From April 2017’s issue of Improv Notes
….. Steve Wallace’s blog offers the Toronto bassist’s informed insights into often-overlooked figures in jazz history. Its latest edition is entitled “Patti Bown – Overcoming in Triplicate,” an appreciation of jazz pianist Patti Bown (1931-2008).
….. researcher Jesse Stewart has posted a short video about the Turning the Tables pop-up dome event that took place March 27 at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG). Dr. Stewart writes, “Huge thanks to Hasi Eldib for the awesome video work, to CUAG for the invitation, and to all of the participants.”
….. Zulapresents continues to bring contemporary improvisation to the thriving art community in Hamilton, Ontario. This year’s Something Else! Festival, June 16-19, features Ken Vandermark, Nate Woolley, Germaine Liu, Gary Barwin and Stuart Ross, Nicole Rampersaud, Tatsuya Nakatani, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Chicago’s DKV Trio, and Earth, Wind and Choir.
….. This year’s FIMAV (Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville) takes place May 18-21 and features such artists as In the Sea (Tristan Honsinger, Nicolas Caloia, Joshua Zubot), Martine H. Crispo, Gambletron, Théâtre Rude Ingénierie, Battle Trance, Nate Wooley & Seven Storey Mountain, Tim Brady Grand Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Linda Sharrock, Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan.
….. In Brazil, the “poetic, abstract, and untamed” texts of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) are often used as compositional premises for concerts of improvised music. On April 12, Fie Schouten did something similar as part of the Nieuwe Noten concert series at De Ruimte in Amsterdam, with new music and improvisations centred around Lispector’s work, performed by Schouten and Jelte Althuis clarinets, Giuseppe Doronzo baritone saxophone, Ig Henneman viola, and double bassists Wilbert De Joode and Florentin Ginot.