Dates: Thursday, June 30th
Cost: $15 presales / $20 door
Location: GAFFTA, 998 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
Rafael Anton Irisarri
(Room40/Ghostly International) – Seattle
Rafael Anton Irisarri is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and media artist based in Seattle, Washington. He is predominantly associated with post-minimalist, drone and electronic music, exploring textural aesthetics for over half a decade. His pointillist compositions lean towards ostinato motifs that tap into minimalist ideals while his studio production style is characterized by dense layers of reverb and delay, suggesting a blurred cinematic quality, like half-remembered dreams full of elegiac beauty. Bowed guitar textures, deep pulsing bass tones, field recordings, submerged piano notes, melancholic strings and subtle electronic counterpoints all contribute and converge equally in his music to create an oceanic experience that contrasts the epic and subdued, “like an ambient symphony recording that’s been rescued from attic entombment after half a century.” – Textura
Irisarri is also known as the main member of electronic music/shoegaze act The Sight Below and signed to American label Ghostly International.
(Anticipate/Konque) – NYC
Morgan Packard grew up in rural New England and planned to be a jazz saxophone player when he grew up. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in jazz school in Boston. There he discovered that jazz wasn’t the only cool music in the world. He quit studying jazz, moved to New York, and spent the next five years immersed in drum and bass music, which was the most explosively creative electronic music of the time.
Then he got tired of making only drum and bass music and studied western classical music and wrote little pieces for acoustic instruments for a while. He also learned how to program computers and started building his own music software. Programming his own tools allowed him to create sounds that no one else could make, and he began to feel like his own voice was finally shining through.
He started working closely with visualist/programmer Joshue Ott, and also found himself aligned with musician and label man Ezekiel Honig. Josh challenged him to write better software, Ezekiel challenged him to make an album for his label, Anticipate. His first solo album, “Airships Fill the Sky”, pricked up ears around the world, got good reviews, and people started buying him airplane tickets to travel and perform in their cities.
His sound is characterized by constantly shifting textures, a minimalist approach to rhythm, unconventional use of traditional acoustic instruments, and a sensitivity to melody and harmony. While his music is influenced by dub techno, ambient, and other established styles, it is best understood on its own terms, rather than through the lens of genre.
Recently, much of Morgan’s efforts have been directed toward Thicket, an experimental audiovisual app for the iPhone and iPad created in collaboration with Joshue Ott. Thicket has been a surprise success and was chosen by Apple as one of the ten best generative art & sound apps in its 2010 “Hot Trends” list.
(Ki/oon Recordings/Sony Music) - Japan