"(Trumpeter) Lina Allemano is one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years" [Brian Morton, Point of Departure, June 2013].
"Trumpeter Lina Allemano is especially good at the melodification of thought and sound. Her finely textured improvisations are always intent but casual, as if she were merely picking out notes and phrases that have always been there, waiting to be made audible" [Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, Nov 2010].
LINA ALLEMANO is a Canadian trumpeter, improviser, and composer based in Toronto ON since 1993, originally hailing from Edmonton AB. She has an active international career, performing and recording cutting-edge contemporary music primarily in free-jazz/improvised/experimental/avant-garde settings. Her trumpet playing, compositions, and artistic vision have gained her recognition as being "adventurous, expressive, compelling, forward thinking, inventive, and sophisticated".
As well as leading her longtime free-jazz band, LINA ALLEMANO FOUR, she also fronts a new improvising group, TITANIUM RIOT. (See below for more info on these groups). Lina is also a member of many other active creative groups as a side-person, including Rob Clutton's Cluttertones, and she has also collaborated with a long list of internationally acclaimed improvisers. Lina appears on over 30 recordings, including 5 of her own critically acclaimed CDs with LINA ALLEMANO FOUR that feature her original compositions: Live at the Tranzac (2012), Jargon (2010), Gridjam (2008), Pinkeye (2006), and Concentric (2003).
Lina has been touring extensively with LINA ALLEMANO FOUR all across Europe, USA, and Canada since 2005, and she has performed multiple times at the prestigious Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) in New York City. Lina recently undertook advanced trumpet studies in Berlin with Axel Dörner and in New York City with Laurie Frink. She was featured as one of the top innovative trumpeters for the future in DownBeat Magazine (2007), was winner of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award (2005), and was nominated for National Jazz Awards Trumpeter of the Year and SOCAN Composer of the Year (2009).
Hailed as one of Canada's leading avant-garde/free-jazz bands, LINA ALLEMANO FOUR is known internationally for their inventiveness, playfulness, and synergy as they deftly blur the line between composition and improvisation. The band has been touring extensively for the past 8 years all across Europe, USA and Canada. Their music has been described as abstract melodicism, combining lush colours with dense free-flowing rhythmic textures. "Lina Allemano and her band have created an eclectic sound that makes its own synthesis of tradition and avant-garde, of structure and freedom, of clever composition and emotional depth, of abstraction and warmth… beautiful and moving and fun." [Stef Gijssels, The Free Jazz Collective (Belgium), Nov 2012].
The band's newest and fourth album, Live at the Tranzac (2012), has been receiving very favourable attention from countless reviewers internationally, making a splash particularly in Europe and USA. Their 2010 release, Jargon, also received many accolades internationally and was notably named in Exclaim!'s Improv & Avant-Garde Albums of the Year and Eye Weekly's Best Toronto Albums.
LINA ALLEMANO FOUR was invited to perform in New York City at the prestigious FONT Festival of New Trumpet Music in both 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the band was also invited to perform at the renowned international experimental film festival, Images Festival, playing their own new original live scores for 1960's experimental short films. Recent tours have brought the band to Europe in October 2012 and USA in September 2013. Upcoming tours include Europe in April 2014.
Lina Allemano's TITANIUM RIOT is "imaginative... surreal... oddly compelling" [Wholenote Magazine]. Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano was named one of DownBeat Magazine's top innovative trumpeters for the future and was recently called "one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years" [Point of Departure]. Lina's Toronto-based TITANIUM RIOT is an accidentally-psychedelic improvising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic, combining an unusual instrumentation of acoustic trumpet (with acoustic sound-manipulation), analog synth, electric bass, and drums. Called "uncompromisingly explorative" by Europe's experimental music journal Tokafi, the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow. TITANIUM RIOT's evolutionary history has its roots in two of Lina's earlier experimental groups: "N" (founded 2005) gradually fusing together with the short-lived Titanium Trio (2010-2012) to form this new incarnation in early 2013. TITANIUM RIOT's debut album, Kiss the Brain, was released to rave reviews in late 2014, with tours in Canada and USA in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot, Kiss The Brain, "is a major event" [Musicworks Magazine]. Allemano uses "pure, manic energy to push the music's abstract shapes into something visceral and thrilling" [Chicago Reader]. "Allemano is one of the more imaginative trumpet voices... (she) eschews structure for passion. Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot plays without barriers or borders using a blank slate and the wherewithal to quickly fill it up with complete sketches that are engaging, provocative and esoteric" [Something Else!]. TITANIUM RIOT tours Europe in November 2016.