Tickets available at the Door: $20 general / $15 WF Members & Students
Catch the Halifax based project of keyboardist Tim Crofts, cellist Norman Adams and bassist Lukas Pearse as they spread their intoxicatingly creative music across the country. Following the release of their first album, Sonomatopia, the trio teamed up with legendary drummer Gerry Hemingway to release their second one, Literal Lateral in 2011. Now on the West Coast for the first time as a quartet, they will be playing their music with all the colours and energies from serene to frenetic!
Gerry Hemingway, Composer/Percussionist/Visual Artist/Educator, has been at the forefront of creative music for four decades. Growing up in New Haven, Conneticut he met and first played with Anthony Davis, Leo Smith, George Lewis and Anthony Braxton. In the late 1970′s, Hemingway, trombonist Ray Anderson, and bassist Mark Helias formed a collective trio which they eventually named BassDrumBone. He joined and remained a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet for eleven years from 1983 – 1994. In 2007 he and Anthony Braxton had a historic reunion as a duo resulting in a 4 CD release on Mode/Avant entitled “Old Dogs (2007)”. In the late eighties he began performing with the Reggie Workman Ensemble who at different times included Oliver Lake, Jeanne Lee, Marilyn Crispell, John Purcell and Don Byron among others. He was a core member of Anthony Davis‘ Episteme Ensemble, and has performed and recorded as a featured soloist on Mr. Davis’ violin concerto “Maps” as well as the operas “Under the Double Moon” and “Tania” (released recently on Koch Classics). Hemingway also performed in duet with pianist Cecil Taylor in May of 1999 on the invitation of De Singel in Antwerp, Belgium. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hemingway has become increasingly prominent as a composer and improvisor and a leader of several long standing quintets and quartets of international acclaim.
Norman Adams Canadian cellist, and electronic musician Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Sym-phony Nova Scotia, the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oli-veros, Norman has been a soloist with SNS, and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, France, and the UK. His performances have also been heard across the country on CBC Radio. In 2010 Norman was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, for his varied work. In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is well known across Canada, as an exploratory musician, playing free and creative music. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Joelle Leandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Jerry Granelli, Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker. Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that presents an annual series of concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists. He is also dedicated to sharing music with all people, co-leading the bi-weekly suddenlyLISTEN Improv Workshop for the past eight seasons. Norm also supports arts organizations across Canada, serving on the Board of Directors of The Canadian New Music Network, Strategic Arts Management, and The Canadian Circuit www.normanadams.ca
Tim Crofts is the Artistic Associate of suddenlyLISTEN and a true 21st Century pianist. He performs a wide variety of music in concerts clubs and recordings. However, Tim’s main focus remains improvisation & new music. His musical style combines elements of 20th century classical music with free jazz improvisation and world music aesthetics. In performance, Tim explores the full sonic capabilities of the acoustic piano through extended techniques and a wide range of piano preparations. Tim has been presented regularly by suddenlyLISTEN in concerts and on tour, with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio. He has performed regularly with the Upstream Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and in other concert with such creative music luminaries as Jerry Granelli, Gerry Hemingway, Graham Collier, Evan Parker and Dave Douglas. In 2014 Tim will release two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob on the Divorce Records label, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry Hemingway. Tim has also made a mark as an educator. He has co-directed the suddenlyLISTEN bi-weekly improvisation workshop with Norman Adams since 2006. Tim is a full-time instructor at the Halifax Jazz Festival’s Creative Music Workshop directed by Jerry Granelli, and along with Granelli, the originator of the Creative Music Lab. Tim is also a part-time faculty member in the Dalhousie University Department of Music.
Lukas Pearse Self-described as an upright, downright and forthright bassist, Lukas Pearse is known to many by the radical breadth of his musical appetite, easily encompassing free improvisation, country-folk, orchestral classical, electroacoustic composition, tango, hip-hop, contemporary classical, bossa nova, traditional jazz and experimental performance art. Lukas’ education includes studies in contemporary musicology at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, contemporary music performance at Dalhousie, but began by studying audio-visual art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Lukas has performed with innumerable original Halifax bands and is well represented in the recordings and history of the Halifax independent music scene, appearing on recordings by Blackpool, Buck 65, Al Tuck, Rebecca West, Sixtoo, The Rusty Wheels and Little Miss Moffat, among many others. In addition to this extensive accompaniment experience, he has performed with noted improvising artists and composers including Norman Adams, Rose Bolton, Paul Cram, Christine Duncan, Lori Freedman Francois Houle, Jim Montgomery, Jeff Riley, Rodger Redgate and Andrew Morgan. Recent ensembles include the Inner Workings trio playing visceral new compositions in Berlin, the Live Animal trio performing and recording with singer-songwriter Amelia Curran’s Mercy Band, and playing with Benn Ross and His Fabulous Band, integrating folk and improvisational music. With the Andrew Duke Ensemble, Lukas has been exploring live electroacoustic music. Lukas has written and conducted pieces for the Upstream Orchestra, hosted the Improv at the Khyber series during the Atlantic Jazz Festival, exhibited sonic art installation-performances at the Eye Level Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, The Khyber Gallery and the Anna Leanowens Galleries, collaborated on sound installations with audio-visual artists such as Glynis Humphrey, Christof Migone, Kim Dawn and Dan Lander, manipulated radios as part of the BBC’s 2004 John Cage Festival, scored music for video, film and television, as well as sharing his passion for challenging music by hosting programs on Halifax’s CKDU-FM for over 10 years.