DESTROY VANCOUVER XVII
Co-presented with Vancouver TD International Jazz Festival
SATURDAY JUNE 25 | DOORS 〓 8.30PM
CONCERT 〓 9PM
SUNDAY JUNE 26 | Erin Sexton + Scant Intone
ARTIST TALK 〓 1PM
At: VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
(near Broadway, walking distance from Renfrew Skytrain Station)
■ Evan Parker
■ Chris Corsano
■ Erin Sexton
■ PrOphecy Sun
■ Scant Intone
● Selectors’ Records DJ
● Visuals by Nihil Minus, Grayson Cooke
DV is an experimental music and sound art series curated by John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari. Coalescing around improvised forms of music and sound art, DV combines a broad range of experimental music genres and sound art aesthetics and brings together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and avant-garde musicians.
ARTIST TALK | Erin Sexton + Scant Intone
Sunday June 26 at 1pm
EVAN PARKER was born in Bristol in 1944 and began to play the saxophone at the age of 14. Initially he played alto and was an admirer of Paul Desmond; by 1960 he had switched to tenor and soprano, following the example of John Coltrane, a major influence who, he would later say, determined “my choice of everything”. In 1962 he went to Birmingham University to study botany but a trip to New York, where he heard the Cecil Taylor trio (with Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray), prompted a change of mind. What he heard was “music of a strength and intensity to mark me for life … l came back with my academic ambitions in tatters and a desperate dream of a life playing that kind of music – ‘free jazz’ they called it then.”
Parker stayed in Birmingham for a time, often playing with pianist Howard Riley. In 1966 he moved to London, became a frequent visitor to the Little Theatre Club, centre of the city’s emerging free jazz scene, and was soon invited by drummer John Stevens to join the innovative Spontaneous Music Ensemble which was experimenting with new kinds of group improvisation. Parker’s first issued recording was SME’s 1968 Karyobin, with a line-up of Parker, Stevens, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland and Kenny Wheeler. Parker remained in SME through various fluctuating line-ups – at one point it comprised a duo of Stevens and himself – but the late 1960s also saw him involved in a number of other fruitful associations.
A vital catalyst for these interactions were the large ensembles in which Parker participated in the 1970s: Schlippenbach’s Globe Unity Orchestra, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra (LJCO) and occasional big bands led by Kenny Wheeler. In the late 70s Parker also worked for a time in Wheeler’s small group, recording Around Six and, in 1980, he formed his own trio with Guy and LJCO percussionist Paul Lytton (with whom he had already been working in a duo for nearly a decade).
Though he has worked extensively in both large and small ensembles, Parker is perhaps best known for his solo soprano saxophone music, a singular body of work that in recent years has centred around his continuing exploration of techniques such as circular breathing, split tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-pattern fingering. These are technical devices, yet Parker’s use of them is, he says, less analytical than intuitive; he has likened performing his solo work to entering a kind of trance-state. The resulting music is certainly hypnotic, an uninterrupted flow of snaky, densely-textured sound that Parker has described as “the illusion of polyphony”.
CHRIS CORSANOChris Corsano is a drummer who has been operating at the intersections of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990s. He’s worked with saxophonists like Paul Flaherty and Joe McPhee; guitarists such as Sir Richard Bishop, Heather Leigh Murray and Michael Flower; and one-of-a-kind artists like Björk and Jandek. His style incorporates high-energy free improvising, more textural work, and augmenting the drum kit with everything from cello strings stretched across the skins to disassembled saxophone parts.
ERIN SEXTON is a Canadian artist who grows crystals, builds antennas, and observes events. Her installations and performances are playfully minimal, exploring how we experience matter and space-time. She works with knots, electromagnetics, site, sound, and various physical processes. Her research delves into the origin of the universe, energy politics, neomaterialist philosophy, technological infrastructure, quantum paradox, and the history of science. She also tries to communicate with non-humans and understand their experience. Sexton is a licensed amateur radio operator (VE2SXN) currently studying at KHiB in Bergen, Norway, while transmitting and exhibiting her work internationally.
prOphecy sun’s interdisciplinary performance practice threads together both conscious and unconscious choreographies, sound, and environment, to create exploratory works that invoke deep body memory and draw from an interior landscape of dreams. Over the last 9 years she has been self-releasing music using smartphone technology as a capturing tool. Current musical projects include: prOphecy sun, Spell and the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble. Past projects include: Tyranahorse, Her Jazz Noise Collective, Under the Sun, and The Adulthood. She is also a PhD student at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University and the recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Award. She is based in Vancouver and is a founding member of Dance Troupe Practice (a movement based performance collective) and current resident at the Pandora Park Fieldhouse. Her experimental performances, sound compositions, installations, videos and collaborations have been exhibited in such events as inFlux at the Surrey Art Gallery, L’alternative: Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, ISEA 2015, DIS 2014, FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, International Experimental Cinema Explosion (USA), Your Kontinent Festival: Art in Containers (Richmond), Festival des Musiques Creation (QB), Live- Performance Art Bienalle, Soundasaurus Media Arts Festival (AB), Signal and Noise Media Festival, Exploding Cinema (UK), Square Waves Festival (UK), Dancing on the Edge Festival, Month of Performance Art (Berlin), 12 Min Max, and Low Lives 4 International Festival of Live Networked Performances.
SCANT INTONE is the solo project of Canadian artist Constantine Katsiris dedicated to experiments in modern audio. The output varies from stark minimalist tones to densely complex textures with a sound palette that incorporates elements of field recordings, radio frequencies, hand-drawn waveforms, raw data, and digital sound synthesis. Focused on researching psychoacoustics, the perception of sound, spatiality, waveform anomalies, and various audio phenomena discovered while exploring the frequency spectrum, his compositions are excursions in abstract electronic music with influences including ambient, lowercase, microsound, noise, glitch, and drone.
Constantine has been active in exploring the electronic arts since the mid-1990s as an artist, curator, designer, and producer. Over a period of more than fifteen years he has been integral in organizing countless events for experimental, improvised, and electronic music both locally and abroad. These events have featured performances by artists from across Canada as well as international artists from all over the globe. This experience has lead him to be involved with programming showcases for world-renowned festivals and booking tours for artists on Panospria, his own sub-label of No Type Records based in Montréal.
Katsiris has brought his sound to many notable venues, such as Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), La Société des Arts Technologiques (Montréal), Brut Konzerthaus (Vienna), and SESI Art & Cultural Center (São Paulo).
Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, NeMaf in Seoul, VIDEOFORMES in France, TIVA in Taipei, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar he has published over 25 articles in academic journals. He is also an associate editor for the online peer-reviewed journal “Transformations.” He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.
NIHIL MINUS is a multimedia artist from New York, experimenting with new and forgotten technologies, video art, and hypermedia.
Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Province of BC, Vancouver New Music, Selectors’ Record, CiTR, PK Sound, Frans Van de Ven, VIDEO OUT