Circuit Ensemble

@ 8:00pm

$12 General / $10 WF Members & Students

The Circuit Ensemble is the musical face of a national grassroots collective of musicians and presenters dedicated to nurturing improvised music in Canada. An all-star lineup of movers, shakers, organizers and musicians convene in Vancouver to participate in a conference and concert performance.

Norman Adams (violin/cello), Coat Cooke (reeds), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), Chris Dadge (drums), Ellwood Epps (trumpet), Joel Leblanc (guitar), Liz Lima (clarinet/voice), Éric Normand (bass/electronics), Craig Pedersen (trumpet), and Nilan Perera (guitar/fx).

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Artist Biographies

Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music, and Music Director of Gwen Noah Dance and a musician eager to explore many different styles of music, sound creation and performance.  Norman has been a featured soloist with SNS, and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the US and the UK. His performances have also been heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and Two. In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is becoming increasingly well known across Canada, as an improviser and electronic musician, playing free and creative music. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Lori Freedman, Barry Guy, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Jerry Granelli, Marilyn Crispell and Lee Pui Ming.

Coat Cooke is acclaimed as one of Canada’s leading creative musicians.  Whether appearing with his acoustic trio or leading the legendary NOW Orchestra, his performances throughout Canada, the USA, Mexico and Europe generate inspiration for audiences and musicians everywhere. Coat has performed with many of today’s great improvisors: George Lewis, Marilyn Crispell, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, Amina Claudine Myers.  Cooke’s collaborations with spoken word, dance and mixed media are legion and his ensembles continue to engage top musicians from the West Coast’s capital of creative music, Vancouver.

Vancouver based pianist/composer Lisa Cay Miller has shared the stage with such international artists as Audrey Chen, Nicole Mitchell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Ig Henneman, Wilbert de Joode, Anne La Berge, Michael Moore, Jean Yves Evrard,Jaochim Badenhorst, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney, and in Vancouver with Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy Lee, Jesse Zubot, François Houle, Ron Samworth, the NOW OrchestraOrquestra Futura and ion zoo. Her compositions are showcased internationally as well as nationally. She has recently been named artistic director of Vancouver’s NOW Society, Canada’s largest improvising ensemble.

Chris Dadge lives in Calgary, Alberta, where he works as a percussionist, producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record label operator, and concert organizer. As an improvising musician, Dadge has spent the bulk of his years playing percussion, developing a voice based on an increasingly open-ended variety of sound-generating objects, integrating found items and re-purposed strings. This underlying quest for a personalized vocabulary led to the broadening of the instrumental palette, adding violin, broken electronics, crude sampling, and various other small instruments to the list. Dadge has worked with, among others, Peter Evans, Eugene Chadbourne, Jack Wright, Chris Riggs, Eric Chenaux, Mats Gustafsson, Christian Munthe, Ellwood Epps, Chad van Gaalen, Bill Horist, Fossils/David Payne, John Oswald, and Colin Fisher.

Ellwood Epps is an improvising trumpet player, and one of the leading lights of Canada’s creative music scene. He has performed with Steve Lacy, William Parker, Josh Zubot, Henry Grimes,Le Quan Ninh, Joe McPhee, Butch Morris, John Butcher, and Marshall Allen, and appears on more than 50 recordings. He has appeared internationally at the Stone, CBGB’s, The Jazz Gallery, the Guelph, Vancouver, Halifax, and Toronto Jazz Festivals, FIMAV, Festival of New Trumpet (NYC), Earshot (Seattle), Suoni Per Il Popolo, and the Off Festival de Jazz (Montreal).  Ellwood is active in Montreal as a concert presenter; in 2008 he co-founded the space L’envers, where he is artistic director, as well as co-founding and co-directing the weekly Mardi Spaghetti series. Collectively these two organizations present 150-200 concerts each year.

Joel Leblanc is a Fredericton-based guitarist. He toured America and Europe from 1997 – 2009 with the roots trio Hot Toddy. During that period, he performed at major international festivals in the blues, jazz and folk idioms respectively and opened for luminaries such as Bill Frisell and Dolly Parton. Composition and improvised music are his current pursuit. He’s played with a wide range of artists including: Tin Banger (trio), Geordie Haley, Tena Palmer, Mike Stevens, Raymond McLean, Juan Martin, Christine Duncan and The Element Choir, Ken Aldcroft, The Winter Coats, Nicole Rampersaud, Motion Ensemble, Chris Dadge, Suzie LeBlanc, JP Carter and others In 2013 Joel had two CD releases: Releases: “Ken Aldcroft and Joel LeBlanc- The Long and Short of It” and “Tin Banger – Music For Heathrow”

Liz Lima is a vocalist/clarinet player based out of Montréal, Quebec. Originally from Quebec, Lima plays as clarinetist and singer in the improvisational duo Framboos, collective Ample and Ensemble Ko, the Land of Kush and the Land of Kush’s Egyptian Light Orchestra. She is interested in traditional, contemporary music and improvised music.

Éric Normand is a composer, improviser, bassist, instrument designer, songwriter and singer and record and concert producer, all in one. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. He has collaborated with such players as Philippe Lauzier, Pierre-Yves Martel, Jim Denley, Lori Freedman, Martin Tétreault, and Arthur Bull. His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada (Festival de Musiques de Création — Jonquière, Reflux — Moncton, Productions SuperMusique — Montréal, Mois Multi — Québec, etc.), Australia (Nownow, Soundout) and Europe (Festival Rue du Nord — Switzerland, Festival des Musiques Insolentes — France, Les Rencontres à l’Échelle — France, etc). They have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations.

Craig Pedersen is an award winning trumpet player, composer and educator living in Montréal Quebec.  Pedersen is also one of Ottawa’s busiest creative musicians.  Since moving to Ottawa from Victoria, BC, via Montreal three years ago, he has released three discs, with 2 more in the works, and has co- founded a twice-a-month improvised music concert series which has features the finest improvising musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais. A 2011 Canada Council Professional Musician grant winner, 2009 participant in Dave Douglas’ International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, AB, and 2009 participant at Ed Carroll’s Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, Craig has quickly become an indispensable musician in the Ottawa music scene.

Nilan Perera is a sonic explorer and improviser whose work expands the language and techniques of experimental electric guitar performance, while attending to the legacy of 20th-century tradition established by such pioneers as Harry Partch and Fred Frith. Perera’s unusual approach to his instrument has earned him a reputation as one of Toronto’s most innovative experimentalists. He plays in a number of cutting-edge ensembles — including Handslang, The Excalceolators, Wiens-Perera Duo and NOMA — and has performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, for Sound Image Theatre, Autumn Leaf Performance, the Synaptic-Circus project, and with Peter Chin, Anne Marie Hood, and Susanna Hood.