j o e s o r b a r a [ d o t ] c o m  .   p r o j e c t s   .   n e v e r   w a s

brandon davis . bass
madeleine ertel . trumpet
kelvin mansaray . violin
naomi mccarroll-butler . alto saxophone, clarinets
racha moukalled . vibraphone
kae murphy . trumpet, woodwinds
patrick o'reilly . guitar
adrian russouw . bass
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

brandon davis . bass    madeleine ertel . trumpet    kelvin mansaray . violin    naomi mccarroll-butler . alto saxophone, clarinets    racha moukalled . vibraphone    kae murphy . trumpet, woodwinds    patrick o'reilly . guitar    adrian russouw . bass    joe sorbara . drums, percussion

Never Was has been many different bands and, in its current form, it remains many different bands: a modular ensemble featuring Brandon Davis and Adrian Russouw on basses, Madeleine Ertel on trumpet, Kelvin Mansaray on violin, Naomi McCarroll-Butler on alto saxophone and clarinet, Racha Moukalled on vibraphone, Kae Murphy on trumpet and woodwinds, Patrick O'Reilly on guitar, and Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion.

Some or all of these distinctive musical adventureres have been gathering for many years in the Southern Cross Lounge of Toronto's much-beloved Tranzac Club for a semi-monthly residency exploring original music in the Black American Creative Music tradition.

The group's name comes from a Sorbara composition called "It's a line that never was," itself named after a curious sentence from The You Train by science fiction and fantasy writer, N.K. Jemisin.





h o m e


[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects


never was  

fran├žois houle & joe sorbara
(SoHo)
  

the rest
(jonathan kay & joe sorbara)
  

norm adams & joe sorbara  

alien radio
(houle/ meger/ sorbara)
  

the imperative  

aurealities  

imaginary percussion ensemble  

reliable parts  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  

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mars people  

my misshapen ear  

other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  


[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact






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