Destroy Vancouver XI

Giorgio Magnanensi, Stefan Smulovitz, Sammy Chien, Root & Branch, Shane Krause, Bubby, Nervous Operator, Brian Beaudry

Fri, Nov 21—Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Programming Series


Photo documentation

Artist Profile

Giorgio Magnanensi

GIORGIO MAGNANENSI is an Italian composer, now resident in Canada, of mostly orchestral, chamber and multimedia works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America. His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit–bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music, Laboratorio Arts Society and lecturer at the School of Music at the Vancouver Community College.

Stefan Smulovitz

STEFAN SMULOVITZ is a musician (viola & laptop) and an award-winning composer. As a software developer he created Kenaxis, a major innovation in the use of the computer as a real-time instrument. His virtuosic command of Kenaxis has resulted in an international reputation for Smulovitz, who regularly performs with the world’s leading improvisers and composes for ensembles ranging from orchestras to string quartets to solo instruments with electronics. His latest projects include the Mad Scientist Machine and the premier of his score for the Passion of Joan of Arc at the 2010 PuSH festival.

Sammy Chien

SAMMY CHIEN is a Vancouver based interdisciplinary media artist who seeks to merge cinema, sound art, new media and dance performances techniques into a new individual practice. He began is new media dance performance journey with Dr. Henry Daniel and Troika Ranch (in Touched, T2, Imprint, MoA, Imprint II). Since then, Sammy frequently collaborates both visually and aurally in multi-disciplinary project range from film, dance performance, improvised audiovisual performance, live electronics, concert, theatre, video installation, art exhibition and interdisciplinary collaborative-performance.

Root & Branch

ROOT & BRANCH is the duo of double-bassist Dave Ito Chokroun and multi-reedist Shane Krause, who focuses on clarinets in this group (Bass, Bb and Eb clarinets). The duo’s music includes completely free improvisation, graphically notated compositions, notated music with improvisation written in, and through-composed fully notated works with no improvisation.

Shane Krause

Shane Krause plays Eb, Bb and Bass Clarinets and the baritone saxophone. He is active within Vancouver’s improvised music community, while also leading the post-bop jazz quintet the Bletchley Bombes and the cool jazz septet Gullviva. Shane has performed with and/or recorded with a number of notable improvisers including Mats Gustafsson, Christian Munthe and Peter Evans; as well as having a long history within Vancouver’s indie music scene having been a member of the Secret Mommy Quintet and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? He was a member of Anthony Braxton’s 2010 Vancouver Sonic Genome Project.


BUBBY uses found sounds, tape recordings and distortion pedals. Their signals are then heavily processed and disintegrated further via a number of cassette players and oscillators. Heavy drones, and washes of a-tonal distortion amid small flickers of melody and warmth.

Brian Beaudry

BRIAN BEAUDRY is a Vancouver based radio producer, music collector and sound artist. Recordings from his work in remote locations across the province often inform his auditory output. Working under his own name, as well as Vehscle, he has released electroacoustics and fields on Blue Spectrum Tapes, Compost & Height, Housecraft Records and ((Cave)) Recordings. Utilizing digital synthesis and broken software patches, his current efforts apply methods of extended technique to the digital audio workstation, and build material from the archival process itself. As one of the contributors to Soundscape on CFRO 100.5 FM, he can be heard and read online at Cut And Run.