Clarinetist Elizabeth Millar and guitarist/oudist Sam Shalabi travel to Vancouver from Montréal for a ten-day residency, which includes this performance at Western Front, and several performances around the city with Vancouver-area musicians Soma Morse, Giorgio Magnanensi, Joshua Zubot and Josh Stevenson, and actor Omari Newton. Presented in collaboration with Montreal’s Suoni Per Il Popolo, Coastal Jazz, Music on Main, and NOW Society.
Sam Shalabi is an Egyptian-Canadian composer and improviser, living in Montreal, Quebec. Beginning in punk rock in the late 70s, his work has evolved into a fusion of experimental, modern Arabic Music that incorporates traditional Arabic, shaabi, noise, classical, text, free improvisation and jazz. He has released 5 solo albums, 5 albums with Shalabi Effect, a free improvisation quartet that bridges western psychedelic music and Arabic Maquam (scales) and 4 albums with Land Of Kush (an experimental 30 member orchestra, for which he composes). He has appeared on over 60 albums and toured Europe, North America and North Africa. Recent projects include albums with Dwarfs Of East Agouza, a Cairo based trio with Alan Bishop and Maurice Louca; Albums with Karkhana, a group featuring members from all over the middle East; and the debut album by Moose Terrific an electronic duo with Tamara Filyavich) and collaborations with vocalist Nadah El Shazly and a debut album with Oren Ambarchi, Mark Fell and Will Guthrie.
Elizabeth Millar is an experimental musician and clarinetist based in Montreal since 2009. Engaging with sound art, free improvisation, experimental noise music and self-made instruments, her creative practice explores the merging of acoustic and electronic textures with amplification and extended techniques. She has played internationally in Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico and Australia, and coast-to-coast throughout Canada. She is co-founder of Mystery & Wonder Records, and the amplified trumpet-clarinet duo, Sound of the Mountain.
Trading Places: Un Échange is a vibrant residency program begun in 2016 that takes place in Montréal and Vancouver two of Canada’s foremost centers of improvised music. The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Music on Main, the NOW Society, Suoni Per Il Popolo and the Western Front curate in collaboration, providing support for artistic practice and opportunities for growth through cultural exchange.
Trading Places: Un Échange est un programme de résidence dynamique qui a débuté en 2016 et qui se déroule à Montréal et à Vancouver, deux des principaux centres de musique improvisée au Canada. La Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Music on Main, le NOW Society, Suoni Per Il Popolo et le Western Front organisent en collaboration un soutien à la pratique artistique et aux opportunités de croissance par le biais d’échanges culturels.