Solo

Virtually all of the improvising musicians active in the last forty years whom I admire have dedicated themselves, to varying degrees and in different ways, to solo playing. By early 2014, I had played a few solo concerts but none had been particularly successful; it seemed like an area due some attention. In May 2014, I had time to commit to a new project and unique access to La Poêle, a Mile End (Montreal) dance studio with which I have a family connection. I started a series, Trombone Solos at Odd Hours (Solos de trombone à heures indues), in which I’d play a thirty-minute improvised solo six days a week for as long as my schedule and interest could afford it. Having access to the studio calendar, I’d cherry-pick hours not likely to be rented at different hours during the day, and announce the concerts on this site and in local listings. The start-times, as you can see below, are ridiculously specific, and I endeavoured to start each solo exactly on time. The choice of start-times is  in a way practical, since the concerts can’t start on the hour when studio bookings typically begin due to the need to set up, etc. It is also my sly commentary on the absurd practice – particularly prevalent in Montreal – of listing concerts for one time and then having them start as much as 90 minutes later.

This intensely underground project even received a milligram of international media attention.

I have now done three such series, a total of eighty concerts. Some of the recorded proceeds from the second series were released in Spring 2016 as Heures indues (bim-73) on Chris Dadge’s Bug Incision label in Calgary.

2014

  • 1 May, 12:12pm
  • 2 May, 9:21am
  • 3 May, 5:26pm
  • 5 May, 9:01am
  • 6 May, 9:17am
  • 7 May, 5:37pm
  • 8 May, 5:06pm
  • 9 May, 3:23pm
  • 10 May, 5:26pm
  • 12 May, 4:07pm
  • 13 May, 9:02am
  • 14 May, 9:20am
  • 16 May, 12:31pm
  • 17 May, 5:22pm
  • 19 May, 11:11am
  • 20 May, 9:28am
  • 21 May, 1:03pm
  • 22 May, 5:17pm
  • 23 May, 1:26pm
  • 24 May, 9:05am
  • 26 May, 5:09pm
  • 27 May, 10:10am
  • 28 May, 1:13pm
  • 29 May, 10:14am
  • 31 May, 4:28pm
  • 2 June, 11:24am
  • 3 June, 1:05pm
  • 4 June, 9:11am
  • 5 June, 5:12pm
  • 6 June, 9:52am
  • 7 June, 12:12pm
  • 9 June, 9:56am
  • 10 June, 9:02am
  • 11 June, 9:44am
  • 12 June, 4:43pm
  • 13 June, 9:51am
  • 16 June, 9:09am
  • 17 June, 1:21pm
  • 18 June, 1:18pm

2015

  • 12 January, 11:23am
  • 13 January, 11:11am
  • 14 January, 3:21pm
  • 15 January, 12:19pm
  • 16 January, 12:07pm
  • 17 January, 9:10am
  • 19 January, 5:12pm
  • 20 January, 3:02pm
  • 21 January, 5:09pm
  • 22 January, 4:17pm
  • 24 January, 5:13pm
  • 26 January, 9:11am
  • 29 January, 4:20pm
  • 30 January, 1:06pm
  • 31 January, 4:14pm
  • 2 February, 9:15am
  • 4 February, 5:16pm
  • 5 February, 1:22pm
  • 6 February, 5:18pm
  • 7 February, 2:19pm
  • 10 February, 9:04am
  • 12 February, 1:16pm
  • 14 February, 12:12pm
  • 9 November, 3:17pm
  • 10 November, 4:21pm
  • 11 November, 12:16pm
  • 12 November, 4:19pm
  • 13 November, 12:14pm
  • 14 November, 9:02am
  • 16 November, 12:11pm
  • 17 November, 1:33pm
  • 18 November, 9:46am
  • 19 November, 5:27pm
  • 20 November, 9:48am
  • 21 November, 9:04am
  • 23 November, 3:20pm
  • 24 November, 4:12pm
  • 25 November, 9:10am
  • 26 November, 10:07am
  • 27 November, 9:52am
  • 28 November, 9:01am