the Swyves

Founded in the summer of 2008, The Swyves are one of the strongest avant-garde jazz trios on the Toronto improvised music scene. Led by multi-instrumentalist woodwind player Jay Hay, the group includes bassist Aaron Lumley and drummer Dan Gaucher, with frequent collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Stachan. Focusing primarily on the compositions of Jay Hay, the trio weaves it's way through textural improvisations, free-bop swing tunes, and all-out high energy blow-outs.

Kyle Brenders Quartet

The Kyle Brenders Quartet is one of Toronto’s newest groups exploring the spaces between jazz and improvised music. Brenders, a former student of Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier, has brought together some of the most talented young players that are currently working in the Toronto scene. Along with Kyle, Mark Segger on drums, Steve Ward on trombone and Tomas Bouda on bass tap into their own creative instrumental vocabulary to communicate through Brenders’ distinctive compositional output.

Fred Frith

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Fred Frith has followed a unique trajectory that manages to intersect with folk, blues, experimental rock, film soundtracks, dance scores, radio plays, theatre music, and contemporary composition. Along the way he has performed with most of the leading improvisers, without ever falling into the trap of viewing improvisation as a genre of music.

Jane Bunnett

Five-time Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Premier’s Award for Excellence.

Eric Boeren Quartet

The Eric Boeren 4tet’s repertoire comprises original compositions from Eric Boeren and the early quartet music of Ornette Coleman. Boeren’s compositions are deeply rooted in the jazz and blues tradition and are characterized by strong, often jumpy melodies and unusual keys. All four musicians share the improvisational space equally, imbuing the music with energy. Much of it seems to happen by chance, a little is well planned. The more you listen the more irrelevant the distinction becomes.

Eric Boeren, cornet
Michael Moore, alto sax, clarinet
Wilbert de Joode, double bass


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