Colour and Noise
A long time collaboration with a long time collaborator, Colour and Noise is the flagship project of Toronto Pianist Ashley Urquhart. Blending both sketch and long-form composition with free improvisation and her visual art, Colour presents a pensive, introspective portrait of of an artist with a lot to share.
Ashley Urquhart - Piano/Compositions
Tara Kannangara - Trumpet/Voice
Aidan Sibley - Trombone
Patrick O’Reilly - Guitar/Toys
Alex Fournier - Bass
The Dan Pitt Trio
Ironically I had to go all the way to Brooklyn to meet Dan, despite the fact that we both live in the same city. I’ve been working with Dan since on many of his main projects, and it’s been pretty exciting being along for the ride of a burgeoning young composer starting to hit his stride. It’s a small setting, but a pretty energetic one.
CD available now through Bandcamp and this website.
Dan Pitt - Guitar/Compositions
Nick Fraser - Drums
Alex Fournier - Bass
Once described as “impossible music”, Bearrah Fawcett seems to be a project where everyone playing writes the most complex thing they possibly can for the other players and then somehow expects it all to come together withing 2-4 hours of rehearsal. Though I would say it’s not all just us being jocular with one another (yeah we do try and make music at the end of the day), it’s a pretty challenging book for both musicians and patrons alike. A really fun one too.
Rob Grieve - Fretless Guitar/Compositions
Chris Pruden - Piano/Synth/Compositions
Stefan Hegerat - Drums/Compositions
Alex Fournier - Bass/Compositions
Since arriving at the Peabody Conservatory I've worked with a multitude of both local composers and peers. Contemporary composition (or really any at all) serves to inform the structure of ones improvisation, just as improvisation can inform the performance practices of something through-composed.
From one of my collaborations - the middle movement (and possibly my favorite) of Sean Calhoun's Suite for Solo Double Bass. Had a ton of fun learning this one and it taught me a lot about my instrument.