Avant-garde Music & Multimedia in the Pacific Northwest

Wed, Mar 6 2019 8:00 PM

Red Gate "Classic"
855 East Hastings Vancouver BC
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“Vancouver finally achieves transcendence through drone. Quiet City looks to provide a proper home for the deep-listening experience.” -Scout Network

Established in January 2010, Quiet City is a series of concerts in Vancouver focused on live performances of experimental, electronic and improvised music in a comfortable and intimate setting. The fifty-ninth edition of this series will be featuring performances by:
⊚ Alex Zhang Hungtai (Los Angeles)
⊚ Dolphin Midwives (Portland)
⊚ Military Genius
⊚ Sandy Ewen (New York)

Presented by Soundscape, Panospria, CiTR FM & Discorder Magazine

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Since retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Zhang has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, free jazz, and his new role as a composer of soundtracks for film. His latest musical output predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion, and piano, furthering his research on ritualistic music of liminality. Solo output aside, he is also a member of an experimental trio with Portuguese musicians David Maranha and Gabriel Ferrandini, based in Lisbon. Zhang currently lives in Los Angeles and is also working as an actor in independent films.

Sage Elaine Fisher is an American composer, performer, and sound artist based in Portland, Oregon. She is perhaps best known for her performance project Dolphin Midwives which abstracts the harp, voice, and percussion using electronics, extended techniques and ritual processes. She explores themes of empathy, natural cycles, vulnerability, transformation and technology through social experiment, meditation, psychoacoustics, and magic.

Sandy Ewen is an experimental guitarist, artist and architect who has recently relocated to NYC from Houston. She has two new duo albums, one with percussionist Weasel Walter and the other with guitarist Chase Gardner on Marginal Frequencies. She has an upcoming solo LP on Gilgongo Records, and a new Astral Spirits cassette with percussionist Lisa Cameron. She has performed extensively in 2018, including at the Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Experimental Sound Studio Option Series and the High Zero Festival. Sandy spent much of 2017 performing solo sets and in collaboration with Steve Jansen (tapes and electronics) and Maria Chavez (turntables) around Europe. Her other current projects include the trio Etched in the Eye, a duo with Tom Carter called Spiderwebs, the trio Garden medium, and ongoing collaborations with percussionist Weasel Walter and bassist Damon Smith. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch and many others, and has performed and recorded with Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more. Ewen performed in the experimental rock band Weird Weeds with Sarah Hennies, Aaron Russell & Lindsey Verrill from 2004 until the band's dissolution in 2013. In 2014, she performed at San Francisco's 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, and she has made several appearances at Austin's annual No Idea Festival. Ewen's approach to playing is centered around found objects and extended guitar techniques.