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Tetuzi Akiyama

(Tokyo, JP) | Listen: Tetuzi Akiyama

Tetuzi Akiyama connects the special instrumental qualities of the guitar to his own aspirations, sometimes delicately and sometimes boldly, with volumes ranging from micro to macro in an attempt to convert the body into an electronic identity. His solo albums range from fingerpicking to slide acoustic guitar, noisy experimental drone to never-ending boogie, and has also collaborated with artists like Jozef Van Wissem, Jason Kahn, Michel Henritzi, Phantom Limb, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Ng and Alan Licht, just to name a few. He specializes in creating music with elements of primitivism and realism in a minimal and straightforward way.

For Sounds Like 9 Toshimaru Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama will be holding two performances, as a duo and as a quartet with Sound of the Mountain. // http://www.otooto.jp/tetuzi-akiyama

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Kara-Lis Coverdale

(Montreal, QC) | Listen: Kara-Lis Coverdale

Kara-Lis Coverdale works in both acoustic and electronic media to create works that transcend reality. Driven by a patient devotion to sonic afterlife, memory, and material curiosity, Coverdale’s world-building work occupies new planes built upon a borderless understanding of electronic music rooted in the interlocking pathways of musical systems and languages. Heralded as “one of the most exciting composers in North America” (The Guardian) Coverdale’s work has been met with consistent critical acclaim.

Coverdale’s recordings are architecturally considered and often understated, but her dynamic live shows can be unpredictable, chaotic, eerie, confrontational – symptoms that the artist is emotionally present. She brings this dynamism and exploration to SoundsLike 9, defying stasis and categorization. // https://www.kara-liscoverdale.com/

Marcus Fischer

(Portland, OR) | Listen: Marcus Fischer

Marcus Fischer is a first-generation American musician and interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon whose work centers around memory, geography and the physical manipulation of audio recording mediums. Slowly unfolding melodies and warm tape saturated drones have become trademarks both of his releases and live performances.

Fischer’s work has utilized processed acoustic sounds and synthesizer, DIY instruments, field recordings and tape loops - sounds that have found their way into multimedia installations, radio and short films and recordings including a number of releases on the widely respected 12k label. Two of his sound works were recently part of the 2019 Whitney Biennial. // http://mapmap.ch

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Ellen Fullman

(Memphis, TN) | Listen: Ellen Fullman

Ellen Fullman has been developing her installation, The Long String Instrument, for over 30 years; exploring the acoustics of large resonant spaces with her compositions and collaborative improvisations. For Sounds Like 9, Fullman brings The Watch, reprise 2016-2019, a solo performance on The Long String Instrument. The title references a specific and repeated experience the artist had involving vigilance and a wristwatch, a reminder of the possibility of the transcendence of mundane existence through maintaining focused attention. The performance follows designed tablature notation that choreographs her body through the harmonic spectrum of tones that reside in vibrating strings, drawing out cascading patterns of harmonics that can serve as both melody and harmony, exploring microtonal pitch shifts that subtly change the spelling of a chord, the artifacts of resonance forming a core of the music. Resonance is harmony is composition.

Fullman has recorded extensively with this unusual instrument, The Long String Instrument first issued on Apollo Records in 1985, and named 2015’s best reissue by The Wire. Her work has been cited by many publications, notably Alvin Lucier’s Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music (Wesleyan University Press 2012) and by David Byrne in How Music Works (McSweeney’s, 2012). She has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and residencies and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including Princeton, Columbia and Cornell. // http://www.ellenfullman.com

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Ellen Moffat

(London, ON) | Listen: Ellen Moffat

Ellen Moffat explores the acoustic properties of everyday materials, objects, and organic matter as sounding bodies. Drawing on experimental techniques and digital processes, she brings a ludic sense to sound creation as becoming and undoing. Her work ranges from multi-channel installations to improvisational electroacoustic instruments, and from installation to performance to community projects as solo, collaborative and interdisciplinary. She is currently a PhD candidate in Visual Arts – Studio at the UWO in London, Ontario. // www.ellenmoffat.ca

In Sounds Like 9, Ellen Moffat and Helen Pridmore present the performance and installation Sounding Bodies / Body Soundings. As collaborators with shared interest in sound and bodies, Ellen Moffat and Helen Pridmore explore human and non-human sound, space and resonance using experimental approaches to composition. Pridmore employs extended techniques in the human voice as a means of creating sonic structure, while Moffat explores the acoustic properties of materials and objects. Body soundings (the human voice) overlap with sounding bodies (sonic materiality) in synchronicity and asynchronicity. The presentation of Sounding Bodies / Body Soundings is the culmination of their collaborative senior production residency at PAVED Arts, July 12–31, 2019.

Toshimaru Nakamura

(Tokyo, JP) | Listen: Toshimaru Nakamura

Toshimaru Nakamura uses a “no-input mixing board”, a standard mixing board which produces sound without any external audio input. This instrument is innovative both in the sounds it can create, and the approach to working with its unpredictability, requiring obedience and resignation to the high level of indeterminacy and surprise in the music. Since pioneering this approach to the use of a mixing board in the mid-1990s, he has appeared on ten solo albums and has performed and recorded internationally as a soloist and in collaboration with numerous other musicians.

For Sounds Like 9 Toshimaru Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama will be holding two performances, as a duo and as a quartet with Sound of the Mountain. // http://www.toshimarunakamura.com

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Helen Pridmore

(Regina, SK) | Listen: Helen Pridmore

Helen Pridmore is a singer and sound artist, with a focus on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She has performed across Canada and the US, including a solo appearance at Carnegie Hall; Helen has also performed in Europe, Mexico and Japan. She has three CDs to her name, including …between the shore and the ships…, which won the 2013 East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Recording. She is currently a faculty member in Music and Creative Technologies at the University of Regina. Helen’s current focus is on the technology of the voice and the body, with explorations into the concepts of aural beauty, space and silence. She is writing and performing new works for voice that employ both structure and improvisation. // www.helenpridmore.ca

In Sounds Like 9, Ellen Moffat and Helen Pridmore present the performance and installation Sounding Bodies / Body Soundings. As collaborators with shared interest in sound and bodies, Ellen Moffat and Helen Pridmore explore human and non-human sound, space and resonance using experimental approaches to composition. Pridmore employs extended techniques in the human voice as a means of creating sonic structure, while Moffat explores the acoustic properties of materials and objects. Body soundings (the human voice) overlap with sounding bodies (sonic materiality) in synchronicity and asynchronicity. The presentation of Sounding Bodies / Body Soundings is the culmination of their collaborative senior production residency at PAVED Arts, July 12–31, 2019.

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Sound of the Mountain

(Montreal, QC) | Listen: Sound of the Mountain

Montreal-based Sound of the Mountain (Elizabeth Millar, amplified clarinet and Craig Pedersen, amplified trumpet) met improvising Japanese musicians Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) in Tokyo, 2017. Concerts and a recording session at the legendary GOK studio in Kichijoji ensued and formed the foundation of this collaborative effort in creating sound together, focusing on the musical possibilities of form and interaction inherent in improvised music. They are embarking on a Canadian tour for the release of their new record on Mystery and Wonder Records.

For SoundsLike9, Sound of the Mountain, Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura explore their shared affinity for mixing acoustic and electric elements, extending the physical possibilities of their instruments in a performance as a quartet. // www.soundofthemountain.com

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Jon Vaughn

(Regina, SK) | Listen: Jon Vaughn

Jon Vaughn is a visual artist, curator and experimental musician living in Regina, Saskatchewan. His sonic work fuses composition and improvisation, electronics and acoustics, and a love of both minimalism and free jazz into his own unique mutation. His releases can be found on labels such as No Type, Panospria, Oral, Flish, Krakilsk and Slapart, his own Pop Quiz Records and recently on Magnetic Domain.

For Sounds Like 9, Vaughn brings Scoreboard, an electroacoustic composition performed live using analog electronics, percussion, guitars and voice. Each movement of the piece relates to a different part of the body and it's accompanying instrument. Vaughn takes the audience on a journey that can only be told through rigorously exploring each station as prepared by the composer himself. The result is an experimental and diverse yet hypnotic, building, entrancing emotional piece that evokes a series of memories as they are stored in the body like a kind of 'scoreboard'. // http://www.jonvaughn.me