“Bass Music” unites various low end theories which animate the body (as seen in our opening night show) but also offer myriad details in higher registers to contemplate. With the late great hip hop producer J Dilla and his successor Flying Lotus as guiding lights of this movement, bass music is where glitch, jungle and hip hop go to reflect on what they have wrought over the years. By definition it is abstract stuff and some of it is best experienced in a listening environment, not an alcohol-fuelled black box.
92BPM’s prime mover, Henri Brisard, aka Mymanhenri has been a major force in bringing bass culture from the West Coast of the US and elsewhere. He is co-curating and presenting Thursday night’s events. A Mind/Body Split presents two sides of the same coin. This first part takes advantage of the Sanctuary’s focused atmosphere for listening, whereas immediately afterward we move to the Drake Underground for a more celebratory show.
Zach Saginaw 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 Saginaw’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. Saginaw released his first album, Full Circle, last year and followed up with Listen this past January. He has remixed Worst Friends, Praveen & Benoit, Tycho, Mux Mool, Beautiful Bells, Shlohmo, and more.
Nick Storring is a Toronto based composer, cellist and improviser with a wide palette of interests, ranging from warped dance music to electroacoustic music, experimental pop to chamber music, and even collaborations within various “non-Western” traditions.
His broken-violin-based electronic piece Artifacts (I) won first place in the 2008 Jeux de Temps/ Times Play competition for emerging Canadian electroacoustic composers. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Canadian Music Centre’s Toronto Emerging Composer award, and released Rife (Entr’acte) to great acclaim. Apart from making regular solo appearances, he also plays in Picastro, Toronto-based Son Jarocho group Café Con Pan, experimental cello duo The Knot, and I Have Eaten The City with Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia.
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