François Kervorkian playing as part of GARAGE 416 with BLUEPRINT, Jason KLAPS and MIKE K at Roxy Blu (12 Brant), Friday (June 15), 10 pm. $18 advance, more at the door. www.garage416.com Rating: NNNNN
Since iconoclastic producer François Kervorkian helped usher in the age of electronica with his use of drum-machine technology, it's strangely fitting that the Wave Music boss -- who's also credited with popularizing the dance-floor dub mix -- is now seen as spearheading the move back to larger orchestrations employing real instruments with his Body and Soul cohort Joe Claussell.
Once an aspiring jazz drummer who came to New York from France in 75 to study with Tony Williams, Kervorkian -- now 47 -- instead wound up trading beats on the floor of Galaxy 21 with legendary mixmaster Walter Gibbons, then moved to the turntables, picking up moves from gifted contemporaries Jellybean Benitez and Larry Levan along the way.
A remix of Musique's (Push, Push) In The Bush launched Kervorkian's production career in 79, but it wasn't until the mid-80s that his name began to appear larger on records than the artists he remixed, following hugely successful crossover constructions for Kraftwerk, the Smiths, Thomas Dolby and Yazoo.
Lately, Kervorkian has been stirring up a fuss again with his fusionary fiddling on Cesaria Evora's Sangue De Beirona and the Claussell latin stormer Escravos De Jo in addition to tracks by Femi Kuti and Talvin Singh, so expect a globally broad scatter of spiritual grooves when Kervorkian makes his long-overdue Toronto debut.