Anyone harbouring reservations about seeing a delicate, often hushed instrumental show at a bar infamous for its noisy crowd might have approached Bing & Ruth at Divan Orange with some trepidation. I myself was not sure what to expect. Turns out there was nothing to worry about.
Local drummer and sound aritst Evan Tighe opened the night by debuting material from his upcoming LP “For The Rower It Was Work,” a real departure from his previous output. These rich yet fleeting tone poems fit squarely in the room, layer upon scintillating layer of synth hanging thick like gauze. At one point it was mentioned that he was still searching for a name for the currently-eponymous project, but despite this missing detail the music itself felt very complete, holding the usually raucous bar in reverent silence.
Filling the middle set was Reves Sonores, the duo composed of pianist Stefan Christoff and producer Nick Schofield and joined tonight by Ari Swan on violin. Each song started as a sparse loop, circling up into slowly-evolving patterns as the piano and violin crept and danced in the spaces between, building into deeply evocative meditations, all dimmed and tinged with blushes of doom, and of hope.
The crowd pressed close as headliners Bing & Ruth set up unhurriedly. With the tables filled and the bar at capacity, dozens sat on the floor, drawn up inches from the quintet’s feet. Composer David Moore hunched over the piano, took a pronounced breath, and delved deep into the set. With the rest of band weaving clarinet, double bass and tape echo throughout, David’s flickering keys anchored the uninterrupted, meandering run. While the muted songs covered a dynamic range of emotions, the core underpinning was sadness. These are dark songs, and they are beautiful. The spell over the room was held tight as the audience partook in the same unpronounceable grief, eventually being shepherded through to the other side.
Tune in for the final September instalment of If You Got Ears, hosted by percussionist and composer Evan Tighe today noon to 2pm. This week Evan shares some “post-Pop” picks and invites two musicians, Luke Loseth and Josh Zubot, for an improvised “hand-shake gig” ~ a performance where the musicians have never met before.
Over the course of September, Evan has brought an inquisitive, intelligent and broad range of ideas and sounds to CKUT’s airwaves. If this is the first you’re hearing of this residency, the Music Department recommends you check out the program archives for some magical radio moments. Folks who are interested in following Evan’s work should visit his personal site and attend his monthly residency at Resonance Cafe. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for our next curator, if you got ears…
For week #2 of If You Got Ears, your host Evan Tighe aka Broken Obelisk returns with abstract & experimental jams noon-2pm. Demonstrating extended trumpet techniques, Craig Pedersen is in-studio to perform material from his new album, launching at Resonance Cafe tonight!