In 1991, Rainer Wiens found himself inside Burma as the Karen Rebel Army were fighting to overthrow the military dictatorship, which still rules the country today. Free Burma is an idiosyncratic mix of rhythmic complexity and textural variety, old and new, north and south. The album is dedicated to the people of Burma and all proceeds will go towards helping that cause.
Founded in 1994, Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra releases its first title, recorded live at La Sala Rossa in November 2007. Featuring 30 of Montréal’s finest improvisors, including Gordon Allen, Chris Burns, Alexandre Grogg, Pierre Labbé, Philippe Lauzier, Damian Nisenson, Jean René, Sam Shalabi, and Joshua Zubot, the Ratchet Orchestra lolls between the sublime and the ridiculous.
Blube (Jean-François Blouin, Benoit Rolland) as well as Philippe Lauzier, Thom Gossage and Jean René will be at Le Cagibi on Tuesday November 8, 2008 as part of the Mardi spaghetti weekly series for creative music.
On June 24, 2008 at festival Suoni Per Il Popolo: the Ratchet Orchestra with Jean Derome, Nicolas Caloia, Gordon Krieger, Sam Shalabi, Damian Nisenson, Chris Burns, Bryan Highbloom, John Heward, Philipe Lauzier, Robert Kraft, Pierre Labbé, Gordon Allen, Brian Lipson, Eric Lewis, Thea Pratt, Jacques Gravel, Noah Countability, Joshua Zubot, Kate Lawrence, Jean René, Gen Heistek, Anni Lawrence, Norsola Johnson, Alexandre Grogg, Ken Doolittle, Bruce Cawdron, Michel Bonneau.
Jean René and Tom Gordon will play works by Elliott Carter, Gavin Bryars, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Morton Feldman, and Jean René at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal on June 11, 2008.