and raised on the Canadian prairies, began playing electric bass at 12,
travelling 100 km every week to study music theory and buy 70's hard rock
lps. Further listening brought exposure to blues, jazz, reggae, and punk
rock. A move to "the city" and its record library revealed free
jazz, early electronic music, and the music of Asia.
Efforts were made to accommodate this range of music within the limits
of rock instrumentation, but eventually regular rhythms and tempered pitches
were jettisoned in favor of open forms, improvisation, and exploration
of the full sonic possibilities of steel strings and magnetic pickups,
the instrument moving from chest to lap to tabletop, the number and diameter
of strings varying periodically.
Extensive touring in North America, Europe and Japan has provided opportunities
to play with a wide range of musicians including, most recently, Alfredo
Costa Monteiro, Haco, Sharif Sehnaoui, and Martin Tetreault. More important,
however, is the shared development afforded by longer playing/recording
relationships with Jeffrey Allport, Kelly Churko, Bunsho Nisikawa (in
the duo Supernatural Hot Rug And Not Used), Phroq, Mike Shiflet, and Fritz
Welch, as well as a duo with dancer Corrie Befort.