Rainer Wiens & Malcolm Goldstein – “YES”

Posted by rwiens on 25th October 2016 in Upcoming Shows

After 20 years of playing together…

Rainer Wiens and Malcolm Goldstein release YES, their first CD.

Après 20 ans de jouer ensemble…

Rainer Wiens et Malcolm Goldstein faites sortir, YES, leur premier cd.

Goldstein-Wiens Duo
Malcolm Goldstein is one of the few violinists to have shared the stage with John Cage and James Brown.An important member of the Judson Dance Theatre movement Malcolm is one of the most original and profound improvisers in the world.He has forged a sound and voice on his instrument that is unparalleled in the world.
He has been improvising with prepared guitarist Rainer Wiens for 2 decades and they have developed a rapport that must be seen to be believed.Audacious, grounded,organic,powerful, playful and surprising.
Don’t miss it.
Admission $10.

Le Duo Goldstein-Wiens

Malcolm Goldstein est l’un des quelques violonistes à avoir partagé la scène avec John Cage et James Brown. Membre important du collectif Judson Dance Theatre, Malcolm est l’un des improvisateurs les plus originaux et les plus profonds au monde. Avec son instrument, il a créé un son et une voix qui n’ont pas d’équivalent [dans le monde].

Il a improvisé avec le joueur de guitare préparée Rainer Wiens pendant deux décennies et ils ont développé un lien qui doit être vu pour être cru. Audacieux, ancré, organique, puissant, ludique et surprenant.

À ne pas manquer.
Billets$10

 

À l’affiche…

Posted by rwiens on 25th October 2016 in Upcoming Shows

THE PLANT ¬¬¬¬

Jeudi le 3 novembre 2016 ¬¬¬¬

La Plante ¬¬¬¬

Portes à 21h ¬¬¬¬ 8$ / nobody turned away for lack of funds ¬¬¬¬

¬ Jason Sharp & Kaie Kellough ¬
Le saxophoniste Jason Sharp a récemment fait paraître son premier album A Boat Upon Its Blood sur Constellation Records et il joue à Montréal depuis plusieurs années avec Land of Kush, Ratchet Orchestra, Mendham et Matana Roberts. Il joue en duo depuis plusieurs années avec Kaie Kellough, un auteur, poète et musicien qui travaille avec les mots et leurs sonorités.
http://kaie.ca/kaie-kellough-jason-sharp

¬Alcrete¬
Alcrete est l’ensemble de musique avant-garde à géométrie variable du compositeur Eamon Quinn, qui est aussi membre de divers groupes dont Wreckage With Stick et Jerkwater Image.
https://alcrete.bandcamp.com/

¬Rippleganger¬
Rippleganger is a new project for composer and multi-instrumentalist Rainer Wiens, who collaborates here with vocalist Maya Kuroki.
http://rainerwiens.com/
http://www.mayakuroki.com/

¬ Eric Craven / Marielle Groven / Alex Pelchat ¬
Brand new trio playing its first show with Eric Craven [drums, guitar, keys, etc…], Marielle Groven [piano] and Alex Pelchat [electric guitar, cntct mic], who also play with some bands such as 1/4 Tonne and *Shining Wizard*.
http://drophead.ca/
https://mariellegroven.wordpress.com/
https://alexpelchat.bandcamp.com/releases

Rainer Wiens & Malcolm Goldstein – “YES”

Posted by rwiens on 25th October 2016 in Upcoming Shows

After 20 years of playing together…

Rainer Wiens and Malcolm Goldstein release “YES”, their first CD.

Après 20 ans de jouer ensemble…

Rainer Wiens et Malcolm Goldstein faites sortir, <<YES>>, leur premier CD.

Goldstein-Wiens Duo
Malcolm Goldstein is one of the few violinists to have shared the stage with John Cage and James Brown.An important member of the Judson Dance Theatre movement Malcolm is one of the most original and profound improvisers in the world.He has forged a sound and voice on his instrument that is unparalled in the world.
He has been improvising with prepared guitarist Rainer Wiens for 2 decades and they have developed a rapport that must be seen to be believed.Audacious, grounded,organic,powerful, playful and surprising.
Don’t miss it.
Admission $10.

Le Duo Goldstein-Wiens
Malcolm Goldstein est l’un des quelques violonistes à avoir partagé la scène avec John Cage et James Brown. Membre important du collectif Judson Dance Theatre, Malcolm est l’un des improvisateurs les plus originaux et les plus profonds au monde. Avec son instrument, il a créé un son et une voix qui n’ont pas d’équivalent [dans le monde].

Il a improvisé avec le joueur de guitare préparée Rainer Wiens pendant deux décennies et ils ont développé un lien qui doit être vu pour être cru. Audacieux, ancré, organique, puissant, ludique et surprenant.

À ne pas manquer.
Billets$10

Upcoming Concert:MELLA MELLA + GOLDSTEIN WIENS

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

$10

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
    +
    Paralune:
    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyfMFjpblYE

    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…

 
COAT COOKE ~ RAINER WIENS DUO
IMPERIAL PUB
54 Dundas St E, Toronto, Ontario M5B1C7
Friday, December 14, 8:00PM
Admission: $12 /pwyc
Coat Cooke – saxophones (Vancouver)
Rainer Wiens – guitar + kalimba (Montreal)
 
COAT COOKE ~ RAINER WIENS CD Release
Saturday, December 15, 7:300 – 9:30 PM
TRANZAC – Southern Cross
Admission: $15 /pwyc
Coat Cooke – saxophones (Vancouver)
Rainer Wiens – guitar + kalimba (Montreal)
 
RAINER WIENS, COAT COOKE and NAVID NAVAB
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