The musicians of Big Space are happy to be back in the same space
Have a First Listen to In Relation To by Big Space
The hard lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic were not great times for members of the St. John's jazz trio Big Space.
"It was weird," Big Space guitarist Grant King recently told CBC's Weekend AM.
"When I was locked down just playing by myself, it was like not speaking for four months."
Big Space consists of King, Ian Murphy on bass and Ashley Chalmers on drums.
The three musicians specialize in improvised, free jazz, which requires the three of them to play together, listen intently to each other, and create music in the moment.
"The music that we make doesn't really work in separate parts," said Chalmers.
In Relation To is an album of pieces captured live in the studio, between lockdowns, with all three members playing and recording together.
Like all Big Space performances, the recordings on this collection are one-of-a kind events.
"Ninety per cent of what you're hearing is improvised, so there's a lot of risk involved," said Chalmers.
"There's moments on the album where there's magic, and there's moments where we have to say, 'Well, that's just the nature of the improv.'"
Energy of the room
Now that pandemic restrictions have eased, Murphy said the band is thrilled to be resuming gigs in front of live audiences.
Murphy said performing In Relation To for other people is like adding more musicians to the mix.
"We're not just feeding off the sound [of each other], we're feeding off the energy of the room."
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