I’ve played an active role as a cellist (and more) performing Liz Hysen’s dark and peculiar songs since 2006. In addition to joining a number of tours in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, I’ve contributed a great deal to the band’s recorded output from Whore Luck onwards. With more recent efforts such as You, Exit, and the split with Nadja, Fool/ Reedemer, I’ve been instrumental in the mixing and production.
Fellow cellist Tilman Lewis and I have been working together as an improvising duo since when Scott Thompson (now A.D. of the Guelph Jazz Festival) paired us together for one of his Music In Galleries events. We’ve since released work on Toronto’s Arachnidiscs and Cabin Floor Esoterica. Tilman crafted this excellent bio for us: “Emerging in summer 2006, with allegiance to both form and freedom, they have since embarked on sonic explorations that draw on various folk traditions and experimental musics. The pair love to bend the instrument’s lyricism, not so much employing extended techniques as but an array of audacious contra-techniques: preparations/ apparati (practice mutes, hair-clips, clamps, wine corks, mallets, egg beaters, plectra etc.). They still, however, permit the instrument’s natural beauty to have its place. These sonorities are channeled and combined into single unified textures, and everything from improvised heterophony, to stark contrast.”