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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Alkom'X 8

I've got some work in this great comics and graphics anthology from Garage L, France. Details here

- W.A.Davison

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Montreal Surrealist Exhibition

Here is some info on an international surrealist exhibition happening in Montreal next month. Quite an impressive roster of participants and The Recordists are well represented in the exhibition, catalog and accompanying CD, and will be performing at the opening (as Songs of the New Erotics):


aura lieu à la
4844, Boul. Saint-Laurent,
Montréal du 5 au 17 juin 2014
Heures d’ouverture : 13h à 20h.

Un projet indépendant, réalisé sans l’appui d’aucune galerie d’art ni institution gouvernementale ou privée.

IMPROVISATION SONORE DE SONGS OF THE NEW EROTICS, diffusion de quelques films, ainsi qu’un disque surréaliste contenant des pistes de Six Heads, Sonarchy, Johannes Bergmark, Songs of the New Erotics, Hal Rammel, Inaki Munoz, Mal Occhio et Thom Burns.

Dimanche le 8 juin à 17 heures, une lecture de poèmes sera suivie d’une table ronde.

Dans son troisième numéro, la revue A Phala montrera des documents inédits de l’exposition.
L’exposition sera documentée par l’édition d’un catalogue.

couverture recto catalogue
 Suzel Ania (France)
Elise Arue (France)
AZA (Canada)
Johannes Bergmark (Suède)
Les Boules (Canada)
Carmen Bruna (Argentine)
Thom Burns (États-Unis)
Guy Cabanel (France)
Mireille Cangardel (France)
Marie Carlier (Belgique)
Claude-Lucien Cauet (France)
Jean-Claude Charbonel (France)
Collective Automatic Painting Amsterdam (Pays-Bas)
Laura Corsiglia (États-Unis)
Kenneth Cox (Royaume-Uni)
William A. Davidson (Canada)
Jacques Desbiens (Canada)
Her de Vries (Pays-Bas)
Rikki Ducornet (États-Unis)
Kathleen Fox (Royaume-Uni)
Pascal Gavroche (Canada)
Joel Gayraud (France)
Guy Girard (France)
Groupe surréaliste aux États-Unis (États-Unis)
Groupe surréaliste d’Inner Island (Canada)
Groupe surréaliste de Leeds (Royaume-Uni)
Silvya Guiard (Argentine)
Beatriz Hausner (Canada)
Raul Henao (Colombie)
Sherri Lyn Higgins (Canada)
Miguel Angel Huerta (Chili)
Alex Januario (Brésil)
David Jarab (République Tchèque)
Jacques Lacomblez (Belgique)
Josée Leybaert (Belgique)
Enrique Lechuga (Canada)
Sergio Lima (Brésil)
Rik Lina (Pays-Bas)
L’Ôeil circonflexe (Canada)
Michael Lowy (France)
Bruno Montpied (France)
Thomas Mordant (France)
Georges-Henri Morin (France)
Rodrigo Mota (Brésil)
Inaki Munoz (Chili)
David Nadeau (Canada)
Nomades (Suisse)
North Mutator (Canada)
Mal Occhio (États-Unis)
Fernando Palenzuela (États-Unis)
Jean-Pierre Paraggio (France)
Dominique Paul (France)
Mauro Placi (Suisse)
Hal Rammel (États-Unis)
Antonio Ramirez (Espagne)
Penelope Rosemont (États-Unis)
Ody Saban (France)
Bernar Sancha (Canada)
Pierre-André Sauvageot (France)
Bertrand Schmitt (France)
Arturo Schwarz (Italie)
Six Heads (Canada)
Sonarchy (Canada)
Songs of the New Erotics (Canada)
La Tête ailleurs (Canada)
Wegdwood Steventon (Royaume-Uni)
Jan Svankmajer (République Tchèque)
Ludovic Tac (France)
Lucques Trigaut (Belgique)
Virginia Tentindo (France)
Laurens Vancrevel (Pays-Bas)
Susana Wald (Mexique)
Joel Williams (États-Unis)
Ludwig Zeller (Mexique)
Michel Zimbacca (France)
« Comment même le plus puissant des kaléidoscopes peut-il refléter tous les chatoiements dont s’émaille la chair multicolore de ces vastes contrées que le désir nous découvre? Et du cœur de ce feu, nous sera-t-il encore donné de nous laisser fondre sous les traits magnétiques de son inflorescence? C’est emportés par la marque de ses dents, et par la pression de ses lèvres, que nous nous abandonnerions, fébriles, à son vertige; mais comment préserver un tel envoûtement, cependant que la Raison dilapide son énergie à ronger tout élan vital véritable, alors qu’elle nous somme de renoncer à ce qui fait de chaque individu un être singulier à part entière, à même d’évoquer les desseins voluptueux de l’Amour et de la Liberté?! »
(Extrait du texte d’introduction au catalogue de l’exposition)


- William A. Davison

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

L'Age d'Or with live sound

I'm sitting in with the band Red Lantern for this show happening tonight. Sorry for the last-minute notification but it only got confirmed this morning! Anyway, really looking forward to it! Great bunch of improvisers and, yeah, the Surrealism thing...


CineCycle's Sounds & Silents presents
a screening of "L’Âge d’Or" aka "The Golden Age"
(Luis Buñuel, 1930, France, 16mm, 63 minutes)

with a live soundtrack by Red Lantern:
Arthur Bull (guitar)
David Lee (bass)
Tena Palmer (voice)
Bob Vespaziani (percussion)
+ guest musician William Davison (objects, electronics)
plus related short films, all on 16mm!

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 8pm, $10
CineCycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave., Toronto

CineCycle is pleased to present the latest in our Sounds & Silents series of classic film screenings with live soundtracks performed by a rotating roster of amazing musicians.


"L’Âge d’Or" aka "The Golden Age"(1930) is a French surrealist comedy directed by Luis Buñuel about the insanities of modern life, the hypocrisy of the sexual mores of bourgeois society and the value system of the Roman Catholic Church. "L’Âge d’Or" began as the second artistic collaboration between Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, who had fallen out by the time of the film’s production.

A contemporary right-wing Spanish newspaper published a condemnation of the film and of Buñuel and Dalí, which described the content of the film as “...the most repulsive corruption of our age.” In response, the film was withdrawn from commercial distribution and public exhibition for more than forty years'Age_d'Or


Arthur Bull (guitar) has been active sporadically on the Canadian free improvisation scene. In Toronto in the '70s and '80s, he played with the CCMC, Michael Snow, the Bill Smith Ensemble, the Paul Cram Ensemble, David Prentice, John Oswald, and Paul Dutton. He occasionally accompanied the spoken word/sound poetry quartet the Four Horsemen (Dutton, Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Steve McCaffery, and BP Nichol) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Derek Bailey and Roscoe Mitchell. In 1990 he moved to Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia and focused on his writing, publishing "Hawthorn" and "Key to the Highway." He has been playing with guitarist Daniel Heïkalo regularly since 1996. The release of the duo's CD Dérapages à Cordes on the label Ambiances Magnétiques in 2000 marked Bull's "comeback" to public music, with a solo disc, Guitar Solo, following in 2001. In May of that year, the group appeared at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville and In 2002 they performed at the Guelph Jazz Festival and Guitarévolution (Montréal).

David Lee (bass) has performed, toured and recorded as a double bassist and cellist, worked for the jazz magazine Coda, and run the small press Nightwood Editions. A long collaboration with pianist Paul Bley resulted in the book Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (Véhicule Press 1999), and after David completed an MA in Music Criticism at McMaster University, The Mercury Press published a revised version of his thesis, The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (soon to be issued in a revised new edition by Wolsak & Wynn). David's time on the west coast is reflected in his latest book, the novel Commander Zero (Tightrope Books 2012) and his award-winning Chainsaws: a History (Harbour Publishing 2006). Currently pursuing a PhD in English & Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, David will base his dissertation on his own first-hand knowledge of improvised music in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tena Palmer (voice) established herself at the forefront of jazz vocal improvisation in North America during the 5 years she fronted the Celtic/free bop 4-tet, Chelsea Bridge. After living in Europe from ’96 – ’03 (Iceland: 6+ yrs., Holland, Prague) the award-winning singer and composer now resides in Toronto. Her voice and writing are featured on more than nine critically acclaimed CDs. Called "the most creative vocalist in Canadian free improvisation" by Stuart Broomer in Toronto Life Magazine, Tena tours and records in many styles: experimental, Brazilian, jazz, roots, minimalist electronica, Celtic, spoken word and musique concrète. Her compositions have been commissioned for European and N. American theatre, film, TV and live performance ensembles ranging from 3 to 19 players. Aside from creative work with diverse artists the world over Palmer is a frequent collaborator with leading Toronto musicians, such as double bassist Rob Clutton, and pianist Marilyn Lerner. “Palmer soars where angels fear to sing". – Mark Miller - The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Bob Vespaziani (percussion) is a freelance drummer/percussionist and is very active in both the blues and improvisational music scenes in Canada. He was a Maple Blues Nominee in the "Best Drums" category in 2002 and 2007. He has performed with Rusty, CCMC, Snooky Pryor, Little Mack Simmons, Zora Young, Phil Guy, A.C. Reed, Mel Brown, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Harmonica Shaw, and Curley Bridges, His latest projects include Snake Oil Johnson (a deltadelic blues/roots band) and Toki Oto (a "tribal/worldbeat" duo with didgeridoo player Satoshi Ridd Saito). Other projects include an improvisational guitar and percussion duo with Arthur Bull, and a blues duo with Juno Award winner Julian Fauth. Bob also improvises with the electroacoustic collective Build To Suit. 2011 saw the release of Bob's first solo CD "The Concussionist" on his own SMS (Stage Mom's Suck!!!) label.

William Davison (objects, electronics) is a multi-disciplinary artist and electroacoustic improvisor who has been active in Toronto's underground, experimental, noise, and improvised music communities for 25 years. He mainly uses homemade instruments, amplified objects and minimal electronic effects to create his surprisingly varied and surreal soundscapes.


Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Panic Engines at Drone Day

My new analog synth noise drone side project Panic Engines will be appearing at The Tranzac this Saturday as part of National Drone Day. Details follow:

National Drone Day
presented by Weird Canada
at the Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
Saturday, May 10th, 6pm

Note: this event really does start at 6pm! Panic Engines will likely be on around 6:30ish.

Facebook page -

Blog T.O. article on all Drone Day events -

Hope to see you there!

- W.A.Davison


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