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Presented by VIVO, Soundscape & Panospria

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✖ OREN AMBARCHI (Australia) & CRYS COLE (Winnipeg)

 GRANPA (Australia)


+  Panospria DJs

 QUIET CITY is a series of deep-listening concerts in Vancouver, focused on live performances of experimental, electronic and improvised music in a comfortable and intimate setting.The seventeenth edition of this series will be featuring performances by:

OREN AMBARCHI ‘s works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: live electronics; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.

Ambarchi has performed and recorded with an array of artists including Fennesz, Charlemagne Palestine, Sunn 0)), Thomas Brinkmann, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Akio Suzuki, Phill Niblock, John Tilbury, Richard Pinhas, Evan Parker, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Fire! and many more. His acclaimed trio with Keiji Haino and Jim O’Rourke performs in Tokyo annually with many of their concerts documented on Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label. Ambarchi has released  recordings on labels including Touch, Southern Lord, Editions Mego, Drag City, PAN, Kranky and Tzadik. His latest solo release is Quixotism which was listed in The Wire magazine’s top 50 releases of 2014 and he was selected as one of two of Pitchfork’s Experimental Artist’s of the year for 2014.


CRYS COLE is a Canadian sound artist working in composition, improvised performance and sound installation. By generating subtle and imperfect sounds through simple purposeful gestures, she creates textural works that retune the ear, revealing the intricacy of seemingly mundane sounds and sources. She has exhibited and performed in Canada, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and the USA.

Cole has recently released the Lp Cover you will softer me on Penultimate Press (UK), with Australian artist James Rushford under the duo name Ora Clementi. She has also released works with Oren Ambarchi & Keith Rowe on Bocian Records (PO), and with Jamie Drouin, Lance Austin Olsen & Mathieu Ruhlmann on Infrequency Editions (CA/DE), Another Timbre (UK), and Caduc (CA). Her first solo LP sand/layna will be out on Black Truffle Records this April.


Ambarchi & cole have worked together in various projects since 2009 and in 2014 released the duo LP Sonja Henies vei 31 on Italian label Planam/Alga Marghen. This will be their premiere duo performance in Canada.

GRANPA Initially classed as a turntablist, Lucas Abela’s work has rarely resembled anything in the field. Most notably his early feats saw him stab vinyl records with Freddy Krueger-style stylus gloves, bounce on electro acoustic trampolines, drag race the pope across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, building high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors.

Today these turntable roots have became almost unrecognisable, evolving into his infamous glass instrument, the shards being nothing more than a giant diamond tipped stylus you vibrate with your mouth. He has been perfecting the instrument since it’s invention in 2003, performing internationally under the name Justice Yeldham and lately as Granpa. After a long performance career his ideas have recently crossed over into sound installation with works that highlight his desire to create interactive installations for musical play, such as the Vinyl Rally (radio controlled cars raced on vinyl) and Pinball Pianola (a pinball macine/piano hybrid).


DAVACHI / SMITH Recognized as an authority on vintage musical electronics, Richard Smith is an electronics technician and musician with extensive experience rebuilding high-end studio electronic systems by Buchla, EMS, Moog, ARP, and Roland. Over the last decade, Smith has amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Buchla electronics.

Sarah Davachi holds an MFA in electronic music from Mills College in Oakland, California, and has completed composer residences at The Banff Centre for the Arts, STEIM (Amsterdam), and EMS (Stockholm). She has released music with Full Spectrum Records, Important Records, Students of Decay, and Constellation Tatsu. Together, Davachi and Smith seek to disclose the sounds of electronics instruments from a bygone era in analog synthesis. Though both independently active as performers in Vancouver, they have collaborated on select appearances, including their first at New Forms Festival in 2014.