An intimate evening of delicate songs and haunting soundscapes.
Chime of Wrens:
Chime of Wrens is Tom Thompson’s solo instrumental project which takes the pedal steel guitar out of its traditional context. His live improvisations involve layering parts on top of each other in order to create an orchestra of sound that is hypnotic and serene. He’s recently added baritone guitars into the mix, resulting in a massive yet delicate sound that envelopes listeners within it and allows them the space to create their own narrative.
Orienteering is defined as a cross-country race in which participants use a map and compass to navigate along checkpoints across unfamiliar terrain. In the case of Ottawa’s Orienteers, music is both navigational tool and terrain. Pedal steel guitar loops, warm blankets of bass and brush sticks, and hushed vocals swirl into a psychedelic dream, creating a brand of space-folk that seems less intent upon any sort of race than it does with taking its time exploring the outer limits of an uncharted aural galaxy.