Probably my longest running project, Triio has grown from a 4tet playing mostly interesting standards and the music of local composers to a 6tet focusing on a combination of through-composed, modular music and free/collective improvisation. Contrasting intricate written sections with open ended improvised sections, the music can allow for total freedom of expression while still maintaining a distinct vibe/direction from composition to composition.
We have an upcoming album to be released sometime in the summer/fall of 2019 (date TBD for now) featuring 6 compositions for this group. Possibly a tour to follow. More on that later…
Ashley Urquhart - Piano
Mark Ballyk - Drums
Alex Fournier - Bass/Tunes
Bea Labikova - Woodwinds
Aidan Sibley - Trombone
Tom Fleming - Guitar
We don't take ourselves so seriously, at least not in this setting. This is pretty evident since we decided to name ourselves after an off-brand incense fragrance that our guitar player found in the east end. It's always been a goal for this group to be that way about ourselves while taking the music dead-serious.
In some respects this frees us up more. We twist, contort, stretch and mess with each others tunes, taking them as far as we can imagine in the moment without worrying about what the music "has to" be or "should" be. Generally combining a simple, almost naive melody with some pretty over-the-top rhythmic writing, the music can go off the rails and back again pretty quickly.
Patrick O'Reilly - Guitar
Stefan Hegerat - Drums
Alex Fournier - Bass
Sometime around fall of 2015 I started working on a series of solo compositions for bass as a means of getting to know my instrument and my own language better. Bass can simultaneously be incredibly diverse in its sounds and the directions it can go while being very homogeneous in palette. A lot of what I've written has been an attempt to explore and expand on both the instruments parameters, as well as the parameters of my own thinking applied to the instrument.
Recorded by Edwin Huet (2016)
Cover art by Ashley Urquhart
Edwin Huet and I have been collaborating on most everything since formally meeting and jamming together in 2015. Since then, we've partnered on tons of recording projects, multiple composition initiatives and musical/multimedia showcases and even had a few shows here and there. Xiodjiha is probably the simplest of these collaborations, featuring both of us freely improvising. Not much to say about what I play here (it's a bass) but Edwin's setup is designed for both independent use and live-processing, as well as live recording our improvisations, making the duo incredibly flexible in approach.
Edwin Huet - Electronics/Live Processing/anything computer related
Alex Fournier - Upright Bass/anything analog
Video by Christina Manceor
Normally I'm told a lot of the stuff I write is really hard to play. Though I'd contest that to some extent, it's pretty true for the most part. Gardening Club was my first real attempt at writing music that could both be performed and enjoyed simply. The music provides minimal frameworks that can act as a vehicle for the performers to make what they will of it while maintaining an individual vibe for each piece.
Ledah Finck - Violin
Chris Frick - French Horn/Piano/Melodica
Christina Manceor - Drums/Vibraphone/Assorted Percussion
Alex Fournier - Bass/Compositions
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