SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
(access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
7-10pm, 18+, $7 cover
C.J. Boyd + Rebecca Bruton + J.Alpinist
A night of distended song form, improvisation, and modular synthesis, among other things.
Very pleased to finally be presenting this self-proclaimed "bassist turned vagabond" as part of his "perpetual tour" (aka the InfiniTour), which has been in motion, amazingly enough, since 2008. C.J. Boyd plays a beguiling mixture of improvisations, drone landscapes, and skeletal, often plaintive songforms that emerge organically from this heady concoction of elements. He does this with the electric and upright basses, and considerable skill on each instrument. At times the music recalls World of Echo-era Arthur Russell (or that "Eli" song), some of the Jagjaguwar Richard Youngs albums (Sapphie and Making Paper-era stuff), and even strains of the Tranzac/Rat-drifting scene, like Chenaux's Dull Lights or Ryan Driver's solo albums. Anyone familiar with the tastes of the Bug Incision management know that these are three very good things to recall, but it's worth pointing out that the idiosyncratic singularity shared by both those artists and Boyd is what forms the basis for comparison. He's successfully carved out a unique sonic identity from a refreshingly uncomplicated set of tools - not an easy task.
C.J. Boyd's music has been issued by the venerable Joyful Noise Recording label from Indianapolis, and this leg of the InfiniTour will be in support of his newest release, Kin Ships, an epic 4-disc collection of tracks that delve deep into the places and people absorbed during last decade of road-dogging. Each track is a cover of another musician with whom Boyd had shared a stage, and each song - all 51 of them - was recorded in a different state of the USA. Read more about it here or watch the trailer below.
While the majority of Boyd's work has existed as a solo venture, he's also worked with other artists and ensembles, including Kurva Ensemble (and improvised chamber orchestra), musician/producer Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple), Prefuse 73-associated electronic artist Eliot Lipp, and many others. He also runs Obsolete Media Objects, a prolific label with over 70 releases to date.
F L O O D Those following the Bug Incision concerts over the years will note repeated appearances from composer/musician Rebecca Bruton, and most of them have displayed the differing various aspects of her music. The common thread here is her shifting co-mingling of minimalist compositional aspects with improvisation instincts and oblique takes on songform. On this evening she will be performing with a new ensemble, whose membership is taking shape currently. RB's description is as follows: "Using just her voice and a handful of indeterminate, hand-drawn scores, she invites a rotating cast of collaborators to illuminate the thin places between whistling cowboys, Baroque Jongleurs, low animal growls, and feminine mourning wails. F L O O D is Trans-Species Imagining, a voice tracked through birth, death, memory, and blood."
Rebecca Bruton (MFA) is a Western Canadian composer and songmaker. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed both nationally and internationally by Quasar quatuor de saxophones (Montréal), Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal, CA), Momenta Quartet (NYC), Array Music (Toronto), Continuum Ensemble (Toronto), and by her own ensembles. As one half of the vocal performance duo Moss Moss Not Moss (with Canadian-Icelandic poet angela rawlings), Rebecca has also presented original work at Tectonics Festival Glasgow. With Australian sound artist Alexandra Spence, she co-founded Tidal ~ Signal, a Vancouver-based festival dedicated to women and trans-identifying artists working in experimental music.
A previous iteration of the F L O O D project can be heard here:
The solo moniker of one John Hornak, this project uses modular synthesis to deliver his enveloping digital compositions. Beginning with his fascination with the Canadian Rockies, and expanding outwards to more remote regions, each of the pieces in this project are highly influenced by Hornak's geographical surroundings during a certain period, creating a markedly interior expression of a more objective, temporal stimulus. This show will see John at the completion of a few weeks' worth of tour dates across Europe in support of his most recent release, Offerings, which is "the heart of the project, genre bending ambient house reminiscent of The Orb or early KLF, with each EP is its own independent “spoke” defined by a unique genre." Excited to finally welcome this artist to the BI stage.