photo: Jean Martin
Saturday, May 24th
7:30 PM – $20
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“Justin’s musical imagination wonderfully blurs the boundaries between musical genres
and practices. Concepts like high versus low art or popular music versus art music are
rendered profoundly irrelevant by the specificity of the music he offers a listener. His
music can be invitingly, generously beautiful and brain-bendingly experimental all at
the same time. ” -Martin Arnold
Six questions for Justin Haynes (plus a blast from the past) Who’s the most accomplished improviser who left Ottawa for somewhere else to thrive? A very reasonable candidate might well be Toronto guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Justin Haynes. May 21, 2014 read full article Peter Hum’s Jazzblog
Justins performance at GIGSPACE on May 24th will include songs by Felicity Williams; solo electric guitar; noisy bric-a-brac; as well as perhaps a special local guest and a few tunes on the piano.
more information about Justin: justinhaynesdotcom.blogspot.com
Justin Haynes is a non-denominational musician and composer based in the crumbling
city of Toronto. Although his own collaborations with artists such as Ryan Driver,
Stephen Parkinson, Jean Martin, Nick Fraser and Brodie West, live firmly in the worlds
of experimental/improvised music and free jazz, he has also works with folk artists Kim
Barlow, Mia Sheard and Oh Susanna; is a member of songwriter John Southworths
backing band The South Seas; composed for New Music groups such as Eclipse
Quartet, Contact Ensemble and Array Music; and has written for stage and screen.
He is presently working on a collection of guitar duets in collaboration with Whitehorsebased guitarist Helene Beaulieu; playing in a psychedelic British Isles Folk Music group called Mermaids; completing a series of reggae songs based on words by Dr.
Seuss for Grub-A-Dub, (an event featuring an 11 piece band made up of some of
Torontos finest including members of Deep Dark United, Drumheller and Polmo Polpo,
as well as food by Sam Higgs, projections by Renee Lear and sets by Meghan
Lacroix); collaborating on songs with Felicity Williams and Robin Dann in a project
called biodad; and continuing to take every opportunity to perform with ad hoc groups
of improvisers. He has been fortunate to make music in this way with John Oswald,
Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Anthony Braxton, Christine Duncan,
Bernard Falaise, Jesse Zubot, Mary-Margaret O’Hara and many others.