The Tranzac Club
• 292 Brunswick Avenue • Toronto, ON
Doors Open: 8:00PM
| Show Starts: 8:30PM
| All Ages / Licensed
Featuring: Zoh Amba & Chris Corsano, Farida Amadou, Ways,
Event type: All Ages / Licensed
ZOH AMBA & CHRIS CORSANO (YouTube)
Zoh Amba is a composer, saxophonist, and flutist from Tennessee. Her music blends avant-garde, noise, and devotional hymns. Before studying music at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music, New England Conservatory and studying with David Murray in New York, she spent most of her time writing and practicing saxophone in the forest near her home. Today, her powerfully unique avant-garde music is full of folk melodies, mesmerizing refrains, and repeated incantations. Amba released two records in 2022, her debut record O, Sun which was produced by John Zorn and released on the prestigious label Tzadik. Zoh Amba’s second record, Bhakti features Micah Thomas, Tyshawn Sorey, and Matt Hollenberg. She has collaborated with a variety of high profile musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey, Jim White (Dirty Three), Steve Gunn, Vijay Iyer, legendary bassist William Parker, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), etc.
Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of free improvisation, avant-rock, and experimental music since the late '90s. He's a rim-batterer of choice for some of the greatest contemporary purveyors of "jazz" (Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty, Mette Rasmussen) and "rock" (Sir Richard Bishop, Bill Orcutt, Jim O'Rourke), as well as artists beyond categorization (Bjoerk for her Volta album and world tour, Michael Flower, Okkyung Lee). Appearing on over 150 albums and touring in an ultra-wide array of collaborations, Corsano has developed a highly personal musical language through ecstatic free improvisation, extended percussion techniques, and an innovative approach to the drum kit that includes resonating drum heads with bowed strings and circular-breathed reeds. He's been called "one of the world's great drummers" by The Guardian, "a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde" by The New York Times, and "arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz" by Wire Magazine.
FARIDA AMADOU (Bandcamp)
Belgium self taught electric bassist Farida Amadou creates drone influenced landscapes where notes ripple under their own weight, either getting crushed by others or slowly dying out. Farida twists and mutates heavy bass tones into baths of distorted dust. Glitched soundscapes of angular chunks bounce against each other in a confined low frequency zone. Her compositions have an organic texture to them, meditative with an underlying punk energy. She has collaborated with the likes of Thurston Moore & Peter Brotzmann, along with many others in the European avant-garde scene.
Saxophonist Brodie West (Eucalyptus) teams up with percussionist Evan Cartwright (Eucalyptus, Tasseomancy, Alex Lukashevsky, etc). In this thoughtful duo both West & Cartwright play with the rhythm, they pass notes back & forth in a playful yes cautious way. Their music is full of space, letting each note truly absorb into the air before veering from it. Saxophone phrases wander over sparse minimalist percussion. Like old friends playing an elongated game of chess their interactions are curt and full of intent. The bare minimum says the most.
TONE is made possible through the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Long & McQuade, and Burdock Brewery.
Cutoff is Wednesday, June 21, 2023 5:59 pm EDT unless it sells out earlier.