Bug Incision is proud to present this Montreal-based duo of trumpeter Ellwood Epps and violinist Josh Zubot. Neither of these players are stranger to Calgary: Epps released a Pink Saliva disc on Bug Incision a few years and played with Jack Wright this past November; Zubot (a onetime Calgary resident) blows through town with different projects has been a frequent collaborator with Calgary’s own Nomoreshapes.
Land of Marigold is the mysterious convergence of two of Montreal’s weirdest and busiest improviser…s, Josh Zubot and Ellwood Epps. Originating in rural Saskatchewan and Toronto respectively, the two have played together in Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, Mecha Fixes Clocks, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin, Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush, and with Marshall Allen, John Butcher and Myra Melford. They are also two of the founders of the weekly Mardi Spaghetti series, a mainstay in Montreal’s improvised music scene which will soon celebrate its 5th birthday.
The music they make in Land of Marigold is foot-tapping for ghosts, seeing the northern lights from underwater; it’s music that engages the psyche as well as the soul and the body. It’s music that moves fast enough to get up a good sweat following it, or being followed by it. For four years Land of Marigold has been one of Montreal’s best kept secrets, but performances at the Guelph Jazz Festival and in Rimouski Québec hint at a wider recognition of their absolutely original and transformative music.
Find Land of Marigold online at www.ellwoodepps.blogspot.com and www.joshzubot.ca
Also reccomended viewing/listening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQXrQYrdIHI
Simon Fisk/Eric Hamelin duo
Opening the evening and later joining Land of Marigold for a quartet set is this (upright bass and percussion, respectively) duo, both of whom have done time on Bug Incision stages, but not, we’re sure, in this particular arrangement. Simon Fisk is a primarily known as an upright bass player, although also composes and appears occasionally on the cello. He relocated to Calgary after years establishing himself in the Vancouver creative music community. He plays in east coast drumming legend Jerry Granelli’s Trio, operates Plunge Records, and also leads the Simon Fisk Trio (which includes Chris Gestrin and Jerry Granelli). Eric Hamelin is a pillar of Calgary music scene, playing in countless ad hoc scenarios alongside his work with Nomoreshapes (who dropped one fantastic album on Drip Audio), Chad van Gaalen, Ryan Bourne, and others.
Special thanks to Calgary 2012 and the National Music Centre