Sunday, January 12, 2003

Late night report from College St: Sold out!!

I waited outside, in line in some damn cold temperatures (glad I wore the long johns!) to get in to the CIA festival at Oasis on college St. tonight.

Worth the wait; Ear Cam (an ensemble led by Glen Hall the "perpetrator" of the CIA festival) rocked the house. I really wanted to leave to hear one of my fave drummers; Joe Labarbara at the Rex but couldnt do it. This music was so beautiful, dynamic, exciting, vital and highly unpredictable.

Glen Hall - woodwinds, processing; John Oswald - alto saxophone;
Jason Hammer - bass; Nobuo Kubota - voice, sampler, processing, cracklebox;
Christine Duncan - voice; Jean Martin - percussion, turntables, with Michael Morse of Jazztalk sitting in all throught the set too on bass.

BTW, if you are from Toronto and don't know who John Oswald really should get out more often.

As well, I am excited to announce that the average age of ticket/Cd buyers tonight and I think for all three nights was about 25. (give or take a couple years)

Thanks to Carl Wilson, CIUT, CKLN, Ron Gaskin, Glen Hall, all the musicians, Ted Phillips for recording everything to hard disk, Matt Galloway and Bill McFarlin for the timely jazztalk post.

This city is alive and well and it is really fun to share it with people from other parts of our Country and the whole world.


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