Grouper with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (7 hours non-stop performance / sound environment)
Grouper with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (US)
The spirit of open experimentation between music, art, and performance championed by the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in the late 60s is kept alive by a number of like-minded contemporary artists including Portland-based Grouper, whose »Circular Veil« project is the fourth in an ongoing ambient tape collages series she creates with various collaborators. The series focuses on the gap between our own inner worlds and those of others, the paradoxical nature of a private space populated by ephemera that we are universally united in experiencing yet experience alone, such as dreams, memories, and emotions. Accompanied by collaborator Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, himself an acclaimed musician and head of the Root Strata label, »Circular Veil« sees the duo create a customized sonic/visual environment that lulls participants into a 7-hour audio hypnosis, mirroring one full sleep cycle. Their collective dreaming room allows both the audience and the performers to experience the dream paradox collectively.
Though entry in and out of the venue is, of course, allowed, audience members are encouraged to rest for the duration of the work in order to experience its intended form.
Grouper is the solo project of ambient guitar musician Liz Harris of Portland, Oregon. Her music, released on Type, Root Strata, and Yellow Electric, is a mixture of softly strummed guitar, Wurlitzer keys, tape loops, and delicate vocals. Layered with a lot of reverb and delay effects, Grouper’s music creates a sonic space reminiscent of those moments right before falling asleep, when the mind is still conscious, but at a more relaxed state that is sheltered from the harsh realities of life and with tendencies towards free association and somnambulism – a subjective kingdom of memories, dreams, apparitions, and déjà vu.
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA (US)
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is a multi-instrumentalist and producer based in San Francisco and Berlin. His music traps the ear within shimmering drone textures and the ebb and swell of guitar and synth. Cantu-Ledesma got his start by co-founding the band Tarentel in 1995. He began to make solo music in 2000, under the Colophon moniker. He then went on to found Root Strata in 2004, a label that is highly regarded by the drone/ambient community and has an extensive catalog that includes artists such as Grouper, Oneohtrix Point Never, Yellow Swans, My Cat is An Alien and more.