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Offered here is an oddball collection of sounds... bits of music I've been involved in making that happens to have been documented and feels worth sharing. Thank you for taking the time to share in it.

Mawcussion (excerpt)
paul dutton . sound singing, harmonica
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded live by paul hodge @ the music gallery, 28 september, 2013
editing by joe sorbara more recently

As a part of their 'Jazz Avant Series' in September 2013, Paul Dutton and I played a set of duo improvisations at the Music Gallery in Toronto on a bill with saxophonist Larry Ochs and drummer Don Robinson. This is an excerpt from our performance that evening.

[copyright by paul dutton & joe sorbara 2013, SOCAN]





Trio Improvisation
jay hay . bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
karen ng . alto saxophone
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded live by michael lynn @ the array space, 21 july, 2013

Jay Hay, Karen Ng, and I finished off the night that was Audiopollination #6 with this trio improvisation. It was documented by Michael Lynn for sharing in the extensive Audiopollination archive. I've played with the mix a little to share it here. I think we got up to something special...

[copyright by jay hay, karen ng & joe sorbara 2013, SOCAN]





Abakos (exerpts)
tania gill . piano
pete johnston . bass
keegan lutek . trumpet
wes neal . bass
paul newman . tenor saxophone
karen ng . alto saxophone
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded live by peter lutek @ the array space, 26 may, 2013
exerpted & mixed by peter lutek shortly afterward

Abakos is a modular composition conceived as a sort of obstacle course for creative improvising musicians. It consists, at present, of nine distinct compositions (or obstacles). Any number of these are arranged in any order by an ensemble of musicians according to their creative needs, their current interests, their strengths and weaknesses as performers, their sense of adventure as individuals and as an ensemble. This is a series of excerpts from the first performance of the piece in Mmay 2013. Using various magicks, Peter Lutek has combined them together into a ten minute version of the piece. Much more to come...

[copyright by joe sorbara 2013, SOCAN]





Ferriswheels & Other Childish Nonsense
josh belliveau . guitar
victoria bingham . penny whistle
erin crickett . accordion
sam de martigny . alto saxophone
adam malcolm . guitar
stephen mcload . laptop
kevin mcvicar . tenor saxophone
asta miksys . guitar
francois mouillot . guitar
khuong pham . piano
megan-fay rothschild
joe sorbara . conduction
rob wallace . floor percussion
claire whitehead . violin

recorded live by steve mason @ the macdonald stewart art centre in guelph, 21 november 2008

Ferriswheels... is a large-scale graphic score that I developed while working with the university of guelph CME during the fall semester of 2008. This premiere performance of the piece by the fall 2008 members of the CME took place at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph. It clocks in at almost 40 minutes. The score and more info can be found in the 'Hearing Visions Sonores' archive at improv community [dot] ca.

[copyright by joe sorbara 2008, SOCAN]





Quintet Improvisation
eve egoyan . piano
tilman lewis . cello
nilan perera . guitars, preparations, electronics
ronda rindone . clarinet
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded live by nilan perera @ somewhere there in toronto, 19 august 2008

This quintet was playing together a lot around the time this particular performance was documented. An improvisation of just more than eight minutes from a concert at the original Somewhere There, this piece starts out in a very pretty, ballad-like sound-space before riding out a long arc of rocking drums, distorted guitar, and crashing piano clusters. It continues with an odd interplay of very melodic cello and clarinet with restrained support from the others followed by some delicate cello work over a bed of piano and finally some quiet music box tinkering to end.

[copyright by eve egoyan, tilman lewis, nilan perera, ronda rindone & joe sorbara 2008, SOCAN]





Duo Improvisation
jeremy strachan . alto saxophone
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded live by blair langley @ the leftover daylight series in toronto, 22 december 2006

Jeremy and I made this music as a part of a company improv night at the Leftover Daylight Series in December 2006. Mr. Strachan was visiting us 'down south' while living and studying in St. John's Newfoundland, so his usual arsenal of reed instruments was stripped down to a lone alto saxophone.

[copyright by joe sorbara & jeremy strachan 2006, SOCAN]





Man-Eating Elk with Blue Earring
ken aldcroft . guitar, effects
evan shaw . alto saxophone
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

from remnants [ OWR002 ]

This piece opens Remnants, the record that Ken Aldcroft, Evan Shaw, and I recorded in 2003 and finally released in 2006. There are a few stories to tell about this one. The piece was written in 2001 when I was at the Banff Centre for the Arts for the first time. It remained untitled until we recorded it in 2003 on my second trip to Banff, this time with Ken and Evan. When it came time to give it a title, I named it after a memory from the first Banff trip when Michael Bates and I were attacked by a mother Elk who had been marked on the ear with a blue tag that meant something akin to: "particularly aggressive". We had inadvertently walked between the mother and her calf. I don't think either of us will make that mistake again. The second story is hopefully a correction of sorts. The font I chose to use for the design of the Remnants CD package didn't, for some reason, have a dash in it. The album, therefore, pretends to begin with a track called "Man Eating Elk with Blue Earring"; an entirely different image than the one I was going for. I carry no hard feelings for that elk, nor do I have any interest in consuming her flesh in retribution for her understandable attack. Okay. Record straight.
[copyright by joe sorbara 2003, SOCAN]





Left Right Left
ken aldcroft . guitar, effects
evan shaw . alto saxophone
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded live by blair langley @ the leftover daylight series in toronto, 07 april 2006

This recording was made on a gig we played opening for the Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet (with Tim Daisey, Frank Rosaly and Anton Hatwich) at the Leftover Daylight Series. Also visiting from Chicago that night was the wonderful flautist, Nicole Mitchell, who joined us in a long improvised piece right after we played "Left Right Lleft" to begin the night.

[copyright by joe sorbara 2005, SOCAN]





To and From
ken aldcroft . guitar, effects

recorded live by blair langley @ the village playhouse in toronto, 13 feb 2006

This is Ken's solo guitar interpretation of my large ensemble piece, To and From. Written for the Pickle Juice Orchestra in 2005, the piece begins with tonal improvisation, almost through a set of "changes": from the full chromatic scale through the c major scale, a c major 7 chord, a c triad and finally to the pitch "c" alone. There is then a list of instructions to follow before playing back through the intro in reverse from the lone pitch "c" back to the full chromatic scale where the ensemble finds an ending.

[copyright by joe sorbara 2005, SOCAN]





A Lightbulb Rolling
ken aldcroft . guitar
marcel aucoin . fender rhodes
evan shaw . alto saxophone
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

recorded by john sorenson @ reaction studios in toronto, dec 2002

This is an old composition of mine that we recorded during the session for Ken Aldcroft's "From Our Time" record. My friend, Jason Cline, made this wonderfully odd cartoon for it some time later for his now defunct website. Feel free to ask, but I'm afraid I have absolutely no idea...

[copyright by joe sorbara 2002, SOCAN]

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