SHIGETO and DABRYE w/Rekchampa, Peripheral, Psych Army Deejays - Electronic
Genre: Electronic/Hip Hop
Event Listing: www.ashevillemusichall.com/music-schedule
Trinumeral, Psych Army and Speakeasy Present:
Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw's case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It's his middle name; it's also his grandfather's name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach's family tree. Shigeto also means "to grow bigger"appropriate, given Zach's premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach's vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto's music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.
Zach was brought up on a steady diet of Michigan-bred music, as his father spoon-fed him old Motown and jazz records by the crateload. Zach picked up the drums at an early age, spending much of his childhood playing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor music scene. After nearly flunking out of high schoolsave for his music studiesZach spent three years studying jazz at the New School in NYC and three more in London, where he began woodshedding, obsessed with learning electronic production. Soon enough, beats materialized, Zach moved to Brooklyn and took up the name Shigeto, and Zach's peers began to take notice.
Zach's body of work has grown over the last few years to the tune of several EPs on Moodgadget as Shigeto and with A Setting Sun,
a pair of EPs under the alias Frank Omura (another family-name reference), and remixes for Worst Friends, Praveen & Benoit, Tycho, Mux Mool, Charles Trees, A Setting Sun, Beautiful Bells, Shlohmo, and more. The Semi-Circle EP and What We Held Onto EP were his first releases with Ghostly International in the spring of 2010. These were followed quickly by the well-received full-length Full Circle and Full Circle Remixes in late 2010 and early 2011 respectively. These releases are nominally indebted to instrumental hip-hop but, like Zach, straddling many worlds at once. Cool shades of ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz melodicism color Shigeto's palette, which he wields with a painterly attention to detail.
Zach continues to be prolific with the upcoming 2012 release, Lineagea mini-LP of sorts that has a complex constellation of sounds and ideas that we have come to expect from the producer/drummer. However, his compositional focus and restraint grounds songs that are otherwise cosmically inclined. Never has he demonstrated such complete command of his material.
Shigeto was one of the first of a wave of young artists who grew up influenced by the label's early output. And again, names come into play. "Putting out these records on Ghostly isn't just 'getting signed,' for me," says Zach, "it's becoming part of a family, an influence that I've respected forever." Let's just say the feeling's mutual.
Dabrye (an alias of Ann Arbor's Tadd Mullinix) is best known for creating head-nodding beats with saw-tooth bass lines and a keen eye to forward-thinking production. With support from both the hip-hop underground and the electronic music press, he has earned a place in URB's Next 100 and XLR8R's Top 100 albums, among other accolades. Dabrye's trilogy began with One/Three in
2001, which was followed by the Instrmntl mini-album for Scott Herren's (Prefuse 73) Eastern Developments label. Both releases earned glowing reviews for their handmade rhythmic style and minimalist execution. 2006's Two/Three LP steps up the beatmaking ingenuity and spotlights Mullinix's favorite underground MCs, including Doom, J Dilla, Vast Aire, and Wildchild to create a major statement for the new Hip-Hop sound of Detroit.
Hybrid indigenous electronic sounds from metropolitan Atlanta.
Hailing from the eclectic mountain city of Asheville NC, Peripheral draws inspiration from the urban and natural aspects of the landscape. As one of the southeast's hottest up and coming producers, his music explores the electronic and organic, resulting in lush melodies layered with textured synths, edgy beats and samples and the occasional soaring vocals. He has shared the stage with artist such as Teebs, Sonnymoon, Michael Menert, Herobust, Ohbliv, and as the winner of the Urb MoogFest remix contest in 2010, his remix of Hot Chip's song "We Have Love" secured him a performance in the festival's lineup.
As a founding member, producer, and keyboard player for Sonmi, he has played MoogFest, alongside Beats Antique, and shared the stage with bands such as Break Science, Papadosio, Emancipator, and Blue Tech. Also playing keys, samples and electronics in the trip hop group Paper Tiger, he has played with Bonobo, Zed's Dead, and Archnemesis, at some of the southeast's finest venues and festival mainstages. After first sitting down at a piano at the young age of 7, he became fascinated with the endless boundaries of electronic music from first hearing artists like Prefuse 73, Boards of Canada, and STS9 and dove into ableton and midi controllers. His versatility and depth as a musician genuinely shines through on his production and original composition.
His debut ep Elli-Veh-Sa, on SKEW Records, is available for free download at http://peripheral.bandcamp.com/
PSYCH ARMY DEEJAYS:
Asheville Music Hall (View)
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|