Goings On

By: Jazz North Of 49  09-12-2011
Keywords: Jazz

“The OFF Jazz Festival of Montreal is proud to present its 9th edition, which is taking place from the 13th to the 21st of June 2008. The festival will be held in four venues most auspicious for jazz music : The Lion d’Or, the Dièse Onze jazz club, The Sala Rossa and the Pub St. Ciboire…
We will present a large range of contemporary creations that blend traditions, poetry, history, various cultures, modernism, aesthetics and creative research. This year, we will also have the honour of receiving several great musicians from abroad, for collaborations with Quebec artists… It is with great pleasure that the festival will feature shows that are rarely presented, such as the ambitious project on Louis Riel by Normand Guilbeault, the grand premiere of Marianne Trudel’s septet, and the launch of Chet Doxas’ new record, «Le Mur»…
With the intent of building bridges with other Montreal promoters of creative music, the Off festival will team-up this year with the Suoni per il Popolo. This collaboration will bear fruit in the form of two nights at the Sala Rossa, in which the American cult band, The Sun Ra Arkestra, will be headlining…”

Keywords: Jazz

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Erik Hove – SoundclashDièse OnzeMontrealJune 13, 2008, 10pm Last night alto saxophonist Erik Hove and his group, Soundclash, anchored the first night of the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal at Dièse Onze. Also, there was a tune towards the end of the second set, reminiscent of John Coltrane’s “Alabama,” where the crackling sound effects of P-Love’s two-octave turntable had the audience holding its breath.



With each member contributing compositions of his own, the arc and flow of the evening’s performance stands in stark contrast to an evening dedicated to a singular compositional vision. The democratic ideal that inspired Fly’s conception is, in part, what makes this demanding music: three distinct musical trains-of-thought forging forward on seemingly divergent paths.


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He battled side by side with fellow Warriors Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone, Jonathan Cayer at the recently acquired grand piano, Adrian Vedady à la contrebasse and a welcome addition from Vancouver, Neelamjit Dhillon on tabla. Vancouver-born drummer and Jazz Warrior, Adam Miller, played two sets of honest music last night as part of the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal’s series at Dièse Onze.



It didn’t take long for me to lose sight of this — trying to do too much when all I needed were three or four notes, a little silence in between, and some eyes and ears to take it in. I adjusted to a new job, moved in with the love of my life, and watched my baby girl grow to almost two years old. With simplicity in mind… TAKE 2.



In their statement of the melody Ravi Coltrane’s quintet — Ralph Alessi, Geri Allen, James Genus, Eric Harland — evoke the spirit of creativity expressed in that recording. This soundbyte is from one of my favourite interpretations of one of my favourite tunes, Ornette Coleman’s 1958 recording, The Blessing.