poetry & improv 4: THE OPEN performs a literary/musical tribute to STEVE LACY
Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 8:00pm – 11:00pm. EVENT TAKES PLACE ON THE PATIO.
THE OPEN is comprised of SUSANNA HOOD, KYLE BRENDERS and SCOTT THOMSON.
SUSANNA HOOD is an award-winning choreographer and a virtuosic performer in dance and music. Over the past decade, Susanna has gained recognition nationwide for her choreographic work and as an interpreter and improviser in both fields. Apart from her role in The Rent and The Open, Susanna’s primary musical collaborations are dialogues (with Nilan Perera), kidnextdoor (with Perera and Christine Duncan), and in Ensemble Supermusique (a new project by Joane Hétu featuring Jean Derome, Pierre-Yves Martel, and others). In 1998, she won the K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award and, in 2006, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for She’s gone away. Most recently, the Canada Council recognized Susanna’s work by awarding her the Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist.
KYLE BRENDERS is a Toronto composer and saxophonist with a growing local, national, and international reputation. In 2007, Kyle completed his Master’s degree in composition at Wesleyan University, having studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. Since then, he has released the independent solo recording, Flows and Intensities; Toronto (Duets) 2007 with Anthony Braxton (Barnyard); and is the Artistic Director of the AIMToronto Orchestra, a seventeen-piece ensemble that recorded Creative Orchestra (Guelph) 2007 (Spool), again with Anthony Braxton. He leads and composes for the Kyle Brenders Trio & Ensemble, with recordings with both groups forthcoming on Porter Records.
Trombonist SCOTT THOMSON is a key member of a new generation of improvising musicians at work in Toronto. He coordinated the eighteen-piece AIMToronto Orchestra’s celebrated collaboration with Anthony Braxton in September 2007, and continues to serve as the Orchestra’s administrative director. Scott is also the Artistic Director of Somewhere There, a performance studio in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood that hosts live creative music six nights a week. Plumb, a recording of solos and duets with marvelous Montreal clarinetist Lori Freedman, is recently released on Jean Martin’s Barnyard Records. He continues to research the life and work of American composer and saxophonist, Steve Lacy, and arranges his music for The Rent and The Open.