostly comprised of single guitar improvisations, Wright manifests rich textures and brooding low end passages full of energy that tend to sound like long synth compositions akin to early Tangerine Dream and early minimalist composers like Terry Riley.

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