SUPER CODA improvisation workshop @ La Sala Rosa | Sunday October 23 | 1:30pm | free (suggested donation $5)
janejane productions presents Alternative Routes & Storylines, a two day event that has an awful lot to unpack, literally and figuratively. First up is the SUPER CODA Improvisation Workshop led by Valerie Kuehne (Dream Zoo) and Jeff Young (thingNY, Slow Six), two young artists from Brooklyn. Super Coda is an experimental music series held at Cafe Orwell in Bushwick, emphasizing performance and musicianship over genre. The workshop is designed to mix different genres and mediums of improvisation. Bring your voice, instruments, dancing shoes, paints and improvisational intentions. The workshop is free, but if you participate and like it, please consider a donation of $5 (or more!) On Sunday afternoon October 23rd, 1:30 -3:30 PM at la Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent).
Following the workshop is an Experimental Smorgasbord at Casa del Popolo on Monday night. Basically a mini festival of experimental/folk/punk/rock/improvised/classically-inspired music with Ed Askew, Rachel Mason’s Little Band of Sailors, Dream Zoo, Jane Gabriels, Solomiya Moroz & Krista Martynes, LMNo! (Lucio Menegon/Steve Norton), Crina Bondre Ardelean, Charlotte Farrell, and Molly Sweeney. (Phew!) It starts at 9, so I’m assuming it’ll be a late one. (Good thing too, as I have a hockey game that night.) Ed Askew is a poet and musician who has been at it since the ’60s. Dream Zoo is a quartet led by Valerie Kuehne spoofing the 19th century tradition of the Lieder, though it also seems like somewhat of an homage to a lost form. This cycle is based on a dream Kuehne had, and makes ample use of classical instrumentation, vocals, improvisational, and some much needed humor. Click here for more information on all the artists.
Both events are part of the Mile-End Poets’ Festival, which has other great events and workshops happening as well. Major funding for the Mile End Poets’ Festival comes from the Canada Council for the Arts. Other sponsors include the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Janejane Productions, Wired on Words Productions, Artists Against Apartheid, the Suoni per il Popolo Festival and CKUT 90.3FM. Thanks to all these organizations for helping keep Montreal full of exciting artistic opportunities of all varieties.