Stacks Image 114611

Sound

Stacks Image 108291
I grew up in Windsor, a small town in Nova Scotia that happened to be blessed with a vibrant musical culture. On the surface it was all Friday night dances at the Legion and basement Eagles cover bands, but underneath that there was a strange brew of jazz and punk rock that offered a hearty contrast to the tourist-friendly fiddles and bagpipes one hears in all the commercials. My father ran not only one of the top high school jazz programs in the province, but also one of the finest Dixieland bands north of New Orleans. I grew up listening to my dad’s Louis Armstrong and Count Basie records, rebelled by digging deeply into Rush and Sonic Youth in my tender years, and came out the other side with a keen interest in Ornette Coleman, King Crimson, and psychedelic British folk music.

Several degrees and a relocation to Toronto later, I find myself in a community of amazing creative musicians who constantly inspire and push me to try new things. Below is some information and samples of a few things that I’ve been involved in over the years.

See Through Trio

Stacks Image 107512
00:00
00:00
  1. Blame The Numbers
  2. The Answer Is Slow

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.


“Comprising three of Toronto’s most skilled and downright interesting players, See Through Trio have delved deep into their own particular idiom … fresh intrigue at each turn.” - Nick Storring, Musicworks


See Through Trio is composed of Tania Gill (piano), Karen Ng (saxophone), and Pete Johnston (bass). Based in Toronto, the members of the trio share an interest in collective improvisation and collaborative composition. See Through Trio’s music encompass a diverse range of influences, from the 1960s jazz avant-garde of Carla Bley and Ornette Coleman to psychedelic British folk. These distinct sounds are connected by the playful deconstructionist spirit of jazz. See Through Trio performs frequently in Toronto, and has toured the East and West coasts of Canada. Our debut CD Our Own Devices was released in June 2007; Lines and Spaces followed in 2009 and Near Northern Static in 2012. Our most recent album, titled Parallel Lights, was released in October 2014.
Stacks Image 205919
2014
Stacks Image 205921
2012
Stacks Image 205923
2009
Stacks Image 205925
2007
Full albums available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp

See Through 5

Stacks Image 107421
00:00
00:00
  1. Something Somebody Can Use
  2. I Can't Forgive These Buildings

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.


Utilities largely eschews improvisation in favour of through-composition, a move that aligns See Through 5 to prog, post-rock, and kraut-rock… Johnston and Oelrichs lay down a solid pulse alongside of which Ng, Gill, and Smith engage in complex interchanges with geometric precision.” - Ron Schepper, Textura

See Through 5 brings drummer Jake Oelrichs and multi-instrumentalist Mike Smith into the See Through Trio orbit. The results are a kind of prog-jazz minimalist non-ethnic dance music. We released our debut album Utilities in the winter of 2016.
Stacks Image 205940
2016
Stacks Image 207341
Release date: 28 Oct 2016
Full albums available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Spotify

Aurochs

Stacks Image 108192
00:00
00:00
  1. Catch
  2. Seven

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.


“Aurochs’ music sits at the rich intersection of classic jazz-piano-trio instrumentation and a peculiar, asperous strain of minimalism… At once hypnotic and disquietingly propulsive, Rational Animals leaves the listener somewhat fatigued, yet still craving more.”
Nick Storring, Musicworks

Aurochs is: Ali Berkok (piano/accordion), Pete Johnston (string bass), Jake Oelrichs (percussion) and Mike Smith (synth). Our debut album is called Rational Animals, and we are currently working with producer/engineer Jean Martin on our second release for All-Set! Editions, which is due out in October 2016. In the meantime please follow us on Soundcloud, where we regularly post clips from our performances.
Stacks Image 207343
Release Date: 28 Oct 2016
Stacks Image 208434
2014
Full albums available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Spotify

See Through Two

Stacks Image 107523
00:00
00:00
  1. Range
  2. Stack
  3. Fold

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.


See Through Two is a duo project with the great bassist and composer Rob Clutton. Rob has been a mentor for me for many years, so it’s a real privilege to get to play music with him. Slow Bend is our debut recording, and it features nine compositions by Pete Johnston that afford plenty of space for improvisation and general low end theorizing. Although it’s mostly music for two basses, there are a few tunes thrown in that feature Rob on other instruments he plays (or at least that he was able to borrow).
Stacks Image 208418
2016
Full albums available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Spotify

Other Jazz

Stacks Image 107843

Along with these regular projects I perform frequently as a freelance bassist around Toronto, and have been lucky to play with some of the city's most creative musicians. Here are a few examples.
Mike Smith’s
Muskox
00:00
00:00
  1. Buff Stop
  2. Ghost Ride

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.

More Muskox for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp
Tania Gill Quartet w/Lina Allemano and Mark Segger
00:00
00:00
  1. Magpie
  2. Up Down

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.

Notes

Stacks Image 207669

Much of my recent work has focused on music for improvisers, but I also enjoy composing music that is fully notated. I have written music for chamber ensembles as well as for film and dance. Here are three examples of my chamber music—the first is the third movement from a string quartet, the second a sextet piece for flute, clarinet, violin, piano, cello, and percussion, and the third an art song for voice and piano on a text by poet Alden Nowlan (1933-1983).
00:00
00:00
  1. String Quartet 3rd Movement
  2. Spiral Glider
  3. Canadian January Night

Your web browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update to a newer web browser.

“www.seethroughmusic.bandcamp.com”