"...pianist Ali Berkok, bassist Pete Johnston, and drummer Jake Oelrichs—all alumni of the celebrated Toronto instrumental group Muskox—have ventured further outward into deliciously unstable territory." -Nick Storring, Musicworks Magazine
Formed in the autumn of 2012, these musicians have played with each other in various combinations in numerous groups in Toronto over the last ten years, including Muskox, Arkana Music, See Through Trio, and the Toronto Jazz Orchestra. This trio emerged out of a shared desire to create extended improvised musical structures in which the three instruments would function as equal partners in the ensemble texture. Drawing on a range of influences including jazz, dub reggae, American minimalism, electronic music, and punk rock, Aurochs seeks to expand the traditional palette associated with this instrumentation. To this end, Aurochs focuses on developing sustained, gradually unfolding ensemble improvisations. Aurochs's wide open approach to music-making means that they never end up with the same song structure twice.
You can catch Aurochs playing at the Tranzac on the second Tuesday of every month, at 7:30p.m.
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From 2011 to 2012 I undertook to write a chamber score for Eisenstein's iconic film. We took a stab at playing it live with the film (we packed Beit Zatoun house in Toronto), and I don't think Potemkin has seen its last performance. You can watch the film with our live recording of the performance audio below.