Avant-jazz trumpeter Lina Allemano Oct 12; German improv duo Tammen & Irmer Oct 16
Two great jazz & improv concerts are coming up in the next couple weeks.
First, Toronto avant-garde jazz trumpeter Lina Allemano comes to town with her quartet on Tuesday, October 12 at the Thunderbird Cafe (8 pm doors, $8 adv/$10 door) with Ben Opie opening the night. Allemano appears on over 30 recordings, including her own critically acclaimed CDs that feature her original compositions with the Lina Allemano Four: the new Jargon (2010), as well as Gridjam (2008), Pinkeye (2006), and Concentric (2003). Her recent career highlights include performing at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City and a feature as one of the top innovative trumpeters in Downbeat Magazine. For more information on the artist go to her website at http://www.linaallemano.com and to purchase advance tickets go to http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net/showdetails.php?eventID=173
Next, a duo of German free improvisors visits Garfield Artworks on Saturday, October 16 (8 pm, $7 at the door). The lineup includes guitarist Hans Tammen and violinist Christoph Irmer, who released a CD in 2006 called Oxide on the Portuguese label Creative Sources, with opening groups Johnsen, Wellins & Boyle and Ed Tarzia & Bob Wenzel. Hans Tammen creates music that has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures, producing rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating sounds, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible noises – through means of his “endangered guitar” and interactive software programming, by working with his “…fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet”. Signal To Noise called his works “…a killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage”, All Music Guide recommended him: “…clearly one of the best experimental guitarists to come forward during the 1990s.” Christoph Irmer has been a member of the London Improvisors Orchestra, Ort Ensemble Wuppertal (with the now-deceased Peter Kowald), Statements Quintet (with Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen and Ursel Schlicht), Canaries on the Pole (with Georg Wessel and Jacques Foschia), and a trio with British saxophonist John Butcher. For information on Hans Tammen go to http://www.tammen.org and for Christoph Irmer go to http://www.myspace.com/christophirmer