Kanada 70 is the main home-recording guise of Toronto's Craig Dunsmuir, who has been half of Glissandro 70 with Sandro Perri and whose other active solo pseudonym is Max Gross (a recent remixer of Sandro's "Love And Light"). Around the time of the release of Glissandro 70 back in 2006, Craig started working on a series of photocopied-cover micro-releases and giving them away to friends and peers, mainly in T.O.; mailing the first handful in the sequence of K70 CD-Rs to Constellation initiated the correspondence that eventually led to the compiling of Vamp Ire for Musique Fragile Vol. 2.
Repetitive and cyclical, the hand-played and/or -punched/-programmed nature of K70 tracks (as well as occasional forays into dub-style muting/mixing) lends each return of phrase some degree of variation. Taking inspiration from prog-rock and African funk as well as strands of metal, abstract techno, industrial and noise music, these sketch-style pieces often differ in both mood and fidelity from Craig's work in G70, but there's a shared fixation with odd time signatures and rhythmic clatter despite the oft-darker hues here. From Battles and Thomas Mapfumo to Theo Parrish and Actress, from Autechre and Cluster to Black Dice and Bird Show, there's a slew of influences to be teased out of these tracks, and given that the K70 CD-R series is, at last count, twenty-six releases long (with other compilations culling from the stack having been issued on Polyphasic Recordings, Medusa Editions and Inyrdisk), Vamp Ire is just one possible way to piece this puzzle together. An avid record collector and music enthusiast, Craig currently DJs disco 12"s as part of Invisible City Sound System and is a longstanding clerk/buyer at one of Toronto's leading indie stores, Soundscapes.
A Night In Toronto: Esmerine, Matana Roberts, Dundasa 80, Saltland, Jerusalem In My Heart at The Great Hall, 05 September
Constellation will be presenting a lovely evening of music at The Great Hall in Toronto on Thursday, September 5th. A very special line-up and advance tickets are only $15. UPDATE: NYC-based avant-jazz composer and saxophonist Matana Roberts and Rebecca Foon's Saltland have both been confirmed to participate, while Colin Stetson (who was previously announced as part of this bill) has been forced to cancel all his September performances due to a broken finger suffered in mid-August that will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. We wish him a smooth and speedy recovery. BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE
Tickets are also available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and The Horseshoe Tavern.
Here are all the details...
A NIGHT IN TORONTO
Dundasa 80 (Sandro Perri + Craig Dunsmuir)
Jerusalem In My Heart
Thursday September 5th
The Great Hall
8pm doors / 8:30pm showtime
Presented in association with Musicworks and The Music Gallery.
Jerusalem In My Heart
The first-ever Toronto performance by this modern Arabic music/multi-media project, with Radwan Moumneh on voice, buzuk and sequencers and Malena Szlam on multiple 16mm film projections. Presenting material from their acclaimed debut album Mo7it Al-Mo7it released in spring 2013, following years of site-specific live and theatrical performances in Montreal.
The new iteration and current moniker for the duo of Sandro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir, following their previous collaborative work as Glissandro 70. Perri's "electronic" bona fides were established long ago during his Polmo Polpo years and Dunsmuir is similarly (though more secretly) known for his years of self-released music as Kanada 70. Dundasa 80 is on this shared and superb continuum; this will be a live debut for the project.
A return engagement for Saltland in Toronto, following a lovely set opening for Spencer Krug at the Conversation Room back in May. Rebecca Foon played solo for that performance, but at the Constellation Night she'll be joined by her collaborator Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands) on percussion, electronics and singal processing. Saltland's gorgeous debut album came out this past spring.
One of the most fearless, original and politically engaged musicians working in contemporary jazz, Roberts has received superlative critical accolades for her latest project, Coin Coin. Chapter One of this extended work – which combines composition using graphic scores and chance, free improvisation, African-American folk, and spoken word – was widely touted as one of the best avant/jazz albums of 2011. In advance of the release of Chapter Two later this fall, Matana will channel the Coin Coin narrative in a solo performance that she most recently presented at the Whitney Museum in New York.
The instrumental cello and marimba duo co-founded over a decade ago by Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Rebecca Foon (Saltland, Silver Mt Zion, Set Fire To Flames) will present music from their forthcoming Dalmak album with a scorching 8-piece band including visiting musicians from Turkey with whom they worked on the Dalmak recordings in Istanbul last year.
This will also be an opportunity to check out an on-site Constellation records stall with a wide selection of CDs and deluxe 180gLPs specially priced.
Presented by Constellation in association with Musicworks, The Music Gallery and Collective Concerts.
Next week, Constellation will be presenting concerts in Toronto and London (Ontario) featuring a breathtaking line-up of artists who have recent or forthcoming releases on the label; in particular, these shows will serve as the official launch of Esmerine's new album, Dalmak.
Matana Roberts and Saltland are the latest confirmations and additions to these label nights, alonside Esmerine, Jerusalem In My Heart and, in Toronto, Dundasa 80 (a duo of Sandro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir). Esmerine will also play the Festival de musique émergente in Rouyn-Noranda, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and release shows in Ottawa and Montreal featuring Matana Roberts and Ottawa-based experimental string sextet Kingdom Shore.
Clearly, these shows will be stellar. See below for more info, the full date listing, and audio/video samples.
The instrumental chamber quartet founded by Godspeed You! Black Emperor percussionist Bruce Cawdron and Silver Mt Zion cellist Rebecca Foon, will be expanding to an 8-piece band for these performances, in support of their new album Dalmak (out September 2nd). Recorded partly in Istanbul, the record features a number of guest musicians on Turkish/Kurdish/Armenian instruments; the Dalmak live band will include players on duduk, saz, bendir and darbuka for Esmerine's full run of Canadian album launch shows (listed below), in addition to the Constellation label nights.
• LISTEN: "Translator's Clos Part II" (edit)
• LISTEN:"Barn Board Fire"
Matana will present a solo multi-media performance based upon her majestic Coin Coin work and in anticipation of the release of Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (out October 1st). These performances follow from her recent appearance at the Whitney Museum in New York where she combined saxophone, wordspeak and audio/visual triggers in a powerful expression of her Coin Coin material. Matana's Coin Coin Chapter One from 2011 garnered high accolades from NPR, BBC, Village Voice, The Wire, Spin, Jazzthetik and many others. She is a two-time Alpert Award in the Arts nominee and a Foundation of Contemporary Arts award-winner in 2013. Matana will also perform at Esmerine's album release shows in Montreal and Ottawa.
• LISTEN: "amma jerusalem school" + "for this is"
• WATCH: "Mississippi Moonchile"
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART
Jerusalem In My Heart will make its live debut in Toronto and London with an immersive set of modern contemporary Arabic music combining vocals, drones, electronics and buzuk. The performance is framed by an array of 16mm film loop projections. JIMH's live shows in Montreal over the past decade have become legend; the group's debut album Mo7it Al-Mo7it was released to broad critical acclaim this past spring.
• LISTEN: "Yudaghdegh el-Ra3ey Wala al-Ghanam"
• WATCH: "Amanem"
Saltland is cellist Rebecca Foon's experimental dream-pop project, where cello melodies and drones are looped, processed and recombinated in tandem with ex-Unicorns drummer Jamie Thompson's electronics, programming and live percussion. Mojo magazine's 4-star review of Saltland's 2013 debut album called Foon's voice "an instrument of somnolent, gossamer allure which floats gracefully amid the eddying, amniotic music" while Textura noted an album "crafted with immense care, music of integrity refreshingly free of affectation or trendiness that manages to feel both intimate and epic."
• LISTEN: "ICA"
• WATCH: "Unholy"
APPEARING IN TORONTO ONLY:
Dundasa 80, the brand new collaboration between Sandro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir, will round out the line-up in Toronto with their first-ever live set. Perri is one of Canada's most respected experimental songwriters with two critically-acclaimed albums released under his own name and a prior history as the equally praised Polmo Polpo. Dunsmuir has released a large and impressive series of CD-Rs under his Kanada 70 moniker and previously collaborated with Perri on a 2006 Constellation album as Glissandro 70.
• LISTEN: "Unsold"
APPEARING IN OTTAWA & MONTREAL:
Kingdom Shore is an Ottawa-based sextet summoning stark, complex and fearlessly experimental suites of art noise from assorted strings and electronics. In their own words, "Kingdom Shore was formed in the ruck and warrens of March 2006, beneath the long shadows cast by the punk rock that grew out of 1980’s hardcore, avant and art rock, electro-acoustic music, noise, old world Gospel, and contemporary and left-field music, to take turns at watch so that we may fail well to stave off the malevolent, the narrow of heart, the analogue tastemakers, the dissociate, the ruder forms that survive slackjawed and willfully ignorant at hoarse latitudes, to take pleasure in twilight, to rejoice in waves standing at 19Hz, to refuse the world as a justification of interests in a strategy of slaughter as sold to us, to defy the open nerve of dispossession, to resist inheriting numbness, to give back what little we have received that is good, to rise up and get down, and to draw toward the hearth those who know that the light in this world is not its final ash, and that if you believed in anything, you could not kill another."
The current line-up includes Nathan Medema (pedals, found-sounds and field recordings, laptop, electronics, samples, processing), Simon Guibord (laptop, processing, samples, electronics), Ryan Hough (violin), Jasmine Landau (violin), Gerg Horvath (double-bass), and Mark Molnar (cello, loops, and electronics).
• LISTEN: "Stray Bullets Singing" (excerpt)
• LISTEN: "...and all the dogs to shark" (excerpt)
CONSTELLATION LABEL NIGHTS:
|05.09.13||Toronto, ON||The Great Hall|
Esmerine, Matana Roberts, Jerusalem In My Heart, Saltland, Dundasa 80 (Sandro & Craig)
|07.09.13||London, ON||Aeolian Hall|
Esmerine, Matana Roberts, Jerusalem In My Heart
ESMERINE DALMAK RELEASE SHOWS:
|31.08.13||Rouyn-Noranda, QC||Festival de musique émergente|
|03.09.13||Ottawa, ON||First Baptist Church|
w/ Matana Roberts & Kingdom Shore
|04.09.13||Montreal, QC||La Sala Rossa|
w/ Matana Roberts & Kingdom Shore
|06.09.13||Guelph, ON||St. George's Anglican Church|
Guelph Jazz Festival
We're thrilled to announce Musique Fragile Volume 02 - containing three mind-blowing full-length albums from Kanada 70, Pacha, and Hangedup & Tony Conrad - is now available in stores and online!
As we've mentioned before, each album included in the physical set comes in its own silkscreened jacket with a pull-out poster and credit insert, and all are housed in a gorgeous silkscreened slipcover box. The entire set is also available in MP3 and FLAC formats from our webshop, as are each of the albums individually.
ORDER NOW FROM OUR WEB SHOP
Info and order links for individual albums in the set can be found on their release pages:
Kanada 70 - Vamp Ire
Pacha - Affaires Étrangères
Hangedup & Tony Conrad - Transit of Venus
Last week we put together a photo set highlighting the packaging elements of the box set - you can check out the abridged version here, or the complete set over at Facebook if you're the type.
As for the music, our friends at The Muse In Music called the collection "stunning", saying: "Hangedup & Tony Conrad’s “Panorama From Maxwell Montes” is a slow tango, every bit as serpentine and carnal as that description implies. Here the strings all but snap from heat, and the centrifugal improvisation serves up heavy gravity...Kanada 70′s “Mou” is somehow visual and verbal at once, featuring implied percussion and back-of-the-manual synth settings, which form a chromatic, nearly haphazard composition... Pacha’s “Macedonian Mind” is a kinetic, low-register power wash. Riotous." HeroHill, who are giving away a free digital copy of the set along with copies of the album posters, said "Musique Fragile 02 combines three records that defy genres and traditional sounds. They are noise, blips, beeps and in their own way, incredibly beautiful and powerful."
If you didn't catch them the first time around, Tiny Mix Tapes, Ad-Hoc, and Exclaim have premiered tracks from various albums in the collection over the past several weeks, which are collected in the playlist below, along with a mixtape we assembled, drawing music from all three. Do give them a listen.
As you can imagine, we're rather proud of this project, and really pretty excited to be letting it out the door. Thanks for listening.
With two weeks to go until the official release and pre-orders on their way to the post office, we've put together a preview of the artwork and packaging elements involved in Musique Fragile Volume 02.
As you're likely aware, Musique Fragile Volume 02 is the second in our series of limited-edition, artwork-intensive 3-album box sets. The set features albums from Kanada 70, Pacha, and Hangedup & Tony Conrad, each with its own silkscreened jacket and pullout poster, housed in a silkscreened chipboard slipcover box. If we may, it's pretty special.
See below for the first few photos; the whole set is posted over on our Facebook page (cause we're cool like that).
The set will be available as of June 26 on heavyweight vinyl and in digital formats. Check the Musique Fragile release page for more info, including pre-order links, and stay tuned for info on those albums in the coming weeks. If you haven't yet, check below to hear the mixtape we put together for the set, featuring music from all three artists:
Last week we announced the release of Musique Fragile Volume 02, the second in our series of limited edition, artwork-intensive 3-album box sets, to be released June 26 on heavyweight vinyl and digital formats. For the next three weeks, leading up to the release date, we'll be unveiling more info on each of the records involved, including album artwork and new music for download.
We're starting this week with Kanada 70's Vamp Ire. See below for info, including a new MP3 that pulls together albums tracks "Ignore Dub" and "Molle", courtesy of our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes...
MP3: "Ignore Dub I + Molle" (via Tiny Mix Tapes)
Kanada 70 is the home-recording project of Toronto's Craig Dunsmuir, who started giving away CD-R micro-releases under this moniker in 2006. There have been over two dozen K70 titles issued since then – truly a treasure chest of 21st century études, where the repetitive and cyclical nature of mostly loop-based tracks is conditioned by the fact that Dunsmuir plays and punches everything by hand; returns of phrase contain odd stutters and variations, intention and accident collide, and there's an organic immediacy throughout. Vamp Ire spans a wide range of influences, from abstract techno, industrial and noise music to prog-rock, African funk, no wave and metal. The hardest part was selecting only 45 minutes worth! But we think Vamp Ire opens a window to Craig's subtle, introverted and brilliant sensibility.
Dunsmuir is known for his work as one half of Glissandro 70 (with Sandro Perri) and as an encyclopedic musicologist on staff at Toronto's Soundscapes record store. Under his Max Gross alter-ego, Dunsmuir recently remixed "Love & Light" from Sandro Perri's Impossible Spaces album, which will be part of a Perri remix album issued by DFA in summer 2012. Craig also DJs disco 12"s as part of Invisible City Sound System. Other Kanada 70 compilations have appeared as digital releases on Polyphasic, Medusa Editions and Inyrdisk. Vamp Ire marks the first appearance of K70 material on vinyl. The album was mastered by Sandro Perri.
Vamp Ire will be available as of June 26 on digital formats, and on heavyweight vinyl as part of the Musique Fragile Volume 02 box set, which also features albums from Pacha and Hangedup & Tony Conrad. Check the Musique Fragile release page for more info, including pre-order links, and stay tuned for info on those albums in the coming weeks. If you haven't yet, check below to hear the mixtape we put together for the set, featuring music from all three artists:
You could certainly call us pleased to announce the imminent release of Musique Fragile Volume 02, the second in our series of limited-edition, artwork-intensive box sets featuring three full-length albums by three different artists. (See here for a refresher on Volume 01.)
Contributors to Volume 02 are:
KANADA 70 • Vamp Ire
PACHA • Affaires Étrangères
HANGEDUP & TONY CONRAD • Transit Of Venus
The set will be available June 26 on heavyweight vinyl and as a digital bundle. The vinyl set will be limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, lovingly designed and hand-assembled, available for pre-order here:
3x180gLP • PRE-ORDER
Each LP comes in its own jacket accompanied by a pull-out poster, and all three albums are housed in a lovely screenprinted slipcover box (pictured above). Records are pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl and the box, jackets and posters are all screenprinted by Jesse Purcell at Repetitive Press.
Brief descriptions of the albums are included below; for the full run-down check our release page. Over the next three weeks we'll be revealing album-specific artwork and some free MP3s, but for now check out this mixtape that features a half hour of music pulled from all three albums....
As always, thanks for listening.
Kanada 70 is the home-recording project of Toronto's Craig Dunsmuir (known for his work as one half of Glissandro 70 (with Sandro Perri) and as an encyclopedic musicologist on staff at Toronto's Soundscapes). Vamp Ire spans a wide range of influences, from abstract techno, industrial and noise music to prog-rock, African funk, no wave and metal, and opens a compelling window to Craig's subtle, introverted and brilliant sensibility.
Pacha is the work of prolific percussionist and composer Pierre-Guy Blanchard, a fixture of Montreal's various experimental and folk music communities, whose drumming has graced albums by Black Ox Orkestar and Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush. Affaires Étrangères, a product of Pierre-Guy's deep commitment to the development of his craft paired with frequent voyages abroad, features intensely satisfying rhythm-heavy instrumentals often propelled by fried, amped-up Middle-Eastern synth lines and sprinkled with guitar, bass and oud along with the odd looped field recording. Think early Trans Am if they had come out of Cairo or Beirut, or Oneida in their motorik mode and with an Arabic pop fixation.
Hangedup & Tony Conrad Transit Of Venus documents a fertile meeting of the legendary violin minimalist and one of the past decade's finest instrumental punk bands. Tony Conrad needs no introduction, having made crucial contributions to avant-garde experimental film and sound since the 1960s. Hangedup – the Montréal duo of Eric Craven and Gen Heistek – released three searing albums of steam-engine percussion and layered, distorted, dive-bombing viola on Constellation in the early 2000s. Culled from recordings captured during various sessions as this trio prepared for a series of collaborative concerts in 2004, the album includes some enormous slabs of drone rock alongside more decomposed pieces and gorgeously gritty string duos.
No shows scheduled.