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Summer 2013

We are very sorry to announce that Colin Stetson has had to withdraw from all upcoming concerts in his schedule due to an injury sustained to his hand. All the news that is fit to print will be here.

We will be working to bring Colin back to Ottawa once he is healed and ready to bring his maelstrom of cycled power into the world again. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we are continuing with the show on September 3rd, 2013, and we are very happy to be adding Matana Roberts (see below) to the bill.
She is a phenomenal talent, and an even kinder person.

Please help us in welcoming her on her first appearance in Ottawa.


Constellation, Pleasure Through Sound, and Black Bough will be presenting a lovely evening of music at The First Baptist Church (140 Laurier Avenue West) in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013:

Esmerine [Dalmak Band] + Matana Roberts + Kingdom Shore

Doors at 7:00pm, Music at 7:30pm sharp.

Tickets are $15 at advance, and are available AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW.

Tickets that were purchased in advance through Paypal will be will be held and can be picked up at the door on the night of the show.


Esmerine are Rebecca Foon (A Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire to Flames), Bruce Cawdron (GodspeedYou!BlackEmporer), Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands), and multi instrumentalist Brian Sanderson.. They will be accompanied by a group of Turkish musicians coming over especially for this set of Canadian dates, and with whom Esmerine collaborated in Istanbul for their upcoming album: Hakan Vreskala on bendir, darbuka, erbane and voice, Cahit Ece on meh, Fuat Talay on saz, and James Hakan Dedeoglu on electric guitar. Esmerine will be touring in support of their new record Dalmak (to be released on Constellation Records on September 2nd).

Esmerine released two critically-acclaimed albums of modern chamber music in the first half of that decade: If Only a Sweet Surrender to the Nights to Come Be True (2003) and Aurora (2005). These albums have have one foot in the new music/experimental terrain of contemporaries like Rachel’s or Town And Country and the other in a more visceral and lyrical landscape populated by the likes of Dirty Three (and GY!BE themselves).

Matana Roberts

Matana Roberts will be appearing in Ottawa for the first time at this concert in anticipation of her newest release in her COIN COIN cycle. Matana (pronounced - mah-tah-nah) is a dynamic saxophonist, composer and improviser, who tries to expose in her music the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of American creative expression. Matana feels strongly that her music must not only reflect the many colors and moods of universal human emotions, but also document, critique, testify and respond to socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities in her own country and around the world.

Matana has been working on her multi-chapter, multi-media, conceptual composition and narration project COIN COIN with various groups of musicians, most notably a New York contingent (with whom she occasionally tours the project) and a Montreal contingent (the city in which she took up semi-residency at the end of the decade).

For the first chapter, COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, Matana describes it as follows: “COIN COIN is a compositional sound language, that I have been developing since 2006. My initial interest in creating this work came from my childhood fascination with ghosts, spirits, spooks, and the faint traces of what they leave behind. I have a deep interest in old, antique objects of human existence, mostly because of the variety of story that can be created, factual or not, from the possibility of their being. This project is a combination of those interests as well as my delight in musical communication , ritual adornment, and the genealogical 20th century history of Africans in America. In some instances I am using information that I have gleaned from research into my own ancestral history, as inspiration and area of creative consideration. The musical root of much of this work also stems from my continued attraction/repulsion to certain aspects of the American Jazz tradition(s) which I am deeply involved with as an alto saxophonist.”

COIN COIN Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile will be released on October 1st, 2013 through Constellation Records.

Roberts has also played in and with: Black Rock Coalition founder Greg Tate's Burnt Sugar; Reg E. Gaines and Savion Glover's homage project to John Coltrane; The Oliver Lake Big Band; and The Julius Hemphill Sextet and Merce Cunningham dance. She has recorded as a side person with groups as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, TV On The Radio, Savath & Savalas, Thee Silver Mt Zion, and sound artist Daniel Given's Day Clear/Day Dark.

We are very happy that she will be joining us for this evening of music.

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