Saturday, 22 December 2012

Squalor - Katacombes - December 22nd 2012












Band : Squalor
Venue : Katacombes
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 22nd 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

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Comments : Tonight was definitely the last show of the year. It was also my very first show at the "new" Katacombes. The venue is undoubtedly much better than the last one. Squalor are back as a trio, the electronics guy no longer playing on stage with them. I will not really complain about this. However, the trombone is still there and I really like it a lot actually. Combined with Reuel's guitar, it gives a really great experimental counterpoint to their heavier material.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Thierry Amar & Charity Chan - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Thierry Amar & Charity Chan
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

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Comments : The fifth improvisation took us back to the same instruments as the second one (double bass and piano). Thierry was back to something less abstract. It worked quite well and was more interesting than the one with Lori. However, the harsh reality of a Monday evening show and a day job had struck me at this point. I had to leave the Casa before the last set, where all 4 improvisors were supposed to play together, to catch my bus home.

Alexandre St-Onge & Thierry Amar - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Alexandre St-Onge & Thierry Amar
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

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Comments : The second part of the show started after a thirty minute intermission. We got 3 more improvisations. This particular one was the one I was really hoping to see tonight : two double basses. It worked really well and it was definitely the most memorable duo of the evening. Unconventional, droney, intense and relaxing at the same time. A very good one.

Thierry Amar & Lori Freedman - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Thierry Amar & Lori Freedman
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :

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Comments : I was a bit disappointed by this one. The sounds of both improvisors worked well together but the improvisation itself sounded a bit too conventional, academic free jazz. Thierry and Lori seemed to stay in their comfort zone and did not take any risks whatsoever. Dommage.

Alexandre St-Onge & Charity Chan - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Alexandre St-Onge & Charity Chan
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

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Comments : It was already getting quite late, especially for a Monday evening, when the second improvisation of the evening started (the first one was Charity Chan and Lori Freedman). Alexandre's double bass made a nice balance to Charity's piano, but honestly you can't go wrong with Alexandre who remains my very favourite improvisation musician in town.

Monday, 3 December 2012

"Hmmmmm" - Casa Del Popolo - December 3rd 2012












Band : "Hmmmmm"
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 3rd 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

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Comments : The show was originally announced as the very first show of a new a trio composed of Sam Shalabi, Alexandre St-Onge & Will Eizlini. The actual line-up included two more guests : Josh Zubot and Jason Sharp. I have to say I was at first a bit disappointed by this announcement, but I was wrong to doubt, it worked amazingly well. A very nice and seamless performance.