Fri Feb 27: Joe Morris, Mark Molnar, Craig Pedersen co-presented by Tone Deaf

Malting Tower
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King St W.
Tickets available at the door or through TicketScene

Joe Morris – guitar
Mark Molnar – cello
Craig Pedersen – trumpet

The winter jazz concert series continues with a very special concert featuring the trio of Joe Morris, Mark Molnar, and Craig Pedersen. This concert is first for us as we will be using the brand spankin’ new Malting Tower in the recently opened Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. We are also pleased to be partnering with Tone Deaf for this event!

About the artists

Guitar player Joe Morris is hailed as “… the most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade.” (JOHN CORBETT, DOWNBEAT). Joined by trumpet player Craig Pedersen and cello player Mark Molnar, the trio will tread through their collective take on tradition and innovation to places of joy, inquiry and contemplation in an effort to share the music they love.

Tour dates

Feb 25 – Silence – Guelph, Ontario
Feb 26 – Black Squirrel Books – Ottawa, Ontario
Feb 27 – Tett Centre – Kingston, Ontario
Feb 28 – Curated – Peterborough, Ontario
Mar 1 – La Passe – Montréal, Quebec

Joe Morris

Joe Morris is a joyous, innovative, and thought provoking artist, musician, guitarist and bassist who draws on the history of jazz in his work, and reinvents tradition through his unique voice.

He has worked consistently on communicating with audiences the world over throughout his nearly 3 decade long career. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the US and Europe. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension College and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory in the jazz and improvisation department.

Since 1994 he has recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, Okka Disc, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity and OmniTone and Avant. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a solo and as a leader of a trio and a quartet. Since 1993 he has recorded and/or performed with such Jazz luminaries as Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, Hamid Drake, Fully Celebrated Orchestra and others.

“… the guitar revolutionary to pay attention to.”

“… a guitarist whose sound is completely his own, oscillating between deadpan sweetness and dangerous, shrapnel-like caprice.”

Craig Pedersen

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, composer and educator based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he also performs commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads his own bands, the Craig Pedersen Quartet and the It’s A Free Country duo with Joel Kerr.

Since 2011, Craig has released eight albums of material, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore), as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium, and performances at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.

Mark Molnar

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun.

TONE DEAF COLLECTIVE – The Tone Deaf Collective is dedicated to bringing experimental music and sound performance to Kingston, presenting artists residing both within and outside of our city through their annual festival, and additional programming throughout the year. The group has successfully highlighted work of local new music composers, noisicians, laptop, sound sculptors, and many others, and is a vital outlet for a wide range of musics and sound-based practices which are not otherwise heard.