November Shows…

Posted by rwiens on 5th November 2014 in Upcoming Shows

Malcolm Goldstein Violin & Rainer Wiens Guitar


Electric Spring Trio

Thom Gossage – electric spring kalimba

Frank Lozano – sax, alto flute

Rainer Wiens – guitar, electric bass kalimba

November 26th
Résonance Café 5175A ave.du Parc

Various Tracks

Posted by rwiens on 29th May 2014 in Listen to Music

Take a listen to these tracks from various CD’s:

Fra Ma Ga Ra


A Complicated Sadness

Double Up

Shh… Whisper to the Wind


Posted by rwiens on 11th January 2014 in Upcoming Shows

Rainer poster (2)

Malcolm Goldstein violin Rainer Wiens Prepared guitar
MELLA MELLA Thom Gossage and Rainer Wiens kalimbas

4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec

Orchestra of Sympathetic Strings

Posted by rwiens on 17th October 2013 in Upcoming Shows

Orchestra of Sympathetic Strings

5 Generations of Montreal’s finest improvising string musicians perform

the music of Rainer Wiens


The duo of Malcolm Goldstein violin and Rainer Wiens prepared guitar are joined by:

Jean René & Jennifer Thiessen,viola

John Corban & Guido del Fabro, violin

Emilie Gerard Charest,cello

Nic Caloia, Aaron Lumley & Thiery Amar, double bass


Sala Rossa Nov.10, 21:30 heures


CD Review of “At Canterbury”

Posted by rwiens on 24th April 2013 in CD Albums, Reviews

Martin/Lozano/Lewis/Wiens/Duncan – At Canterbury (Barnyard, 2013) ****½

By Philip Coombs

Thanks to a suggestion from a devout reader on the comments section of my Canadian Round Up review, I was led to this recording from another Canadian group by snooping around for the groups on the Barnyard web site. I must admit, I would have entirely missed this if it wasn’t for his ear to the ground back home. Could have been one of my biggest mistakes of the year.

First of all I will address my elephant in the room. I have never been a fan of vocal jazz. Why don’t I like it? Is it the one sound that humans make that is the most human? Is it because the lyrical is the most literal? Is it because all attention is shifted to the voice once it starts?

Christine Duncan provides the vocal on At Canterbury and it is a cross between a soprano saxophone, film ambiance, an angry cat, and an aboriginal field recording. And it works. As much of a force as she is, she doesn’t dominate or draw attention away from the great moments the rest of the group provides. On “Throwing Light”, she cleverly uses the theremin to further blur the lines between voice and technology and my preconceived notions by adding a eerie sci-fi counterpoint to her growl.

Rainer Wiens (guitar and mbira) has a long history of composition and admiration for world music and intrinsically contributes to Duncan’s drama. This is best exemplified on the track “Corollary” where his mbira is the main focus. One of its keys has a nasty buzz. The buzz returns often, and over time, I was happily expecting it more than being annoyed by it. It became an instrument within an instrument.
Jean Martin (drums and percussion) is all about the power of choice. Half of the time, he let’s things sit in their place adding just enough clever to propel the track and leaving the need to engage to others. The half of the time he turns it up with a military beat that shows his skill on the snare as he plays with power and nuance at the same time. He has also been tasked with the job of keeping the other half of this group together with the first half.

The second half, comprised of Jim Lewis (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Frank Lozano, (tenor and soprano saxophone) make their own mark in various different ways throughout by keeping their improv and free jazz sensibilities in the forefront despite the rest of the group’s complexity. On “Patience Game”, they trade long singular lines that leads into a wonderful conversation as Martin drums up a storm behind them. They will not be overshadowed even as they get to the outer reaches of there respective registers or when Duncan adds another layer of bandwidth pushing them to break away and explore on their own.

Can be purchased from the label or downloaded from emusic.

This is a recording to be savored as the gifts here keep giving as my ears keep smiling.

Upcoming Concert at La Brique

Posted by rwiens on 24th April 2013 in Upcoming Shows
  • La Brique, 6545 Durocher #402
  • de Toronto, Halifax, Montreal:
    Rainer Wiens – Guitar and Thumb Piano
    John Heward – Percussion
    Arthur Bull – Guitar and Chromatic Harmonica
    Bob Vespaziani – WAVEDRUM and Electronics
    Guillaume Dostaller – piano
    Olivier Prudhomme-Richard – guitare
    Philippe Roy – contrebasse
    Mathieu Frenette – saxophone alto et sopranino

    Weins, Heward, Bull & Vespaziani is an electro-acoustic quartet uniting improvisors from Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto. These four players present some very original approaches to their instruments and a highly imaginative feel for improvisation.

    Paralune est une réunion momentanée au su et vu de la lune, une rencontre rapprochée entre des objets sonores improvisés. Un mouvement à quatre songes décelable par les lueurs de la lumière qu’il réfléchi.

    At the outskirts of the moon, a brief intimate meeting between objects of sonic nature. A quartet of dreams defining a movement detectable by the unique glittering of the light it reflects.


Review of Wiens and Cooke at The Imperial

Posted by rwiens on 22nd December 2012 in Reviews

Rainer & Coat at the Imperial in Toronto was…

…like visitations from elsewhere that parked under starlit sky where in a field, by a river, on the side of a mountain shadowed shards of ephemeral persistent light pulsated with whispering choirs, guttural groans, spectral streams of molecular fireworks, chained to react to stillness that hung in the intimate tiny crowd of ears warmed by the vibrations and lucky enough to witness such a spectacle.

-Bill Parson

Performances/Tours December 2012

Posted by rwiens on 22nd December 2012 in CD Albums, Upcoming Shows

Rainer Wiens (Montréal) and Coat Cooke (Vancouver)

will be touring to promote their latest CD collaboration entitled,

High Wire

"High Wire", Rainer Wiens, Coat Cooke

Roughidea presents…

54 Dundas St E, Toronto, Ontario M5B1C7
Friday, December 14, 8:00PM
Admission: $12 /pwyc
Coat Cooke – saxophones (Vancouver)
Rainer Wiens – guitar + kalimba (Montreal)
Saturday, December 15, 7:300 – 9:30 PM
TRANZAC – Southern Cross
Admission: $15 /pwyc
Coat Cooke – saxophones (Vancouver)
Rainer Wiens – guitar + kalimba (Montreal)
Le Cagibi, 5490 St. Laurent, Montreal, Québec
Tuesday December4, 21:00
Coat Cooke – saxophones (Vancouver)
Rainer Wiens – guitar + kalimba (Montreal)
Navid Navab – laptop

Music Video “Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors”

Posted by rwiens on 22nd December 2012 in CD Albums, Listen to Music, Videos

Music by Rainer Wiens, Visuals by Jan Komarek
Josh Zubot – violin
Jean Derome – flute
from the CD Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors

Upcoming Shows

Posted by rwiens on 18th January 2011 in Upcoming Shows
Rainer Wiens and Dream Algebra March 2011

Rainer Wiens and Dream Algebra March 2011


Dream Algebra (with Frank Lozano, Clinton Ryder, Jean René, Thom Gossage and Joshua Zubot) plays at L’envers (185 VanHorne Ouest) on the 28th January 2011. The show starts at 21:30 (9:30pm).

Dream Algebra January 28, 2011

Dream Algebra January 28, 2011

Dream Algebra L'envers Jan28-2011

Dream Algebra L'envers Jan28-2011