Pro Arts Hybrid Series presents:
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Sonic provocateurs Elrond, featuring Vern Avola (Avola, EMS, Prizehog) and Ian Gorman Weiland (Misty Montane, Antecessor, Hot Victory), deliver a cyborgian onslaught of hammered beats and roaring frequencies that would be the highlight of an off-planet prom for Replicants and T-1000s.Often improvising unique live sets and pushing their analog synthesizers to the brink with a style that mixes elements of noise with Berlin school and techno, Elrond are a fair league away from anything resembling nostalgic revivalism.
Portland based experimental musician and video artist, Keith Foster utilizes field recordings and sample manipulation along side granular and modular synthesis to create rich compositions containing disparate movements in the style of dense, ritualistic drone to complex, neuron freezing glitch-worship. Unlike their previous works – marked by melodic sensibilities- under the System Lords moniker, Foster’s current recordings and performances largely do away with arcing melodic elements to further explore the interplay between tone, texture, and rhythm; highlighting the harmonious relationship of disjointed, chaotic glitch improvisation and the human desire to control.
Oakland California’s Alleyes Manifest is known for his rhythmic poeticisms and presents them in a psychedelic hip hop style. His music production is influenced by jazz with funk undertones. He has heralded favorable press and plays from National Public Radio, Creative Loafing and more. Otoño is his most recent album and these infectious tracks show an artist on top of his game.
Through sonically and bodily charged signals, Kimoyo Update transmits the bonds between us that are always felt but never fully endured. They draw from the memorial wells of pain, redemption, and futures of our many African ancestors to energize their livelihood. Everyday social miscommunications, paradigm breakdowns, technological failures become tools of cacophony for their farces. Their sexual and gender confusion do not obfuscate but alleviate the duality between the natural from the synthetic. Kimoyo Update performances are by chance unique each time, but are always grounded by the spirits.
Painting With Sadness (members of Painting With Statue)
” from the murky depths of the interstellar void of space and time, some maggots from within the depths of unseen reaches of the universe, painting with statue emerge from the dark, dank corners of the cosmic connection with flashes of light, a managed mess of strings, and dancing dirty stockings.”
(Oakland noise/ punk / skronk by 2/3 of painting with statue)