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Audiopollination 87 March 2021

Bea Labikova and Kayla Milmine Bea Labikova is a Slovak-Canadian saxophonist whose music traverses free improvisation, avant-garde, modern jazz and Slovak folk music. She is a part of many new music ensembles and ad hoc projects in Toronto (Future Proof, Wow & Flutter, Lila Ensemble) as well as the avant-jazz group Trilio In her solo project, Mt Joy, Bea couple wind instruments with electronic processing, creating spacious sounds that reflect the artic tundra where she travels regularly In the summer of 2021, Bea will release an album “No Beginning. No End” recorded with percussionist Germaine Liu and NYC’s bassist William Parker as well as a debut album with her improvising trio Future Proof. She is scheduled to attend an arts residence in Svalbard near the north pole to develop Mt. Joy’s photography-music album. Bea is the visual artist and one half of the driving force behind Women From Space Festival Kayla Milmine loves 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 a solo album called ‘Straight Horn Magick”; a mixture of field recordings and solo soprano saxophone saxophone improvisation. She plays regularly in trio form with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Ambrose Pottie, along with many other improvisers in Toronto, where she resides. She often travels to New York City to study with mentor Sam Newsome. She is co-founder of the Women From Space Festival in Toronto.

Audiopollination 86 January 2021

Audiopollination 86 – Wednesday 13th Jan 2021 

Andrew Furlong (upright bass) and Laura Swankey (voice and effects)
Livestream video by Dan Tapper
(event art by Elizabeth Lima)
to watch please go to: https://livestream.com/accounts/15801205/events/9466676

Andrew Furlong is an upright and electric bass player and an active member of the Toronto music scene. He has performed with Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, The Holy Gasp, and Skye Wallace. Andrew is a member of Archives of Eternity with Mark Hundevad and Mike Genarro, plays in Kurt Newman’s Nashville Minimalism Unit, and Brian Abbot’s Fish With an “F”. Andrew’s patient, physical solo performances are the forefront of his artistic practice. Pre-pandemic, he could be found improvising in small groups with some of Canada’s most creative musicians in Toronto, and across North America.
Laura Swankey is a Canadian vocalist, improviser and electronic artist, dedicated to exploring the full capacity of her voice in many musical settings. Her most recent release, an original solo project, combines dry and processed voice to create soundscapes beneath simple, earnest melodies and stories. The sound that is minimalist at some moments, can be dense, raw and abrasive at others. Laura also creates and presents with her jazz quartet, Proxemics, Elisa Thorn’s HUE, Jazz Bras Dot Com, Dr. Purgatory & Plastic Babies.