CBC Feature - "Keeping improvisation at the heart of the music with Big Space"

May 30, 2018


"Our latest video in our Parkway Sessions series brings you Big Space, a St. John's trio that uses free jazz to explore a variety of musical genres, including rock, electronica and metal.

Improvisation is the name of the game for this group of accomplished musicians, which means that every show they play is a unique experience.

The band has made the festival rounds in their home province, playing Lawnya Vawnya, the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival, the St. John's International Sound Symposium and the Music at Harbourside series.

All three band members are accomplished musicians in their own right. Guitarist Grant King graduated from the Berklee College of Music and Longy School of Music, and studied for several years with jazz educator Charlie Banacos. King has long collaborated with bassist Ian Murphy, whose other musical projects include So Says Jane, Exit Party and Pet Legs. And drummer Ashley Chalmers graduated from the jazz program at St. Francis Xavier University and plays with St. John's band Gala.

Listen to this performance, recorded live on the floor of our own Studio F in St. John's, to get a taste of the trio's diverse musical influences and solid performance chops."

Big Space @ St. John's Sound Symposium

May 30, 2018

The Sound Symposium has announced their line up and Big Space is thrilled to be featured with so many great local and international artists. 

St. John’s plays host to the 19th iteration of Sound Symposium, an international gathering of artists, musicians and creative types of all stripes. It’s a celebration of sound nestled between breath-taking Newfoundland hills and cliffs that crash into the Atlantic Ocean.

Big Space will be playing 2 shows: 

Friday, July 6 @ Harbourside Park - Free Outdoor Show at 12:30PM - All Ages

Saturday, July 7 @ The Ship - 9:30PM 

Big Space Featured on CBC TV's "Parkway Sessions"

Oct, 09, 2017

Cutting edge musicians in a live, intimate recording at CBC Studios in St. John's. Fretboard Journey, Rough Hands, Big Space and Steve Maloney star The Parkway Sessions, a special presentation from CBCNL.

The full show is available on youtube:


And a complete version of "Little One" by Big Space is posted on CBC's Facebook page: 

First Listen: Big Space Live at The Levee

Jun 26, 2016

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.

What Do the Cool Kids Think? Oliver, Maggie, and Hugo on 3 Local Bands

Jun 01, 2016

St. John's songwriter Joanna Barker played Big Space for 3 cool kids to hear their thoughts on the improv jazz-rock outfit.

Peoples' Choice Awards 2015 - Big Space Wins Bronze for Best Jazz/Blues

Dec 01, 2016

The band was happy 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)