February 26, 2009


Grid Mesh
from Berlin, Germany
at the Cube Gallery
7, Hamilton Avenue North
Friday, March 20th at 8 PM
Admission $ 10

Andreas Willer, guitar
Frank Paul Schubert, alto and soprano saxophones
Rudi Fischerlehner, drums

Thanks to a travel grant from the City of Berlin cultural affairs, the Berlin-based
Grid Mesh trio will make a stop in Ottawa after performing at Sci Fi’s in Philadelphia, John Zorn’s The Stone in New York City, Metropolis Underground in Syracuse, and at le Cagibi in Montreal in a double bill with the Jean Derome trio.

The importance of Berlin as a Jazz Mecca has been discussed intensively since last summer here in Ottawa, thanks to Peter Hum from the Ottawa Citizen. The number of Canadian Jazz musicians moving to Berlin is also reported to be on the rise.

Grid Mesh’s tour is a unique opportunity to sample a piece of the Berlin scene and try to understand what is going on there.

About Grid Mesh: As usual in Berlin, the Grid Mesh group is the result of a project involving musicians who themselves are involved in many other projects of apparent complete stylistic heterogeneity. Consequently, a Grid Mesh piece of music is rarely monolithic when it comes to style and instead draws from the various free improvisation backgrounds of the musicians while still resulting in a unique band sound that often has early Jazz collective improvisation qualities. The best metaphor is probably to compare it to a trans-continental journey by train where every time you look out the window the landscape has completely changed while still feeling at home.