“It’s high-risk – because it could be messy, or it could be magical” – that’s how guitarist Grant King describes the thrill of improvisation at the heart of Big Space. Also featuring Ashley Chalmers (drums) and Ian Murphy (bass), the trio draws on free jazz excitement and channels it through an instrumental post-rock sound. Their music explores the edge between composition and improvisation, blending rock, jazz, electronica and metal, and making every show a one-time-only experience.
Formed in 2013, Big Space has appeared at the St. John’s Sound Symposium and the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. Each member has played with many other bands in the St. John’s music scene, including Pathological Lovers, The Monday Nights, and GALA. In 2015, they released “Live at the Levee”, capturing one of their electrifying live shows. The band is currently working on new music and planning for a follow-up album in 2017.
No two Big Space performances are alike, according to the jazz-rock band's guitarist, Grant King.
King, along with Ashley Chalmers on drums and Ian Murphy on bass, plays free jazz — which relies heavily on improvisation.
"It's kind of high risk, because it could be messy, or it could be magical," said King.
King explained that most jazz musicians improvise on an existing melody and its underlying chord structures. But in free jazz, musicians start with a beginning melody, then they simply take the music where it goes.
Big Space's album, Live at the Levee, captures the musicians in one of their favourite free jazz performances.
Have a listen to Grant King of Big Space talk with Heather Barrett on Weekend AM.
Peoples' Choice Awards 2015 - Big Space Wins Bronze for Best Jazz/Blues
The band was thrilled to win "Bronze" for best jazz/blues band in St. John's, as voted by readers of The Overcast. Other winners in this category were Duane Andrews (Gold) and the Brad Jefford Trio (Silver)
Sponsored by the Sound Symposium, Night Music is a monthly series of improv events, where a band does a set of their own music, and then serves as a basis for improvisations into the night. All improvisers welcome.