Ken Aldcroft - guit., Scott Thomson - trb.
Ken Aldcroft and Scott Thomson have been playing together since 2005, when Scott joined Ken’s Trio, a group that eventually evolved into the Convergence Ensemble, which has toured and recorded extensively since 2007. In addition, they have worked together extensively as co-founders of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto), a musicians’ collective that hosted many exceptional visiting musicians, including Evan Parker, William Parker, Eddie Prévost, Joe McPhee, and Urs Leimgruber, always in collaboration with Toronto musicians. Likewise, they have both played in the AIMToronto Orchestra, a group formed to play Anthony Braxton’s music in 2007. After this extensive shared experience, Ken and Scott recently opted to pursue performing as a duo, and recorded Red & Blue (Trio Records, 2015). In this context, through open improvisation, they explore their dynamic musical rapport; Ken contributes the carefully crafted dissonances that refract his post-Abercrombie jazz guitar vocabulary through, for one, Derek Bailey’s technical extensions, while Scott marries the Ellingtonian vocalization of his teacher, Roswell Rudd, with the more extreme technical revisions by Paul Rutherford and Günter Christmann. Together, their music is always improvised, bound to surprise.