Improvised music ensemble
Tim Brady – electric guitar, electronics
Helmut Lipsky – violin
Shawn Mativetsky – tabla, percussion
“Of Sound, Mind and Body” is the world of music in the hands of three master musicians. It is spontaneous music creation that resonates with tradition but is driven by innovation and imagination. It is neither new nor old, it is simply music, in real time.
“Of Sound, Mind and Body” is the trio of composer/improvisers made up of Tim Brady (electric guitar, electronics), Helmut Lipsky (violin) and Shawn Mativetsky (tabla, percussion). These three musicians bring a remarkable range of experience and vision to the table: Lipsky is a classical and jazz violin virtuoso, Mativetsky is one of Canada’s foremost proponents of the traditional Indian tabla and of world music percussion, and Brady is an acknowledged international electric guitar innovator and composer. Together, they work with a palette of sounds and ideas that encompass the history and future of musical expression.
What sets this trio of improvisers apart is both their visionary approach to open musical ideas and their inherent understanding of musical form. This is true free improvisation – it can be tonal, atonal, modal, hyper-chromatic, neo-romantic, punk rock-loud, Feldman-soft, simple, chaotic. Everything is allowed, imagination and conviction are the only prerequisites. It is not about a narrow musical style, it is about using music to create connections with other musicians and the public.
The key to the success of their performances is the sense of drama and structure that these three musicians bring to the improvisational process. Lipsky, Brady and Mativetsky naturally think in expressive musical phrases, building the performance with the same sense of balance and daring as a composed work of chamber music. The ebb and flow of tension and release – the life-blood of most of the world’s musical traditions – is at the heart of the creative process that is “Of Sound, Mind and Body”.