After writing a review of the fantastic Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival opening concert featuring the likes of Wadada Leo Smith and Kai Kellough, I was graced with the opportunity to witness a slew of Suoni festival concerts throughout their two week line-up. As usual, Suoni delivered a mind bending take on music. From spoken word to art-punk to free jazz, all things underground seemed to be represented in one way or another. Through and through Montreal was well represented. At the end of the day, the festival is really about this beautiful city we live in so, I thought it would be best to spend some time writing about some of my favorite local acts. Check it out:
Jean Derome and Joane Hétu @ Sala Rossa
Jean Derome has been an important figure in Quebec’s Musique Actuelle scene for 45 years. For this year’s festival, Derome put on a career spanning concert event featuring various ensembles and musicians from different eras in his life. From beginning to end the audience witnessed extraordinary feats as each and every musician tested the capabilities of their selected musical instruments. The set that I remember most fondly was Derome’s first with alto saxophone player and vocalist Joane Hétu. Although Derome has an impressive arsenal of instruments including Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Flute, Soprano Flute as well as various extended wind instruments, Hétu still matched Derome’s level of contrast with her outstanding ability to use everything at her disposal. From screeching high notes and intense vocal clicking to airy sax playing, Hétu successfully held her ground when faced with the spectrum of noise of Derome. The set began with textural devices. Puffs of air and rhythmic scratching evolved into huge walls of sound as Hétu and Derome developed extensive motivic ideas side by side. The quick-hitting contrast and shocking sound effects maintained excitement throughout, truly epitomizing the wonder of live improvised music. Continue reading →
We survived another epic year of Suoni Per Il Popolo and now it’s back to the usual summer routine of park hangs, picnics, and bike rides. Suoni brought a lot of great folks into Montreal, including our dear friend (& former CKUT music coordinator) AJ Cornell to perform in an excellent duo with fellow CKUT music dept alum Tim Darcy — we were lucky enough to have them in for a live interview during last week’s Montreal Sessions, and it felt so good to have a mini reunion right there in the studio.
ckut top 30 – june 21, 2016
1. jef elise barbara – sexe machin/sex machine – fixture records CC *
2. kaytranada – 99.9% – xl CC *
3. aj cornell & tim darcy – too significant to ignore – nna tapes CC *
4. anohni – hopelessness – secretly canadian
5. un blonde – good will come to you – egg paper factory CC * Continue reading →
I had a brain-melting Suoni weekend that involved serious physical vibrations from SunnO))) directly followed by an amazing afterparty featuring Marie Davidson, Croatian Amor, and others… Walking home as the sun came up, my guts still shaking from the deep waves of sound, it felt like a pretty good time to be alive in Montreal.
:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
Our audio-bending residency program If You Got Ears is going global! Eli Levinson, aka Oonga, is a producer/DJ Montreal who creates house/techno dubstep and tropical music. He has worked with Vox Sambou, Alquimia Verbal and AraLune and with the Mundial Festival. During his If You Got Ears residency, he will be exploring different strains of cutting-edge music from around the world. As a producer who has traveled far & wide in search of interesting new sounds, and through his work at Mundial Montreal, Oonga has been exposed to a huge variety of really weird music, and – lucky you! – he wants to share with CKUT’s open-minded listeners. Expect an adventure deep into the esoteric funkalicious heartbeats of the world every Wednesday in June from noon till 2pm.
ckut top 30 – june 14, 2016
1. un blonde – good will come to you – egg paper factory CC *
2. aj cornell & tim darcy – too significant to ignore – nna tapes CC *
3. jessy lanza – oh no – hyperdub CC
4. jef elise barbara – sexe machin/sex machine – fixture records CC *
5. anohni – hopelessness – secretly canadian Continue reading →
Here’s a big ol’ chart representing our past two weeks of freeform airplay. I had a great time out in Halifax for the almighty OBEY Convention (seriously, you should go, it’s sooooo good) then took a little stay-cation to hang with visiting family members. I came back to a very full inbox and plenty of happenings around the station — it might take me another day or two to catch up on stuff, so please be patient w/ my tardy emails.
:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT::: Suoni Per Il Popolo has begun! This long-running festival brings everything from free jazz to punk to experimental noise to the stages of our fair city, and we’re abuzz trying to cover as much of it as we can. To get a taste of what’s up, yr best bet is to catch the Montreal Sessions every Tuesday in June from 3-5pm — it’s hosted by the Suoni masterminds themselves, so consider it a true inside scoop on the best of the fest. Today is gonna be extra special since we’re ditching the studio to broadcast live from Casa del Popolo, and the show is jam packed with live performances, interviews, and much more. Tune in or swing by Casa this afternoon to say hi and hang with the CKUT/Suoni crew in person, and catch the rest of the series over the next few weeks for all the weird & wonderful sounds yr ears can handle.
ckut top 30 – june 7, 2016
1. jef elise barbara – sexe machin/sex machine – fixture records CC *
2. jessy lanza – oh no – hyperdub CC
3. brave radar – lion head – fixture records CC *
4. steve gunn – eyes on the lines – matador
5. kaytranada – 99.9% – xl CC * Continue reading →
Wadada Leo Smith has lived and breathed the message of Suoni Per Il Popolo from the moment he began recording music. His risk taking, forward thinking approach to composition has kept him fresh and new for decades and his ability to embed meaning within avant-garde sound is nearly unmatchable making him the ideal choice to open this year’s festival. Seeing Wadada Leo Smith is stepping into a stream of consciousness. From the moment the music begins to the end of the performance the room is fully under the control of Smith. The musicians surrounding him avidly watch his hands flail around, directing the spirit of the music through the appropriate developments. The crowd is blown away both by Smith’s unbelievable trumpet playing power and his stunning ability to play with tension in slower moving moments. Smith’s spirit envelops all who bear witness, bringing them to specific events in his life and teaching lessons of perseverance and strength. Continue reading →
Alas, the day has arrived…the last of an epic month of The Montreal Sessions freshly served by Suoni Per Il Popolo. A sad occasion indeed, but our hosts Paula and Pablo have many musical treats in store for us to make up for that. Over the past ~30 days, we’ve heard a selection of experimental jazz, rock, and classical music that explore the boundaries of modern music. We’ve also had numerous interviews and live performances from talented musicians taking part in the 2015 Suoni Per Il Popolo festival.
If you are keen to catch any of those passed episodes, check out our archives, and you can catch the last of June’s MTL Sessions this Wednesday from 3-5pm. Stay tuned for July’s show hosted by Saturn Returns, which you can read more about right here. These are exciting times, guys. Keep it locked~~
If you happened to be listening in on Monday’s edition of New Shit, you’ll know that we were lucky enough to have drummer Chris Corsano and alto-saxophonist Mette Rasmussen perform live for us in the studio. With crazy talented improvisations and interesting techniques (including putting seemingly random items in instruments), the result was a myriad of jazzy sounds that were something else entirely.
In the case that you missed out, don’t worry. You can check out the episode here. If you like what you hear, and we think you will, Chris and Mette have released an album worth hearing called All The Ghosts At Once. Jam out to your hearts content, and tune back to CKUT for more exciting performances and guests!
This week a few of us at CKUT had the pleasure of attending a very special remote broadcast of The Montreal Sessions at Casa Del Popolo. Our hosts, Paula and Pablo, did a fabulous job on the behalf of Suoni Per Il Popolo (which is an ongoing festival definitely worth hitting up this summer). There were some amazing guests such as Gambletron, Myriam Gendron, Dead Moon, LWA, and Blankets!
Our hosts also got the chance to interview Peter Burton, one of the big names behind the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival.
Check out the archive of the session here, and stay tuned for more events from CKUT!
Well hello music lovers, today we’ve got a treat for you. Listen in to a special episode of Montreal Sessions, part of this month’s episodes by Suoni Per Il Popolo, with your hosts Paula and Pablo at 3-5pm. We’ll be broadcasting live from Casa DelPopolo with performances and interviews from:
The fifteenth edition of Suoni per il Popolo officially started yesterday, June 4th and runs until Monday, June 22nd. Want to participate but unsure of what to see? We’ve put together a little digital mixtape of Suoni artists – a sort of amuse bouche for the many great shows coming up In Montreal in the next few weeks.