Atomic Clock

Atomic Clock is an improvisation-based experimental jam band combining elements of rock, electronica and jazz with atmospheric, ambient soundscapes. Comprised of Tiber Reardon, Josh Ward, Chris Donnelly, and Michelle LaCour, Atomic Clock creates music on the fly, with sounds, riffs, hooks and beats generated naturally. Each performance is unique, and each piece is a musical conversation between the members and audience.

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Brad Jefford Trio+

Brad Jefford learned to play the guitar while in a dream. A village of gnomes residing in the belly of a rosewood dreadnought would use the frequencies of bronze strings to communicate to the vast world outside. These frequencies could explain theories of the night stars, meanings of the heart’s feelings, and the rhythm and rhyme found between the lines. In this state of altered consciousness Brad could understand and speak the language of the strings with ease like that of the mother tongue. His time in this world left him with memories of hertz colliding with the wonderful ruckus of his little friends singing and dancing in their little red hats until the morning’s alarm left them silent. Awake, these beautiful sounds are something he can only dream to recreate, but that hasn’t kept him from trying. Each day he opens his ears and heart, yearning to bring the sound of dreams to reality, hoping that one day we can hear and understand the beauty of communication.

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Rick Bailey

Rick Bailey is a St. John’s-based electronic and improvisational artist with an interest in live samples, found sound, circuit bent toys and ambient/rhythm textures. As “Los beatnik,” he has recorded a number of albums inspired by the annual RPM Challenge. He has helped launch Eastern Edge Gallery festivals, appeared in Edmonton at Mile Zero Dance’s Salon, BUST, played a live score for a Super 8 film and debuted “iScout”, an onlooker-controlled human app in a store window for Sound Symposium XVI.

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Black Auks

Neil V. Rosenberg has been a member of Black Auks since 1994

Mack Furlong, percussion and toys
Wallace Hammond, guitar and toys
Neil V. Rosenberg, banjo and toys
Craig Squires, saxophone and toys

Newfoundland’s contemporary ensemble Black Auks performs improvisations and contemporary music. They approach music with the delight of kids with new toys. Anything they lay their hands on becomes fodder for their explorations. They love to perform in a variety of environments such as the old defense installations in the cliffs of Cape Spear National Historic Site. Their artistic process involves weekly jams and listening sessions. Their own musical vocabulary contains elements from the varied musical backgrounds of the players— classical, bluegrass, punk, jazz, folk and more.

Black Auks At Sound Symposium XIX*

  • Night Music, with special guest Rick Bailey — Thursday, July 5 at 10:30pm (The Ship Pub)

See the complete list of SSXIX artists, as well as the full schedule and ticket information.

*Times and locations subject to change.

Surgeon

Surgeon emerged from the ashes of St. John’s instrumental rock group, NARROWS, back in 2008. Where Narrows paved the way with intricate guitar layers, massive grooves and infectious melodies, Surgeon draws inspiration from a darker, more twisted sound world. Taking cues from contemporary classical music, horror movie soundtracks, prog-rock legends and post-rock aesthetics, Surgeon “seamlessly flows through multiple genres while still offering audiences music that’s easy to digest” (Bandsoup blog). Members of Surgeon have been touring the globe for years as soloists or members of the esteemed NL-outfit Hey Rosetta, yet the group has only ever played within St. John’s. Rare performances combined with the consistent addition of new material make every Surgeon show an event to be seen. In 2018, Surgeon will record their third album with the addition of bowed strings. It will include original material as well as epics from the classical canon, re-imagined for rock band.

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Logy Bay Groovers

Doug Leeman (bottom right), Scott (top), and Randy (left)

Somewhere between where the gravy hits the meatballs Logy Bay Groovers are born. Savoury sounds and greasy grooves await. They love to challenge your ears while pleasing your tastebuds. These dudes give out prizes with your meal so it never disappoints. Chew on that! Not once have they played the same set twice, so you best ready for a fresh ride of hot trax. Randy Prince draws inspiration all day and shows it in his spicy synths and cool guitars. He doesn’t shy away from the mic either- have a listen to his mind! Then we have Scott Stevenson, a rebel cyber-capitalist acolyte who spends his time on the fringes of the base layer. Enjoy the techno and casino inspired sounds that follow. Doug Leeman does the rest with the help of friends.

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Night Music #137

Night Music number 137
Thursday, November 20 2014 @ The Ship Pub!

Anchor Band: The Beer Patrice

Time: 9:30pm
Cover: $5.00
The Ship Pub

All Improvisers Welcome!

Night Music is a monthly series of improv events, where a local band does a set of their own music, and then serves as a basis for improvisations into the night. The band invites special guests, if they wish, and is responsible for at least some of the organization of further activities.

This is not an “open mic”, but all players are invited to come down and join us in the fun. Our aim is to stretch our ears, take some risks and push some boundaries. Any bands interested in ‘anchoring’ are most welcome to contact me, especially those who have ‘outside’ or improv inclinations.

Are you a member of the basement avant-garde? Come on out!

Night Music #136

Night Music number 136
Thursday, October 16 2014 @ The Ship Pub!

Anchor Band: Logy Bay Groovers

Time: 9:30pm
Cover: $5.00
The Ship Pub

Check out the Facebook event here!

All Improvisers Welcome!

Night Music is a monthly series of improv events, where a local band does a set of their own music, and then serves as a basis for improvisations into the night. The band invites special guests, if they wish, and is responsible for at least some of the organization of further activities.

This is not an “open mic”, but all players are invited to come down and join us in the fun. Our aim is to stretch our ears, take some risks and push some boundaries. Any bands interested in ‘anchoring’ are most welcome to contact me, especially those who have ‘outside’ or improv inclinations.

Are you a member of the basement avant-garde? Come on out!