Joe Morris - guitar, composition
Craig Pederson - trumpet
Samuel Blaser - trombone
Tania Gill - piano
Live improvisation is alchemy at the best of times, but how do four musicians who have never performed together make music from four separate cities? Guitarist and educator Joe Morris has created a time-based graphic score for himself and three other exceptional improvisers: trombonist Samuel Blaser (Switzerland); trumpeter Craig Pedersen (Montreal); and pianist Tania Gill (Toronto). To make things even more interesting, the musicians won’t be able to hear each other—only the audience will get the hear the entire piece come together… like magic.
About the Artists
Trumpet player Craig Pedersen is an experimenting musician living in Montreal. He plays in the collaborative duos Sound of the Mountain (with Elizabeth Millar) and Provisional Mailorder (with Anne-F Jacques). Pedersen is also a member of Ensemble Supermusique and the Ratchet Orchestra. Since 2011, Craig has released several albums ranging from composed material to improvisation. An active and avid touring artist, he has played across Canada, in Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and Mexico.
Toronto-based Jazz pianist, free improviser and composer Tania Gill plays original, experimental and traditional music encompassing many genres. She leads and composes for the Tania Gill Quartet, with Lina Allemano (trumpet), Nico Dann (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass), who are currently mixing a new record. Her album Bolger Station was nominated for Best Debut Album in the Village Voice Jazz Critics' Poll. Tania has also worked in projects that include elements of dance and theatre.
At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem to rise above it all. Since his 2007 debut as a leader, Blaser has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate. Beginning as a straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties, Sam has evolved into an innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties - one whose improvisational strength has received high praise from media the world over. He began trombone lessons at the age of nine, and his early interests ranged from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz. He entered the local conservatory at fourteen and, in 2002, was awarded prizes in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.