Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood is "armed with a vocal charisma that would befit a preacher and an experimental streak that would make avant-gardists swoon" (WNYC Culture). A wunderkind with a headstrong DIY discipline, Dorian has brought his emotionally-charged performances to concert halls, museums, music venues and performance spaces throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, with a voice that channels the skill and ferocity of such auteurs as Scott Walker, Nina Simone, Nick Cave and Tom Waits. His debut album, BOLKA, received wide critical acclaim for its impeccable merging of folk, soul, Bulgarian choral music and experimental music.
In 2011, Dorian was commissioned by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) to present a new work for the performance series Los Angeles Goes Live, part of Pacific Standard Time. Dorian's performance installation, Athco, Or The Renaissance of Faggot Tree, incorporated over 30 performers, and was presented at Barnsdall Art Park. Dorian also performed with acclaimed artist Marina Abramovic in her piece An Artist's Life Manifesto, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on November 12, 2011. Dorian has also performed at LACMA, UCLA, Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood), The Stone (New York City), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco) and the Stockholm Fringe Fest (Sweden). His upcoming album, Rattle Rattle, which will feature over 60 musicians, is set to be released in March, 2013.
Secret Palindromes (Zack Wright) is a musician and sound artist whose work explores affective responses and embodied experience through the use of slow music, drone, and subsonic frequencies. He studied electroacoustic music and interdisciplinary arts at Simon Fraser University, alongside composers David MacIntyre and Martin Gotfrit. Prior to his work at Simon Fraser University, he led a career in the world of independent electronic dance music, releasing records and touring under a variety of different aliases. His work explores themes of history and ownership through techniques of sampling and re-interpreting past works of cultural and personal significance. His goal is to create work that can exist and thrive in both the academic and popular music worlds.
This performance will be the first US performance of "Country Meditations,"a series of music compositions based around the re-interpretation of classic American country and western songs from the 1950s through 1970s. Using source material from artists like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings, Country Meditations removes these songs from their cultural context, and re-interprets them as ambient drone works. Using small sampled passages from the original recordings, Country Meditations transforms single notes into sustained tones, rhythmic passages into hypnotic, interlocking patterns, and words into disembodied mantras. Country Meditations is a reflection on the emotional resonance of these songs, and an extended love letter to the history of American music.