CF Nick Millevoi Scott Verrastro Trio, Jupiter Blue
Clavius Productions presents the second collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Colin Fisher (from Toronto), guitarist Nick Millevoi (Desertion Trio/Many Arms), and percussionist Scott Verrastro (Kohoutek/Curanderos), with Jupiter Blue (Dave Hotep and Tara Middleton of the Sun Ra Arkestra) opening.
8pm doors, 8:30 show
Colin Fisher (Toronto)
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised and Creative Music Community in North America. He has been most active with duo project Not the Wind, Not the Flag which includes percussionist Brandon Valdivia. They have a substantial recording output that includes releases on Healing Power, Medusa, Inyrdisc, Already Dead Records, Barnyard Records and others. They have an upcoming vinyl release on Pleasance Records as well as a live concert recording with William Parker, coming out on New Atlantis records.
I HAVE EATEN THE CITY is an improvising trio featuring cellist/keyboardist/laptop artist Nick Storring and percussionist Brandon Valdivia. They have many recordings, their latest a tape from UK label Tombed Visions.
Recently Colin recorded a record with NYC/Philly band Many Arms, who then released their record “Suspended Definition” on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. A subsequent US/Canada tour followed the release of their collaboration.
Colin is a member of the bands Bernice, Body Help, Caribou Vibration Ensemble, Ask the Oracle, Prince Enoki Insect Orchestra, and was a member of the AIMToronto Orchestra who performed at the Guelph Jazz Festival playing the music of Anthony Braxton with Mr. Braxton conducting and playing with the orchestra. He was also a member of the Woodchoppers Association who had a successful tour with West African Griot masters Jah Youssouf and Abdoulaye Kone, played guitar in Isla Craig’s Continental Drift, and was a member of Anna Linda Siddall’s band.
Colin has appeared and collaborated with: Anthony Braxton, Deily Mori Tounkara, Jah Youssouf, Rhys Chatham, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Many Arms, Neil Haverty, Joe McPhee, Maury Coles, David Daniels, Chris Kelsey, Paul Hession, Mark Hundevad, Jean Martin, Metal Kites, Barnyard Drama, Nif-D, Eric Chenaux, Evan Shaw, Jason Hammer, Nick Fraser, Joe Sorbara, Glen Hall, Ronda Rindone, The Constantines, Caribou, Born Ruffians, etc.
Colin also received a Canada Council recording grant in 2007 that was used to create a duo recording with Jean Martin called The Little Man on the Boat which was released on Barnyard Records.
“With his involvement in the math-jazz trio Sing That Yell That Spell, I HAVE EATEN THE CITY and in the local improv scene, there is no doubt that Colin Fisher is one of the best musicians in Ontario. An unfairly skilled saxophonist and guitar player, Fisher's hands dart around his instruments with amazing precision and creativity, showing off the Stratford, Ont.,-based virtuoso's obviously varied musical tastes. Fisher has a way with strange chord shapes and menacing loops that fold into one another to make slightly creepy and altogether exceptional jazz compositions. Fisher will play any club that will have him and will help out any band that needs him, proving to be a truly versatile musician who is only happy when an instrument is in his hands.” (Neil Haverty-Dose)
Nick Millevoi is a Philadelphia-based guitarist who explores and expands upon the sound of the electric guitar through frequent use of non-traditional tunings, feedback, and raw noise. On his most recent solo-guitar releases, Numbers on the Side (Ivory Antler, 2014) and In White Sky (Flenser Records, 2012), Millevoi combines his 6- and 12-string electric guitars with drones and extreme volume to create a startling new sound. Nick is a member of the noise-rock-free jazz trio Many Arms, who have two releases on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Nick makes one half of the duo Archer Spade with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, who have performed music by composers Mick Barr, Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase.
Drummer/percussionist Scott Verrastro utilizes a plethora of sticks, brushes, bells, shakers, cymbals and gongs, metal, contact mics, and household items -- in addition to a traditional drum kit -- to coax a wide palette of sounds. Verrastroreceived a degree in music literature from Northeastern University in Boston and continues to examine many forms of music, including all styles of improvisation and traditional folk. His oldest musical endeavor, improv psych band Kohoutek, veers from drony Krautrock-inspired psych to abstract noise freak-outs and everything in between. Verrastro also has toured with Bardo Pond and plays in Curanderos, Insect Factory, Kuschty Rye Ergot, Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble, Dirt Weed Revue, Power Vacuum and Pneumagon, and has been involved in frequent and one-time collaborations with the likes of Nathan Bowles, Marshall Allen, Jandek, Damo Suzuki, Peter Brotzmann, Elliott Levin, Paul Flaherty, Gibby Haynes, John Dikeman, Khan Jamal, George Kinney (of Golden Dawn), Richard Pinhas (of Heldon), Mike Tamburo, Little Howlin' Wolf and Max Ochs.
For guitarist D.Hotep, (https://soundcloud.com/akimboresearcher) (a 17 year veteran of Sun Ra's Arkestra: under the direction of Marshall Allen), the instrument is a controller, for sound, pitch, rhythm, MIDI & assorted software, to explore differing genres of music -- from composed to improvised to experimental. With vocalist/lyricist/violinist Tara Middleton, (the Sun Ra Arkestra's 1st female vocalist since June Tyson), the two form the duo Jupiter Blue to develop lyrical grooves, jazz-sourced vocal soundscapes, electronic rhythms & atmospheres, for a 21st century exploration of original song, spoken word, and improvisation.
Admission is FREE. Donations suggested