Three amazing sets. Bernice - synthy, soulful songs of Robin Dann. Tenderness - hard driving, devotional banger grooves. Katherine Young - sonic landscapes created on bassoon and passed through mechanicals.
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"Pay no mind to the jaded, for there are things new under the sun. Bernice, who is the quicksilver singer-songwriter Robin Dann and her interesting musical company, is novel and reaffirming. Bernice makes fluid, full, ambient and precise sounds, with percussion that is sometimes clanky. No grudges are shown toward harps, synthesizers, violas or even flugelhorns. Her voice is something like a bath a lighter Meshell Ndegeocello. I haven't a clue what universe Dann came from...but she's welcome from wherever." - Brad Wheeler, GLOBE AND MAIL
"Inspired by a stay in France, this indelible song by Toronto's Robin Dann beautifully captures the off-balance circumstance of leaving behind who you were but not yet becoming someone else. As realized by multi-instrumentalist Thom Gill, the melody rarely goes where you expect it to, which helps immeasurably in reinforcing the notion that you're never quite sure where you
stand. " - John Sakamoto, Anti-Hit List, TORONTO STAR
"What we find in the music of Robin Dann and her outfit, Bernice, is that eccentric and ethereal quality that we come to associate with dream-pop, but there are nails and knots to her songs that put them into the very interesting and small company of bands like Beach House and Dirty Projectorsboth of which are a whole hell of a lot more than dream-pop, if theyre that at all. -Sean Moeller, DAYTROTTER
Bernice is Robin Dann (voice & songs), Phil Melanson (drums+electric drums), Thom Gill (keyboard+sequencer), Colin Fisher (guitar+pedals), Felicity Williams (voice) and Dan Fortin (bass). Based in Toronto, they are currently working out plans to release their new record.
TENDERNESS (Chrissy Reichert)
Toronto's Chrissy Reichert makes off-kilter and looped electronic music as Tenderness with a huge dash of bravado she samples everything from cats to door-slams and messes with the pitch of her voice incessantly. - Elena Gritzan (Audible Hoots)
--Philip Clark, The Wire
"Seriously bold leaps for the bassoon."
--Peter Margasak, Downbeat
“Comfortable in extremes, Katherine is a rare musician who possesses both the discipline and whimsy to perform in folk, free jazz, and chamber ensembles.”
“The interest doesn't lie so much in the bassoon — though those glorious bass notes did rattle the heart — but how Young clasps Russell's vocal flutter and effortlessly tugged cello in one continuous thought.”
--Time Out New York
"[T]his terrifying monster of the sea is not without its own peculiar brand of grace and whimsy."
--The New York City Jazz Record
The curious timbres, expressive noises, and kinetic structures of Katherine Young’s electro-acoustic music explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and associations with the familiar and the strange. As an improviser, Katherine amplifies her bassoon and employs a flexible electronics set-up. She has documented her work on numerous recordings, including recently a duo recording with Anthony Braxton and her installation-performance piece Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight created with violinist Austin Wulliman, which came out on Parlour Tapes+ as a stereo recording and do-it-yourself cassette installation box set. She also performs regularly with violist / scholar Amy Cimini in the duo Architeuthis Walks on Land, the members of Till by Turning, and her band Pretty Monsters. Her compositions have been performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, Wet Ink, Talea, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Spektral Quartet, Fonema Consort, Distractfold, Weston Olencki, and she looks forward to upcoming commissions from Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW. katherineyoung.info