September 18, 2018 at Sawdust Collector
Greetings from the Don Valley Highway & Hastings at Cambie
Karen Ng (sax, Toronto)
Peggy Lee (cello, Vancouver)
Daniel Gaucher (drums, Vancouver)
Two short films by Randall Lloyd Okita (Toronto)
Machine with Wishbone - 7 Minutes
Fish in Barrel - 8 Minutes
Daniel Pencer (sax, Toronto)
Ben Brown (Drums and Percussion, Vancouver)
Meredith Bates (Violin, Vancouver)
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.
Toronto based improviser Karen Ng has appeared on stage with Andy Shauf, LCON, Happiness Project, Do Make Say Think, Fresh Snow, Bry Webb, Woodshed Orchestra and Broken Social Scene. Currently Karen is involved in several improvising ensembles in the city including Josh Cole Quintet, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, DELVE, Rob Clutton Trio as well as various ad hoc duos, trio and quartets.
In 2015 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Europe as well as the OAC National/International Residency grant in 2018 which took place in New York. In 2017 she was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist award. Formerly a board member of the Somewhere There collective, she helps organize the annual TONE festival and is on the Board of Directors for the Music Gallery.
Karen has had the privilege of studying with Canada’s top saxophonists including Sundar Viswanathan, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Don Palmer, and Pat Labarbara. She holds a long standing position as the woodwinds instructor at the Long and McQuade Music Lesson Centre and now teaches privately at her home and in the downtown west-end and the Regent Park School of Music.
Cellist, improviser, and composer Peggy Lee was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She studied classical cello, completing a Bachelor’s degree in performance at the University of Toronto as a student of Vladimir Orloff and Denis Brott. She furthered her studies with Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta Georgia.
Peggy’s first forays into improvisation in Vancouver happened with dancers at the EDAM (experimental dance and music) studio at the Western Front and led to her joining guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson in their respective bands; and also becoming a member of the New Orchestra Workshop, which went on to have interesting and fruitful collaborations with Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, René Lussier, Barry Guy and George Lewis.
Peggy continues to collaborate frequently with Ron and Tony and with her husband, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, as well as with many other longtime musical associates including Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Veda Hille and Lisa Miller. She also leads or co-leads a number of musical projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Waxwing (with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley) and Beautiful Tool (with Mary Margaret O’Hara). She has also collaborated extensively in theatre and dance with companies and artists such as Ruby Slippers, Rumble Theatre, Presentation House, David Hudgins, Peter Bingham and Delia Brett. In 2005, Peggy received the Freddie Stone Award for integrity and innovation in music and in 2010 she was awarded a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award for outstanding composition.
Daniel Gaucher (drums, Vancouver)
Dan Gaucher is a graduate of Capilano College’s Jazz Studies Program. A prolific and dynamic drummer, jazz musician, composer, and improviser, Dan has been a member of groups including Sick Boss, Star System, The October Trio, and Fond of Tigers who won a Juno Award in 2011 for their Album Western & Continent.
Randall Okita is a Canadian artist and filmmaker whose work employs sculpture, technology, physically challenging performances or stunt-work, and rich cinematography. His work has been shown in both group and solo exhibition, awarded internationally, and screened at festivals around the world, including retrospective screenings of his short film catalogue in San Francisco and Toronto. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Okita has lived and worked in Japan, Vancouver and Toronto.
Machine with Wishbone - 7 Minutes
Machine with Wishbone is an entirely live action movie shot without special effects, featuring the work of internationally celebrated artist Arthur Ganson. Using innovative camera choreography, photo sculpture, and kinetic sculpture, Machine with Wishbone tells the tale of a stoic mechanical wishbone on its journey through a world of snoring beds, paper birds, and places you have to see to believe. With music and sound design by Matthew Rogers (Harpoonist & Ax Murderer)
Machine with Wishbone by Randall Okita is a gorgeous, minimalist treat for the eyes and ears. Eschewing language or narrative, the film is labelled experimental, but do not let that turn you off. It is a tightly constructed piece that keeps the viewer captivated from start to finish. – John Endo Greenaway, Ricepaper Magazine
Fish in Barrel - 8 Minutes
A young man faces his demons as his struggle erupts into visions that question what lies below the surface. Fish in Barrel is a live-action, high definition piece depicting a moment of intense internal crisis. This moment is slowed down, almost to stillness. Employing visceral metaphors for interior landscapes, the shooting involved underwater setups and ultra slow-motion videography, as well as wire suspended stunts and performances by extremely well cared for live animals.
Following the intricate and ethereal dream landscape he created in Machine with Wishbone, Randall Okita continues to demonstrate a keen ability to craft sculptural cinema that absorbs the viewer into a diaphanous world. In a film overflowing with symbolic imagery, dark undertones of a young man’s self destruction are made beautiful through his water compositions. – Toronto International Film Festival
Daniel Pencer is a Canadian woodwind player, improviser and composer. His research in the quiet areas of the saxophone and clarinet and ability to blend his distinct sound into many musical situations and genres has led to work in contemporary music, theatre, dance, and film. Most recently, Daniel, along with his brother, has won awards, nominations, and accolades for the original music in the South African theatre production, Mies Julie.
Daniel holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in the Contemporary Improvisation program where he worked closely with Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Ran Blake, Ted Reichman, and many other inspiring composers and musicians focusing on the continuum between composition and improvisation. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in Jazz Performance and in 2008/9 lived in Lucknow, India studying and researching the Hindustani music tradition on clarinet and bansuri. Recently, in the summer of 2018, Daniel took part in the Creative Gesture program for dancers, choreographers and composers at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
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.
Meredith Bates is a JUNO Award-winning violinist and a graduate of Dalhousie’s Music Program where she studied under Philippe Djokic. Meredith has performed and taught extensively over the past fifteen years in both Vancouver and Halifax. In Halifax, Meredith performed and recorded with hip-hop artists Buck 65 and Kunga 219 (of The Goods) and pop bands Matt Mayes and El Torpedo, The Heavy Blinkers, The Guthries, Gabe and Ruth Minnikin, and Tyler Mesick and The Museum Pieces, to name a few. Meredith is also a founding member of Halifax-based ‘hot jazz’ ensemble Gypsophilia.
For the past eleven years, Meredith has pursued a career as a freelance violinist and violist. She has been performing and recording extensively with ensembles such as Pugs and Crows, the Kamloops Symphony, Ford Pier and Strength of Materials String Quartet, Gentle Party, C.R. Avery and the Legal Tender String Quartet, Sean Cronin’s Very Good, the Prince George Symphony, Sound Circus, and Dixie’s Death Pool. Meredith has also performed and recorded with musicians such as Annie Lou, Joseph Blood, The Vancouver Island Symphony, The Luscious, The Contemporary Lovers, The Shannon Scott Quintet, The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Dyad, Mark Berube, The Fugitives, Debra Jean and The Means, Rodney Decroo, Rae Spoon, and Ivan Coyote, amongst others.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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