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Join us in the unique acoustic atmosphere of our sanctuary for the first concert in a series presented in partnership with Nova Arts!
Thursday, May 4th, 8pm: A night of sonic ritual, melodic tension & cathartic release featuring solo performances of drone-infused soundscapes by Montréal-based violinist Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Black Ox Orkestar) and dynamic interplay of voice, electronics, and woodwinds by sound-artist Ka Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise).
Jessica Moss is a Montréal-based violinist and composer who began writing and performing solo work under her own name in 2014; she has since released four full-length albums: Under Plastic Island (self released, 2015), Pools Of Light (Constellation, 2017), Entanglement, (Constellation, 2018) and Phosphenes (Constellation, 2021). Moss uses amplified and processed violin (and voice) to create works of expressive electronic- and drone-inflected post-classical Minimalism and Maximalism, with a distinctive melodic sensibility that channels Klezmer, Balkan and Middle Eastern tropes, and an ear for textural grit and timbral noise forged from her 15-year tenure in political postpunk band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (2001-2016). Moss is also a founding member of the avant-Klezmer quartet Black Ox Orkestar.
Ka Baird is a performer, composer and sound designer based in New York City. They are known for their live performances which include extended voice and microphone techniques combined with electronics and psychoacoustic interplay of flutes and other woodwinds. They create a present tense sound with a vigorous, ritualistic delivery that seeks extreme release through physical exertion and psychic extension. They have worked/collaborated with many other musicians, artists, filmmakers and choreographers, both in structured compositions and in their dedicated practice of improvisation and interdisciplinary work.