Presented by Guelph Jazz Festival
Elder Ones is the vehicle for the musical vision of composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Amirtha Kidambi. The group’s first record, Holy Science, features wordless compositions, a gamut of beguiling vocal expression that, with the deft and synthetic improvisations of bandmates Matt Nelson (saxophone), Nick Dunston (double bass), and Max Jaffe (drums, sensory percussion), swirls and intensifies in ways that are, by turns, trancelike and ecstatic. Her new compositions incorporate lyrics on themes of political resistance, a most powerful invocation to reflection and action during these troubling times, and embody the ironclad sense of purpose that underpins Kidambi’s singular music.
Drummer and composer Nick Fraser is a ubiquitous presence in Toronto’s music scenes. His Quartet has just released its third disc, Is Life Long? (Clean Feed), a beautifully modulated dance between group restraint and viciously joyful abandon. New York saxophonist Tony Malaby contributes his rich, brawny, and, above all, detailed sound to the thick string counterpoint and underpinnings of cellist Andrew Downing and bassist Rob Clutton.
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