Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises jazz and new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and
prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has
composed for film (Bruce Elder), dance and theatre and recorded and performed with musicians such as Ernie Dollar, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano, Dave Young, Howard
Gaul, Lori Freedman, Brian Katz, Martin van der Ven, Rick Sacks, Charlie Ringas and many others.
His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill's performances include the 416 Toronto Creative
Improvisors Festival, Gallery 345, Array Space, Tranzac, Musideum, The Rex, Nuit Blanche, The Drake, Music Gallery, Distillery Jazz Festival, The Montreal Bistro, All That Jazz series at the AGO
as well as Silence & Manhattans in Guelph, Aeolian Hall in London, Montpelier Vermont and other venues in Ontario. Bill's ongoing music projects include collaborations and performances with Kayla
Milmine and Ambrose Pottie, the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Bill McBirnie, Cheryl O, David Story, Eugene Martynec, Rick Sacks, Penn Kemp (sound poet), Kiva
Simova and other artists.
Kayla Milmine's musical journey with the soprano saxophone is a familiar one amongst fellow straight-hornists: Having started out on the clarinet then the tenor saxophone, soon finding herself
falling in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Since beginning her soprano centric journey, she has developed a unique approach to the
instrument that at times has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, yet the warmth and thoughtfulness that's reminiscent of Steve Lacy. Studying under the mentorship of New York based soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, she is now working on and developing music for solo soprano saxophone. She can also be seen playing with the Toronto based Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet, and with her duo FASTER featuring guitarist/composer Brian Abbott.
Ambrose Pottie is a musician, phonographer and electroacoustic performer/composer, with recordings featured on Quiet American.com and Webbed Hand Records. He is a founding member of the Toronto Improvisor’s Orchestra, and has recorded and/or performed with: Fred Frith workshop orchestra, Andrew Cyrille, Eugene Chadbourne, The Polka Dogs, Bill Grove, Blue Rodeo, Flaming Dono Drum and Dance Ensemble, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Thin Men and Bill Bissett. Ambrose was a founding member of Toronto band Crash Vegas, recording three albums and touring Canada And U.S. extensively.