Lampo announces its WS17 season, with six programs—and several special works to premiere in Chicago. Artists include Sarah Davachi, Lasse Marhaug, Sergei Tcherepnin, Jacob Kirkegaard, Olivia Block and Phill Niblock. On January 28, young Canadian composer Sarah Davachi makes her Chicago debut, at long last. Rescheduled from November, Davachi premieres a new composition for vintage synthesizers, harmonium … Continued
In her Chicago debut, composer Sarah Davachi premieres new work for Lampo—a composition for vintage synthesizers, harmonium and two cellos that explores the acoustics of the Stony Island Arts Bank, with a lush, immersive sound to take listeners inward.
Davachi performs with cellists Fred Lonberg-Holm and Kimberly Sutton, in the middle of Glenn Ligon’s neon installation, A Small Band (2015).
Davachi is interested in “the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling,” as she puts it, or the melding of real and mental space, where electronic and acoustic spectra blend and become indistinguishable, especially in relation to minute variations in frequency. She is also fascinated by the limits of stillness in sound. Davachi’s music is stripped down to very basic harmonic progressions that shift gradually, sharing more common ground with the long-form minimalism of Eliane Radigue than with her contemporaries in the current synthesizer resurgence.
Sarah Davachi (b.1987, Calgary, Canada) is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music. Trained at Mills College, she is engaged in practices of analog synthesis, psychoacoustic manipulations, multi-channel sound diffusion, and studio composition. Her compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources—particularly organs, strings and woodwinds. Since 2007, she also has worked for the National Music Centre in Canada as a researcher and archivist of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. She has held artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts; EMS, Stockholm; OBORO, Montreal; and STEIM, Amsterdam. Davachi resides between Vancouver and Montreal.
Presented in partnership with Rebuild Foundation
Artist Talk: Sara Davachi provides an overview of how psychoacoustics and preoccupations with perception and experience factored into experimental music in the 1970s, drawing connections from these practices to her own work. Lampo Annex, Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #1656. Friday, January 27, 6pm.