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The PiNG presents cheryl o and friends

THE AMBiENT PiNG   http://www.theambientping.com
Every Tuesday Night @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen St. West (At the corner of Gladstone/Dufferin St.)
Doors open at 9pm - 1st set at 9:30 - PayWhatYouCan
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This Tuesday September 28th - cheryl o and friends

All she ever wants for her birthday is to jam with her friends...
so ambient/experimental cellist cheryl o is celebrating in the
new PiNG venue with an evening of improv with quasiMODAL
and extra-special-guest percussionist Joe Sorbara. In the
style of Planet of the Loops, the 1st set will begin with a duet
with cheryl and Joe, later joined by guitarist Michael Keith
whenever the mood strikes him. (Watch out!) The 2nd set
will be quasiMODAL (including synthguy Steven Sauve)
featuring percussionist Sorbara. (The first quasiMODAL CD
release will be available at the ping things table.)

cheryl o, cello, loops, electronics - http://www.cellojuice.com
Michael Keith, guitar + toys - http://www.michaelkeith.com
Steven Sauve, synth, loops - http://www.karmafarm.ca
Joe Sorbara, percussion - http://www.joesorbara.com

Between Sets CD - "Mantram"
    by Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig
Organic electronic textures, tamboura and didgeridoo drones
envelope throbbing percussion and moaning Bansuri flute
as this talented trio weave a hypnotic sonic mandala.
(Available at ping things.)  http://www.steveroach.com
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Coming Tuesday Oct. 5th - Nik Beeson & John Kameel Farah.
www.nikbeeson.com      www.johnfarah.com
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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

"Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II" by Steve Roach

With his latest release "Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II",
Steve Roach builds and expands on ideas and themes
touched upon in his "Fever Dreams" disc from earlier  this year.
Creating spaces by combining intricate rhythms with deep
washes of sound, he's woven a beautiful tapestry of sound
sure to appeal to both new and old fans alike.

"The Wounded Healer" opens the disc, a work of flowing
liquid pads blending and growing overtop a weaving hypnotic
percussive pattern. Listening to this track it's easy to be
drawn in, led to another plane of thought. And from here 
our journey begins...

Track two, "Energy Wall" uses a series of rhythmic patterns
gaining in complexity with each passing moment, building
upon each other to create a solid mass of moving sound.
There's a strong sense of connection made in this track
between the listener and the music, a feeling that one is
drawing strength from the other at alternating times.
Masterful work.

"Opening the Space" combines voice and didgeridoo to
create a haunting example of organic ambience, the piece
quite literally being infused with the breath of it's creators.
Ritual magic is at play here, a feeling of spirits being
called down to earth, the vocals of Jennifer Grais inviting
elder ghosts to commune with the living. A suggestion
of old wisdom and forgotten secrets. Spellbinding.

"Heart's Core" draws on similar ideas of ritual, adding drums
courtesy of Byron Metcalf and bass work to suggest a
ceremony, shared experience between the living and the
dead. Rapturous and groove laden, there's the idea of
celebration deep in the heart of this one.

"Fires Burning" brings to mind the sharing of wisdom, secrets
being passed between generations, the mysteries of life laid
bare for those who are brave enough to ask the right questions.
Lush tones sweep throughout, interwoven with fretless grooves
and flowing vocals. A fantastic piece that scales dizzying heights.
I'm left breathless.

With closing track "Holding the Space" the disc and all of it's
ideas are drawn together and expanded upon. A slowly evolving
environment that builds in complexity throughout the course of
it's 23 minutes, it captures the journey of self awareness, of
coming to know oneself, of finding meaning not from outside
sources but from within. A truly moving piece leading to
self reflection and contemplation. Beautiful.

>From beginning to end "Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II"
is an incredible work that truly captures a feeling of inner
growth and development. The pieces collected here are all
both inspired and inspiring, infused with a sense of magic
that stays with you long after the disc has finished.

rik maclean - rik@pingthings.com

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THE AMBiENT PiNG presents live performances by Toronto's
finest ambient, chillout and experimental music artists plus
performers from across the continent, every Tuesday evening
at the Ballroom in the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West
at Gladstone/Dufferin St. - Both the Queen Streetcar and the
Dufferin Bus stop right at the hotel. http://www.gladstonehotel.com
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