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The Art of Improvisation: Celebrating Gallery 345

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345 Sorauren Avenue

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Toronto, ON M6R 2G5

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The Art of Improvisation: Celebrating Gallery 345

Friday November, 22, 2019 at 8pm
Tickets: $20/PWYC
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Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com (Cash only at the door)


Gallery 345 has been a source of inspiration for a very large number artists and audience members for many years. This Art of Improvisation show celebrates Edward Epstein's innovative programming at Gallery 345 and his commitment to supporting such a broad spectrum of performance.


The Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio will begin the first set with more “structured” improvisations. The second set will be “unscripted” improvisations with Bill Gilliam (piano), Bill McBirnie (flute) and Eugene Martynec (electro-acoustics).

Set One
Bill Gilliam (piano)
Kayla Milmine (soprano sax)
Ambrose Pottie (drums)

Set Two
Bill Gilliam (piano)
Bill McBirnie (flute)
Eugene Martynec (electro acoustics)

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises jazz and new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of acoustic and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film, dance and theatre and his compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill has performed with different ensembles at jazz and new music venues and festivals in Canada & USA. His recordings include “Entangled Pathways” with the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio, “Ensorcell” (solo piano), “Memory Vision” (DVD), “Signposts” with Charlie Ringas as well as “Spirit Matter” and “Urban Undercurrents” with the Bill Gilliam Ensemble. The Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio performed at the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the same year Bill conducted and performed with the London Improvisors Orchestra at Iklectic, London, England and also performed “unscripted” improvised music at Koerner Hall in Toronto with jazz flautist Bill McBirnie. In June 2019 the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio was featured at the Something Else! Festival in Hamilton.

Recently Bill Gilliam, Glen Hall and Joe Sorbara released their new CD “Counterstasis – Refracted Voices” produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. www.bill-gilliam.com

Kayla Milmine is in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Her unique approach has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell yet also a warmth and thoughtfulness reminiscent of Steve Lacy. Milmine recently released an album with Overleaf alongside Mira Martin-Gray and Heidi Chan and plays regularly in trio form with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Ambrose Pottie. In February 2019 she recorded with celebrated bassist William Parker in a chamber-improv sextet in New York City, where she also travels to study with mentor Sam Newsome. She is co-artistic director of the Women From Space Festival.

Ambrose Pottie is a Cramahe, Ontario based musician and graphic designer. He has recorded and/or performed with: Bob Becker, Blue Rodeo, Anne Bourne, Eugene Chadbourne, Neil Clark, Crash Vegas, Andrew Cyrille, Christine Duncan, Fred Frith, Bill Grove, Guy Klucevsek, Evan Lurie, Eugene Martynec, Plasterscene Replicas, Polka Dogs, Andrew Staniland, Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Gilliam / Milmine / Pottie trio and Bob Wiseman.

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist. Bill is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. He was also designated a “Haynes Artist” by the venerable Wm. S. Haynes Co. All of Bill’s Extreme Flute releases are currently available at CDBaby and iTunes. You can find out more about Bill at his website: www.extremeflute.com

Eugene Martynec has been involved in music professionally for over 50 years as a guitarist, composer and record producer. The last 20 years he has been involved in building and performing with a software instrument that is suited primarily for improvisation and is a work in progress. He has performed with the London, Royal Amsterdam, Berlin and Wuppertal Improvising Orchestras as well as small improvising ensembles in Barcelona, London, Madrid, Copenhagen, Malmo, Amsterdam, Montreal, Rome, Toronto and Beijing.

Martynec studied composition, electronic music and orchestration with Dr. Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory in 1970-74 and was active as a studio guitarist and record producer. He received a Juno Award for producing Bruce Cockburn and Rough Trade and is also a recipient of several Canada and Toronto Arts Grants for composition and recording projects. Eugene is a founding member of The Toronto Improvisors Orchestra.
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