- Thu Jan 19 2017
- 8:00 pm
- Main Hall
- The Cosmic Range
The Cosmic Range
Collective Concerts presents Toronto based artist, singer songwriter and renowned multi-instrumentalist Matthew “Doc” Dunn’s intriguing new jazz project, The Cosmic Range in The Great Hall’s Main Hall.
Dunn’s decade plus career has produced an astonishing volume of work that includes both his recent solo excursions and countless collaborations with peers including contemporary international music makers Bob Egan, J. Mascis, Kevin Morby, Ayal Senior, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and Woods.
It was the response from peers and followers that led Dunn to form The Cosmic Range. Starting in late 2014, a core membership drawn from Toronto’s most enlightened music makers joined Dunn on stage to reinterpret a blend of free jazz, world boogie and galactic funk. A year later, in late 2015, The Cosmic Range entered the studio. With Kieran Adams (Diana), drums and electronics; Brandon Valdivia (NTWNTF/Lido Pimienta), congas and percussion; Mike “Muskox” Smith (Jennifer Castle, Sandro Perri), keys and bass; Jonathan Adjemian (Hoover Party), keys and synth; Max “Slim Twig” Turnbull, guitar and wah-wah; Andy Haas (John Zorn, Spermic Brotherhood), saxophone and electronics; Isla Craig (U.S. Girls, IC/JC/VC), voice; and Dunn on organ, piano and vibraphone; the group came together to create their debut album, New Latitudes, in only two days.
If the lineup sounds intense, so is the music. And, if in fact Toronto is the city of the future, as “The Guardian” recently claimed, The Cosmic Range will surely be its house band. Recent live outings have proven that the band is as much of a force on stage as it is in the studio and collaborations are underway with a number of artists. As the world clamours to find the next Drake or Abel Tesfaye emerging from Toronto’s urban sprawl, it would be wise to take a sideways glance downtown toward The Cosmic Range where in this post-Kamasi world of 21st century jazz, new latitudes have been drawn.
The Cosmic Range
The Great Hall’s Main Hall
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Tickets $16.50 online, also available at Rotate This and Soundscapes
General admission, main floor and balcony, standing | 19+
Doors 8 pm