In the realm of contemporary music, free jazz and electronic sound art have run in similar directions. The idea that an architect of sound can evoke a meaning that is rooted in traditional musical phrasing, yet free from the traditional systematic approach to organizing pitch and rhythm is the basis behind both art forms. Despite the similarities in mentality and phrase structure, the contrasting sound aesthetics valued in each musical style provide for ideas that communicate without producing a sound leaning more towards one art form. On Rêves Sonores à Alwan, the newest release from Montreal’s own Howl Arts Collective, Saxophone player Ras Moshe, Pianist Stefan Christoff, and producer Nick Schofield have joined forces resulting in a piece of music that explores the expressive possibilities of sound in both an electronic based community as well as a more jazz rooted conception. Continue reading
The end of the month is a very emotionally confusing time for us. On one hand, a residency of the Montreal Session ends and we must say farewell to yet another amazing guest. But on the other, we’re super stoked to welcome another host to the station. This April, we are lucky enough to have Howl! Arts showing us what they got and more, with Stefan Christoff on the mic. Howl! Arts is an incredible collective that focuses on both local and international talent. They aim to creatively use their voice to combine arts and social justice, which we are definitely excited to hear. You can also check em out on their website to learn more.
Listen in to CKUT on Tuesdays 3-5pm to catch the show~
We are very excited to welcome the Howl! Arts Collective into our studios to curate the April edition of The Montreal Sessions. Howl! is a Montreal-based collective of cultural workers, artists and activists working for social justice via artistic expression.
In addition to their ever-growing, prolific recorded catalog and an ongoing flurry of rad events, they’re pooling their efforts this month to host a Howl! concert series, rooted in Montreal’s fiercely creative independent arts community. From music to dance, spoken-word poetry to film, Howl! features a diversity of local, national, and international artists. Howl! aims to challenge corporate-directed musical modes by celebrating grassroots artists actively building bridges between the arts and activism for social justice. Hear them take over the CKUT airwaves every Tuesday in April from 3-5pm EST: stream it live here, and catch past episodes here.
This week on The Montreal Sessions, your host Paula invites in some of the weirdest wonders of the city to CKUT’s studio with dreams to illicit insightful conversation from Stefan Christoff and Xarah Dion, both of whom have new albums at the ready, plus, a bucolic performance from Nick Keupfer — Montreal’s premier tape-loop maestro.
I think it’s safe to say: spring has arrived in Montreal. Did I just jinx it?
OK folks, Underground Sounds is excitedly airing a pre-recorded round-table interview with the band members of Ought. I met with the guys (Tim, Tim, Ben and Matt) at their Little Italy apartment and we talked about the songwriting, recording and backstories of their debut LP ‘More Than Any Other Day’, one track at time. What results is an audio tour of the eight tunes comprising the record. For devoted fans, there is much trivia to be gained from this interview.
Starting off the show, Stefan Christoff is in-studio to chat about his latest release ‘Wire Tones EP’ and an upcoming show at Montreal’s experimental music festival, Suoni Per Il Popolo.
Tune in everrrrry Monday 8-10pm for new music from Montreal at 90.3 FM and CKUT.ca y’all.
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I’ve been trying to soak up these last remnants of summer here in Montreal, celebrating friends’ birthdays with picnics in the park and hosting outdoor movie screenings on my balcony. My elderly laptop had a few wipe-outs so I’ve been wasting far less time on the internet and putting more time into reading, drawing, and making music – trying to see the silver lining, y’know?
We are also gearing up for back-to-school action here at CKUT, and there are plenty of great station happenings in the works. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for updates on environmental speakers, a music dept garage sale, funding drive, et plus!
Loud charts return next week.
ckut top 30 – august 27, 2013
esmerine – dalmark – constellation CC
stefan christoff & osama shalabi – rodina – howl! arts collective CC
julianna barwick – nepenthe – dead oceans
sarah neufeld – hero brother – constellation CC
braids – flourish/perish – flemish eye CC
The headspace for this instrumental duet is a dark night in early February; the point when Montreal winter shuts down most social outings and a budding flower is a distant glimmer.
Following a lulling performance by Dulcimerist Amir Amiri, Casa’s lights dimmed and the crowd hushed for the performance of Temps Libre by Stefan Christoff. Joining the pianist on stage for the album launch was contrabassist Peter Burton, and saxophonist Brahja Waldman.
This album stems from the tradition of non-metric composition, an approach employed by adventurous jazz musicians under the genre ‘free-time’ and ‘free-jazz’. Stefan appropriates the term en-français with modern nods to Montréal’s ambient landscape. The pieces flow in the drone vein of Constellation-style artists while flirting with more experimental-jazz akin to Suoni Per Il Popolo’s aesthetic. Once again, Stefan has made a valuable contribution to the Montréal arts catalogue, offering a resounding message of activism and social reflection.
HowlArts co-presented the event with CKUT.