Session 47 Wrist Error Mike Gennaro+Kurt Newman
April 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The Array Space (map)
155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3
Tickets: Free PWYC
Featuring: Wrist Error: Mike Gennaro - percussion Kurt Newman - guitar
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Drummer Mike Gennaro has been a key figure in Toronto’s improvised music scene since the mid 90′s. He has collaborated with Juini Booth (Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner), John Butcher, Kevin Drumm, Eugene Chadbourne, Veryan Weston and Wilbert deJoode among others. Gennaro recorded Port Huron Picnic, a trio record with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and guitarist Kurt Newman which was released on Spool Records in 2000. Other notable releases include Meditations On First (2012) with pianist Simeon Abbott, Sine Qua Non (2014) with saxophonist Colin Fisher and Adidas and Shorts (2016) with guitarist Ken Aldcroft.
Gennaro has performed throughout Europe and North America, making appearances at the Toronto International Jazz Festival, London’s MOPOMOSO improvised music series, VICTO-TO Festival, Something Else Creative Music Festival and the Steel City Jazz Festival. He has also received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Kurt Newman is a guitarist and improvisor. A native of Toronto, Canada, Newman moved to Austin, Texas several years ago, and has recently relocated to Santa Barbara, California. Over the past decade, Newman has focused his creative energies on non-idiomatic improvisation, and continues to work on refining his voice as an improvisor. Among his collaborators: (Europe) John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, Thomas Lehn, Roger Turner, Jaap Blonk; (Japan) Tetuzi Akiyama; (USA) Kyle Bruckmann, Chris Cogburn, Dave Dove, Nick Hennies, Henry Kaiser, Fred Lonberg-Holm; (Canada): Mike Gennaro, Eric Chenaux, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Mauro Savo, Sam Shalabi, Alexandre St-Onge. Kurt has also worked in the field of musical education, co-conducting a weekly improvisation workshop in Austin with percussionist Chris Cogburn, and in collaborations with movement artists-- in particular, Canadian dancer Aimee Dawn Robinson, clown Aaron Tucker (in the trio Perruque, also with Cogburn), and the Austin-based Improvisation Movement Project. Newman has been in a number of bands: Sackville, Picastro, Wrist Error, Marmots, Golden Melody Awards, and Weird Weeds.