Project Description

8pm, Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Presbyterian Church of St. David

1544 Grafton Street, Halifax
$20 or pay what you can

Unconventional Convergence

The Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble
Karen Ng – saxophone
Emily Denison – trumpet
Scott Thomson – trombone
Andrew Furlong – bass
Joe Sorbara – drums

plus an opening set by – Arthur Bull – guitar and Norman Adams – cello

The Convergence Ensemble, is made up of some of Canada’s best creative musicians, and is the primary conduit for Ken Aldcroft’s compositional and conceptual work. In performance, a set list serves less as a road map and more like a menu of possibilities; the group’s members can, individually or collectively, spontaneously arrange any of the available material. 

The musical world was deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Ken Aldcroft in September. This loss to our music is a deep one. suddenlyLISTEN is so happy that his Convergence Ensemble has decided to continue this tour, in Ken’s memory. Joe Sorbara sent this tour statement: 

The Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble . Fall Tour, 2016

The extended family of creative music in Toronto, throughout Canada, and internationally is mourning the sudden, shocking death of guitarist, composer, educator, and producer Ken Aldcroft from a heart attack in mid-September.

To celebrate our friend and his music, the Convergence Ensemble will be performing across Canada this November. We will play Ken’s music – spontaneously arranged and orchestrated as always – and take the opportunity to connect with many of his friends by improvising with local players in some cities.

We are grateful to Maria and Liam Aldcroft for their encouragement that we proceed with this tour. In many ways it is for them; Ken was an utterly devoted and loving husband and father, and the ensemble is committed to helping Maria and Liam, 13, however we can. To this end, we will be raising money for Liam’s education fund at each show.

The love, dedication, and conviction that defined Ken’s exemplary family life radiated outward to the countless musicians with whom he played, the myriad recording and performance projects he convened, and the many students – in private lessons and, since 2010, at the University of Guelph – he guided and inspired.

Ken’s tremendous skills as a guitarist, composer, and bandleader were matched by his passionate, tireless work ethic and ironclad sense of purpose. He manifested his creative vision by leading and contributing to a dazzling number of groups and projects: Convergence Ensemble, Threads, Hat and Beard, various Ken Aldcroft Trios and Quartets, Alaniaris, AIMToronto Orchestra, solo composition and improvisation, and international touring and recording with duo partners including William Parker, Klaus Kürvers, and Jason Robinson. With his friend and partner John Sorensen he released more than twenty-five recordings of his music on his independent label, Trio Records.

Ken’s efforts forming and sustaining key scene-building initiatives in Toronto embodied his commitment to fostering community through music. Hallmarks of his dedicated stewardship of creative improvised music – and his bountiful generosity – include co-founding the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, the Leftover Daylight Series, and the NOW Series, and serving on the board of the Somewhere There musicians’ collective. He was a great friend to and supporter of fellow musicians, and was deeply loved for his off-the- wall sense of humour, his creativity, his kindness, his perceptiveness, his loyalty, his keen intelligence, and his sheer love of life.

He was a true gentleman who is profoundly missed by the legion of family, friends, colleagues, and listeners he touched and inspired with his music and spirit.

The Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble is Emily Denison on trumpet, Andrew Furlong on bass, Karen Ng on alto saxophone, Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion, and Scott Thomson on trombone. We look forward to sharing the music with you.
Digby Neck’s (and the world’s) own sound explorer Arthur Bull, will open the concert along with Norm Adams.