For the fourth iteration of cycle Fermons les yeux pour voir. Always mind your surroundings, Place Publique collaborates pairs with Esther Bourdages. With an ambulatory concert sublimating the exceptional acoustics of Ottawa street, this performance will pay homage to avant-garde jazz. This musical performance will be preceded by a presentation of the Montreal's publishing house Le laps, by its founder Marie-Douce St-Jacques. Throughout the summer, the books of Le laps are presented at the Darling Foundry's Reading Platform and offered for sale at the reception desk of the gallery.
Scott Thomson - Ottawall Odwalla
Trumpets: Emily Denison, Philippe Battikha, Craig Pedersen
Trombones: Simon Jolicœur-Côté, Scott Thomson
To honour the impending 50th Anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Scott Thompson proposes Ottawall Odwalla, a nod to the group's theme song “Odwalla,” composed by Roscoe Mitchell. Ottawall Odwalla is a spatialized piece for a mobile quintet, in which various solo and group improvisations will unfold at our Place Publique. Ottawall Odwalla is dedicated to trumpeter Lester Bowie.
Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer. He works extensively with singer and dancer Susanna Hood. The Muted Note, Scott's song cycle based on P.K. Page's poems, was performed by Thomson and Hood as a duo and by quintet The Disguises. A version designed for stage, choreographed by Susanna, toured 40 performances in nine Canadian provinces in 2014. Scott co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as its director until 2009. In 2007, he co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, specially conceived for a project with Anthony Braxton. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, from 2007 to 2010. Scott has composed a series of site-specific works, ‘cartographic compositions’ for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Scott programs the Guelph Jazz Festival.
From 6:00pm, enjoy the Darling Foundry's Second Nature Bar and the Café Cantina taco stand to cool off!