Scott Thomson

  • 1975
  • Composer • Performer (trombone)

Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer. He works extensively with singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, and his suite of songs, The Muted Note, based on P.K. Page poems, has been the basis of discs with Susanna and with his quintet The Disguises, a major stage work with choreography by Susanna, and a 40-performance, nine-province Canadian tour in 2014. Scott helped to found the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the 20-piece Montréal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. Scott was the artistic director of Somewhere There, a performance space for live creative music in Toronto that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. Scott has composed a series of site-specific works, ‘cartographic compositions’ for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; Montréal’s Vieux Port and Parc Lafontaine; and Parc National du Bic. Scott programs the Guelph Jazz Festival.