Pete Johnston’s See Through 4 celebrates the release of “False Ghosts, Minor Fears”, a recording of new music to be released on All-Set! Editions, a Toronto-based record label co-run by Pete Johnston and Mike Smith, as part of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects. The Rob Clutton Trio will open up (robclutton.com).
See Through 4 is a new project that features Karen Ng (saxophone), Marilyn Lerner (piano), Nick Fraser (drums), and Pete on string bass. As some of Toronto’s most inventive improvisers and interpreters, these musicians are ideal collaborators for these new compositions, which blend intricate, contrapuntal composed sections with open improvisation. Peter received an Ontario Arts Council Music Creation grant to write 11 pieces for this group in early 2019; the works incorporate concepts from minimalist music, contemporary electronic music, progressive rock, and free jazz, in the hopes of finding new musical possibilities, challenging the players, and reflecting the unique skills of each musician in the group.
See Through 4 is a new project that features Karen Ng (saxophone), Marilyn Lerner (piano), Nick Fraser (drums), and Pete Johnston on string bass.
Pete Johnston - bass, composition, band leader
Pete Johnston is a Juno Award-winning bassist and composer. He was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, and studied composition and bass at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Following a two- year tour of North America with the Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra, Pete moved to Toronto in 2001 to pursue graduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology at York University. After completing his doctoral studies in 2010, Pete studied with renowned bassists Barre Phillips and Gary Peacock and performed in numerous groups around Toronto including Muskox, Aurochs, and his own groups See Through Trio, See Through 5, and Stranger Still. Pete currently teaches music at Ryerson University and Humber College.
Karen Ng - saxophone
Toronto-based improviser Karen Ng can be found in many different projects across a wide range of music, including Andy Shauf, Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene, Josh Cole Quintet, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, and Rob Clutton Trio as well as various ad hoc duos, trio and quartets. In 2015 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Europe as well as the OAC National/International Residency grant in 2018 which took place in New York. She is the co-founder of TONE festival, Assistant Artistic/General Director of Guelph Jazz Festival and is on the Board of Directors for the Music Gallery.
Marilyn Lerner - piano
Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered recognition, including “Best Western Jazz Recording 2004” for her Special Angel duo with legendary guitarist Sonny Greenwich. She produced "Birds Are Returning", the first contemporary Canadian jazz recording to come out of Cuba, playing her compositions with greats Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terry and Jane Bunnett. Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinettist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She has also appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher and Gerry Hemingway.
Nick Fraser - drums
Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1995. He has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth and Kirk MacDonald. Nick has released many albums as a leader, including "Towns and Villages" (2013), "Is Life Long" (2016), and "Zoning" (2019). Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Peripheral Vision, the Lina Allemano Four and Titanium Riot.