Quo Vadis Presents
SEPTEMBER 18 - NIGHT ONE
Drew McDowall - Live
Hiro Kone - Live
Emil Bognar-Nasdor - Live
We are incredibly pleased to present record release shows for Drew McDowall and Hiro Kone on two consecutive evenings at the Fridman Gallery in Soho. Both artists are near and dear to us and have releases this year on Dais Records
DREW MCDOWALL [Dais Records]
Drew McDowall’s backstory reads like a primer of psychedelic fiction woven into statements of the unbelievable, superhuman, and outright insane. Somewhere in the midst of the chaotic madness, McDowall shaped his own unique sound, establishing total control and absolute calm within his songs and artistic method. Crafting mostly instrumental tracks interwoven with a few vocal samples, McDowall creates brooding and apocalyptic electronic compositions.
HIRO KONE [Dais Records/BANK Records NYC]
Since assuming the recording moniker Hiro Konein 2011, New York City-based electronic artist Nicky Mao has personalized a space predicated on dark layers interacting with rhythm. With her early EPs on Group Tightener and Bitterroots, leading up to the EP Fallen Angels and the acclaimed debut full length album, Love Is the Capital (both on Geographic North), Mao’s meticulously crafted textures attracted collaborators like Drew McDowall (Coil), Little Annie, and Roxy Farman (Wetware) while driving against the grain of experimental techno. Mao’s explorations often cast themselves against danceable structures, creating a duality of crisis and escapism.
For Pure Expenditure — her debut on DAIS Records — Mao continues to weave a labyrinth of electronic pattern, with an often economical usage of repeating sequences and ethereal stasis to drive the narrative. The title refers to the sovereign release of a surplus energy, divorced from all imperatives of utility, which otherwise threatens to become morbid. Working from this creative theme, Mao uses this theoretical concept to seek out a long form statement without regard for any immediate interpretation or return.
Emil Bognar-Nasdor is a New York based performance and multi-media artist
Doors 9pm / 18+
Fridman Gallery / 287 Spring St. New York