I got the chance to speak with Gordon Grdina (guitar and Oud) on the radio tonight. He plays at La Vitrola tomorrow. We spoke a bit about his experiences learning from Gary Peacock, playing in the vastly diverse Vancouver scene, as well as the group Haram who he’s currently touring with.
This week on CKUT’s Jazz Euphorium, I played an interview I did with Toronto trumpet player Rebecca Hennessy about her latest album Two Calls. She takes us through each and every tune and talks a bit about how she incorporates her wide ranging slew of influences into this ensemble’s context.
DF is an Audio/Visual collaboration between Saxophonist Dustin Finer and visual artist Daniel Freder. Their new EP tries to both capture their immersive live performance as well as stretch into new territories with music video making.
This episode features Mich Cota, a First Nations Trans-woman who addresses her understanding of her gender and identity in various musical ways. Here we speak about Kija/Care which comes out on Egg Paper Factory this Friday and hear some of the tracks.
Next up in the live line-up was Montreal experimental duo Jane/Kin. Bridging the efforts of saxophonist Ida Toninato and laptop musician/Foley artist Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Jane/Kin seeks to blur all lines and boundaries and provide the listener with an immersive musical experience. I’m sure even the most trained ears will be shocked to hear what was used in this particular creation.
In honor of CKUT’s funding drive, I had a pair of live acts in studio and first up to bat was Common Holly. Her debut record is out now on Solitaire Records and here she plays a few solo renditions of tunes from the project and discusses her songwriting process.
Having both participated in a podcast last season for their project Run and Hide, Kyle Hutchins and Evan Shay give us an update on what they’re up to. Kyle hits Resonance cafe tomorrow evening as a part of L’off Jazz Festival and Evan is currently putting on a free jazz residency also at resonance.