Pigeon Breeders with Not the Music

Will Scott, Myles Bartel, Éric Normand & Philippe Lauzier

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7:30 PM Co*Lab (9641 102A Ave, Edmonton) Tickets

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Join us for an amazing night of sonic exploration as local improvisors Pigeon Breeders join forces with visiting artists Not the Music from Montreal! Various combinations of guitars, electronics, ebass, soprano sax and bass clarinet take shape to form movements along each sonic journey. Tickets $20/15, available at the door.

Pigeon Breeders is an experimental improvisation music group who craft unique soundscapes blending ambient, electroacoustic, free improvisation, noise, and psychedelic elements. Originally a trio founded in 2011 by Will Scott and Myles Bartel with Tyler Harland (who departed in 2016) the group has frequently welcomed guest musicians including Scott Smallwood, Smokey, and Ghost Cars. Other collaborators have included Nate Wooley, Jung People, Chris Dadge, Bitter Fictions, Nate Waters, filmmaker Lindsay McIntyre, and dancers Gerry Morita, Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Tony Olivares, Max Hanic, and more.

In 2013, Pigeon Breeders supported Jung People’s Gold Bristle tour. Their presence has graced numerous festivals and concert series, including Calgary’s Sled Island, Bug Incision, and Innovāre Accord, Edmonton’s Now Hear This, Ramshackle Day Parade, Bermuda, Endless Bummer, and Prince George’s Casse-Tête. Discography highlights include “Stasis” (2022) with Ghost Cars on Pseudo Laboratories, “Familiar Traces” (2019, self-released), “Concrescence” (2015, Shaking Box Music), and “Oblique Temperatures” (2013, Ramshackle Day Parade).

Not the Music is cultivating a quite disciplined approach to noise making. The duo explore the time with unusual instrumental techniques and mysterious gestures. With their gentle noise and cracked linearity, the duo of Éric Normand & Philippe Lauzier enact a sound environment that is contemplative yet stands on the edge of the precipice; an environment in which the monsters of rough texture are tamed. Calling forth hidden lyricism from their instruments, Lauzier and Normand scrape their fingernails across the proverbial blackboard to exquisite effect. « The sound of what seems a 1000 violins being scraped simultaneously, but this duo also knows how to pull back, slow down and space out, such as in the second part. Tour de Bras? Tour de force is more like it. Excellent stuff. » — Vital (Pays-Bas)

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