(damper) Coaster

(damper) Coaster by Martin Arnold

(Damper) Coaster brings together two musical preoccupations of mine, proccupations that are in the background of much of my music but come to the foreground here: late 14th century Ars Subtilior polyphony and enervated (psychedelic) lounge music. This one’s for the lovers, lost and found. And, though it is utterly different in character, the bass drum solo in (Damper) Coaster wouldn’t exist as it does if I hadn’t heard the snare drum solo in Rudolf Komorous’ Rossi first.

(Damper) Coaster was commissioned by Arraymusic with the assistance of the Canada Council.
– Martin Arnold

Martin Arnold is a musician based in Toronto. His notated compositions have been played nationally and internationally. Martin is also an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, and guitar. In particular, for the last 15 years, he has been electric guitarist in the Ryan Driver Quintet/Sextet. Martin’s music/performances are a part of a number of internationally distributed recordings released by labels including Barnyard, Constellation, Centrediscs, Continuum, EVE, Fire (UK), Rat-drifting, and Tin Angel (UK) and has three albums entirely devoted to his compositions in print:  The Spit Veleta on Another Timbre (UK), Tam Lin on Autumn Records (Vermont) and Aberrare on Collection QB (Montréal). Martin lectures in Cultural Studies at Trent University and Art, Culture and Media, at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. In July 2016, Martin became the Artistic Director of Arraymusic.

This concert was produced by Arraymusic and co-presented with The Music Gallery.
Video by John Creson and Adam Rosen

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