♫♪  Sarah Davachi - “Live at Bleep43 - 6th October 2016”

at New Forms Festival, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, 13 September 2013 (courtesy of http://sarahdavachi.com/images.html

In a recent interview for ATTN:Magazine, Canadian experimentalist Sarah Davachi had this to say about live performance: “The spaces we use for live performance, even in relation to experimental music, such as bars and clubs, are still a bit too institutionalized and that’s not likely to shift any time soon. When I can, I like to seek out performance opportunities that make use of acoustically appropriate spaces, and events that promote dedicated listening rather than mere social engagement. It may sound insignificant, but I try as frequently as I can to perform in near complete darkness so as to limit visual distractions and encourage the listener to focus on the aural sense.”

When I read this, my mind goes back to all of the quiet, experimental shows that have been drowned out by people slugging their beers and yapping away. Thankfully, the good folks at Bleep43 have archived a performance you can pull up anytime. Ms. Davachi’s set, embedded below, was taken from an early October 2k16 performance at London’s Thames Tunnel Grand Entrance Hall. To get in the right mood, turn out the lights, put on your headphones, or turn the volume up on your stereo, and let this mesmerizing forty three minute set occupy your mind.

In addition to this live set, Sarah Davachi has a new record out on Important, as well as a forthcoming return to Students of Decay. I’ve got the latter on pre-order, and the former is in my sights once I get that skrill in hand on payday.

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