Experimental Music & Video + Interpretive Dance = Another Great Night @ VIVO

VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver’s oldest artist run media centre, continues to turn out excellent evening programming.

Most recently, a night simply called “Live Audiovisual Event” (no need for superfluous wording: I can dig it) featured a series of experimental sound artists, all accompanied by video projections.Live Audiovisual Event @ VIVO, Nov 4th 2011

First up, Vancouver minimal electronica noise pioneers Coin Gutter. coingutter_VIVO_IMG_1952
Their sound has moved away from abrasive, insulting noise to a more rhythmic beat-oriented sound, yet their dirty, unexpected random noises are still present and set this duo apart from the rest.

Next up, voice contortionists Ross Birdwise and Soressa Gardner with video visuals (mostly looped and upside down clips from old cartoons) by Victor Ballesteros.
While this group has more than enough talent to hold everyone’s attention, they added Luciana D’Anunciacao to the team.
Her interpretive dance, at times erratic, at times soft and gentle, was an impossibly captivating element of the evening.

The last group that I saw (J Garrett ending the evening after I left) was The Automatic Message. Not only were the visuals for AM’s set beautiful HD clips of single men in a variety of remote locations (barnhouses, fields, etc), but their music was bumpin’!!
Just as I noticed my hips and feet loosening into their beats, a friend came over and said, in an almost shocked voice, “Hey, you wanna dance?” The night, up to this point, was about sitting and absorbing the excellent sounds & visuals performed by some of Vancouver’s most talented artists. But now it was time to dance!

An excellent evening all around. I left VIVO undeterred by the evening’s light rain; my core was warm and satisfied as I cycled home.

For my full gallery of pics from the evening, visit my set on Flickr: Live Audiovisual Event @ VIVO, Vancouver BC, November 4 2011


All Day Concert In A Parking Lot: Good Times In The Summer/September


Sun Araw @ New Forms Fest 2011

A brilliant way to cap off a fantastic all weekend event, New Forms Festival held an all day outdoor concert at The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver BC. The sun was absolutely beating down all day, not a cloud in the sky.

In the lineup: 5 acts with a variety of musical styles:
First, the sprawling moodiness of V.Vecker Ensemble, 8 musicians moving through epic instrumental stories. It was a shame they only played one song.


V. Vecker Ensemble @ New Forms Fest 2011

Next, totally trippy psychedelic rock by Sun Araw. The singer barely said more than a word or three at once, but it suited the journey they were taking us all on.
I want to know what instrument the long haired player was on (if you know, please contact me!)…


Sun Araw @ New Forms Fest 2011

I was stoked to see No Gold, who had opened for Mount Kimbie at the Biltmore in March this year. They have a world beat sound that is very suited to hot summer days.


No Gold @ New Forms Fest 2011

Building on No Gold’s good vibes, the duo of Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula
brought loungey house beats to the crowd during our last hour of sun. The live keys was a nice touch.


Danuel Tate & Tyger Dhula @ New Forms Fest 2011

After a substantial break, due to relocating the PA from the parking lot to just outside the Waldorf cabaret, Deadbeat finally plugged in. He turned up the energy of the crowd a ton of notches, starting with tunes that could have been featured on his Journeymans disc – very dubby and laid back. But he quickly amped up the beats, moving through a range of dance genres that had the crowd shaking their bodies with big smiles all around.


Deadbeat @ New Forms Fest 2011

Oh yeah, and there was this guy. With the BEST T-SHIRT EVER. Thanks dude!


The Best TShirt Ever @ New Forms Fest 2011

And thanks New Forms, for another excellent year of art & music!
For more info, check out the New Forms site and follow them on Facebook & Twitter


Nicki Minaj Dances For Me And For You

I’ve been consistently shooting shows for Guttersnipe (see my posts here); one of the recent highlights has been the Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj show at Rogers Arena in Vancouver BC.

She had impressive visuals…

… and the crowd ate her up…

… and she didn’t hide from showing off her impressive backside.

At one point she did a little twirl for me –
now I can enjoy it for eternity! Enjoy…