Happy New Year.

Very much looking forward to playing some music with American bassist and improviser Mark Dresser this weekend here in Vancouver. Barking Sphinx is presenting MARK DRESSER MEETS VANCOUVER: Two Evenings Musical Improvisation and Collaboration at the Western Front on Friday January 15th and Saturday the 16th. Performers include Peggy Lee, cello; Dylan van der Schyff, drums; Chris Gestrin, piano; Ron Samworth, guitar; Aram Bajakian, guitar; JP Carter, trumpet; John Paton, saxophones; and Mark Dresser, bass.

The Push Festival is coming up.

Excited to collaborate with Stefan Smulavitz and his EYE OF NEWT ENSEMBLE on Friday January 22nd at the Fox Cabaret (8pm), where we’ll be performing an improvised score to Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1970 cult Western film EL TOPO. With Chris Kelly, sax/electronics; Gordon Grdina, guitar/oud; JP Carter, trumpet/effects; Kenton Loewen, drums/percussion; Stefan Smulavitz, viola/electronics. As part of the Push Festival.

FOND OF TIGERS play at the Fox Cabaret on Thursday January 28th (10pm). Also part of the Push Festival. Also, exciting. I’d even go so far as to call it “thrilling”. But perhaps it’s best to reserve that word for describing a roller coaster ride, for example, or things of that nature. Fond of Tigers is Stephen Lyons, guitar; Jesse Zubot, violin; JP Carter, trumpet; Morgan McDonald, keyboards; Shanto Bhattacharya, bass; Dan Gaucher & Skye Brooks, drums. With guest Paul Rigby on the pedal steel.

On Saturday January 30th i’ll be playing at the LIDO (518 E Broadway) with bassist Colin Cowan (Dada Plan, Elastic Stars) and drummer Josh Wells (Black Mountain, Destroyer) in a new trio experiment. We’re calling it Wells/Carco. Should be fun.