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Event Series Event Series: Nick Fraser Presents

Nick Fraser Presents Pierre-Yves Martel (solo and in trio with Karen Ng)

April 30 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm


1st set: EPHEMERA (Pierre-Yves Martel modular synthesizer, harmonium)

Between January and March 2024, Pierre-Yves Martel dedicated himself to composing and recording a 60-minute track each week, resulting in the creation of the 10-hour album Ephemera. By combining field and archival recordings with modular synthesis and acoustic instruments, this project served as an experiment in sonic immersion and an exploration of long-form music. In this live improvised performance, Pierre-Yves will manipulate and mix material from the album in real-time.

2nd set: Pierre-Yves in trio with Nick Fraser and Karen Ng.

Pierre-Yves Martel is a musician and composer based in Montreal, Canada. A multi-instrumentalist, he specializes in the creation of sonic worlds both on stage and in the studio, where he handles all aspects of production. Blending the analog with the digital, signal with noise, the traditional with the experimental, Martel aims to make music that transcends genre and style to become utterly singular.


Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto
new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from
Ottawa in 1995. He works with and presents with a veritable “who’s
who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music.

Downbeat Magazine:
“Drummer Nick Fraser is a long-time staple of the Toronto jazz scene—
and for good reason. Not only is he a tremendously creative player,
equally at home with free-form improvisation and standard bop-style
jazz, he’s also a remarkably attentive listener.
-JD Considine

Wholenote Magazine:
“In his 20 years in Toronto, Nick Fraser has become first-choice
drummer for numerous bandleaders ranging from the post-bop
mainstream to free improvisation. He’s done it with aggressive
musicality and consistently inventive drumming, combining drive and
subtlety.” -Stuart Broomer

JAZZIZ Magazine:
An Ottawa native, Fraser lives in Toronto, where he has established
himself as a leading voice in that city’s improvised music community. A
subtle, highly collaborative and original percussionist, Fraser deserves a
much larger audience. His compositions are as diverse as his playing,
filled with motivic cells that overlap and merge, studded with rhythmic
devices. -James Hale


April 30
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Southern Cross Lounge, Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave
Toronto, ON M5S 2M7 Canada
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(416) 923-8137

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