Haven't been doing too many live shows lately but I do have something coming up this weekend, performing as M.Stactor at YYZ Gallery. Here are the details:
AT OUR ARTIEST: PEDAGOGICAL EXPLORATIONS INTO THE ITHYPHALLIC RUMINATIONS OF KEVIN HAINEY
YYZ is pleased to announce the launch of our newly improved
Membership Program. To celebrate, YYZ is hosting a special event
featuring some of Toronto’s most creative sound artists: FORKTINE, GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX, and M.STACTOR.
SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012
DOORS OPEN | 7:00PM
ADMISSION | FREE
* One-night only: Receive a free limited edition t-shirt designed by Jacob Horwood with the purchase of a YYZMEMBERSHIP.
Twenty-first century experimental composition. Both hat and hatless
performance. Instrument building and the act of dropping it on the way
to the gig. The spirit of forgetting your sheet music only to call it
indeterminism. Crash course in clown sounds, by the graduating class of
the BBC Radiophonic workshop of non-unionized plagiarists. Presented by Old MacDonald Had A Farm at half speed.
FORKTINE | 8:00PM
FORKTINE is a noise/musique concrète project based in
Toronto, Canada. Though not exclusively a solo project, Forktine was
instigated and organized by Colin Hinz. The project formed as an
outgrowth from Hinz’ history of building unusual, one-of-a-kind musical
instruments that began in the late 1980s. These instruments have various
forms, borrowing from historic mechanical musical instruments, junkyard
or toy parodies of contemporary instruments, circuit-bending,
mechanical gadgetry, and plain-old electronics engineering. In addition
to the Forktine project, Hinz has used these instruments in numerous
performances with the improvisational ensembles Six Heads and The Urban
Refuse Group, and has documented their construction in the journal Experimental Musical Instruments.
GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX | 8:45PM
GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX was started out of necessity –to
punctuate awkward expanses and embarrassed silences– pecking at them
with lugubrious beaks and soft spit marmalade, the sound of shitty winds
through dildo trees. It began under strenuous circumstances –near
strangers in cramped subterranean dwellings, nowhere to sit but the bed
(on top of the sheets)– groping, bewildered in the sonic darkness of a
monolithic uncertainty, and admittedly, inadequacy. Though, for all
their shortcomings as musicians, they still succeeded in producing over
30 albums worth of manic, rollicking, often insufferable gesticulations
on a host of international labels. Once upon a time they had toured
Europe extensively and performed at several festivals where they were
unilaterally ignored. These days, every show is their last. Once every
couple of months Jacob Horwood and Andrew Zukerman will rise from their
convalescent beds, dust off their reel to reels and subject themselves
to the torture of being in a band that sounds like shit. Eventually it
will die a quiet death, be buried with its stupid name and nobody will
be the wiser. RIP GFR.
M.STACTOR | 9:30PM
M.STACTOR (W.A.Davison) is a
multi-disciplinary artist originally from Nova Scotia. He studied fine
art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and experimental music
at Dalhousie University. His work has been exhibited, performed, and
presented at numerous Canadian and International festivals. As a
musician, composer, improviser, and instrument-builder, Davison has
appeared in hundreds of performances as both a solo artist and in
various groups and ad hoc collectives. His recorded work spans close to
thirty years and has been distributed on small labels, through informal
networks around the world. He remains a true experimentalist and a
stalwart proponent of independent/DIY music production and
dissemination. Davison has been a prominent member of Toronto’s
improvising, noise, and experimental music communities since the early
90′s. He has received support from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario
Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Davison has been
living and working in Toronto since 1989.
YYZ Gallery is located in the 401 Richmond St. W. arts complex in downtown Toronto.
Should be a good time and you can't beat the price! Hope to see you there.
- William A. Davison