Monday, September 14, 2015

October 11: Peter Valsamis and Yves Charuest: Polyphonic and rhythmic awareness in collective improvisation with drums

This workshop is a copresentation with l'Off Festival de Jazz and La Passe. Peter and Yves perform at the festival on October 8th at Résonance Café at 8pm. 

The topics covered in this workshop will include polyrhythms, polymeters and rhythmic awareness and their relation to the polyphony in collective improvisation (linear/gestural/melodic playing), and non-hierarchical ways of listening to the relations between the instruments in the context of collective improvisation.

Peter Valsamis, drums
Born in Montreal, Peter Valsamis plays drums and percussion and also works with computer. Now based in Los Angeles, California, Valsamis continues to nurture a wide range of interests. As a drummer, he has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Asia and North America, performing with Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Marco Eneidi, Lisle Ellis, Bern Nix, Don Preston, Dana Reason, and Glen Moore. He has performed at many jazz and music festivals, including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Victoriaville, Sibiu, South by Southwest, and High Sierra.

Valsamis is also an accomplished dumbek player, performing frequently with various Middle Eastern ensembles in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Valsamis’ studio endeavors include soundtracks and sound design for films and games, as well as music production and engineering. Valsamis received his M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, William Winant, and Leo Smith.

Yves Charuest
Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest has worked on the jazz and new music scene in the 1980-90s with many canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Guillaume Dostaler, Lisle Ellis and Jean Derome, in different groups and projects. He was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with Louis Moholo, with whom he played extensively in Europe and in the USA, and played with William Parker, John Betsch and Mathias Schubert.

More recently, Charuest has been involved on many projects with the following ensembles: Duo Charuest-Caloia, Murray Street Band, Ratchet Orchestra, The Disguises, Charuest/Shalabi/Caloia, Four-sided Circle and Still as well as with Nicolas Caloia, Ellwood Epps, Agustí Fernández, Lori Freedman, William Parker, Sam Shalabi, Scott Thomson, Peter Valsamis and Josh Zubot. Charuest does also solo work and collaborates with choreograph Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

Sunday October 11, 2-4pm
La Passe, 1214 de la Montagne
The number of participants is limited. To sign up, send an email to

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