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Near Distant Ensemble // Autobahn at the Burdock

  • The Burdock 1184 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6H 1N2 Canada (map)

Doors at 8:30
$10 in advance:
$15 at the door


Near distant ensemble performs genre-bending music inspired by the work of Margaret Atwood and other prominent Canadian authors and poets. Led by trumpeter/composer Tom Upjohn, the groups’ sound is informed by artists ranging from Igor Stavinsky to Dan Weiss to Sam Amidon and beyond. Comprised of twelve of Canada’s brightest young musicians, the group captivates audiences with a unique blend of spoken word, intricate rhythmic structures, poignant melodies and free improvisation.

Tom Upjohn - compositions, trumpet & live electronics

Sean Patrick Clarey - guitar
Hayden Farrar - bass
William Lamoureux - violin
Ben McCarroll-Butler - woodwinds
Mara Nesrallah - voice
Justin Orok - guitar
Aidan Sibley - trombone
Laura Swankey - voice
Lique Fabrique - voice
Alfie Vienneau - drum set
Nebyu Yohannes - trombone


Autobahn is an ambitious collective trio of musicians who strive to push past boundaries, blurring the lines between improvised and composed music. Influenced by the sounds of luminaries such as Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman, Autobahn incorporates complex rhythmic structures, soaring melodies and ambient textures to forge their own sound, while captivating audiences with their spontaneous energy.

James Hill - piano
Jeff LaRochelle - tenor sax & bass clarinet
Ian Wright - drum set


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