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Thursday, September 27 • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
OPTICAL 2 : ASCENSION

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For our second OPTICAL showcase, we'll be presenting four incredibly talented artists, all known for manipulating traditional musical instruments (voice, guitars, synths) in very unconventional ways to create ethereal music, to the point in which abstraction meets physical dynamics.

For the past couple years, Brooklyn-resident Julianna Barwick has been at the forefront of hazy pop music. Lacking definable lyrics, Julianna’s songs create their own themes sonically and leave nameless emotional impressions. Julianna’s talents as a vocalist push most of the musical strength in her works, her choice of melodic live vocal looping with vocal percussion is fascinating and dizzying. Described by Pitchfork Media as “as a digital update on sacred hymns”, Julianna's voice is both timeless and transcendental.

For her Decibel debut, Julianna Barwick will be collaborating with visual artist Christina Vantzou (of The Dead Texan).

Estonian chanteuse Maria Minerva is a psychedelic, avant-pop and lo-fi music producer and artist currently based in London. Her music expresses the alienated restlessness of modern women who inhabit a wi-fi world that combines connectivity and isolation. Her works have been praised by influential journalist Simon Reynolds, who wrote of her music 's “high breathy voice in reverb, adding blurriness to the deliberately “smudgy” production.”

Anenon is the brainchild of Brian Simon, an up-and-coming American producer from Los Angeles. Brian carves out highly textured sounds that are extremely personal, patient and thoughtful – music to live inside of, always revealing new paths with each listen.

Opening the showcase are Lulacruza, an an electronic folk duo at the junction of the hypermodern and the ancient. Their music weaves together hypnotic female singing, South American instruments, found sound objects, field recordings, and electronic manipulation.

PLEASE NOTE: This event ends around 9PM, offering festival attendees the opportunity to enjoy other festival showcases that will be going until 2AM.

For fans of Stars of the Lid, Dead Can Dance and Laurie Anderson. 

Artists
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Anenon

Non Projects / Dropping Gems
"I am a musician, composer and the founder of Non Projects. My current interests reside in the ever changing intersection of Heart and Ability in the fields of music and sound. I am also aDublab Labratas well as a 2011 Red Bull Music Academy alum."
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Christina Vantzou

Kranky
Christina Vantzou is an artist, musician, and composer. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (1997-2001) and moved to Brussels, Belgium in 2003 where she currently resides. In recent years sound has become a key aspect of her artistic identity, as a member of The Dead Texan (Kranky) and in 2007 she as a touring member of Sparklehorse. She started to compose her solo works in 2007 using synthesizers, samples, her own... Read More →
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Julianna Barwick

Asthmatic Kitty
Describing this hazy, hallucinogenic album from Brooklyn's Julianna Barwick, you can neatly take Panda Bear's trippier tracks as a jumping off point, as Barwick loops and layers beautiful vocal harmonies with a similar slow-motion deep sea vibe. But this lovely debut is more than just derivative, and the wordless sound collages are transporting. Lacking definable lyrics, Julianna’s songs create their own themes sonically and leave nameless... Read More →
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lissom

Tana Sprague is an artist, curator, producer, and cultural organizer based in Oakland, CA. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts fromUCSD, and an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media fromMills College. With a growing discography of sound releases and live cinema collaborations (under the moniker Lissom), she has performed and/or exhibited work at theBiennial of the Americas, Seattle’s Decibel Festival, the... Read More →
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Lulacruza

LULACRUZA is an electronic folk duo at the junction of the hypermodern and the ancient. Their music weaves together hypnotic female singing, South American instruments, found sound objects, field recordings, and electronic manipulation. The result is a cross-genre, world-esque music unfolding with mesmerizing vocals, aquatic textures and up-tempo, handcrafted South American rhythms. Lulacruza is made up of Alejandra Ortiz (Colombia) and Luis... Read More →
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Maria Minerva

Not Not Fun
Maria Juur, alias Maria Minerva, is a psychedelic, avant-pop and lo-fi music producer and artist from Tallinn, Estonia, currently based in London, United Kingdom. Her concert activities were started in early 2010. The debut cassette Tallinn at Dawn, followed by album Cabaret Cixous, was released in 2011 via Los Angeles’ leftfield imprint Not Not Fun.  


Thursday September 27, 2012 5:30pm - 10:00pm
The Triple Door 216 Union St, Seattle