Toronto’s award-winning group Minor Empire is planning a busy year of new releases and unique collaborative concert performances under the banner Sonic Colliders. The series will see the band performing with world-renowned virtuosos like Avi Bortnik and Eivind Aarset as they explore and expand on the full spectrum of their vaunted outer-national Anatolian inspired soundscapes.
Described as ‘Trippy, dreamy, cinematic and stylishly hip’, Minor Empire principles Ozgu Ozman and Ozan Boz’s music takes listeners on a voyage of the imagination. It’s a unique sound and style that largely defies categorization and stereotypes, but their heady mix of middle eastern roots, rock, jazz and lush contemporary sonic ambience has attracted fans far and wide. American critic Milo Miles (NPR, Rolling Stone, NY Times) deemed their Uprooted album the “Best Release of 2018″ and their online videos have racked up millions of views around the world.
Avi Bortnick is an American jazz guitarist who became widely known for his association with guitarist John Scofield. Bortnick joined Scofield’s jam-oriented band in 2000 and appears on Überjam, Up All Night, and Überjam Deux as both a player and co-producer. Avi has one of the deepest pockets on the scene and will be leaning heavily into the grooves for these shows.