September 25

September 25

September 25, 2018 at Sawdust Collector

Collaborations with dance artist Katie Duck (Amsterdam)


Katie Duck (dance, Amsterdam) and guests with

Lisa Cay Miller (piano)

Ron Samworth (guitar)

Kai Basanta (drums)

Ben Brown (drums)

How to Get In

Where: #211- 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba)
When: Doors 9:00 PM // Performance at 9:30 PM.
Tickets: $5/$10 or PWYC at the door. Cash Only.
But, How: Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.

More information about our space is below.


Katie Duck (Dance, Amsterdam)

Katie Duck is a director/performer/teacher who has been working professionally since 1976. She has dedicated her life to her work as an on going process rather than settle into one specific methodology or frame.

By the 1980’s, She began to take a microscopic study for the role improvisation plays in real time composition integrating music, movement, object and writing. Improvisation in her performances is not the antithesis of choreography or composition; it is how she makes her art work out of practice both in the studio setting and the newness of real time improvised performance. Her performances are about the experience of being there, you are participating in the event and thus, in a sense, “the work”. This practice is a reflection of what she believe art in the theatre can only be; live.  

She has developed a manifesto in how to conduct research, rehearsal processes, and workshops towards performances based on her background working with live musicians beginning in the mid 70’s and her obsession to write and then voice text in a mix with her music/theater background. The Public, in her performances, are witnesses and the main provider for how a piece is perceived.

Katie Duck’s performances are a practice of presence in a sound driven space with a flirtation to engage a public so that hopefully they remember what they have seen, heard, and felt, long after the live performance has died.

Lisa Cay Miller (Piano)

Lisa Cay Miller is a performer and composer whose compositions have been performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States, Brazil and Japan. 
Lisa has written for orchestra, chamber ensembles, big bands, Western and Eastern instruments, multi-media installations, film and dance for groups including the Bijoke ensemble, the Tetzepi Bigtet, mmm…, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, Western Front Society, Earplay, and pianorquestra amongst others. 
She has produced shows, concerts, and multimedia installations from DIY small stages to concert halls and renowned festivals. Miller has performed with some of the best improvisers on the planet, locally and internationally. She is also the Managing Artistic Director for the New Orchestra Workshop Society.

Ron Samworth (Guitar)

Ron Samworth is a Vancouver-based guitarist/composer inspired by a variety of music traditions including jazz, rock, new music and the traditional music of many cultures. He’s led the acclaimed Vancouver-based quartet Talking Pictures and the indie rock bands Darkblueworld and the Luscious. He is also a member of the Peggy Lee Band and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. He has appeared at major Jazz Festivals across Canada, North America, and in Europe and has gotten to perform and record with numerous international artists including John Zorn, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Han Bennink, Dave Douglas, Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz.

His inter-disciplinary work includes composition, performance and sound design for theatre, spoken word, film, and dance. He has composed music for Talking Pictures, Standing Wave, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the NOW Orchestra and EDAM Dance Company. Samworth is also a longtime member and from 1992 to 2003 the artistic director of the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW), and a co-curator of a weekly concert series at Vancouver’s grunt Gallery from 1987 to 1994. In 1990, Samworth won the prestigious CBC/Alcan Grand Prix Concours de Jazz with the group Creatures of Habit. He has also been nominated for or received awards from the Canada Council, the Jessie Awards, and the Dora Awards. Ron Samworth has also taught in the Capilano University jazz studies programme since 1997.

Kai Basanta (Drums)

Vancouver based drummer/producer Kai Basanta is one half of the funk/electronic duo Bearnest, and has also been involved with groups including Nomad, Knower, and Chiquita Magic. In his solo project, Kai Basanta also creates ethereal kaleidoscopic soundscapes by blending synths, samples, jazz instrumentals, and off-kilter beats with his debut EP earth.

Ben Brown (Drums)

Ben Brown is a musician, composer and teacher currently studying with Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Performance Artist Katie Duck. Recently, he has also collaborated with Designer Roxanne Nesbitt on her project Mutual Instruments where Nesbitt creates instruments out of different material (wood, glass, clay) to be used by both musicians and dancers.

As a Drummer, Ben is a member of the following groups : Pugs and Crows, Alicia Hansen, Cast, Malleus Trio, Pinkno Hana and Zen Dogs with his dad, Ian Brown on piano. In April 2013 Ben received a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the year with the group Pugs and Crows.

Ben collaborates with many Dancers and Choreographers and has worked with Katie Duck, Justine A. Chambers, and Deanna Peters. He is also the founder of Music And Movement Mondays (MAMM), an improvisational series between live musicians and dancers based in Vancouver, BC. Ben has also created scores for both Dance and Film, including commissioned works for Areli Moran, Jamee Valin and The Western Front with U.K’s Szuper Gallery. These compositions have been featured at festivals in Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico.


Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:45 PM on every show night. After 9:30 PM you will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone please try to arrive by 9:15 PM. If you come later there may be a wait.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one low stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. We will do our best to adapt seating as requested, but site-lines may not be ideal on full nights and movement may be limited. If you have questions about accessing the space, please contact us. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. For our weekly series, a bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us:

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.

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