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Cluttertones / Kayla Milmine
January 16 /9:00 pm January 17 /12:00 am
The Cluttertones are delighted to return to Burdock! This show celebrates the release of Leeways, a CD that will be available at the concert. This new album features guest pianist Lee Pui Ming. Although LPM has moved to BC and will not be present for this concert, we invite you to join us in this celebration of the release of Leeways, with an opening set by soprano saxophonist Kayla Milmine.
The Cluttertones are Lina Allemano (trumpet), Rob Clutton (bass, composition), Ryan Driver (human voice, analogue synth, piano), and Tim Posgate (banjo, guitar). The group has been playing together for over a decade, and each of the members have long associations with the others in various projects. This music plays at the edges between known/unknown, concrete/abstract, solo/group, expression/process. Drawing from a broad range of experience—which includes jazz, European classical music, electronica, improvisation, folk, singer-songwriter, experimental—the Cluttertones play what some have called “otherworldly chamber music.”
“What sets them apart is a gentle lyricism , reminiscent of some of Efterklang’s best work, and Clutton’s ability to showcase the individual voices of his band, which incorporates some of the most original virtuoso voices on the Canadian scene…The other extraordinary and quite wonderful thing about this release and Clutton’s oeuvre are the songs. They are beautiful, thoughtful and engaging, with instrumental support that goes far beyond mere accompaniment.” – Nilan Perera, Exclaim.
And yet melody and harmony are reborn and coexist with almost instinctive radicalism as instrumentation is sometimes brutally disjointed, then shredded and made whole again with sublime musical device and gesture into agitatedly ticking motor rhythms, volatile white noise all ignited in an acoustic and electronic soundscape that is wrenched from each instrument, and sometimes glued together by the human voice. – Raul da Gama, Toronto Music Report.
Kayla’s musical journey with the soprano saxophone is a familiar one amongst fellow straight-hornists: Having started out on the clarinet, then the tenor saxophone, soon finding herself falling in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Since beginning her soprano centric journey she has developed a unique approach to the instrument that at times has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, yet the warmth and thoughtfulness that’s reminiscent of Steve Lacy.
Kayla’s chamber-rock duo FASTER that she co-leads with guitarist Brian Abbott won the Freebie Award at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2013 for their dance-cabaret-circus-music show called The Elephant in the Room featuring dancer/choreographer Allison Burns. FASTER released their fifth album last year called Nuclear Fishin’ which has proven to be their most challenging and intriguing music yet.
Currently, she is involved in several artistic projects in her home base of Toronto. She recently released an album with Overleaf (Mira Martin-Gray and Heidi Chan), and plays regularly in trio form with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Ambrose Pottie.
Her main musical interest at present is solo improvised music. She is writing, recording and working on releasing a double-album of solo soprano saxophone music.