Presented By Guelph Jazz Festival:
Lee Pui Ming (Ontario)
Pianist Lee Pui Ming works creatively in and especially across styles – classical, jazz, improvisation, Chinese music – as well as notated and improvised music. Born in Hong Kong, she has been based in Toronto since the mid-eighties, from where she has toured and collaborated widely, including with long-time friends of the festival like Joane Hétu, David Prentice, and Jean Derome. The classical precision of her touch complements a quicksilver spirit that animates her improvising on piano and, often, with her voice as well. She will be featured in this premiere collaboration with Cluttertones, a concert that may comprise solo piano, improvised duets with bassist Rob Clutton, and his new suite for Cluttertones with Lee Pui Ming as a special guest.
Bassist Rob Clutton has been a generous and inspiring contributor to Toronto creative music for decades. Cluttertones is a chamber jazz quartet that exquisitely synthesizes his diverse interests – song, long-form composition, lyricism, extended improvisation, extreme textures, and more – through his seasoned bandmates, Lina Allemano (trumpet), Ryan Driver (analogue synthesizer, piano, voice), and Tim Posgate (guitar, banjo). Cluttertones music reveals itself slowly, making countless subtle, mysterious insinuations in place of bold declarations. Disarmingly gorgeous melodies emerge from the fog of thorny group playing, often evoking the simplicity of folk music. Cluttertones will play both as a quartet and as a quintet featuring pianist Lee Pui Ming, playing Clutton’s suite of pieces composed especially for the collaboration.
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