is sonic chemistry in action.
so improbable that performances are made dramatic by their very
unlikelihood. Turntables and computer-controlled soundsnippets
meet shredded guitars and bull fiddles, laser-precision percussion
intersects with ambient bass flute, and vocal sounds with colors
off the palette.
Dutch Schultz, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Blind Willie Johnson,
The Kinks, Ornette Coleman, mad metropolis, Carl Sandburg, Sam
the Sham, intergalactic parasites, Annette Peacock, trouble
for tourists: redShift shifts paradigms of what can happen in
spent years working with gifted, dedicated musicians who are
passionate about the kind of music they love, I started to feel
there was something uncomfortably "religious" about
some players' zeal, verging on dogmatic. A "my-way-or-the-highway"
approach is not how I think or work. redShift
is my answer to the claustrophobia of that kind of thought.
The group's music shifts from jazz to electroacoustic to punk
to blues to rock to ambient music and many shadings in between
effortlessly. The only rule for redShift
is that there are no 'rules'.
How do I get to play with the talented people who intersect
with my own music? In my case, this eleven-piece group was assembled
as a "kill-as-many-birds-with-one-stone" solution
to getting to work with as many of the people whose creativity
stimulates my own in one situation.
Turntablists The Rust Brothers, bassist Michael Morse and I
had played together during the improvisers' series at The Idler,
home of live poetry in Toronto.
sat in with guitarist Nilan Perara at The Club Abstract series
with provocative results. I heard percussionist Marcus Chonsky
do monthly radio discussions and remembered him. Myk Friedman,
lap steel and guitar, was a chance encounter, a last-minute
replacement who stayed. Eugene Martynec's computer-controlled
sampler work did with a mouse click what I could only dream
of doing with hours of digital editing. I was invited to join
bassist Jason Hammer's Big Band Massacre; we work on each other's
projects constantly now.
Christine Duncan is a charismatic, virtuoso performer, who,
like Myk, filled in one night and became indispensible to our
sound. redShift is an experimental laboratory, a place where
the unexpected is welcome to walk in and stay for a visit.
is unafraid, unapologetic, unbounded adventures in sound.