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Event Series Event Series: Nick Fraser Presents

Nick Fraser Presents BLOOP and more!

September 26, 2023 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm


BLOOP creates a dreamlike sound world of trumpet-driven electronics through a fascinating and complex real-time feedback loop of improvisation and effects that bounce back and forth simultaneously between Lina Allemano (trumpet) and Mike Smith (live-processing/effects). In conceptual development since 2017, the duo creates otherworldly music that is both melodic and gestural. Original source sound-material is generated by Allemano’s acoustic trumpet and live-processed with effects by Smith. Along with haunting melodies, Allemano creates unusual but purely acoustic sounds on the trumpet using extended techniques and self-made mutes (sounds which are ironically often mistaken for electronic effects). Both improvisers respond to and interact with each other in tandem, blurring the line between acoustic and electronic sound worlds and creating intriguing and seamless spontaneous compositions.


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


September 26, 2023
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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