8th Annual Accordion Noir Festival :: Tentacles
The Accordion Noir Society partners with the Western Front for a composer and new-works showcase. This night's program is also opening night of the Western Front's 88 Tuned Bongos a series exploring experimental keyboard music, coinciding fortuitously with the 16th annual Art Swarm.
The evening starts off with Flying Machines the premier of a short new work by local composer Elliot Vaughan and director Elysse Cheadle, featuring performer Aryo Khakpour and lighting designer Jonathan Kim. In this piece 10 airships inspire 10 accordion miniatures; 10 poems interrupt 10 thoughts; 10 movements trace 10 steps from extra-galactic orbit to subterranean fossiling.
Elliot Vaughan, at the musical core of this creation team, is known for stealing the show with the sophisticated swagger and articulate abandon of his compositions. His use of accordion is both outrageous and insightful and his music walks an intoxicating line between experimental and popular styles. An intermission for room changeover will be animated by the virtuoso squeezings of Vancouver favourite, Steve Normandin from Montréal.
Following that we will all take a deep breath of free reed air with another Vancouver first.
Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón, a founding member of Balún will be performing a headlining set with frequent Peptalk collaborator, Tokyo-born, xylosynth percussionist, Shayna Dunkelman of Xiu Xiu. Negron has recently been listed by Flavorpill of NY as one of the "Ten Young Female Composers You Should Know".
Shayna has performed with the likes of John Zorn, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and many other notable innovators. Together this duo delivers an exquisite blend of accordion, voice and electronics, creating soundscapes suffused with strangeness and compassion.
The Western Front (View)
303 East 8 Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1
|Minimum Age: 19|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|