Autumn Echoes Series: Four More Concerts in November


The Autumn Echoes Series continues with two more concerts this coming weekend (12-13 Nov) and two more the weekend after (19-20 Nov). Following our hugely successful September six-day in-person event, as well as two lovely concerts to start the ‘GJF Autumn Echoes,’ we continue to aim to recall the great feelings the festival engendered, and to project them forward by featuring a range of world-class creative improvising musicians and groups, each to be presented at indoor concerts at Royal City Mission, 50 Quebec Street, Guelph.

Friday 12 November 8pm: Montreal composer-improviser Pierre-Yves Martel is a polymath performer who has, at stages in his renowned career, channelled his consummately experimental musical vision through the double bass and the Renaissance viola da gamba. His current fixation is the pedal steel guitar, which he plays in combination with synthesisers. While originally he was going to play solo, we’re thrilled to announce that he will be joined by his long-time collaborator Philippe Lauzier (woodwinds, synthesisers), a duo called Sainct Laurens, specialising in deliberately, gorgeously constructed improvised music, rich in timbral detail and nuance. BUY TICKETS

Saturday 13 November 8pm: Montreal saxophonist Yves Charuest is a masterful technician whose freely improvised playing is invested with carefully wrought internal structures and animated by oblique melody. Here he will improvise with cellist Émilie Girard-Charest, one of Montreal’s finest younger musicians who is equally brilliant as an improviser, composer, and interpreter of challenging new repertoire. BUY TICKETS

Friday 19 November 8pm: Montreal’s Thanya Iyer sings her extended pop-based songs that are steeped in melodic richness and accompanied her and her band’s dynamic electro-acoustic instrumentation. Opening set by Toronto’s Justin Orok, whose poignant, often bittersweet songs feature his extraordinary guitar skills. BUY TICKETS

Saturday 20 November 8pm: Toronto singers Christine Duncan and Laura Swankey combine serious chops across the jazz-new music spectrum with dazzling improvisational imagination and daring. They are accompanied by drummer-producer Jean Martin, who will process his and their sounds with real-time electronics. BUY TICKETS

GJF Autumn Echoes advance tickets are $10 (plus HST and fees). Tickets, if still available, can also be purchased at the door.

For the safety and comfort of our audiences, capacity at Royal City Mission will strictly limited to ensure physical distancing. Mask-wearing and proof of vaccination mandatory for admission. Would-be attendees who claim a vaccine exemption are invited to contact the GJF so that we can consider how to accommodate them.

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