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Rattle and roll 

suddenlyLISTEN kicks off their 2011/2012 season with an improvised performance from Hoarse Rattle


Hoarse Rattle might sound like a symptom of a fall cold. Or, it might sound like a cello, a guitar and drums combining their sounds in unexpected ways---that might surprise even the musicians themselves.

Hoarse Rattle is a collaboration between Norman Adams, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Arthur Bull, who bring an improvised performance to the Bus Stop Theatre on Thursday to kickoff to the 2011/2012 suddenlyLISTEN music series. Each artist has a distinct set of influences and experiences. Montrealer Ceccarelli is a drummer and singer who's toured all over the world and has a lengthy CV of collaborations, including singing in a Gregorian chant ensemble. Bull is a guitarist, harmonica player and poet who lives on the Bay of Fundy. Adams is the artistic director of suddenlyLISTEN and principal cellist for Symphony Nova Scotia. His collaborations include one with dancer and choreographer Gwen Noah.

"I'm a melody maker at heart," Adams says, "but I like to slide a lot of other sounds into the mix." suddenlyLISTEN has been a platform for improvised and exploratory music in Halifax for ten years, growing from a local quintet to include national and international guest artists. The series offers a bi-weekly workshop for anyone who wants to give improvisation a try.

Adams reflects on the elements that lead to a satisfying improvised show: "The best improvisers are great listeners, can shift musical gears in a heartbeat and can play with (or against) a broad range of other musicians. Some improvisers feel that the purest performance is one where the band meets for the first time on stage and performs. I believe improvisation can become deeper and concerts will be stronger when the musicians know each other musically and personally."

So, what will Hoarse Rattle sound like? "The sounds will emerge from the musicians collectively pushing their instrument's capabilities. You might hear the blues, you might hear fragments of heartbreaking melody. You will definitely hear sounds you've never heard before.

Hoarse Rattle, Thursday, September 15, 8pm, The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street,$20 adults, $10 students

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